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  • Russia Claims North Pole for Itself, Plants Titanium Russian Flag on Floor of Arctic Ocean

    09/01/2015 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/05/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    Russia formally staked its claim Tuesday to a large portion of the Arctic Ocean that includes the North Pole, even planting a flag on the floor of the ocean below the area to exercise its control. If the United Nations committee that arbitrates sea boundaries accepts Russia’s claim, the waters will be subject to Moscow’s oversight on economic matters, including fishing and oil and gas drilling, though Russia will not have full sovereignty. Under a 1982 United Nations convention, the Law of the Sea, a nation may claim an exclusive economic zone over the continental shelf abutting its shores. If...
  • Secretary Kerry Still Pushing Law Of The Sea Treaty

    04/01/2013 8:11:56 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 1, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Diplomacy: After a reprieve from international regulation of our guns, another sovereignty-grabbing U.N. treaty, a pet project of our secretary of state, is still being pushed to declare the oceans the common heritage of mankind. In the pre-dawn hours last Saturday, the U.S. Senate approved by 53-46 a measure "to uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty." But a seemingly harmless cousin, the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), remains on the table, with its champion, former Sen. John Kerry, now our secretary of state. Kerry gave a speech...
  • U.N. Disabilities Treaty Would Limit U.S. Sovereignty

    11/29/2012 4:17:47 PM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | November 29, 2012
    Rights: The Senate is considering a treaty which says "disability is an evolving concept" and which would infringe on U.S. sovereignty and the right to raise our children as American families see fit. Those who thought that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) adequately guaranteed the rights of the handicapped to have access to all facets of American life were apparently wrong. The U.S. Senate is considering ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which President Obama signed in 2009 and which goes well beyond mandating wheel-chair ramps for public buildings. CRPD doesn't even bother to...
  • Condoleezza Rice supports selling out US Sovereignty via the Law of the Sea treaty

    07/17/2012 7:20:58 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies
    I post this as a differentiator. You can find plenty of information about Condi and the LOST treaty during the Bush years, but it can be common for people to do what the administration they're currently involve with wants done, despite it being counter to what they believe. Or they've had a change of opinion over time. This is not the case in Condi's case, her position is clear outside of the Bush Administration. She does not support American sovereignty. Her opinion is her own. Time to Join The Law of the Sea Treaty (May 30th 2012) BY HENRY KISSINGER,...
  • John Kerry’s secretary of state dry run

    07/17/2012 6:38:57 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 17 July 2013 | Jessica Meyers
    Sen. John Kerry has the perfect audition piece for the secretary of state job he appears to covet — the long-stalled Law of the Sea treaty. He’s come armed with a throng of industry backers and pleas from the country’s top officials. But a cadre of conservatives remains determined to sink it. The international treaty, which governs use of the world’s oceans and affects everyone from shippers to telecom companies, has withered in the Senate for almost two decades. If Kerry fails to slip it through this session, the Foreign Relations Committee chairman doesn’t just miss out on the lead...
  • Sea Treaty all but dead, 34 GOP senators oppose

    07/16/2012 1:14:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 103 replies ^ | 7/16/12 | Donna Cassata - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A treaty governing the high seas is all but dead in the Senate as two Republican senators announced their opposition Monday, giving conservative foes the necessary votes to scuttle the pact. Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire — both mentioned as possible running mates for likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney — said they had serious concerns about the breadth and ambiguity of the Law of the Sea treaty and would oppose it if called up for a vote. The Constitution requires two-thirds of the Senate — 67 votes — to ratify...
  • Senator Toomey opposes LOST

    07/13/2012 2:29:25 PM PDT · by finnsheep · 9 replies
    Senator Toomey
    July 13, 2012 Dear Ms. ****, Thank you for contacting me about Senate ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). I appreciate hearing from you. As you may know, UNCLOS is the international agreement that resulted from the third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea (1973-1982). The treaty would establish territorial sea limits, navigational rights, rules to govern commercial and military use of the sea, and a system for settling disputes between nations. It would also include environmental provisions. I share your concerns about the possible impact of this proposed treaty and oppose...
  • Obama To Sign Anti-Second Amendment U.N. Gun Grab

    07/09/2012 5:59:29 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 113 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 9, 2012
    Second Amendment: The United Nations is putting the finishing touches on an Arms Trade Treaty that transcends borders and may even trample our Constitutional right to bear arms. Every indication is that the president will sign it. Like the New Start and Law of the Sea treaties before it, as well as the Kyoto Protocol and Agenda 21, the Arms Trade Treaty being finalized at the U.N. this month is one of those feel-good, can't-we-all-get-along pieces of parchment whose net effect is to accomplish little except to eat away at American sovereignty and freedom. Just as the world's worst human...
  • 20 Republican Senators are Still LOST at Sea; Please Sign the Letter ASAP and Do Your Job

    06/14/2012 11:07:33 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies
    Redstate ^ | June 12th | checkmate2012
    As another hearing is scheduled for this Thursday at 10:00am on the Senate floor and we get closer to a June vote on the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), I would like to call out attention on the remaining 20 Republican Senators that have not yet signed the letter to Sen. Reid which would block the passage of this bill. Yes I wrote about this few weeks ago in hopes that RedStaters would help prod their Senators into getting on board to stop this UN agenda. There has been some success since my last diary, probably due to your...
  • Alabama Bans U.N. Agenda 21 Sovereignty Surrender

    06/07/2012 7:44:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2012
    Property Rights: Few have heard of Agenda 21, the U.N. plan for sustainable development that tosses property rights aside. But Alabama has, and it recently secured a victory as important as that over union power in Wisconsin. After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's stunning triumph over the excesses and abuses of public-sector unions, the London Telegraph's James Delingpole, an indefatigable opponent of global warming fraud, opined in a piece titled, "How Wisconsin And Alabama Helped Save The World," that we should take note of "an equally important but perhaps less well-publicized victory won in the Alabama House and Senate over the...
  • U.N. Law Of The Sea Treaty Must Be Stopped

    05/25/2012 4:45:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | May 23, 2012
    Geopolitics: The administration begins the push for ratification of a 1982 treaty that would end America's sovereignty on the high seas, limit our freedoms on land and speed up the global redistribution of wealth and power. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Sen. John Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations Committee last Wednesday that the freedom of the sea once guaranteed by the British Royal Navy and then the U.S. Navy should be in the hands of United Nations bureaucrats in Montego Bay, Jamaica, enforcers of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) he said we must ratify. It used to be that...
  • Obama's Land of the LOST

    05/24/2012 9:39:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    What's green and blue and grabby all over? President Obama's new pressure campaign for Congress to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The fight over LOST goes back three decades, when it was first rejected by President Ronald Reagan. He warned that "no national interest of the United States could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth's surface over to the Third World." According to top Reagan officials William Clark and Ed Meese, their boss believed the "central, and abiding, defect" was "its effort to promote global government at the expense of sovereign nation states --...
  • Clinton, military leaders plead for sea treaty

    05/23/2012 1:31:23 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 28 replies
    CNS News (AP) ^ | 5/23/2012 | Donna Cassata (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and military leaders implored conservative Republicans on Wednesday to approve a long-spurned high seas treaty, saying it would create jobs, open a new path to oil, gas and other resources and bolster national security. Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made a rare joint appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to make the case for the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. The United States is the only major nation that has refused to sign the...
  • Obama Seeks Sovereignty Surrender Via LOST Treaty

    05/09/2012 2:38:14 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012
    Sovereignty: Even if he's not re-elected, the president hopes to leave behind a treaty giving a U.N. body veto power over the use of our territorial waters and to which we'd be required to give half of our offshore oil revenue. The Law Of The Sea Treaty (LOST) has been lurking in the shadows for decades. Like the Kyoto Protocol that pretended to be an effort to save the earth from the poisoned fruit of the Industrial Revolution, LOST pretends to be an effort to protect the world's oceans from environmental damage and remove it as a cause of potential...
  • US House puts oceans, coasts under UN: Senate vote will seal the deal

    09/23/2010 8:24:21 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 141 replies ^ | 9-22-2010 | Carmen Reynolds, Paul McKain and Karen Schoen
    Piece by piece, America being given away “It’s too late; it’ll just have to be stopped in the Senate,” Tom, the young male answering the phone in U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio)Washington D.C. office, said about HR 3534 (CLEAR Act). This is the globalist bill designed to give away our land, oceans, adjacent land masses and Great Lakes to an international body, and makes us pay $900 million per year until 2040. HR 3534 is a thinly disguised permanent roadblock to American energy which drives American companies out of the Gulf, delays future drilling, increases dependency on foreign oil, implements...
  • To The Shores Of Tripoli Somalia

    12/17/2008 5:57:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 701+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 17, 2008
    Law Of The Sea: The U.S. seeks U.N. authorization to fight Somali pirates from the air, on land and at sea. When American cruise ships become targets, maybe it's time to renew a proud tradition: Send in the Marines.On Tuesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice formally presented to a special U.N. session on Somalia a draft Security Council resolution saying that member states fighting against piracy "may take all necessary measures ashore in Somalia, including its airspace, to interdict those who are using Somali territory to plan, facilitate or undertake acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea and to...
  • LOST: Law of the Sea Treaty

    02/18/2009 5:19:25 PM PST · by shielagolden · 17 replies · 1,834+ views ^ | 02/18/09 | William F. Jasper
    The United States Senate may vote very soon on one of the most far-reaching and dangerous treaties our government has ever considered for ratification: the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST). The treaty, which has simmered on the back burners of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for decades, would give the United Nations control and jurisdiction over the world's oceans, nearly three-quarters of the surface of our planet. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface and...
  • Bush supports ratification of sea treaty to administer Arctic

    01/13/2009 5:22:59 AM PST · by thackney · 28 replies · 883+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 12th, 2009 11:46 PM | TOM KIZZIA
    In one of its last official acts, the Bush administration released a comprehensive policy Monday for the Arctic regions, addressing the growing number of boundary, resource development and shipping disputes in the fast-changing waters north of Alaska's coast. The Bush presidential directive takes no startling new policy turns, but it does emphasize the outgoing president's support for Senate ratification of the Law of the Sea treaty, an international agreement blocked by some conservative Republicans. The directive asserts that the Northwest Passage through Canada is an international shipping route and calls for building up the U.S. presence in the region to...
  • Can treaties be abolished rescinded or canceled ? (VANITY)

    11/07/2008 5:42:46 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies · 699+ views
    november 7th | Me
    With an impending Obama presidency, what's gonna happen with the law of the sea treaty? If any president signs any international treaty, doesn't that become a part of the constitution? How can that be fixed by a future president/congress? I've never read anything that deals with this kind of precedent, if it even exists.
  • Has Sen. Murkowski LOST her mind?

    07/25/2008 3:14:47 PM PDT · by Delacon · 23 replies · 148+ views ^ | Friday, 25 July 2008 | Chris Horner
    As Planet Gore readers likely know, Congress currently prohibits the federal government to sell leases for energy production along the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). As the Congressional Research Service Office has put it, “OCS moratoria, which prohibit leasing on most federal offshore lands, have been an important issue in the debate over energy security and the potential availability of additional domestic oil and gas resources. Congress has enacted the moratoria for each of fiscal years 1982-2006 [NB: now 2008] in the annual Interior Appropriations bill.” This prohibition expires at the end of this (and every other) fiscal year. It...
  • North Pole control will be decided in orderly way: Arctic countries

    05/28/2008 8:22:30 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 4 replies · 58+ views
    Cnews ^ | 5/28/08 | Jan M. Olsen
    Michael Byers, professor of global politics and international law at the University of British Columbia, said Ottawa should pay closer attention to co-operation with its Arctic neighbours and not engage in "conflict and heated rhetoric." Byers said Canada cannot back up strong words with the hardware needed to assert sovereignty in the North. Byers and other critics say Canada's surveillance and control of the North falls short, even with Ottawa's recent plans for a bigger military presence. Norway, the United States, Denmark and Russia also have claims in the vast region. Denmark is gathering scientific evidence to show that the...
  • UN Double Talk from Straight Talker McCain

    01/15/2008 1:27:04 PM PST · by AuntB · 19 replies · 795+ views
    Family security matters ^ | January 15, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    The State, the most prominent paper in South Carolina, has endorsed Sen. John McCain for president, saying he understands the issues and has integrity and independence. But on one of the big issues – the role of the United Nations in world affairs – this so-called “Straight Talker” has been guilty of double talk. McCain has taken contradictory positions on Senate ratification of the UN’s Law of the Sea Treaty. The measure, which creates an independent source of revenue for the United Nations, is now pending in the Senate, of which McCain is a member. This is not an obscure...
  • The More People Know About Sea Treaty, The Less They Support It

    10/31/2007 3:55:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies · 113+ views
    The National Center for Public Policy Research ^ | October 31, 2007 | Press Release
    For Release: October 31, 2007 Contact: David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or The More People Know About Sea Treaty, The Less They Support It Senate Committee Approves Treaty, But With Sharp Increase in Opposition Statement of David A. Ridenour, Vice President, The National Center for Public Policy Research on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on the Law of the Sea Treaty this morning: The more people learn about the Law of the Sea Treaty, the less they like it. That's the message from this morning's vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Although the Committee voted to...
  • Possibly the Final Push for the Law of the Sea Treaty

    10/30/2007 3:11:41 PM PDT · by Baladas · 17 replies · 103+ views ^ | October 30, 2007 | Paul Weyrich
    The Law of the Sea Treaty (“LOST” to opponents, “UNCLOS” to supporters) is up for a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this Thursday, November 1. The State Department pushed this treaty in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was President. He rejected it, primarily because of Part XI of the Treaty, which regulates minerals on the seabed outside any sovereign state's territorial waters. It establishes an International Seabed Authority (ISA) to authorize seabed exploration and mining and collect and distribute the seabed mining royalty. President Reagan strongly objected to the provisions of Part XI, saying that they were unfavorable to...
  • Group: Giuliani M.I.A. on LOST Treaty

    10/27/2007 2:41:06 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 16 replies · 391+ views
    NewsMax ^ | October 27, 2007
    In a press release, the Coalition to Preserve American Sovereignty acknowledges the growing field of G.O.P. Presidential candidates who publicly have expressed opposition to the Law of the Sea Treaty or LOST. Former NYC mayor and GOP frontrunner Rudy Giuliani is notably missing from the field. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, through a statement by his spokesperson published October 26, has become the latest Presidential candidate to oppose LOST, notes the group: "Governor Romney has concerns with the Law of the Sea Treaty. He believes giving unaccountable international institutions more power is a serious problem." Other Presidential candidates who have...
  • Law of the Sea Treaty on Fast Track to Ratification

    10/16/2007 12:06:35 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 62 replies · 70+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 12th | Lt. Col. Oliver North
    In his 2004 State of the Union Address, President Bush said, “America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country.” Members of both parties and Houses of Congress applauded. But if the U.S. Senate votes to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea — known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, or its appropriate acronym, LOST — he and his successors are going to need lots of permission slips. In 1982, Ronald Reagan, concerned about the treaty’s implications for our sovereignty and national security, formally rejected LOST because it did “not...
  • The Law of the Sea Treaty, or LOST

    10/11/2007 8:59:34 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 2 replies · 282+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 10/11/07 | Duane Lester
    Have you heard anything about the Law of the Sea Treaty? If not, you should take the time to educate yourself. Here are a few news stories and videos about the U.N. move to dominate 70% of the Earth’s surface.
  • Another U.N. Power Grab

    10/08/2007 11:14:15 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 9 replies · 445+ views
    The Opinion Journal ^ | 10-08-07 | BY WILLIAM P. CLARK AND EDWIN MEESE
    It is an impressive testament to the abiding affection and political influence of former President Ronald Reagan that the fate of a controversial treaty now before the U.S. Senate may ultimately turn on a single question: What would Reagan do? As we had the privilege of working closely with President Reagan in connection with the foreign policy, national security and domestic implications of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (better known as the Law of the Sea Treaty or LOST), there is no question about how our 40th president felt about this accord. He so strongly...
  • Senator Calls Treaty a "Disaster" For America

    10/07/2007 12:47:54 AM PDT · by river rat · 30 replies · 1,297+ views
    Acuracy in Media ^ | Oct 05, 2007 | Cliff Kincaid
    Liberal Senate Democrats and the U.S. State Department are desperate to get the U.N.'s Law of the Sea Treaty ratified. But Senator David Vitter, a conservative Republican, keeps getting in the way. Through skillful questioning during Thursday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, the Louisiana Republican got a leading treaty supporter to acknowledge that America's enemies can manipulate the process of mandatory dispute settlement under the treaty so that the United Nations Secretary-General plays the key role in the outcome. Vitter called this a "recipe for disaster" for America and urged more hearings into the treaty's flaws.
  • An Establishment push for the Law of the Sea Treaty

    10/04/2007 11:32:29 AM PDT · by yorkie · 29 replies · 558+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 3, 2007 | Paul Weyrich
    How well I recall the Panama Canal Treaty fight of thirty years ago. The political establishment was adamantly in favor of the Treaty. The people were against it. There were two political consequences of the ratification of the Treaty. Many Democratic Senators insisted they knew better than the people. The first of these was Senator Thomas J. McIntyre (D-NH). “I was elected by the people. I know more than they do. Of course, I am in favor of the Treaty.” Well, no. The people knew better than he did. He made that statement in 1977. The following year a co-pilot...
  • Heritage Foundation: Dangerous Seas Ahead

    10/04/2007 12:57:13 PM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 17 replies · 603+ views
    Fox News ^ | September 28, 2007 | Baker Spring and Brett D. Schaefer
    The United States has always been defined by the oceans. For centuries they’ve separated our nation from potential invaders. They also have served as a lifeline, providing abundant food in colonial times and vital trade today. About 20 percent of the world’s oceanbourne trade passes through American ports. So it makes sense that the Bush administration would want to protect America’s freedom of access to the oceans. Unfortunately, it’s trying to take a big step in the wrong direction. For the second time in three years, President Bush has asked the Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the...
  • U.N. Wants to Tax World with Sea Treaty

    09/26/2007 6:14:03 AM PDT · by kellynla · 23 replies · 127+ views ^ | September 25, 2007 | Jim Meyers
    An international treaty under consideration by the Senate would seriously undermine the economic clout the U.S. currently wields at the United Nations. Approval of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a 25-year-old international treaty regulating use of the world’s oceans, is steaming ahead in the Senate, where committee hearings have been scheduled to begin on Sept. 27. Among other provisions, UNCLOS would levy a tax on members’ undersea operations, requiring nations to pay up to 7 percent of their sea-mining revenues. There are some 400 million barrels of oil and large untapped reserves of natural gas...
  • Rubber Stamp?

    09/25/2007 1:15:08 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 21 replies · 81+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 9/25/2007 | Frank J. Gaffney
    Rubber Stamp?By Frank J. Gaffney Jr. | 9/25/2007 Come Thursday, the future of the United States Senate will begin to take shape. On that day, the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee will begin the first of two days of hearings on the ratification of one of the most momentous international agreements in memory: the United Nation’s Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). If all goes according to the proponents’ plan, few Senators will have any idea what LOST entails before they are asked to vote for it. The working assumption is that many legislators will be inclined to do...
  • Conservatives Mobilize Against Law of the Sea Treaty

    09/10/2007 12:03:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 725+ views
    Human Events ^ | September 10, 2007 | Cliff Kincaid
    Angering conservatives on the critical issue of national sovereignty, the Bush Administration is supporting a plan by Senator Joseph Biden, D-De., to stage a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on September 27 in order to usher the controversial U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty to the Senate floor for a quick vote. Biden, chairman of the committee and a Democratic presidential candidate, was a leader of the effort to defeat Bush’s pick of John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Conservatives are hoping the facts about President Reagan’s rejection of the measure, mainly on the grounds that it was a...
  • Will A U.N. Navy Defend America?

    08/28/2007 3:16:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies · 1,229+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | August 28, 2007 | Cliff Kincaid
    Lee Hamilton, the former Democratic Congressman from Indiana, reports in an August 27 column in the Indianapolis Star that the Senate will vote in September whether to join the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The treaty, the most comprehensive and potentially dangerous ever devised, would dramatically affect the ability of the U.S. to compete for oil and gas and precious minerals in the oceans of the world. The New York Times is the latest liberal paper to endorse the treaty, arguing in an August 25 editorial that "unless the United States joins up, it could very...
  • Chant in unison with dilated pupils: 'Eco-cult, Eco-cult, Eco-cult...'

    05/20/2007 6:23:53 AM PDT · by Valin · 40 replies · 916+ views ^ | 3/28/07 | Craig Read
    With $20 billion per annum in public funding the modern earth cult can easily spend some nickels to attract cult members. I can well imagine that soon, on prime time TV, [or a gay sitcom], will be the tax-payer funded eco-cult recruitment, 'You must join us' advert. It will show a wide expanse of meadow populated by masses of automatons with arms outstretched resembling a fuehrer cult rally. Their laconic voices will repeat the intonation, 'save the earth the earth goddess...' The camera will sweep in and out showing mindless, fixated faces with dilated pupils staring upwards, saliva seeping...
  • Rudd defends 'reckless' anti-whaling plan

    05/20/2007 3:40:15 AM PDT · by Dundee · 1 replies · 190+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 20, 2007 | Jessica Marszalek
    FEDERAL Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has defended Labor's plan to intercept Japanese whaling vessels after the Government said the idea was doomed to fail. Under Labor's plan, unveiled yesterday, Australian navy ships would be sent to intercept and board whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean. Labor would also make formal representations to Japan about its whaling program and take the country to international courts such as the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull today called the plan dangerous, reckless, counterproductive and "clearly not thought through". He said it...
  • LOST At Sea

    05/18/2007 12:33:54 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 22 replies · 971+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 18 May 2007 | Staff
    International Law: Why does an administration that says we don't need a "permission slip" to defend ourselves seem determined to sign away our freedom of the seas to the United Nations? The question is as valid today as it was when we asked it two years ago. We were grateful then that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., had successfully defeated an attempt by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., to revive the flawed treaty vetoed by President Ronald Reagan more than two decades earlier. During her confirmation hearings for secretary of state in January 2005, Condoleezza Rice was asked by Foreign...
  • Oceans in Crisis, but U.S. Slow to Act (not that's just our problem!)

    08/10/2006 9:20:51 AM PDT · by cogitator · 14 replies · 526+ views
    ENS ^ | August 7, 2006 | J.R. Pegg
    WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2006 (ENS) – The federal government is failing to respond to alarming evidence that the oceans are in crisis, ocean experts told a Senate panel last week. Two years after a federal commission called on the Bush administration and Congress to aggressively overhaul the nation's ocean policy, key recommendations have not been implemented and critical ocean research efforts face deep funding cuts. The state of the oceans is not good and "is getting worse," said Leon Panetta, a former California Congressman and cochair of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. Pollution, overfishing and coastal runoff are damaging...
  • Ocean of Profits

    05/10/2006 9:53:15 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 5 replies · 362+ views
    The Objectivist CEnter & The Atlas Society ^ | May 9, 2006 | Edward Hudgins
    by Edward Hudgins What do Britain's astronomer royal Martin Rees and Australian environmentalist David Leary of Macquarie University have in common? Both are concerned that someone might be making profits on outer and inner space frontiers where there are no government regulators or bureaucrats to be found. In 2002 Rees regretted the possibility that private companies might get to Mars before governments do and make it into another Wild West. Today Leary laments that six companies are selling products derived from the deep ocean and that eight other companies are moving in to make bucks at the bottom of the...
  • United Nations Law-of-the-Sea Treaty Threatens U.S. Sovereignty

    04/08/2005 7:23:12 PM PDT · by Archon of the East · 47 replies · 892+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | June 20th 2004 | Tom DeWeese
    United Nations Law-of-the-Sea Treaty Threatens U.S. Sovereignty Written by Tom DeWeese Sunday, June 20, 2004 ~~o~~ Those driving the battle to entangle the United States in the United Nations’ Law-of-the-Sea Treaty (LOST) are fighting back, determined to paint any opponent as a radical who is out of touch with the way the world really works. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and his allies are mad because they had hoped to sneak LOST through the Senate before anyone noticed. Opponents to the treaty foiled that trick and blasted it to the nation. Americans rose up in protest and now...
  • Oil Industry Says Joining 'Law of the Sea' Treaty Could Add to US Reserves

    03/29/2005 5:38:09 AM PST · by lentulusgracchus · 38 replies · 1,018+ views
    Cox News Service ^ | March 18, 2005 | Nicolas Brulliard
    A U.N. treaty governing the oceans could clear the way for U.S. oil companies to tap deep oil and gas reserves offshore, which supporters say would bolster America's energy security. But that access might be blocked, because conservatives opposed to the multinational treaty are fighting hard to keep a strong Senate majority from ratifying the pact. When Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice called in January for prompt ratification of the treaty, she gave American oil companies their best hope yet to tap oil and gas reserves lying under thousands of feet of seawater. <snip>.......... In 2003, about 62 percent of...
  • "River Kwai Syndrome" Plays in Law of the Sea

    03/24/2005 7:35:12 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 9 replies · 612+ views
    Proceedings U.S. Naval Institute ^ | March 2005 | Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
    Commentary "River Kwai Syndrome" Plays in Law of the Sea Frank J. Gaffney Jr. Proceedings, March 2005 Discuss this article in the eForum. In 1957, Hollywood created the unforgettable image of military men throwing themselves into a construction project, having lost sight of the fact that the result could be used by the enemy to the grave detriment of their comrades and country. Unfortunately, nearly 50 years after The Bridge on the River Kwai entered the public consciousness, the Navy seems afflicted with the same syndrome as it encourages U.S. ratification of the controversial U.N. Convention on the Law of...
  • Sink the Law of the Sea Pact

    02/16/2005 6:05:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 423+ views
    American Conservative Union ^ | February 15, 2005 | David A. Keene
    So it is with the so-called Law of the Sea treaty negotiated by the late Elliott Richardson and others like him back in the ’70s, rejected by Ronald Reagan in the early years of his presidency and ignored by the Senate when Bill Clinton tried to revive it in the ’90s. But now, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has moved it out of the file of dead ideas to the front burner with a promise to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) that the Bush administration wants it to be ratified as soon as possible. Thus, Bush is...

    02/03/2005 12:59:29 AM PST · by LarkNeelie · 9 replies · 661+ views ^ | 12/03/05 | Lark
    LAW OF THE SEA TREATY UPDATE: We may be very close to victory on The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). Our sources on the Hill tell us that Majority Leader Bill Frist is inclined to let LOST die an unceremonious death; saying, "the (conservative) 'base' does not want LOST." Thank you to all of you who have participated in this Blast Fax campaign... you are most definitely having an effect. For those of you who are still considering participating... NOW is a good time. We do not want to declare victory prematurely, but one final push may be all...
  • Lugar, Rice, & Others Pushing For Law Of the Sea Treaty (LOST) Passage

    01/26/2005 6:44:05 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 53 replies · 1,104+ views
    American Conservative Union | American Conservative Union
    Senator Richard Lugar wants to give the United Nations the same collection of villains and rogues who brought you the oil for food scam the means to raise your taxes. You read that right! Richard Lugar, with the backing of Condoleezza Rice and other members of the administration, are once again pushing for ratification of The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) which will allow the United Nations to impose taxes on each and every one of us. Many of you may remember that we won this battle last year, when Senator Lugar tried to steamroller LOST through the Senate...
  • ** ACTION ALERT ** OPPOSE Law Of the Sea Treaty (LOST)

    01/27/2005 9:08:25 AM PST · by davidosborne · 16 replies · 456+ views ^ | |
    Related THREAD on this subject: Lugar, Rice, & Others Pushing For Law Of the Sea Treaty (LOST) Passage WHY WOULD REPUBLICAN SENATORS SUPPORT LOST? Big oil and multi-national firms support LOST because it would codify U.S. rights to explore and mine the ocean up to 200 miles from the American coast and would let the United States stake claims to seabeds outside that limit. LOST means big money for big oil and other multi-national firms and it could actually be of some benefit -- in the short term -- to the U.S. economy. Also, many of the big oil firms...
  • Under All That Ice, Maybe Oil

    12/01/2004 12:59:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies · 5,134+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 30, 2004 | ANDREW C. REVKIN
    The ice-cloaked Arctic Ocean was once apparently a warm, biologically brewing basin so rich in sinking organic material that some scientists examining fresh evidence pulled from a submerged ridge near the North Pole say the seabed may now hold significant oil and gas deposits. This is just one of many findings from a pioneering expedition that in late summer sent dozens of scientists and technicians on three icebreakers - one with a drilling rig nine stories tall - into the drifting, crunching plates of sea ice to retrieve the first long-term record of climate and ocean conditions there. The expedition...
  • Law of the Sea Treaty Threatens Sovereignty

    11/24/2004 8:38:12 AM PST · by LarkNeelie · 24 replies · 655+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Nov 24, 2004 | Paul Weyrich
    ...LOST would have our country surrender its sovereignty on the seas to a body called the International Seabed Authority (ISA), whose membership is stacked in favor of Third World nations. If the Senate ratifies LOST, we will have given the ISA the authority to determine what rights our country will have to mine minerals located on the ocean floor and the right to tax their extraction only hope that conservatives across this nation will come to the defense of our country’s sovereignty by making it absolutely clear, in no uncertain terms, where they stand. If everyone does, I am confident...
  • Rescuing the Law of the Sea

    08/21/2004 9:41:24 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 10 replies · 362+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | 08/22/04 | Editoral
    worthy global treaty has been awaiting Senate ratification for 22 years. If a tiny but noisy group of xenophobic activists, assisted by a callow Senate leadership, have their way, it will wait forever. And the world, the oceans and the strategic interests of the United States will be the poorer. The treaty in question is the Law of the Sea, which, despite its soporific name and noble intent, has inspired lively ideological warfare over the years. Written in 1982 under United Nations auspices, it gives each nation control over its own coastal waters - an "exclusive economic zone" extending 200...