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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Another One Bites The Dust

There is a perverse sense of giddy anticipation (foreboding?) setting in. Where is this going to end?
Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper goes Web-only
By Phuong Lee, Associated Press

Seattle -- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which has chronicled the news of
the city since logs slid down its steep streets to the harbor and miners
caroused in its bars before heading north to Alaska's gold fields, has produced
its final print edition.

Hearst Corp., which owns the 146-year-old P-I, said Monday that it
failed to find a buyer for the newspaper, which it put up for a 60-day sale in
January after years of losing money. Now the P-I will shift entirely to the Web.

"Tonight will be the final run, so let's do it right," publisher Roger
Oglesby told the newsroom. [link]

I don't think anyone's excited about the prospects for a "web-only" newspaper succeeding. Most papers have been on the web for years now and nothing has come of it financially.

Here's hoping these folks figure this mess out. Soon.

Though Clinton Got Away With It ...

... you just can't wish something like this away, big guy:
Obama and the Iranian bomb
Washington Times editorial

Iran's mullahs are set to achieve what decades of western diplomacy could
not - bring about Arab/Israeli d├ętente.

The prospect of an Iranian A-bomb is not the stuff of neocon fantasies. In
February the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran has
sufficient raw materials to build a nuclear weapon, and noted that the
“continued lack of cooperation by Iran ... gives rise to concerns about possible
military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program.”

While the administration is fixated on the Palestinian problem, Iran is
changing the strategic map of the Middle East in its drive for regional
hegemony.

While we would prefer a diplomatic rather than military solution to the
Iranian problem, time is running short and the United States is losing its
ability to shape events. [link]

Trust me, the Israelis, knowing now that they are going to have to go it alone, will "shape events." The alternative is their abrupt annihilation.

Expect Obama to sit down with the Iranians and ... accomplish what the West has been accomplishinging for decades.

Nothing.

Another Climate Change Theory

I'm reluctant to pass this one along because I have to admit, I'm not at all sure, based on the way it's being reported, exactly waht this theory is all about.

Suffice it to say, there is another team of scientists who have come up with another theory that explains fluctuations in global climate (what we used to call weather) that has nothing to do with human causation. Take this for what it's worth:
UW-Milwaukee Study Could Realign Climate Change Theory
Scientists Claim Earth Is Undergoing Natural Climate Shift

Milwaukee -- The bitter cold and record snowfalls from two wicked winters
are causing people to ask if the global climate is truly changing.

The climate is known to be variable and, in recent years, more
scientific thought and research has been focused on the global temperature and
how humanity might be influencing it.

However, a new study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee could
turn the climate change world upside down.

Scientists at the university used a math application known as
synchronized chaos and applied it to climate data taken over the past 100 years.
[link]

Here's the interesting part of this: According to the scientists involved in this study, they were able to predict the climate activity of the past. That may sound strange but the global warming crowd uses computer models to predict the future that are woefully inaccurate in predicting the past. A past we can verify.

So these guys deserve some special consideration.

Another day, another climate theory. What to think?

What Is This All About?

Has this administration no shame?
The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment
Yahoo News.com

Washington /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540 million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it."

The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, "This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ' to care for him who shall have borne the battle' given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America's veterans!" [link]
I read it a second time because I couldn't believe I had gotten it right the first time. But I had.

This is shameful beyond words.