Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Greenland's Ice Sheet Is Slip-Sliding Away So it seems that maybe man isn't entirely responsible for controlling the weather.

Across the ice cap, however, the area of seasonal melting was broader last year than in 27 years of record-keeping, University of Colorado climate scientists reported. In early May, temperatures on the ice cap some days were almost 20 degrees above normal, hovering just below freezing.

From cores of ancient Greenland ice extracted by the National Science Foundation, researchers have identified at least 20 sudden climate changes in the last 110,000 years, in which average temperatures fluctuated as much as 15 degrees in a single decade.

The increasingly erratic behavior of the Greenland ice has scientists wondering whether the climate, after thousands of years of relative stability, may again start oscillating.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Another proud moment for the Catholic Church.

The dioceses had pledged to do the fingerprint background checks as a way to prevent pedophiles from working with children. But church leaders said the background checks could prevent illegal immigrants from volunteering, since they lack government-issued photo IDs, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Crude and Unusual: Why Ann Coulter isn't a national treasure I can't argue with this. As obnoxious as the so-called Jersey Girls were, her comments were way over the line. She has become the right's Ted Rall.

While Ted Rall is a marginal figure on the left, Coulter is a star of right-wing punditry and a regular speaker at conferences of the Conservative Political Action Committee. One would think that her vile remarks about the Sept. 11 widows would have given conservatives a perfect opportunity to distance themselves from her venom. Apparently, they have no desire to do so. As someone who considers herself right of center, it makes me ashamed to be on the same side.

Monday, June 12, 2006

'Warmongers' have a point: It's a war A war we seem determined to lose.

Five years after 9/11, some strategists say we can't win this thing "militarily," which is true in the sense that you can't send the Third Infantry Division to Brampton, Ontario. But nor is it something we can win through "law enforcement" -- by letting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the FBI and MI5 and every gendarmerie on the planet deal with every little plot on the map as a self-contained criminal investigation. We need to throttle the ideology and roll up the networks. These fellows barely qualify as "fifth columnists": Their shingles hang on Main Street. And, even though the number of Ontarians prepared actively to participate in the beheading of the prime minister is undoubtedly minimal, the informal support of the jihad's aims by many Western Muslims and the quiescence of too many of the remainder and the ethnic squeamishness of the modern multicultural state provide a big comfort zone.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Michael Yon : Hijacking Haditha He provides some context on Haditha.

In the matter of Haditha, what we do know is that an investigation is underway. The results of that investigation have not been issued publicly and it is uncertain whether those results will include criminal charges. Because we have one of the only militaries on earth that actually investigates its own troops so openly, at the end of the day, we can and do hold our people to very high standards. Granted, in this case, apparently it took a media pry-bar to crack the lid, but we also have one of the only militaries in the world where a writer — even one who is flagrantly anti-military — can embed with combat troops.

US Knew About Arafat's Key Role in Diplomats' Murders So why the hell were we ever dealing with this son-of-a-bitch?

"The Khartoum operation was planned and carried out with the full knowledge and personal approval of Yasser Arafat," said an official U.S. intelligence memorandum dated June 1973.

It added that representatives of Fatah, Arafat's faction of the PLO, "participated in the attack, using a Fatah vehicle to transport the terrorists to the Saudi Arabian Embassy."

The Saudi Embassy in Khartoum was where Palestinian terrorists murdered U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel and U.S. charge d'affaires George Curtis Moore, along with a Belgian diplomat, Guy Eid, on March 2, 1973.

The eight terrorists had seized the diplomats during an embassy function, demanding the release of jailed Palestinian terrorists, including Fatah's Abu Daoud, who planned the attack on Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics the previous year and was in prison in Jordan; and Sirhan Sirhan, Senator Robert Kennedy's assassin, imprisoned in California.

Officially, the U.S. has always blamed the attack on the Black September organization (BSO), a Palestinian faction.

But the document released this week confirms suspicions voiced and published down the years that Arafat was not only involved, but known at the time to be involved.

Lioness in zoo kills man who invoked God I think I might have tested God's existence a little differently at first. Maybe buy some lottery tickets or something, then if that works out, try the lions.

Monday, June 05, 2006

lgf: Toronto Star: Hard to Find a Common Denominator This is a classic. What could they possibly have in common? What a mystery.