A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Okay, we are back to our primary theory about the Bushevik Neo-Con one-party government: if you pile failure on failure, they believe it will add up to success.
It's kind of (as we implied yesterday) like sweeping up the dung of an elephant (how appropriate) and hoping that if you get the pile high enough, it will turn into mouth-watering fudge.
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Subject: Tempest in a Teaspoon
Noticed this story on the Drudge Report. One thing to remember is that several years ago the National Hurricane Center calibrated the data on numerous Pacific typhoons from the 1930's and 40's. Seems there was some kind of problem with the measuring devices and/or data collecting methods. In virtually every case I saw, the storm winds were determined to be far less powerful than originally recorded. These types of changes in weather records are not made without a great deal of research and peer review. The article Drudge is pushing doesn't ask if the scientists are using the pre-calibrated data. It appears they are. Besides, it's still the storm surge that takes the most lives and causes the most damage. Some scientists are talking about the creation of a Category Six for hurricanes, but the rapidly rising sea levels will soon necessitate a new rating system for storms with Cat. One winds and Cat. Two or Three storm surge.
Global Warming's Effect on Hurricane Strength Disputed in New report (AP/South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Last week, leading Democrats began to address a growing problem caused by Bush's war in Iraq: deterioration in the Army's equipment and readiness. General Schoomaker, the Army Chief of Staff, testified an additional $17 billion is needed to address the situation, along with $60-70 billion more over the next five years. That is in addition to the $50 billion already approved in the current annual Defense Appropriations Bill for Iraq and Afghanistan.
NSWBC: NSA Whistleblower's Grand Jury Appearance Postponed; Justice Department Cancels Scheduled Grand Jury TestimonyWritten by BuzzFlash
News from the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition:
Based on information obtained by National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, Mr. Russell Tice's appearance before the federal grand jury originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, has been cancelled.
by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Numerous websites are reporting that Israel has the "permission" of the U.S. to do what it is presently doing to and in Lebanon and Gaza. (In terms of the Middle East I have for some time wondered who is the dog and which is the tail, or if both parties are tails of different colors being wagged by a big dog in a big cave somewhere, but that is the subject for another Comment.) Whether or not that is so, certainly the US, as of this writing on Friday, July 28, has refused to sign on to the call for a cease-fire that has been issued by just about every other major power, and most of the minor ones too. Condi Rice has put the U.S. position thus: that any cease fire should be in the context of an over-all long-term solution to the "Middle East problem." Many observers view such a long-range solution as, at the least, beginning with a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the resultant end of the Israeli occupation of much Palestinian territory, on the basis of a fair, rational, and viable two-state solution.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Sibel Edmonds and William Weaver
Two days ago we made available to the public news that one of our members, Russell Tice, a former NSA Senior Analyst, had been served with a subpoena asking him to appear before a federal grand jury regarding the criminal investigation of recent disclosures which involved NSA warrantless eavesdropping. Our announcement was followed up in both the main and alternative media, and started heated discussions among online activists. We have received e-mails and letters from people who expressed their support and solidarity with Mr. Tice and other patriotic public servants who have chosen to place our nation, its Constitution, its liberty, thus its public's right to know, above their future security, careers and livelihood.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
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“Making Enemies”---“Hamas and Hizbullah should not be confused with Al Qaeda. Bush’s insistence on doing so shows his failure to understand his foes.” Now who exactly on God’s green earth even thought Bush might be interested in understanding his foes? His only interest is in annihilating his foes and everything and everyone that gets between him and them! So much for advancing into the 21st Century, for every step ahead, Bush has taken thousands of steps back!!!
During DUI Arrest, Gibson Bashed Jewsby Tony Peyser
His dad will surely be asked about this
(Even though Mel won't want it allowed)
I bet Mr. Gibson will then admit,
"As a father, I am just ... so proud."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
After BushCo's stooge, Nouri al-Maliki was in America last week thanking soldiers for their sacrifices in helping the USA kill and oppress his very own people and thanking Congress for giving George a blank check to spend how he sees fit to kill and oppress the Iraqi people, almost 4000 of our soldiers in Alaska's 172nd Stryker Brigade were shown how much they are appreciated by having their enlistments extended another 120 days.