Friday, July 31, 2009

GOP full of nut cases. Reality is no longer a provable object to Conservatives in America

Only 42 percent of Republican respondents in a Research 2000 survey, conducted for the liberal website Daily Kos, said they thought Obama was a natural born citizen; 28 percent said they did not believe Obama was born in the United States; 30 percent said they were not sure.
New Poll: Less Than Half Of Republicans Believe Obama Was Born In U.S.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Op-Ed Columnist - Health Care Realities - NYTimes.com

At a recent town hall meeting, a man stood up and told Representative Bob Inglis to “keep your government hands off my Medicare.” The congressman, a Republican from South Carolina, tried to explain that Medicare is already a government program — but the voter, Mr. Inglis said, “wasn’t having any of it.”
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You can't make this funnier



The best part was the comment about needing to watch what you say just after made a joke about women's sexual organs on British national TV.

Birthers: yes the press is pushing this one, but they can because the GOP is grounded in such things, remember Swift Boats?

Liberal blogger Mike Stark filmed an online video that portrayed eleven Republican members of Congress as being evasive when asked whether or not they believe President Obama is an American citizen. In it, Stark attempted to prove that Republican politicians are held hostage by conservative conspiracy theorists (Snip) A closer look at the video reveals that much of the seemingly incriminating footage is the result of selective video editing, falsification of identities, and outright mischaracterization.
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So the official GOP is the left is making this issue up, but read the right wing blogger responses:

Reply 2 - Posted by: nocuol, 7/30/2009 2:11:37 AM     (No. 5732199)

I am sorry that those of us who do doubt that Obama was born in the United States are looked upon as kooks. If he was, then it would be easy to produce a legitimate long-form birth certificate, not this shortened certificate of live birth which doesn't prove anything. Why would Obama make the decision to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid releasing a state birth certificate and other documentation, such as educational records that would settle this question?


Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 7/30/2009 2:42:40 AM     (No. 5732210)

The MSM has gave up news reporting long ago, and wouldn't know how to report a news event if their lives depended on it. They are experts in spin, not in facts. So, I will help them out. Here are three facts:

1) The Constitution requires that the POTUS be a Natural Born Citizen

2) Barack Obama Jr. admits that his father was not an American citizen

"As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children."

3) Natural born, as defined by our Founders in the Federalist Papers and Vattel's the Law of Nations (http://www.constitution.org/vattel/vattel.htm), is someone born of TWO United States Citizens:

"natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens"

- Emerich de Vattel, 1758. Book I, chapter 19, § 212. Of the citizens and natives, the Law of Nations.

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Spin removed, facts reported, the news is obama is not eligible to be President of the United States.


Reply 4 - Posted by: jond, 7/30/2009 3:04:07 AM     (No. 5732218)

BHO would not (as the article maintains) have have to submit his documents to any court. All he has to do is put them on a web site. He already tried that once, and probably found the results unsatisfactory.


Reply 5 - Posted by: check26, 7/30/2009 3:19:00 AM     (No. 5732227)

No effing way. This "birther" issue is all about your ilk not being able to accept the result of the last election. Period.


Reply 6 - Posted by: PLPointer67, 7/30/2009 3:28:19 AM     (No. 5732233)

Many thanks to #3 and #2.

I think #5 forgot the /s.


Reply 7 - Posted by: modampII, 7/30/2009 3:58:04 AM     (No. 5732248)

Right on #3, ironically when tele one was running for the Senate, his opponent, Atty. Ryan, had a good lead, all at once, his "private" divorce records were aired, shot him out of the saddle. Now, if it's okay to air anothers private records, why isn't it okay, for us to ask for tele ones private records, college papers, who sponsored him to college, to the Senate, who is "grooming" him, who is paying almost a million, to keep his Legal birth certificate from being aired. We small a rat, here, for sure. As the old lady said once, "Where's the Beef"? Just keep asking, if he's an
American born citizen, simply prove it, with the long form of his birth certificate. Whoever is grooming him, wants America brought to its' knees, and it seems to be working! We know nothing about tele one, except for that sham bio, ayers allegedly wrote for him, to deter questions!!


Reply 8 - Posted by: Catherine, 7/30/2009 4:44:40 AM     (No. 5732263)

As I heard the story, even if Obama was born in Hawaii, his mother had renounced her American citizenship and that gave Obama dual citizenship. I've read all over the place that he renounced his kenyan citizenship at age 21. So if he weren't a Kenyan citizen, why would he renounce it? Just a thought.

I guess these posts above are democrats trying to disgrace the GOP?
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Women evolve to become more attractive

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ex-GOP Rep. Tom Davis Warns Republicans: "We've Become A Rural And Southern Party" (VIDEO)

The high education areas Obama carried - 78 of the 100 counties with the highest education. McCain carried 88 of the 100 counties with the lowest education. As we move to cultural politics, that's been the shift.
Ex-GOP Rep. Tom Davis Warns Republicans: "We've Become A Rural And Southern Party" (VIDEO)
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BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Honduras officials lose US visas

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Honduras officials lose US visas
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BBC NEWS | Business | Mortgage approvals 'on the rise'

Signs of a further pick-up in the housing market during the summer have been revealed in the latest figures from the Bank of England.
BBC NEWS | Business | Mortgage approvals 'on the rise'
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Op-Ed Contributor - Hurrying Into the Next Panic? - NYTimes.com

ON vacation in Turkey, I am picked up at the airport by a minibus. It’s past midnight, pitch-black, the driver is speeding around corners. Only one headlight is working. And I have my doubts about the brakes. In my head I’m planning the letter of complaint to the tour company. And then the driver’s cellphone rings, he picks it up and answers it, he has only one hand on the steering wheel. Now I’m mentally compiling the list of songs to be played at my funeral.
Op-Ed Contributor - Hurrying Into the Next Panic? - NYTimes.com
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Palin as Poet? Just ask Captain Kirk



She's dead Kirk

Palin as Poet? Just ask Captain Kirk



She's dead Kirk

Divorce has lingering health impacts, the study seems to say don't marry to stay healthy

BBC: Divorce has a lingering, detrimental impact on health that even remarriage cannot fully repair, a study suggests.

A Chicago study involving 8,652 people aged 51 to 61 found divorced people have 20% more chronic illnesses such as cancer than those who never marry.

The figure only drops to 12% for those who remarry, researchers write in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour.

They say we start adulthood with a "health stock" that is kept or eroded depending on our marital experience.

Only those who are continuously married can expect the same rate of chronic health problems as the never-wedded, the study suggests.

More Birther Insanity

File:BarackObamaCertificationOfLiveBirthHawaii.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

File:BarackObamaCertificationOfLiveBirthHawaii.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Note that Obama is half Caucasian and half African in his birth certificate. 
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BBC NEWS | Business | First 2009 rise for house prices

House prices in England and Wales have risen month-on-month for the first time since January 2008, according to the Land Registry.
BBC NEWS | Business | First 2009 rise for house prices
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Birther nut cases hate the name

Reply 2 - Posted by: truthtopower1, 7/28/2009 5:24:52 AM (No. 5726181)

You know it is offensive to be diminished by the State run media tag of Birther. That name tag is derogatory.
We are concerned citizens with a valid constitutional question.
Does this occupant of the people's White House actualy have a valid Birth Certificate?

Not did someone at sometime see a birth certificate. Actually PRODUCE the DOCUMENT!

Enough with speaking down to us.

Reply 3 - Posted by: Pelorus, 7/28/2009 5:37:00 AM (No. 5726192)

I like it when a greasy-haired, lying sock-puppet's sock-puttet calls me names and tries circular arguments to make a serious question go away. It encourages my suspicions and tells me to stay on the hunt.

Reply 4 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/28/2009 6:01:24 AM (No. 5726210)

Even if there isn't a clear cut victory on this the idea plants suspicions in people's minds many of whom already believe he's a muslim.It's pecking away at his credibility and his ability to get anything done.Our problem is really the RINOS

GOP running away from the birther issue



The GOP has become so insane its elected Congressmen and Congresswomen are afraid to discuss issues held to by most of its rank and file members.

Stimulus "Package"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of jobs created or saved by infrastructure projects funded by the U.S. economic stimulus plan more than doubled in June from May, according to a report released Tuesday by a House of Representatives committee.

At the end of June, 49,377 jobs had been "created or sustained" by water, highway and public transportation projects, compared to slightly more than 21,000 jobs at the end of May.

The Pacific Northwestern state of Washington accounted for the most jobs of any state or territory at 3,481, with the bulk of those concentrated in highway repairs.

According to the Transportation Department, Washington has also been obligated some $627.8 million out of the $22.7 billion the states have requested from the federal government under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

President Barack Obama pushed to dedicate $48 billion in the two-year, $787 billion recovery act to transportation projects, in the hopes of allaying painfully high unemployment levels in construction and related work.

A few states and territories, such as Georgia and Guam, have not reported any jobs created or saved by the increased infrastructure spending. Capital works projects have begun everywhere except the territories.

Only 142 capital works have been completed, however, the committee said.

The House committee regularly tracks how stimulus money is distributed to clean water revolving funds, highway infrastructure projects and transit capital assistance and will have a hearing on spending on Friday. Most states have used most of the stimulus money for highway repairs, according to the committee.

A total of 5,079 highway and transit projects have been put out to bid in all 50 states, four territories and the District of Columbia, totaling $16.7 billion, the committee said.

A job counts as created if it did not exist before a stimulus grant was given to a project. A sustained or saved job would have been eliminated if not for stimulus money. The committee does not distinguish between jobs created and saved in its report.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert)

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE56Q4TS20090727

Nutty Backmann tries and fails to block end of birther insanity


Just as the presiding chair of the House, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), was about to declare the resolution passed by voice vote, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) stood and objected:


BACHMANN: Mr. Speaker? I object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. [...]

REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS (D-MD): Further procedings on this motion will be postponed.

What renegade MI5 officer David Shayler did next... - Home News, UK - The Independent

The renegade MI5 officer who blew the whistle on his former colleagues is now living in a squat, dressing as a woman, and railing against the 'Zionist empire'.
What renegade MI5 officer David Shayler did next... - Home News, UK - The Independent
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World will warm faster than predicted in next five years, study warns | Environment | The Guardian

World will warm faster than predicted in next five years, study warns | Environment | The Guardian
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These denialogues don't care if their own children end up with syphilis | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

These denialogues don't care if their own children end up with syphilis | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
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Recession Shadowing Chicago Bid for Games - NYTimes.com

Recession Shadowing Chicago Bid for Games - NYTimes.com
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With Stubborn Unrest in Swat, Landowners Remain in Exile - NYTimes.com

If it continues, the landlords’ absence will have lasting ramifications not only for Swat, but also for Pakistan’s most populated province, Punjab, where the landholdings are vast, and the militants are gaining power, said Vali Nasr, a senior adviser to Mr. Holbrooke, the American envoy.

“If the large landowners are kept out by the Taliban, the result will in effect be property redistribution,” Mr. Nasr said. “That will create a vested community of support for the Taliban that will see benefit in the absence of landlords.”
With Stubborn Unrest in Swat, Landowners Remain in Exile - NYTimes.com
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Op-Ed Columnist - An Incoherent Truth - NYTimes.com

One interpretation, then, is that the Blue Dogs are basically following in Mr. Tauzin’s footsteps: if their position is incoherent, it’s because they’re nothing but corporate tools, defending special interests. And as the Center for Responsive Politics pointed out in a recent report, drug and insurance companies have lately been pouring money into Blue Dog coffers.
Op-Ed Columnist - An Incoherent Truth - NYTimes.com
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Unsettled - In 2 West Bank Settlements, a Sign of Hope for a Deal - Series - NYTimes.com

Unsettled - In 2 West Bank Settlements, a Sign of Hope for a Deal - Series - NYTimes.com
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Conjunction Junction



Conjunction Junction
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Nortel, a fallen Canadian icon, starts asset sales | Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) - Nortel Networks Corp and bidders for its wireless division were sequestered on Friday in a New York law office as the company, once a symbol of Canada's technological prowess, moved to complete the first stage of its own dismantling.
Nortel, a fallen Canadian icon, starts asset sales | Reuters
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BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Octuplets' mum signs rich TV deal

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Octuplets' mum signs rich TV deal

CUNT
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Biking the Iron Curtain Trail, Where the Cold War Raged - NYTimes.com

Biking the Iron Curtain Trail, Where the Cold War Raged - NYTimes.com
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Why markets can’t cure healthcare - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com

There are a number of successful health-care systems, at least as measured by pretty good care much cheaper than here, and they are quite different from each other. There are, however, no examples of successful health care based on the principles of the free market, for one simple reason: in health care, the free market just doesn’t work. And people who say that the market is the answer are flying in the face of both theory and overwhelming evidence.
Why markets can’t cure healthcare - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Week in Political Cartoons - Political Cartoons- msnbc.com

The Week in Political Cartoons - Political Cartoons- msnbc.com
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The Week in Political Cartoons - Political Cartoons- msnbc.com The predictable angel cartoon on anyone's death

The Week in Political Cartoons - Political Cartoons- msnbc.com
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The Week in Political Cartoons - Political Cartoons- msnbc.com

The Week in Political Cartoons - Political Cartoons- msnbc.com
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The Week in Political Cartoons - Political Cartoons- msnbc.com

The Week in Political Cartoons - Political Cartoons- msnbc.com
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Low-wage economy 'creates child poverty' - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Although Labour has lifted 600,000 children out of poverty since taking power in 1997, almost all of them had parents who were unemployed. Some 2.9 million children are still classed as poor because their family's income is less than 60 per cent of the median.
Low-wage economy 'creates child poverty' - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

I would expand that sentence, though Labour lifted 600,000 children out of poverty, give it a year or two of Torie rule and it will all  be lost.
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Science Centric | News | Hubble captures the recent impact on Jupiter

Science Centric | News | Hubble captures the recent impact on Jupiter
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Science Centric | News | Hubble captures the recent impact on Jupiter

Science Centric | News | Hubble captures the recent impact on Jupiter
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Science Centric | News | Hubble captures the recent impact on Jupiter

Science Centric | News | Hubble captures the recent impact on Jupiter
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IGN: SDCC 09: Bender Comments on Futurama Recasting

IGN: SDCC 09: Bender Comments on Futurama Recasting
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Israel uses Hitler picture to sell its settlement expansion - Middle East, World - The Independent

Israel uses Hitler picture to sell its settlement expansion - Middle East, World - The Independent
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True wife confessions: How women's real-life stories became the new internet sensation - Men & Women, Love & Sex - The Independent

True wife confessions: How women's real-life stories became the new internet sensation - Men & Women, Love & Sex - The Independent
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Friday, July 24, 2009

Tron 2 video



Pirate video from Comic Con.

Poll: Palin’s favorability falters - Washington Post- msnbc.com

WASHINGTON - As Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin prepares for the next stage of her political career, a majority of Americans hold an unfavorable view of her, and there is broad public doubt about her leadership skills and understanding of complex issues, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Poll: Palin’s favorability falters - Washington Post- msnbc.com
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Share the Point: Microsoft, G-word, and Apple – How firm is your IT faith? - SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land

First off after having spent a year at Microsoft I quickly found that the bashing that I expected to happen there didn’t happen the same way. It was much more open than I expected. A lot of smart people were around me and I quickly made personal goals to one day become a full time employee, a blue badger.

Microsoft, G-word, and Apple – How firm is your IT faith? - SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land
Share the Point: Microsoft, G-word, and Apple – How firm is your IT faith? - SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Afghanistan women outraged at proposed family planning law| Women | Life and style | The Guardian

The proposed law led to furious protests from women's groups. It sanctioned marital rape and brought back Taliban-era restrictions on women by outlining when a woman could leave her house and the circumstances in which she has to have sex with her husband; Shia woman would be allowed to leave home alone "for a legitimate purpose" only which the law does not define, and could refuse sex with their husbands only when ill or menstruating.
Afghanistan women outraged at proposed family planning law| Women | Life and style | The Guardian
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New embarrassment for Berlusconi as latest 'sex tapes' are aired | World news | The Guardian

New embarrassment for Berlusconi as latest 'sex tapes' are aired | World news | The Guardian
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Is it time to kill off Big Brother? | Media | The Guardian

Admittedly, as commissioners discover when they attempt to remove any regular item from the schedule, most programmes retain a basic hard-core audience to the end of their days and even beyond. Big Brother still has a very stubborn rump of viewers (between 1.8 and 2 million since the 10th series began on 4 June) and it is still possible that a dramatic twist – homicide, suicide, or swine flu sweeping the house – could make the numbers jump. But BB is now frequently beaten by rival offerings on BBC2 and its graph is clearly downward: the third series, for example, averaged 5.8 million viewers.
Is it time to kill off Big Brother? | Media | The Guardian
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USA: Existing home sales leap in June - Real estate- msnbc.com

WASHINGTON - Signaling a housing recovery is under way in much of the country, sales of previously occupied homes rose for the third month in a row in June.
Existing home sales leap in June - Real estate- msnbc.com
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The collapse of Moscow: Architectural heritage being destroyed - Europe, World - The Independent

I saw evidence of this with my own two eyes this week. Just outside my hotel, sticking out on a point at the end of an island in the Moscow River, someone had built a monument so ugly I could not even bring myself to take a picture. It was as tall as my hotel, a 16 story building. A giant viking stood atop a Spanish galleon which itself stood atop a set of cresting waves and other galleons. The man was as tall as the masts of the ship and raised his hand as he peered forward. It struck me as a tawdry appeal to nationalist myths that seek to place the origins of Russian culture exclusively in the Nordic Rus said to have peopled the country in the latter part of the first millennium, B.C. It is an eyesore which can be seen for miles around.

Russia turned itself over to gangster capitalism, in part at the urging of neo-cons who, as it turned out, also turned the United States and Britain over to a somewhat more refined form of the same thing.

The collapse of Moscow: Architectural heritage being destroyed - Europe, World - The Independent
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Christian right aims to change history lessons in Texas schools | World news | guardian.co.uk

The Christian right is making a fresh push to force religion onto the school curriculum in Texas with the state's education board about to consider recommendations that children be taught that there would be no United States if it had not been for God.
Christian right aims to change history lessons in Texas schools | World news | guardian.co.uk
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Relations between David Cameron and Boris Johnson at breaking point, claims New Statesman | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Relations between David Cameron and Boris Johnson at breaking point, claims New Statesman | Politics | guardian.co.uk
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Facebook Turing Ideology


Why is this line, $1.34-billion taxed the Turing code for a post? Is Facebook using these codes to get people to type ads or propeganda?
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BBC NEWS | UK | Helicopters 'are no magic wand'

BBC NEWS | UK | Helicopters 'are no magic wand'

Britain's armed forces have more than 500 helicopters, but fewer than 30 are being used in Afghanistan.

The debate over helicopter shortages in the British armed forces is not a new one.

In fact, former army officer Amyas Godfrey says it has been raging since he signed up in the 1990s.

But, after last week saw eight servicemen die in the bloodiest 24 hours in Afghanistan since operations began, Britain's resources have come under very close scrutiny.

Gordon Brown says helicopter numbers have increased by 60% in the past two years but Conservatives are calling the shortage a "scandal".

Roadside bombs

The row centres on the number of "lift" helicopters, used for transporting troops.

Critics suggest if Britain had more of these aircraft, in particular Chinooks, getting around Helmand would be safer for troops.

Experts seem to agree that in the long-term more helicopters would be a benefit but are not an overnight answer.

"It's very dangerous to try to find one reason why we had a higher number of deaths in one week. The only reason is because we are fighting a war," says Mr Godfrey, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

It is the very nature of the battle in Afghanistan - to push the Taliban out, take land and hold it - which means helicopters could never be the one-and-only solution.

"The more helicopters we could have, the better," says Mr Godfrey.

"But those troops who died on foot patrol - they would have still died even with more helicopters. They are not a magic wand.

"If the government said today we are going to buy 20 more helicopters to support frontline troops, it would not be much use in the near future.

"We would have to find 40 or 50 pilots, 10 ground crew for every helicopter, buy all the support as helicopters require almost constant servicing especially in a dusty environment like Afghanistan."

Michael Codner, director of military studies at RUSI, says there is always a limit to capabilities and when soldiers are on the offensive trying to seize territory, you always want more.

"If you are going to try to overwhelm, there's no limit to what you want to have in theatre. That's the problem," he says.

The Chinook is a heavyweight helicopter, capable of carrying between 33 and 55 service personnel.

Its main use is for troop deployment and its large engine and twin rotors mean it copes better than other models in the heat and high altitudes of Afghanistan.

It is widely accepted that travel by air is less risky than on Afghan roads, where roadside bombs are a constant threat.

The country's rugged terrain and poor road network also slows down overland journeys, whereas a helicopter can fly anywhere, at speed, with flexibility.

They are however expensive - a Chinook costs several million pounds - and has high maintenance costs.

"A bullet fired from the ground will go in and out a Chinook, and anyone in between gets wounded. If you lose a Chinook, you lose up to 40 people at a time," says Mr Godfrey,

'World beaters'

The Ministry of Defence refuses to say how many British helicopters are in Afghanistan, citing operational reasons.

But reports estimate there may be up to 10 Chinooks, eight Sea Kings and five smaller Lynxes. Mr Godfrey estimates there could also be up to six Apaches there.

Sea Kings, in their different forms, operate as airborne early warning platforms, but are also used to ferry marines.


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Health care is a human right

Article 25.

 * (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

 * (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

America signed the UDHR so its treaty obligated to meet these.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

BBC NEWS | UK | Deaths up during anti-knife drive

The number of knife deaths in areas targeted by an anti-knife crime scheme has risen, the Home Office has said.

The government's Tackling Knives Action Programme was launched last July by 10 police forces in England and Wales.

In its first nine months, 126 people died after being attacked with a knife or other sharp object - seven more than in the same period the previous year.

Overall knife-related violence fell by 10%, but the number of deaths among teenagers remains unchanged.

'Crime hotspots'

The Home Office-led programme, known as T-Kap, was triggered by a series of high-profile teenage stabbings.

Police have stepped up searches and patrols in knife crime hotspots and are running courses to highlight the dangers of carrying the weapons.

The families of some of those killed were invited to 10 Downing Street on Monday for a knife crime summit hosted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Meanwhile, a second phase of the scheme, focusing on all forms of serious violence among 13 to 24-year-olds, will now be rolled out. About £5m will be made available to the 10 original forces and six others.


BBC NEWS | UK | Deaths up during anti-knife drive
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Obama was born in the United States. END OF SUBJECT

Social Mobility ending in England-BBC

Friday, July 17, 2009

Swarms of carnivorous giant flying squid terrorise southern Californian coast | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Swarms of carnivorous giant flying squid terrorise southern Californian coast | Environment | guardian.co.uk
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US anchorman Walter Cronkite dies, aged 92 | World news | guardian.co.uk

That, in fact, was simply the way it appeared to Cronkite. As one of the founding fathers of America's network television news and as managing editor of the CBS evening news for 19 years, his evaluation of world events helped shape his country's electronic reporting into the extraordinarily insular and inadequate chronicle it has become. That, in turn, opened the door to Rupert Murdoch's current brand of unashamedly partisan news coverage.

During Cronkite's reign, the standard television bulletin, from which most Americans drew their picture of the world, lasted for 22 minutes. The consequent pressure to condense or omit means that events in vast tracts of the globe remained unknown across the world's most powerful nation.

For all Cronkite's insistence that he was a reporter rather than a front man, there was little evidence that he tried to inculcate a mission to inform at CBS. The prevailing philosophy was, and remains, to offer all the news that fits. With no national press to fill the gap, it has meant that for generations of Americans the broad sweep of foreign policy has wavered on tides of popular ignorance.

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Important developments for which there was no film were reduced to sound bites which barely touched the national consciousness. Nor, as became apparent in crises like Carter's dithering over the neutron bomb, had a mechanism been devised to give viewers a coherent account of policies and ideas, except to make them crudely personalised.

But, Washington being the village it is, an exception was made for the national political conventions. For years they got the wall-to-wall treatment usually reserved for sport, not least because they had similar ingredients.

From 1952 onwards Cronkite was the CBS anchor man at these five-day marathons and his reputation grew accordingly. In time his career had so far outlasted that of the politicians that he easily outgunned them in popularity. Presidential hopefuls of all stripes were desperate to be interviewed by him to help secure the national exposure on which their election depended.

This evident power meant, in turn, that he certainly did not remain the detached reporter he claimed. He may have kept his voting preferences secret but the tone of voice, the pause, the lift of the shaggy eyebrows rarely left viewers in much doubt of Cronkite's editorial view. He so riled Kennedy during the 1960 presidential campaign that the candidate tried to get him removed from the CBS roster.



US anchorman Walter Cronkite dies, aged 92 | World news | guardian.co.uk
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Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle Devices - NYTimes.com

Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle Devices - NYTimes.com
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Social Change as seen through the Brady Bunch intro Song



Year 1



Year 5

70 TV is truely depressing





Porn in the News

Does Income Inequality Explain the Boom? - The Stash

Does Income Inequality Explain the Boom? - The Stash
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Bank of America Posts a Profit on Trading Gains - NYTimes.com

Still, analysts said before the report that the bank will need to further buttress its capital. Bank of America said that its global card business lost $1.6 billion in the second quarter due to “weakening economies in the U.S., Europe and Canada.”

“I think they will need to build billions of dollars of loan loss reserves this quarter,” said Jeff Harte, a banking analyst at Sandler O’Neill before the report was released. “It’s going to cost them significantly.”
Bank of America Posts a Profit on Trading Gains - NYTimes.com
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Clowns Kicked KKK Asses - Neatorama


Here’s an excellent example of pwnage: when the white supremacist group VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK tried to host a hate rally in Knoxville, Tennessee, they were foiled by … clowns!

Unfortunately for [VNN] the 100th ARA (Anti Racist Action) clown block came and handed them their asses by making them appear like the asses they were.

Alex Linder the founder of VNN and the lead organizer of the rally kicked off events by rushing the clowns in a fit of rage, and was promptly arrested by 4 Knoxville police officers who dropped him to the ground when he resisted and dragged him off past the red shiny shoes of the clowns. http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/7704982.html

“White Power!” the Nazi’s shouted, “White Flour?” the clowns yelled back running in circles throwing flour in the air and raising separate letters which spelt “White Flour”.

“White Power!” the Nazi’s angrily shouted once more, “White flowers?” the clowns cheers and threw white flowers in the air and danced about merrily.

“White Power!” the Nazi’s tried once again in a doomed and somewhat funny attempt to clarify their message, “ohhhhhh!” the clowns yelled “Tight Shower!” and held a solar shower in the air and all tried to crowd under to get clean as per the Klan’s directions.

At this point several of the Nazi’s and Klan members began clutching their hearts as if they were about to have a heart attack. Their beady eyes bulged, and the veins in their tiny narrow foreheads beat in rage. One last time they screamed “White Power!”

The clown women thought they finally understood what the Klan was trying to say. “Ohhhhh…” the women clowns said. “Now we understand…”, “WIFE POWER!” they lifted the letters up in the air, grabbed the nearest male clowns and lifted them in their arms and ran about merrily chanting “WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER!”


Clowns Kicked KKK Asses - Neatorama

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'Do-little' Boris Johnson could cost Tories general election votes, blog claims | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Boris Johnson is a "do-little mayor" who could lose the Conservatives votes at the next general election, a leading Conservative blog claimed today.
'Do-little' Boris Johnson could cost Tories general election votes, blog claims | Politics | guardian.co.uk
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Britain must tell Obama: the alliance of denial has to end | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian

"The denouement will come only from negotiation. For British generals and politicians to talk of fighting in Helmand "for decades" is absurd, not least as neither the British public nor the Taliban believe it. Like the Canadians, they should give a date for withdrawal, to stop wasting British lives and to isolate Obama in his wrong-headed policy.

"To imagine that Britain might have leverage may be fanciful. Tony Blair's failure to influence Bush over Iraq was humiliating. The mix of political obsequiousness and diplomatic smugness Washington detected in Britain then is being replicated today over Afghanistan.

"But Brown is still prime minister. He could act as he is known to believe and cut loose from the Americans in Helmand. It would take courage, but it would be the right thing to do."
Britain must tell Obama: the alliance of denial has to end | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
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Al Jazeera English - Focus - US trapped in 'bitter war'?

Al Jazeera English - Focus - US trapped in 'bitter war'?
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The Man Who Knew Cheney's Secret - Page 1 - The Daily Beast

The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh was mocked in March when he referred to Dick Cheney’s secret squad of CIA assassins. Now, he talks to The Daily Beast about the next shoe to drop.
The Man Who Knew Cheney's Secret - Page 1 - The Daily Beast
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Boris Johnson condemned for describing £250,000 deal as 'chicken feed' | Politics | guardian.co.uk

"For Boris Johnson to dismiss it as chicken feed shows just how out of touch he and the Conservative party are from the reality of life for millions of Londoners struggling to make ends meet in the depths of a recession."
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London mayor calls 250,000 pounds chicken feed | UK | Reuters

London mayor calls 250,000 pounds chicken feed | UK | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - London's outspoken mayor, Boris Johnson, has caused controversy after describing the 250,000 pound second salary he earns for writing a newspaper column as "chicken feed."

Workers on London's transport network, which ultimately is headed by the mayor, reacted angrily to Johnson's comments, which he made in an interview with the BBC.

"Transport workers in London will look at Boris Johnson's claim that 250,000 pounds a year for moonlighting in a second job is 'chickenfeed' and wonder just what planet he's living on," said Bob Crow, the head of the RMT transport union.

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Study suggests Venus may have had oceans - Space.com- msnbc.com

Study suggests Venus may have had oceans - Space.com- msnbc.com

Venus may once have been more Earth-like, with volcanic activity and an ocean of water, a new map of the toasty planet's southern hemisphere suggests.

The map comprises over a thousand individual images, recorded between May 2006 and December 2007 by the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft. It gives astronomers another tool in their quest to understand why Venus is so similar in size to Earth and yet has evolved so differently.

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Boris Johnson: £250,000 wage is 'chicken feed' - Times Online

Boris Johnson: £250,000 wage is 'chicken feed' - Times Online

Boris Johnson has described the £250,000 he earns each year for writing a newspaper column as “chicken feed”.

David Cameron, the Tory leader, has ordered his shadow cabinet to give up extra work in the run-up to the general election to show their “commitment”.

But Mr Johnson, who earns almost £140,000 as Mayor of London, insisted that it was “wholly reasonable” for him to write newspaper columns because he did them “very fast”.

Asked about the newspaper earnings he replied: “It’s chicken feed.”


Comment: it is disturbing to listen to how this aristocrat views £250,000 a year for a few hours a work a week. 


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British Conservative Mayor calls £250,000 "chicken feed"



Boris Johnson sees a morning work each Sunday which pays him £250,000 a year as chicken feed.
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The public trusts scientists—but not their conclusions - Ars Technica

There's also a large partisan divide when it comes to science. Nearly half of the respondents who described themselves as conservative Republicans felt that private money funds sufficient research, and they were the only group where less than half felt that government-funded research was essential to scientific progress. The scientists, meanwhile, felt that funding from the National Institutes of Health and National Science foundation was critical to science.
The public trusts scientists—but not their conclusions - Ars Technica
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Warning over honeybee decline - Nature, Environment - The Independent

Warning over honeybee decline - Nature, Environment - The Independent
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Sarah Palin - A 'Cap and Tax' Road to Economic Disaster - washingtonpost.com

So, Sarah Palin got out her crayons and wrote an editorial. It is transparently stupid. Cap and trade will cost jobs, she says, not mentioning, if she even knows, that it will also create them. No one, or few, dispute the success of other cap and trade programs like the one the first President Bush passed to deal with acid rain. If she does know this, shame on her for demagoguery. However, she is the best kind of demagogue, meaning the most successful, in that she believes this too. She is stupid and crafty all at once, which makes her dangerous.

Did we end Cheney's CIA targeted assassination program too early? There ought to have been room for one more.

Sarah Palin - A 'Cap and Tax' Road to Economic Disaster - washingtonpost.com
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Illnesses Afflict Homes With a Criminal Past - NYTimes.com

“We had no idea that we were starting a family in a meth house,” she said. “We bought a house that eventually was going to sentence our family to death.”

When the family left the house, moving in with Mr. Holt’s parents, their health problems largely subsided. The children no longer needed medication to breathe. The migraines and the kidney ailments vanished.

But the heartaches continued. Ms. Holt has been working two jobs to earn money to pay for her house’s remediation, which has proceeded in fits and starts with donations from church fund-raisers and local businesses. And Anna, 2, had a relapse and had to return briefly to the hospital.“

We don’t know what it’s going to be in the future,” Ms. Holt said, standing in the barren, unfinished structure that was once her dream home and reflecting on her children. “This meth contamination is all their immune systems have ever known.”
Illnesses Afflict Homes With a Criminal Past - NYTimes.com
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Iraq Suffers as the Euphrates River Dwindles - NYTimes.com

Iraq Suffers as the Euphrates River Dwindles - NYTimes.com
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Report: N. Korea’s Kim has pancreatic cancer - North Korea- msnbc.com

The 67-year-old Kim was diagnosed with the cancer around the time he was felled by a stroke last summer, Seoul's YTN television reported, citing unidentified intelligence officials in South Korea and China.
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Sarah Palin's Most Memorable Style Moments: A Slideshow Retrospective (PHOTOS)

Sarah Palin's Most Memorable Style Moments: A Slideshow Retrospective (PHOTOS)

Where do you usually see shoes of this style in media?
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Murdoch's malign influence demeans British politics | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian

Sky's chief executive replied immediately that it would challenge Ofcom using "all available legal avenues". This time, however, Ofcom is not expected to allow Sky to use the tactic of delaying regulators in the courts for years – it must comply and can appeal afterwards. The battle is on, since historically Murdoch's empire has stooped to manipulating regulators and avoiding taxes. How has he done that? By leaning hard on politicians, who – knowing only too well his dominant voice in newspapers – are frightened for their lives.

Sure enough, the next day his newspapers sharpened their knives. Here is the Sun's Fergus Shanahan: "This is the world gone mad. Ofcom, the official telly regulator, says a successful and popular firm – Sky – must be penalised for doing well … This nonsense – rewarding losers by punishing winners – is Ofcom's way of 'improving competition'. Ofcom busybodies also have the nerve to threaten to dictate what prices shareholder-owned firms like Sky can charge. That's despotic, not democratic, and it's what they do in Russia." No, what they do in Russia these days is to grant monopolies to oligarchs and that's why Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading exist — to prevent it happening here.

Just 10 days later, last Monday, David Cameron made a surprise speech about quangos. His team asked the rightwing thinktank Reform to set up the event at just a few days' notice. It looked like the standard speech made by all oppositions promising cuts in "the quango state". But one astonishing new commitment stuck out, even though it was barely noticed in most reports: "Ofcom as we know it will cease to exist. Its remit will be restricted to narrow technical and enforcement roles. It will no longer play a role in making policy." It would be knocked back to "regulating lightly". Had there been a great popular outcry calling for the demolition of Ofcom? Hardly, since this is obscure, techie stuff. So what was this all about?

Within hours of Cameron's speech, leading market analysts UBS Investment Research assessed the potential impact: "This bodes well for Sky … We believe that a lighter-touch approach would result in a far better and fairer outcome for Sky, the consumer and the pay market. This could result in a valuation of over 750p versus circa 650p under Ofcom's current proposals." In plain English, if the Conservatives come to power and abolish Ofcom, expect a £1 share price rise for Sky – worth some £1.7bn.
Murdoch's malign influence demeans British politics | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian
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U.S. Wiretaps Were of Limited Value, Officials Report - NYTimes.com

U.S. Wiretaps Were of Limited Value, Officials Report - NYTimes.com
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