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Hurricane Katrina Good For New Orleans Schools?

CNN Shocker: Hurricane Katrina Good For New Orleans Schools
January 30, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

Here’s something you never would have heard from a mainstream media outlet when George W. Bush was President: Hurricane Katrina was a good thing for New Orleans.

When it comes to the school system in the Louisiana city, that’s exactly what CNN reported during Saturday’s “Newsroom.”

After anchor T.J. Holmes read a statement from Education Secretary Arne Duncan — “I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina” — he was joined by fellow CNNer’s Roland Martin and Steve Perry who largely agreed.

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Looks like the government did create a second depression

Watchdog: Bailouts created more risk in system
January 31, 2010 by Daniel Wagner and Alan Zibel

WASHINGTON—The government’s response to the financial meltdown has made it more likely the United States will face a deeper crisis in the future, an independent watchdog at the Treasury Department warned.

The problems that led to the last crisis have not yet been addressed, and in some cases have grown worse, says Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the trouble asset relief program, or TARP. The quarterly report to Congress was released Sunday.

“Even if TARP saved our financial system from driving off a cliff back in 2008, absent meaningful reform, we are still driving on the same winding mountain road, but this time in a faster car,” Barofsky wrote.

US economic rescue failing to meet key goals:auditor
January 31, 2010 by AFP

The 700-billion-dollar US government effort to rescue the financial system has failed to meet key goals such as sparking lending and curbing risky activities by banks, a special auditor said Sunday.

The special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program said in a report to Congress that it is too soon to measure the overall success of the program passed at the height of the financial crisis in October 2008.

The quarterly report said that because of TARP, “there are clear signs that aspects of the financial system are far more stable than they were at the height of the crisis in the fall of 2008.”

But the report also stated that “many of TARP’s stated goals… have simply not been met” and that the potential for a new crisis looms without major reforms.

Despite the explicit goal to increase financing to US businesses and consumers, “lending continues to decrease,” said the report from inspector general Neil Barofsky.

It also noted that TARP has failed to live up to the “explicit purpose” stated by Congress of “preserving homeownership and promoting jobs.

“The TARP foreclosure prevention program has only permanently modified a small fraction of eligible mortgages, and unemployment is the highest it has been in a generation,” it said.

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Cold kills coral; 1st time since ’70s

Cold kills coral; 1st time since ’70s
January 27, 2010 by TIMOTHY O’HARA

Coral bleaching is a condition often associated with the summer doldrums, but extreme cold weather, like what the Florida Keys experienced earlier this month, also can cause coral to bleach and die.

This month’s cold snap has the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and other coral conservation groups conducting a survey to determine the extent of the damage. During the next two weeks, teams of scientific divers from federal and state agencies and nongovernmental and academic organizations will be surveying coral colonies from the Dry Tortugas through Martin County to assess coral reef health.

Temperatures in some Keys nearshore waters dropped to 52 degrees for several days — well below average for this time of year — with fatal results for some corals.

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Environment scandal on Himalayan glaciers grows

UN climate change expert: there could be more errors in report
January 23, 2010 by Jeremy Page

The Indian head of the UN climate change panel defended his position yesterday even as further errors were identified in the panel’s assessment of Himalayan glaciers.

Dr Rajendra Pachauri dismissed calls for him to resign over the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change’s retraction of a prediction that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035.

But he admitted that there may have been other errors in the same section of the report, and said that he was considering whether to take action against those responsible.

The IPCC’s 2007 report, which won it the Nobel Peace Prize, said that the probability of Himalayan glaciers “disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high”.

But it emerged last week that the forecast was based not on a consensus among climate change experts, but on a media interview with a single Indian glaciologist in 1999.

The IPCC admitted on Thursday that the prediction was “poorly substantiated” in the latest of a series of blows to the panel’s credibility.

But Syed Hasnain, the Indian glaciologist erroneously quoted as making the 2035 prediction, said that responsibility had to lie with them. “It is the lead authors — blame goes to them,” he told The Times. “There are many mistakes in it. It is a very poorly made report.”

He and other leading glaciologists pointed out at least five glaring errors in the relevant section.

It says the total area of Himalyan glaciers “will likely shrink from the present 500,000 to 100,000 square kilometers by the year 2035”. There are only 33,000 square kilometers of glaciers in the Himalayas.

A table below says that between 1845 and 1965, the Pindari Glacier shrank by 2,840m — a rate of 135.2m a year. The actual rate is only 23.5m a year.

The section says Himalayan glaciers are “receding faster than in any other part of the world” when many glaciologists say they are melting at about the same rate.

An entire paragraph is also attributed to the World Wildlife Fund, when only one sentence came from it, and the IPCC is not supposed to use such advocacy groups as sources.

Dr Pachauri also said he did not learn about the mistakes until they were reported in the media about 10 days ago, at which time he contacted other IPCC members. He denied keeping quiet about the errors to avoid disrupting the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen, or discouraging funding for TERI’s own glacier programme.

But he too admitted that it was “really odd” that none of the world’s leading glaciologists had pointed out the mistakes to him earlier. “Frankly, it was a stupid error,” he said. “But no one brought it to my attention.”

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Did you think “pro-choice” was actually about choice?

Pro-Life, Pro-Abortion Groups Clash on Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad, Lobby CBS
January 27, 2010 by Steven Ertelt

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The controversy over the coming Super Bowl ad from Focus on the Family about pro-life University of Florida football star Tim Tebow is generating as much, if not more, attention than it will when it runs before and during the championship game.

Now, pro-abortion and pro-life groups are clashing on the ad with both sides lobbying CBS to allow or disallow the commercial.

LifeNews.com has reported on the ad several times and it will likely feature the story of how Tebow’s mom refused an abortion.

The New York-based Women’s Media Center has coordinated an attack on the ad — launching a campaign with the pro-abortion National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority and other groups to persuade CBS not to run it.

Today, in an email to its supporters that LifeNews.com obtained, NARAL is also urging its members to lobby CBS and, surprisingly, used the term “pro-life” to refer to it.

“CBS has cleared the way to subject nearly 100 million people to Focus on the Family’s extreme agenda by agreeing to air its new pro-life ad during the Super Bowl,” the group’s president Nancy Kenen said.

“Focus on the Family has an unmistakable anti-choice … agenda,” Keenan continued. “If that isn’t bad enough, its views on women are just plain insulting and dangerous.”

NARAL cited as an example its referring women to pregnancy centers to find abortion alternatives and tangible help and assistance during pregnancy.

“We can’t just sit by while CBS lets Focus on the Family place a political ad during the Super Bowl, when millions of people are watching ads,” Keenan said. “Ask CBS to drop the ad and stick with its original ‘no advocacy in advertising’ policy.”

Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, a pro-life women’s group, has a different take.

“NOW’s outcry over Tebow’s pro-life ad is nothing less than hypocritical. Where were they when CBS has aired programs like Dexter, in which the protagonist is a serial killer?” she asked.

“I find it laughable that NOW has a problem with Tim Tebow sharing his own story. If NOW really cared about women they would stop flacking for the abortion industry and start working on behalf of women and resolving our concerns about real problems such as sexually exploitative and violent content on television,” she told LifeNews.com.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, another pro-life women’s group, also weighed in on the debate.

“NOW and company are losing their grip as their pro- abortion position sinks in public opinion,” she said.

“What is real here is their desperation to keep full information from women,” Dannenfelser continued. “Shouldn’t the ‘pro-choice’ position respect Pam Tebow’s decision to choose Life?”

“What is the worst case scenario in allowing the ad to air? Women are exposed to an example of sacrifice for the sake of an unborn child. NOW needs to explain where the harm and threat to women and children is here,” she told LifeNews.com.

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First raise gov’t spending to record levels, then pretend you’re being responsible with OPM

Obama to propose freeze on government spending
January 26, 2010 by Lori Montgomery

Under mounting pressure to rein in mammoth budget deficits, President Obama will propose in his State of the Union address a three-year freeze on federal funding that is not related to national security, a concession to public concern about government spending that could dramatically curtail Obama’s legislative ambitions.

The freeze would take effect in October and limit the overall budget for agencies other than the military, veterans affairs, homeland security and certain international programs to $447 billion a year for the remainder of Obama’s first term, senior administration officials said Monday, imposing sharp limits on his ability to begin initiatives in education, the environment and other areas of domestic policy.

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Looks like Limbaugh was right about Haiti aid; donate via something other than gov’t

Haiti govt gets only 1 cent of every US aid dollar
January 27, 2010 by MARTHA MENDOZA

Only 1 cent of each dollar the U.S. is spending on earthquake relief in Haiti is going in the form of cash to the Haitian government, according to an Associated Press review of relief efforts.

Less than two weeks after President Obama announced an initial $100 million for Haiti earthquake relief, U.S. government spending on the disaster has tripled to $317 million at latest count. That’s just over $1 each from everyone in the United States.

Relief experts say it would be a mistake to send too much direct cash to the Haitian government, which is in disarray and has a history of failure and corruption.

“I really believe Americans are the most generous people who ever lived, but they want accountability,” said Timothy R. Knight, a former US AID assistant director who spent 25 years distributing disaster aid. “In this situation they’re being very deliberate not to just throw money at the situation but to analyze based on a clear assessment and make sure that money goes to the best place possible.”

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U.N. IPCC reveals bias and bad science in glacier melting predition

U.N. Panel’s Glacier-Disaster Claims Melting Away
January 20, 2010 by Gene J. Koprowski

The world’s most famous climate change expert is at the center of a massive controversy as the leading environmental science institute he heads scrambled to explain its assertion that the Himalayan glaciers will melt completely in 25 years.

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and director general of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Dehli, India, said this week that the U.N. body was studying how its 2007 report to the United Nations derived information that led to its famous conclusion: that the glaciers will melt by 2035.

Today, the IPCC issued a statement offering regret for the poorly vetted statements. “The Chair, Vice-Chairs, and Co-chairs of the IPCC regret the poor application of well-established IPCC procedures,” the statement says, though it goes short of issuing a full retraction or reprinting the report.

A satellite image of the Koettlitz Glacer in Antarctica. An oft-cited report by the U.N.’s IPCC panel that the Himalayan glaciers will melt by 2035 may soon be retracted.

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Shhh, don’t tell anyone about this environmental information

Global Warming Scam Report: Arctic Ice Returned and is Thicker
February 16, 2008 by Stop the ACLU

The scam of Global Warming is being unraveled seemingly on a daily basis. News reports out of Canada are proving the point that the Arctic not only has returned, but is thicker.

Antarctic Temperatures Disagree With Climate Model Predictions
February 17, 2007 by Science Daily

A new report on climate over the world’s southernmost continent shows that temperatures during the late 20th century did not climb as had been predicted by many global climate models.

Chill out.
Stop fighting over global warming — here’s the smart way to attack it.

October 7, 2007 by Bjorn Lomborg

All eyes are on Greenland’s melting glaciers as alarm about global warming spreads. This year, delegations of U.S. and European politicians have made pilgrimages to the fastest-moving glacier at Ilulissat, where they declare that they see climate change unfolding before their eyes.

Curiously, something that’s rarely mentioned is that temperatures in Greenland were higher in 1941 than they are today. Or that melt rates around Ilulissat were faster in the early part of the past century, according to a new study. And while the delegations first fly into Kangerlussuaq, about 100 miles to the south, they all change planes to go straight to Ilulissat — perhaps because the Kangerlussuaq glacier is inconveniently growing.

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NPR defends environmentalist agenda, disregards scandal

Hacked E-Mails Add Fuel To Climate Naysayers’ Fire
January 21, 2010 by Jon Hamilton

Scientists attending the American Meteorological Society meeting in Atlanta say the field has weathered a storm created two months ago when hackers released e-mails from some prominent climate scientists. They say the e-mails revealed bad behavior by a small number of researchers and revealed some weaknesses in the scientific process. But the scientists say the e-mails did nothing to undermine the data showing that climate change is real.

NPR’s Jon Hamilton suggests the University of East Anglia scandal damaged only the perceived credibility of the scientists involved, not the science itself. If the mass news media and others (i.e., Al Gore) would bother to distinguish between the data and the interpretation of that data Hamilton’s suggestion would be legit. This story tries to treat “the scientific consensus that earth is warming” and “humanity is destroying the planet” as the same thing. Besides, I’ve yet to find anyone (scientist or otherwise) who disagrees with the fact that our planet’s climate can change. Here are a few stories you may not know about:

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