Desperation On Display
Which may explain this:
The effects of global warming impacts Latinos the hardest
Warning: Dems predict global warming will increase prostitution
In the meantime, that white stuff is still coming down.
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." * Martin Luther King Jr. // * "There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." * George Orwell // Want to contact the Stubble Jumping Redneck? Shoot her an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
"...the storm's eye is 1,250 miles wide — about 20 times bigger than typical hurricane eyes on Earth. And the Saturn maelstrom is more powerful than its Earth counterparts, with winds at its outer edge whipping around at 330 mph."This one has lasted a bit longer, too.
"Cassini's instruments detected the Saturn storm shortly after the probe arrived in orbit around the ringed planet in 2004."[---]
"So Cassini had to wait for the onset of the northern spring in August 2009 to get a good look at the hurricane in visible light."But then again, this comes from Faux News, so we're not supposed to believe it.
"A new study has proved the carnivorous Canadian lynx roamed here at the turn of the 19th century after the beast's remains were unearthed in the vaults of a museum.There's gotta be a global warming angle here, wouldn't you say?
A team of scientists from four leading British universities said the find is the earliest example of an "alien big cat" in the country."
"In a bitter irony, the only place to have announced any major hiring plan recently is the national employment agency Pole Emploi, which said last month it would hire 2,000 extra staff by September."
"The mother of the Boston bombing suspects said she will never accept the accusations that her sons carried out last week's deadly attack."[---]
"'I'm sure that my kids were not involved in anything,' she added, saying she would need more proof, but quickly adding that anything could be forged."[---]
"'We thought America was going to protect us. America took my kids away from me.'"[---]
"She went on to dismiss reports that her younger son, Dzhokhar, had already spoken about how the brothers planned the attack, questioning the veracity of news reports.I think you're not the only one who regrets your move to the US. And damned if she doesn't sound like yer garden variety Islamist. I'm surprised she didn't lay the blame on Israel.
The mother spoke at an emotional news conference here alongside her husband. They grieved for their sons, but were at times visibly angry, pounding the table as they demanded more evidence that their sons were guilty, as well as proof that their elder son, Tamerlan, was not killed by police after being captured alive."
"Marois says an independent Quebec would be more efficient and cut back on bureaucracy."Which is code for: "We'll have to cope without those transfer payments."
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"This conflict is ethnic and political, but it has a religious overlay. Chechens are Muslim, and some share the belief that the west is engaged in a global campaign against Islam. They have decided that their response should also be global. George Bush's global "war on terror" has found its corollary: a globalised campaign of terror."Nice swipe at the victim. Yet it offers no evidence to link the Boston bombers directly to this "globallised campaign of terror." It merely serves as an avenue through which the leftist Guardian can take a swipe at George Bush.
"...young men in the North Caucasus have started to turn away from the region’s long-standing tradition of Sufi Islam in favor of the more puritanical Salafi creed imported from the Middle East. Judging from Tamerlan’s YouTube feed, the Tsarnaev brothers may have subscribed to Salafist dogma, which could suggest that their apparent campaign of violence this week in the Boston area had a jihadist motive."[---]
"The brutality of the Russian campaigns turned what was a largely secular struggle into a pan-Islamist cause. Arab fighters flocked to the Chechen banner. Certain Chechen warlords cultivated links with jihadist groups, including al-Qaeda. Some reports suggest that Chechen fighters later joined the ranks of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as radical militant groups fighting against Indian rule of Kashmir. There’s evidence that Chechen fighters are also on the ground in Syria. But others contend that the extent of the Chechen presence in many of these conflicts is overstated. Military analysts often tag foreign fighters as “Chechen” even when they’re from other corners of the former Soviet Union.
Again, plenty of blame laid at the feet of Russia, yet, although it mentions that Chechnya is a Muslim land, nothing is said about the role of Islam in the formation of Chechnya's violent past, although this is kinda interesting:
Despite Russia’s ruthless efforts to quash rebellion, a low-level insurgency still simmers in Chechnya and the neighboring Russian republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia. Chechen militants have exacted a heavy price over the years. In 2002, Chechen gunmen seized the Dubrovka theater in Moscow, taking hundreds hostage. The Russian commando raid that followed led to more than 120 deaths. In 2004, alleged Chechen and Inghush fighters captured a school in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia. The resulting three-day hostage crisis ended with the deaths of nearly 400 people, many of whom were children. In 2010, two female suicide bombers detonated themselves in a Moscow subway station, killing 39.
"Chechnya is one of eight mainly Muslim ethnic republics that sprawl across the northern face of the Caucasus Mountains – which contain some of Europe's highest peaks – between the Black and Caspian Seas. The region is a patchwork of separate nationalities, speaking wildly different tongues, who have a history of intense animosity between each other that's eclipsed only by their historic tensions with Russia." [Emphasis mine]Chechnya: How a remote Russian republic became linked with terrorism
"In their long, violent struggle against the Kremlin, Chechen radicals have hit soft targets before. In 2010, two female suicide bombers from Dagestan blew up the Moscow metro, killing at least 40 people and injuring 100. A year later, another suicide bomber struck Moscow's Domodedovo airport, killing 37 and wounding 180. Other murderous attacks include one on a Beslan school in 2004, where 334 hostages died, most of them children.
But the Boston Marathon bombing, which police suspect was perpetrated by two Chechen brothers, Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, are something altogether new. It is so far unclear how significant is the trail that appears to lead from the simmering ongoing insurgency in the mountains of the North Caucasus to the boulevards and suburban houses of North America.
After 18 years, two wars and the loss of hundreds of thousands of civilian lives, the conflict in Chechnya, and Russia's southern backyard more generally, has changed. From 1994 to 1996, Boris Yeltsin fought a war against mainly secular Chechen separatists who wanted, like other ethnic republics after the USSR collapsed, their own nationalist and constitutional state. From 1999 to 2004, Vladimir Putin – Yeltsin's steely successor – fought a second Chechen war. The aim was to definitively crush Chechen separatism.
In recent years, however, the Kremlin and its regional proxies have been battling a different kind of enemy. This new generation of insurgents has an explicitly Islamist goal: seeking to create a radical pan-Caucasian emirate ruled by Islamic law, like Afghanistan under the Taliban. The movement's leader, Doku Umarov, unveiled this ambitious vision in 2007. He vowed to "liberate" not only Russia's Muslim north Caucasus but a large chunk of European Russia.
Umarov also suggested that devout Muslims should think internationally.
His comments, later softened, said: "Today in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Palestine our brothers are fighting. Everyone who attacks Muslims wherever they are, are our enemies, common enemies. Our enemy is not Russia only, but everyone who wages war against Islam and Muslims.""
"That is the simple message that the Czech government wants Americans to know in the aftermath of this week's bombings of the Boston Marathon, allegedly by two brothers of Chechen origin.[---]
The Czech Republic's ambassador to the United States Petr Gandalovic felt Saturday compelled to clear up what he called a "most unfortunate misunderstanding" that some Americans on Twitter have been guilty of in recent days.
"The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities," he said in a press release posted on his embassy's website Saturday."
"Americans are notorious for being geographically challenged, and historically get low scores for their knowledge of the globe."
"Any child can understand that the Romans conquered the world when temperatures were warmer than today, that the Dutch invented the ice skates during the Little Ice Age five hundred years ago, and that melting glaciers off Newfoundland a century ago produced the iceberg that sunk the Titanic. Each of these well documented periods shreds speculations from climate alarmists, such as their assertion that the Arctic is only now warming, or that temperatures had been relative stable over the past one or two thousand years, and only in the last century climbed dramatically."[---]
"The vast Antarctic, of course, has been mostly inaccessible, but numerous expeditions to the region, beginning with James Cook’s voyage in the 1770s, provide actual, rather than scientifically surmised or reconstructed, data. The explorers from Australia, Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden and Switzerland tell us, for example, that the contours of the continent continually changed. Antarctica’s Bay of Whales, used by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1911 and Richard Byrd expeditions in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, changed so often and became so unstable that in the 1950s it became unusable as a port and in the 1980s, after a 99-mile-long iceberg broke off it, the bay disappeared entirely."[---]
"the Northwest Passage would be several times traversed, first by the same Amundsen who had earlier explored the Antarctic. History shows us that the Arctic has oftentimes warmed, making a mockery of claims that the modest recent warming is in any way extraordinary."But my all time favourite is found in the journals kept by the HBC's explorer/trader, Samuel Hearne, concerning a trees in the far north.
"Stacking 75 percent of Canadians within 100 miles of US border is suspect too" [Ed: The lack of punctuation (a comma and a period) at the end of the sentence is in the original.]Once again folks, most of Canada's population is located along significant waterways. Waterways that were critical transportation routes during the early era of settlement in Canada and that were highways for the transportation of furs and trade goods during the fur trade era.
"China, the world's largest producer of carbon dioxide, is directly feeling the man-made heat of global warming, Canadian and Chinese scientists conclude in the first study to link the burning of fossil fuels to one country's rise in its daily temperature spikes.[---]
China emits more of the greenhouse gas than the next two biggest carbon polluters - the United States and India - combined. And its emissions keep soaring by about 10 per cent per year."
"Those spikes, which often occur in late afternoon and the early morning, are what scientists say most affect people's health, plants and animals. People don't notice changes in averages, but they feel it when the daily high is hotter or when it doesn't cool off at night to let them recover from a sweltering day.I wonder how Beijing lets them get away with that? Maybe because the research was done in Canada:
The study by Chinese and Canadian researchers found that just because of greenhouse gases, daytime highs rose 0.9 degree C in the 46 years up to 2007. At night it was even worse: Because of greenhouse gases, the daily lows went up about 1.7 degrees C."
"'It is way above what you would expect from normal fluctuations of climate," study author Xuebin Zhang, a research scientist with Environment Canada. "It is quite clear and can be attributed to greenhouse gases.'"Cue leftards now. This has got to be part of "Harper's Hidden Agenda".
"The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Sunday barred the candidates in the general elections from seeking votes in the name of religion or sectarianism, Geo News reported."[---]
"Issuing fresh directives, the Election Commission declared that driving out the voters from the polling stations would be treated as a crime, and providing free of cost transport facility, including vehicles and boats, would be a punishable act.I'll believe it when I see it. The election is scheduled for May 11.
Canvassing within the perimeter of 400 yards from the polling booths and taking the ballot paper out from there also have been declared punishable crime."
"The growing field of hopefuls is generating fresh popular interest in an election that few believed would be competitive just a short while ago. That is in large part because candidates must be approved by Iran’s Guardian Council, a powerful body of clerics and jurists, half of whom are appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.RTWT. Sounds to me like things might change, but not necessarily for the better.
Iran’s traditional conservative factions — known as principlists for their loyalty to the founding principles of the Islamic republic — make up the largest number of expected candidates. But instead of a field limited to conservatives, who once counted Ahmadinejad among their ranks but came to see him as a threat to their dominance, a number of candidates who many analysts believed would sit out for fear of not passing the strict vetting process have stepped forward."
"The overwhelming consensus on global warming among journalists may be cracking. Last week, the world’s most prestigious newsmagazine – The Economist – backed away from its past alarmist position, saying that “If climate scientists were credit-rating agencies, climate sensitivity would be on negative watch.” The Economist now discounts the high-end estimates of warming coming from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as being unlikely if not far-fetched."Must be awfully difficult for those journalists that staked their careers on it.
"Mr Howard told the Lowy Institute in Sydney on Tuesday night the decision was taken in the belief that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, based on intelligence at that time."[---]
"Mr Howard also hit out at claims by some that he led Australia into the 2003 Iraq war on the basis of a lie."[---]
"Mr Howard said there was a "near universal" belief that Iraq had WMDs, including from former Labor leader Kevin Rudd.And of course, the lovers of peace were outside demonstrating their commitment:
"After the fall of Saddam, and when it became apparent that stockpiles of WMDs had - to me unexpectedly - not been found in Iraq, it was all too easy for certain people to begin claiming that Australia had gone to war based on a lie," Mr Howard said.
"Not only does [that claim] impugn the integrity of the decision-making process at the highest level, but also the professionalism and integrity of intelligence agencies here and elsewhere.
"Some of their key assessments proved to be wrong, but that is a world away from those assessments being the product of deceit and/or political manipulation.
"The chants of street protesters could be heard faintly inside the city hotel where Mr Howard spoke.Emphasis mine throughout.
The venue was switched from the nearby Lowy Institute after protestors caused a last-minute venue change."
"Decades of war and violence have kept international archaeologists away from Iraq, where significant archaeological sites as yet unexplored are located. Still, the dig showed that such collaborative missions could be possible in parts of Iraq that are relatively stable, like its Shiite-dominated south."
"Iraq faces a broader problem of protecting its archaeological heritage. Its 12,000 registered archaeological sites are poorly guarded."
"The judge said Katz exhibited "bad political behaviour" and will have to be judged by the public at the next civic election in 2014. Throwing him out of office -- triggering a costly and time-consuming election -- would be the wrong move, she said."
"Record low extents of Arctic sea ice in 2012 focused scientific and policy attention on climate changes in the high north, and to the implications of projected ice-free seasons in the Arctic within decades, the report says.Then let the commentators take over.
This opens opportunities for transport through the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route, extraction of potential oil and gas resources, and expanded fishing and tourism, according to the report."
""It keeps the drugs off the streets and out of the hands of criminals, but it also has a massive impact on the finances of international terrorist organizations."
HMCS Toronto left Halifax in January. It is currently part of a international naval task force patrolling the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean."