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Archive for September, 2010

Didn’t they get the memo?

Since “Climate Change” is a four letter word, they have changed to “Global Climate Disruption” as of the 17th. =)

Global Warming Out, ‘Global Climate Disruption’ In

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Ted Turner blasts U.S. for once again sitting back on climate change

Speaking at the Colorado Conservation Voters annual fall luncheon today, media mogul Ted Turner scolded the United States for failing to sign the Kyoto Protocol and said the rest of the world is waiting for the United States to take a leadership role in clean energy and climate change.

“It is such a complicated issue,” Turner said of climate change. “It is the most complicated issue humanity has ever faced. It is easy to be a naysayer, and the opposition has learned that it is easier to do nothing. They have done a good job of casting some doubt on global warming.”

Ted Turner speaking in Denver today.

Gov. Bill Ritter, sitting on stage with Turner and moderator Reggie Rivers, agreed with Turner that climate change is the issue of the day.

“I think we are at a place better than we were at five years ago, but it has become politicized and I think we are in a really difficult place in the country because some really important issues have become politicized and very difficult to work on,” Ritter said.

“Climate change has become a four-letter word, where candidates are afraid to have a discussion on it,” Ritter said.

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Even more government control, and over reach through regulation, this time wiretaps for online communication.  This is the third separate area today alone.  I think things are speeding up…

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Wiretapped phones, now Internet?

To better track criminals, U.S. wants to be able to wiretap online communications.

WASHINGTON – Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations of the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters such as BlackBerry, social networking websites such as Facebook and software that allows direct “peer-to-peer” messaging such as Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

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Interesting article on the current US pressure as well as the internal Israeli politics.

This is one complex puzzle, I am so glad God is in control and gave us His Word on how it will turn out!

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U.S. Pressing Israel to Halt West Bank Construction

Sept. 27: A young Jewish settler looks at earth-moving equipment at a construction site in the West Bank.

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Sept. 27: A young Jewish settler looks at earth-moving equipment at a construction site in the West Bank.

JERUSALEM — Washington’s special envoy to the Mideast is in Israel Wednesday to try and get the stalled peace process back on track and press for a halt to new settlement construction on land the Palestinians want for a future state.

Israel’s own foreign minister highlighted the stiff opposition Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces within his own governing coalition to making concessions to the Palestinians.

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This makes me nervous.  We must turn to God…

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Plenty of Unfinished Business Awaits Congress in Lame Duck Session

Democratic leaders are hoping to squeeze debate on numerous bills into their lame duck session after the Nov. 2 midterm elections, even though the elections could shift the balance of power to Republicans once the next Congress convenes. (AP)

Democratic leaders are hoping to squeeze debate on numerous bills into their lame duck session after the Nov. 2 midterm elections, even though the elections could shift the balance of power to Republicans once the next Congress convenes. (AP)

Democrats are hoping to squeeze debate on numerous bills into their lame duck session after the Nov. 2 midterm elections, even though the elections could shift the balance of power to Republicans once the next Congress convenes.

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Interesting analogy on our economy and the past year or two.  Take a minute or two and think back over the last year or two and how far and fast we have come.  It is breath-taking.  Almost not of this world…

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Things are coming apart before our eyes

I’ve been thinking about unraveling. Actually I’ve been thinking about the Obama administration, unemployment, housing, Afghanistan, our economic/ financial messes, the coming November elections, October surprises, and sand. Sunday I was gone all day. I went to church, I stayed for Sunday school, I went out to eat, and I attended a memorial service for a long time friend, Bud Elkin. I thought I looked pretty good in my khaki slacks, a white knit golf shirt, and my burgundy colored sweater over the top. I needed the sweater because it was cool – Fall was rapidly descending on us here. What I didn’t realize was that I had snagged the sweater around the side of the waist band. One thread of (more…)

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Is the sun preparing for something?

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Northern Lights at 100-Year Low

(Newser) – The Northern lights are rarer now than they have been for at least a century, but some spectacular light shows are probably on the way, researchers say. The phenomenon, triggered by solar winds, usually follows an 11-year cycle, rising quickly to a maximum before tapering off to a minimum. But researchers say the minimum has been “going on and on and on” since 2008, the Telegraph reports.

A research station near the North Pole which observed the blaze of light in the skies almost nightly during the cycle’s peak saw it less than half the time this year. “We’re waiting to see what happens. Is the next maximum going to be on time, is it going to be late, is it going to be huge?” wondered a Finnish meteorologist. Scientists expect solar activity to soar in 2013, which would bring impressive shows from the Northern—and Southern—lights. Click here for that story.

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More talk about a strike on Iran.  This is one theory on what may start the Psalm 83 war.  Where Iran would use its surrogates to attack Israel first due to proximity.  There was another article I posted earlier on Iran’s plans to fire up their reactor.  Could these two stories intersect in the near future?

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Lieberman: Military Force Against Iran “If We Absolutely Must”

Senator Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., in what his staff is billing as “a major policy address” on Wednesday, plans to deliver a sharp warning for Iran’s leadership that military action should remain on the table should the authoritarian regime refuse to halt its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

In a speech on “the Future of American Power in the Middle East,” to be delivered at the Council on Foreign Relations, the senator, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, will “up the rhetorical ante against Iran“, according to an aide, and discuss the next stage if current sanctions do not work.

“It is time to retire our ambiguous mantra about all options remaining on the table. Our message to our friends and enemies in the region needs to become clearer: namely, that we will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability — by peaceful means if we possibly can, but with military force if we absolutely must,” Lieberman is expected to say, according to his staff who provided the excerpt to Fox News.

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