Well now isn’t this interesting? If this goes through the Secretary of Homeland Defense can waive whatever laws at whatever time for however long at any given moment. Bush a conservative? Hardly. We are seeing his true colors now that he does not have to worry about re-elction.

A final note:
Our governor here in Maryland is a RINO as well.

*OH crap. It passed the house*
Yahoo
about.com

This thing is the gateway to a national ID card..among others.

How about a new take on Sir Mix Alot’s Baby Got Back? Here is one from a Christian perspective..Baby got Book. I ran across this on my favorite hangout the CGA
forums. I then found i was waaaaaay behind on it rofl. It rocks. This guy is starting a church in Clevland before long. May God richly bless your ministry Dan.

I thought this law of the sea business had died. Unfortunatly it appears to only gaining steam. IF this passes more of our national sovreignty will be wiped away.

*update* Here is a direct link to the column

I am reproducing it here:

Opportunity knocking: defeat Law of the Sea Treaty
Phyllis Schlafly (archive)

February 7, 2005 | printer friendly version Print | email to a friend Send

When Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., asked Condoleezza Rice during her confirmation hearings about the Law of the Sea Treaty, she replied that President George W. Bush “certainly would like to see it passed as soon as possible.” Assuming she was authorized to deliver that shocking news, the president can no longer claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan’s conservative legacy.

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was a terrible idea when then-President Reagan refused to sign it in 1982 and fired the State Department staff who helped negotiate it. It’s an even worse idea today because of the additional dangers it poses.

The acronym for the Law of the Sea Treaty – LOST – is apt. LOST is the correct word for our sovereignty that would be lost under LOST.

Republicans who oppose this giant giveaway are looking at a stunning historical model. Reagan became the conservative standard bearer when he led the fight against the Panama Canal Treaty, which was supported by incumbent Presidents Ford and Carter.

The battle to prevent the Panama Canal giveaway was lost in 1977 by one vote in the U.S. Senate. But that battle made Reagan the undisputed leader of the conservative movement and multiplied its activists.

Hindsight teaches us that the battle was well worth fighting because it brought about the cataclysmic events of 1980: the election of a real pro-American conservative president plus the defeat of most of the internationalist senators who voted for the giveaway.

Conservatives are currently searching for a man of pro-American principles whom they can support for President in 2008. The Republican senator or governor who steps up to the plate can hit a home run if he leads the battle against LOST’s enormous wealth transfer to the unpopular United Nations.

The LOST is grounded in such un-American and un-Republican concepts as global socialism and world government. There is not much of a constituency today for giving more power and wealth to the United Nations, whose officials just committed the biggest corruption in history (oil-for-food) and continually use the United Nations as a platform for anti-American diatribes.

LOST is so bad that it is a puzzlement how anyone who respects American sovereignty could support it with a straight face. LOST would give its own creation, the International Seabed Authority, the power to regulate 70 percent of the world’s surface area, a territory greater than the Soviet Union ruled at its zenith.

LOST would give the authority power to levy international taxes, one of the essential indicia of sovereignty. This authority power is artfully concealed behind direct U.S. assessments and fees paid by corporations, but the proper word is taxes.

LOST would give the authority power to regulate ocean research and exploration.
The LOST would give the authority power to impose production quotas for deep-sea mining and oil production.

LOST would give the authority the power to create a multinational court system and to enforce its judgments. The authority’s courts would have even wider jurisdiction than the International Criminal Court – to which, fortunately, we do not belong – or the World Trade Organization, which has ruled against the United States a dozen times and forced us to change our tax laws and import duties.

There is no guarantee that the United States would even be represented on the authority’s tribunals. The whole concept of putting the United States in the noose of another one-nation-one-vote global organization, which reduces America to the same vote as Cuba, is offensive to Americans.

In the post-9/11 world, the idea of signing a treaty that mandates information-sharing with our enemies plus technology transfers is not only dangerous but ridiculous.

Of course, former President Bill Clinton is for the LOST; he signed it
i
n 1994. The LOST meshes perfectly with his speech to the United Nations in September 1997, in which he boasted of wanting to put America into a “web” of treaties for “the emerging international system.”

Of course, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Lugar is for LOST. Like Clinton, he is a Rhodes scholar and an internationalist who never saw a United Nations treaty he didn’t like.

Vice President Cheney is an advocate of LOST. He doesn’t have to listen to U.S. voters because he will never again run for office.

Lugar’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing about LOST, held without any publicity and with only advocates invited to testify, was an insult to the American people. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., will forfeit his chance to be in the running for the Republican nomination for president if he schedules a vote before all Senate committees affected by the LOST hold hearings with both sides represented.

The real purpose of LOST is to force the United States to use our wealth and technology to mine the riches of the sea and turn them over to a gang of Third World dictators who are consumed with envy of America. Opportunity is knocking for a Republican senator or governor who will lead the charge against LOST.

?2005 Copley News Service

This brought tears to my eyes. As a former military member myself i saw some of the apathy and outright hatred our military members must suffer through at the hands of those ungrateful citizens. We are following orders. The military only does what it is told. Unfortunatly i am afraid the country will have to get invaded for some of the leftist folks to repair their anal-cranial inversion problem.

Hero Salute

An interesting dissertation on the ways the gov’t has and is violating the very constitution it is supposed to protect.
The United States of America was founded upon the principle of secured liberty

Freedoms Lost Under G.W. Bush

February 03, 2005

By Chuck Baldwin

Supporters and apologists for President G.W. Bush will often assail my assertion that the Bush administration has done more to dismantle constitutional protections of our liberties than any president in modern memory. It seems that these people believe that until federal Storm Troopers knock down the doors of their homes and drag them off to the gulags, they have lost no freedoms. Nothing could be further from the truth.

If history is any teacher, it instructs us in the incremental process that elitists use to implement their totalitarian agenda. The first step is to use an incessant, highly orchestrated propaganda. For all practical purposes, the major media in the United States is providing that propaganda. At the national level, there is hardly any investigative journalism going on. Instead, the national press corps has become little more than lazy lackeys for the White House.

The second step is to lay the foundation for totalitarianism by passing legislation that may later be used against the citizenry. And that is exactly what the Bush administration has very successfully accomplished. It very adroitly succeeded where the Clinton administration failed.

For example, most conservatives would be surprised to learn that the Patriot Act and Department of Homeland Security was the brainchild of one William Jefferson Clinton. However, a recalcitrant Republican Congress denied Clinton the opportunity to implement these plans. Of course, with the Republican, G.W. Bush, serving as President, that same Republican Congress was all too eager to pass these bills into law.

The third step is to demonize and marginalize anyone and everyone who opposes the government’s plans and ambitions. Such opponents are characterized as “unpatriotic,” “obstructionist,” “uncompassionate,” or even “ungodly.” Once again, the Bush minions have very skillfully done just that. Anyone who dares to oppose or even question Bush must be regarded as enemies of America or even as enemies of God.

Of course, the last step is to begin using the power and force of government to physically silence or remove those who are determined to require such treatment. And, as Germany’s National Socialists proved, by the time this happens, there is no one around who is capable of coming to the assistance of such people.

For those who are willing to objectively analyze Bush’s actions and policies, the truth is clearly seen: this President has systematically put in place laws, policies, and bureaucracies that can, are, and will continue to strip the American citizenry of the constitutional protections of their liberties.

Following are examples of freedoms which President Bush and his fellow Republicans in Congress have already expunged (as reported by the Associated Press):

*FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION: Government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist terror investigations.

*FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Government has closed once- public immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of people without charges, and has encouraged bureaucrats to resist public records questions.

*FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone that the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.

*RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION: Government may monitor federal prison jailhouse conversations between attorneys and clients, and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.

*FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES: Government may search and seize Americans’ papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.

*RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL: Government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.

*RIGHT TO LIBERTY: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them.

These rights have already been lost! Whether individual Americans have been personally subjected to the resultant tyranny or not doesn’t change the fact that they have already lost these freedoms! This fact, alone, should be enough for any studious lover-of-liberty to be outraged!

That good men are compliant and unconcerned regarding G.W. Bush’s propensity to trample constitutional freedoms bespeaks a great ignorance or a great apathy, or both!

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You have got to be kidding me; a judge actually let this go through? People wonder why people resort to computers and phones now. Knock on somebody’s door to be neighborly and you get sued? Those two girls who were just trying to do a good deed got punished for it by the court system. The demise of the neighborly attitude is slowly getting destroyed..

Thanks Deadly Waffle

CNN.com – Girls sued for delivering cookies – Feb 4, 2005

Now this is from the AP which has been quite liberal. That being said I applaud the huge increase in defense. I also applaud the increase in the Coast Guard’s budget. However I do have a problem in one area. Where is the massive increase for the border patrol and the hiring of agents to stem the invasion of illegals into this country? If the immigration dept is not going to be funded..how about we take some troops from the anti-american countries of france and germany and even the arab states that are actin a fool and post them on our own borders? Homeland defense needs to also mean our borders are sealed as much as possible..this administration has no interest in doing that unfortunatly.
Yahoo! News – Bush Budget Calls for Law Enforcement Cuts

Don’t these idiots understand if it were not for the U.S. Military we would not have the freedoms we do today? If you do not agree with he military..do not attack our men and women who put their lives on
the line. They are following orders..orders that ultimatly come from the President. Leave the military alone. ‘nough said
HughHewitt.com

*update* LaShawn Barber is relaly tracking this story.

*update 2*
Our Good Captain also has extensive coverage.

Both of the aforementioned blog have tons of links to other blogs. The video for this atrocity is due soon.

Oh this sucks. I find a blog i really like and they sign off..:) Oh well..I have taken all of the posts at the diplomad and turned them into word documents. LOOOOOng word documents. Each document is one month’s of postings. Zipped up they are only 512k. If anyone wants them jsut ask below in the comments.

Power Line: Diplomad, we hardly knew ye

I do not normally agrew with Vox Day..but this one is quite disturbing.
Vox Popoli: At least they’re learning something

Have to love it. All the leftists who were crying because the Iraqi elections would fail were proven wrong. NOw let’s see if the Iraqi people can work to get themselves a new consitution and avoid the self-defeatism that is rampant here in America.
Power Line: Administration Critics Keeping Mum

*update* Another Powerline Article
Here

Heh. More UN ineptness shown in this cartoon.
Washington Examiner: Opinion

It has been decided. Beth Johnson won a close race. The spread? 9 votes. Congratulations to Beth in earning her new seat on the Brunswick City Council. I will try to get the vote tallies and get them posted tomorrow.

*Update*

Here are the unofficial tallies courtesy of The HoodWinked:

Beth Johnson 249
Brent Baker 240
Wayne Dunkley 33

Well the national elections of the last 8
years have shown the world how to try to use
the courts to usurp the electorate’s wishes.
I was rather glad i live in this small 6k
population town..hoping that being a small
town would at least lend itself to playing
fair. Alas, the play is fraud here to.
Apparently, a supporter of another candidate
is going around to the elderly and illegally
soliciting their votes. Let me explain:
The supporter is going to the these homes
and asking these folks if they wish to vote.
They say yes and sign a form authorizing this
individual to pick up an absentee ballot for them.
What the supporter does after getting like 10 of
these forms is to go to city hall and grab the ballots.
This is not illegal. The part that is illegal is the
supporter then instructs the voters to vote for
the candidate this person supports. That is the
illegal part.

Sure in the grand national scheme of things it is minor.
Here in Brunswick, MD though this is major. It saddens
me that folks would even stoop to such levels. I hope
that the candidate who is having their votes illegally
boosted in this way put an end to it without the other
candidates having to take it to court.

*UPDATE*
Well it turns out that City Hall is unwilling or cannot do anything
about this. They say that as long as the request for
an absentee ballot is properly filled out and signed then
the ballot is allowed to leave. The vote is considered valid
if the absentee ballot comes back properly filled out irregardless
of how that vote was garnered. It seems voting fraud is now the
norm instead of the exception until we get a major overhaul of the
entire voting system’s laws. Well so far the fraudulent vote count is
known to be about 40. Hopefully exposing this fraud will stop it.

*Update #2*
I just found out absentee ballots have to be submitted to City Hall by 4:30
P.M. EST. Hopefully this will mitigate the voting inflation going on.

Rathergate continues. CBS News is getting quite a rattling over it.
CBS News Revolt — The National Guard Fiasco — Dan Rather, Martha Mapes

Rush has this dead on.
Rush Warning: The Immigration Problem

nOw this one is interesting.
Michelle Malkin: ISLAMISTS TRACKING CHRISTIANS ONLINE

*update* more news about this from JihadWatch:

Link

And the leftists wonder why they keep loosing elections.
Power Line: Democrats Debate Democracy

Since when are foreigners entitled to the rights in our constitution? Expecially those who were captured during a wartime operation?

Yahoo! News – Judge Backs Guantanamo Detainee Challenges

nough said..:)

The Diplomad: More UNhonesty

*this blog is shutting down so i am grabbing all text from the site*

Thursday, January 27, 2005

More UNhonesty

We warned you; some of you didn’t believe us. We told you that on or about January 26, UN Undersecretary General and Disaster Relief Coordinator Jan “Stingy” Egeland would hold a press event to boast of what the UN has done on tsunami relief over the past month since the December 26 disaster. He did.

You can find the two documents thus far put out by the UN here and here. The Diplomad wants to underline that these documents appear on the UN’s official web site; they are what the UN wants you to know; they comprise the official UN party line; they are not interpretations by journalists or bloggers.

Let’s go to the second document first. This is what the UN is handing out in New York and elsewhere as their UN assistance fact sheet,

OCHA Fact sheet on UN response in First Month after Indian Ocean Tsunami

This was largest earthquake in the world in 40 years. 12 countries separated by thousands of miles of ocean were affected.

More than 20 foreign militaries have lent their aircraft, naval vessels, search and rescue teams, logistical support, air traffic and ground handling crews, etc to the effort.

Donors have been extremely generous of the $977 million we seek, $775 million has been pledged — Some $200 million is already in the bank. There has been unprecedented level of contributions from private sector and world public. Private contributions total $188 million.

A massive logistical operation has been established through the good work of the UN Joint Logistics Center— It includes an airbridge that brings in supplies from around the world. In Indonesia alone, the UN and IOM have a fleet of 300 trucks. The UN also has 11 helicopters and 3 huge cargo ships operational in Sumatra.

In the first 31 days, every major community has received some sort of aid. The humanitarian situation has stabilized everywhere except pockets in Indonesia and Somalia.

No major outbreaks of communicable diseases have occurred.

Across the region: The World Food Programme is already reaching more than 1.2 million people with food out of a target population of 2 million.

More than 500,000 people are being provided with clean water. Students are going back to school; 60,000 started back to classes in Sumatra today. Hundreds of thousands more will return in February.

Sri Lanka: A WHO strategy targeting one million people is underway. More than 700,000 people are being fed (100% of target population). School supplies for 200,000 students have been delivered.

Indonesia: Shelter has been provided for more than 250,000 people. Malaria control program for 200,000 people. Five UN coordination offices have been established Aceh. 100 UN staff on the ground. Food aid now reaching 330,000, will soon reach 500,000.

Somalia: UNICEF is reaching 15,000 people with basic supplies. More than 20,000 people receiving food. Clean water has been brought to 1250 households.

We will focus on Indonesia, The country most affected by the quake and tsunami and the one where we were working, saw the UN up close and personal, and know best. The press release is deceptive and misleading. Its author has a future in advertising, or working for the next John Kerry campaign.

So, “20 foreign militaries lent” their assets, eh? Lent? To whom? Not to the UN, that’s for sure. For at least three of the past four weeks, the UN had nothing to do with the operations of the “20 foreign militaries.” The UN certainly was not directing the Aussies, who were the first ones in; they blazed the path for the rest and thousands of people owe them their lives. They weren’t running the assets of the Kiwis or the Singaporeans, either, and they sure weren’t running ours. Up until just a few days ago, those “20” foreign militaries were Aussies, Singaporeans, Kiwis (who’ve gotten little credit for the fine work they’ve done), and Yanks with a modest but appreciated assist as of about 10-12 days ago of the Spanish and the Pakistani militaries. The coordinating was being done by the Australians, the USA and the Indonesian military. Up until just about four or five days ago, except for the disaster tourists such as Annan and Bellamy, the UN WAS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN — except quite overwhelmingly in Jakarta’s luxury hotels, a few UNocrats in Medan, and a tiny handful at the airport in Aceh writing up press releases claiming all the credit for the UN and bad-mouthing the hard-working Aussies and Americans.

The puffery about the UN Joint Logistics Centre is just that puffery. The UNJLC, as of today, is still not completely functional in Indonesia. To be fair, they seem to have brought in some good people (some not so good) who should do a credible job coordinating the much-reduced relief activity anticipated in the days ahead as US, Australian, and New Zealand forces depart. It is not clear, however, that the Indonesian military couldn’t do it alone, but, international donor politics demand a UN stamp.

And the 300 trucks? Notice how the UN press release rolls together IOM and UN. It would be akin to stating, “Between them the United States and Mexico have 12 aircraft carrier battlegroups.” Technically true, but . . . The overwhelming majority of those trucks are IOM’s — arranged and paid for by USAID. The Indonesian Minister of Defense noted, January 16, “The U.S. Military [in Aceh] has been the backbone of the logistical operations providing assistance to all afflicted after the disaster. We’d like to pay tribute to the soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen of the U.S. Forces deployed in Aceh throughout the relief effort.” He didn’t say the UN.

The press release is vague about who provided shelter and malaria control. For good reason: the UN has done VERY little of that. USAID and the USN have done the majority of it. Same with the claim about reaching hundreds-of-thousands of people with food aid. The UN didn’t do that; the Aussies and we did that. It was US, Australian, and New Zealand C-130s, and US boats (both USN and leased by USAID) that moved the food to Aceh and Medan. It was USN and USMC helos and LCACs that moved it out to the affected areas. The UN-leased helos — paid for largely by the Japanese — have only just begun to operate.

Let’s take a quick look at the other UN document: the UN’s rendition of Egeland’s January 26 NY press conference. Excerpts follow,

PRESS BRIEFING ON TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORT

Jan Egeland said today at Headquarters that the humanitarian response had been remarkably, perhaps singularly, effective, swift and muscular. Mr. Egeland said that the emergency-life-saving phase to save the survivors and avoid a second wave of death, destruction and disease had succeeded in just one month. Normally, such a phase took three or more months, but in this case, and despite monumental obstacles – no roads, few airstrips, no ports and torrential rains – the second death wave had been avoided

Credit was due, first and foremost, to the local communities and national governments, whose responses had been uniquely effective, he said. Secondly,
ther
e had been an enormously effective international relief effort by the United Nations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, and hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Thirdly, a bigger and more effective partnership than ever with military forces had emerged, involving 20 foreign militaries and the national militaries of all of the affected nations, bolstering the effort with aircraft, helicopters, naval vessels, search-and-rescue teams, logistical support, air-traffic and handling crews, and so forth.

Donors’ response had been unprecedented and generous, he said, drawing attention to the $775 million in firm pledges to the flash appeal for $977 million. Some $200 million had been received, and another $250 million was “in the mail”. Another major achievement had been in the area of logistics. Huge bottlenecks had been foreseen, but most had been solved early on through the identification of alternate routes, airports and transport means. The joint logistical services of the United Nations and its coordination mechanisms had largely worked to his satisfaction.

The number of people already receiving food was 1.2 million, and that was likely to increase to perhaps 2 million at the peak, he said. More than 500,000 people had already been provided with clean water. Students were increasingly returning to school; today, 60,000 started school in Aceh and Sumatra

He appreciated Oxfam for calling on countries that had pledged money to “pay up”. Some, like Japan, had been outstanding — it had pledged, committed and disbursed and transferred $229 million within days. Altogether, $450 million had either been received or was on its way, and that was very impressive, he added. He now had a total pledge from the United States of $39 million, all of which had been received; the World Food Programme had received $28 million from that country. Japan was in a class of its own, but other large donors included Norway, Sweden, the European Commission and Germany. [H]e said that, if things had gone slower, if it had been “business as usual”, there would have been a higher casualty figure. Against all odds and expectations, some assistance had reached even the most remote places.

Again, the dishonesty is breathtaking.

When it’s convenient, Egeland rolls in work done by non-UN actors and makes it seem like the UN has done it, e.g., USAID “cash-for-work” programs have cleared the rubble away and made school re-openings possible — the UN didn’t do that!

Yet when talking about pledges, he mentions only money pledged or given the UN! He attempts to minimize the role of the USA — by far the biggest contributor to the relief effort. He praises Japan for being in a class by itself. Why? The Japanese have given the UN $229 million. The US is giving only a relatively small portion of its tsunami relief moneys to the UN, so it doesn’t count — quite aside from the fact that even prior to the tsunami the USA was providing about 40% of the WFP and UNHCR budgets. Notice how he can not bring himself to mention AIRCRAFT carriers; they presumably get covered under “and so forth.” To mention aircraft carriers would be to acknowledge that the USA is in a class by itself. Once again, we see the nonsense about the logistics operation and the overcoming of bottlenecks; the UN didn’t do that. He makes absolutely NO mention of the superb work done by the Australians or the Kiwis. Why? Because they did it on their own or in coordination with the US. The countries praised are precisely those who have done the least in the real world to alleviate the tsunami caused suffering. Why? Because they believe in “business as usual” and give their money to the UN.

The Diplomad finds absolutely stunning the language about the response being “remarkably, perhaps singularly, effective, swift and muscular” and that it “had succeeded in just one month. Normally, such a phase took three or more months . . .” Why was it so quick and effective? Thanks to President Bush who quickly threw together a “core group” of nations that responded right away, without waiting for the UN. Precisely the group that Clare Short and her ilk so criticized for undermining the UN.

Pathetic.

# posted by Diplomad @ 9:42 PM

Here’s one. According to the sky is falling chicken little global warming fearmongers, global warming will be irreverisble in 10 years. The report linked to however has plans for action to be taken in 2025. Wait..global warming is doomsday in 10 years..2015..but some of their more critical actions are not scheduled for 10 years after doomsday?
Here’s one:

If global warming is so bad and is going to doom us in 10 years..why are the urocrats pushing out the airbus A380? The world’s biggest jetliner? I mean if global warming is that much of an issue shouldn’t we all be puttering in hybrid Cessnas?

The Global Warming scam continues..:)
*This blog is shutting down so i am posting the full entry here*

ednesday, January 26, 2005

Fight Global Warming: Turn on the A/C & Open the Windows

Guilty.

I, The Chief Diplomad and Internet Bloviator, have let the readers down. I made fun of the UN’s 3,000 page ACTION PLAN to save the world without actually reading it. That is something the MSM would do — well, not the “make fun” part, but the “not reading” part.” As a consequence, I have been cruising the internet for another stupid, vapid report that I could ridicule AND this time actually read. My lonely quest to ease my conscience was finally rewarded by these articles which pointed me to another Holy Grail of Left-Lib Stupidity,

Cabinet minister Stephen Byers has warned that Global warming could become irreversible within a decade. The US must be persuaded to act now or it will be to (sic) late to undo climate change, Mr Byers said. Tony Blair has made action on the issue a priority for his chairmanship of the G7 this year. That may represent a last chance to address the problem, according to the International Climate Change Task Force, which Mr Byers chairs.

Carbon dioxide concentrations will become so great within ten to 20 years that cuts will be futile, the task force says in a report out later.

Global Warming: Approaching Point of No Return

Global warming is approaching the point of no return, after which widespread drought, crop failure and rising sea levels will be irreversible, an international climate change task force warned Monday. It called on the Group of 8 leading industrial nations to cut carbon emissions, double their research spending on technology and work with India and China to build on the Kyoto Protocol for cuttings emissions of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” blamed for global warming.

The independent report was made by the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain, the Center for American Progress in the United States and the Australia Institute.

“An ecological time bomb is ticking away,” said Stephen Byers, who was co-chairman of the task force with U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. “World leaders need to recognize that climate change is the single most important long-term issue that the planet faces.”

I had to read that report (plus I’d heard that it was only 40 pages long, i.e., just over 1.3% as long as that, uh, UN report . . . the one, which . . .I . . . didn’t . . . read.) How could I not read a report dealing with the “the single most important long-term issue that the planet faces?” How could I pass up an “independent” report put out by a Taskforce (Homer Simpson voice: Mmmm, Taskforce . . . ) jointly “chaired” by a loopy British Labourite and an equally loopy American REPUBLICAN? Had to have it. And only 40 pages!

I found it at the website of the non-partisan [Must keep straight face, must keep straight face . . . ] Australia Institute which co-sponsored the thing — and probably wrote much of it. It’s a gold mine of loopiness! A treasure trove of vapidity and stupidity hard to equal in just 40 pages. [Note: Once you discount the several pages of puffery about the authors and the sponsors; the acknowledgments and the thank yous; and the footnotes and the introductions, the report is perhaps 28-30 pages long in big type and with lots of white space. Great!]

Check out the recommendations in the intro. Aren’t they original?

1. A long-term objective be established to prevent global average temperature from rising more than 2?C (3.6?F) above the pre-industrial level, to limit the extent and magnitude of climate-change impacts.
2. A global framework be adopted that builds on the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, and enables all countries to be part of concerted action on climate change at the global level in the post-2012 period, on the basis of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities.
3. G8 governments establish national renewable portfolio standards to generate at least 25% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025, with higher targets needed for some G8 governments.
4. G8 governments increase their spending on research, development, and demonstration of advanced technologies for energy-efficient and low- and zero-carbon energy supply by two-fold or more by 2010, at the same time as adopting near-term strategies for the large-scale deployment of existing low- and no-carbon technologies.
5. The G8 and other major economies, including from the developing world, form a G8+ Climate Group, to pursue technology agreements and related initiatives that will lead to large emissions reductions.
6. The G8+ Climate Group agree to shift their agricultural subsidies from food crops to biofuels, especially those derived from cellulosic materials, while implementing appropriate safeguards to ensure sustainable farming methods are encouraged, culturally and ecologically sensitive land preserved, and biodiversity protected.
7. All developed countries introduce national mandatory cap-and-trade systems for carbon emissions, and construct them to allow for their future integration into a single global market.
8. Governments remove barriers to and increase investment in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices through such measures as the phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies and requiring Export Credit Agencies and Multilateral Development Banks to adopt minimum efficiency or carbon intensity standards for projects they support.
9. Developed countries honour existing commitments to provide greater financial and technical assistance to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate change, including the commitments made at the seventh conference of the parties to the UNFCCC in 2001, and pursue the establishment of an international compensation fund to support disaster mitigation and preparedness.
10. Governments committed to action on climate change raise public awareness of the problem and build public support for climate policies by pledging to provide substantial long-term investment in effective climate communication activities.

Are these the sort of actions you would take if the world were going to reach the POINT OF NO RETURN in ten years? According to the distinguished British “co-chair,” after ten years IT’S ALL OVER!!! Yet the report has suggestions for actions to take by 2025 — along with all the usual leftist bromides about more money for this or that, form a group to discuss, raise public awareness, blah, blah, blah.

More nuggets come fast and furious. Page 1 tells us,

The international consensus of scientific opinion, led by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is agreed that global temperature is increasing and that the main cause is the accumulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as a result of human activities. Scientific opinion is also agreed that the threat posed will become more severe over coming decades.

It’s the “consensus of scientific opinion,” except for all those scientists who don’t agree, but never mind.

Page 1 charges on with more. Now here, I must warn you: the math is VERY precise and VERY complex. I am not sure that just ordinary folks will be able to follow the complex calculations laid out below. Try to keep up,

The cost of failing to mobilise in the face of this threat is likely to be extremely high. The economic costs alone will be very large: as extreme weather events such as droughts and floods become more destructive and frequent; communities, cities, and island nations are damaged or inundated as sea level rises; and agricultural output is disrupted. The social and human costs are likely to be even greater, encompassing mass loss of life, the spread or exacerbation of diseases, dislocation of populations, geopolitical instability, and a pronounced decrease in the quality of life. Impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity are also likely to be devastating.

Preventing dangerous climate change, therefore, must be seen as a precondition for prosperity and a public good, like national security and public health. By contrast, the cost of taking smart, effective action to meet the challenge of climate change should be entirely manageable. Such action need not undermine standards of living.

Hope that you could follow the math. Notice the great precision, the exactitude, the complex calculations? And there’s more! Just in case you had the impression from page 1 that we should only oppose “dangerous climate change,” page 3 will set you right,

While no amount of climate change is safe and many communities, such as those in Arctic regions and low-lying island states, are already experiencing adverse impacts, scientific evidence suggests that there is a threshold of temperature increase above which the extent and magnitude of the impacts of climate change increase sharply. No one can say with certainty what that threshold is, but it is important that we make an educated judgment at this time based on the best available science.

NO CLIMATE CHANGE AT ALL! The world’s climate has NEVER EVER changed — until evil man showed up and started doing stuff. And while “scientific evidence suggests a threshold of temperature” we have no friggin idea what it is, but we’re not going to be deterred from doing something just because we don’t know what we’re doing!

Now the part that has gotten the most media attention,

On the basis of an extensive review of the relevant scientific literature, we propose a long-term objective of preventing average global surface temperature from rising by more than 2?C (3.6?F) above its pre-industrial level (taken as the level in 1750, when carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations first began to rise appreciably as a result of human activities). (footnote#10)

Interesting. Let’s go see what footnote number 10 says. You’ll find it on page 15,

Other influences on climate were much more important than the rising greenhouse gas concentrations for at least the next hundred years, and the global average surface temperature in 1850 was probably a bit cooler than in 1750. But thermometer measurements ? which first became widespread enough to directly determine the global average temperature only around 1860?show that between then and 2004 the temperature has risen by about 0.8?C or 1.4?F, and is expected to rise further still due to climatic inertia.

There appears to be no scientific rhyme or reason for picking 1750 as the base year — political, yes, scientific, no. Apparently, according to the report, nobody knows what the temperature was in 1750, but whatever it was, after 100 years of “human activity,” by 1850 the world was COOLER. Why? “Other influences” is the cryptic answer. So are those “other influences” now gone? What were they and what happened to them? If they’re not gone, wouldn’t they act to cool the earth again rather than let it warm up?

Just as I was getting warmed up to continue my assault on the report (sigh), I ran across this from Tim Worstall,

Allow me to translate We have decided to take an arbitrary number, 2?C, set the baseline at the bottom of the Little Ice Age, immediately after the Maunder Minimum, mix in every scare story we can think of to scare the fecal matter out of you rubes and if you don’t listen carefully to us important people we’ll hold our breaths until we turn blue. (We might also note that no one, no one at all, thinks that human influence on the climate started in 1750 AD. Try 8,000 BC with the invention of agriculture.)

Allow me just to recapitulate this argument. A modest number of the international great and the good get together to bemoan the way the world is running to rack and ruin, identifying the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (and not coincidentally, the beginning of capitalism) as when our forefathers began to cause our problems, come up with a series of recommendations on how to reduce carbon emissions, lots of international action, international aid, international spending, international regulation, in short, lots for the international great and good to do, and in the process they take no position on nuclear energy? None at all? Not even a “Tsk, tsk, that will allow capitalism to survive?”

Sheesh. Who cares what they think?

Darn. He ruined that for me. He demolished the whole thing.

But I have two recommendations to the EU as they fight Global Warming. The first is something they should immediately stop doing,

If the new Airbus A380 is the commercial success its European makers hope, the big loser — apart from Boeing — will be the environment, a French expert
says But French expert Jean-Marc Jancovici author of numerous books on climate change and who runs a well-regarded website(manicore.com) on global warming phenomenon, says that if Airbus’ business plan is right, “the number of air passengers will triple in the next 20 years. ” Even if planes get bigger, there will still be a lot more of them in the skies in order to meet demand and this will cancel out the benefits in improved fuel efficiency, he told AFP.

In addition, because aircraft emit their pollution at altitude rather than at ground level, the effect as an amplifier of global warming can be five times worse than that of a truck. Compounding the problem is that the aviation business is so far immune from global-warming regulations demanding higher fuel efficiency or lower pollution, and kerosene, a highly polluting fuel, is untaxed.

Stop building that Airbus — or, more EUish, tax it to death.

The second recommendation is for the EU to keep doing what it’s doing now . From the lads at EU Referendum comes this observation,

Latest of the long line of critics, the government?s own “red-tape czar” is calling on the EU to improve its business regulation or face long-term economic decline, according to The Times today. Asked what would happen if red tape continued to grow, Mr Arculus said: “I think the consequences for Europe are extremely serious.” Europe?s economy could decline to half the size of the US over the next 20 years if the tide of regulation was not stemmed, he said.That, of course, it the way it is going to be ? if the EU lasts that long. Regulation is not primarily a matter of procedures but of attitude and culture. The EU commission regulates in the way it does because that is the only way it knows. It is incapable of doing it any other way.

What better way could the EU show its commitment to fighting Global Warming than by letting its economy stagnant and decline? Once the EU matches, oh say, Ghana’s economic performance, then it will prove beyond all doubt how genuinely committed it is to dealing with “single most important long-term issue that the planet faces.” Keep at it EU!

The Diplomad:

Here’s one. According to the sky is falling chicken little global warming fearmongers, global warming will be irreverisble in 10 years. The report linked to however has plans for action to be taken in 2025. Wait..global warming is doomsday in 10 years..2015..but some of their more critical actions are not scheduled for 10 years after doomsday?
Here’s one:

If global warming is so bad and is going to doom us in 10 years..why are the urocrats pushing out the airbus A380? The world’s biggest jetliner? I mean if global warming is that much of an issue shouldn’t we all be puttering in hybrid Cessnas?

The Global Warming scam continues..:)
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ednesday, January 26, 2005

Fight Global Warming: Turn on the A/C & Open the Windows

Guilty.

I, The Chief Diplomad and Internet Bloviator, have let the readers down. I made fun of the UN’s 3,000 page ACTION PLAN to save the world without actually reading it. That is something the MSM would do — well, not the “make fun” part, but the “not reading” part.” As a consequence, I have been cruising the internet for another stupid, vapid report that I could ridicule AND this time actually read. My lonely quest to ease my conscience was finally rewarded by these articles which pointed me to another Holy Grail of Left-Lib Stupidity,

Cabinet minister Stephen Byers has warned that Global warming could become irreversible within a decade. The US must be persuaded to act now or it will be to (sic) late to undo climate change, Mr Byers said. Tony Blair has made action on the issue a priority for his chairmanship of the G7 this year. That may represent a last chance to address the problem, according to the International Climate Change Task Force, which Mr Byers chairs.

Carbon dioxide concentrations will become so great within ten to 20 years that cuts will be futile, the task force says in a report out later.

Global Warming: Approaching Point of No Return

Global warming is approaching the point of no return, after which widespread drought, crop failure and rising sea levels will be irreversible, an international climate change task force warned Monday. It called on the Group of 8 leading industrial nations to cut carbon emissions, double their research spending on technology and work with India and China to build on the Kyoto Protocol for cuttings emissions of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gases” blamed for global warming.

The independent report was made by the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain, the Center for American Progress in the United States and the Australia Institute.

“An ecological time bomb is ticking away,” said Stephen Byers, who was co-chairman of the task force with U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. “World leaders need to recognize that climate change is the single most important long-term issue that the planet faces.”

I had to read that report (plus I’d heard that it was only 40 pages long, i.e., just over 1.3% as long as that, uh, UN report . . . the one, which . . .I . . . didn’t . . . read.) How could I not read a report dealing with the “the single most important long-term issue that the planet faces?” How could I pass up an “independent” report put out by a Taskforce (Homer Simpson voice: Mmmm, Taskforce . . . ) jointly “chaired” by a loopy British Labourite and an equally loopy American REPUBLICAN? Had to have it. And only 40 pages!

I found it at the website of the non-partisan [Must keep straight face, must keep straight face . . . ] Australia Institute which co-sponsored the thing — and probably wrote much of it. It’s a gold mine of loopiness! A treasure trove of vapidity and stupidity hard to equal in just 40 pages. [Note: Once you discount the several pages of puffery about the authors and the sponsors; the acknowledgments and the thank yous; and the footnotes and the introductions, the report is perhaps 28-30 pages long in big type and with lots of white space. Great!]

Check out the recommendations in the intro. Aren’t they original?

1. A long-term objective be established to prevent global average temperature from rising more than 2?C (3.6?F) above the pre-industrial level, to limit the extent and magnitude of climate-change impacts.
2. A global framework be adopted that builds on the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, and enables all countries to be part of concerted action on climate change at the global level in the post-2012 period, on the basis of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities.
3. G8 governments establish national renewable portfolio standards to generate at least 25% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025, with higher targets needed for some G8 governments.
4. G8 governments increase their spending on research, development, and demonstration of advanced technologies for energy-efficient and low- and zero-carbon energy supply by two-fold or more by 2010, at the same time as adopting near-term strategies for the large-scale deployment of existing low- and no-carbon technologies.
5. The G8 and other major economies, including from the developing world, form a G8+ Climate Group, to pursue technology agreements and related initiatives that will lead to large emissions reductions.
6. The G8+ Climate Group agree to shift their agricultural subsidies from food crops to biofuels, especially those derived from cellulosic materials, while implementing appropriate safeguards to ensure sustainable farming methods are encouraged, culturally and ecologically sensitive land preserved, and biodiversity protected.
7. All developed countries introduce national mandatory cap-and-trade systems for carbon emissions, and construct them to allow for their future integration into a single global market.
8. Governments remove barriers to and increase investment in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices through such measures as the phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies and requiring Export Credit Agencies and Multilateral Development Banks to adopt minimum efficiency or carbon intensity standards for projects they support.
9. Developed countries honour existing commitments to provide greater financial and technical assistance to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate change, including the commitments made at the seventh conference of the parties to the UNFCCC in 2001, and pursue the establishment of an international compensation fund to support disaster mitigation and preparedness.
10. Governments committed to action on climate change raise public awareness of the problem and build public support for climate policies by pledging to provide substantial long-term investment in effective climate communication activities.

Are these the sort of actions you would take if the world were going to reach the POINT OF NO RETURN in ten years? According to the distinguished British “co-chair,” after ten years IT’S ALL OVER!!! Yet the report has suggestions for actions to take by 2025 — along with all the usual leftist bromides about more mone

y for this or that, form a group to discuss, raise public awareness, blah, blah, blah.

More nuggets come fast and furious. Page 1 tells us,

The international consensus of scientific opinion, led by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is agreed that global temperature is increasing and that the main cause is the accumulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as a result of human activities. Scientific opinion is also agreed that the threat posed will become more severe over coming decades.

It’s the “consensus of scientific opinion,” except for all those scientists who don’t agree, but never mind.

Page 1 charges on with more. Now here, I must warn you: the math is VERY precise and VERY complex. I am not sure that just ordinary folks will be able to follow the complex calculations laid out below. Try to keep up,

The cost of failing to mobilise in the face of this threat is likely to be extremely high. The economic costs alone will be very large: as extreme weather events such as droughts and floods become more destructive and frequent; communities, cities, and island nations are damaged or inundated as sea level rises; and agricultural output is disrupted. The social and human costs are likely to be even greater, encompassing mass loss of life, the spread or exacerbation of diseases, dislocation of populations, geopolitical instability, and a pronounced decrease in the quality of life. Impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity are also likely to be devastating.

Preventing dangerous climate change, therefore, must be seen as a precondition for prosperity and a public good, like national security and public health. By contrast, the cost of taking smart, effective action to meet the challenge of climate change should be entirely manageable. Such action need not undermine standards of living.

Hope that you could follow the math. Notice the great precision, the exactitude, the complex calculations? And there’s more! Just in case you had the impression from page 1 that we should only oppose “dangerous climate change,” page 3 will set you right,

While no amount of climate change is safe and many communities, such as those in Arctic regions and low-lying island states, are already experiencing adverse impacts, scientific evidence suggests that there is a threshold of temperature increase above which the extent and magnitude of the impacts of climate change increase sharply. No one can say with certainty what that threshold is, but it is important that we make an educated judgment at this time based on the best available science.

NO CLIMATE CHANGE AT ALL! The world’s climate has NEVER EVER changed — until evil man showed up and started doing stuff. And while “scientific evidence suggests a threshold of temperature” we have no friggin idea what it is, but we’re not going to be deterred from doing something just because we don’t know what we’re doing!

Now the part that has gotten the most media attention,

On the basis of an extensive review of the relevant scientific literature, we propose a long-term objective of preventing average global surface temperature from rising by more than 2?C (3.6?F) above its pre-industrial level (taken as the level in 1750, when carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations first began to rise appreciably as a result of human activities). (footnote#10)

Interesting. Let’s go see what footnote number 10 says. You’ll find it on page 15,

Other influences on climate were much more important than the rising greenhouse gas concentrations for at least the next hundred years, and the global average surface temperature in 1850 was probably a bit cooler than in 1750. But thermometer measurements ? which first became widespread enough to directly determine the global average temperature only around 1860?show that between then and 2004 the temperature has risen by about 0.8?C or 1.4?F, and is expected to rise further still due to climatic inertia.

There appears to be no scientific rhyme or reason for picking 1750 as the base year — political, yes, scientific, no. Apparently, according to the report, nobody knows what the temperature was in 1750, but whatever it was, after 100 years of “human activity,” by 1850 the world was COOLER. Why? “Other influences” is the cryptic answer. So are those “other influences” now gone? What were they and what happened to them? If they’re not gone, wouldn’t they act to cool the earth again rather than let it warm up?

Just as I was getting warmed up to continue my assault on the report (sigh), I ran across this from Tim Worstall,

Allow me to translate We have decided to take an arbitrary number, 2?C, set the baseline at the bottom of the Little Ice Age, immediately after the Maunder Minimum, mix in every scare story we can think of to scare the fecal matter out of you rubes and if you don’t listen carefully to us important people we’ll hold our breaths until we turn blue. (We might also note that no one, no one at all, thinks that human influence on the climate started in 1750 AD. Try 8,000 BC with the invention of agriculture.)

Allow me just to recapitulate this argument. A modest number of the international great and the good get together to bemoan the way the world is running to rack and ruin, identifying the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (and not coincidentally, the beginning of capitalism) as when our forefathers began to cause our problems, come up with a series of recommendations on how to reduce carbon emissions, lots of international action, international aid, international spending, international regulation, in short, lots for the international great and good to do, and in the process they take no position on nuclear energy? None at all? Not even a “Tsk, tsk, that will allow capitalism to survive?”

Sheesh. Who cares what they think?

Darn. He ruined that for me. He demolished the whole thing.

But I have two recommendations to the EU as they fight Global Warming. The first is something they should immediately stop doing,

If the new Airbus A380 is the commercial success its European makers hope, the big loser — apart from Boeing — will be the environment, a French expert
says But French expert Jean-Marc Jancovici author of numerous books on climate change and who runs a well-regarded website(manicore.com) on global warming phenomenon, says that if Airbus’ business plan is right, “the number of air passengers will triple in the next 20 years. ” Even if planes get bigger, there will still be a lot more of them in the skies in order to meet demand and this will cancel out the benefits in improved fuel efficiency, he told AFP.

In addition, because aircraft emit their pollution at altitude rather than at ground level, the effect as an amplifier of global warming can be five times worse than that of a truck. Compounding the problem is that the aviation business is so far immune from global-warming regulations demanding higher fuel efficiency or lower pollution, and kerosene, a highly polluting fuel, is untaxed.

Stop building that Airbus — or, more EUish, tax it to death.

The second recommendation is for the EU to keep doing what it’s doing now . From the lads at EU Referendum comes this observation,

Latest of the long line of critics, the government?s own “red-tape czar” is calling on t

he EU to improve its business regulation or face long-term economic decline, according to The Times today. Asked what would happen if red tape continued to grow, Mr Arculus said: “I think the consequences for Europe are extremely serious.” Europe?s economy could decline to half the size of the US over the next 20 years if the tide of regulation was not stemmed, he said.That, of course, it the way it is going to be ? if the EU lasts that long. Regulation is not primarily a matter of procedures but of attitude and culture. The EU commission regulates in the way it does because that is the only way it knows. It is incapable of doing it any other way.

What better way could the EU show its commitment to fighting Global Warming than by letting its economy stagnant and decline? Once the EU matches, oh say, Ghana’s economic performance, then it will prove beyond all doubt how genuinely committed it is to dealing with “single most important long-term issue that the planet faces.” Keep at it EU!


More updates on the U.S. aid to the tsunami victims.

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Monday, January 24, 2005

The USA Responds, and the UN?

We received a fact sheet laying out what the USA has done (as of January 18) to aid quake and tsunami victims in Indonesia; we haven’t yet received read outs on our aid to Sri Lanka, Maldives, East Africa, or Thailand. The UN, as we reported before, is apparently going to hold a major press event around January 26 to sum up all that the UN has done since the December 26 quake and tsunami. We would be very interested in seeing how the UN puts a shiny gloss on its rusty performance.

US Responds to the December 26 Tsunami Disaster in Indonesia

(updated January 18, 2005)

The USG, thus far, has provided $33.5 million in direct humanitarian assistance to Indonesia in response to the disaster– this is in addition to military assistance and support (which is estimated to cost some $5 million/day.) No other country or organization comes anywhere close to this figure of assistance ACTUALLY provided. With USG support, emergency humanitarian services began Sunday (December 26), immediately following the disaster:

– With $2.3 million from USAID, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) began providing emergency services to victims, including shelter, water, food and medical services.

– With $3.5 million from USAID, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) began transporting and delivering relief supplies (water, food, plastic sheeting, generators, fuel and medical supplies).

– Embassy staff in Jakarta, Banda Aceh and Medan are coordinating with the U.S. Military on logistics, especially to prioritize the delivery of relief items. TNI (Indonesian military) are assisting in loading relief planes and are accompanying U.S. helicopter sorties and trucks delivering relief supplies.

– On average we have four C-130 aircraft/day airlifting support to Jakarta, Medan and Banda Aceh for transport of relief supplies, including shelter, water, food and medical services.

– Eleven USN ships and one USCG vessel are operating near Indonesia and supporting the relief work there.

– Thirty-eight American helicopters are delivering supplies (16 from USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Group; 22 from the USS BONHOMME RICHARD Expeditionary Group; another 4 are on the way from the USS FORT MCHENRY). The USS BONHOMME RICHARD is ferrying supplies to shore via amphibious landing craft (LCACs).

– U.S. Navy/Marine pilots have flown 600 humanitarian missions.

– Water-production facilities are being established working with the Indonesian government.

– The Combined Support Group – Indonesia has flown 1,056 sorties to deliver 1,447,700 lbs of food, 989,200 lbs of water and 1,067,800 lbs of medical supplies, and evacuate 420 Indonesian tsunami victims. CSG-I has delivered more than 3 million pounds of material to tsunami survivors.

– Some 8000 Marines and Sailors are assisting in this relief effort.

– The majority of U.S. service members are ?afloat?. Approximately 200 personnel on the ground in Indonesia.

– To aid reconnaissance and humanitarian relief planning, the US has flown P-3 aircraft, which provide real time imaging and damage assessment of the hardest hit areas.

– With USAID support, 220 IOM trucks are distributing relief supplies in and near Banda Aceh and Meulaboh. [Note: Despite UN attempts to claim IOM as one of its “agencies,” IOM is an NGO, which in Indonesia receives the overwhelming bulk of its funds from the USG.]

– With USAID support, CARE is working with 30 centers at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps to prevent needless deaths– especially of mothers and children. They have trained 40 volunteers on basic primary health care and education, and provided information regarding safe water systems (SWS) and the importance of SWS for staying healthy. USAID/CARE has provided hygiene improvement kits to 30,000 IDPs. SWS and hygiene kits are being distributed in 96 IDP camps in Banda Aceh, Aceh Besar, and Aceh Jaya.

– 70,080 bottles of Safe Water System (SWS), a home water chlorination kit pioneered by the US Centers for Disease Control (USCDC), have been provided by USAID. One capful purifies about 20 liters of water (5-6 gallons.) [Note: it tastes lousy, but it’s safe.]

– The USG provides 16,400 metric tons of food daily to victims.

– 40,000 liters of USG-purchased UHT milk packed in school packs for children has been airlifted from Jakarta.

– The USS Abraham Lincoln is supplying thousands of families with potable water.

– Two USAID-chartered planes have delivered thousands of water containers, jerry cans, and other relief supplies to Medan, including plastic sheeting to shelter over 5,000 families.

– USAID-funded partners are providing hundreds of generators, refrigerators for medicines, communications equipment and basic emergency and shelter kits for families, temporary water and sanitation facilities, trauma counseling, clean up and access to other basic services.

– USAID approved nearly $300,000 to International Medical Corps (IMC) for 25 to 30 medical personnel and logistics coordinators to provide emergency services in Aceh.

– USAID provided $250,000 to the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) to establish a sentinel health surveillance system for tsunami-affected areas of Aceh and Northern Sumatra provinces. [Note: WHO personnel are being flown around the region by US helicopters.]

– USAID provided $579,000 to establish a US Navy “WHO Reference diagnostic laboratory” in Banda Aceh to diagnose diseases posing the greatest risks: cholera, malaria, dengue, Hep A &E and others.

– USAID provided $1.5 million to UNICEF for child protection activities in Aceh Province.

– USAID provided $5 million to Development Alternatives, Inc. for immediate rehabilitation interventions, such as focused cash-for-work clean-up programs, short-term employment schemes, and community-based, small social infrastructure activities.

– USAID awarded four grants, using $2 million in emergency funds immediately after the tsunami: $249,985 to World Vision for shelter and household kits, $285,428 to International Relief and Development (IRD) for water and sanitation; $254,023 to Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO) for maternal and child health activities, and $292,060 to Mercy Corps for emergency response activities.

– As part of the contribution to UNHCR?s regional appeal, USAID designated $2 million for emergency shelter programs in Indonesia.

– USAID provided $2 million to IMC for mobile health units, rehabilitation of local health clinics, malaria control, and psychosocial support in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces.

U.S Private Sector support:

– American corporations have been quick to help, especially those based in the region. According to the American Chamber, “American companies and their employees with offices in Indonesia, have so far contributed in excess of $97 million in cash, products and services toward earthquake/tsunami relief and reconstruction.”

– The American people have responded. It is difficult to tabulate private contributions, however the most recent estimates put private contributions by the U.S. public at large at over $325 million for the region.

# posted by Diplomad @ 4:36 PM

I have never been a fan of Seante Majority Leader Frist. This just cements my feelings.
Captain’s Quarters

I have been following this case and it gets more interesting and disturbing. Of course the MSM is not mentioning any of this..they are cotowing to the Islam radicals as usual.

January 16, 2005(Michelle Malkin)

January 17, 2005(Michelle Malkin)

January 21. 2005(michelle Malkin)

January 23, 2005(From Jihad Watch)

Jihad Watch: A note on the Armanious case

Here’s an article that i agree with. I am not saying women should keep all traces of skin covered at all times. I do agree that women these days should tone it down quite a bit. Then they would see men’s attitudes towards them change drastically.
Wittenberg Gate: Feminine Modesty

*Update*
Here is a post from Michelle Malkin that I also highly agree with.

This man has been living with another woman and even has children by this other woman. He has not produced a shred that says his wife wants to die. So he is going to get her killed by starving her to death. If she does not die of dehydration first. What a cruel way to die. If she has a DNR order produce it..then she can die quickly..but slowly starving her to death or having her die of dehydration..this is just disgusting. I would not be as disgusted with the courts and mr. Schiavo’s actions if he produced a will or some signed document that says DNR or something of that nature.

Here’s something ironic..the Florida Supreme Court said,” The Florida Supreme Court ruled in September that the law violated the constitutional separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial branches. It said that if the legislature and governor were allowed to retroactively overturn court rulings, no judgment would ever be final.”

ROFL ROFL ROFL!

THE COURTS DO NOT MAKE THE LAW! THEY INTERPERT THE LAWS. NOWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION DOES IT SAY THE COURTS CAN OVERTURN A LAW PASSED BY THE CONGRESS!!

What hypocrisy..this nation is becoming an oligarchy in a hurry. The thing most Americans are complicent by not reading the Constitution. I would take a look at it..yourself..do not let somebody tell you what it says. Do something unique in this day and age..THINK! read it for yourself.

I have to be quiet on this one i could rant on for days on this.

Yahoo! News – Gov. Bush Loses Appeal in Fla. Right-To-Die Case

The MSM have twisted this to make it look like Dr. Dobson and the AFA are attackting Spongebob. They are not. They are warning of the hidden agenda of the acceptance of homosexuality as a good and moral thing. I think Dobson and the AFA are on the right track. You may not.

The Diplomad is at it again..My commentary is not needed..just read..:)

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Great Things Afoot: UN to Save World

A lazy Saturday at last! A few phone calls — including a bizarre consular case — but none requiring the Chief Diplomad to go to the office, not yet. The Always Lovely Mrs. Chief Diplomat is braving torrential rains and risking my Chevy in her endless quest for the perfect item. The Diploteens are with friends; Diplodog and I are alone — well, except for four members of the household staff, three guards, three gardeners (watering the lawn, despite the rain), and ten workmen knocking down walls in the back of the house.

I had planned to blog on the Inaugural and President Bush’s radical speech which — if he’s serious — signals a high energy, revolutionary US foreign policy over the next four years. On the Inaugural, I was going to ridicule Demos crying about a “$40 million Inaugural party while we have a war; while we have poverty, while, while, etc.” Let’s join in and complain about Federal funding of the arts (and the UN) while we have a war: do you know how many bullets we could buy and HUMVEES armor with the USG money that’s goes to lefty “art” and the UN? Do you know how many cages we could add to Guantanamo? But, I decided not to write about those things — at least not now — for, my friends, I erred this morning. I went on the official UN website; not good to do if you want a low stress day.

It seems that your UN, having acted so resolutely and efficiently in the December 26 tsunami crisis, has taken on greater challenges, more befitting such a superb organization. (BTW, on the day, January 18, that two UN-leased helicopters finally became active in Sumatra, the US increased its helo flights from 30/day to 80/day; that’s for those who see the US effort as superfluous.)

What’s your UN up to? It’s going to end world poverty! Having ended the poverty of UNocrats, your UN will now spread the wealth. How will do it this magical thing? It has a report! And no ordinary report — as they say, “Not Available in Stores” — this one is extra special. The report, “A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals” is 3,000, yes, three thousand pages long! The Diplomad is sure all of you will go to the link right now and download three thousand pages of UN prose. Fill up your hard drives! Burn out your printers!

OK. Any report– unless written by G-d Himself — 3,000 pages long is worthless as a plan of action, much less as a “Practical Plan.” How long is the US Declaration of Independence? How long is the US Constitution? How long is the EU Constitu . . . never mind. Dear readers we at The Diplomad love you dearly, but, sorry, we’ll not read it for you. We won’t be the only ones on the planet to do so.

So let’s do what lazy MSM journalists do; let’s look at what the UN says the report says,

New report to Annan proposes solutions to problems of world poverty

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched a 3,000-page document which research team leader, Special Adviser Jeffrey Sachs, called “a unique report” recommending that rich countries double their investments in poor countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving extreme poverty by 2015 and going beyond to eliminate it by 2025. The report calls for specific investments across a wide spectrum of problems, not for handouts or charity. Low-income countries need investments of $70 to $80 per head per year from 2006, rising to $120 to $160 per year in 2015, it says, adding that many middle-income countries could fund those investments themselves, given adequate debt relief and appropriate, specialized technical assistance.

Starting from ideas put forward by Mr. Annan, Mr. Sachs said, the team of 265 experts and graduate students took three years to collect and analyze the data.

Former President Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico, co-chair of the Project task force on trade, told the briefing that what had been missing in the international development debate were specific policies, strategies and resources. Much more funding was needed for overseas development assistance (ODA), Mr. Zedillo said, because it was time to relaunch the aid target, set in 1969 and confirmed in 2002, of having the 22 rich countries put in 0.7 per cent of their gross national product (GNP) as untied aid. More than money was needed, however, he said. It was the responsibility of the rich countries to remove the obstacles to the global flow of goods and services.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Jos? Antonio Ocampo [said] the research team had updated the debates of the past by basing their long-term strategies on the MDGs and devising a new form of country-led economic planning

Development experts had become cautious in their thinking because so many programmes had failed, Mark Malloch Brown, the chairman of the UN Development Group, said last week at a briefing on the report. One of the biggest benefits of the report would be to help development specialists “get back our ambition.” One ambitious recommendation came from the Science, Technology and Innovation Task Force, which called on poor countries to lift themselves out of poverty by promoting technological creativity. The co-chairs said international organizations and donors needed to strengthen developing country expertise in science and technology through higher education. “Higher education is at the centre of the development process, but assistance to poor countries often focuses mainly on primary schools,” their section of the report says.

Isn’t this sad? Remember, we are quoting from a UN “puff piece” account. This is the best they can do? Did Scrappleface write this?

Very quickly: let’s look at this para by para,

1) Sachs, a smart man who should know better, calls for a doubling of investment by rich countries in poor countries. What does that mean? Should the US and UK governments, for example, force private companies to invest in poor countries? Make them move their factories there? Regardless of lousy legal and security conditions? Or should those governments just give the money away? How would that be different from what’s been tried in the past?

2) “Starting from ideas put forward by Mr. Annan . . .” What is this, the North Korea School of idolatry? What ideas has Mr. Annan ever had? Unless, that is, Mr. Sachs is inspired by Mr. Annan’s deft handling of money in the oil-for-food scandal; well, that is one way to fight poverty. It took 265 experts and graduate students three years to collect data? Have they ever heard of the internet? Were they being paid by the hour?

3) “Former President Ernest Zedillo of Mexico, co-chair of the Project task force on trade . . . ” Stop right there! I don’t think that I would want any ex-President of Mexico talking about the rich giving the poor money. He might start by digging into his own bank accounts, which, undoubtedly are quite ample. “It was the responsibility of the rich countries to remove the obstacles to the global flow of goods and services.” Have you seen our trade deficit? Don’t poor countries have the responsibility to stop having corrupt, thieving governments that care not one bit about their own people?

4) “[T]he
research
team had updated the debates of the past by basing their long-term strategies on the MDGs and devising a new form of country-led economic planning.” There’s a novel idea, eh? Economic planning! I’ll say they’ve updated “the debates of the past!” They’ve resurrected the Soviet Union. Now that’s an effective poverty-reducing model.

5) “One of the biggest benefits of the report would be to help development specialists ‘get back our ambition.'” Ah! The truth! Development specialists! That’s the real purpose of the report! To get unemployed members of the Vulture Elite employed! “Higher education is at the centre of the development process, but assistance to poor countries often focuses mainly on primary schools.” Hmmm? So what do you do when you have poor countries where the kids are illiterate because the elementary schools don’t work? Have the authors of this report seen how many people from all over the world are educated in US institutions of higher learning?

Enough. This is pathetic. What world are these people in? I doubt anybody is going to read the three thousand page action plan — and the world won’t be any the worse off for it.

# posted by Diplomad @ 5:55 PM

Well the big storm the weather folks have been
falling all over themselves warning us about
is here. I personally do not think it will
be that bad as this one is coming from the
west. The previous two years we got buried
(27 and 17 inches) they were coastal southerly
storms. We might get 6-10 inches. Just enough
to need to break out the shovel but no big deal.

*update*
Sure enough. It went north of us. We got 4 inches here at the house. Nothing but a nuisance snow..:) 10 minutes and it’s off my sidewalks. Glad it did not turn into a southerly coastal storm as forecast.

I support the candidate I am about to mention:

From what i have heard, Beth Johnson did quite well.
Even the moderator was impressed. It started out
as a “Beth Bash” under which Beth Johnson held
her ground and came out looking quite good. It
will be interesting to see what the local newspaper
(called The Citizen) has to say.

There is a get together or fund raiser at Beans in the
Belfry on West Potomac Street this Sunday from 2-4pm.
Show up and show your support for Beth Johnson for
Brunswick City Council.

For the location of Beans here is the link.

How much work is the US doing vs how much work is the Un and some of the very countries themselves doing? Read this posting from a sailor on the USS Abraham Lincoln. Frankly our boys should pull out of Indonesia now if they want to treat our generosity this way.

Thanks to Michelle Malkin’s site for this one. Still do not think we are in a war? Take a look at this homeland security brief. It may get taken down so hurry to read it.

Michelle Malkin: A PEEK BEHIND THE HOMELAND SECURITY CURTAIN

After the previous posts being negative about the lack of UN response, how about another account fromt he ground?

Thaks to powerline blog:

What is amazing is that the UN said the rich countries were being too stingy. What is interesting is that there is a blog from somebody on the ground and the UN is nowhere to be seen. Here is a blog i have been following. There are some absolutly stunning revelations on this blog like..”I see, however, no outpouring of support in most of the world’s countries. The oil-rich Arabs? Where are they? But most frustrating and even angering is the lack of concern exhibited by average and elite members of the societies most directly affected. This was driven home in the course of an interminable meeting a few days ago discussing some silly resolution or another calling on the UN to appoint a “Special Representative for Tsunami Relief.” A relatively senior Sri Lankan official leaned over and said to me, “Why do we want to bother with this? We all know you Americans will do everything.” A nice compliment, I suppose, but on reflection a sad commentary not only about the rest of the world but presumably about Sri Lanka, itself. One would expect the affected countries to take the lead in relief efforts. None of the most seriously affected countries (Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives) is a dirt poor country; all have well-established governments and national identities.

In Jakarta, aside from flags at half-staff, we have seen no signs of mourning for the victims: while employees and dependents of the American embassy spent their holiday loading trucks and putting together medicine kits, the city’s inhabitants went ahead with New Year’s parties; nightclubs and shopping centers are full; and regular television programming continues. At least 120,000 of their fellow countrymen are dead, and Indonesians hardly talk about it, much less engage in massive charitable efforts. The exceptionally wealthy businessmen of the capital — and the country boasts several billionaires — haven’t made large donations to the cause of Sumatran relief; a few scattered NGOs have done a bit, but there are no well-organized drives to raise funds and supplies. We have seen nothing akin to what happened in the USA following the 9/11 atrocity, or the hurricanes in Florida of this past year.”

This is incredible. Now i understand why more and more folks here in my area are getting fed up with this. Some have curtailed or stopped their donations just for this reason. Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India all have well developed economies..why will they not help their own people?

O course when a disaster hit the United States where is the reciprocation? This just enforces my belief the US needs to pull back to its own borders and not be the world’s welfare system and Grand Protector.

Ross who is a moderator of the Computer Help and Discussion Yahoo Group just recently joined the blogosphere. He is writing some amazing pieces on his love story between him and his wife of many years. This has been an incredible read. I invite you all to go take a look here.

I had to post something today; however, I
could not figure out what it was going to be.
Me and my family went to a local Sam’s
Club and had lunch. Simple meal that
consisted of hot dogs and cokes.
Me and my wife both had serious reactions
praise the Lord my daughter made it
through without a problem. My wife
sent to bed by 7pm. Time for me to
get these dishes done and join her.

Good night and God Bless everyone.

I have been wanting to write songs praising God and several times i have
had either the music in my head but could not get the words or i would
get the words and not get thee music. i wrote this on Jan 17 2003, 02:03
PM . Here are the words to the song I call it “You Saved Me”.

YOU SAVED ME

Lord you saved me,
Lord you saved me,
You sent your only Son (Chorus)
To die that lonely death
Praise be to God
You saved me

As a small child
I new your face
As I grew bigger
I left you behind
But you never left me

(Chorus)

I grew older and did things my way
You put things in my path to change my ways
But I pressed on and continued to sin
I danced with the devil
I thought I could do it myself
I finally fell flat on my face
And you were there extending your hand

(Chorus)

Now I am getting to know you again
My life is not mine it never was
Take it Father and show me your plan
I have the promises you gave me
I see them daily in my little girl
Lord, help me to raise her as your child
And when it comes for her time to choose
I want to be able to hear her say

Lord you saved me,
Lord you saved me,
You sent your only Son
To die that lonely death
Praise be to God
You saved me

Lord you saved me,
Lord you saved me,
You sent your only Son
To die that lonely death
Praise be to God
You saved me

My wife..the woman of my dreams.

sometimes i do not treat her like a Godly man should,
sometimes I have taken her for granted,
I fell on my knees and asked for her hand in marriage,
and praise be to God she said yes.

We have been married a short time,
we have gone through hell and high water,
but she has always been there
even when she deserved better.

I praise God for you my love,
I wanted you to know I would die without you,
I pray you can see through what little I do
how much i truly love you.

I am a broken man
full of baggage and walls
you are the only one who gets to see them removed
I wanted you to see another side of me
that i had almost forgotten about

My love i wanted you to know
You have me wrapped around your finger,
I wanted you to know our souls are one
and that there is no way i could ever live without you

I have 4 words for you:
I Love you!

Well let me tell you, it sucks being a techie these days. The IT market
has either dried up or gone overseas it seems. I now have started my
own business but of course with it being a startup it is not paying the
bills. However because it is a consulting firm it is not costing us
much cash(fuel and mileage on the car is about it right now). My wife
has a job that is paying the bills but we have no wiggle room. We took
about 6 months off the job hunt for me to get the business stated. Now
I need to find a job to get some extra cash in until the business is a
bit more positive. Luckily as a consultant my overhead is almost zero..:)

Of course this means I am a Mr. Mom. To me this is backwards and nearly
intolerable from the standpoint I would rather my wife have the option
to stay home(which she would take if we could afford it) and me be the
one out working. However the time I get to spend with our daughter is
priceless and I would not redo things to change the past.

I go on cycles..sometimes I am at least resigned to this is how things
are..if not somewhat enthusiastic. Then there are times it just bothers
me to no end. This gets to be a vicious cycle as then i do not get
things done around the house and it drives my wife crazy.

What I have to do is simply fall on my knees and pray to God for help.
Me being a techie this is not the easiest thing for me to do. God has
always been faithful though and i know my Father will see me and my
family through this tough time. What i have been doing as well is to
make sure to pray for the victims of the tsunami and anyone else who
sincerely asks me to pray for them. I got such a uplifting of my spirit
when a fellow Brother in Christ came to me and asked me for prayer for
his pain. Honestly, it felt so good i want to do it more. I have a
hunger for helping others..I always have..but man with God on my side..I
can actually make a difference. Now I need to get over my biggest
fault..slothfulness. Lord help me. The Lord removed my smoking
addiction in a few minutes. This slothfull one is taking some work. Of
course there is a phrase I keep in mind during times like these..that
which does not kill you makes you stronger. The Lord just has me in the
refiners fire..I wonder how much more of an improved servant I can be
for him when this trial is all said and done.

Here are some startling photos of the tsunami damage I ran
across. They are arranged in before/after format. I ran across
these on hardocp.com.

What is interesting to me is as I look around the blogosphere, I see the UN trying to figure out what it is going to do. The UN as usual is doing nothing substantiative at all. What makes it more funny is the fact that the most hated country in the UN(the US) is in the lead role of the efforts. Not bad for a stingy rich country eh? What is the UN doing? Driving around in their luxury vehicles holding news conferences in the top of the line luxury hotels. For all their huffing about global warming and whatnot the fact that they are not at the forefront of the dumping of the SUV is most telling. Honestly, the UN could be useful..well..if they weren’t corrupt and totally inept.

This is my first time ever blogging. I have no idea what i am doing!..:) I am looking forward to it though as i have wanted to do one for some time.

Enjoy!

Hescominsoon