Sunday, March 30, 2008
The nine-month ceasefire in Iraq has ended with the decision by Prime Minister at Nouri al-Maliki to send 15,000 troops and policemen into Basra. The violence which broke out when the troops clashed with Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army has spread to the "streets in Kut, Hilla, Amara, Kerbala, Nasiriyah, and Diwaniya, as well as into Sadr City in Baghdad, where militiamen have been raining rockets and mortars on the Green Zone".
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
The British Antarctic Survey have captured satellite and ground images of the collapse of a large area of the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica. It is estimated that the shelf has been there for hundreds if not thousands of years and was the size of seven Manhattans. The scientists monitoring the area blame Global Warming for the collapse and further melting of the pole.
Friday, March 21, 2008
If we talk strictly numbers of casualties as a means to measure the success of the conflict in Iraq, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, the "Surge" is working. In fact, right now is the lowest U.S. casualty rate since the war started. The lowest ever. This fact does not mean that our citizens are not dying everyday. So far during the month of March, 20 soldiers have been killed, 29 in February and 40 in January. These statistical trend also fares well for the Iraqi Security Forces. They have been experiencing the same kind of gradual decline in causalities, down to 674 troops down from 1,674 last August. This is real progress, no one can deny the statistical weight these numbers bare on the debate.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
When we begin to consider just how vast the problem of Global Warming is and how deeply it will effect us, it quickly becomes overwhelming and seemingly an impossible task to overcome. From the burning of the Rain Forests and wasteful energy policies, to water supply shortages and the melting of the poles, we find trillion dollar institutions set up which block any sort of progress to begin to solve this problem.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
As the Arctic ice melts due to increased temperatures brought on by Global Warming, new trade routes will open and the world will gain access to massive natural resources. The area covered by ice has shrunk by more then one million square miles, fifty percent of its mass fifty years ago. Some have anxiously asserted their legal rights to this area, submitting claims to the United Nations to divide the region.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Proving ignorance and intolerance shows no preference between race or religion, Knesset Member Shlomo Benizri says the earthquake last week in Israel was the result of homosexual activity. The earthquake registering 5.3 on the Richter scale, "lasted for 19 seconds and shook structures in many major towns and cities". Apparently some in the community fail to see the irony in a Jew, scape-goating an entire minority with a fallible belief or political agenda.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
In exercising our single civic duty as American citizens to shop, we produce an amazing amount of waste. The fact is, we live on a finite planet which sustains the lives of every human who has ever lived and will ever live, making our waste and its final destination a huge problem.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
As if from the Resident Evil or Halo series, the AA-12 automatic shotgun gives us a glimpse into the future of military ground force weaponry. It's easy to imagine, looking at these games, what the future will bring in terms of the wars of the 21st century and beyond. Will it be the Missile Pod, the hand-held rocket launch with homing capabilities, of Halo 3?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
According to Paul Roberts of Counterpunch, the real purpose of "the surge" was to distract the American people from a different tactic, paying the Sunnis not to attack Americans. The Bush Administration has been claiming for many years now that we are defending Iraqis from terrorists "and other extremists".
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The extent of pollution in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Economy now threatens millions of Russian citizens. Eighty four of Russia's largest cities exude ten times the accepted levels which threatens the air, crops and water. Health issues in adults and children such as respiratory problems are at least fifty percent higher then the surrounding, less urban areas.
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