Since 1992, Al Gore has claimed that the Earth was experiencing rapid Global Warming. His award winning movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” has raised awareness of the human contribution to the natural cycles in the Earth’s temperature fluctuation. In many ways we owe him a debt of gratitude. More study and money has been allocated to Scientific Climate Research as a result of his squawking. But if he is really interested in and concerned for our planet’s future, he needs to come forward and acknowledge the mounting evidence that he may be wrong. Scientific fact has shown some of his claims to be false, and others at least need a major revision.
Today (June 29, 2007) the Supreme Court announced that during its next term starting in October 2007, the Court will consider the legal rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. The question of “standing” will determine the legal processes available to detainees and under what terms the prisoners are to be held and/or brought to trial. What legal rights do they have? Are they covered by the Geneva Convention Treaty and if so under which parts? Are they subject to Military or Civilian Justice. Are they Spies, Enemy Combatants, Criminals or ??? Do we need a new or amended “Terrorist” classification of detainees to properly describe a class that was not conceived when some of the legal processes were written?
According to an article in the British Newspaper The Daily Telegraph website, Global Warming Ended in 1998! The article making this claim is by Bob Carter and is dated September 4, 2006. Dr. Robert (Bob) Carter is a palaeontologist, stratigrapher and marine geologist of more than thirty years professional experience, and a Research Professor at James Cook University (Queensland) and the University of Adelaide (South Australia).
Dr. Carter begins his article thus:
As of today, the Senate has failed in its attempt to pass the Immigration Bill. This Bill was supported by President Bush and many Senators from both sides. However, voters across the country mounted a grass-roots movement to defeat this bill by contacting their Senators to express opposition. Apparently the volume of phone calls, fax messages and e-mails was sufficient to cause enough Senators to cast their vote so as to more clearly reflect their constituents wishes. This is Democracy in action. Read the rest of this entry »
From 1949 to 1987 the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) required commercial broadcast outlets to apply the Fairness Doctrine to programs they broadcast. The idea was to provide protection to the public air waves from one-sided (especially political) views due to the limited availability of broadcast licenses. Broadcast Radio and TV stations were required to provide equal time to opposing opinions and ideas. Sometimes referred to as the “Equal Time Provision” of the FCC, the Supreme Court ruled in 1969 [Red Lion Broadcasting v. FCC, 395 U.S. 367] that the Fairness Doctrine of the FCC was Constitutional. Read the rest of this entry »
Once again the Bush/Cheney administration has shown that they are rather poor communicators. The current flap is the result of the Vice President’s remarks that his office is not part of the Executive Branch of the Government. Vice President Dick Cheney has made this claim, in part, because one of the Legislative Branch duties of the VP is to be President of the Senate. Therefore, argued the VP, he is in a unique group. While the Constitution defines the Office of the Vice President as part of the Executive Branch, VP Cheney asserts that because of his Senate duties he is also part of the Legislative Branch.
Stem Cell Research. Those three words paint an emotional picture for most people. The reason is simple. Stem Cells have the potential to cure some of the most devastating conditions, diseases and injuries. Everything from Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease to spinal cord injuries are potential candidates for the promise of this research. Where these stem cell originate is what causes the most debate. Stem Cells can be harvested for amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, adults cells, placentas and even mouse skin cells. Or they can be harvested from Human Embryos, and there’s the rub. Read the rest of this entry »