Saturday, June 21, 2003

Animal 'fart tax' puts wind up New Zealand farmers

AUCKLAND (AFP) - A tax on farting, belching livestock to be introduced by New Zealand to help combat global warming is creating a stink among the country's farmers. Methane emissions created by grass-munching cows, sheep, deer and goats are believed to account for about half of New Zealand's emissions of greenhouse gases. Now the country is attempting to clear the air by introducing a levy on pungent emissions by mid-2004. >>Full story...

Just when you thought there was nothing left to tax ...

Couple left stranded in faulty car wash

A couple in England had a terrible experience when their car got stuck in a faulty car wash after normal business hours, going through the washing, drying and waxing over and over again, unable to alert staff who had gone home. >>Full story...

Thursday, June 19, 2003

ARE THE ELITE GETTING READY TO FLEE?

Raylean says, "Sources have been buzzing around me and other RMNews agents MORE than ever before... including the weeks leading up to 9.11. Today I heard that the Federal Reserve has taken a pay-off of 6.5 trillion to settle the United States debt. With the debt settled, the next step is the change-over from the Federal Reserve System to the Treasury Banks. The plan that I have written about for over 10 years now was a plan that was conceived by loyal Americans to bankrupt the Federal Reserve System of Member banks. I am certain that this has finally happened. The Federal Reserve Bankers literally OWN our elected representatives. And if they haven't bought or bribed them, then they have threatened or blackmailed them into submission. The men who conceived that plan to bankrupt the FED and give America back to Americans knew this. They worked on their plan in secret, many times in secret units of covert ops that were so secret they did not even appear to be a part of the government. Many of these men were military, and many of them have been working on this plan their entire lives because they are the sons and daughters of the men who put the plan in motion. In the last few weeks, I have been hearing things that tell me that the plan these men conceived to destroy the FED was successful and we may very well see proof of it over a three day holiday... possibly as early as July 4th -- but if not then -- then Labor Day . . ."Link found at RumorMillsNews >>Full story...

Miso soup cuts breast cancer risk

. . . Isoflavones are also a type of plant hormone whose chemical structure resembles estrogen, albeit a weaker version. They are found in a number of legumes, such as chickpeas, but are most concentrated in soybeans. Isoflavones are believed to provide numerous health benefits besides reducing breast cancer, including helping prevent coronary heart disease, by mimicking the effects of estrogen on various parts of the body. With breast cancer, they are believed to block the cancer-causing effects of estrogen . . . >>Full story...

BILL O’REILLY ENCOUNTERS THE NO-WEENIE ZONE

The Blogosphere is buzzing in response to Bill O’Reilly’s whiny complaints about the Internet. The problem with the Net, according to this Man Of The People, is that there aren’t enough bosses to protect the interests of famous people: Nearly everyday, there’s something written on the Internet about me that’s flat out untrue. And I’m not alone. Nearly every famous person in the country’s under siege. . . . The reason these net people get away with all kinds of stuff is that they work for no one. They put stuff up with no restraints. This, of course, is dangerous, but it symbolizes what the Internet is becoming. Well boo-freakin’-hoo. O’Reilly’s schtick is as a tribune of the people against the powerful, but when people start writing about him, well, it seems they need to be brought into line, pronto . . . O’Reilly’s comments, unsurprisingly, aren’t playing very well on the Internet. If you follow this link it will take you to the Technorati Link Cosmos page that collects blog entries that link to O’Reilly’s screed. The responses aren’t very positive. James Lileks writes: People who do not work for major media outlets are writing things without corporate or governmental restraints. This, of course, is dangerous. It’s what the Internet is becoming . . . Welcome to the real no-spin zone, Bill. Your whining sounds a lot like what we’re hearing from those European bureaucrats who are trying to bring the Internet under control because it’s a threat to their position. Is that the company you want to keep? I predict that this dumb piece of O’Reilly’s, inconsequential as it is on its own, marks the beginning of the end. Not because, as Andrea Harris writes, “That sound you hear is the sound of thousands of “right-wing” bloggers changing their tv channel from Fox News to ... anything else.” But because this embarrassing “who are these little people to criticize the likes of me” bit indicates that O’Reilly has lost touch with the common man, and started to identify with the “famous people.” Hey, that was Donahue’s schtick. And we all know what happened to him Article by: GlennReynolds.com >>Full story...

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Saturday, June 07, 2003

An 18 Year Old American Teen Has Figured It Out...

In a country where the poor and old cannot afford health care, in a country where the economy is falling apart, in a country where 44 million people live on less than $12,000 dollars a year, in a nation where 5 million people are homeless, in a country where the entire media system is owned by only six media mega conglomerates, in a nation with the highest crime rate, in a country with the world's largest prison population, in a society where 60% of marriages end in divorce, in a country where 25% of kids under 12 live in poverty, in a country that cut 25 billion dollars out of veterans benefits to help pay for a new war, in a country where the gulf between the rich and poor is growing everyday, in a nation that supports dictatorships in Saudi, Egypt, and Turkey, in a country where the government is full of corruption, in a country with the world's highest teen suicide and stress rates, and you're telling me our biggest problems are TERRORISM and DRUGS? Posted by Corey Cananza, Muscles598@yahoo.com

Pressure grows over US killing of journalists

On April 8, two journalists were killed in Baghdad ... what was especially worrisome about the deaths ... was that neither man was near the front lines. Both were in their hotels ... in an officially recognized safe zone ... an American tank on the opposite bank of the Tigris River, roughly three-quarters of a mile away, fired directly at the hotel ... a Spanish judge is being asked to file formal extradition charges against the responsible three US military officers. >>Full story...

Gunmen kill US soldier in Iraq raid

US Troops Ambushed Again in Iraq, US troops have been ambushed in Iraq near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, while UN experts near Baghdad have begun assessing damage at a plundered nuclear facility.

Blast Hits Bus Carrying German Troops in Kabul, KABUL - An explosion hit a bus carrying German peacekeeping troops in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

My condolences to the families.

Scientists among plane crash victims

Eight people were killed when a light aircraft crashed near Christchurch International Airport last night, including senior management from Christchurch's Lincoln University Crop and Food Research unit... Three women and six men from the unit - scientists, business managers, communications and human resources staff - plus the pilot were on the flight. >>Full story...

Local radio said the passengers were scientists of the government-owned Crown Research Institute who had been attending a conference.

Europe's fourth-largest oil company, beat Exxon Mobil Corp ...

... Woodside and Eni, Europe's fourth-largest oil company, beat Exxon Mobil Corp.'s proposed $3.5 billion Papua New Guinea- Australia pipeline for the Gove contract ... >>Full story...

Bad week for Exxon and Papua New Guinea ...

Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in New Britain, Papua New Guinea

June 07, 2003 at 00:32:46 (UTC) Magnitude 6.7 Earthquake in New Britain, Papua New Guinea - Location 5.03S 152.22E; Depth 33.0 kilometers; Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.; Reference 90 km (55 miles) S of Rabaul, New Britain, PNG; 110 km (70 miles) SW of Taron, New Ireland, PNG; 740 km (460 miles) NE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea; 2490 km (1540 miles) N of Brisbane, Australia

Friday, June 06, 2003

Saudi gas deal collapse makes Iraq major Mideast prize

"The collapse of talks this week between an Exxon Mobil-led consortium and Saudi Arabia over a $15 billion gas project shifts the spotlight firmly to Iraq as the best chance for U.S. firms to land a share of the Middle East's energy riches, analysts said ... Despite years of effort, major international oil companies have failed to convince Saudi Arabia -- with the world's largest oil reserves controlled by state oil giant Saudi Aramco -- as well as neighboring Kuwait to agree to foreign investment in energy exploration and production projects ... Meanwhile, Washington's sanctions have prevented U.S. firms from investing in Iran, holder of the world's fourth largest oil reserves, since 1995, and major North African producer Libya since 1986 ... As production declines from mature oil provinces such as the North Sea and the United States, the lack of access to the Middle East's vast reserves is making it tougher for oil firms to maintain production growth ... The main U.S. thrust into the Middle East has been in the Gulf state of Qatar, home of 7 percent of world gas reserves, where Exxon Mobil has invested heavily in liquefied natural gas ... the Middle East is still regarded as the prize ... over the next few years, there will be no better opportunities than in Iraq, home to more than 100 billion barrels of recoverable oil and starved of energy investment during an oil embargo and 13 years of U.N economic sanctions that were lifted last month ... " >>Full story...

So ....... on March 12, 2003, Foreign Minister holds weekly press conference, http://www.saudinf.com/main/y5503.htm advises: "Regarding the promise made by U.S. President George W. Bush in a message to Crown Prince Abdullah to achieve a just peace in the Middle East following the war in Iraq, Prince Saud Al-Faisal confirmed there is a signed pledge to resolve the problem."

6/1/2003, Lybia cut diplomatic ties with Iraq, The break in ties "will have no bearing on the relations between the two peoples, Iraqi and Libyan", the ministry said, adding that relations would be restored "once Iraq recovers its freedom, independence and sovereignty". | Liberian Rebels Reach Outskirts of Capital as Refugees Flee | US Orders Some Embassy Personnel Out of Liberia

Does that mean the Arabs are not happy with the roadmap and the peace agreement is a bust? ... and Libya is back in the news, hmmm?

Light earthquake hits Western Kentucky

The 4.5 magnitude quake occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. CDT, with its epicenter one mile south of Blandville in Ballard County ... no reports of injuries ... felt most in portions of Western Kentucky and southern Illinois hugging the Mississippi River... the quake cracked sidewalks, broke windows and knocked pictures off walls ... >>Full story...

Thursday, June 05, 2003

The strenuous handmaiden of peace



Almost 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt helped negotiate peace between Russia and Japan ....

The "Other" Headlines

Wolfowitz: Iraq war WAS about oil | US To Press EU For Money To Rebuild Iraq | Why Didn't Iraq Use Chemical and Biological Weapons Against U.S. Troops? | Ashcroft Wants Broader Anti-Terror Powers | Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the Decade | Iran Exposes US Designs | Russia Defies US Over Iran Nuclear Deal | Arafat Says Israel Gave Nothing In Middle East Summit | Sharon Sticks To Script In Front Of Bush - But The Backtracking Has Already Begun | Palestinians Say Arafat Remains In Charge | Why the EU stands by Arafat | Blix Says U.S. May Have Reached False Conclusion On Iraqi Arms | Iraqi Weapons Expert Insists Search Is Futile | Some Iraq Analysts Felt Pressure From Cheney Visits | US Soldier Killed, Seven Hurt in Iraq Attacks | Tony Blair, Forged Documents And The Case For War | We Know What They Knew And We Know When They Knew It | Overwhelming Evidence Blair Agreed To War Last Summer | Iraq: The American Diversion | Blair Must Quit If He Is Wrong About These Weapons | Intelligence Chiefs Tell Blair: No More Spin, No More Stunts | Go For The Jugular! | Passing The Buck, A Leadership Sport | WMD Source 'Was Senior Iraqi Officer' | Two trailers? We went to war for that? | The Guardian Has Retracted Its Story Of The Waldorf Transcripts | BBC Reporter Simpson Claims "Trigger Happy" US Soldiers | Fight the Matrix | Man Acquitted Of Terrorism Says Prosecution `Made Up A Story' | How Truth Is Mangled By The Bush Administration | Occupiers Propose Iraqi Media "Code of Conduct" | Children Shot In Third Day Of Israeli Army Raids | In Cliche Land, The Two Sides Are Expected To Get Married Before They Fall In Love | An Appeal from the Residents of Qalqiliya To the Aqaba Summit, Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen and the International Community | 47 Die In Afghan Border Battle | America's War on Terror Goes Awry in Pakistan | 13 Farmers 'Rounded Up, Hacked To Death' | Woman suicide bomber kills 15 near Russian air base | Baghdad Blogger | Donald Rumsfeld Orders Breakfast At Denny's | Deadline Rush May 'Impair' Missile Defense | Saudi Arabia's Leading Executioner Muhammad Saad Al-Beshi Will Behead Up To Seven People In A Day. | Welcome to Iraq, Mr President | Britain Must Not Let Iran Become The Next Iraq | The Silent Genocide from America | CONVOY OF DEATH: Why have US television stations refused to broadcast this documentary? | Its Time To Say Enough Is Enough! A Readers Commentary | Waiting for the trickle-down: 8.1 million Americans won't get a penny from Mr. Bush's tax cut, even though they pay income taxes. Links from Information Clearinghouse

Weather Derivatives Market Triples in Size

FRANKFURT — Global trading of weather derivatives has tripled in the year to April 2003 partly due to a rising number of European firms aiming to hedge against changes in temperatures and rainfall, a report said on Thursday. At least 11,756 contracts worth $4.2 billion were signed worldwide between April 1 of 2002 and March 31 this year, a joint survey by the U.S.-based Weather Risk Management Association (WRMA) and consultancy PriceWaterHouseCoopers showed. "The study reveals increasing interest in the market, particularly in Europe where a number of new players have moved in," said Hans Esser, head of FinanzTrainer.com, the first German consultancy to specialise in weather derivatives deals. >>Full story...

Buying and selling the weather ... If you could CONTROL it, would it make you RICHER and more POWERFUL?

Monday, June 02, 2003

Droughts / Floods


Western states experiencing drought conditions ...
Level of Lake Mead drops to 34-year low...
Three Dams Break In Two Days ...
Heat Kills More Than 1,100 in India ...

Government Warns Of Insulation Asbestos

WASHINGTON -- A type of home insulation is at the center of a government warning . The Environmental Protection Agency, prompted by two years of prodding from safety advocates, is working to educate the public that vermiculite insulation, found in attics across the country, could be contaminated with asbestos. The agency warns that people who have vermiculite insulation should not disturb the insulation, create dust near the insulation, or allow children to play near the insulation. The government learned that the insulation was contaminated after it had been sold to an unknown number of consumers from the 1960s through the 1990s. The insulation was mostly sold under the brand name Zonolite. Asbestos fibers pose serious health risks when inhaled and have been linked to diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. >>Full story...

Read Government report: http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/vermfacts.pdf

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Archived notes from my files:

White House Squelched Alert on Asbestos Insulation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was set to issue a national alert about asbestos in Zonolite insulation‚ when the White House intervened‚ according to a recent news story (St. Louis Post–Dispatch‚ 12/27/2002). Originally slated for last April‚ the announcement would have been included in a declaration of “public emergency.” "WR Grace Asbestos containing insulation was used at the World Trade Center (WTC). http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2001/9/12/192330/380; http://www.egilman.com; http://www.asbestosnetwork.com/news/nw_011003_zonolite_warning.htm

Senator Murray's Remarks on the Ban Asbestos in America Act, June 18, 2002, "introduced a bill to ban deadly asbestos ... at a press conference joined by Senator Paul Wellstone (D-Minn), Senator Mark Dayton (D-Minn), Susan Vento, Lt. Colonel James Zumwalt, and Brian Harvey, a mesothelioma survivor from Washington state ... also co-sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) and Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont)." October 26, 2002

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Nude Protesters at G8 Summit in France

ANNEMASSE, France - Thousands of protesters blocked highways and bridges, set fire to barricades and drew volleys of tear gas and rubber pellets Sunday from anti-riot police near the Group of Eight summit in the French town of Evian. >>Full story...

Joe Photo's Weekly Picks

5/30 - Breathtaking African scenery...
5/30 - Meow! New cats and kittens...
5/23 - Civil war sites: fields of glory...
5/23 - Magnificent, majestic horses...

Sunshine for Monday!!!!!!!

Forecast: Monday, Sunny. Highs 63 to 68. Light northwest winds becoming south early in the afternoon. Haven't seen the sun in a looong time! Looking forward to this. Hopefully it won't be blocked by chemtrails ... if so I WILL have to post a picture, enough is ENOUGH!

The Forgotten Soldiers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that more than 275,000 veterans are homeless on any given night >>Full story...

Montoya wins Monaco thriller

Juan Pablo Montoya wins the Monaco Grand Prix with Kimi Raikkonen second and Michael Schumacher third. >>Full story...