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  • Sumatran Rhinos Are Living Fossils

    09/13/2006 10:29:03 PM PDT · by restornu · 11 replies · 846+ views
    Cryptomundo ^ | Sept 12, 2006 | Darren Naish
    Zoologist Darren Naish has written a thoughtful essay on “Are Sumatran Rhinos Really Living Fossil?” His blog is in response to my comments on the “living fossil” issue, discussed here. I disagree with Naish’s restrictive parameters, of course, as I see this more an issue of educational semantics influenced by zoology, not ruled by it. Darren Naish’s approach is worthy of your attention and he has every right to his very informed point of view. Needless to say, in this case, I was employing the “living fossil” definition that this rhino species is “a living species/clade with many ‘primitive’ characteristics...
  • Specter and McCain Call for Investigation of NSA Spying

    12/16/2005 4:04:00 PM PST · by Goldwater-Reagan Republican · 165 replies · 2,962+ views
    To the surprise of perhaps no one, Senators Arlen Specter and John McCain have jumped on this morning's reports of NSA spying within the United States as another opportunity to grab the limelight.Report of NSA Spying Prompts Call for Probe (AP) Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter put the Bush administration on notice Friday that his panel would hold hearings into a report that the National Security Agency eavesdropped without warrants on people inside the United States. "There is no doubt that this is inappropriate," said Specter, R-Pa., calling hearings early next year "a very, very high priority." He wasn't...
  • Focus for Supreme Court Pick Is Said to Be on Diversity

    09/21/2005 9:44:32 PM PDT · by alessandrofiaschi · 61 replies · 1,388+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 22, 2005 | By ELISABETH BUMILLER
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 - President Bush is focused on Hispanics, African-Americans and women to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and he may announce his choice for her seat on the Supreme Court as early as the court's opening days in October, Republican strategists said on Wednesday. Republicans noted that it was still early in the process and that the strategists were putting forth a diverse selection of potential nominees in part to portray the White House as interested in people from politically important constituencies. The timing of the announcement, strategists said, could allow a nominee to be confirmed as early...
  • Communism and human nature (Bolshie Mod sez, Arise ye kittens of the earth!)

    04/05/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Sammy sam · 153 replies · 8,234+ views
    Many argue that communism will never be possible because of "human nature". The essence of this false argument is the belief that a communist society would consist of an all-powerful central government that would tell everybody what to do--and would therefore undermine the creative initiative of individuals and the search for happiness. • This argument is based on two false assumptions: (1) It assumes that a communist society will look like the former Soviet Union, or the current China, North Korea, etc (ie: corrupt police states with a feudal-style ruling class) (2) It assumes that people will only work in...
  • UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses

    07/16/2005 6:52:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies · 2,139+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Jul 14 2005 | Aoife White UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses Aoife White Thu Jul 14, 9:38 PM ET BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP)--A U.N. panel created to recommend how the Internet should be run in the future has failed to reach consensus but did agree that no single country should dominate. The United States stated two weeks ago that it intended to maintain control over the computers that serve as the Internet's principal traffic cops. In a report released Thursday, the U.N. panel outlined four possible options for the future of Internet governance for world leaders to consider at a November "Information...
  • Red Alert... list of Left groups plan to surround the Whitehouse on Sept 24th

    07/14/2005 12:53:28 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 127 replies · 8,101+ views
    Here is the list so far for sponcers to this hate America fest: ANSWER Code Pink UFPJ NION Al Awda World Workers Party Ruckas Revolutionary Communist party ACORN Campus Antiwar Network International Socialist Org Greens Party Muslim Student Association CPUSA
  • Prehistoric badger had dinosaurs for breakfast

    01/13/2005 5:32:06 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies · 1,330+ views ^ | 01/12/05 | Michael Hopkin
    Prehistoric badger had dinosaurs for breakfast Michael Hopkin Fossil of a surprisingly large, carnivorous mammal is discovered in China. This artist's impression shows how the metre-long mammals might have looked. © Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences Archaeologists have dug up a new species of mammal that roamed China during the reign of the dinosaurs. The creature was large enough to feast on young dinosaurs, exploding the myth that all of the mammals living back then were relatively tiny. Repenomamus giganticus, as the creature has been christened, was more than a metre long, about the size...
  • Recent News! They discover proof that Atlantis did not submerge complete but only one part...

    01/06/2005 11:36:29 AM PST · by Maria Fdez-Valmayor · 65 replies · 7,946+ views
    Atlantis News Agency. APP. EFE. AFP. Madrid. Spain. ^ | 01-06-2005 | Antonio Beltrán Martinez
    Recent News! They discover proof that Atlantis did not submerge complete but only one part...By Salvador Morales. Atlantis News Agency. Madrid, Spain. 01-06-2005. The Spanish investigator and scriptologist, Georgeos Diaz-Montexano, has discovered paleographical proofs that in fact the island or peninsula (Nêsos) denominated like Atlantis or Atlantic, it was divided in two parts below the sea. To date all atlantologists and students of the Timaeus and the Critias de Plato had thought that in texts of the Greek philosophist narrated the collapse of the all island or Atlantis peninsula, nevertheless, Georgeos Diaz-Montexano has reviewed the oldest texts known writings in...
  • Specter Questions Patriot Act in Hearing

    01/06/2005 8:16:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 776+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/6/05 | Laurie Kellman - AP
    WASHINGTON - Raising the gavel with a grin, Senate Judiciary Committee (news - web sites) Chairman Arlen Specter opened his first hearing Thursday by allowing more criticism of the Bush administration than his predecessor and by questioning some of the Patriot Act's police powers. With his changes, questions and comments, Specter proclaimed his independence and said he expected the same from Alberto Gonzales, President Bush (news - web sites)'s nominee to be attorney general. "While Judge Gonzales is the appointee of the president ... he's representing the people of the United States, a key distinction which I'm pleased to say...
  • MSNBC Reports: Up to 6 other Sentors may join Barbara Boxer in contesting the election.

    01/06/2005 7:20:07 AM PST · by Next_Time_NJ · 274 replies · 14,364+ views
    MSNBC is now reporting that up to 6 other senators (1 possible republican) will give statements of support for contesting the election. There were no names given. Barbara Boxer is confirmed to be the only senator on record to say she is now going to contest the election along with Conyers and a few others from congress. The report went on to say that the debate (if all 6 come on board) will only be about 30 minutes, due to the 5 minute rule per senator. The report also said that Bush's victory his not in jepordy. I still think...
  • Brian Williams (NBC Anchor's Official Political Affiliation, Democrat)

    12/02/2004 12:11:35 AM PST · by huac · 28 replies · 4,641+ views
    MSNBC ^ | December 2004 | MSNBC
    "Prior to his broadcasting career, Williams worked in the White House during the Carter administration, beginning as a White House intern."
  • Getting Ready for the Supreme Court battle

    11/30/2004 7:22:51 PM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 64 replies · 4,876+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2004 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are preparing to implement a sophisticated, multipronged plan to confirm President Bush’s expected nomination to replace ailing Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Well-funded liberal groups are also ramping up their efforts to block any conservative nominee. Activists working with White House and Senate staffers say the 80-year old Rehnquist’s battle with thyroid cancer has sharply focused attention. The controversy over comments that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), incoming Judiciary Committee chairman, made downplaying the chances of anti-abortion-rights nominees being confirmed also accelerated planning. “The groups on the center-right are prepared to mobilize at a moment’s notice,” said Jay...
  • Judiciary Committee Endorses Specter Despite 66,443 CENTER Petitions

    11/23/2004 9:56:01 AM PST · by concretebob · 22 replies · 573+ views
    Reclaim America ^ | 19 November 2004 | Sam Kastensmidt
    On November 18, Dr. Gary Cass, executive director of the CENTER FOR RECLAIMING AMERICA, delivered 66,443 petitions to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s Chief of Staff and each Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asking the senators to “do everything in your power to prevent Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) from serving as the next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.” Dr. Cass also delivered petitions to Senator Arlen Specter’s staff, asking him to withdraw his candidacy for the position.
  • Conservatives urge closer look at marriage

    11/22/2004 12:20:52 PM PST · by freeparella · 17 replies · 685+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | November 21, 2004 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK -- "Protection of marriage" is now the watchword for many activists fighting to prevent gays and lesbians from marrying. Some conservatives, however, say marriage in America began unraveling long before the latest gay-rights push and are pleading for a fresh, soul-searching look at the institution. "When you talk about protecting marriage, you need to talk about divorce," said Bryce Christensen, a Southern Utah University professor who writes frequently about family issues. While Christensen doesn't oppose the campaign to enact state and federal bans on gay marriage, he worries it's distracting from immediate threats to marriage's place in society....
  • FOX NEWS, John Podesta, "Hillary, as the VP..."

    11/18/2004 5:44:54 AM PST · by bannie · 28 replies · 2,753+ views
    Fox News ^ | 19 NOV 94 | self
    THIS AM...on Fox News, Podesta was being interviewed about the library. When asked about the extend of the displays about shillery, he said that...she was important..."as the vice president." He didn't say, "as was the vice president."
  • CNN's Inside politics report that Rove offered Nelson (D. Ne) Sec of Agriculture..Rove is BRILLIANT

    11/17/2004 1:01:51 PM PST · by ken5050 · 225 replies · 12,412+ views
    INside politics..CNN
    Judy (hmmm?) Woodruff just had a report that Karl Rove had offered Nebraska Sen Ben Nelson the post of Secretary of Agriculture. Nelson is up in 2006...and facing a hard race from popular GOP Gov Mike Johanns. Nelson is among the most conservative of Senate Dems..Does this make sense, because Nelson votes with the GOP on most of the key issues..?
  • UN Security Council to Discuss Sudan

    11/18/2004 5:11:23 AM PST · by Haro_546 · 6 replies · 626+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday November 18, 2004 11:46 AM | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Thursday to issue ``the strongest warning'' to the forces fighting in Sudan to bring an end to the civil wars there. Annan's comments were made to Security Council members in Kenya's capital, where they have begun extraordinary meetings on the violence and humanitarian crisis in Sudan. ``I regret to report that the security situation in (the western region of) Darfur continued to deteriorate despite the cease-fire agreement signed earlier,'' Annan said. ``Both the government and its militias as well as the rebel groups have breached these...
  • Democrats Question Kerry's Campaign Funds

    11/18/2004 5:04:46 AM PST · by Hawk44 · 21 replies · 1,842+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/18/2004 | Ron Fournier
    WASHINGTON - Democratic Party leaders said Wednesday they want to know why Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) ended his presidential campaign with more than $15 million in the bank, money that could have helped Democratic candidates across the country. Some said he will be pressured to give the money to Democratic campaign committees rather than save it for a potential White House bid in 2008. "Democrats are questioning why he sat on so much money that could have helped him defeat George Bush (news - web sites) or helped down-ballot races, many of which could have gone our...
  • Clinton 'Elvis' Library to Include Monica

    11/14/2004 5:58:21 PM PST · by hope · 63 replies · 2,329+ views
    News Max ^ | 11-14-04
    Reprinted from Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004 5:45 p.m. ESTClinton 'Elvis' Library to Include Monica As Bill Clinton's library is unveiled at a gala opening this week, one thing is certain: His messy legacy will be on full display. One alcove will be dedicated to impeachment, and organizers have promised not to sidestep even Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones. The 58-year-old political superstar is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year to his library. "Bill Clinton is a rock star," said Skip Rutherford, head of Clinton's nonprofit foundation that built the $165 million library. "He is Elvis."...
  • The Long View (Betcha didn't know Hillary's an Evangelical Christian!)

    11/16/2004 7:02:43 AM PST · by EA_Man · 326 replies · 6,032+ views
    NRO ^ | 11/15/2005 | Rob Long
    From "Light the Lamp!": The monthly newsletter of the Holy Flame Pentecostal Church of Little Rock, Ark. We welcome back to the area Senator Hillary Clinton (D., N.Y.), who has been spending so much time here in Little Rock lately that she's practically joined the church choir! "I'm here spending time at my husband's library," she told the Lamp when we caught up with her after a Sunday camp meeting, "and of course, I always take time to worship God in as evangelical a way as is feasible, given time and location constraints. As you know, I consider myself an...
  • The Long View

    11/18/2004 4:19:27 AM PST · by solsrchr2 · 46 replies · 1,982+ views
    By Rob Long EDITOR'S NOTE: This article appears in the November 29, 2004, issue of National Review. Church Newsletters From All Over From "Light the Lamp!": The monthly newsletter of the Holy Flame Pentecostal Church of Little Rock, Ark. We welcome back to the area Senator Hillary Clinton (D., N.Y.), who has been spending so much time here in Little Rock lately that she's practically joined the church choir! "I'm here spending time at my husband's library," she told the Lamp when we caught up with her after a Sunday camp meeting, "and of course, I always take time to...
  • The "nuclear option" will be used only for Supreme Court Nominees (last paragraph)

    11/18/2004 4:00:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,561+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | Nov. 17, 2004 | NA
    (The) "nuclear option," (is) a parliamentary maneuver to effectively change Senate rules so that only a simple majority is needed to end a filibuster of a judicial nominee. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said he has not decided whether he would invoke that option next year. Robert F. Bennett, R-Utah, the chief deputy majority whip, said such a move would occur only if Democrats filibuster a Supreme Court nomination. It's the last paragraph in the source link.
  • Woman on CBS writes in local paper thanking Sen. Spector for NO DRAFT comments

    09/29/2004 2:51:00 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 5 replies · 552+ views
    Northeast Times ^ | 9/9/2004 | Beverly Cocco
    Thank you, Sen. Specter I had the opportunity to speak to U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter at his recent town meeting in Northeast Philadelphia. During the question-and-answer section, I identified myself along with my friend, Cookie Catinella, as officers of Parents Against the Draft. I asked the senator about the prospect of a draft in the future. He was adamant that there will be no draft and eloquently explained to everyone why it was important that we finish up in Iraq, what our future plans are, and why there will be no draft or any need for one. We found Sen....

    11/15/2004 8:54:19 PM PST · by KMC1 · 40 replies · 2,146+ views
    WMCA - New York ^ | 11.15.2004
    FRIST THOUGHTS ON SPECTOR: And they more than seem to dispute Hugh Hewitt's curious defense of a Senator who looks increasingly questionable in his support for the BUSH agenda... Frist on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace - describing Arlen's dilemma: "Arlen made some statements the day after the election. They were disheartening to me. They were disheartening to a LOT of different people. He made those not as chairman of the judiciary committee but as an individual Senator. And he has the right to make that. Over the last week he has taken the opportunity to explain to a...