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Haiti: A View From the Middle East

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:44 am by HL

Haiti: A View From the Middle East
How are Middle Eastern media outlets reporting the crisis in Haiti? Mosaic Intelligence Report analyzes how some TV networks are seeing parallels between Port-au-Prince and Gaza, or pointing to the hypocrisy of the U.S. sending aid to one country while bombing others.

How are Middle Eastern media outlets reporting the crisis in Haiti? Mosaic Intelligence Report analyzes how some TV networks are seeing parallels between Port-au-Prince and Gaza, or pointing to the hypocrisy of the U.S. sending aid to one country while bombing others.

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Obama Assails Court Decision
In his weekly radio address, President Obama showed his dismay at the Supreme Court’s decision to remove corporate campaign finance limits, warning of a pending deluge of special interest money into our democracy—a subject he knows quite well as he continues to fight for health care reform. —JCL Reuters: Obama’s broadside was triggered by a 5-4 ruling by the court’s justices on Thursday that removed long-standing campaign finance limits and allowed corporations to spend freely in campaigns for president and Congress. In the ruling, the court’s conservative majority said the limits had violated corporations’ constitutional right to free speech. The ruling is expected to unleash a flood of money into this year’s congressional elections. Obama’s fellow Democrats face a struggle to retain control of the Congress amid voter unhappiness over double-digit unemployment, a record deficit, political gridlock in Washington and other matters. “This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way—or to punish those who don’t. This ruling strikes at democracy itself,” Obama said. Read more

In his weekly radio address, President Obama showed his dismay at the Supreme Court’s decision to remove corporate campaign finance limits, warning of a pending deluge of special interest money into our democracy—a subject he knows quite well as he continues to fight for health care reform. —JCL

Reuters:

Obama’s broadside was triggered by a 5-4 ruling by the court’s justices on Thursday that removed long-standing campaign finance limits and allowed corporations to spend freely in campaigns for president and Congress. In the ruling, the court’s conservative majority said the limits had violated corporations’ constitutional right to free speech.

The ruling is expected to unleash a flood of money into this year’s congressional elections. Obama’s fellow Democrats face a struggle to retain control of the Congress amid voter unhappiness over double-digit unemployment, a record deficit, political gridlock in Washington and other matters.

“This ruling opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money into our democracy,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.

“It gives the special interest lobbyists new leverage to spend millions on advertising to persuade elected officials to vote their way—or to punish those who don’t. This ruling strikes at democracy itself,” Obama said.

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Ginny Dougary: Who is David Cameron?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:43 am by HL

Ginny Dougary: Who is David Cameron?
The past year has been a momentous one for David Cameron. As Gordon Brown’s Government stumbles from crisis to crisis, Cameron has reaped the political…

Chris Dodd And Judd Gregg Confident Of Bernanke Confirmation
“Based on our discussions with our colleagues, we are very confident that Chairman Bernanke will win confirmation by the Senate for a second term,” Senators…

White House Seeks To Take Greater Control Over Midterm Elections
WASHINGTON — President Obama is reconstituting the team that helped him win the White House to counter Republican challenges in the midterm elections and recalibrate…

Bristol Palin Child Support: Palin Seeks Support From Levi Johnston
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sarah Palin’s oldest daughter, Bristol, is seeking child support from the young man who fathered her 1-year-old son. Documents filed Thursday in…

Obama Endorses Deficit Task Force
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Saturday endorsed a bipartisan plan to name a special task force charged with coming up with a plan to curb…


George Will’s torrent of global warming misinformation continues with distortion of glacier data

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:42 am by HL

George Will’s torrent of global warming misinformation continues with distortion of glacier data

In a Washington Post column, serial global warming misinformer George Will said that the “menace of global warming” is “elusive” and claimed that an acknowledged error about Himalayan glaciers in a report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) constituted “another dollop of evidence of the seepage of dubious science into policy debate.” In fact, scientists routinely present strong evidence of long-term global warming and its consequences, including evidence of “[w]idespread mass loss from glaciers.”

Will cites glaciers to claim evidence of global warming is “elusive”

Citing WSJ article on IPCC glacier error, Will mentions “elusive menace of global warming.” In a statement:

The Synthesis Report, the concluding document of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (page 49) stated: “Climate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass losses from glaciers and reductions in snow cover over recent decades are projected to accelerate throughout the 21st century, reducing water availability, hydropower potential, and changing seasonality of flows in regions supplied by meltwater from major mountain ranges (e.g. Hindu-Kush, Himalaya, Andes), where more than one-sixth of the world population currently lives.”

This conclusion is robust, appropriate, and entirely consistent with the underlying science and the broader IPCC assessment.

It has, however, recently come to our attention that a paragraph in the 938-page Working Group II contribution to the underlying assessment refers to poorly substantiated estimates of rate of recession and date for the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers. In drafting the paragraph in question, the clear and well-established standards of evidence, required by the IPCC procedures, were not applied properly.

The Chair, Vice-Chairs, and Co-chairs of the IPCC regret the poor application of well-established IPCC procedures in this instance. This episode demonstrates that the quality of the assessment depends on absolute adherence to the IPCC standards, including thorough review of “the quality and validity of each source before incorporating results from the source into an IPCC Report” 3. We reaffirm our strong commitment to ensuring this level of performance.

U.N.’s Yvo de Boer: Error “does not alter the inevitable consequences, unless rigorous action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is taken.” In a January 20 Associated Press article, Yvo de Boer, the head of the U.N. Convention on Climate Change, said of the error: “What is happening now is comparable with the Titanic sinking more slowly than expected,” adding, “But that does not alter the inevitable consequences, unless rigorous action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is taken.” The AP further reported: “The climate panel and even the scientist who publicized the errors said they are not significant in comparison to the entire report, nor were they intentional. And they do not negate the fact that worldwide, glaciers are melting faster than ever.”

“Glacier expert” Michael Zemp: “Glaciers are the best proof that climate change is happening.” From a January 20 CNN.com article:

A glacier expert interviewed by CNN explained that the data published was flawed.

Michael Zemp from the World Glacier Monitoring Service said: “There are simply no observations available to make these sorts of statements.”

Zemp says that the figures quoted in the report are not possible because 500,000 square kilometers is estimated to be the total surface area of all mountain glaciers worldwide.

“The other thing is that the report says the glaciers are receding faster than anywhere else in the world. We simply do not have the glacier change measurements. The Himalayas are among those regions with the fewest available data,” Zemp said.

In defense of the IPCC, Zemp says “you can take any report and find a mistake in it but it’s up to the next IPCC report to correct it.”

Zemp also believes that the errors shouldn’t shake people’s belief in climate science.

“Glaciers are the best proof that climate change is happening. This is happening on a global scale. They can translate very small changes in the climate into a visible signal,” he said.

Ohio State glaciologist Lonnie Thompson: “The issues under discussion are very specific ones, but do not detract from the overall conclusions of the IPCC, which are backed by many lines of evidence.” A USA Today blog post quoted Ohio State glaciologist Lonnie Thompson defending the 2007 IPCC report: “[W]e’re good at what we do, but we’re human beings. The issues under discussion are very specific ones, but do not detract from the overall conclusions of the IPCC, which are backed by many lines of evidence.”

Scientists routinely present evidence that global warming is real

Will previously distorted U.N. report to claim: “Warnings about cataclysmic warming increase in stridency as evidence of warming becomes more elusive.” In an October 1, 2009, Washington Post report from the United Nations Environment Program predicts an enormous 6.3 degrees Fahrenheit increase by the end of the century even if nations fulfill their most ambitious pledges concerning reduction of carbon emissions” [italics in original].

U.N. report Will previously cited actually provides evidence for warming and its consequences. In that October 1, 2009, Post column, Will cited a September 2009 United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report as evidence that “[w]arnings about cataclysmic warming increase in stridency as evidence of warming becomes more elusive.” But Will ignored actual evidence in the report that undermines his claim. Indeed, in presenting the findings — which were “based on the wealth of peer reviewed research published by researchers and institutions since 2006” — Achim Steiner, UNEP executive director, stated, “The findings indicate that ever more rapid environmental change is underway with the pace and the scale of climate change accelerating along with the confidence among researchers in their forecasts.” Will also Synthesis Report — which concluded that “[m]ost of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic [human-caused] GHG [greenhouse gas] concentrations” — other scientific organizations, including NASA’s repeatedly misrepresented arctic sea ice data. In the Post and in Newsweek, Will has also forwarded the fallacy that there has been “no global warming since 1998.”


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:41 am by HL

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Trijicon: We’ll Stop Putting Bible Inscriptions On Military Rifle Scopes
Trijicon, the company that produces U.S. military rifle scopes with Biblical inscriptions, will end the decades-old practice and provide the military with modification kits to remove the markings.

MT Group Demands Local Leaders Boot Feds, Form Militia, Protect Guns
A group of nearly 200 “extremely concerned citizens” in a small Montana county are demanding that local leaders fill out a “questionnaire” pledging to form a local militia, prohibit mandatory vaccinations, boot the EPA out of town, allow citizens to bear any type of gun, and require federal government employees to get written approval before approaching “any Citizen.”


Ye Olde Scribe’s Incredible, Barely Edible, Quote Machine

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:39 am by HL

Ye Olde Scribe’s Incredible, Barely Edible, Quote Machine
“Dems don’t eat Rocky Mountain Oysters. They eat their own.” “I’d ask how I got into this party of eunuchs, but that’s SO unfair. Eunuchs have more balls.” -A-Non-E-Moose


What Would Ted Do? It’s Time for House Dems to Follow Their Lion and Pass Health Care

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:38 am by HL

What Would Ted Do? It’s Time for House Dems to Follow Their Lion and Pass Health Care
No doubt Senator Ted Kennedy is rolling in his grave — but if you listen very closely — he isn’t sighing — he is saying "sign it."

No doubt Senator Ted Kennedy is rolling in his grave — but if you listen very closely — he isn't sighing — he is saying "sign it."


A TPMCafe post on the Senate floor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:37 am by HL

A TPMCafe post on the Senate floor
For those of you who don’t always make it to the Editors Blog on the front page: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) displayed a giant TPM posterboard on the Senate floor today, featuring a post from Cafe contributor Dean Baker. Watch…


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Jeff Goldberg Offended At Comparisons Between Haiti & Gaza
Jeff Goldberg of the Atlantic finds Israel’s left “dreary” because it sees similarities between the suffering in Gaza and the suffering in Haiti. What I find “dreary” is the inability of Jeff Goldberg and those who think like him to…


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Podhoretz: Limbaugh Can’t Be An Anti-Semite, He’s Pro-Israel
Well, at least there is some good news this week. Rush Limbaugh is clearly stung by the accusations that he is an anti-semite. This is after he employed the old National Socialist canard that Jews and bankers are one and…


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SC Lt. Gov. compares people getting gov?t help to ‘stray animals? who ?breed? because they don?t know better.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:36 am by HL

SC Lt. Gov. compares people getting gov?t help to ‘stray animals? who ?breed? because they don?t know better.
South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, held a town hall meeting yesterday where he argued government should be tougher on families whose children receive free and reduced-price lunches. Bauer said that parents should be required to “pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA […]

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, held a town hall meeting yesterday where he argued government should be tougher on families whose children receive free and reduced-price lunches. Bauer said that parents should be required to “pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings.” To make this argument, however, he compared people receiving government assistance to stray animals:

My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better,” Bauer said. […]

Later in his speech, Bauer said, “I can show you a bar graph where free and reduced lunch has the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina,” adding, “You show me the school that has the highest free and reduced lunch, and I’ll show you the worst test scores, folks. It’s there, period.

Bauer later insisted that he “wasn’t saying people on government assistance ‘were animals or anything else.’” (HT: Jamie Sanderson)


Former Obama campaign manager to be White House adviser

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:35 am by HL

Former Obama campaign manager to be White House adviser
David Plouffe, the political strategist who managed Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, is taking on an expanded role as an outside adviser to the White House, a move that comes amid legislative and electoral setbacks for the president and his party.

President Obama endorses bipartisan deficit-reduction panel
Bowing to the concerns of senators of both political parties, President Obama endorsed legislation Saturday that would create a bipartisan commission to develop a plan to address the nation’s soaring budget deficits.

Obama goes populist as Democrats lick their wounds
The populist drumbeat emanating from the White House is a predictable reaction to the shellacking Democrats took in Massachusetts last week and the drop that began some months ago in President Obama’s poll numbers. It is at best a partial answer to what ails the president and Democrats in Congress.

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Public Employee Unions Are Sinking California

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 24th, 2010 5:31 am by HL

Public Employee Unions Are Sinking California
Steven Greenhut, WSJ
SacramentoAn old friend of mine has a saying, “Even the worm learns.” Prod one several hundred times, he says, and it will learn to avoid the prodder. As California enters its annual budget drama, I can't help but wonder if the wisdom of the elected politicians here in the state capital equals that of the earthworm. The state is in a precarious position, with a 12.3% unemployment rate (more than two points higher than the national average) and a budget $20 billion in the red (only months after the last budget fix closed a large deficit). Productive Californians are leaving for…

How Democrats Can Win Again
David Plouffe, Washington Post
The Democratic Party got a resounding wake-up call from the voters of Massachusetts on Tuesday. But it's long been clear that 2010 would be a challenging election year for our party. With few exceptions, the first off-year election in a new president's term has led to big gains for the minority party — this was true for Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. After two election cycles in which Democrats won most of the close races and almost all of the big ones, Democrats have much more fragile turf to defend this year than usual. Add to that a historic…

Court Strikes Down Vital Restrictions on Corporations

Court Vindicates Proper Understanding of 1st Amendment

Supreme Court’s Dishonest Power Grab
Ruth Marcus, Washington Post