Daily Archives: November 12, 2007

Clinton dupe shills with canned question on global warming hoax

 “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…The real enemy, then, is humanity itself….Bring the divided nation together to face an outside enemy, either a real one or else one INVENTED for the purpose…”

– The First Global Revolution: A Report by the Council of Rome

· Team asked student to raise climate issue

· Second incident lifts veil on campaign management

Guardian | Nov 12, 2007

Planted question damages Clinton in key primary state

by Ed Pilkington

Hillary Clinton’s reputation for calculated political orchestration has been enhanced after a member of her staff was caught out in the crucial primary battleground of Iowa planting a tame question in the audience.

The Clinton campaign operation in Iowa was forced to admit that it had set up the question on climate change at a town hall rally in Newton last Tuesday. The meeting had been an important set-piece for Clinton, with several members of the national media present.

After Clinton spoke, a student in the crowd was invited to pose a question. “As a young person, I’m worried about the long-term effects of global warming. How does your plan combat climate change?” the student asked.

Clinton replied: “Well, you should be worried. You know, I find as I travel around Iowa that it’s usually young people who ask me about global warming.”

The cover was blown on the orchestrated nature of the exchange a few days later when the Grinnell college website reported that one of its students, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, had been encouraged to asked the question by a Clinton employee. “One of the senior staffers told me what to ask,” she said.

Clinton’s spokesman admitted the question had been arranged but said: “This is not standard policy and will not be repeated again.”

Over the weekend, a second case emerged of an Iowan apparently steered towards a tame question, on this occasion about Iraq at a campaign event in April.

Any appearance of crowd manipulation is highly sensitive for Clinton, as it plays to her negative image – keenly projected by her Republican opponents – as a robotic politician who will stop at nothing to get her point across.

It is particularly incendiary in Iowa, a state deeply proud of its homely caucus style of elections and suspicious of outside interference. The revelation of planted questions is also a rare insight into the nature of the election process, which has been meticulously stage-managed by all the serious candidates in both main parties. The race is more heavily funded and closely choreographed than any previous American election, yet the campaigns maintain the illusion that they are engaged in organic dialogue with voters.

This is nowhere more apparent than in Iowa, whose first count in the primary calendar on January 3 has led it to be swamped by candidates. Clinton alone has more than 200 full-time staff in the state.

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London’s top cop under fire for “missing” $12 million in “expenses”

Claims that Met officers fiddled £6m expenses hit embattled Blair

Shadow Attorney General adds to pressure on Commissioner amid Lawrence leak claim

Independent | Nov 11, 2007

By Brian Brady and David Connett

The embattled Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, faced fresh pressure to resign last night after Dominic Grieve, the shadow Attorney General, demanded his dismissal. Sir Ian had discredited Scotland Yard and lost the confidence of the public by “placing himself above the law” in an attempt to block an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, Mr Grieve said.

In a letter to the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, he called on her to ” act decisively” and replace Sir Ian with a “commissioner who can command public confidence”. Mr Grieve accused Sir Ian of acting in ” clear breach of his statutory duties and the will of Parliament”.

The pressure on Sir Ian intensified last night after it was revealed that an internal inquiry was looking into allegations that £6m in expenses had gone missing over the past three or four years.

Detectives are alleged to have paid for holidays, jewellery and luxury goods such as flat-screen televisions on American Express cards issued by the force for booking accommodation and flights during investigations. The Met’s professional standards unit is expected to speak to hundreds of officers and examine 3,000 credit card accounts.

Scotland Yard confirmed that two detectives had been arrested on suspicion of theft. They are believed to be from the SO15 counter-terrorism squad. Lord Harris, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority’s corporate governance committee, told the News of the World: “The slowness of the Met’s leadership to respond to recommendations from their internal auditors has been a source of constant annoyance to me. We have been tightening up these processes and that is why these abuses are being uncovered.”

Mr Grieve’s call is the latest in a succession of demands for Sir Ian’s resignation. He suffered a vote of no confidence from the London Assembly last week after his force was fined £175,000 at the Old Bailey for endangering the public with a series of “fundamental failures” during the botched operation in which the innocent Brazilian was mistaken for a potential suicide bomber and shot dead. Ms Smith has insisted repeatedly that she has full confidence in the Commissioner, and Gordon Brown went out of his way to praise Sir Ian’s “creditable” achievements.

In an interview for BBC1’s Andrew Marr programme, to be broadcast today, the London Mayor, Ken Livingstone, said: “We are all pretty determined we are not going to have a media campaign drive a Commissioner from office… We have never had that before and we cannot allow it.”

Meanwhile, senior Scotland Yard officers denied claims that the Met leaked new information about the Stephen Lawrence murder case last Wednesday to divert attention from Sir Ian’s difficulties. The claim was made by Michael Mansfield QC, who acts for Doreen and Neville Lawrence, who were ” disturbed and angered” by the leak. Police sources said there was ” absolutely no evidence” of a leak.

Top London Cop’s behaviour is simply criminal

The worst crime of all is that this shocking man is still in his job

Telegraph | Nov 11, 2007

By Simon Heffer

Can you imagine the shamelessness and moral depravity of someone who is paid a huge sum of money to do a job, singularly fails to do it, is rebuked by those to whom he is accountable for this failure, yet refuses absolutely to acknowledge any wrong on his part, and to dismiss any notion that he should resign from his post? Well, of course, you don’t have to imagine such a situation. You just need to observe the conduct this week of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair.

In the past 10 days, the Met has been found guilty of breaking health and safety laws by killing Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005 when he was mistaken for a terrorist. This may be an absurd conviction to result from such an appalling act: but it is a conviction none the less, and it reflects on the failings of the command structure at the head of which sits Sir Ian.

Then, this week, the London Assembly passed a vote of no confidence in him, and the Metropolitan Police Authority has signalled that it will hold one on November 22.

Finally, the Independent Police Complaints Commission published a report into the Stockwell shooting that accused Sir Ian of obstructing its inquiries. He would seem, as they used to say in The Sweeney, to be bang to rights.

However, as I write, this preposterous man is still in his job. His complete ignorance of his own inadequacy is symbolised by the fact that he seeks a £25,000 performance bonus, something his blameless deputy has declined. Frankly, the way Sir Ian is carrying on, he should be paying the Government, rather than the other way round.

Above all, it is the public and their welfare that are forgotten in this disgusting series of events. The police force – or service, as Sir Ian saponaceously refers to it – is crucial in a civilised society. It is the means of protecting the law-abiding majority against the malevolent minority. Sir Ian absurdly said he would go if he felt he had lost the confidence of his officers. He lost that long ago: he should see some of the emails they send me.

They regard him as not being a proper policeman (he has spent the past 20 years sitting mostly behind a desk or on committees) and being obsessed with ingratiating himself with his political masters. You don’t stop much crime doing that.

But the worst crime of all is that this shocking man is still in his job. It is one the Home Secretary should solve without further delay.

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Brazilian man did nothing suspicious: Report

People’s Daily | Nov 9, 2007

The chairman of a police watchdog body said yesterday that a Brazilian man killed by armed officers two years ago because he was mistaken for a suicide bomber had done nothing out of the ordinary to arouse suspicion.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)’s report on the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, released yesterday, made 16 recommendations for changes in policy and procedure to prevent a repetition of the incident on July 22, 2005.

London’s Metropolitan Police were convicted a week ago of violating health and safety regulations by placing the public in danger in the anti-terrorist operation that led to the shooting. During the trial, a lawyer for the police suggested that de Menezes had behaved suspiciously, and it was suggested he may have been a drug user.

Harriet Wristrich, a lawyer for de Menezes’ family, said the family might try to take their concerns to the European Court of Human Rights over “fundamental issues” about the accountability of police officers who kill people.

“The family remain determined to uncover the whole truth surrounding the tragic shooting and, where evidence allows, hold those officers individually accountable,” Wristrich said.

Nick Hardwick, chairman of the IPCC, said there must be no attempt to blame de Menezes for his fate.

“He did nothing out of the ordinary. He hurried down the final few steps of the escalator when he heard a train was already on the platform. And like other passengers he got to his feet when police officers burst on to the train,” Hardwick said.

“These actions may have been misinterpreted by police officers hunting a suicide bomber, but they were entirely innocent.”

Police have said de Menezes was mistaken for Hussain Osman, who was subsequently convicted of being one of the would-be suicide bombers who had attacked London’s transport system the day before the Brazilian was killed.

“I am satisfied that the death of Jean Charles de Menezes has been a catalyst for significant improvements in the way in which the police deal with the threat of suicide terrorism,” Hardwick also said.

“Those improvements make it less likely that there will be other innocent victims of police shootings but … much more likely that the police will be able to respond effectively to an actual terrorist threat. London and Londoners should be safer as a result. It should not have taken the death of an innocent man to achieve that.”

The publication of the report had been delayed until the completion of the trial of the Metropolitan Police for health and safety violations. The police chief, Sir Ian Blair, said the department had seen the IPCC report 20 months ago and had implemented many of the recommendations.

Following the conviction of the police department last week, leaders of opposition parties reacted to the verdict by calling for Blair to resign as commissioner of Metropolitan Police, but he refused and has been supported by Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government.

Scientists suggest cutting calories to save the planet

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…The real enemy, then, is humanity itself….Bring the divided nation together to face an outside enemy, either a real one or else one INVENTED for the purpose…”

– The First Global Revolution: A Report by the Council of Rome

AP | Nov 11, 2007

By SETH BORENSTEIN

WASHINGTON — America’s obesity epidemic and global warming might not seem to have much in common. But public health experts suggest people can attack them both by cutting calories and carbon dioxide at the same time.

How? Get out of your car and walk or bike half an hour a day instead of driving. And while you’re at it, eat less red meat. That’s how Americans can simultaneously save the planet and their health, say doctors and climate scientists.

The payoffs are huge, although unlikely to happen. One numbers-crunching scientist calculates that if all Americans between 10 and 74 walked just half an hour a day instead of driving, they would cut the annual U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, by 64 million tons.

About 6.5 billion gallons of gasoline would be saved. And Americans would also shed more than 3 billion pounds overall, according to these calculations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering public promotion of the “co-benefits” of fighting global warming and obesity-related illnesses through everyday exercise, like walking to school or work, said Dr. Howard Frumkin, director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.

“A simple intervention like walking to school is a climate change intervention, an obesity intervention, a diabetes intervention, a safety intervention,” Frumkin told The Associated Press. “That’s the sweet spot.”

Climate change is a deadly and worsening public health issue, said Frumkin and other experts. The World Health Organization estimated that 160,000 people died in 2000 from malaria, diarrhea, malnutrition and drownings from floods — problems that public health and climate scientists contend were worsened by global warming. Officials predict that in the future those numbers will be higher.

The American Public Health Association, which will highlight the health problems of global warming in April, is seeking to connect obesity and climate change solutions, said executive director Dr. Georges Benjamin.

“This may present the greatest public health opportunity that we’ve had in a century,” said University of Wisconsin health sciences professor Dr. Jonathan Patz, president of the International Association for Ecology and Health.

The key is getting people out of the car, Patz and Frumkin told the public health association at its annual convention. Reducing car travel in favor of biking or walking would not only cut obesity and greenhouse gases, they said, it would also mean less smog, fewer deaths from car crashes, less osteoporosis, and even less depression since exercise helps beat the blues.

In a little-noticed scientific paper in 2005, Paul Higgins, a scientist and policy fellow with the American Meteorological Society, calculated specific savings from adopting federal government recommendations for half an hour a day of exercise instead of driving.

The average person walking half an hour a day would lose about 13 pounds a year. And if everyone did that instead of driving the same distance, the nation would burn a total of 10.5 trillion calories, according to the scientist, formerly with the University of California at Berkeley. At the same time, that would cut carbon dioxide emissions by about the same amount New Mexico produces, he said.

“The real bang for the buck in reducing greenhouse gas emissions was from the avoided health expenses of a sedentary lifestyle,” said Higgins.

But it’s not just getting out of the car that’s needed, said Dr. Robert Lawrence of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. A diet shift away from heavy meat consumption would also go far, he said, because it takes much more energy and land to produce meat than fruits, vegetables and grains.

Recent studies support that argument. Last year the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that the meat sector of the global economy is responsible for 18 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Much of that is indirect, including the fertilizer needed to grow massive amounts of feed for livestock, energy use in the whole growing process, methane released from fertilizer and animal manure, and transportation of the cattle and meat products.

Similar calculations were made in a study in September in the medical journal Lancet.

The average American man eats 1.6 times as much meat as the government recommends, Lawrence said. Some studies have shown eating a lot of red meat is linked to a higher risk for colon cancer.

As for fighting obesity and global warming by walking and cycling, don’t expect people to do it easily, said Kristie Ebi. She’s a Virginia public health consultant and one of the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

Citing the decades-long effort to curb smoking, she said, “It turns out changing people’s habits is very hard.”

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In his enviro-propaganda flick, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore claims nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred in the last decade. That’s been a common refrain for environmentalists, too, and one of the centrepieces of global warming hysteria: It’s been really hot lately — abnormally hot — so we all need to be afraid, very afraid. The trouble is, it’s no longer true.

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Ban cloning or it will happen, say researchers

Associated Press | Nov 11, 2007

LONDON — The international community faces a stark choice: outlaw human cloning or prepare for the creation of cloned humans, U.N. researchers said Saturday.

Previous attempts to reach a binding worldwide treaty foundered over divisions on whether to outlaw all cloning or permit cloning of cells for research.

The best solution may be to ban human cloning but allow countries to conduct strictly controlled therapeutic research, including stem-cell research, according to the report from the Japan-based United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies.

Almost all countries oppose human cloning, and more than 50 nations have introduced laws banning it. But lack of binding global legislation gives scientists an opening to create human clones in countries where bans do not exist.

“Failure to outlaw reproductive cloning means it is just a matter of time until cloned individuals share the planet,” said Brendan Tobin, a human-rights lawyer who co-authored the report.

“If failure to compromise continues, the world community must accept responsibility and ensure that any cloned individual receives full human-rights protection,” he said.

Cloning-research proponents argue it offers great hope for producing replacement tissue and the potential for a cure for several diseases.

The report recommends permitting cloning cells for research — but not cloning aimed at duplicating a person or animal.

Oil price rise fueling one of the biggest transfers of wealth in history

Iran, Russia and Venezuela Feel the Benefits

Washington Post | Nov 10, 2007

By Steven Mufson

High oil prices are fueling one of the biggest transfers of wealth in history. Oil consumers are paying $4 billion to $5 billion more for crude oil every day than they did just five years ago, pumping more than $2 trillion into the coffers of oil companies and oil-producing nations this year alone.

The consequences are evident in minds and mortar: anger at Chinese motor-fuel pumps and inflated confidence in the Kremlin; new weapons in Chad and new petrochemical plants in Saudi Arabia; no-driving campaigns in South Korea and bigger sales for Toyota hybrid cars; a fiscal burden in Senegal and a bonanza in Brazil. In Burma, recent demonstrations were triggered by a government decision to raise fuel prices.

In the United States, the rising bill for imported petroleum lowers already anemic consumer savings rates, adds to inflation, worsens the trade deficit, undermines the dollar and makes it more difficult for the Federal Reserve to balance its competing goals of fighting inflation and sustaining growth.

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