Physicist Phil Chapman said the world cooled quickly between January last year and January this year, by about 0.7 degrees Centigrade.
"This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record, and it puts us back to where we were in 1930," Chapman wrote in The Australian Wednesday. "If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,352241,00.html
29 apr. 2008
28 apr. 2008
Airline passengers are to be screened with facial recognition technology rather than checks by passport officers, in an attempt to improve security and ease congestion, the Guardian can reveal. From summer, unmanned clearance gates will be phased in to scan passengers' faces and match the image to the record on the computer chip in their biometric passports. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/apr/25/theairlineindustry.transport
Posted by chellow at 6:35 p.m.
27 apr. 2008
The suggestion from FBI Director Robert Mueller, which came during a House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing, appears to go beyond a current plan to monitor traffic on federal-government networks. Mueller seemed to suggest that the bureau should have a broad "omnibus" authority to conduct monitoring and surveillance of private-sector networks as well.The surveillance should include all Internet traffic, Mueller said, "whether it be .mil, .gov, .com--whichever network you're talking about." http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9926899-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
Posted by chellow at 8:18 p.m.
"La délégation a reçu l’assurance de l’attachement du Président Barroso à la liberté de conscience, à l’esprit de laïcité et au principe de séparation des religions d’avec l’Etat. "maar:
Albert Pike (fmr Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry) - Morals and Dogma:
"Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are instruction in religion.
This is the true religion revealed to the ancient patriarchs; which Masonry has taught for many centuries, and which it will continue to teach as long as time endures."
17 apr. 2008
Evidence is accumulating that the Chinese regime orchestrated violence in Lhasa in order to discredit the peaceful protests of Buddhist monks.
According to the Dalai Lama's Chinese translator, Ngawang Nyendra, a witness reported that a Chinese policeman in Lhasa disguised himself as a Tibetan and joined the protesters holding a knife in his hand. This witness also recognized the man from BBC news footage and news photos provided by China.
After the protests on March 14, she and other foreigners were sent to the police station where she saw a man with a knife in his hand walking in with some arrested Tibetans. The man later took off the Tibetan-style clothes and put on a police uniform.
as could be seen on the back-cover of the 2003 annual TCHRD Report:
Posted by chellow at 11:36 p.m.
12 apr. 2008
Torchbearers have criticized the security detail for aggressive behavior, and a top London Olympics official simply called them "thugs."
..."They were barking orders at me, like 'Run! Stop! This! That!' and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, who are these people?'" former television host Konnie Huq told British Broadcasting Corp. radio about her encounter with the men in blue during London's leg of the relay Sunday.
..."They tried to push me out of the way three times. They are horrible. They did not speak English. They were thugs," Coe, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was quoted as saying in British media.
more: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jHpaflNEZpBBT4fArcZK_OGCxV8QD8VU4DJ80Undercover in Tibet - and terrorised by the Chinese thugs in blue tracksuits: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=559217&in_page_id=1811
Posted by chellow at 2:38 p.m.
10 apr. 2008
On March 26, Richard Falk, Milbank professor of international law emeritus at Princeton University is calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Posted by chellow at 9:34 p.m.
9 apr. 2008
In the last six months alone details of nearly 38,000 young people have been put into the computer, including nearly 4,000 under-16s.
The most samples were taken in London, where the DNA of 4,625 under 18s have been added to the database since October 2007.
In the West Midlands 2,507 DNA samples were recorded and in Greater Manchester 1,935.
The youngsters represent nearly a quarter of all samples taken.
In total, the UK now holds nearly five million profiles - the world's biggest DNA list.
Posted by chellow at 2:17 p.m.
5 apr. 2008
Het Comité T, dat toeziet op de strijd tegen het terrorisme, heeft in zijn jaarverslag 2007 een balans met contrasten gemaakt van de Belgische antiterreurwetgeving.
... het terreuralarm dat eind 2007 in België werd afgekondigd, vooral een voorwendsel geweest zijn om een klimaat van angst te scheppen en om de bevoegdheden van de Staatsveiligheid en het Coördinatieorgaan voor de Analyse van de Dreiging (OCAD) uit te breiden. Deze maatregelen vallen over het algemeen buiten de democratische controle en vormen een inbreuk op de fundamentele rechten, benadrukt het Comité T.
A newly disclosed secret memo authored by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in March 2003 that asserts President Bush has unlimited power to order brutal interrogations of detainees also reveals a radical interpretation of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The memo, declassified yesterday as the result of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, cites a still-secret DOJ memo from 2001 that found that the "Fourth Amendment had no application to domestic military operations."
Posted by chellow at 11:40 a.m.