Even with the boarding party on the way, jumping off a sinking boat, usually at night, is dangerous. U.S. laws have been changed so that the crews escaping from their sinking boats, can still be charged with drug smuggling (despite the loss of the evidence). This, plus the new Colombian laws, is why the drug gangs are looking into automating the boats, so that no crew is needed at all.
Make the drugs worse quality.
Whatever on that issue, a closely related issue which is far more important: Subs don't care what they carry. Drugs or nuclear materials, no difference to them. Big difference to us. Secure our borders with whatever it takes.
And it's not just cocaine. Meth will kill you quicker. So will heroin and some designer drugs. No thanks. I'd rather pack the dealers off to work camps for 10 years or more, send first time users to detox/rehab/boot camps, and death to the king pings (foreign and domestic) as enemies of the state.
Duh. Since when does it take the Supreme Court to figure this out? We're doomed.
Details about the story posted yesterday.
Arizona school officials violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old girl when they strip-searched her on the suspicion she might be hiding ibuprofen in her underwear, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The decision put school districts on notice that such searches are "categorically distinct" from other efforts to combat illegal drugs.
In a case that had drawn attention from educators, parents and civil libertarians across the country, the court ruled 8 to 1 that such an intrusive search without the threat of a clear danger to other students violated the Constitution's protections against unreasonable search or seizure.
'Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenter. "Judges are not qualified to second-guess the best manner for maintaining quiet and order in the school environment," he wrote.'
As per usual, the leftist crowd is skewering Thomas for his dissent. It will be interesting to see their reaction when this decision is used as a precedent to challenge school policies that they wish to enforce in their districts. One can assume many a lawyer will exploit this decision to confront issues beyond unreasonable search or seizure. Can you say Zero Tolerance?
It's generally against school rules for students to have anything more interesting than a chocolate bar, Crazy Fool. School nurses will only pass out pills with a doctor's prescription, so they don't even have baby aspirin on hand.
Steve Fielding recently asked the Obama administration to reassure him on the science of man-made global warming. When the administration proved unhelpful, Mr. Fielding decided to vote against climate-change legislation.
If you haven't heard of this politician, it's because he's a member of the Australian Senate. As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to pass a climate-change bill, the Australian Parliament is preparing to kill its own country's carbon-emissions scheme. Why? A growing number of Australian politicians, scientists and citizens once again doubt the science of human-caused global warming.
Among the many reasons President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority are so intent on quickly jamming a cap-and-trade system through Congress is because the global warming tide is again shifting. It turns out Al Gore and the United Nations (with an assist from the media), did a little too vociferous a job smearing anyone who disagreed with them as "deniers." The backlash has brought the scientific debate roaring back to life in Australia, Europe, Japan and even, if less reported, the U.S.
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A Chinese firm's bid to buy the gas-guzzling Hummer car brand will be blocked on environmental grounds, according to Chinese state radio.
Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery emerged as the surprise buyer for the brand earlier this year. But China National Radio said Hummer is at odds with the country's planning agency's attempts to decrease pollution from Chinese manufacturers.
Sichuan Tengzhong disputed the accuracy of the radio report. "The fact that it is from an article from a state media organisation does not mean it is government policy," the company said in a statement. "Some people may have views and speculation, but the Chinese government has a process that we respect."
The acquisition from General Motors needs Chinese regulatory approval.
So maybe the Chinese will open a US plant or two and build them here? Lots of available TIF Districts and cheap labor (in a few months once the laid-off UAW folks realize that their beloved automaker unions are of little or no help when the local's benefit fund runs dry).
Plus they don't seem to get bent out of shape by a
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
06/26/2009 17:12 Comments ||
SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korean dwarf leader Kim Jong-il, who reportedly fell ill last year, was recently shown wearing sneakers during his public outings, switching from his trademark platform shoes that added height to his small stature.
In photographs released by state media on May 24, a day before North Korea conducted its second nuclear test, Kim, 67, is sporting a pair of dark-colored sneakers along with a gray parka, suit pants and dark sunglasses. He was giving "field guidance" at a historic site in the country's northern region.
The walking shoes had a rubber sole attached to their bottom that would enhance height comfort.
Kim, known to be 162 centimeters tall, or about 5'3" in heelsin his dreams, has worn stilts height-lifting shoes during official events, including his summit with the late South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun in 2007. But the platform shoes were switched to flat dress shoes after he reportedly suffered a stroke in August last year.
Couldn't handle the nose-bleed height, huh ...
The flat shoes have now been replaced by hospital slippers sneakers, according to pictures released in recent weeks. But some pictures, like those released on June 5, 6 and 8, still show Kim in clown flat shoes during visits to farms and factories that can be easily reached by walking.
Thirteen people were indicted by a Swedish court on Thursday after being caught with 2.5 million kronor ($318,000) in counterfeit dollar and euro bills. The bills are very well-done. Id guess this is the largest seizure of false currency ever in Sweden, said Michael Schönhoff of the Stockholm police.
The fake bills were printed in Lebanon and were then transported to Sweden in plastic bags by one of those charged in connection with the operation.
Police engaged in an intensive surveillance operation in early 2009 to gather evidence against the men. In addition to confiscating the fake currency, police also discovered a large number of dyed Swedish bills, most likely taken in a bank robbery. All of those charged in the case live in the Stockholm area.
Seven face up to four years in prison for gross unauthorized possession of false currency.
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06/26/2009 20:43 Comments ||
The photo at the article shows a pile of new US $100's, not mentioned in the text, along with the dyed Swedish kronor and the Euros. I wonder why.
The big question, for me: were the fakes done on a government press, as in NK? Does Lebanon print it's own banknotes, anyway?
[Iran Press TV Latest] Turkey calls on the European Union to revive Ankara's deadlocked EU accession talks adding its membership would assist EU's affiliation with Muslims.
EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis said the EU would need Turkey as a transit route for energy supplies.
"The EU needs Turkey at least as much as Turkey needs the EU," he told reporters at the start of two days of talks and public appearances in Brussels intended to revive Turkey's efforts to join the 27-nation bloc, Reuters reported.
"It will help the EU's outreach to the East," said Bagis, who is also Turkey's Chief Negotiator with the EU.
This is while Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were also due in Brussels for talks with EU officials on Friday.
Erdogan was expected to meet the President of the EU's Executive European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso while Davutoglu was due to meet EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn.
Turkey's membership talks are almost at a standstill, raising doubts that the predominantly Muslim country of 70 million people will be able to join the EU.
Reforms demanded by the EU have fallen prey to political infighting in Turkey, some member states openly oppose its accession, and Ankara's progress has been blocked by its refusal to recognize EU member-state Cyprus.
President Obama's town hall meeting on health care delivered a sickly rating Wednesday evening.
The one-hour ABC News special "Primetime: Questions for the President: Prescription for America" (4.7 million viewers, 1.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) had the fewest viewers in the 10 p.m. hour (against NBC's "The Philanthropist" debut and a repeat of "CSI: NY" on CBS). The special tied some 8 p.m. comedy repeats as the lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.
Just for the record, "The Philanthropist" episode was about as tedious as television can get. We kept watching in the hope that it would get better, but it never got as far as awful. It didn't occur to us to check ABC to see if the president was any better.
The special was shot at the White House and featured the president answering questions about his health care plan. The president's primary message was that those who like their current insurance will be able to keep it and that taking no action will result in higher health care costs.
The special drew fire from Republican leadership after refusing to allow an official opposition response, or even a paid ad. ABC also interviewed Obama on "Good Morning America" to help promote the special.
You've got to know your audience. Those watching the teley on that night and time are likely more interested in 'entertainment' than critical issues of the republic. Apparently, even with all the 'kings horses and all the kings men' Obama just isn't that kind of draw to attract much beyond his koolaid krowd. A warning that will be ignored by the egotist in the room.
Well, since you raise the point. Given that Americans are living longer today than any other time in history and we probably have the largest population of over 80 year olds on the planet, 'universal health care' is a political entertainment gambit to enthrall the masses. The 21st Century version of the traveling barker selling snake oil. It's a good show but lousy in really curing ills other than to suppress with some form of opiate.
The health care thing is not even a good show. Today's Dilbert is far more relevant about what is on the minds of more and more of the electorate: Dilbert 26 June 2009
Coworker to Dilbert & Asok the intern, all holding coffee cups: "I can't afford my mortgage because of my pay cut. The bank will take my house.
Asok the intern: "I saved a bundle by being a renter. I should buy your house for next to nothing."
Coworker eyes bug out in silence.
Coworker glowers at Asok.
Asok the intern peering at glowering coworker over the edge of his coffee cup: "Too soon?"
Former Vice President Al Gore canceled plans to fly to Washington for a news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, and instead was working the phones from Tennessee to help push a landmark climate bill to passage.
Friday's vote on the measure is expected to be close, but multiple sources on both sides of the aisle say they're confident that the bill will pass -- with some Republican votes -- following a deal between House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson.
"It's a question of what was energy efficient for the vice president," Pelosi said of the decision to keep Gore in Tennessee. "We were narrowing the list of the undecideds. We had a great narrowing of the undecideds." The speaker, President Barack Obama and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel were all telephoning undecided or wavering House members in both parties.
As part of their efforts, Obama added a last-minute Rose Garden Thursday, where he predicted that the vote on the bill would be close. To those members of Congress who are undecided, he said: "We've been talking about this issue for decades, now is the time to act."
The American Clean Energy and Security Act, better known as the Waxman-Markey bill, would cut greenhouse-gas while promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. The measure, which is likely to have a tough go in the Senate, is a linchpin of Obama's first-year agenda. A victory would give the White House momentum going into a vote on health care later this summer.
What would a defeat give?
The speaker's office sent this notification to reporters Thursday morning: "As the list of undecided Members narrowed, the Speaker thought it was unnecessary to impose on the Vice President's schedule to travel to Washington, and instead to continue coordinating efforts from Tennessee," spokesman Drew Hammill said in an e-mail. Gore, who was coming at the invitation of the speaker, was going to make the case for strong action one of the president's top priorities -- energy and global warming -- without delay. He supports the House bill as the way to cut pollution, make dramatic increases in using energy efficiently, and increase use of renewable energy, which will boost jobs and improve our national security.
Earlier this week, Gore held a conference call to mobilize more than 10,000 of his Repower America grassroots activists.
And were they mobilized? The article doesn't say anything about lawmakers getting 10,000 calls, letters and emails supporting this bill.
At this point the bill is so full of special interest provisions, so full of arcane language, so full of exceptions and exceptions to the exceptions, so full of contingencies and required reports and required studies that it should be an embarrassment to the authors. Yesterday, the Wapo, essentially came out against it on these grounds.
Bring it on.
Posted by: Lord garth ||
06/26/2009 8:19 Comments ||
following a deal between House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson.
The Climate Change Boondoggle has been in the works for years and as recently as last week even the proponents couldnt agree on the validity of their facts and figures. Now Rep. Peterson, in the 11th hour, was able to get both the agriculture and forestry industries exempt from the definition of a capped sector. Yet, according to the EPA, the agricultural sector alone was responsible for 6 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. So one would assume those exemptions would substantially alter Waxmans previous calculations. Dont worry you can bet thier deal has it all worked out.
So what I want to know, how many of our supposed 'leaders' in the House/Senate/Administration that are trying to ram this POS through, are personally invested in the "GoreCap" trading firms or markets?
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
06/26/2009 10:59 Comments ||
I wonder if Gore was asked to stay home because Obama didn't a cold snap to hit the DC area on the day of the House vote?
Former Vice President Al Gore canceled plans to fly to Washington for a news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday
Ha Waxman and Pelosi caved at the last minute and offered an enticement bribe to Democrats from Timber producing districts. (Upper NW) Over strong objections, from none other then Al Gore, they are allowing Biomass to be defined as a renewable energy source. According to Gore, the use of Biomass will only encourage unsustainable logging in federal forests to meet demand for biomass power plants. Not to mention this decision really throws the promises of CO2 reduction benefits, as envisioned in this bill, into a tailspin. The MSM narrative was Al politely declined his invitation so as not to upstage Obama. However, reality suggests Gore was home pouting.
My congresscritter, NutLoebsack, voted for it. Big shocka there, especially since the little weasel who answered the phone in his office refused to say how he voted. The university twits are gonna be so happy...until the heating bills come in.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin is visiting U.S. troops in Kosovo. Palin's office had said the governor traveled Wednesday to see Alaska National Guard troops at an undisclosed overseas location. On Thursday, her office said she was visiting about 140 aviators with the Guard in Kosovo.
Her spokeswoman, Sharon Leighow, says that for security purposes, the governor's office could not release Palin's destination until it was cleared by the Department of Defense. Leighow says Palin will be on the trip through the weekend.
WASHINGTON The Senate Armed Services Committee added $1.75 billion Thursday to a Pentagon budget proposal for seven more Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter jets, heightening a promised showdown with the Obama administration, which opposes the additional planes.
The committee voted as the House, by a vote of 389-22, approved its own version of the fiscal 2010 Defense Department spending bill, which included $369 million as a down payment for 12 additional F-22 Raptors, plus $603 million for a backup engine for Lockheeds F-35 joint strike fighter.
Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate panel, said he was confident that he and other opponents of the additional aircraft "have a fair chance of winning" when the full Senate votes on the defense bill. No date for that vote has been set.
His committee voted 13-11 in closed session to approve money for the additional aircraft, Levin said. The panel also voted 12-10 to add $438.9 million for a backup engine for the F-35, Levin said.
The Obama administration has already threatened to veto a $680 billion military budget that contains money for the jets. The White House Office of Management and Budget told Congress in a letter Wednesday night that it objects to both spending items in the House measure.
The Defense Department says it has enough F-22s and argues that the F-35s "current engine is performing well." Spending on a second engine is "unnecessary" and would "impede the progress" of the joint strike fighter program, the letter said.
[Geo News] Various political and religious leaders have expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad demise of former chief Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Mian Tufail on Thursday. Leaders including Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Provincial Minister Raja Riaz, Finance Minister Punjab Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, Senator Pervez Rasheed, PML-N Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and others expressed condolence over the death of JI's former Chief Mian Tufail and prayed success for the departed soul in eternal life.
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06/26/2009 00:00 ||
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NEW DELHI - Indias defence minister on Thursday said New Delhi was committed to resolving its list of complex, unresolved issues with China through peaceful means, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
India says China occupies 38,000 square kilometres (14,670 square miles) of its territory, while Beijing claims 90,000 square kilometres of Indian territory, or the whole of the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The two Asian neighbours fought a brief but bloody war in 1962.
There is enough space for both India and China to grow into influential nations in the evolving international order, Defence Minister A.K. Antony was quoted as saying at a military function in New Delhi. He said there were complex unresolved issues but added that India believes that these should be resolved through peaceful means.
NEW DELHI - A searing heatwave across India has claimed at least 120 lives as officials warned that deficient rainfall may result in lower agricultural output and higher food prices, officials and news reports said Thursday. Soaring temperatures accompanied by power outages and water shortages sparked off angry protests in the national capital New Delhi and the financial hub of Mumbai.
Fifty-eight people died in eastern Orissa, the state worst-affected by the heatwave, VN Sahu, an official at the emergency control room in state capital Bhubaneshwar said on the telephone. In northern Uttar Pradesh state, 30 people have died of sunstroke, the Deccan Herald newspaper reported. Heat-related deaths have been reported since last month.
The monsoon rains, which usually hit eastern and northern India by the second week of June, were yet to arrive.
Temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius were recorded in large swathes of northern, central and eastern India over the past week. In the national capital New Delhi, daytime temperatures were hovering at 43 degrees Celsius in recent days, with weather officials forecasting no respite. The highest temperature recorded in Orissa was in the Sambalpur region where the mercury touched 46.2 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, 17 people have died since Monday in the eastern state of Jharkhand, which is reeling under scorching heat. In the neighbouring Bihar state, seven people died from heatstroke. Eight people died in the coastal district of Vishakapatnam in southern Andhra Pradesh which has also been in the grip of a heatwave over the past few weeks, media outlets reported.
Top secret War Office papers have revealed a strange and macabre weapons project tested by the Allies during World War II.
Lethal clouds of tiny poisoned darts were to be tipped with mustard gas to kill enemy troops without damaging nearby buildings or equipment.
The file has been released by the National Archives.
Test results were inconclusive and although the scientists remained enthusiastic, the project was shelved. The concept was developed between 1941 and 1945 at the Porton Down research base in Wiltshire.
Research scientists thought clouds of poison darts, blasted from canisters high above the battlefield, could be even more lethal against enemy troop concentrations than high-explosive shells.
Mustard gas compounds in the needles would ensure anyone whose skin was broken would die a swift and horrible death, or at least have terrible injuries.
Assessing the effectiveness of the darts one report notes: "If penetrating into the flesh, will cause death if not plucked out within 30 seconds. If plucked out within this time, will cause disablement by collapse. Collapse occurs within one to five minutes, and death within 30 minutes."
A hand-written comment written next to this observed: "I doubt whether the darts can be plucked out. The paper tail would come off."
The scientists later pooled their knowledge with Canadian and American research teams. In one experiment, the Canadians had dressed sheep and goats in two layers of battledress material and positioned them across a wide area, some in trenches, to be exposed to the killer darts.
Scientists predicted that symptoms displayed by the animals would be similar to those affecting humans.
"The pulse becomes very slow and the blood pressure falls. The subject collapses and lies on its side with twitching muscles. Where the dose is lethal, death occurs on 30 minutes, usually preceded by convulsions."
Despite some initial success, the project did not always run completely to plan. When the scientists came to procure the needles needed for their experiments - it seems they caused not a little confusion.
An exchange of letters between Singer Sewing Machine Co. Ltd in Bristol and the Biology section at the experimental station in Porton Down illustrates how the need for secrecy stopped scientists explaining exactly what they needed the needles for.
One letter from Singer, dated December 24 1941, begins: "In reply to your letter of the 23rd instant, we are afraid we do not quite understand your requirements. From your remarks, it would seem that the needles are required for some other purpose, other than sewing machines."
Historians looking at the files today said they provided a "fantastic insight" into what the Allies were prepared to do to win the war.
Mark Dunton, a contemporary history specialist at the National Archives, said: "I have never heard of poisoned darts being used as a weapon of war in this way before. To our modern sensibilities it seems shocking and there's a real sense of viciousness about this weapon. But it shows the Allies were prepared to consider anything - no matter how gruesome - to secure a victory."
The file shows the darts were never used because they were a "highly uneconomical weapon" and only a small proportion of people would have been killed.
To our modern sensibilities it seems shocking and there's a real sense of viciousness about this weapon. But it shows the Allies were prepared to consider anything - no matter how gruesome - to secure a victory
Yikes. A perfect expression of the moral confusion attached to unconventional munitions, then and now. You see, the injuries and painful deaths and maiming caused by bullets and explosives are, well, just not as bad as deaths and injuries caused by chemicals.
Also a nice touch with the shock about the Allies were willing to do "consider anything" to win. Really? I hadn't noticed, what with firebombings of cities, laying waste to half of Europe to drive the Germans out, and unsentimental and correct application of the Geneva Conventions when it came to executing (or torturing, in effect) spies.
And this guy is, um, an HISTORIAN.
Methinks a lot of the "restraint" involved with CW in WWII was simply practical - usefully applying such ordnance isn't so easy, especially in a war introducing true (mechanized) mobility to most of the land forces.
I've always thought that a "preparation" of Iwo Jima involving weeks and weeks of intense non-stop chemical bombardment might have been a good idea. Surely would have added to the limited impact of the conventional "typhoon of steel" applied.
Iwo might in fact be the exception to the rule that chemical ordnance in modern warfare has limited utility.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.