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News Briefs 20-03-2007

Many a sudden change takes place on a spring day.

Thanks, Rick.

Quote of the Day:

We’re taught history under neat subject headings: dates, people, movements that do remarkable things (like end slavery). The assumption is that what’s past – in terms of bullying policemen or grisly haircuts – is very much past, fit for nostalgic purpose, potentially relevant only as some BBC classic serial. And the assumption beyond that, 30 or 50 years on, is that human existence automatically involves the “progress” that politicians promise from every platform. Here’s a long march towards more of everything desirable: more burgers, more holidays, more medication, more sweet satisfactions.

But real life, when you examine content, not style, isn’t like that. Real life features greed, venality and Archie’s spiritual emptiness in unchanging quantities. And, even in material ways, “progress” can seem a surprisingly frail concept.

Peter Preston, Guardian columnist, in People like us.

  1. Dr. James Hansen
    In his testimony he had to admit that while there may have been one incident where his supervisors didn’t want him to go on PBS to give an interview, he still managed to do 15 interviews in the month following that incident, for a total of more than 1,400 interviews that he has given in recent years. Maybe if he spent more time at his job instead of out getting his ego stroked by the media and misleading the public we could actually get some actual “science” from people like this.

    “It was an oral threat made to a public affairs person in New York and relayed to me,”

    Oh, then it must be true. Especially if Dr. Hanson says so.

    Mr. Hansen, who is listed as a senior adviser to Mr. Gore and consulted on Mr. Gore’s global warming film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all you need to know about this leftist political hack masquarading as a scientist.

    http://washingtontimes.com/national/20070320-120435-3136r.htm

      1. Moderator note
        Hi Lee,

        I see no reason in ‘Anonymous’ post for you to respond in the way that you did. Please refrain from ugly comments such as this in future, and stick to debating the points/philosophy.

        Kind regards,
        Greg
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        You monkeys only think you’re running things

      2. Nice
        Hey Lee, or Mr. Tolerant if you prefer, here’s a little more from the hearing that you can’t find in the media:

        “You (James Hansen) are known for embracing alarmist viewpoints, and you have embraced the idea that exaggeration is okay to get the public’s attention. But two climate researchers from the Royal Meteorological Society from the UK just this week said that this catastrophism and Hollywoodization of weather and climate create the real confusion in the public’s mind. You seem to forget that when you speak, regardless of your disclaimers, you are speaking for NASA, and you have also not shied away from the political realm.

        You publicly endorsed Senator Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. Three years earlier you received a quarter-million-dollar unrestricted cash prize from Teresa Heinz Kerry on behalf of the Heinz Foundation. You’ve spent the better part of this decade consistently and publicly criticizing the Bush administration’s climate change policies. But at the same time, you are an advocate for campaign finance reform. You make a point of condemning other scientist’s affiliation with special interests while you’re taking a quarter million dollars from Teresa Heinz Kerry. I guess I’m a little confused. Are you a scientist or are you a politician? Because when I put together your political advocacy, and I hate to say it, but the partisanship of that advocacy, I’m inclined to think that you, Mr. Hansen, are the one who’s politicizing science.” – Darrell Issa

  2. The Seymore Hersh Mystery
    I had to read all that tripe before getting to the key phrase, located in the second to last paragraph:

    “To summarize, if Hersh is to be believed…”

    To the Left, Allegation = Fact. Perception = Reality. Political Victory at Any Cost = Righteous Cause.

    I guess I deserve as much for bothering to read an editorial from Truthout.org. I think I’ll go cleanse my mind with some light reading from Christine Fitzgerald and David Icke.

    1. Newsweek’s political poll
      >>To the Left, Allegation = Fact. Perception = Reality. Political Victory at Any Cost = Righteous Cause.

      From the numbers in Newsweek’s latest poll, it looks like the vast majority of Americans would probably say your analysis more accurately describes the Right, rather than the Left. To refresh everyone’s memory, here are just a few of the reasons.

      >>I think I’ll go cleanse my mind with some light reading from Christine Fitzgerald and David Icke.

      I’ve never heard of Fitzgerald, but if you find any new David Icke articles, please post a link for us. 😉

      Kat

  3. David Icke Interview
    Kat,
    Live by the poll, die by the poll. Citing a poll to support a position is about as useful as trying to nail Jello to a wall. Playing tit-for-tat isn’t as much fun as it sounds like it should be. LOL I do applaud the tactic of engaging in a long term propaganda campaign until the polls start to reflect the success of that campaign. Especially when the poll is conducted by those in the media already in sympatico with your side. It’s about the only thing the Left does that is proven to work.

    As for David Icke….enjoy!

    http://www.metatech.org/david_icke_and_reptilians.html

    1. citing a poll
      >> I do applaud the tactic of engaging in a long term propaganda campaign until the polls start to reflect the success of that campaign.

      Precisely my point in posting a link to the poll. Obviously, you aren’t trolling hard enough. LOL

      Kat

      1. Poll
        [quote]
        >> I do applaud the tactic of engaging in a long term propaganda campaign until the polls start to reflect the success of that campaign.

        Precisely my point in posting a link to the poll.
        [/quote]

        Thanks for your honesty.

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