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Saturday, February 26, 2011
The Marcellus shale is the largest unconventional natural gas reserve in the world. While reserve estimates should be considered somewhat uncertain at this early stage, aseach new Marcellus well is completed, estimates of recoverable reserves of at least 489 trillion cubic feet seem increasingly reasonable. The market and strategic value of the Marcellus Shale will no doubt grow as conventional natural gas reserves are depleted and our economy adjusts to a path with lower greenhouse gas emissions. Natural gas has considerably lower carbon content than petroleum and coal. The market share of natural gas in electric power generation continues to expand and opportunities for switching from petroleum to natural gas beckon in the transportation sector.
This is a technique that has been used since the 1960's and over a million wells have been drilled. It "is a process employed to cause natural gas to move more freely from the rock pores where it is trapped into a drilled well than it could otherwise move. Fracing involves the high-pressure injection of fracturing fluids into discrete sections of the drilled well, causing fractures in the rock and pushing them open. The fracturing fluids consist primarily of water and sand. A small percentage of the fluid consists of chemical additives, including friction reducers and bactericides. The function of the sand is to prevent the fractures from closing when the high pressure is released."
The sanctions come as a result of the brutal crackdown on protesters orchestrated by Dictator Maummar Gaddafi. It is unsure as to how long these sanctions will last, as Gaddafi's regime is expected to topple in the near future.
The Indian ambassador stated, in part: "We deplore the use of force, which is totally unacceptable."
It is one of three major refineries in Iraq, the others being in the capital Baghdad and at Basra in the south.While the terrorists have hit one of the three major refineries in the south, there efforts will likely fail. This refinery is heavily depended upon by the people of Iraq but will hopefully be repaired soon. In any case, this will likely spur the government to invest more in refining capacity.
Police said it took 50 fire engines to control the fire at the refinery, which processes about 150,000 barrels of oil per day.
Cross-posted at WorldThreats.
Fine Gael and Labour are discussing a governing coalition for the 31st Dail.
UPDATE (5:44 PM):
Nothing has changed much since yesterday: Fine Gael has 70 seats; Labour has 36; Fianna Fail has 18; Independents has 17 and Sinn Fein has 13.
-- Sunday Updates --
UPDATE (5:34 PM):
Fine Gael now has 70 seats; Labour has 35; Fianna Fail has 18; Independents has 17 and Sinn Fein has 13.
UPDATE (2:23 PM):
I am done updating for a while. Please continue to visit the Irish Times for the latest election news and please keep in mind that several constituencies will be recounting tomorrow morning - so we wont learn much more until then.
UPDATE (2:18 PM):
Fine Gael has 68 seats; Labour has 35; Fianna Fail has 17; Independents has 17 and Sinn Fein has 13.
UPDATE (2:13 PM):
There will also be a recount in Galway West. Labour's Derek Nolan and Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv have already claimed seats in the constituency.
UPDATE (2:08 PM):
Wicklow's recount will begin tomorrow morning. Nothing more we can learn from there today, except that Fianna Fail's Dick Roche cannot accept reality.
UPDATE (2:04 PM):
Irish pundits should not overestimate the demise of Fianna Fail. In America the Republican Party once held under 80 seats in our House during the 1930's, but we came roaring back in the 1940's-50's to retake the Presidency - Fianna Fail's day will come again - the only question is when.
UPDATE (1:59 pm):
I do apologize to everyone for referring to Fianna Fail as Fianna Fine in several of my updates this morning. Corrections have been made.
UPDATE (1:55 PM):
Wicklow still has no declared victors at this point, which should prevent Fine Gael from reaching 70+ seats until tomorrow morning, unless they win elsewhere.
UPDATE (1:52 PM):
Fine Gael is demanding a complete recount in Laois/Offally, due to the small number of votes separating their candidate from a Fianna Fail candidate.
UPDATE (1:49 PM):
Not much has changed since my last update - Fine Gael has 68 seats; Labour has 35; Fianna Fail has 17; Independents have 17 and Sinn Fein has 13.
UPDATE (10:35 AM):
I'm done updating for a while. Remember to visit the Irish Times for latest results.
UPDATE (10:33 AM):
Fine Gael has 65 seats; Labour has 34; Fianna Fail has 17; Independents have 17 and Sinn Fein has 13.
UPDATE (10:31 AM):
Sinn Fein is still holding out for two more TD's - Brian Stanley in Laois/Offaly and John Brady in Wicklow - both are likely to win a seat.
UPDATE (10:21 AM):
Fianna Fail's John McGuinness tops Carlow/Kilkenny. Labour's Ann Phelan wins a seat as well.
UPDATE (10:16 AM):
Looks like Fianna Fail will reach 20-22 seats, just as their general secretary predicted.
UPDATE (10:14 AM):
Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv tops Galway West. Labour's Derek Nolan looks strong to nab a seat.
UPDATE (10:09 AM):
Fianna Fail's Timmy Dooley won nicely in Clare, but his forename probably did not help him. I remember the days of being called Timmy.... when I was a seven year old who still wanted to be a railroad conductor.
UPDATE (10:04 AM):
The United Alliance Left wins a seat in Dun Laoghaire. Only 20 seats have no declared victor at this point.
UPDATE (10:00 AM):
The Irish Times has proclaimed "Fianna Fail's vote decimated in Dublin" one million times! I live 3,000 miles away and I get the point already!
UPDATE (9:58 AM):
Independent's Michael Haley-Rae and Tim Fleming carry Kerry South's two remaining seats. Fine Gael's Brendan Griffin topped the constituency.
UPDATE (9:54 AM):
Fianna Fail's best constituency is Cork South Central with 2 seats. Not much to celebrate.
UPDATE (9:50 AM):
No candidates have officially topped Wicklow. However, all three of the leading candidates are with Fine Gael, while one Sinn Fein is on the outside.
UPDATE (9:47 AM):
Fine Gael did take four of five seats in Enda Kenny's home constituency of Mayo, while Fianna Fail carried one.
UPDATE (9:38 AM):
Please note that Fine Gael won 51 seats in 2007 - they have 65 so far this year. Both Labour and Sinn Fein have also gained impressively, while Fianna Fail has 62 seats (as of now) fewer than they did in 2007.
UPDATE (9:34 AM):
Labour's Ivana Bacik demanded a recount for no reason in Dun Laoghaire - Fine Gael's Mary Mitchell-O'Connor claims third seat anyway.
UPDATE (9:26 AM):
Fine Gael's Charles Flanagan officially tops Laois/Offaly.
UPDATE (9:22 AM):
Only 25 seats remain undecided at this point. Fine Gael has 64 seats; Labour 33; Fianna Fine 15; Independents 14 and Sinn Fein 13.
UPDATE (9:18 AM):
Fianna Fail's Barry Cowen and Sinn Fein's Brian Stanley look strong in the Laois/Offaly constituency.
UPDATE (9:15 AM):
If Fine Gael and Labour were to form a governing coalition: talk about power with over 100 combined TD's in the Dail.
UPDATE (9:09 AM):
Sinn Fein's Kathryn Reilly, who finished sixth in Cavan/Monaghan behind Fine Gael's Sean Conlan, conceded on Twitter this morning.
UPDATE (8:55 AM):
Fianna Fail claims second seat in Cork South Central with the victory of Michael McGrath on the 12th count.
UPDATE (8:52 AM):
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UPDATE (8:51 AM):
Fine Gael's Peter Fitzpatrick elected after 13th count in Louth. Amazing.
UPDATE (8:43 AM):
Nearly all of the seats have been decided - Fine Gael has won 61; Labour 33; Fianna Fail 14; Independent 14 and Sinn Fein 13. The Greens were completely destroyed on Friday.
-- Saturday Updates --
UPDATE (11:45 PM):
Sinn Fein's Michael Colreavy has been reelected in Sligo-North Leitrim, along with Fine Gael's Tony McLoughlin and John Perry by solid margins.
UPDATE (11:38 PM):
One last update for the evening.
Sinn Fein's website has Fine Gael with 49 seats; Labour with 28; Sinn Fein with 12 and Fianna Fail with only 9. These results are several hours fresher than the tally I published at 10:20.
History has been made in Ireland.
UPDATE (11:33 PM):
Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow morning on this developing story.
UPDATE (11:27 PM):
For all of those visiting this article - Fianna Fail led Ireland for fourteen years before Friday's election, and are considered "centrist". Fine Gael was the main opposition, and are considered "right-wing". Labour was the minor opposition and are considered "left-wing".
Fine Gael's landslide victory is the political equivalent of a 9.0 earthquake, and Fianna Fail's disastrous defeat has many questioning their survival.
UPDATE (11:20 PM):
Fine Gael has won 36 seats; Labour 21; Fianna Fail 8 and Sinn Fein 7. We will know the entire results tomorrow when counting resumes.
UPDATE (6:08 PM):
I will probably not be updating for the rest of the night..... Please visit the Irish Times for the latest election results.
UPDATE (6:02 PM):
The Fianna Fail has been wiped out in Kildare North by one Fine Gael, one Labour and one Independent.
UPDATE (5:53 PM):
Fianna Fail's Willie O'Dea wins seat in Limerick City after sixth count.
UPDATE (5:49 PM):
Ireland's complete election results will probably not be known until tomorrow morning in both Ireland and the United States.
UPDATE (5:42 PM):
Five constituencies have completed their count: Donegal South West, Kildare North, Tipperary South, Limerick and Cork North West.
UPDATE (5:38 PM):
The Irish Times has Fine Gael at 28 seats; Labour at 16 and Fianna Fail at 5 with Sinn Fein.
UPDATE (5:35 PM):
Independent Shane Ross has topped Dublin South; Labour's Alex White has also claimed a seat.
UPDATE (5:31 PM):
Wicklow is still up in the air; Fine Gael could claim 3 seats.
UPDATE (5:23 PM):
Fianna Fail's general secretary is predicting 20-22 seats for party; Fine Gael's has predicted 72-75
UPDATE (5:20 PM):
Pretty pathetic when Sinn Fein has more declared victories than Fianna Fail at this point. Some have questioned whether the former can rebuild at all....
UPDATE (5:08 PM):
Who will receive more votes: Labour or Fianna Fail? Labour's looking strong.
UPDATE (5:02 PM):
None of the Green's have won a seat, including their leader John Gormley.
UPDATE (4:59 PM):
Fine Gael has 24 seats; Labour 14 according to Sinn Fein's official website.
UPDATE (4:55 PM):
Both of Dun Laoghaire's Fianna Fail TD's have been defeated.
UPDATE (4:52 PM):
Counting in Dun Laoghaire has been suspended; Labour's Ivana Bacik has called for a recount.
UPDATE (4:46 PM):
With 44 seats called Fianna Fail has 74 fewer Teachta Dala's than in 2007. I would call this a political massacre.
UPDATE (4:38 PM):
Fine Gael has 19 confirmed seats; Labour has 11; Sinn Fein has 4; Fianna Fail has 3 and Independent candidates have won 7.
UPDATE (10:29 AM):
Early vote share has Fine Gael and Labour on top; Fianna Fail third.
UPDATE (10:26 AM):
I am done updating for a while; Sinn Fein has tallies on their website.
UPDATE (10:23 AM):
Fine Gael's Jimmy Deenihan tops Kerry North-West Limerick.
UPDATE (10:20 AM):
Fine Gael's general secretary is predicting 72-75 seats for party.
UPDATE (10:15 AM):
Fianna Fail is definitely going down, but the question is: by how much?
UPDATE (10:13 AM):
I wonder if one day a free, independent and united Ireland will vote......
UPDATE (10:05 AM):
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams is on course to win a seat in Louth.
UPDATE (9:56 AM):
Labour's Joan Burton is first candidate to officially be elected to 31st Dail.
UPDATE (9:53 AM):
I've been reading some rumors of a possible Fine Gael-Labour coalition.
UPDATE (9:46 AM):
I'm doing the best to follow the results, but the Irish Times is doing superb.
UPDATE (9:41 AM):
Labour is topping the polls in Dublin West, Dublin Mid West, Dublin North West, Cork East and Kildare North.
UPDATE (9:35 AM):
Sinn Fein could win a seat in Cork East for the first time in three decades.
-- Original article --
The ballots are being counted and the winners are being announced in Ireland.
As expected Fine Gael is leading Fianna Fail in numerous constituencies where the reverse was true in 2007 and the Irish citizenry will have a new non-Fianna Fail governing coalition for the first time in fourteen years.
Fine Gail is on track to win four of five seats in party leader Enda Kenny's home constituency of Mayor, which is quite unusual for a party leader to perform that well in Ireland - All of Dublin's constituencies are utter disasters for Fianna Fail, but then again few aren't this year.
Stay tuned for updates.
"The purpose behind DrRich’s Covert Rationing Blog is to explain healthcare rationing in America – why rationing is unavoidable, why we’re doing it covertly, and why covert rationing produces the most destructive kind of healthcare system we could ever imagine."
I have been singing this tune at my hospital for quite some time now. It is nice to see I am in good company!
Friday, February 25, 2011
The prevalence of defensive orthopaedic imaging: a prospective practice audit in Pennsylvania
"Defensive medicine is ubiquitous, but poorly understood. There has only been one previously published study of defensive practices among orthopaedic surgeons. Our study was designed to prospectively capture and analyze the current rate and cost of defensive imaging among orthopaedists in a single state.
Members of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society were asked to voluntarily and anonymously record a consecutive series of patient imaging decisions (in any setting: clinic, ED, inpatient). Each orthopaedist was asked to record their demographic information and the modality, region and indication for each order. Demographics were analyzed using Chi-squared test for independence and costs were analyzed using economic models.
This is the first study to prospectively collect data on the cost and prevalence of defensive medicine in any specialty of medicine. Defensive imaging composes about 20% of all imaging orders by surveyed orthopaedists in Pennsylvania and composes 35% of the cost, indicating that defensive imaging is both common and costly."
Pundits, bloggers, and politicians have generally been critical of Obama’s role in all this, including John Podhoretz , Elliott Abrams, Sarah Palin, William Kristol. and others
The preliminary results from Ireland's 2011 general election are suggesting two things: 70% of Irish citizens participated in today's election, and Fine Gael won a survey of 5,580 Irish emigrants in 124 different countries, which should bode well for the right-of-center party among citizens who could actually vote.
In the poll Fine Gael received 30% of the vote; Labour 25%; Independents 18%; Sinn Fein 13%; Fianna Gail and Greens 8%. With Fine Gael leading in all the pre-election surveys, this poll could be quite accurate and historic in Irish politics.
Stay tuned for tomorrow morning - history has been made in Ireland.
UPDATE: Preliminary Irish Results good for Fine Gael.
Results should be streaming out of Ireland in two-to-three hours* as we learn who the Irish have elected to form the new government. The opposition Fine Gael is expected to be victorious, but I have watched enough politics to know that anything can happen.
Keep your computer tuned to Pundit Press for Ireland's election results tonight.
* - Polls close at 10:00 local time; 5:00 Eastern.
On what the "end game" is in Libya, Carney later stated, a "government that treats its people well."
And it is likely to become more fragile as the forces of the gas prices get involved. But as for now the growth rate is estimated at 2.8%.
It didn't help the markets:
"A bit disappointing, but largely old news at this point that will take a back seat to fears about growth beyond the first quarter in the wake of both oil price hikes and a budget impasse that could cut into government spending," said Avery Shenfeld, an economist at CIBC World Markets in Toronto.
U.S. government debt prices pared losses on the data, while the dollar extended losses against the yen.
We need to do something-- maybe high speed rail! /sarc
However, that doesn't mean I wont be writing on the blog as well. Stay tuned for another award winning article on Operation Enduring Freedom and our soldiers need for another, larger surge to win this fight definitively.
Consider this an open-thread to discuss the Federalist Papers and Afghanistan.
What's great about this piece is how the author manages to undercut any counter-argument before it can even be mounted. Observe:
In light of what some are now describing as a civil war in Libya, with the regime in Tripoli fighting for its life, this is not insignificant. If someone wants to believe that freedom fever would have spread this year even without the Iraq War, they still have to face the fact that without that war the wave of popular protest would have unleashed revolutionary anarchy in a potentially leaderless country with WMD–significant WMD, at that. When Qaddafi gave up his program, Americans were startled to learn that it was much further developed than most intelligence experts had thought. It included centrifuges, uranium enrichment facilities, and dual-use labs.
Some who still cant countenance any positive outcome from the invasion of Iraq might argue that this is a mere one-off unpredictable side-effect of a war that has otherwise caused great geopolitical damage. But, in truth, cleansing a dictatorial regime of its WMD so that the weapons would not be used by the unstable dictator or obtained by extremists after his ouster was precisely the kind of thing proponents of the Iraq War hoped to accomplish.
From a purely domestic view, Bush was not conservative, and therefore a poor choice as a President. But he more than made up for this deficiency by being aware that what happened in the Middle East could effect us here at home. And with the upswing of Islamic fundamentalism coupled with a desire to damage democracy and terrorize others of a different belief system being embraced by more and more Middle Eastern autocrats, the best way to fight this kind of movement was to promote democracy.
As we all know, elections have consequences. Had we elected somebody who was as strong in the foreign department as Bush was, would we be having as much uproar and unrest in the Middle East as we are now?
Well, Saif Gaddafi has had enough. Apparently realizing that the U.S. has a near-monopoly of people complaining about it, the younger Gaddafi wanted to decrease the disparity. In his rambling speech (I wonder who he gets it from) late last week, Gaddafi complained about Canada. Congrats, Canada, you're getting your 15 minutes of fame. There is also a clip of Robin Williams at the end of this video:
Not to rain on Canda's parade, however, but the Gaddafis have been blaming quite a lot for the unrest. These include, amongst other things: the United States, hallucinogenic drugs, al Qaeda, Egypt, young adults, "greasy rats," gangsters, and (my personal favorite) "someone with a beard."
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Aldawsari had a blog. The New York Times confirmed that From Far Away was his personal blog. He wrote posts both in English and Arabic. One post in particular from March of 2009 talked of a girl he had fallen in love with.
See "Sarah Rice Stender; the object of affections of a lovesick Jihadi Terrorist" at Libertarian Republican.
I met my language partner Sarah Rice Stender and she was nice and pretty, so I like her so much. Me and my friend Adbullrahman Alhamdi were with her today for out first meeting with her and she asked us to discuss about a topic, yet she likes to talk about religioun so we did. I think she has a good point about Islam and she is knowing better about this great faith and religioun.It has since been learned that Stender attended Vanderbilt University. And a Tennessee TV station out of Nashville, just hours ago, confirmed that Aldawsari too was a student there for a while studying English.
I am reading this day a lot of my prophet mohammed ( peace be to upon him ) to build my knowledge about my religioun and about him...
I am falling in love of her.....
She is goregeous that I cann't forget her just right away...
I am asking Allah the great to covert her to Islam and marry me.
Did Stender possibly score Aldawsari? Was that the genesis of his angst? Posts by Aldawsari before that time period suggest he liked America and Americans. Soon after, his posts became dark and depressing.
A lovesick Muslim turned Islamic Jihadi?
Ironically, Saif al-Arab was assigned to crack down on protesters by his father. His turn marks Gaddafi's extreme loss of power and weakness. Said al-Arab even hinted that his father may flee to Latin America or commit suicide soon.
Recently, other important pieces of Gaddafi's power have switched sides or have simply defected. Earlier this week, two jet pilots defected (in their planes) to the island nation of Malta after being commanded to "bomb" protesters.
Iran's Press TV (warning, possibly biased) has more on Saif al-Arab's flip:
Saif al-Arab, Gaddafi's youngest son, who was sent by his father to cooperate with Libyan security forces in the massive crackdown on pro-democracy protesters joined forces with the demonstrators on Thursday, while hinting that his father would commit suicide or flee to Latin America.
According to reports, Saif al-Arab had the backing of combat troops and had military equipment that were dispatched to the eastern parts of turmoil-hit Libya.
As many as 1,000 Libyans have so far been killed by the Gaddafi's forces, reports say.
A total of 130 Libyan soldiers have been executed for refusing to open fire on protesters.
Pro-democracy demonstrations inspired by the popular revolutions that deposed decades-long rulers in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, have engulfed Libya since Feb 15, with thousands of people taking to the streets of the eastern city of Benghazi and calling for the ouster of the 68-year-old Gaddafi.
U.S. Rep Richard Hanna who was elected last November to represent New York's 24th CD successfully underwent surgery to replace an ailing mitral valve. Although details are limited, spokeswoman Renee Gamela says he is expected to make a full recovery.
Under controlled circumstances this a pretty routine surgery. Although I have no direct knowledge I would suspect that difficulties with the Congressman's valve have been known for some time and the surgery was scheduled during the congressional recess.
I wish the Congressman a very safe and speedy recovery.
For more information about mitral valve replacement the Society of Thoracic Surgeons has some good information.
H/T Lonely Conservative
“What I said is racist, but I am not a racist.”
"Seeing a lone black man being shouted at by union goons, they (police) decided it was better that he joined the tea party protest at the bottom of the stairs, where he would be safe.
Just sit back and let that sink in for a moment!
This had been reported by independent Libyan bloggers. Their posts are below.
the Truth Network:
And from flyingbirdies:
The New York Times is now confirming the story.
Libya is exploding Following the removal of autocratic leaders in Egypt and Tunis and violent protests in Bahrain, Yemen, and elsewhere, Libya is next.. These are truly remarkable times, reminiscent of the late 1980s when Eastern European satellites threw off the yoke of the Soviet Union and tore down the Berlin Wall, the symbol of Soviet-style oppression.
Unfortunately, the US administration has not a clue as to how to deal with the violent revolts spreading across the Arab world; this is demonstrated in how President Obama is reacting to the crisis in Libya. According to Nile Gardiner “the Obama administration is stuck in classic deer in the headlights mode, offering little more than mealy-mouthed statements condemning the state-sponsored violence against anti-government protesters on the streets of Tripoli, Benghazi, Tobruk and other key Libyan cities, which has already claimed at least 1,000 lives”
In fairness, Obama is not alone in confusion and ineptness. Former President George W. Bush and many others believed that the problem of Arab tyranny could be solved by elections. But democracy is more than voting; it also includes an independent judiciary, a free press, the rule of law, and the rights of minorities. When Palestinians voted in free elections in 2006, they chose Hamas and its totalitarian, radical program, leading inexorably to a distinctly undemocratic terrorist theocracy in Gaza.
Libya is different than the other Arab nations in at least two ways. It is the first of the major oil-producing countries to undergo a revolt with a probable change in leadership, and so the events have raised fears of oil shortages and higher prices. . And it is far more brutal than its predecessors. Along with Iran and Syria, Libya is truly an evil nation, and the fall of Col Muammar el-Qaddafi cannot come too soon.
Qaddafi has been courted by politicians who should know better. Tony Blair, Silvio Berlusconi, and others have embraced him in well-publicized photo opportunities. The United Nations, which condemns Israel with great frequency, appointed Libya to the Human Rights Council with no hint of irony. The Arab media delights in showing a photo of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meeting with one of Qaddafi's sons.
As for democracy, Qaddafi has his own version, and knows how to deal with the opposition. In 1996 he murdered 1,200 political prisoners in Abu Salim prison. This is also the man responsible for the deaths of 270 innocents on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, as well as killing or wounding over 200, many American, in a 1986 discotheque bombing in Berlin. He has been implicated as the chief financier for the Black September Movement which perpetrated the Munich massacre at the 1972 Olympics, and for financing Ilich Ramírez Sánchez (Carlos the Jackal) in the operation that kidnapped the OPEC oil ministers in 1987.
In the current uprising, we have no idea how many thousands have been murdered in Libya, or how many more will be. Qaddafi has ordered helicopters and airplanes to shoot or bomb demonstrators. Fearing correctly that his own forces may not obey his orders, he has imported mercenaries from other African countries to do much of the killing.
So given the evidence of brutality and evil, why has Qaddafi been immune so far? And what is our administration doing now? According to Nile Gardiner, , almost nothing. Stated simply, while Qaddafi has been ruthless and anti-American, our response has been carefully worded expressions of outrage, lacking conviction, along with promises to meet with other nations to further “discuss” the situation. Unconvincing statements from the president condemning violence, respecting the rights of the protestors, and threatening to go to the UN, are clear examples of too little and too late. Is Obama afraid that he might upset Qaddafi? Or make him angry at the US? How much worse can it get?. And we certainly don’t need meaningless statements from a severely biased UN Security Council, or from an amoral UN Human Rights Council (of which Libya is a member)
Libya is a very rich country, and Qaddafi has stashed away much of its assets. According to WikiLeaks Libya has $32 billion in cash with U.S. banks as well as investments in London. David Pryce-Jones tells us that he also has holdings in Italian and German companies. In addition, many billions of dollars are available in Libya’s oil reserves.
Paul Wolfowitz and Jennifer Rubin have pointed out that there are a range of strong measures that could be deployed. We can condemn not just the violence but Qaddafi, who is perpetrating it. We can demand an emergency Security Council meeting. We can demand that Qaddafi step down. We can freeze Qaddafi’s assets and impose other economic measures. We can tell the Libyan armed forces that we will bomb their airfields if they continue to kill their people. We can consider arming the demonstrators
Just this simple rumor, with no confirmation whatsoever, drove down oil prices more than $2 a barrel.
Traders said oil prices fell by more than $2 a barrel in late Thursday activity on rumors Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had been shot.
There was no immediate indication of where the rumor had originated or any news report to substantiate it.
Traders also cited earlier reports that Saudi Arabia was in talks with European refiners to make up for the loss of Libyan crude and rumors of a possible release of U.S. emergency oil stockpiles as weighing on oil prices.
Barack Obama vs. Haley Barbour
Obama (D) - 40%.
Barbour (R) - 20%.
Haley Barbour served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee during the Republican Revolution of 1994, and has served as Governor of Mississippi since 2003, but most of the public has absolutely no idea who he is, even though numerous media outlets have reported on Barbour and his 2012 plans.
Barbour is best known for eliminating Mississippi's public debt without raising taxes, for leading Mississippi back to prosperity after the devastation of Katrina, and for ending the lawsuit happy culture of Mississippi through TORT reform, which has been widely praised for its' effectiveness.
With the 2012 Republican Nomination battle soon to begin, things are going to get heated across the Potomac.
Take the horrific Gabrielle Giffords story for example - every media outlet, with the exception of the Associated Press, reported that she was shot and killed in Saturday afternoon's assassination attempt. The television news networks, including Fox News, trusted NPR's initial on-the-ground report, without extensive verification. Thankfully, all of them were wrong.
News channels and reporters no longer report the news; they attempt to beat out the others in our 21st century world of ratings. In the early 20th century newspapers became the literal gold standard because their readership trusted them. That philosophy doesn't apply to many media organizations this day and age.
The media has also attempted to impact national elections as well. Back in the 2004 Presidential election, they basically called the contest for Senator John Kerry before 75% of the United States voting booths actually closed. President George W. Bush won the election by three million votes, and who knows that would have happened in Wisconsin, which Kerry won by only 11,000 votes, if the media hadn't tried to play kingmaker instead of reporter.
I will not blame new media for 21st century reporting problems, because they usually depend on old media for their breaking news and headlines. This relationship is usually beneficial. However, the obsession with top-notch ratings has forced top-notch journalism into early retirement. I am hoping that the main players in both media worlds learn that caution and correctness will always beat out rush and ratings in the long run.
What say you?
What about financially? America already pays our 435 Representatives a combined salary of $75 million per year, and our Representatives staffs a combined salary of $435 million per year - not including untold amounts of money on district offices, supplies, and the occasional travel junket. I don't believe just one House of Congress should cost taxpayers over $500 million per year.
The estimated cost of 100 new Representatives, and staff, in salary alone is over $117 million for just one calender year. With the national debt nearing $14 trillion and the national deficit over $2 trillion - absolutely no-one can justify increasing the size of our drunken sailor legislature for any reason, especially not in the ridiculous notion of "better representation" for Americans.
What say you?
1. When and why did you start writing for NewsBusters?
I began blogging for NewsBusters in October 2008, little more than a year after a friend asked if I'd be interested in monitoring liberal radio and blogs for the Media Research Center. I did that for 14 months, listening to the radio shows of Mike Malloy, Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow (back when she was at Air America), and reading Crooks and Liars, Raw Story and Huffington Post before I was asked to write for NewsBusters.
2. What is the best part about writing for the site?
Helping combat the rampant bias of liberals in the media. A close second is learning about many subjects, often in short order, to write about them and point out deceitful claims, half-truths, lies of omission, etc. In this respect, the work is much like journalism. Before blogging, I worked for more than 10 years as a reporter and copy editor at daily newspapers in Massachusetts. Writing at NewsBusters wonderfully compensates for all those moments I bit my tongue around liberals in newsrooms.
3. How did media bias shape the 2008 elections?
Without a doubt it helped elevate Barack Obama to the presidency by downplaying troubling aspects of his past, mainly his affinity for radicals such as Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers. Obama, by dint of his skin hue, represented an opportunity for many in media to expiate liberal guilt. The same politician, white, would have been deemed an inexperienced mediocrity.
4. How could bias affect 2012?
Bias could be worse in the 2012 campaign because so many people in media have a huge stake in Obama remaining president, since it would be a huge loss of face for them if he served only one term. If this occurred, Obama would be remembered as another Jimmy Carter, and his apologists would suffer accordingly.
5. How apparent was bias against the Tea Party in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting?
So apparent that the liberal meme of incivility in political discourse as cause of the rampage is rarely heard anymore, all of six weeks after the massacre. By all means, let's have more civility in politics, and while we're at it, more reliance on reason in making our arguments. On both counts, liberals lose, since they inevitably fall back on well-ingrained habits that rely on neither.
6. Anything else you'd like to add?
I know from my own experience as former left winger that many liberals are not beyond persuasion and will eventually join our side. We should remember this when we challenge them, that an inherently optimistic conservative is yearning to emerge from that frustrated, angry, grasping liberal before you.