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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: The Good, The Bad, & The Blind ~

PLO Official: Did Abu Mazen conspire to kill Yasir Arafat?
During a meeting with journalists in Amman, Fatah veteran and head of the PLO's political bureau Farouq Qaddoumi accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of conspiring to kill Yasir Arafat. The PLO has lashed back, denying the allegations and accusing Qaddoumi of inflaming fitna (divisions, internal strife). The Jordanian and Palestinian press is certainly aflame, as is al-Jazeera and a bunch of the Palestinian-oriented forums. What's really at stake is not so much the truth about Arafat's death, but the future of Fatah and the PLO and the internal opposition to Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammed Dahlan.
Qaddoumi drops a bombshell

PLO calls Farouk Qaddoumi deranged

In Israel, US envoy maps peace with Syria
The arrival in Jerusalem of a US diplomat with a longstanding interest in bringing about Israeli-Syrian peace is fueling speculation that the Obama administration is trying to relaunch negotiations between Jerusalem and Damascus.

Frederic C. Hof, a conflict resolution expert and senior adviser to US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, arrived in Israel Sunday. He will remain through Wednesday, and is meeting with a variety of Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak and senior military officers, before continuing to Damascus for talks.

Fayyad and Syria's Regime Lie, Americans Applaud
“Palestinian prime minister: Jews would be welcome in future state,” reads the headline. Now, it is well-known that the Palestinian Authority, which the aforementioned prime minister Salam Fayyad sort of heads, has always taken the view that all Jews must be removed from any future Palestinian state. This was also known to the more informed members of the audience, but modern Western intellectuals and journalists are very polite people—if you fall into the right category.

One man at least had the courage to ask if the emperor’s clothes weren’t a bit scanty:

“At the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festival on Saturday, former CIA director James Woolsey noted that there are a million Arabs in Israel, accounting for one-sixth of the Israeli population, and...then asked PA (Palestinian Authority) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad: `If there is to be the rule of law in a Palestinian state, and if Jews want to live in someplace like Hebron, or anyplace else in a Palestinian state, for whatever reasons or historical attachments, why should they not be treated the same way Israeli Arabs are?’"

“Fayyad responded: `The kind of state that we want to have, that we aspire to have, is one that would definitely espouse high values of tolerance, co-existence, mutual respect and deference to all cultures, religions. No discrimination whatsoever, on any basis whatsoever. Jews to the extent they choose to stay and live in the state of Palestine will enjoy those rights and certainly will not enjoy any less rights than Israeli Arabs enjoy now in the State of Israel.’"

There is much that one can say about these two paragraphs. The Western media and academia is replete with articles about the allegedly terrible lot of Arabs in Israel. They are noticeably empty about the really terrible lot of Christians in many Muslim-majority places. (To be fair, I am not talking about the PA-ruled West Bank here.) The same applies to alleged oppression or repression in Israel and the lack of information on the very real oppression and repression where the PA rules. So already Fayyad has a head start.
Syria 'pivotal,' French envoy says
Syrian independence from France was recognized in 1946.

Gallopin' Gramscian Whore of the Caliphate Galloway leads all star cast on trip to Gaza to fellate Hamassholes:
A convoy led by British MP George Galloway was due to arrive at the Rafah border crossing to the Gaza Strip Tuesday afternoon, a pro-Hamas committee in the coastal territory said.

Hamdi Shaath, a spokesman for the Palestinian governmental committee against the Israeli blockade of Gaza, said that the "Artery of Life" convoy passed through the Egyptian city of Ismailiya Monday on its way to the Rafah border crossing.

"In addition to Galloway, the humanitarian convoy will include 225 activists, including a former U.S. Congresswoman, four Jewish anti-Zionist Rabbis and a retired general in the U.S. Army who served in Iraq," said Shaath.
Jerusalem: Hamas visit to Geneva could damage ties
The Foreign Ministry is furious over news that Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official based in the Gaza Strip, recently headed a Hamas delegation to Switzerland for talks with Swiss diplomats.

A senior Foreign Ministry official said the visit will further destabilize already shaky relations between Jerusalem and Bern, after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Switzerland in April for the "Durban 2" United Nations anti-racism conference.
US, Gulf have mutual nuclear arms interests: Geithner
JEDDAH (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Tuesday the United States and Gulf region have an interest in trying to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. "We have a common security interest ... in trying to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons in this region," he told journalists during a visit to Saudi Arabia.
Drought and water policies drying up Euphrates River

The Euphrates is drying up. Strangled by the water policies of neighboring Turkey and Syria, a two-year drought and years of misuse by Iraq and its farmers, the river is significantly smaller than it was just a few years ago. Some officials worry that it could soon be half of what it is now.

The shrinking of the Euphrates, a river so crucial to the birth of civilization that the Book of Revelation prophesies its drying up as a sign of the end times, has decimated farms along its banks, left fishermen impoverished and depleted riverside towns as farmers flee to the cities looking for work.

OPEC: World Oil Demand To Rebound In 2010

'Muslim veneration of Dome of the Rock evolved from Jews'
Before the Arabs entered the city, Jews held the belief that the perforated rock on Mount Moriah was present in Solomon's Temple, a tradition that the Muslims adopted.
Trial of Baha'is delayed in Iran
A death-penalty trial of seven Baha'i prisoners accused of spying for Israel has been delayed, Iranian officials have told family members, according to the U.S. Baha'i Office of External Affairs.

The trial did not begin Saturday as scheduled and no date for its resumption has been given, the Baha'i office said. The government has not officially commented on the status of the trial.

The seven Baha'is have been held for more than a year without formal charges or access to their attorneys, said Diane Ala'i, representative to the United Nations for the Baha'i International Community.

In possible Iran signal, Israeli boats cross Suez
The Strut.

Iranian singer gets jail term for Koran disrespect
An Iranian singer and composer who has been likened to Bob Dylan has received a five-year jail sentence in absentia for disrespecting religious sanctities, according to Iranian television.

An Iranian Koran scholar filed a complaint against Mohsen Namjoo, who also plays a traditional Persian lute, for the way he had performed using verses from Islam's holy book, English-language Press TV said on its website late on Monday. The scholar, who Press TV did not name, accused Namjoo of "an insulting, sneering performance of Koranic verses with musical instruments."

It is now illegal to criticize Islam in IRELAND

Indian might met with Chinese threats
A series of steps taken by India in recent months to build up its defenses along its disputed frontier with China has prompted an angry response from the latter. In June, General J J Singh, governor of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and former chief of army staff, announced that India would be deploying two army divisions of around 25,000 to 30,000 soldiers each along its boundary with China in Arunachal. A few days later, four Sukhoi Su-30MIK combat aircraft landed at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Tezpur. The IAF announced plans to increase this to a squadron strength of 18 aircraft.

The recent moves along the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control at Arunachal “have no aggressive intent” but are simply aimed at “putting in place credible active deterrence against a vastly better-armed giant neighbor”, a Defense Ministry official told Asia Times Online. It was intended to meet “future security challenges” posed by China, Singh said.
Central Asian Uighurs fear crackdown could spread
Meet The Glow Ball's officially expendable Muslims:
Kuwaiti political analyst Ayed al-Mannah said the Uighurs don't have much "political weight" in the broader Muslim society. "They are not mujahedeen and they are not Palestinians," he said.
Ayatollah Sobhani urges OIC to stop injustice against Uyghur Muslims

FPI urges OIC, UN to act on Xinjiang unrest

Beijing Court Convicts Ex-Sinopec Chief of Bribery
The former chairman of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, the oil refining giant better known as Sinopec, was convicted of corruption by a court in Beijing on Wednesday, according to Xinhua, the official news agency. The official, Chen Tonghai, 60, was given a suspended death sentence for taking $28.7 million in bribes, and Xinhua, citing the court ruling, said “all his political rights were deprived for life and all his personal property confiscated.”

He is expected to serve a life term in prison. Mr. Chen pleaded guilty in the case, paid back the amount of the bribes, and helped prosecutors with other investigations, Xinhua reported.

The Presidents of Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan are due to meet in Dushanbe later in July.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will be making an official state visit to the Tajik capital. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will pay working visits, Davlat Nazriev, a spokesman for the Tajik Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the news agency Asia Plus on July 14. The summit is scheduled for July 29. "The goal is that the [presidents] will discuss issues of transport, communications and energy networks in Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan," Nazriev said.

Medvedev is also expected to attend the opening of the much-delayed Sangtuda-1 hydropower plant with Tajik President Imomali Rahmon, he added.

Fears of Swat Valley spillover in Tajikistan
A secretive military operation has raised fears that Islamist fighters fleeing Pakistan and Afghanistan may be slipping into Tajikistan, threatening a fragile peace in the ex-Soviet state. Since May, Tajik security forces have set up a tight security cordon and engaged in gunbattles with armed groups in an area close to the Afghan border.
Officials call it a counter-narcotics operation, but diplomats and residents at the foot of the soaring Pamir Mountains fear the government have been battling insurgents, possibly fighters linked to the Taliban.

The mysterious killing of Mirzo Ziyoev, a former opposition commander and cabinet minister, is prompting foreign officials to voice concern about instability in mountainous areas of Tajikistan along the Afghan border. Tajik officials, while attempting to project an image that they remain in control of the security situation, say the rising violence in the South is connected to the return of militants from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Ziyoev, according to official accounts, was killed July 11 in a gunfight between security agents and members of a narcotics trafficking gang. The official version of Ziyoev’s demise was laid out by Deputy Interior Minister Ramazon Rahimov at a news conference.

Rahimov alleged that Ziyoev was a member of a gang involved in an armed attack on a police checkpoint on July 8 in Tavildara, a key transit route linking eastern and western Tajikistan. One official report suggested Ziyoev was trying to take control of the district center. The gang was reportedly led by a long-time Ziyoev acquaintance, Nemat Azizov.

Death Of Prominent Tajik Highlights Instability

Al Jazeera: Trouble brewing in Tajikistan
Ziyoyev's men told us he was not available for comment, and we were politely given the signal to leave. As we pulled away from the village it was becoming clear that things were not well between the powerful former warlord and the powers that be in the capital Dushanbe. A week later, on July 11, Ziyoyev was dead.

Drug ring linked to international terrorism busted in Tajikistan

Astana starts construction of Iran-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan railroad

Turkmenistan harvested 1.2 mln tons of wheat

Don't Ask, Don't Tell on Afghanistan's Supply Routes
Reported also in yesterday's links:
Eurasianet’s Deirdre Tynan reported yesterday that the U.S. military has quietly stationed a small contingent of airmen in Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, to assist in refueling operations.
U.S. military operating in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrzystan and Tajikistan and Russia itself, are now all, in one way or another, supporting the NATO effort in Afghanistan.
Russian oil expert jailed in Turkmenistan
A major oil expert has been arrested and sentenced in Turkmenistan for espionage and betrayal of national interests, rights activists said Tuesday. Vladimir Sibirev, the 53-year-old leading expert on hydrocarbon deposits in the oil-rich state, was sentenced to eight years in prison, Ekho Moskvy radio said, citing a Russian Community of Turkmenistan press release.

According to the release, Sibirev has Russian citizenship. Sibirev was arrested after he faxed a fresh drilling report to an unnamed recipient. The report contained only open information, and the prosecution failed to prove that Sibirev had been spying on the national oil industry. However, the Supreme Court of Turkmenistan sentenced him for abuse of power. The news came as Turkmenistan pledged to ship an unspecified amount of natural gas via the long-planned Nabucco pipeline, which is expected to end Russia's monopoly in gas deliveries to Europe.

Uzbekistan Warns Over Russian Base Plan
Uzbekistan is warning against a Russian plan to open a military base near the Uzbek border in southern Kyrgyzstan, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reports.
Kyrgyz journalist death 'private'
Relatives who attended Mr Tashiyev's funeral on Monday said he told them before an operation for his injuries that he was beaten by eight police officers days earlier in the southern town of Nookat. But the authorities insist the fight was private. "That was a usual fight, not related to Almaz Tashiyev's professional activities," Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Sadyrbek Kurmanaliyev told a news conference

Kazakhstan: Rescind New Media Restrictions
The government of Kazakhstan should rescind a new law that significantly restricts media freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged Kazakhstan's international partners to press the government to repeal the law.

Kazakhstan is due to take over chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), an organization grounded in human rights principles, in January 2010. The law, a package of amendments to laws dealing with the media and the internet, was signed by President Nursultan Nazarbaev on July 10, 2009.

FACTBOX-Major energy pipelines in central/south Europe

Russia on Tuesday shrugged off a key EU gas pipeline deal with Turkey, branding it economically unsound and driven by overblown fears of dependence on Russian gas, Interfax news agency reported."Russia reacts calmly to the signing on July 13... for the gas pipeline project Nabucco with Turkey's participation," an unnamed source in the foreign ministry was quoted as saying."We are of the opinion that any gas pipeline network should be based not on geopolitical considerations, but on economic realities... which is not the case for Nabucco," the diplomat said.

Gazprom Mulling Iran-Pakistan Pipeline
Gazprom is in talks with Iran and Pakistan to build a large section of the gas pipeline between the two countries, a senior Iranian energy official says. The participation of Russia's state-controlled energy group could kick-start the pipeline project, which has been delayed because of disagreements that have led India to pull out, Financial Times reported.

"Both we and Pakistan are talking with Gazprom and we have agreed that Gazprom can be a partner to construct the pipeline inside Pakistan," Hojjatollah Ghanimifard, vice president for investment affairs at the National Iranian Oil Company told the Financial Times.
Russia warns Georgia over any move on Ossetia
"I would not like to specially recount what happened last year ... and to what we were forced to give a tough and pretty effective response," he told a meeting with senior officers. "I hope this lesson will be deeply ingrained in the memory of those now trying to reshape the current order, those trying to solve their personal problems by violence."

Obama gets nothing for big nuclear concession
The signing ceremony in Moscow was a grand affair. For Barack Obama, foreign policy neophyte and “reset” man, the arms reduction agreement had a Kissingerian air. A fine feather in his cap. And our president likes his plumage. Unfortunately for the United States, the country Obama represents, the prospective treaty is useless at best, detrimental at worst.
Russia tests another missile
RUSSIA on Tuesday fired a strategic missile from a nuclear submarine, the second successful test in as many days, the head of Russia's general staff, Nikolai Makarov, said. 'The launch was a success according to all the paramaters,' Mr Makarov was quoted as saying by Russian agencies.

Russia test launches second Sineva ballistic missile in two days

Russia has no plan to leave naval base in Ukraine

Putin Orders Action on Antitrust Bill
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vented his frustration Tuesday to a group of top senators over delays in the parliament on passing a bill that would ensure criminal penalties for unfair competition.
Putin wades into tungsten mire
MOSCOW - This is the strange tale of a mining company which no one admits to owning, at least not in the far eastern Primorsk region of Russia, where it is the principal source of work and income, not to mention cancer exposure, for the village of Svetlogorye ("Clear Mountain", population 700); and where, until very recently, the mine turned out almost all the tungsten in ore and concentrate form that Russia produces.

Stranger still is the intervention last month of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, ostensibly to rescue unpaid and starving tungsten miners. At his direction, his subordinates have fixed the payoff of the miners for a pittance from the regional budget, making sure they did so in the spotlight of the Russian media, which had taken an interest in the miners' fate.
US Considering Alternatives for European Shield, General Says
O'Reilly told reporters today that in 2007 he had visited a "very impressive" Russian radar facility at Gabala, Azerbaijan, that would "provide augmented capability to what we have already developed in our sensor systems."
RELATED TO THAT: From inside the Djinni post:
All of it, Vlad's idea....
US considering radar facility in Azerbaijan
In the row over the US missile defence project in central Europe, the US is again considering a proposal by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to use a radar facility in Azerbaijan, Russian media reported Saturday.

US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg held talks on the issue days after a meeting between Putin and US President Barack Obama, the Interfax news agency reported.

Putin had proposed to Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush to joint use the facility in Gabala, Azerbaijan.

Although the US is prepared to consider Gabala, it rejects giving up on the radar system it plans to set up in the Czech Republic and the anti-missile battery in Poland in return for the Russia offer. Speaking in Baku, Steinberg said that Obama on Tuesday had a wideranging discussion with Putin about possible cooperation in the area of missile defence.

The US is interested in investigating the potential of Gabala, Steinberg said.

February 2009: Plouffe Visit to Azerbaijan
EU Bans Airlines From Zambia, Kazakhstan, Allows Indonesians

Spanish court drops charges against US soldiers
A Spanish court on Tuesday threw out charges against three U.S. soldiers in the death of a Spanish journalist in Iraq six years ago and recommended the case be closed. The National Court said investigative magistrate Santiago Pedraz had produced no new evidence to indicate that the soldiers had acted incorrectly, given that they were in a war situation.

The soldiers, members of a tank crew, said they were responding to hostile fire when they shot at a Baghdad hotel housing Western journalists during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Spanish cameraman Jose Couso was one of two journalists killed in the shooting. The other was Reuters cameraman Taras Portsyk.

Review planned for terror alert system
The Homeland Security Department will review and possibly replace the often-ridiculed multicolored terror alert system created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Since it was created in 2002, the system has been confusing and became the butt of late-night television comics. Critics have said assigning different categories to different colors is too vague an approach to deliver enough information to be useful.

Democrats said the Bush administration used it for political manipulation. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed a task force Tuesday to determine in 60 days how effective the current system is.

Chips in Official IDs Raise Privacy Fears
Climbing into his Volvo, outfitted with a Matrics antenna and a Motorola reader he'd bought on eBay for $190, Chris Paget cruised the streets of San Francisco with this objective: To read the identity cards of strangers, wirelessly, without ever leaving his car. It took him 20 minutes to strike hacker's gold.

Zipping past Fisherman's Wharf, his scanner detected, then downloaded to his laptop, the unique serial numbers of two pedestrians' electronic U.S. passport cards embedded with radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags. Within an hour, he'd "skimmed" the identifiers of four more of the new, microchipped PASS cards from a distance of 20 feet. Embedding identity documents — passports, drivers licenses, and the like — with RFID chips is a no-brainer to government officials.

Increasingly, they are promoting it as a 21st century application of technology that will help speed border crossings, safeguard credentials against counterfeiters, and keep terrorists from sneaking into the country. But Paget's February experiment demonstrated something privacy advocates had feared for years: That RFID, coupled with other technologies, could make people trackable without their knowledge or consent
Preventive Detention
Not since the infamous 1950 McCarran Emergency Detention Act, passed over President Truman's veto, has serious consideration been given in America to a program that would surrender to the executive branch the power to indefinitely detain security "suspects."

Should the Obama administration, awaiting a special commission report on the subject by July 21, adopt such a course, suspected terrorists and sympathizers could be subjected to long "civil" or "administrative" detention without trial or access to the panoply of due-process rights guaranteed to legally arrested and grand-jury-indicted suspects deemed to be dangerous. Perhaps most troubling is that these proposed "abbreviated" emergency measures might be instituted not through an act of Congress but via an executive order by President Obama.
Obama Selects Alabama Doctor as Surgeon General
Regina Benjamin

Obama's surgeon general pick: a Catholic who backs abortion rights

House Democrats To Unveil Health Care Bill

Modifying biological organisms according to the needs of humanity!
Biotech companies such as Amgen Inc. and Biogen Idec Inc. wouldn't face competition for 12 years after a drug is sold, a Senate panel agreed.
Univ. of Rochester gets $8M energy research grant
The five-year, $8.2 million grant from the US Department of Energy will go to the university's Fusion Science Center for Extreme States of Matter

Sotomayor Hearings: The Complete Transcript

Sotomayor says Obama didn't ask about abortion
He didn't have to ask he already knew.

Given the reputed strong earnings of Goldman & other US firms, why won’t Geithner commit to no more bailouts?

WSJ: US Officials in Advanced Talks to Aid CIT Group (CIT)
This morning CIT Group (CIT) is crumbling as the FDIC refuses to backstop their loans due to deteriorating quality. If the US wanted to pretend it still believes in free market capitalism they should let this "not too big to fail" financial fall into the ether. Then we can at least pretend we are not propping up zombie financial institutions all over the map. (anyone claiming free market capitalism exists in the US is now banished to FOX News channel permanently in a state of delusion)
Binding arbitration could result in "nationalization of small businesses by the US government"
“The government should make it easier for people to get hired, not harder,” Johnson said. “Binding arbitration says to me we are going to have federal agents come in and determine what the labor contracts are going to be.” The end result of binding arbitration would be the “nationalization of small businesses by the federal government,” he said.
Goldman Sachs has had an excellent financial crisis
What is very very bad for them is very very good for us....
~ Most Glorious Comrade Lenin

Goldman CFO: 'In Discussions' With Treasury To Repurchase Warrants

Canadian Dollar Gains to 3-Week High on Oil, Goldman Earnings

US Stocks Up Only Slightly Despite Goldman Sachs, Retail Data

Welcome to Kazakhforneeya
The Sacramento Bee reports that the British financial firm CMA ranks California ninth on its list of potential deadbeats. Other financial problem children on the list: Argentina, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Iceland.
Iceland gets cold feet over paying back bailout

Niger Senses a Threat to Its Scrap of Democracy
This is all about who will control Niger's uranium

Most African mining jurisdictions moving towards market economy

Court Frees Okah, Militants Hit Lagos
For the first time since 2006 when Niger Delta militants started their attacks on oil installations, they have carried out an operation outside the oil-producing region with the bombing of a facility in Lagos, Nigeria's economic nerve centre.

But Federal Government kept to its promise of releasing the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Mr Henry Okah, who had been standing trial for alleged gun-running and treason, as the Federal High Court sitting in Jos yesterday discharged him.

MEND said in a statement signed by Jomo Gbomo that they had attacked the Atlas Cove Jetty the country's main fuel import reception facility at 11.30 pm on Sunday.
This latest attack may not lead to a crippling fuel crisis as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which owns the facility, has assured Nigerians that the situation was under control.
FACTBOX-Which oil firms are affected by Niger Delta unrest?

Who Will Investigate the U.N. - Vatican Connection?
There is a Pulitzer Prize waiting for the reporter who can figure out why the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, considered by Catholics the personal representative of Jesus Christ, has emerged as an advocate of one of the most corrupt and non-Christian organizations on the face of the earth-the United Nations.
Pope clears Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Sure why not! It is good for the One World Glow Ballin' Agenda!
The latest in the wizard film franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has been approved by the Vatican
Letters: Nation has banished God
The United States of America never was intended to be an atheist-humanist state, banishing God from our governing ideals as we see today.
Atheist Alliance Convention 2009
Among this year’s confirmed speakers are Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Bill Maher. It’s a 3-day convention, Friday October 2nd through Sunday the 4th.
Transcript: U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon On Nukes, Reform, His Image

Germany plans to order 50 million swine flu vaccination units

Our Government Is Officially Insane

DAILY KOS: Big Brother to Get Worse Under Obama
When the DAILY KOS notices it.....
Well then.

Another piece at DAILY KOS: NSA's Orwell 3 Program

Global Warming Tax Bill Will Handicap Foreign Trade, Jobs

Will Climate Thuggery Capture the SEC?
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may require corporations to assess and disclose the impacts of global warming and climate change policy on their bottom lines, today’s Climate Wire (subcription required) reports. The story indicates that Commissioner Elisse Walter is the key proponent inside the SEC. The big outside push–no surprise–comes from Ceres, the eco-sustainability investment network. Wisconsin insurance regulator Sean Dilweg and Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp are also cited as leading advocates of SEC-mandated “climate risk disclosure.”

Climate Wire rightly notes that, “The move would drive the government deeper into the climate debate, potentially reshaping management decisions at companies across the country.”
Two airport workers at JFK -- including a TSA officer -- were arrested after being caught in a sting riffling through a luggage bag and pilfering a laptop and an iPod at JFK Airport, sources told The Post.
High-tech eyes keep watch on Mount St. Helens

Volcano Watch: Show goes on at Kilauea's summit vent

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