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African immigrants, black Americans at oddsIgnorance on both sides. Sounds familiar.
By Rob Johnson, Roanoke Times
Graffiti on the Maple Grove Apartments street sign read "Americans only," and "Africans not welcome."
Maple Grove has been a favored destination for refugees from Somalia and other African nations since 2003, said Beth Lutjen ... "They have become a community here," she said, walking around the complex Monday after receiving several complaints from her clients. "But now the tensions between the Africans and the American blacks have reached a crisis point."
Hostilities between black Americans and African refugees aren't new or unique to Roanoke, said Carl Taylor, a sociologist at Michigan State University who studies youth violence. "There's a lot of ignorance on both sides about the different cultures." (link)
5 Shot Dead On South SideChicago makes Fallujah look downright tame these days.
Chicago (CBS) ― Three men and two women were fatally shot Wednesday afternoon inside a home in the Chatham neighborhood, police said. CBS 2's Kris Habermehl reports the victims were all adults and it was possibly a domestic incident. Police say area residents have nothing to worry about, and the situation was contained to the home.
Wednesday afternoon's shooting comes on the heels of a particularly violent weekend in the city. Between Friday night and early Monday morning, 36 people were shot in Chicago, nine fatally, and two people were stabbed.
The beginning of the week saw continued violence. (link)
Europe Turns Back to Coal, Raising Climate FearsYa gotta love this. These are the goofwads that dragged poor George Bush and the American left into the fight against global warming, and, at the same time, intentionally ignored their own admonitions and continued spewing greenhouse gases into the stratosphere like never before.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times
Civilitavechhia, Italy — At a time when the world’s top climate experts agree that carbon emissions must be rapidly reduced to hold down global warming, Italy’s major electricity producer, Enel, is converting its massive power plant here from oil to coal, generally the dirtiest fuel on earth.
Over the next five years, Italy will increase its reliance on coal to 33 percent from 14 percent. Power generated by Enel from coal will rise to 50 percent.
And Italy is not alone in its return to coal. Driven by rising demand, record high oil and natural gas prices, concerns over energy security and an aversion to nuclear energy, European countries are expected to put into operation about 50 coal-fired plants over the next five years, plants that will be in use for the next five decades. (link)
Atlantic City votes to ban smoking on floor of casinosHow will this affect business? Guess we'll find out. I'm sure, though, that all those elderly people who sit there at the slots for hours in their daze will, on occasion, have to walk outside to sate their nicotine needs, and then return to their daze - and to losing their fixed income.
By Wayne Parry, Associated Press Writer
Atlantic City, N.J. (AP) - Gamblers on the floors of Atlantic City casinos will soon have to give up at least one vice: smoking.
Ending a battle that lasted more than a year, the City Council voted 9-0 Wednesday to end the last major loophole to a tough statewide ban on smoking in public buildings that had conspicuously exempted gambling halls. (link)
If the adults - mothers and fathers - in this polygamist, FLDS sect are encouraging sexual activity by teenage girls with adult men as part of their religious practice (as it appears they almost certainly are), this is criminally abusive. It needs to be stopped.
The individual men and women who have played a role in this abuse need to be individually prosecuted. Their other, younger children should be put into state custody. I cannot express strongly enough how much I believe the state needs to take a strong, unequivocal stance in going after any of these individual adults in this group who have
committed crimes against children in the name of religion.
However, I am increasingly disturbed by the way the state of Texas is handling this matter. The wholesale rounding up and de facto incarceration of hundreds of women and children - none of whom have been individually accused of any crime - is very troublesome.
And the matter moves to a whole new level of disturbing in my mind with word that the state now plans to impose across-the-board DNA testing on these women and children, without parental consent (meaning, the mothers have no choice in the matter), after which ALL THE CHILDREN, including nursing babies and toddlers, will immediately be separated from their mothers. (link) (emphases in the original)
Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age comethOkay, Phil got a little carried away.
By Phil Chapman, The Australian
Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming, the average temperature on Earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously.
There is also plenty of anecdotal evidence that 2007 was exceptionally cold. It snowed in Baghdad for the first time in centuries, the winter in China was simply terrible and the extent of Antarctic sea ice in the austral winter was the greatest on record since James Cook discovered the place in 1770.
It is generally not possible to draw conclusions about climatic trends from events in a single year, so I would normally dismiss this cold snap as transient, pending what happens in the next few years.
It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, at least to begin contingency planning about what to do if we are moving into another little ice age, similar to the one that lasted from 1100 to 1850.
There is no doubt that the next little ice age would be much worse than the previous one and much more harmful than anything warming may do. There are many more people now and we have become dependent on a few temperate agricultural areas, especially in the US and Canada. Global warming would increase agricultural output, but global cooling will decrease it. (link)