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  • Striking Doctors Get Ultimatum

    07/01/2009 6:32:34 PM PDT · by squidly · 10 replies · 1,360+ views ^ | 6-26-2009 | not cited
    Durban - KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has issued an ultimatum to striking doctors, calling on them to return to work on Friday or face the music. Addressing the media in Durban on Friday, Dhlomo said notices had been sent to all hospitals calling on all striking doctors, dentists and pharmacists to resume their duties no later than 08:00. The department was also preparing a court interdict to force the striking health professionals to end the strike, he said. “We as the department of health are designated as an essential service provider and therefore find the action of these...
  • Letter from Zimbabwe

    02/13/2009 7:50:14 AM PST · by squidly · 7 replies · 1,279+ views
    a friend in South Africa ^ | 2/13/09 | John Winter
    Letter from Zimbabwe sent in by John Winter I reckon that these are the last days of TKM and ZPF. The darkest hour is always before dawn. We are all terrified at what they are going to destroy next........I mean they are actually ploughing down brick and mortar houses and one family with twin boys of 10 had no chance of salvaging anything when 100 riot police came in with AK47's and bulldozers and demolished their beautiful house - 5 bedrooms and pine ceilings - because it was 'too close to the airport', so we are feeling extremely insecure right...
  • 'Terror group' joins Somali capital takeover

    01/15/2009 6:27:41 AM PST · by squidly · 11 replies · 1,653+ views
    CNN International ^ | 1/15/09 | Mohamed Amiin Adow
    Islamist militants took almost full control of Mogadishu on Thursday, less than 24 hours after Ethiopian troops withdrew from Somalia's capital, a witness reported. The Ethiopian forces pulled out their last remaining bases in the city late Wednesday after two years propping up Somalia's transitional government. Forces from different Islamist groups -- including the hard-line al-Shabab, which the United States has designated a terror organization -- immediately seized every base the Ethiopians abandoned. "The city is almost under Islamist rule," said a local journalist who did not want his name revealed. "You can hear different names of the Islamist groups...
  • Ethiopian troops begin withdrawal from Somalia

    01/13/2009 11:35:12 AM PST · by squidly · 606+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/13/2009 | Sarah Childress
    Ethiopian Troops Begin Withdrawal From Somalia Article By SARAH CHILDRESS NAIROBI, Kenya -- Ethiopian forces began a planned withdrawal from Somalia Tuesday, threatening a power vacuum in the war-torn nation, but also robbing extremists in the country of a rallying cry that they had used against the country's more moderate leadership. The move comes at a time of heightened internal turmoil in Somalia, which has been without an effective government for years. Parliament is preparing to elect a new leader on Jan. 26, after President Abdullahi Yusuf resigned last month. Mr. Yusuf had failed to maintain control or stability in...
  • Zuma and the Death Penalty Referendum

    03/09/2008 5:30:34 AM PDT · by squidly · 1 replies · 582+ views
    Thought Leader ^ | 3/10/07 | Michael Trapido
    Zuma and the death-penalty referendum A High Court Justice in Botswana — nothing to do with the genius who was the first to be evicted from the Big Brother Africa house — has sentenced Michael Molefe of Soweto and a citizen of Botswana to be hanged for the murder of two Zimbabweans seven years ago. The reports of the dramatic courtroom scenes and the effect that it has on the families of the convicted pair bring home how drastic a step this measure is. Trauma for them now to match the suffering of the families of the Zimbabweans seven years...
  • Cosatu Urges Free Zimbabwe Elections

    03/08/2008 6:44:37 PM PST · by squidly · 1 replies · 546+ views
    The Times (South Africa) ^ | 3/7/08 | no byline
    Cosatu urges free Zimbabwe elections Sapa Published:Mar 07, 2008 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Zimbabwe should have free and fair elections, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said today. "We are saying to Robert Mugabe the day has come for him to respect the SADC’s protocols. We demand free and fair elections, no more vote rigging," said Cosatu’s Siphiwe Mgcina. Mgcina was addressing about 300 protesters who had gathered outside the Union Buildings. The protesters were expected later to march to the Zimbabwean, as well as, Kenyan and Swazi high commissions. Among other things, the group was demanding the return of all...
  • Ohio Critical for McCain to Win War Weary Voters

    02/29/2008 2:59:33 PM PST · by squidly · 19 replies · 862+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/29/08 | John King
    Ohio critical for McCain to win war-weary voters By John King CNN Washington Bureau EVANDALE, Ohio (CNN) -- John Dyer remembers being unable to sleep. For Sen. John McCain, Ohio could be a critical proving ground in his effort to win war-weary voters. "I woke up at 4 in the morning and walked around the neighborhood. Part of my mind was just torn with anger. I wanted to go to Iraq and find those people who had done this and kill them," he said. Two and a half years have passed since the knock on Dyer's door. The Marine flag...
  • The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    02/26/2008 11:32:52 PM PST · by squidly · 6 replies · 961+ views
    me ^ | 2/27/08 | me
    Perhaps I am late to the party. Just got done reading this book. It struck home with me, since I used to be a tin can sailor myself. Before reading it, I never knew that the Yamato and Musashi could toss a 3,200 lb. shell a distance of 26 miles. That was the sort of thing we drilled for all the time. I'm glad that we never had to face it in battle. I was lucky enough to be in Clinton's Navy.
  • Australian Navy Torpedo Test

    02/23/2008 11:43:50 PM PST · by squidly · 1 replies · 495+ views
    youtube ^ | who knows? | none
    This is a video of an Australian sub sinking an torpeding an unmanned Aussie frigate. the link
  • Serbia: 'US culprit' in Kosovo violence

    02/23/2008 4:53:16 PM PST · by squidly · 68 replies · 1,498+ views
    Serbia: US 'culprit' in Kosovo violence By DUSAN STOJANOVIC and SLOBODAN LEKIC, Associated Press Writers Sat Feb 23, 4:23 PM ET KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo - Serbia's hard-line leaders on Saturday called the U.S. "the main culprit" in the violence that has broken out since Kosovo declared independence. Several thousand Serbs chanting "Kosovo is Serbia!" and "Russia, Vladimir Putin!" protested peacefully in the ethnically divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica, the sixth day of demonstrations against Kosovo's break with Serbia. Russia backs Serbia's fierce resistance to Kosovo's secession. On Thursday night, protesters in the Serbian capital Belgrade set fire to the U.S....
  • South Africa: No White Journalists At Zuma Address

    02/22/2008 7:32:37 AM PST · by squidly · 17 replies · 1,008+ views
    Business Day (Johannesburg) ^ | 2/22/08 | Hajra Omarjee
    South Africa: No White Journalists At Zuma Address Business Day (Johannesburg) 22 February 2008 Posted to the web 22 February 2008 Hajra Omarjee Johannesburg AN INVITATION to African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma to address a function exclusively for black journalists today has become a public relations nightmare for the organisers. The ANC defended the move yesterday, saying that while the party was multiracial it respected the Forum for Black Journalists' "constitutional right" to organise along racial lines, and would not dictate to them. The forum, formed in 1996, relaunches in Johannesburg today. Zuma was invited as a guest...
  • Shia militia chief extends Iraq ceasefire

    02/22/2008 7:07:14 AM PST · by squidly · 12 replies · 1,006+ views
    Times Online ^ | 2/22/08 | Deborah Haynes
    Shia militia chief extends Iraq ceasefire Deborah Haynes of The Times, in Baghdad, and Times Online A pivotal ceasefire by thousands of Shia militiamen in Iraq was extended today for another six months, in a welcome boost for the US military and Iraqi Government. Hojatoleslam Moqtada al-Sadr, the powerful Shia cleric, commanded his al-Mahdi Army militia to retain the fighting freeze, which he first ordered in August and was due to expire on February 29. The news was dampened this morning, however, by confirmation today that a US marine had been killed in a battle with gunmen in western Iraq's...
  • Life of the Party: Obama's Supporters Rock Reunion Arena

    02/21/2008 6:05:29 PM PST · by squidly · 6 replies · 783+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/21/08 | not credited
    Life of the party: Obama's supporters rock Reunion Arena 12:00 AM CST on Thursday, February 21, 2008 Sha-zam! Barack Obama puts on a really great shindig – this crowd was juiced! It wasn't just the hollering section of sign wavers clustered down front for the cameras, but up in the rafters where I was, in the lumpy old Reunion Arena folding seats. *snip* They wanted to be in the same room with the man and to echo his themes – hope, change, unity, sticking it to the fat cats – generalities that his opponents have criticized as lacking "substance." The...
  • Musharraf: The Impeachment Factor

    02/20/2008 10:37:02 AM PST · by squidly · 3 replies · 644+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | 2/20/08 | Kamran Rehmat
    Musharraf: The impeachment factor By Kamran Rehmat In the next 24 hours, some contours of the next Pakistani government both at the centre and the country's four provinces will begin to take shape. As expected, the polls threw up a divided mandate that relegated embattled president Pervez Musharraf's allies to the sidelines but Pakistanis are hoping that the top gainers — the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) — will look beyond the short term lure of power. Indeed, together they have the strength — with likely help from the supporting leftwing Awami National Party (ANP)...
  • The Bride of Wildenstein

    02/20/2008 9:49:48 AM PST · by squidly · 50 replies · 3,035+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/20/08 | not credited
    This is what 2 million pounds worth of plastic surgery can do for you.
  • I urge Republicans to vote for Hillary on March 4

    02/20/2008 12:09:03 AM PST · by squidly · 164 replies · 2,579+ views
    2/20/08 | me, blatant vanity
    Hillary's campaign is obviously foundering. Only a victory in the March 4 primaries can save her. More to the point, if she wins on March 4, in Ohio and Texas, it will force a brokered Democrat Convention, and this would be the thing to throw the party into turmoil. A Hillary win in Pennsylvania on April 22 will help even more. Also on March 4 is Rhode Island and Vermont. A brokered convention is the thing that can rip the Democrat Party apart. The Obama-maniacs would lose faith, realizing that they've been screwed, and Republicans can benefit. Then, many of...
  • I miss Barry White

    02/19/2008 11:17:32 AM PST · by squidly · 22 replies · 1,682+ views
    Love Unlimited ^ | eternity | Barry White
    Just saying.
  • Bloomberg Compares Threat of Global Warming to Terrorism

    02/12/2008 1:13:28 PM PST · by squidly · 58 replies · 1,972+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 2/12/08 | Benny Avni
    Mayor Compares Threat of Global Warming to Terrorism By BENNY AVNI Staff Reporter of the Sun February 12, 2008 UNITED NATIONS — While he acknowledged that scientists are unable to predict its consequences, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday compared the scourge of global warming to the threat of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Although it is a "long-term" fight, he said, reducing gas emissions may save the life of "everybody" on the planet, the same way that fighting terrorism and its proliferation saves lives in shorter terms. Addressing a U.N. climate change conference, the mayor also announced a...
  • Barack Obama might be the best speaker I ever heard

    02/09/2008 7:54:29 PM PST · by squidly · 211 replies · 2,995+ views
    vanity ^ | 2/9/8 | Vanity
    I wouldn't vote for this guy in a million years, but dang if he isn't inspirational. He's like a revival preacher. No wonder that the useful idiots vote for him. This guy is a friggin gold mine. He's an ambassador for.... well, for something. He gives the best political speeches I've heard in my whole life. Even better than Reagan. Of course I'd vote for Reagan a million times before I'd ever think about voting for Obama, but... this guy is good. Don't underestimate him.
  • And Obama Wept

    02/07/2008 10:37:57 AM PST · by squidly · 55 replies · 2,130+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2/7/08 | Jake Tapper
    And Obama Wept February 07, 2008 9:43 AM Inspiration is nice. But some folks seem to be getting out of hand. It's as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, "Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago a Savior, who is Barack the Democrat." Obama supporter Kathleen Geier writes that she's "getting increasingly weirded out by some of Obama's supporters. On listservs I'm on, some people who should know better – hard-bitten, not-so-young...
  • More Flee Chad As Fighting Rages

    02/03/2008 11:47:06 AM PST · by squidly · 10 replies · 1,087+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/2/08 | no author listed
    More flee Chad as fighting rages PARIS, France (CNN) -- Chadian forces backed by tanks and helicopter gunships on Sunday battled rebels who claim to have trapped the president in his palace as more foreign nationals prepared to flee the north African country. The deployment of a planned European peacekeeping mission to Chad and neighboring Central African Republic has also been suspended, France's defense minister said in Paris, according to French media reports. Between 2,000 and 3,000 rebel soldiers armed with rifles were moving around N'Djamena on Sunday in pickup trucks as the Chadian troops used helicopters against them, said...
  • A New Burst of Killings in Kenya

    01/29/2008 2:09:11 PM PST · by squidly · 4 replies · 700+ views
    Time ^ | Jan. 29, 2008 | Nick Wadhams
    A New Burst of Killings in Kenya Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 By NICK WADHAMS/NAIROBI Kenyan men from the Luo tribe armed with machetes and rocks enforce a makeshift roadblock, searching passing vehicles for Kikuyus trying to flee the town in order to kill them, on the main road to the Ugandan border near the airport in Kisumu, Kenya, Monday, January 28, 2008. Even as Kenya's president and main opposition leader launched negotiations aimed breaking their violent political impasse, the crisis reached a troubling new low with news that a recently elected member of parliament had been gunned down outside his...
  • My dad in his WWII uniform

    01/24/2008 7:38:21 PM PST · by squidly · 29 replies · 1,810+ views
    me ^ | 1-24-08 | me
    He's been dead over 5 years now.
  • Some people around here need a pick-me-up

    01/22/2008 2:40:14 PM PST · by squidly · 78 replies · 1,494+ views
    Jan. 22, 2008 | me
  • So I just finished reading The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    10/25/2007 12:05:03 AM PDT · by squidly · 5 replies · 848+ views
    James Hornfischer
    I used to be a tin can sailor. Great book. Like most books, it reinforces how the admirals were wrong. But that's easy to say 60 years after the fact. As Nelson DeMille said, anyone can be a military genius with the benefit of hindsight. I continue to be amazed that the Yamato and Musashi were able to shoot 3,200 lb. shells a distance of 26 miles. In my day, we did that with missiles.
  • Iraqi woman's house hit by bullets

    08/15/2007 11:43:48 AM PDT · by squidly · 21 replies · 1,890+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/14/07 | yahoo
    An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.
  • Putin: How Worried Should the West Be?

    06/09/2007 7:30:26 PM PDT · by squidly · 17 replies · 778+ views
    Putin: How worried should the West be? Angered by western 'imperialism' and emboldened by soaring oil riches, the Russian bear is growling again. Sunday Times reporters analyse the new threat from the east and explain why it cannot be ignoredMark Franchetti in Moscow, Nicola Smith in Heiligendamm, Sarah Baxter in Washington and Richard Woods, Michael Smith and Isabel Oakeshott in London At the Russian embassy in London on Friday, the greeting to visitors was sub-zero. “What is your question?” barked an official through the intercom; he softened only when told that an appointment with the ambassador himself had been arranged....
  • Poll: Most Say U.S. Needs Warrant to Snoop

    01/07/2006 9:57:08 AM PST · by squidly · 124 replies · 2,784+ views
    AP ^ | 1/7/5
    A majority of Americans want the Bush administration to get court approval before eavesdropping on people inside the United States, even if those calls might involve suspected terrorists, an AP-Ipsos poll shows. Over the past three weeks, President Bush and top aides have defended the electronic monitoring program they secretly launched shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, as a vital tool to protect the nation from al-Qaida and its affiliates. Yet 56 percent of respondents in an AP-Ipsos poll said the government should be required to first get a court warrant to eavesdrop on the overseas calls and e-mails of U.S....
  • Top Ten Fighter Planes of All Time

    05/06/2005 2:01:49 PM PDT · by squidly · 112 replies · 14,245+ views
    The Military Channel | multiple contributors
    These are the top ten fighter aircraft ever, as chosen by the folks who choose such things at The Military Channel. The scoring system is based on five criteria: Kill ratio Fear factor (the amount of terror the plane struck in its enemies' hearts, sounds kinda subjective to me) Innovation Production rating (cost, ease of maintenance, etc.) Service length So without further ado..... 10. F/A-22 Raptor. Top of the scale on innovation and fear factor, but gets N/A for kill ratio and service length, and a low production rating due to its $200 million per plane price tag. 9. Sea...
  • Bush Remembered from Social Contacts (some National Guard stuff)

    03/14/2004 1:28:19 PM PST · by squidly · 9 replies · 108+ views
    Birmingham News ^ | 2/28/04 | Brett Blackledge
    Bush remembered from social contacts 02/28/04 BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE News staff writer George W. Bush didn't make much of an impression as a Guardsman in Alabama, but plenty of people recall him socially from 1972, with memories fond and foul. Bush is remembered by those who say they worked with him, socialized with him, even those who say he still owes them money. Winston Groom, the "Forrest Gump" author, remembers a pleasant dinner with Bush in the summer of 1972. Lobbyist Fred Crawford recalls talking baseball, lots of baseball, with Bush. Birmingham native Murphy Archibald, now a lawyer in Charlotte,...
  • Vegas Likes Dubya

    03/10/2004 9:11:09 PM PST · by squidly · 18 replies · 365+ views
    bookies ^ | 3/10/04 | bookies
    Vegas odds on the 2004 presidential election at the link above.
  • A Fetish of Candor (Bush Administration is too honest)

    12/12/2003 8:21:01 PM PST · by squidly · 38 replies · 197+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/13/01 | David Brooks
    A Fetish of Candor By DAVID BROOKS think we are all disgusted by the way George W. Bush's administration has allowed honesty and candor to seep into the genteel world of international affairs. Until the Bush team came to power, foreign relations were conducted with a certain gentlemanly decorum. The first Bush administration urged regime change in Iraq, without sullying itself with the Iraqi peasants actually trying to do it. The Clinton administration pretended to fight terrorism without committing the sin of unilateralism by trying very hard. The United Nations passed resolution after resolution condemning the government of Iraq, without...
  • GOP trying to eliminate all forms of birth control

    12/12/2003 5:51:15 PM PST · by squidly · 71 replies · 388+ views
    with the exception of abstinence. So said Erica Jong on CNN ten minutes ago, and her remarks went unchallenged by host Paula Zahn. Per Jong, partial birth abortion ban is the first step towards that end. I'm afraid the lies about the GOP coming from the left are reaching critical mass, and we haven't even officially hit election year yet.
  • Blatant CNN/HNC bias

    11/16/2003 8:22:46 PM PST · by squidly · 15 replies · 125+ views
    11/16/03 | squidly
    Just heard this on Headline News Channel a few minutes ago, paraphrasing...... "An independent report conducted in Iraq by a military/intelligence expert found no evidence that Iraqi WMD might have left the country or been given to terrorists." And that was it! On to the next story they went, didn't say whose report, didn't say when it was done, didn't give the name of any person or organization, didn't really say anything at all besides what I paraphrased within the quotation marks. The whole thing might have taken fifteen seconds. Practically subliminal messaging. This is what I hate about liberal...
  • Why no recess judicial appointments by Bush?

    08/23/2003 6:14:54 PM PDT · by squidly · 34 replies · 393+ views
    Haven't seen this discussed much if at all. Anyone's opinion is certainly welcome.
  • Britain to propose lifting Libya sanctions

    08/16/2003 9:48:45 PM PDT · by squidly · 4 replies · 215+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A Britain-sponsored draft resolution to lift U.N. sanctions against Libya could be presented to the U.N. Security Council as early as Monday.</p> <p>British officials announced the plan Saturday, one day after Libya formally accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of a U.S. airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, Voice of America reported.</p>
  • Nader says 9/11 wouldn't have happened if he were president

    08/11/2003 8:28:44 AM PDT · by squidly · 115 replies · 394+ views
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | 8/18/03 | Paul Bedard
    Nader's 9/11 Plan Get a load of this: Likely 2004 third-party presidential hopeful Ralph Nader thinks the 9/11 terrorist attacks wouldn't have happened if he had been president. He claims that amid all the big decisions new presidents have to make after inauguration, he would have ordered cockpit doors to be hardened against attack. He says an old report warning about how easy it is to get in the cockpit still sticks with him. What's more, he would have wiped out Osama bin Laden and his gang without a shot being fired. How? Bribe Osama's friends to hand him over.
  • Bush pushes for next generation of nukes

    07/06/2003 9:03:59 PM PDT · by squidly · 10 replies · 227+ views
    USA Today ^ | 7/6/2003 | Tom Squitieri
    <p>Bush pushes for next generation of nukes By Tom Squitieri, USA TODAY MERCURY, Nev. — If the Bush administration succeeds in its determined but little-noticed push to develop a new generation of nuclear weapons, this sun-baked desert flatland 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas could once again reverberate with the ground-shaking thumps of nuclear explosions that used to be common here.</p>
  • Lightning strikes preacher who asked for sign

    07/03/2003 3:15:29 PM PDT · by squidly · 30 replies · 375+ views
    Lightning Strikes Preacher Who Asked For Sign Bolt Hits Steeple, Travels Through Guest Evangelist's Microphone POSTED: 1:35 p.m. EDT July 3, 2003 UPDATED: 1:45 p.m. EDT July 3, 2003 FOREST, Ohio -- Damage to a church in Forest, Ohio, is estimated at $20,000 after a preacher asked God for a sign. A member of the First Baptist Church said a guest evangelist was preaching repentance and seeking a sign from God when lightning struck the steeple. Ronnie Cheney called the incident "awesome, just awesome!" Cheney said the lightning traveled through the microphone, blew out the sound system and enveloped the...
  • Lightning strikes preacher who asks for sign

    07/03/2003 3:08:37 PM PDT · by squidly · 4 replies · 182+ views
    Lightning Strikes Preacher Who Asked For Sign Bolt Hits Steeple, Travels Through Guest Evangelist's Microphone POSTED: 1:35 p.m. EDT July 3, 2003 UPDATED: 1:45 p.m. EDT July 3, 2003 FOREST, Ohio -- Damage to a church in Forest, Ohio, is estimated at $20,000 after a preacher asked God for a sign. A member of the First Baptist Church said a guest evangelist was preaching repentance and seeking a sign from God when lightning struck the steeple. Ronnie Cheney called the incident "awesome, just awesome!" Cheney said the lightning traveled through the microphone, blew out the sound system and enveloped the...
  • North Korea 'May Test Nuclear Bomb'

    06/29/2003 6:39:07 PM PDT · by squidly · 23 replies · 200+ views
    Nuclear tests 'by December' June 30, 2003 NORTH Korea has enough plutonium to make six to 10 nuclear weapons and could test such a weapon by the end of the year, a former US negotiator with the Stalinist state said in an interview published today. "To the best of my knowledge, based on very well-informed Washington sources, North Korea's nuclear program is moving ahead very quickly," Kenneth Quinones was quoted as saying by the Daily Yomiuri. "Basically, this means North Korea's reprocessing (of plutonium from spent nuclear fuel) is almost finished, or has finished. This means North Korea now has...
  • Newbie needs help

    06/28/2003 3:06:17 PM PDT · by squidly · 1 replies · 290+ views
    Registered back in March, but not really active until recently. What's a bump? A bump list? A ping? All help appreciated, thanks in advance.
  • Blix criticizes U.S. over Iraq

    06/23/2003 10:30:26 PM PDT · by squidly · 4 replies · 232+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/23/03 | Grant McCool
    <p>UN Arms Inspector Blix Criticizes U.S. Over Iraq By Grant McCool NEW YORK (Reuters) - The longer the United States and Britain occupy Iraq without finding weapons of mass destruction, the more conceivable it is that Baghdad destroyed them after the first Gulf War in 1991, chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix said on Monday. Blix, to retire next week after heading inspections before the U.S.-led war on Iraq began in March, also spoke critically at a think tank meeting of one of Washington's key arguments for overthrowing Iraq President Saddam Hussein. "It is sort of fascinating that you can have 100 percent certainty about weapons of mass destruction and zero certainty of about where they are," Blix said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.</p>