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  • MC Hammer blasts America over Ebola aid

    10/09/2014 8:01:31 AM PDT · 52 of 56
    ganesha to Soul of the South

    The United States did not do what European powers did in Africa in the nineteenth century, however Liberia is a special case. Liberia was created based on the idea of having freed African-American slaves go back to Africa. Most of the freed slaves were not from that part of Africa and there was native resistance to the establishment of a state ruled by African-Americans. Military force was used in order to prevail over this resistance. In this sense the establishment of Liberia was a form of colonialism.

    The African American colonists were later even accused of enslaving the native African population. The political violence and civil war that nearly destroyed Liberia began as a rebellion against the ruling class by the tribes of people not in power. The inadequate state of Liberia’s health care system, which facilitated the rapid spread of ebola, is a consequence of the recent civil war.

    Sierra Leone was founded by the British. It resembles its neighbor Liberia in that it was also created in order to allow freed slaves from the American colonies to return to Africa. In the case of Sierra Leone the freed slaves were black loyalists who had fought on the side of the King in the American Revolution in exchange for promises of freedom. After America gained independence, the black loyalists were initially settled in Nova Scotia, Canada. After several years, many of them wanted to go back to Africa and Sierra Leone was chosen as the place to re-settle them.

    Sierra Leone also had resistance to colonialism and also had a recent civil war.

  • George Zimmerman's Father: My Son Is Not Racist, Did Not Confront Trayvon Martin

    03/23/2012 4:08:20 PM PDT · 272 of 296
    ganesha to bramps

    It is said at about 2 minutes and 22 seconds. It comes right after he gives directions to the police. It comes after the words “The back entrance” but just before the question “Are you following him?”

    It sounds like he is cursing under his breath while running.

  • George Zimmerman's Father: My Son Is Not Racist, Did Not Confront Trayvon Martin

    03/23/2012 2:51:50 PM PDT · 255 of 296
    ganesha to Hot Tabasco

    The person asked me for a link to a site with the 911 tapes. What you choose to do with your ass is not my concern.

  • George Zimmerman's Father: My Son Is Not Racist, Did Not Confront Trayvon Martin

    03/23/2012 11:12:24 AM PDT · 80 of 296
    ganesha to MizSterious

    Mother jones .com has Zimmerman’s 911 call and the 911 calls of 4 witnesses posted on their site.

  • George Zimmerman's Father: My Son Is Not Racist, Did Not Confront Trayvon Martin

    03/23/2012 10:55:25 AM PDT · 52 of 296
    ganesha to Axeslinger

    I listened to the full 4 minutes of Zimmerman’s 911 call and it definitely sounded like coons and not at all like punks. It may not be possible to prove he said that but it does sound that way.

  • Franco Harris defends Paterno, McQueary, blasts trustees

    11/13/2011 12:05:26 AM PST · 217 of 302
    ganesha to truthfreedom

    Victim 4 remembers Sandusky being emotionally upset after a meeting with Joe Paterno in which Paterno told Sandusky he would not be the next head coach at Penn State and which preceded Sandusky’s retirement. Sandusky told victim 4 not to tell anyone about the meeting. That meeting occurred in May, 1999.

    ...Grand Jury report under victim 4

  • What if Qaddafi Wins?

    03/14/2011 2:18:15 AM PDT · 65 of 73
    ganesha to yldstrk

    If you feel that way then get out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Libyan TV says Gadhafi forces capture oil town of Brega

    03/13/2011 4:16:53 PM PDT · 14 of 16
    ganesha to EQAndyBuzz

    I don’t care about some imaginary Caliphate. I care about protecting the American people from terrorism. Muamar Gadaffi was personally responsible for the bombing of Pan Am 103 (Lockerbie Bombing). If an atheist dictator kills American civilians then he is my enemy. If a Muslim wants their country to be ruled in a way that is compatible with Islam but doesn’t harm Americans then they are not my enemy.

    That is why this is supposed to be a war against Terror and not a war against Islam, which is what some people seem to want.

    That said, I agree with you that there are people in the western political establishment and governments that are rooting for Gadaffi. It is a documented fact western governments including our own have supplied weapons to Gadaffi and facilitated the hiring of mercenaries as well as protecting mercenaries from prosecution.

    I don’t think that the American government is acting in the interests of the safety of the American people when it does these things.

  • ACLJ Stepping Up To The Plate On The Ground Zero Mosque

    08/04/2010 8:42:20 PM PDT · 12 of 15
    ganesha to reasonisfaith

    No, as Mayor Bloomberg pointed out the islamic community center is being built on private property according to the wishes of the owner of the land.

    Sekulow is asking the government to prohibit a private landowner from building what he wants on his own land.

    His justification is that the criminal act which destroyed the previous structure was a “historic event” and that this gives the government the right to prohibit the landowner from rebuilding whatever he chooses on his own land.

    Sekulow is the one making a nonsensical statist argument.

  • ACLJ Stepping Up To The Plate On The Ground Zero Mosque

    08/04/2010 3:48:17 PM PDT · 8 of 15
    ganesha to Biggirl

    His “landmark” argument, made in the video, is specious and insane.

    It is equivalent to saying that if a criminal arsonist burns down my house and I want to rebuild then the government should step in and tell me that I can’t build anything there ever again because the fire that burned down my house was “historically significant.”

    It is a ridiculous statist argument.

  • Video Shows Bus Driver Running Down Cyclist

    05/18/2010 1:34:56 PM PDT · 13 of 57
    ganesha to Paladin2

    Riding a bicycle on the sidewalk is illegal. It is also dangerous because you can get killed by someone backing out of a driveway. Drivers don’t expect other vehicles to be on the sidewalk. Bikes belong in the street.

  • Too few showing up at H1N1 clinics

    12/03/2009 9:49:39 PM PST · 13 of 19
    ganesha to DariusBane

    Any flu strain could potentially have a pandemic, but H3N2 is rare in years when H1N1 is common. The two flu strains are negatively correlated.

  • Politically-correct double standard may have spawned mass murder at Fort Hood by Muslim soldier

    11/06/2009 2:36:41 PM PST · 23 of 46
    ganesha to Paisan
    I know that doctors commit murder, but I’ve never heard of a shrink going that far.

    Radovan Karadic was a psychologist.

  • AG Holder urges new hate crimes law

    06/17/2009 7:22:54 PM PDT · 85 of 91
    ganesha to ProtectOurFreedom

    As well as the guy in Columbus Ohio who repeatedly screamed F*** YOU American Slut at women, and then stabbed a girl who goes to Ohio State, before running off to the nearest mosque.

  • Swine Flu: The Crisis That Never Was (Vanity?)

  • Swine Flu: The Crisis That Never Was (Vanity?)

  • Swine Flu: The Crisis That Never Was (Vanity?)

    04/30/2009 4:41:30 PM PDT · 293 of 308
    ganesha to LibertyRocks; spectre

    There is a scientist at Columbia University who disputes the claim that it is a chimera and says that the virus involved in this epidemic consists only of swine flu.

    (I can find a link to that if you need one.)

    All of the sites Mexico where this began are towns adjacent to giant pig farming operations which have nasty lagoons of pig manure. The spread of this type of coporate factory farm to Mexico is a consequence of NAFTA.

    The Mexican orgins of this disease may go back as early as February when there was an outbreak in the town of La Gloria that caused two thirds of the residents to fall ill. One of the people in that episode tested positive for H1N1.

    The name swine flu may be entirely appropriate. The push to stop calling it swine flu is corporate public relations damage control.

  • Mileage Tax Might Be Road Bill Funding Source, Inhofe Says

    03/31/2009 5:55:28 AM PDT · 134 of 143
    ganesha to angkor

    The EZ pass is an active RFID chip which is attached to your windshield. The number of miles driven on the Thruway is billed to your account.

    The following website discusses possible technologies for the enforcement of congestion pricing in New York City.

    http://frumin.net/ation/2007/02/congestion_pricing_positioning.html

  • Mileage Tax Might Be Road Bill Funding Source, Inhofe Says

    03/29/2009 7:19:35 AM PDT · 60 of 143
    ganesha to angkor

    They don’t need continuous GPS tracking. They will do it with RFID chips. The EZ pass on the NYS Thruway is an example of that.

  • US depression is now secular – some cyclic upturns possible

    02/07/2009 3:55:00 PM PST · 6 of 23
    ganesha to An Old Man

    Well at least it’s not a religious depression.

    If it’s a secular depression does that mean we can blame it on atheists?

  • Immigration has made us a Center-Left Country

    11/04/2008 10:51:50 PM PST · 54 of 56
    ganesha to doc

    Here in central Ohio, there actually are a lot of Somali immigrants. The Dispatch ran a story about how they were all voting for Obama because Bush gave Ethiopia permission to invade their country.

  • McCain and Palin are NO good. Enough with RINOs (Viking Kitten Disapproves!!)

    11/04/2008 8:02:32 PM PST · 52 of 76
    ganesha to NationalConservative

    When Biden took credit for the rejection of Judge Bork in the debates, she said nothing in response.

    A more knowledgable conservative would have pointed out that

    1) It deprived the country of a great Supreme Court Justice.
    2) It poisoned the nominating process for Judges for at least a generation.
    3) The fact that Biden is on Obama’s ticket calls into question all the claims in “the audacity of hope” about respecting honest differences of opinion.
    4) She should have been able to name a Supreme Court decision that she disagreed with. Texas v. Johnson would have been an easy choice.

  • Polls (Obama +11.7%) Actual Vote (Obama +0.36%) - Pre-Election Polls Are Obviously Rigged

    11/04/2008 7:30:56 PM PST · 15 of 20
    ganesha to Redcloak

    In a situation where you strongly disagree with both candidates, knowing who is projected to win in advance should motivate you to vote for the loser. That way you have a clear conscience because none of the bad things that McCain would have done will happen anyway while all of the bad things that Obama will do actually do get to happen. The problem is that people don’t think about these things rationally. The objective of voting should be to be able to live with yourself afterwards and not to jump on the bandwagon of the winning team.

  • McCain Speech on Energy Policy

    02/22/2008 4:12:33 PM PST · 22 of 48
    ganesha to Dog Gone

    If you read the opening chapter of Robert Baer’s book about Saudi Arabia, there is a scenario described in which a terrorist blows up the Saudi oil facilities at Abquaic. Due to the plumbing and geography of how the Saudi oil industry is set up, the attack cripples the whole ability of the country to export oil. I am guessing that that was what McCain was referring to.

  • The Rudy Giuliani Truth File in his own words and deeds

    05/16/2007 8:01:33 PM PDT · 352 of 353
    ganesha to ganesha
    Source for post 351 above

    Citizens Crime Comission
    Archives of Rudolph W. Giuliani
    1095 Avenue of the Americas
    March 6, 1997, 8:15 a.m.

  • The Rudy Giuliani Truth File in his own words and deeds

    05/16/2007 7:59:06 PM PDT · 351 of 353
    ganesha to ganesha

    Thank you. Good morning. It is a pleasure to join all of you here today for the Citizens Crime Commission’s breakfast.
    A couple of weeks ago, all New Yorkers and people throughout the world were appalled by the senseless and horrifying act of violence that occurred at the Empire State Building.

    The Empire State Building is such an important landmark... such an important symbol of America that, like so many other places in New York City, when a tragedy happens there, it receives a great deal of attention in the media.

    However, with this latest incident, we saw something rather remarkable happen, because perceptions about New York City have finally changed.

    Thanks to our historic reductions in serious crime, we have been able to get the message out that New York City is just about the safest large city in America.

    People throughout the world no longer see New York City as a national symbol of the plague of crime and violence. Now people see New York as a safe, decent place, and as a leader in fighting crime.

    Because of this transformation of perception, when this latest tragedy occurred, instead of having to defend New York City, we were able to focus national attention on the real problem, which is gun control.

    And even as we grieve for those who lost their lives, and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones, we may be able to find some sort of meaning in this tragedy by using it as a catalyst to revive national gun control efforts.

    The man who committed this despicable act of hatred and violence came to the United States on December 24th. First, he arrived in New York and then traveled to Melbourne, Florida, where he checked into a cheap hotel.

    Using the hotel address, he was able to obtain a photo ID card, and that was all he needed to buy a gun, a .380 Beretta, capable of firing 14 rounds in 4 or 5 seconds.

    Because in Florida, although they have relatively strict regulations to obtain a gun license, gun licenses are only necessary for carrying concealed weapons. A license is not required to buy a gun. To buy a gun all that is required is a photo ID.

    And that is when buying from a retailer. In private transactions at gun shows, or purchasing a gun from a private individual, there is nothing required whatsoever.

    Ironically, if Mr. Hassan Kamal had wanted to buy a car, or even drive a car legally, he would not have been able to, because in Florida obtaining a drivers license is much more difficult than buying a gun.

    In fact, getting a drivers license is more difficult than buying a gun in most places. A drivers license requires several forms of official identification proving residency.

    It requires a written test and a road test, and a thorough background investigation is done to determine if the applicant has a history of driving recklessly, or unlawfully.

    And these drivers license requirements are fairly uniform from state to state, which demonstrates that from region to region, a vast majority of Americans accept that driving an automobile is potentially very dangerous and requires sensible regulations.

    However, guns kill many more people than automobiles do, even though there are many more cars than guns, and cars are used much more often than guns.

    In New York City, in 1996 there were 414 fatalities caused by traffic accidents, but there were 987 fatalities involving firearms.

    I think one of the reasons that the procedures for obtaining a drivers license and buying and operating a car have become uniform and sensible is that insurance is required for automobiles.

    And the insurance industry has standardized what is necessary to get insurance. Cars must be registered and trackable.

    Cars are required to undergo periodic safety inspections in many states. Driving records are computerized and traceable, and drivers licenses must be periodically renewed.

    Perhaps, we should require insurance for handguns. If liability insurance were required to purchase and own a handgun, you better believe that the insurance industry would promulgate a pretty rigorous licensing and purchasing process to control the risk.

    As a private citizen, as a prosecutor, as a Mayoral candidate and as Mayor, I have advocated for more regulated and more uniform gun licensing regulations, similar to those for a drivers license.

    But as it stands now, although some localities like New York City have relatively stringent rules for purchasing a gun, many other states require next to nothing, and without a uniform policy, we all lose.

    In fact, a recently released study indicates that of 2,225 guns confiscated in New York City, more than 92 percent of the guns were originally purchased out of state—and more than 60 percent of them came from 5 states, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

    When looking at the FBI total index crimes list, which shows number of crimes on a per capita basis for cities with population more than 100,000, it is not a coincidence that 4 (t.b.v.) of the top 10 are in Florida, and 6 (t.b.v.) are in the South, where gun control laws are very lax.

    New York City on the contrary, where the requirements for purchasing a gun are more rigorous, ranks 144th on that list.

    Yesterday, President Clinton outlined his proposals for more stringent, federal gun licensing requirements.

    His proposals include:

    prohibiting non-citizens from buying guns;
    requiring proof of residency, including photo id. and something like a utility bill in the buyers name... similar to what is required for a drivers license;
    making cop killer, or Teflon coated, armor piercing bullets illegal;
    and requiring child safety locks on the weapons of all Federal Officials to prevent these guns from ever winding up in the hands of children.
    I applaud the President’s proposals, and I will support them any way I can.
    I only hope that he is right, and that Congress is finally ready to recognize that the vast majority of Americans want more gun control. It makes sense. It is time. And we can no longer let special interests dominate this vitally important issue.

    We in New York and other places are working very hard to control crime and especially to reduce criminal incidents involving guns.

    Here in New York, we have seen more than a 50 percent decrease in shootings since 1993, but to complete the job we’ve started, we need the help of other states, and of the Federal Government to promulgate more rigorous gun purchasing requirements nation wide.

    Then we won’t have 90 percent of our city’s guns being brought in from other localities to commit heinous crimes like the tragedy on the Empire State Building.

    I know many people argue that keeping and bearing arms is federally guaranteed right as stated in the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

    But even in the Second Amendment, it refers to firearms in the context of a well regulated militia, and well regulated is what we’re trying to accomplish.

    Just as unimpeded interstate travel is Constitutionally guaranteed, but we reserve the right to regulate driving automobiles, so too must we sensibly regulate gun purchases to preserve the safety of all Americans.

    Thank you.

  • The Rudy Giuliani Truth File in his own words and deeds

    05/16/2007 7:55:39 PM PDT · 350 of 353
    ganesha to ganesha
  • The Rudy Giuliani Truth File in his own words and deeds

    05/16/2007 7:53:59 PM PDT · 349 of 353
    ganesha to Jim Robinson

    Good morning. It has been a week since the terrible tragedy that happened last Sunday at the Empire State Building. And even as we grieve for the families and our hearts and prayers go out to them, perhaps we can use this senseless tragedy to re-energize the fight for gun control. A man came to this country from Gaza City on December 24th of last year. Ali Hassan Abu Kamal first arrived in New York and then traveled by plane to Melbourne, Florida, where he checked into a motel.

    If this man had wanted to get a driver’s license in the state of Florida, he would have had to have gone through some necessary and sensible requirements.

    In Florida, you have to take a written test and a driving test to show you understand the rules of safety and the rules of the road. You have to take an eye exam, and your background is checked to see that you don’t have a record of being a dangerous driver.

    But he didn’t want a driver’s license, he wanted a gun. And he wanted a gun that could slaughter human beings quickly — namely, a semi-automatic weapon. And it’s much easier to get a license to buy a gun, even a semi-automatic weapon in Florida, than it is to get a driver’s license.

    All he needed was a registration card that he received by establishing residency at a cheap motel on the same day that he bought the gun. He then bought a .380 Beretta at gun store called The Oaks Trading Post.

    This is the same gun store that sold the mass murderer William Cruse a semi-automatic weapon in 1987 that he used to kill six people, including two police officers in Florida.

    If Mr. Abu Kamal would have tried to buy a gun in New York, he would not have been able to do so. Because in New York our gun control laws are much stricter and more responsible than in Florida.

    To purchase a gun in the State of New York you have to give your full name, your date of birth, your residence, your occupation. You have to prove that you’re a United States citizen, you have to show you are of good character, competency and integrity. And you have to demonstrate a real need for the weapon.

    And thanks in part to our stricter gun control laws, crime is down dramatically in New York City. Shootings are down over 50 percent. Murder is down over 50 percent. But the fact is that 90 percent of the guns we take out of the hands of criminals in New York City come from out of the State of New York.

    We need a federal law that bans all assault weapons, and if in fact you do need a handgun you should be subjected to at least the same restrictions — and really stronger ones — that exist for driving an automobile.

    The United States Congress needs to pass uniform licensing for everyone carrying a gun. Congress must do more to prevent a tragedy like the one that happened at the Empire State Building from ever happening again.

    From Gracie Mansion, this is Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

  • Republican candidates clash in South Carolina

    05/16/2007 10:22:16 AM PDT · 50 of 51
    ganesha to Jim Verdolini
    and has no respect for the Constitution

    Your candidate supports doubling the size of Guantanemo so that people accused of crimes won't be able to get lawyers and also supports torture and then you are accusing McCain of being the one who doesn't respect the Constitution??

  • Meet the Earliest Baby Girl ever Discovered!

    09/23/2006 9:12:26 AM PDT · 117 of 198
    ganesha to ganesha

    Here are the titles of some recent threads posted by blowfish at libertypost:

    "Why Hitler was right and the truth about the new world order"

    "Bush is a faggot and he's hiding behind the cloak of marriage"

    "Niggers and Whores"

    "Freerepublic is a phony conservative website"

    If Mr. blowfish hates this site so much, why is he posting here? Why doesn't he stick to racist websites?

  • Meet the Earliest Baby Girl ever Discovered!

    09/23/2006 8:56:38 AM PDT · 116 of 198
    ganesha to blowfish

    Why do you hate jews?

    Why do you hate blacks?

    Why do you hate Mexicans?


    Why are you posting racist antisemitic threads on other forums?

  • Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Down In Georgia (Good news alert!)

    05/03/2006 7:01:51 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    ganesha to dangus

    See above posts.

    The teen pregnancy rate is 152.4 pregnancies per 1000 females. (2002 stats)

    61 percent of Latina females in Georgia become pregant at some point in their teens versus 27 percent for the rest of the population.

  • Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Down In Georgia (Good news alert!)

    05/03/2006 6:54:49 AM PDT · 12 of 15
    ganesha to ganesha

    High School Dropout Rates in Georgia:

    White..........5.31

    Black..........6.73

    Latino.........8.34

  • Teen Pregnancy, Abortion Down In Georgia (Good news alert!)

    05/03/2006 6:45:49 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    ganesha to DaveLoneRanger
    The abortion and teen pregnancy rates are measured per 1000 women in the relevant group. The Hispanic population of Georgia has increased more than any other state, but it is also true that the number of teen pregnancies per 1000 latina women has been increasing even as it drops for whites women and black women. I found an interesting article about this.

    Dynamics of Teen Pregnacy in Georgia's Latino Community: Defining The Urgency

  • AP: Syrian protestors set fire to Norwegian embassy in Damascus

    02/08/2006 3:02:30 PM PST · 281 of 284
    ganesha to PzLdr

    Alawites are a group which splintered off of Shi'ite Islam. They believe in the 12th imam. Most Sunnis do not consider Alawites to even be Muslims.

  • Talk of a hotel being built in time for the 12th Imam's reemergence

    01/17/2006 12:38:30 PM PST · 28 of 31
    ganesha to Dajjal

    This looks like your kind of story.

  • OBIT - Heinrich Harrer - "Seven Years in Tibet"

    01/10/2006 8:12:15 AM PST · 5 of 7
    ganesha to sandbar

    The movie distorted the story. His book was much better.

  • HOUSTON ISP TOUTS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WHILE HOSTING TERROR, PORN, AND SPAM SITES

    06/21/2005 3:08:16 PM PDT · 14 of 20
    ganesha to JohnathanRGalt

    If they are staging public real world events in addition to doing bad things online, then why not stage a public protest at one of these events??

  • Likely new Senate judiciary chairman warns Bush against nominating anti-abortion judges

    11/03/2004 6:57:19 PM PST · 276 of 376
    ganesha to CrosscutSaw

    Spector helped to cover up the truth about the Oklahoma City bombing. He should be rejected for treason.

  • McCartney calls for foie gras ban

    09/24/2004 12:11:31 PM PDT · 141 of 192
    ganesha to RetroSexual

    Just change the name to "freedom gras." Problem solved.

  • Activists: Afghan women no better off

    09/23/2004 4:17:59 PM PDT · 56 of 62
    ganesha to The Great Yazoo

    According to the October issue of the Atlantic Monthly, Bin Laden did not die at Tora Bora (as you seem to be implying) but escaped to the Parachinar region of Pakistan. The decision to rely on local Afghans to do most of the fighting plus the failure to cut off the escape routes into Pakistan contributed to his escape. The reports of his having a fatal Kidney condition were exaggerated. None of his current disabilities are fatal. Like Rudolf, he has the support of the local population. One possibility is that he is in the Pakistani occupied area of Kashmir. Another is that he is in one of the large cities of Pakistan. Rudolf was on the run for about 7 years.

  • Activists: Afghan women no better off

    09/23/2004 2:20:41 PM PDT · 50 of 62
    ganesha to Guillermo

    He uses it to deflect criticism of the fact that the Afghan mission is only a partial success rather than a total success. The purpose of the Afghan war was not just to overthrow the Taliban but to get Al Quaeda and Bin Laden. That goal has not yet been accomplished. The level of terrorist resistance to the U.S. in Afghanistan may not be as bad as Iraq but its not something to be complacent about either.

  • Activists: Afghan women no better off

    09/23/2004 1:24:31 PM PDT · 47 of 62
    ganesha to Guillermo
    Yeah, I never heard Bush use "womens rights" as a justification for overthrowing the Taliban..

    Bush uses womens rights in Afghanistan in every campaign speech he makes. Afghanistan is a success, in the Presidents view, because girls are going to school. Its probably true that the most extreme Taliban policies have been reversed. But its also true that the Government of Afghanistan only controls Kabul. The rest of the country is ruled by tribal warlords, and some of them are as repressive in their treatment of women as the Taliban was.

  • On Guns and Abortion

    08/09/2004 3:55:19 PM PDT · 13 of 93
    ganesha to neverdem
    uniform, and nationally administered

    So much for the tenth ammendment.

  • Toyota Dominates U.S. Vehicle Quality Survey

    06/29/2004 3:44:09 PM PDT · 135 of 177
    ganesha to mkj6080

    In 1963 the European Economic Community imposed a tariff on frozen chickens imported from the U.S. Lyndon Johnson responded by imposing a 25 percent tariff on all imported light trucks which at the time meant Volkswagons. That tariff was never lifted. The result has been a situation where imported cars pay a 2 and 1/2 percent tariff while imported trucks pay the 25 percent tariff.

    SUVs were originally classified as trucks. Then in, I think, the late 80s the Japanese convinced the U.S. to reclassify them as cars for purposes of customs although they are trucks for purposes of fuel efficiency and emissions.

    Until recently the Japanese did not make full size trucks which limited the size of SUVs they could build. The Titan is an attempt to break into the market for full size trucks and larger SUVs.

  • For Mel Gibson, 'The Passion' Seems Mostly a Blessing

    06/24/2004 6:49:51 AM PDT · 25 of 94
    ganesha to OESY

    It's not a "bible based film." The fact that people think it is says more about them than it does about the bible.

  • Cars are more fuel-efficient than trains, claims study

    06/21/2004 4:12:29 AM PDT · 16 of 31
    ganesha to lonewacko_dot_com
    is fuel consumption the only measure of whether something is enviro friendly?

    If you believe in the global warming theory then yes. Burning hydrocarbons produces CO2. The more fuel you burn, the more CO2.

    Prior to the global warming theory, the ideal was to burn fuel cleanly so that all of the exhaust was CO2 and H2O. Pollution was considered to be anything other than CO2 and H2O.

  • Al Qaeda again threatens New York, Washington and Los Angeles - Daily Terror Threat

    01/01/2004 10:19:06 PM PST · 5,274 of 15,468
    ganesha to Mossad1967
    The last time I looked at that countdown site was at about half past midnight. It said 32 days 23 hours 30 min. If I am counting correctly then zero hour would be the midnight between Feb 3 and the morning of Feb 4. That would seem to be slightly after Eid. However the date seems to be an estimate of the visibility of phases of the moon rather than a precise solar date. Some sites say Feb 1, others say Feb 2. Here is a quotation:

    Although calendars are printed for planning purposes, they are based on estimates of the visibility of the lunar crescent, and the Islamic month may actually start 1-2 days earlier or later than predicted. source

    Here is another site

    Eid-al-Adha: The moon's conjunction is on Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at 21:05 Universal Time, i.e. 4:05 pm Eastern Standard Time - 1:05 pm Pacific Standard Time. On January 21, the moon is going to be 4 hours old and cannot be seen anywhere in the world. On January 22, it will be seen in most of the world excluding Asia and Europe, as shown by the visibility curves. Therefore, first day of Zul-Hijja is going to be on January 23 in most of the world, and accordingly, 10th Zul-Hijja is going to be on Sunday, Februay 1, 2004, insha'Allah, while 10th of Zul-Hijja in most of Asia and Europe is going to be on February 2, 2004.

    If having the moon be in a certain configuration is a prerequisite before taking action, then it would make sense for them to launch the attack a day or two after the estimated date just to be sure.

  • Al Qaeda again threatens New York, Washington and Los Angeles - Daily Terror Threat

    01/01/2004 7:17:44 PM PST · 5,102 of 15,468
    ganesha to tubavil
    Feb 2 2004 is Eid al Adha, the festival of sacrifice
  • Warning: Well in Antarctica may pop like a can of Coke

    08/25/2003 2:57:13 PM PDT · 63 of 63
    ganesha to Sabertooth
    There are some scientists who believe that life on earth originated beneath the surface and then adapted to surface conditions later. By studying life from locations such as lake Vostock which is isolated from life on the surface, they hope to discover clues about the orgins of life on earth. If life did in fact originate beneath the surface, then it becomes more likely that life exists on other planets and moons of other planets. Some books about this are "Dark Life" by Michael Ray Taylor, and "The Deep Hot Biosphere and the myth of fossil fuels" by Thomas Gold.