Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Black & Right

Thanks to R.G. for sending me this.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Samantha Fox - Touch Me

Serbian town to erect life-size marble statue of Samantha Fox

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A LIFE-SIZE marble statue of the former glamour model Samantha Fox is to be erected in Serbia after she agreed to sing at a pop festival.

Locals in the southern Serb town of Cacak raised the money to show the 1980s model turned pop star how delighted they are about her visit. Obrad Banovic, a fan, said: "We love her. She is an authentic sex symbol of the 1980s, so why shouldn't we have a monument to her. Other towns have their heroes in parks, so why can't we?

"We are also aware that her most famous attributes may require special treatment, so we are planning on using the best quality marble only."

The idea for the statue came after Fox agreed to take part in a music festival in Cacak next month.

It won't be the only celebrity statue in the area. The northern Serbian village of Zitiste is putting up a statue of the Hollywood film character Rocky, as played by Sylvester Stallone.

The Bosnian town of Mostar, which is divided along ethnic lines, erected a statue of the late martial arts film star Bruce Lee in 2005 as a symbol of unity between Muslims and Croats.

And the eastern Bosnian town of Bijelina, the scene of some of the most vicious ethnic cleansing during the 1992-95 wars, is to erect a huge bronze statue of the town's most famous produce - a cabbage.

Other eastern European countries have adopted eccentric cultural icons. Norman Wisdom is a star in Albania and was the only western actor whose films were allowed during the Communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Hearing on Vice President Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming

Ranking Member of the EPW Committee

Hearing on Vice President Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming
March 21, 2007

Thank you for holding this hearing, Madame Chairman, and to you also, Mr. Vice President, for agreeing to come before our Committee to testify about your perspectives. Your views are already known to many Americans, but today will allow us to engage in a dialogue which should be interesting.

It is my perspective that your global warming alarmist pronouncements are now and have always been filled with inaccuracies and misleading statements. Many of the peer-reviewed studies published in such journals as Nature, Geophysical Research Letters, and Science are radically at odds with your claims. I do not have time to delve into each flaw with your movie, but I do want to touch on just 2.

First, you have claimed that there is a “strong, new emerging consensus” linking global warming to an increase in hurricane intensity and duration. Yet last year, the World Meteorological Organization very clearly rejected this assertion, and other scientists agree.

Secondly, you said that East Antarctica might melt and this could raise sea levels by 20 feet, so we’re all going to die. However, according to many scientists, Antarctica is gaining ice mass, not losing it. In a 2005 study published in Science a team of researchers led by Dr. Curt Davis found an overall gain in ice mass in Antarctica over a ten year period.

And the public is catching on. Even the New York Times last week published an article about scientists, many of them your supporters, who say you have overstated your case on global warming — in fact, they warn that you may be hurting the so-called cause with your "alarmism."

Given that, it is no wonder you have turned down the chance to debate the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus. And now I understand a debate challenge has been issued by Lord Monckton of Benchley.

Now there is a reason for this.

When the debate is balanced, skeptics win, alarmists lose. In New York last week, for instance, a major debate took place to examine whether global warming is a crisis. Prior to the debate, the hand-wringers, the alarmists, in the audience outnumbered those who didn’t think it was a crisis 2 to 1. After the debate, the alarmists were outnumbered – a major turnaround in beliefs in a single night.

That shift mirrors a larger one taking place in the scientific community. Claude Allegre, a French geophysicist – Nir Shaviv, an Israeli astrophysicist – and meteorologist Reid Bryson have converted from alarmists to believing that climate variability is largely natural. In short, the ranks of converted scientists are skyrocketing.

Lastly, the cost: Global warming is now big business. Thousands of individuals and even some Fortune 100 companies stand to make tens of billions of dollars.

I was on the floor opposing the ’93 Clinton-Gore tax increase of $32 billion, but the cost of Kyoto and other CO2 reduction schemes are estimated to be over $300 billion, ten times the cost of your ’93 tax increase. And who’s paying for it? Those on fixed incomes and the poor, who as a percent of their monthly budget spend five times more on energy than the average household.

Largest tax increase in history – 10 times Clinton-Gore of ’93 and the poor pay for it… and the science isn’t there. We just can’t do that to America, Mr. Vice President… and we’re not gonna.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Pam Hess on Iraq

This won't be on PBS,CBS,NBC and ABC news

From The Sunday Times
March 18, 2007

Iraqis: life is getting better
Marie Colvin
MOST Iraqis believe life is better for them now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to a British opinion poll published today.

The survey of more than 5,000 Iraqis found the majority optimistic despite their suffering in sectarian violence since the American-led invasion four years ago this week.

One in four Iraqis has had a family member murdered, says the poll by Opinion Research Business. In Baghdad, the capital, one in four has had a relative kidnapped and one in three said members of their family had fled abroad. But when asked whether they preferred life under Saddam, the dictator who was executed last December, or under Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, most replied that things were better for them today.

Only 27% think there is a civil war in Iraq, compared with 61% who do not, according to the survey carried out last month.

By a majority of two to one, Iraqis believe military operations now under way will disarm all militias. More than half say security will improve after a withdrawal of multinational forces.

Margaret Beckett, the foreign secretary, said the findings pointed to progress. “There is no widespread violence in the four southern provinces and the fact that the picture is more complex than the stereotype usually portrayed is reflected in today’s poll,” she said

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Anti-slavery activist William Wilberforce: Christian hero

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How biblical Christians were at the forefront of the abolition of slavery 200 years ago, while pro-slavers told them to keep their religion out of politics. More …

Friday, March 02, 2007

Cancelled due to Blizzard, Bwahaaaaaaa!

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Minnesota Public Radio Presents "Global Warming: The Home Front," a Public Insight Forum

February 20, 2007


WHAT: "Global Warming: The Home Front," a Public Insight Forum moderated by Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 7—8:30 p.m.

WHERE: The UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio, 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul

TICKETS: This event is sold out.

MEDIA: Print, broadcast and internet journalists are welcome to attend. Please contact Jennifer Haugh at (651) 290-1369 or for accommodations, including a media mult box.

Minnesota Public Radio presents "Global Warming: The Home Front," a Public Insight Forum moderated by Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer on Thursday, March 1 starting at 7 p.m. in the UBS Forum.

Concern about global warming is increasing in American households as warnings of a potential climate change catastrophe are proliferating in the media. Consumers are becoming more interested in sustainable products ranging from the laundry detergent they use to the cars they drive. In the end, can a change in consumers' behavior alter the course of global warming?

This Public Insight Forum will bring together consumers to discuss their concerns about climate change and if it is leading them to change their behavior. A group of experts ranging from economists to climate experts will help inform the discussion.

This event is sold out.

Minnesota Public Radio® operates a 37-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences. Programs produced by Minnesota Public Radio, reach 14.5 million listeners nationwide each week. Of those, more than 790,000 listen regionally, in Minnesota and surrounding states. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be obtained at and


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