Thousands of people have gathered on beaches and cliffs to watch the world's greatest surfers tackle the waves. It is only the eighth time in 25 years that the Eddie Aikau competition, named in honour of a celebrated Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard, has taken place. The contest is only held in the most extreme surf conditions and last took place in 2004.
A mysterious light display appearing over Norway last night has left thousands of residents in the north of the country baffled. Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark compared the amazing sight to anything from a Russian rocket to a meteor or a shock wave - although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet. The phenomenon began when what appeared to be a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain. It stopped mid-air, then began to circulate. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its centre - lasting for ten to twelve minutes before disappearing completely. The Norwegian Meteorological Institute was flooded with telephone calls after the light storm - which astronomers have said did not appear to have been connected to the aurora, or Northern Lights, so common in that area of the world. The mystery deepened tonight as Russia denied it had been conducting missile tests in the area. Fred Hansen, from Bø in Vesterålen, described the sight as 'like a big fireball that went around, with a great light around it again.'
More than a dozen people have been killed in a nighttime raid by US forces on a civilian house in Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman, witnesses say. The attack took place on Monday night when US soldiers stormed a house at Armal locality in the provincial capital Mehtar Lam, witnesses told Press TV correspondent. At least 12 people, among them a woman, were killed in the attack. A local official confirmed the incident, but failed to identify the victims, adding it was not immediately known why they were attacked and killed. The US military has not commented on the incident. PressTV: US drone strike kills three in N Waziristan. + Afghans protest after civilian deaths in US-led raid.
"What the hell are we doing in Afghanistan? Why do we need 100,000 American troops to go after less than 100 members of Al Qaeda that might be left in Afghanistan. It makes no sense to me." – Rep. Jim McGovern. AntiWar: Who Wants More War? + Best Performance in a Farce. Eric Margolis: President Barack Obama has missed two sterling opportunities to wind down the ugly Afghan morass he inherited from George W. Bush.
The Hebron Fund is raising vast sums for Israeli settlements that violate the Geneva convention, with little scrutiny. The fundraiser went forward despite calls for its cancellation from grassroots human rights organisations from the US, Palestine and Israel. The fact that the Hebron Fund likely raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for extremist Israeli settlers at a major US venue with little public scrutiny is a troubling sign for those who hope that the US can play a constructive role in achieving a just peace in the Middle East. Perhaps more worryingly, according to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius: "A search of IRS records identified 28 US charitable groups that made a total of $33.4m in tax-exempt contributions to settlements and related organisations between 2004 and 2007." Some of the larger organisations, including Friends of the Ateret Cohanim and Friends of Ir David, both leading the Jewish settler takeover of Palestinian East Jerusalem, are based in New York City.
Tory MP and defence specialist Adam Holloway says MI6 got information from a taxi driver who had heard Iraqi military commanders talking about weapons.
It is hard not to be cynical about the UN Climate Change Conference that opened in Copenhagen, Denmark today. The opening ceremony to the 15th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP15, opened at the Bella Conference Centre with a video presentation visually demonstrating the looming fate of the world if tough action wasn’t taken to cut emissions from floods and droughts to hurricanes; and concluded with young children asking negotiators and political leaders to “please help save the world”. [...] Rather than admission on a first come, first served basis tickets were issued to “constituent groups” which included large NGO delegations such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the World Wildlife Fund, or social justice movements like indigenous people’s forums. The consequence was that anyone sceptical of the UN system or the science of climate change never made it into the opening ceremony under the gaze of the world’s media. Instead their voices were sent to the other end of the conference centre out of sight, and out of mind.
Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN's negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol.
Lord Christopher Monckton speaks at the second International Climate Conference, addressing the so called Climategate scandal and key players involved in what appears to be one of the biggest science scams of our time.
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[OCTOBER 28, 2009:] Has Anyone Read the Copenhagen Agreement? The aim is to give a new as yet unnamed U.N. body the power to directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty. [...] Lord Monckton warns that the aim of the Copenhagen draft treaty is to set up a transnational "government" on a scale the world has never before seen. Interviewed by broadcaster Alan Jones on Sydney radio Monday, Lord Monckton said "this is the first time I've ever seen any transnational treaty referring to a new body to be set up under that treaty as a 'government.' But it's the powers that are going to be given to this entirely unelected government that are so frightening." He added: "The sheer ambition of this new world government is enormous right from the start—that's even before it starts accreting powers to itself in the way that these entities inevitably always do." United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (.pdf)
While the wider world is just beginning to realize that the subfield of paleoclimatology is in shambles (and has been for the last decade), scientists in related disciplines are increasingly fighting back against the shoddy work and orthodoxy that was foisted on them.
Erdogan said the US and Turkey have a "model partnership". Nevertheless, there are significant strategic disagreements. Obama would like the Turks, who have Nato's second-largest army, to send more troops to Afghanistan. But Erdogan has consistently refused to send combat forces, instead keeping the 1750 Turkish troops already there confined to a non-combat role. On Iran, "Turkey and the United States have not been on the same wavelength," says analyst Bulent Aliriza of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. Turkey is also a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, which would have to approve new sanctions.
Baloo the bear, Leo the Lion and Shere Khan the tiger have the most unusual and unlikely friendship between them. Rescued eight years ago during a police drugs raid in Atlanta, Georgia, the three friends were only cubs at the time and barely two months old. They had been kept as status symbol pets by the drug barons. Delivered to the Noah's Ark animal rescue centre in Locust Grove, Georgia, the decision was made to keep the youngsters together. "We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together," said Diane Smith, assistant director of the Noah's Ark zoo. "To our knowledge, this is the only place where you'll find this combination of animals together, they are our BLT, (bear, lion and tiger). Living with the zoo's founders for the past eight years, Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo have now moved to a purpose built habitat were the US public can now witness first hand their touching relationship.
"Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency." Canada Free Press: Organized, Controlled Propaganda.
"We've got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy." - Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation
"We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public's imagination...So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts...Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest." - Prof. Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of many IPCC reports
"The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself." - Club of Rome, premier environmental think-tank, consultants to the United Nations
Wendy McElroy: "Settled"? It's not even "Science"
FOS: Friends of Science Society Position Statement
Gerald Traufetter: Stagnating Temperatures: Climatologists Baffled by Global Warming Time-Out
Witze / Henrik Svensmark: Theory Says Climate Change Depends On Solar Wind/Cosmic Rays
Henrik Svensmark: Decreases in Cosmic Rays Affect Athmospheric Aerosols and Clouds + A link between the Sun, cosmic rays, aerosols, and liquid-water clouds appears to exist on a global scale
Patrick J. Michaels: The Dog Ate Global Warming
S. Fred Singer: A Review Of 'The Great Global Warming Swindle'
Bob Carter: The science of deceit
Des Moore: The Great Climate Scam
Tim Ball: Climategate; The Supporting Cast - Thought Police Anyone?
Judy Curry: On the credibility of climate research
Doug L. Hoffman: Global Warming Fatigue Spreads
Richard S. Lindzen: Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?
Christopher Monckton: CLIMATEGATE: Caught Green-Handed! [.pdf]
Richard S. Lindzen: Resisting climate hysteria
Peter Smith: Exploiting Guilt: The Copenhagen Treaty and Versailles
Susan Swift: Climate Gate: Where Politics and Religion Unite
John McLean: Climategate: Shutting out dissent
Mervyn F. Bendle: The wisdom of skepticism
Aletho News: There's more to climate fraud than just tax hikes
Marco Villa: What You Should Know Before the Copenhagen Summit
Andrew Gilligan: Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges
Danish Scientist Henrik Svensmark has a different theory on Global Warming. He does not think that CO2 is the main cause of Global Warming. He think it is all due to the sun. You can find more information about Svensmarks ideas under his wikipedia-profile: Henrik Svensmark
Michael Schlesinger, a climate scientist at the University of Illinois, sends an message to Andy Revkin of the New York Times (via his widely circulated email distribution list) threatening some sort of boycott -- whatever that means -- of Revkin among climate scientists, for having the gall to mention my views and those of my father. The reference to prostitutes in the email presumably comes from this post at Dot Earth where Revkin mentioned a funny news story in his Twitter feed.
The Taliban tried three times to open negotiations for to hand him over, but Bush refused each time. He wanted to bomb people no matter what. And so, it seems, does Obama... NWO Observer: The Great Game: U.S., NATO War In Afghanistan: Fifty or more countries in a single war theater. + Making the TransAfghanistan Pipeline Safe for Democracy: I don’t pretend to know why President Obama is so determined to escalate the war in Afghanistan. The only thing I know for certain is that the troops will not be back home until after 2014. That is when the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline is scheduled to be operational.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, goes before Congress this week, and with him comes this question: Who’s really in charge here, the generals or President Barack Obama? “The president’s decision is already being softened and made mush of,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told POLITICO. And within the House and Senate Appropriations committees, senior Democrats — themselves veterans of past wars — have grown increasingly concerned by the political clout of a generation of younger, often press-savvy military commanders. NYT: Obama’s Logic Is No Match for Afghanistan. Think Progress: Obama
Advisers Handlers Soften Afghanistan Timetable, Suggest U.S. Troops May Not Pull Out In 2011.
It has come to this: 6500 people applying for 120 openings at Applebee's. -The greatest country in the world?
The United States has the highest incarceraiton rate in the world, with 738 people per 100,000 behind bars (2005). A 2008 study found that more than 1 in 100 American adults are in prison or jail. One in every 31 adults (7.3 million) is in prison, or on parole or probation. One out every 45 whites is under some form of correctional control- and one out of every 11 blacks. 1 in 18 men and 1 in 89 women (races combined). Spending on corrections has risen by 400% in the last 20 years, outpacing all but Medicaid in growth.
Based on a count of 91% of votes, the polling firm Equipos-Mori gave Morales 63% of ballots, way ahead of a crowded field of nine candidates. His Movement Toward Socialism party won control of both chambers of congress, though in the lower house it was expected to fall just short of a two-thirds majority needed for constitutional changes.
The discovery of oil in Chad was supposed to allieviate poverty and human suffering, but it's only enriched Western Oil companies and the local dictators. As America’s search for oil and gas intensifies on the African continent (soon to comprise 25% of all US oil imports), Americans should be aware of the human/environmental costs of their continuing lust for black gold and the actions of their corporations. Bluntly put, oil in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Cameroon, Chad, Angola, and Sudan has further impoverished people at best and caused inestimable human suffering in many cases.
The CIA is to be given broad access to the bank records of millions of Britons under a European Union plan to fight terrorism.The Brussels agreement comes into force in two months and requires the 27 EU member states to grant requests for banking information made by the US under its terrorist finance tracking programme.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has ludicrously announced that it will conduct its own investigation into the climategate scandal, despite the fact that the suspects involved have intimate ties to the IPCC, with one of the primary scientists accused of manipulating climate data being a lead author of the 1995, 2001, and 2007 IPCC reports.
FAIR’s study looked at all opinion columns in the New York Times and the Washington Post during the first 10 months of 2009 that addressed what the U.S. should do in the Afghanistan War. Columns were counted as antiwar if they called for withdrawal or clearly called into question the need or rationale for the war. Columns that supported continuing the war were counted as pro-war; these were divided into those that endorsed the idea of escalating the war and those that advocated some sort of alternative strategy, including reducing the number of troops. Both newspapers marginalized antiwar opinion to different degrees. Of the New York Times’ 43 columns on the Afghanistan War, 36 supported the war and only seven opposed it—five times as many columns to war supporters as to opponents. Of the paper’s pro-war columns, 14 favored some form of escalation, while 22 argued for pursuing the war differently.
The Zionist hoodlums who staff America’s pro-Israel organization - on the both left and right - have one thing in common: hatred of dissent. They are obsessed with the most trivial deviation from the pro-Israeli dogma. This is how AIPAC works. In a sponsored resolution, even if it gets 400 members (out of 435) of Congress to vote for it, AIPAC will still devote resources to defeating the reelection chances of the 5 who vote against it. It is not about simply winning, but about silencing all criticism of Israel and intimidating any prospective critics. Hoodlum tactics.
One of the most obnoxious features of American political discourse is the self-righteous tone American pundits often adopt. About how the U.S. is a moral leader and about how America’s political establishment is a model to behold. But these same pundits then go a call for preemptive wars in order to teach the Arabs a lesson in “force” (”the only language they understand”) and who defend an imperial presidency. These individuals have the temerity to criticize Russia’s invasion of Georgia - after that latter started the war - but defend the U.S. aggression against Iraq and threats against Syria and Iran. Another World Is Possible / Salon: America's regression.
"They weren't secret. 'Look, Martha, here come the bombs,' I said."
"That's right. He did."
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."
"We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ... In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind."
In public he was the lean and ruthless face of American military outsourcing in Iraq. Erik Prince, as founder of the Blackwater security company, packed a mobile phone on one hip and a handgun on the other as he flew in and out of the world’s troublespots co-ordinating protection teams for American VIPs — and handling the backlash when his employees were accused of shooting dead 17 Iraqi civilians at a Baghdad crossroads in 2007. In private, he was a CIA operative, with his own file as a “vetted asset” at the agency’s headquarters, and a mission to build “a unilateral, unattributable capability” to hunt down and kill al-Qaeda militants for the US Government wherever they could be found.
Evidence which has come out over the last couple of years makes it clear that top Bush administration officials knew that Saddam didn't have weapons of mass destruction and knew that Saddam had no connection with 9/11. It is now reasonably obvious that the Bush administration was looking for an excuse to oust Saddam, and - in the words of the Downing Street Memo - “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy”. History Commons: CIA’s Bin Laden Unit Asks NSA for Full Transcripts of Al-Qaeda Communications, NSA Refuses.
On Monday, Riz spoke with Peter Galbraith, the former UN diplomat who was just fired from his post in the UN mission in Afghanistan. Galbraith said he could not be silent as he watched the UN downplay the fraud that took place in the Afghan elections August 20. Now the former U.S. ambassadors accusations of a UN cover up have raised questions over the state of political reconstruction in Afghanistan, and the UNs agenda in the country.
Six doctors have launched a legal action to demand that the inquest into weapons expert David Kelly's death is reopened. They say there is not enough evidence to prove he committed suicide and are publishing a hard-hitting report which they claim proves the Government scientist did not kill himself as the Hutton Report decided. Lord Hutton concluded he bled to death as a result of a cut to his wrist and an overdose of painkillers. But Michael Powers QC, an expert in coroners' law, said the cut would not have caused him to bleed to death, and there was only a normal dose of co-proxamol in his body. He said that for a coroner to reach a verdict of suicide there must be evidence "beyond reasonable doubt" that they intended to kill themselves. Dr Powers added: "Suicide cannot be presumed, it has to be proven." Daily Telegraph: Dr David Kelly: doctors start legal action for new inquest.
Here's a jungle trial the pampered celebs on I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here might want to try. Leave Ant and Dec behind and go to one of the most remote locations on earth, somewhere it would take a rescue team a good week to reach you - should you be able to contact them. Then smash your satnav and throw away all your food apart from 2lb of salt. Now walk for two months, surviving on no more than your wits and what you can forage from the dried-out land and parched riverbeds. No takers? Thought not.
A pretty penny. President Obama said Tuesday night it would cost $30 billion this fiscal year — or about $1 million per soldier — to send 30,000 additional troops there. That’s a low estimate, budget experts say, but let’s run with it for the moment. An extra $30 billion in Afghanistan means that in 2010 alone, US military spending in Afghanistan will equal nearly half of total spending on the war since 2001, according to Travis Sharp, military policy analyst with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington. The troop increase will cost $2.5 billion per month, $82 million per day, $3.4 million per hour, $57,000 per minute, and $951 per second. Foreign Policy: The hidden costs of the Afghan escalation. PTSD Combat: Afghanistan, Iraq Veteran Army Suicide Rate Continues to Climb; PTSD Timeline Update.
There is an amazing story in Ha'aretz today on the "pro-Israel" litmus test that determines who is permitted to serve in the United States government. Here's the sort of lede you're not likely to read in the New York Times or Washington Post: Every appointee to the American government must endure a thorough background check by the American Jewish community. In the case of Obama's government in particular, every criticism against Israel made by a potential government appointee has become a catalyst for debate about whether appointing "another leftist" offers proof that Obama does not truly support Israel." Marco Villa: The Israel Lobby Goes After Another Obama Appointee.
Lies of "International Fellowship of Christians and Jews" [Part 2]
Holy Bible Isaiah 58 (New International Version) 1 "Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins.
1. Call with a [full] throat, do not spare, like a shofar raise your voice, and relate to My people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their sins.
The Pentagon permeates everyday life in America. Its influence, along with that of the 15 U.S. intelligence agencies, is almost everywhere. From movies like Iron Man and G.I. Joe to video games like Halo 2 and America’s Army, from Home Depot to Google, from MIT to Harvard, the list of Pentagon-sponsored corporations, institutions and products is miles long.
First, nonscientists generally do not want to bother with understanding the science. Claims of consensus relieve policy types, environmental advocates and politicians of any need to do so. Such claims also serve to intimidate the public and even scientists — especially those outside the area of climate dynamics. Secondly, given that the question of human attribution largely cannot be resolved, its use in promoting visions of disaster constitutes nothing so much as a bait-and-switch scam. That is an inauspicious beginning to what Mr. Gore claims is not a political issue but a “moral” crusade. Lastly, there is a clear attempt to establish truth not by scientific methods but by perpetual repetition. An earlier attempt at this was accompanied by tragedy. Perhaps Marx was right. This time around we may have farce — if we’re lucky.
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