Category: News

October 29, 2007

Another Disgrace For FEMA

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Filed under: Environment,News,Policy - 29 Oct 2007

Feeble FEMA — it’s really almost too easy. Anyway, why not: the failing government agency actually had the gall to stage a fake press conference today on the the Southern California fire situation. The conference was staffed …


October 8, 2007

Brown’s Britain Withdraws Further

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Filed under: Ethics,Military,News,Politics,War - 08 Oct 2007

At the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, the United Kingdom had committed almost 50,000 troops to the war effort. Now, there are only 5,500. Stabilization in the region – as well as the tremendous unpopularity of the …


October 3, 2007

Blackwater Incident

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Filed under: Iraq,News - 03 Oct 2007

The New York Times has an article this morning detailing at least part of the incident involving Blackwater contractors that resulted in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 24 more. Reading the article requires a …


October 2, 2007

Outsourcing Our Military

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Filed under: Congress,Iraq,Military,News,War - 02 Oct 2007

As today’s Congressional hearings on Blackwater begin I highly recommend reading the latest Salon.com article on the role of military contractors in Iraq. The depth of their involvement is breathtaking and the problems caused by this involvement may be …


September 30, 2007

Hints of a New Race to the Moon

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Filed under: Environment,Ethics,International,News - 30 Sep 2007

It looks like the major governments of the world are turning a little more interest towards sending manned missions to the moon – and even establishing bases there. Last week, at a global conference on space exploration held in …


September 29, 2007

Budget Problems for Bush

According to VOA news, Congress did not approve Bush’s budget for the coming fiscal year. As a result, Bush is signing emergency legislation to keep the government functioning for the next seven weeks.

The main disagreement seems to be over …


September 25, 2007

Amadinejad

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Filed under: International,Law,News - 25 Sep 2007

There is talk of the American right to free speech in reference to the platform that Amadinejad was offered yesterday by Columbia University – and usually it precedes the sound of a but. That’s a but, not a butt. …


September 23, 2007

The Law of the Sea, Economic Rights & Alaskan Coastal Waters

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Filed under: News - 23 Sep 2007

This week, the Senate will conduct hearings to consider the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Referred to by its opponents (many of whom are conservative pundits in this country) as the …


September 18, 2007

Why The Federal Funds Rate Was Cut

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Filed under: Bush,News,Securities - 18 Sep 2007

Today the Fed announced a bold 1/2 point cut in the Federal Funds Rate, setting it at 4.75%. The Federal Funds Rate (FFR) is the rate at which commercial banks charge one another for overnight loans of one million …


September 16, 2007

Mike McConnell

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Filed under: News,White House - 16 Sep 2007

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell heads to Capitol Hill this week seeking to extend the government’s power to read e-mails, listen to telephone calls and carry out other surveillance within the USA in national security cases.

Of course Democrats are …


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