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Africa Subsaharan
Babies bred for sale in Nigeria
Posted by: ed || 11/09/2008 08:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I guess they're looking to hit lotto with some more Hollyweird personalities showing up to revive the old 'buy an African' adopt another child. Irony doesn't even come close to describing watching the lefty Hollyweird types start this 'trade' again.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/09/2008 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Nigerians seem to be big in african organized crime, and notably sex trade, from south africa to Europe, where there's a notable black african tint to organized prostitution, displacing the east european & albanian mobs IIUC.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 11/09/2008 10:07 Comments || Top||

#3  In other news, Madonna seen scouting her wallet for extra cash.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/09/2008 11:58 Comments || Top||

#4  No word from our esteemed black leaders (Jackson, Sharpton, Obama, et al) about this human rights abuse; only continued cries of "the insidious racism" of America.
Posted by: WolfDog || 11/09/2008 12:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Skyrocketing birth rates? Baby inventories in excess of market demand? Costly tribal wars and regional genecide wearing you out? The solution is not "above your pay grade." Consider the highly progressive and enlightened Obama Roe v. Wade infant reduction bailout plan.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/09/2008 13:32 Comments || Top||


Britain
UK 'too racist' for black PM: equality chief
Barack Obama would never have become prime minister in Britain because the political system is "institutionally racist", the head of Britain's equality watchdog said Saturday.

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, told the Times newspaper that while voters would be prepared to vote for a black candidate, the political "machine" would prove a huge obstacle.


"If Barack Obama had lived here I would be very surprised if even somebody as brilliant as him would have been able to break through the institutional stranglehold that there is on power within the Labour Party," Phillips said, referring to Prime Minister Gordon Brown's governing party.

"The parties and the unions and the think-tanks are all very happy to sign up to the general idea of advancing the cause of minorities but in practice they would like somebody else to do the business. It's institutional racism," he added.

But Phillips, who is black, said he did not think that British voters "would be at all resistant to electing a black prime minister" after seeing Americans vote in their first black president.

Despite Obama's historic win Phillips believes the U.S. is still divided on racial lines and said Britain is less racially divided.

"Here it's more about class. It is about culture, a different way of life and speaking. The Muslim community occupies the space that black Americans have in the United States. If you asked British voters whether you could have a Muslim prime minister their mouths would drop open, but not with a black one," he said.

Philips showed is admiration for Obama and said: "this guy walks on water, he is a miracle, he does things none of us thought could be done in politics -- but don't expect him to end war and racial discrimination, give everyone a home and engender love and peace by Christmas."

Labour lawmaker Sadiq Khan said Labour's system of selecting candidates and its party leader did allow for ethnic minorities to be widely represented.

"I work with very talented, very able black politicians and I know from talking to constituents around the country, that our constituents are very sophisticated and we judge our politicians by their policies, not by the color of their skin," Khan told the BBC.
Posted by: Fred || 11/09/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  personally, I yearn for the day when a white male could aspire to be chairman of the Equality and human Rights Commission. That'll happen when hell freezes over. Blacks represent just over 2 percent of the UK population - and we haven't had a black PM yet? Well darn if that doesn't just prove we're all raving racist scum.
Posted by: Bulldog || 11/09/2008 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Now a muslim PM...
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/09/2008 14:28 Comments || Top||

#3  I look forward to the day that a white male can aspire to become the elected leader of a black African country.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/09/2008 15:26 Comments || Top||

#4  I look forward to the day that a white male can aspire to become the elected leader of a black African country.

Diversity™ is for european populations only, who must share space and power in their own homelands with a never-ending stream of new comers. The rest of the world actually has been getting *less* diverse over the last few decades, as whites were chased out of their oversea lands (by non-whites who didn't want to share space nor power with them in their own homelands), still are, actually (zimBobwe, for example or the ongoing slow-motion ethnic cleasing through crime in south africa).
Bottom line is : Diversity™ is a stricly one-way street, and it's a feature, not a bug.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 11/09/2008 15:48 Comments || Top||

#5  I look forward to the day that a white male can aspire to become the elected leader of a black African country.

Zero is a luo (sort of) : I, for one, look forward to the day when a luo black male can aspire to become the elected leader of kenya without riots ensuing and elections being marred by tribal violence and religious persecutions.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 11/09/2008 15:53 Comments || Top||

#6  Compare wid DNA INDIA > OBAMA TRIBUTES FROM INDIA'S MOST ACCLAIMED WOMEN IN FILM [3 ea. = Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair, + Shabina Azmi].

* META > Obama's election is "an AMAZING VICTORY FOR ALL PEOPLE OF COLOUR, + "BEST NEWS OF THE CENTURY"!
* NAIR > "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE"!
* AZMI > "AN HISTORIC OCCASION... ART CAN [best] SURVIVE IN [an environ of] FREEDOM, LIBERAL VALUES, AND DEMOCRACY}!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/09/2008 20:57 Comments || Top||


Down Under
Pet cat sawn to bits and dumped at School


* Family cat butchered, dumped
* Students find decapitated cat at school
* RSPCA says similar to recent puppy torture

A BELOVED cat was sawn to pieces and dumped at a primary school oval in Queensland on Thursday.

Four-year-old Basil was discovered decapitated and sliced up by horrified students.

The pet, described by his owner, Kylie Matthews, as a friendly sook, was decapitated and hacked to pieces sometime after dashing out the family's front door in Mackay on Tuesday night.

Ms Matthews, 22, has shielded herself from most of the horror of her beloved cat's torture.

"Dad is keeping some of the grisly details from me about what they found at the school oval and that is OK," she said.

"I have been a mess. Basil was the perfect pet. I just want the police to find the people who did this."

Ms Matthews was 18 when she bought Basil from a pet shop as a kitten.

"He really was a part of the family," she said.

Autopsy results suggested the pet's remains had been hosed down before being dumped at Northview State Primary School in Mt Pleasant to prevent there being any evidence linking the cat's remains to his killer.

Mackay police are investigating the matter but the family said initial autopsy results confirmed Basil's attacker was human, not animal.

"He was butchered. The autopsy said the cuts were clean," Ms Matthews said.

It is not known yet, however, if Basil was already dead when he was sliced open.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said he feared there had been an escalation in acts of cruelty towards animals in the past two months.

The attack on Basil came just three weeks after a fox terrier puppy named Peanut was allegedly stolen in Moranbah, west of Mackay, and tortured to death with secateurs and a pocket knife.

"I hope this is not a copy-cat situation," Mr Beatty said.

"We must treat this seriously as a society. Torturing an animal is only one step away from torturing a human; the links have been clearly established."

Ms Matthews said she feared the cat killers might strike again.

"What type of sick person unleashes that brutality on a helpless animal?" she asked. "And to dump Basil in a school ground where it is very likely young children will find him is just sick".

The Matthews family has plastered posters around Mackay, offering a $500 reward for help to find Basil's killer.
Posted by: Oztralian || 11/09/2008 19:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I forgot what I was going to say.
Posted by: Phaitch and Tenille4675 || 11/09/2008 20:31 Comments || Top||

#2  I am sickened to the point of being about to throw up. This is so awful. The only thing more predictable than the perp being on the fast-track to being a serial killer is the inevitable lawyer hired by the family of the perp to make excuses for the sick little b**tard.
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 11/09/2008 22:10 Comments || Top||

#3  as a Cat "owner" (nobody really 'owns' cats) - I'd take a short carpet-cutting blade to their ......brains

I have no patience, sympathy, or empathy to (non-hunter) animal killers. The world is better off without their kind, and should not investigate their...disappearances..k?
Posted by: Frank G || 11/09/2008 22:18 Comments || Top||

#4  I agree,

This is a serial killer in the making. He or She (more likely He) has some of the classic signs. I don't 'own' any cats, although i do have 2 dogs which i care for and i can't imagine anyone doing such a thing to an animal. Poor thing.
Posted by: Oztralian || 11/09/2008 23:21 Comments || Top||


Clark gov't ousted in NZ
New Zealand's Prime Minister-elect John Key, a wealthy, conservative former financier will start to form a new government.

Key, the 47-year-old leader of the conservative National Party, swept easily to power in this South Pacific country of 4.1 million people, ousting Prime Minister Helen Clark's Labor Party after nine years in office.

"I'm very confident we can work our way through it. I'm very confident about our policies, our positions," Key said after his victory speech to jubilant supporters in Auckland on Saturday.

The National Party won 45.5 percent of the vote, or 59 seats in the 122-seat Parliament. Key will have a majority with the support of allies the right-wing ACT Party with five seats and one more from United Future's Peter Dunne.

New Zealand's farming export-dependent economy fell into recession early this year, and Key said the worldwide downturn is the immediate problem for the country.

Key has promised a more right-leaning government than Clark's, which for almost a decade made global warming a key policy issue.
Posted by: Fred || 11/09/2008 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We came to a fork in the road. They went right, we went left. GO ALL BLACKS!
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/09/2008 6:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Kiwi's, good on ya
Posted by: Elmitle Bluetooth3544 || 11/09/2008 11:52 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Bill Ayers: Becoming a target of 'terrorist' attack
Posted by: tipper || 11/09/2008 16:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Terroism? I guess he would know.
Posted by: OldSpook || 11/09/2008 17:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Payback is a real b**ch, isn't it, Mr Ayers?
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 11/09/2008 17:46 Comments || Top||

#3  the comments rip this asshole a new one
Posted by: Frank G || 11/09/2008 17:46 Comments || Top||

#4  The guy is a saint in his own mind. What a bunch of self-serving crap. The guy is not only an unrepentant terrorist but an unrepentant idiot and not likely to get any better.

He says: …we might be inspired by the growing movements for reparations and prison abolition

Abolishing prisons is going to work isn't it? There are some really bad, bad people in prison Mr. Bill. There are really good reasons for them being there. Many admit that they ought to be in prison and that they would just kill again if not in prison. I don't think they are just misunderstood individuals that shouldn't be in prison. Maybe you can straighten these guys out.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/09/2008 18:10 Comments || Top||

#5  I welcome the idea of abolishing prisons, as long as the halfway houses to reintroduce them into society are in Hyde Park.
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 11/09/2008 19:07 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Mortar shell blast kills five in Meerut ‘accident’
Five people of a family of ragpickers were killed and at least six others injured in a blast in a scrap heap in Meerut, western Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday afternoon.

Police said the blast occurred when the ragpickers were trying to extract metal from a live mortar shell in the Asiyananagar locality, inhabited mostly by Bangladeshi migrants. They have also recovered seven live bombs that are being defused by the bomb disposal squad.

The recovery of live mortar shells is surprising since there is no artillery range in the city. Also, very little copper and iron can be extracted from mortar shells, which are sold by ragpickers to junk dealers for meager sums.

This was not a terror attack, according to the police.
Posted by: john frum || 11/09/2008 13:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:


Missile testing: Residents to be evacuated
BALASORE: The Balasore district administration has decided to shift about 3,010 residents, residing in proximity to the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, temporarily for a day prior to the test of a nuclear-capable missile, reportedly scheduled on November 12.

At the meeting chaired by District Collector Alekh Chandra Padhiary yesterday, it has been decided that the people would be shifted from 8 am to 12 noon and for that they will be properly compensated. The missile will be test-fired between 9 am and 11 am.

Sources said, as part of precautionary measures people from the villages that fall in the 2-km radius area of the ITR will be evacuated and taken to safer places. The villages included Kusumuli Pahi, Khadupahi, Bhimpur Pahi, Jaydeb Kasaba Pahi and Sahazanagar Pahi. “As per the requirement of the defence authorities here we have chalked out the plan and accordingly the villagers have been intimated. The tentative date of the missile test has been fixed on November 12,” the Collector added.

As per the provisions, each person above the age of 12 will be compensated with Rs 165 and below that age Rs 95 each. Defence sources said, India is planning to test fire nuke-capable 700-km range K-15 missile on that day from the launching complex-3 (LC-3) of the shore-based ITR.

”Although designed for launch from a submarine, the missile will be this time test-fired from a land-based launcher. During the test the scientists will check speed, trajectory, azimuth and other parameters of the missile set for the mission,” the source added. The slender K-15 which has a length of around 11.5 metre, can carry a payload of up to one tonne.
Posted by: john frum || 11/09/2008 12:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:


Four-year-old tossed to death by elephant
Jalpaiguri (WB) (PTI): A four-year-old child was tossed to death by a wild elephant at Mantagara in Jalpaiguri district on Sunday sparking protest by villagers who gheraoed forest officials.

Forest officials said the baby girl was tossed to the ground by the tusker which strayed into the area and barged into the hut of a tribal family.

While the girl's parents scampered to safety mistaking the girl to be away in a neighbour's house, the toddler fell before the jumbo.

As a forest team went to the area, they were gheraoed by villagers who alleged inaction by the department, which resulted in the straying of pachyderms.

The gherao was lifted after forest officials handed over Rs 5,000 compensation to the affected family on the spot and promised another Rs 95,000.
Posted by: john frum || 11/09/2008 10:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  gheraoed ?
Posted by: Formerly Dan || 11/09/2008 19:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Wikipedia: Gherao, meaning "encirclement," is a word originally from Hindi, and is a typically South Asian way of protest. Usually, a group of people would surround a politician or a government building until their demands are met, or answers given.
Posted by: ed || 11/09/2008 19:03 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Monks brawl at Church of Holy Sepulcher
A brawl erupted in Jerusalem Sunday between rival monks at one of Christianity's holiest sites, and police have detained two clergymen for questioning.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said fighting erupted between Armenian and Greek Orthodox monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City. The church marks the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

Police called in to break up the brawl detained one monk from each side.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/09/2008 09:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:


Home Front: Culture Wars
Christians fist fight at Church of the Holy Sepulchre


* Church brawl caught on video
* Rival Christians trade blows
* Two arrested as police move in

GREEK Orthodox and Armenian worshippers have traded blows in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christian denominations jealously protect their hold over areas of the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion.

Israeli police went into the shrine, which faithful also believe contains the tomb of Jesus, to restore order.

Two clerics were arrested.

Dozens of worshippers, dressed in the vestments of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian denominations, traded kicks and punches, knocking down tapestries and toppling decorations at the site in Arab east Jerusalem.

The brawl erupted during the Feast of the Cross, a ceremony in which the Armenian community commemorates what it believes was the fourth century discovery of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.

Fights are not uncommon in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre among the representatives of Christian denominations who are responsible for maintaining its different chambers.
Posted by: Oztralian || 11/09/2008 18:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Uh, uh, clearly this wouldn't hadn't happened iff the RASTAFARIAN CHURCH was in charge???

Gut Nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 11/09/2008 19:07 Comments || Top||

#2  LOL Joe!
Posted by: .5MT || 11/09/2008 22:02 Comments || Top||


Home Front Economy
Oil Shale Pushed as Domestic Oil Source, but Many Doubts Remain
With the fate of domestic oil production promising to spill over into a new administration, oil companies in northwestern Colorado are steadily pushing ahead with projects to develop the American West's vast deposits of oil shale, estimated to contain the equivalent of more than 800 billion barrels of oil--three times more than Saudi Arabia's proven oil reserves.

But they are also among the first to caution against premature exuberance by lawmakers, saying that commercial production, despite some progress, is still years away.

Such disparities between political rhetoric and on-the-ground reality are a common theme among national proposals for new sources of energy, but in the case of oil shale, the gap is particularly stark.

By most accounts, oil shale's proponents scored two big victories this fall. A congressional ban against oil shale leasing on federal land expired in September while, in the same month, the Interior Department issued guidelines for opening up about 2 million acres in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming to potential commercial-scale oil shale drilling.

If nothing else, the changes are "psychologically important," says Glenn Vawter, executive director of the National Oil Shale Association, because existing restrictions "were sending a message to companies that the government was really skeptical of oil shale or didn't want oil shale."

But recent progress on the regulatory front is now colliding with the slow pace of research and testing. Observers say commercial oil shale development probably won't take place until at least the middle of the next decade.
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Meanwhile, falling oil prices this fall are once again raising concerns about oil shale's future, since oil prices in the $70 to $100 range are needed for oil shale to be profitable. Insiders say that big companies aren't too worried by the downward trend, since they expect prices to climb back upward over the next few years. But smaller companies looking to raise capital may find it increasingly hard to attract investment.
Posted by: ed || 11/09/2008 09:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IIRC, Shell has a new extraction process for oil shale that produces at $30/barrel.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/09/2008 10:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Lots of luck getting investment $ for anything in the next 5-10 years. Putting what investment $ there is into nuclear power would pay off much better IMO.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/09/2008 14:51 Comments || Top||

#3  The US has enough electricity capacity, unless battery powered cars really take off. It's liquid fuels we are not producing enough of. The problem with oil shale and coal2liquids is that they require very large upfront capital investments. That is not possible in a capitalistic economy when the controlling supplier of oil can lower the price until market alternatives are bankrupt.

So don't expect a market solution to alternative fuels as long as oil is controlled by monopolistic international oil cartels. It will require gov action to set an oil price floor or subsidy when oil prices crash (conversely a windfall tax to fill a subsidy fund when oil prices are high).
Posted by: ed || 11/09/2008 17:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Oil shale development is currently stymied by the need for large quantities of water in an area where water is consistently in short supply. At the same time, it's possible to start small and grow, IF alternative methods can be developed that use less water. The best choices right now are domestic oil production, expanded coal production for power generation, and a government program for developing both nuclear power generation and an expanded transmission capability. Oil shale, like solar, wind, geothermal, and virtually every other possible alternative energy supply will require several technological breakthroughs before they can be considered profitable. We can't wait until that happens - we need to establish short-term solutions using existing technologies, and investment in potential long-term replacement processes. Drill here, drill now, build nuke power stations, increase the use of coal, and invest in the continued development of alternative energy capabilities. That's the only way we can get from "here" to "there" without bankrupting the nation and causing far more destruction than progress.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 11/09/2008 19:12 Comments || Top||



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