Burmese Army Attacks Orphanages, Refugee Camps

Perhaps the tin pot generals who run Burma hoped that with the media’s attention on the show trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, their latest vicious attacks on ethnic and religious minorities would go unnoticed. The tragedy is, they might be right. So far not a single story in mainstream news outlets about the horrific attacks …

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I Feel Good

A well-known TV psychologist has said that one way to find peace in your daily life is to finish all the things you have started……. So I looked around my house to see things I’d started and hadn’t finished. Before leaving home this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonay ,a bole …

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And Another Thing

While we’re thinking about global warming. The National Snow and Ice Data Center has a tool which allows you to compare the extent of sea ice in any two years from 1978 to 2009. Here are figures for sea ice in May of three different years: 1980 Southern Hemisphere = 9.5 million sq km 1980 Northern Hemisphere = …

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Global Warming Causes Everything

A Russian climatologist says global warming played a ‘significant part’ in the crash of Air France flight 447 in the Atlantic a couple of days ago. If you don’t know, you might as well make something up. Especially if what you are making up might get you some more grant money. Reading that article reminded me of …

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US Unemployment Continues To Rise

From 8.9% to 9.4% in May. Former White House spokesman Tony Fratto is less than impressed with the current administration’s claim that thousands of jobs created have been created by the stimulus plan: After nearly twenty years in Washington I thought I’ve seen every trick ever conceived, but the White House claims of “jobs saved” attributed …

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Google Thinks Tetris Is More Important Than D-Day

Google often changes its logo to match the day – public holidays, festivals, even sports get their own logo de jour. On June 6th 2008 Google remembered the birthday of Spanish painter Diego Velasquez. I like Velasquez. Las Meninas, the painting suggested in the logo, is a wonderfully rich image that draws in the viewer, and almost …

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