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Friday, June 12, 2009


By Rev. Ted Pike

As the above cartoon by Sean Verster suggests, pro-hate bill Democrats, especially in the Senate Judiciary, want to assert many things about the prevalence of hate in America and who the haters are. But they cannot endure open, widely publicized debate, especially concerning their federal hate crimes bill. This aversion to scrutiny at the hands of Judiciary Republicans has caused Democratic leadership to possibly seek hate bill passage as an amendment to "must pass" legislation.

Last Monday, June 8, the online homosexual Washington Blade headlined
"Senate to Pass Hate Crimes Bill as Amendment". The primary authority for this was Trevor Thomas, a spokesman for the homosexual Human Rights Campaign (HRC), plus opinions of Senate staffers.

Yet, it appears the Democrats may still not have made up their minds. Yesterday afternoon, June 11, I called Sen. Edward Kennedy's office and was routed to his legislative authority. She said the Senator and fellow Democrats "are still mulling over" what course to take. They have not decided with finality to pursue the amendment route.

One advantage of resubmitting the hate bill as an amendment is that Judiciary hearings are bypassed. As soon as the Senate accepts his amendment, Kennedy, as the bill's chief Senate sponsor and originator, may demand a vote at any time. If Republican opposition can't muster 41 votes, there can be no filibuster. Kennedy's hate bill will pass.

The primary disadvantage of the amendment option is that, with such widespread opposition to the hate bill, plus demands for hearings, two negative messages go forth: First, the impression is given of Democratic contempt for legislative due process, which should include hearings on highly controversial legislation. Second, it appears the hate bill is too flawed to sustain rigorous scrutiny. If the Democrats cannot face Republican questioning and put down, with finality, the characterization of their hate bill as "pro-pedophile," a very strong message is sent, even to hate bill supporters in the Senate, that the hate bill is indefensible -- it does protect pedophiles........ www.truthtellers.org

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Daniel Sunjata | 911Blogger.com

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 12:31 PM PDT

Following several successful meetings, William Rodriguez and Daniel Sunjata have decided to work together on a series of 9/11-related video projects. Beyond the partnership of Sunjata and Rodriguez, it is still unknown as to who else is involved behind the scenes.

We're told that some of the projects will be focused on challenging Rodriguez's detractors.

Another very high-profile celebrity, donated 2 HD cameras for the project and filmaker Jonathan Kerr-Smith donated his talent to film the projects. An effort will be launched later this week to raise the remaining funds needed.

With an increasingly public profile, Rodriguez is a very recognizable spokesperson internationally for people who are questioning the official story of 9/11.

Daniel Sunjata: Intellectual Dishonesty In The Age Of Universal Deceit... | 911Blogger.com

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 12:29 PM PDT

By Daniel Sunjata - May 4, 2009 - www.911blogger.com

"The inert masses are mentally and spiritually ill equipped to deal with reality, so they block it out of their minds - aided of course, by the corporate media and the propaganda apparatus of the government itself. This is why fantasy is frequently substituted for reality, plutocracy is mistaken for democracy, and the majority of the people do not know the difference. Millions of good people thus refuse to allow into their psyche the suffering and misery that U.S. policies have produced and exported to the world, even as that reality is closing in upon them." - Charles Sullivan

"They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality...and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening." - George Orwell, 1984

"Article XXXIV OBSTRUCTION OF INVESTIGATION INTO THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001" - From the 35 articles of impeachment introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on 06/09/08 in H.Res. 1258 by Congressman Dennis Kucinich

The list is not a short one. It includes professors, architects, aerospace and aviation professionals, structural/mechanical/& aeronautical engineers, demolition experts, firefighters and other first responders, scientists, theologians, senior members of both the military and intelligence communities, Republican administration appointees, state department veterans, and other government officials from the United States and abroad; credible experts of impeccable pedigree with impressive track records from relevant fields of expertise, whose coolly rational intellects are not easily given to an unfounded belief in outlandish, unsubstantiated, or unverifiable claims. Individuals such as these are numbered among the ranks of skeptics and critics of the official theory of conspiracy regarding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Some pose questions, others draw conclusions, still others (like Congressman Kucinich) go so far as to level accusations and to substantiate them with evidence.

China: "India is a Paper Tiger and Will be Trounced if it Uses Force Against China", Experts Warn

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 07:31 AM PDT

By D. S. Rajan

(To be read with SAAG paper No.3247 dated11 June 2009, www.southasiaanalysis.org)

Beijing's official response to the Indian Prime Minister's statement on Arunachal (9 June 2009) and India's reported moves to dispatch additional troops to the Sino-Indian border, remains so far muted with no provocation to New Delhi. In contrast, the comments on the subject appearing in the country's state-controlled media have been sarcastic with a rather threatening tone, towards India.

The PRC Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Qin Gang (11 June 2009), while reiterating that the Sino-Indian border has never been formally demarcated, has stated that China wants a 'just and rational' solution to the border issue through talks with India. He has hoped that both sides would follow the consensus and principles agreed upon and protect together the stability and security of the border region.

The authoritative Global Times, affiliated to the Party organ People's Daily, has on the other hand, been choosing a hard-hitting line towards India. Following its article, "India's Unwise Military Moves" (People's Daily Online, English, 11 June 2009), it has published a highly provocative comment (Global Times, Chinese, 12 June 2009) entitled "India is a paper tiger, its use of force will be trounced, say experts", which needs a close examination. The comment alleged that Indian politicians have always been seen adopting a contradictory stand on China – advocating cooperation on one side and creating incidents on the other as well as declaring support to 'one-China policy' on one side and supporting the Dalai Lama "clique" for more than half a century on the other. It singled out the actions of Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh in this connection by referring to his visit to the disputed territory in the Eastern sector of the Sino-Indian border soon after his visit to China and his statement on 9 June 2009, that India would not compromise on the border question.

Declaring that China is not 'afraid' of the dispatch of 60,000 additional troops to the border, the Global Times write-up has listed India's real motives for provoking China – raise the bogey of 'security threat' to the border for diverting the attention of Indians from the daily sharpening internal clashes in the country, maintain India's big brother status in the region and tell the US and other powers that it can play an important role in their attempts to 'contain' China. Reiterating China's stand that it does not recognise the McMahon line, and that it wants to solve the border problem through peaceful and friendly talks, the article has said that India's actions in the border like sending additional troops, improving firepower and building airfields only hint at New Delhi's efforts to 'legalise its territorial occupation'. It has concluded by saying that it is laughable for Mr. Manmohan Singh to talk about preparedness to deal with the 'security threat' from China, while simultaneously calling for strengthening of relations with China in the international arena.

The 'paper tiger' language takes one to the past, when Mao termed the 'imperialists' as a paper tiger, to which Khrushchev responded by saying that 'paper tiger has nuclear teeth'. This exchange had then ideological and policy connotations. Is it the same situation now? Has Beijing started to reassess India's role in policy terms? It is anybody's guess, but to say the least, the epithets in the Global Times look very unfriendly to India, not to mention their criticisms against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by name.

How to interpret the apparent mixed signals emanating from China? Beijing's official caution would only mean that it wants no escalation of tensions with India on the border issue. Qin Gang's press comments above, illustrate this point. On the other hand, China has strategic concerns and hence its use of the state-controlled media to convey the same to India. Such a methodology is not unknown to other nations including India. Of immediate concern to India, would be any signal, which may point to the Chinese military moves in the border in retaliation to steps being taken by it. The fact, however, is that China has already strengthened its military and logistic system in the borders and India's latest steps are only in response to that.

Caught in a circle, both India and China should now jointly work towards diffusing any border tension, in the overall interest of bilateral relations. The good atmosphere, marked by trade jump and the 'shared vision for the 21st century', should not be allowed to get eroded through any radical step by each side.

(The writer, D.S.Rajan, is the Director of the Chennai Centre for China Studies, Chennai, India. Email: dsrajan@gmail.com)

IntelliBriefs: Teaching High School Students To Be Intel Analysts

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 12:07 PM PDT

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The Erie City Schools, in cooperation with the Institute Of Intelligence Studies here at Mercyhurst, recently announced that they would begin to offer an intelligence analyst track in one of their high school career academies.The full news article is here but there is more to this story. This is another one of Bob Heibel's visionary initiatives and it appears to me to be a natural extension of the increasing number of colleges and universities that are offering intelligence courses or even full programs. While this may sound a bit too visionary for some, let me put it into perspective. We are in the middle of a study that is trying to get at the size, in dollars and people, of the "real" intelligence community. This real community includes all the law enforcement analysts and intelligence professionals in business as well as those in the national security community. Our initial estimates indicate that there are as many analysts in the US national security community alone as there are petroleum engineers in the entire US (17,000).

Our rough estimate suggests that, when you add in all of the law enforcement, competitive intel and other analysts in the business community, the total number of intel analysts in the US doubles. This exceeds the number of chemical engineers (30,000) in the country.According to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the chemical engineering profession, however, has nearly 150 colleges and universities feeding it qualified graduates and STEM programs have become a staple offering in virtually every high school in the country. In contrast, there are only a handful (a growing handful but still a handful...) of colleges and universities offering even introductory intel courses, much less a full four year program.Nearly 20 years ago, Bob started the Mercyhurt program based on a single insight: If the government can depend on academia to educate its entry level doctors and lawyers, engineers and architects, computer specialists and military officers, why can't it depend on academia to provide entry level education to its intelligence analysts? In this light, extending this vision to the high school level makes it seem less radical -- in fact, it looks downright logical.

Source: Sources and Methods


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Is Beginning to Sweat

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 07:00 AM PDT

Notwithstanding the agreement between President Barack Obama and Netanyahu on issues such as the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and the insistence that the Palestinians renounce violence, there are currently points of serious contention between the two leaders. These include Obama's position that the two-state solution is the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his demand that Israel stop building settlements and his intimation that all the settlements are illegal. Other points of strife include Obama's call for regional nuclear non-proliferation (which, in effect, assumes that Israel's nuclear capacity will be part of the negotiations with Iran), his recognition of the plight of Palestinians, including the refugees, and his claim that Hamas is a legitimate rather than a terrorist organization.

So far Obama's challenges to Israel have been theoretical, and the only substantive demand that Washington has made involves the 100 or so Jewish outposts in the West Bank. Reiterating President Bush's directive, Obama recently asked Netanyahu to begin dismantling the outposts.

Legally, the outposts are just like the 121 settlements (namely, they are all illegal), only the outposts were built following the 1993 Oslo accords, and, as opposed to the settlements, which are now home to close to half a million Jews or about 7 percent of Israel's citizenry, almost all the outposts are extremely sparsely populated with less than a dozen people in each one.

Netanyahu did not refuse, but instead of carrying out the job, he decided to put on a show.

Last week, the government sent troops to dismantle two outposts. The television networks were invited to cover the event, and that evening viewers watched how a group of settlers struggled against the most powerful military in the Middle East. Within hours of the news broadcasts, the settlers had already rebuilt the outposts, and thus today we are, once again, back to square one.

The perceptive viewer understands that the government and the settlers are staging the events, using the media to broadcast them to the world. The images of lawless fundamentalists fighting the military convey a clear message to the audience at home: if Netanyahu dares to dismantle the outposts, the settlers will not only topple his government, but there will be blood. More specifically, the not-so-latent inference is that if Netanyahu goes ahead with Washington's directive, he will be responsible for a civil war.

While all of the major news networks provided a similar narrative, Channel Two, the most popular news provider, dedicated 14 minutes of prime time to the issue. In the segment, a reporter is shown interviewing a Jewish settler named Araleh from Karnei Shomron in the West Bank about the dismantlement of Jewish outposts. The two men are standing on a mountain ridge overlooking Palestinian fields that had been set on fire. The settler asserts that, "This is the price tag… People need to know that if they dismantle anything in Judea and Samaria, there is a price." He then looks at the horizon and asks, "Do you see all these mountains?" and immediately responds, "They are all ours." When the reporter inquires what the settlers will do if a nearby outpost is dismantled, Araleh exclaims that they (the government) will not destroy it, and then adds "they might destroy a little shack in the outpost to send pictures to the nigger in the United States."

The crux of the matter is that this pathetic racist settler is right: the images of troops dismantling a few outposts and the forceful resistance are all part of a well choreographed spectacle that is being produced specifically for Washington. Otherwise why remove only two outposts at a time instead of forty at once and getting the job done? And why invite the networks to cover the events and not to dismantle the outposts by surprise in the early morning hours when the settlers are not ready?

The answer is straightforward: Netanyahu wants Obama to think that Israel will end up in a civil war if the White House stands firm.

The question now is whether Obama will back off or whether he will he have the courage to make Netanyahu dismantle both the outposts and the settlements. If Obama hesitates Israel will become a full blown Apartheid regime, while if he remains bold he will probably be remembered as the President who helped save Israel from itself. To do so he will have to make Netanyahu sweat much more.

California's Water Woes Threaten the Entire Country's Food Supply

Posted: 06 Jun 2009 12:00 AM PDT

Nearly a third of the country's food supply comes from California, but drought there may be a catastrophe for farmers -- and the rest of us.

The Terrorist Threat: Right-Wing Radicals and the Eliminationist Mindset

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 12:00 AM PDT

Understanding the dangerous worldview that led to the murder of an innocent doctor and an attack at the Holocaust Museum.

OpenCongress Now Tracking Every Congressional Race Nationwide

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 06:24 AM PDT

RaceTracker screenshotThe RaceTracker project on OpenCongress — a non-partisan, fully-referenced, open-source and crowd-sourced wiki project — now lists every candidate running in every U.S. Senate, House and governor's race!

The folks over at the Swing State Project, the coordinators of this wiki community project, have completed a nationwide survey of the candidates in each race and will be using crowd-sourced participation to keep it current as we move towards 2010. You can now check on the status of each of the seven candidates considering a run for the seat of Illinois' Sen. Roland Burris (D) or the eight who are eyeing Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.). We'll even tell you who's a confirmed candidate versus who's merely considering or rumored to be a candidate, how much money they've raised, the district boundaries and the district-specific electoral trends in the last three presidential elections.

(Developers, you can access the all the data via API and other methods for use in your own Web site or app, so come make an awesome mash-up or visualization!)

RaceTracker is the next-generation version of the SwingStateProject's 2008 RaceTracker and Congresspedia's WikiTheVote project. We're taking a cue from Joe Friday and keeping it a "just the facts" operation so its non-partisan nature is clear, regardless of the partisan motivations a participant might have in watching any particular race. Besides, we're practicing transparency at home by requiring each piece of information to be referenced to an outside source, so there's no need to take the word of "some guy on the Internet;" anyone can join the wiki community in checking the facts of each submission.

(Host your own project on the OpenCongress Wiki!)

Here at OpenCongress, we are most interested in how a lawmaker's election status (Are they running? Do they have a challenger?) affects how they vote and how Congress works.

For example, when Arlen Specter switched to the Democratic Party, which he himself admitted was a reelection decision, it threw the Democratic Caucus seniority and committee assignments into disarray.

It also placed the substantially more conservative Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) in the top spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee, opening the door to an unlikely-but-possible method for Republicans to block judicial nominees using the committee's requirement that each nominee receive at least one vote from the minority party.

Election pressures also clearly affect individual member's voting behavior. In the 2008 bank bailout bill, Nate Silver used analysis by RaceTracker's own Swing State Project to show that:

Among 38 incumbent congressmen in races rated as "toss-up" or "lean" by Swing State Project, just 8 voted for the bailout as opposed to 30 against: a batting average of .211. By comparison, the vote among congressmen who don't have as much to worry about was essentially even: 197 for, 198 against.

Simply knowing whether a member is retiring can also be the critical piece of information in understanding a vote. On that same bailout vote, retiring representatives not facing a reelection voted overwhelmingly and disproportionally for the bailout, according to the Cook Political Report's David Wasserman:

26 of the 31 members of both parties leaving next year supported it. And 21 House Republicans who aren't returning next term voted for the bill, making up nearly a third of the 65 GOP votes supporting the legislation.

"The telling statistic on the political side is the votes of those who were retiring versus the votes of those who are in tough races," Wasserman said. "Retiring members feel strongly that this bill is necessary to stabilize markets, and they know they will not be receiving any political repercussion for voting their conscience."

Primary challenges are also critical to understanding votes, as they often drive the incumbent away from the middle ground. According to Jane Hamsher at FireDogLake:

We learned in 2006 how the very idea of a primary challenge could immediately change behavior. When blue dog Ellen Tauscher started complaining about the "liberal" committee chairmen who were going to be problematic, people on the blogs and in her community started talking about a primary challenge. Tauscher moved immediately to the left, joined the Out of Iraq caucus, and stopped having her picture taken with George Bush. Jane Harman had a similar conversion after a tough primary race against Marcy Winograd.

Go over to RaceTracker and check out the candidates for your own senators and representative. Know something we don't? Add it yourself.

All countries of the world prepare for war

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 09:10 PM PDT

World's leading countries spend too much of their war preparations. A new arms race has been gathering pace in the world recently, and even the global economic setback does not seem to be a reason to stop the race

9/11 Truth Activist Sues Glenn Beck and Fox News for Defamation

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 01:06 AM PDT

An East Coast 9/11 truth activist is preparing to file a defamation lawsuit against TV / radio personality, Glenn Beck, the producers of the Glenn Beck Program, and the Fox News Channel.

Specifically, Greg Hoover will be suing the above-described defendants in Federal Court for Beck's having repeatedly broadcast statements characterizing those who question the government's official version of the events of 9/11 as, "anarchists," "terrorists" and as persons denying the Holocaust.

The complaint will note that - on October 22, 2007 - Beck suggested that those identifying themselves as associated with the 9/11 truth movement are "dangerous" "anarchists" who deny the Holocaust, and are "the kind of group that Timothy McVeigh would come from."

The suit will also note that during Beck's June 10th broadcast Beck linked the murder of the Washington D.C. holocaust museum guard with "9/11 truthers."

As I have previously written, suing people for defamation who falsely claim that 9/11 activists are terrorists could be a good way to stand up to these bullies.

Hoover told me by email:
Copies of my actual initial filings will be available for media distribution within the upcoming week…
I do so having now cast off all other personal concerns. Having chosen sides... I'll stand with the patriots.
Godspeed, Mr. Hoover.

I will update this post with links to Mr. Hoover's complaint as soon as it is available.

Note: Mr. Hoover has not requested either legal or financial assistance. However, if you are an attorney experienced in defamation claims, please let me know, and I'll pass on your name.

Soros: Credit Default Swaps Should be "Banned", are "Truly Toxic", "Like Buying Life Insurance on Someone Else's Life and Owning a License to Kill"

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 10:43 AM PDT

Billionaire investor George Soros told a group of bankers who trade credit default swaps:

Some derivatives ought not to be allowed to be traded at all. I have in mind credit default swaps. The more I've heard about them, the more I've realized they're truly toxic...

CDS are instruments of destruction which ought to be outlawed ...

People buy a CDS not because they expect an eventual default but because they expect them to appreciate in response to adverse developments...

It's like buying life insurance on someone else's life and owning a license to kill.

Cindy Sheehan In Studio!!!

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 06:27 PM PDT

Production Ending on Chevy Malibu Hybrid

Posted: 11 Jun 2009 09:00 PM PDT

The decision will leave GM with a virtually bare cupboard as far as its hybrid fleet goes.

41 U.S. Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Agency Veterans Challenge the Official Account of 9/11

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 02:34 AM PDT

Following in the footsteps of well over 1,000 scientists and other professional groups who have already gone on record questioning the official theory, more than 40 U.S. Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Agency veterans have come forward to challenge the Government's rendition of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Their behind-the-scenes knowledge and experience of sensitive and classified [...]

Japan secretly trying to divest out of their US debt?

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 12:20 AM PDT

From the original article: Two Japanese nationals were detained by Italian financial police last week after trying to enter Switzerland with $134 billion worth of undeclared U.S. bonds, mostly Treasury bonds, an Italian daily said Wednesday. The Japanese consulate general in Milan confirmed that the detention had taken place and said it was trying to confirm [...]

MSM: No smoking – Historic vote could bring new limits

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 02:03 AM PDT

(Yahoo) – The Senate struck a historic blow against smoking in America Thursday, voting overwhelmingly to give regulators new power to limit nicotine in the cigarettes that kill nearly a half-million people a year, to drastically curtail ads that glorify tobacco and to ban flavored products aimed at spreading the habit to young people. President Barack [...]

New program seeks to deliver vaccines to poor

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 07:30 AM PDT

Source: Reuters By Michael Kahn LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) - Five governments and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $1.5 billion on Friday to help give poor countries better access to vaccines against ...

The Infowar Is On

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 10:21 AM PDT

UN climate talks advance, poor urge more CO2 cuts

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 09:44 AM PDT

BONN, Germany, June 12 (Reuters) - Climate talks made progress on Friday towards a new U.N. treaty to curb global warming but ended far short of calls by developing nations for the rich to make deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Four years of talks to widen the existing Kyoto Protocol have struggled to agree on how to share the cost of efforts to curb greenhouses gas mainly emitted by burning fossil fuels.

The United States and Europe warned in closing remarks on Friday that the private sector would finance the climate fight, not their governments.

"I look back on this as a significant session that has advanced our work in important ways," Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, told a news conference at the June 1-12 talks among 183 nations in Bonn.

He said governments staked out far clearer views after their first review of a draft legal text of the treaty due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December to succeed Kyoto.

But developing countries called for more, despite the global recession.

"We finally managed to have a positive exchange on the numbers" for developed nations, China's climate ambassador Yu Qingtai told Reuters. "But still we hear repeated statements resisting calls for further meaningful cuts."

China and many developing nations want the rich to cut by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 to avoid the worst effects of global warming such as droughts, floods and rising sea levels.

Offers made by developed countries so far work out at cuts of between 8 and 14 percent below 1990, according to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.


The United States and Europe poured cold water on hopes for major public funds, such as the 1 percent or more of national wealth demanded by many poor nations to help them avoid a model of high-carbon growth dominant since the Industrial Revolution.

"The key issue is not the number," said Jonathan Pershing, head of the U.S. delegation, referring to "marginally" bigger investments to improve efficiency or to install low-carbon instead of polluting coal plants.

"We'd like to change that" view of developing countries that governments would bankroll the fight against climate change, he said, adding that carbon offset markets could play a big role.

The European Union also underscored that private finance would dominate in the climate change fight.

Pershing said progress in Bonn had been "slow", and the European Commission's Artur Runge-Metzger said "enormous effort" was required to get a deal in Copenhagen in December.

The United States expected China to undertake action, such as setting renewable energy targets, but not be legally bound to prove curbs. China and the United States are top emitters. "We have advanced perhaps a couple of miles towards Copenhagen. We still have thousands to go," said Jennifer Morgan of the London-based E3G think-tank. The next meeting will be in Bonn in August.

Outside the talks in a Bonn hotel, protesters brought along two live camels and laid out some sand to illustrate fears of creeping desertification. "We spit on weak targets," one banner said, another said: "Shrinking targets, growing deserts".

The chair of a group looking at new actions to curb emissions by all countries said a draft text had swollen with new ideas from about 50 pages to 200. Big breakthroughs were likely to happen only in Copenhagen, he said.

"This is like the evolutionary process in reverse. The Big Bang comes at the end," said Michael Zammit Cutajar, of Malta.

-- For Reuters latest environment blogs click on: http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/ (Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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Global warming hogwash: Plans to save us are actually wasteful

Posted: 12 Jun 2009 03:41 AM PDT

Jonah Goldberg
Chicago Tribune
Friday, June 12, 2009

Whenever you hear a politician start a sentence with, "If we can put a man on the moon …," grab your wallet.

The latest example of anthropogenic-lunar empowerment is global warming. Al Gore and Barack Obama routinely cite the Apollo program as proof that we can make good on the president's messianic campaign pledge to stem the rising tides and hasten the healing of the planet.

President Obama says he wants to invest massively in scientific research, eventually spending 3 percent of gross domestic product on scientific research and development, with a big chunk devoted to energy research.


Global warming hogwash: Plans to save us are actually wasteful 290509banner

But at the same time, the Democrats are pushing their cap-and-trade scheme — the Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill — through Congress, and it surely won't work. The Apollo engineers' motto was "Waste anything but time."

Waxman-Markey seems to do that one better, promising to waste everything, including time. It's a legislative blunderbuss that fails any remotely honest cost-benefit analysis, as Jim Manzi painstakingly demonstrates in the current issue of National Review. Under the bill, the government would sell or give away waivers — call them ration cards — for carbon emissions, worth tens of billions of dollars. The system is destined to become politicized. Waivers will be granted to favored industries and donors in states with political clout.

Full article here

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