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Rockefeller Refers to Obama’s Science Czar as ‘Walking on Water’

CNS | Aug 19, 2009

By Terence P. Jeffrey

Obama Science(CNSNews.com) – In a recent congressional hearing, Senate Commerce Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D.-W.V.) told John P. Holdren, President Barack Obama’s science czar, that he sometimes refers to Holdren as “walking on water.”

Holdren is director the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and a top adviser to the president on climate-change policy.

In writings published in past years, Holdren has advocated “de-development” of the United States and redistribution of wealth both within and between nations.

In a 1973 book, Holdren said: “The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being.”

At a July 30 hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee focusing on climate change, Sen. Rockefeller complimented Holdren, using terms that alluded to one of the miracles recounted in the Gospels.

“The president, I think, has surrounded himself with some of the most brilliant choices,” said Rockefeller at the hearing. “Dr. Holdren, I don’t want to embarrass you, but I sometimes refer to you as walking on water.”

The hearing specifically looked at the administration’s plans to coordinate federal efforts in researching climate change and the possible creation of a National Climate Service, which would make “forecasts and projections” about climate change. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke testified along with Holdren.

“Well, I think clearly a national climate service is badly needed,” Locke told the committee.

“And this agency or service must provide climate modeling in terms of forecasts and projections,” Locke said. “People need to understand what’s coming down the road and it needs to provide regional and national assessments of climate change so that people in different parts of the region can understand—can get as much as possible tailored scientific information as it pertains to them and their livelihoods and their future.”

Holdren said the administration favored the idea of a climate service. “The administration recognizes the need to move forward with the climate services concept,” he said.

When Sen. Maria Cantwell (D.-Wash.) asked Holdren about the threat of “abrupt climate change,” Holdren said America should be ready for it.

“Dr. Holdren, should we be planning for abrupt climate change, and what are the potential consequences of that?” asked Cantwell. “And how do we get the additional research that we need in that area?”

“Well, senator,” said Holdren, “the first thing I would say is we’re already finding climate change is becoming more abrupt than we expected, even a few years ago. Many different aspects of climate change are happening more rapidly than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted in its recent reports.”

“It could become more abrupt,” Holdren said. “Nobody knows for sure. Our understanding of all the details is not adequate to say exactly which potential tipping point might be crossed that would cause some of the climactic changes that we’re experiencing to accelerate drastically, but we should be ready for it.”

At the end of the hearing, Sen. Rockefeller paid tribute to Holdren.

“The president, I think, has surrounded himself with some of the most brilliant choices,” Rockefeller said. “Dr. Holdren, I don’t want to embarrass you but I sometimes refer to you as walking on water.

“That may be the end of your career,” Rockefeller said. “But, you know, we brought that 5 percent carbon guy from New Hampshire and had him sit right where you are and he told us all about it because you told me about it. A really superb technical scientific team. And everything else: The questions we ask and how do Americans understand all of this and react to it is incredibly important. But what we need to know that is already in place and working is the top part of the team–spreading out and coordinating superb thinking, superb arguments and, you know, a superb policy.”

“So, I, frankly, it’s one of the most exciting things about this administration is just the presence of all of you,” said Rockefeller. “And on that dour note, the hearing is over.”

(The “5 percent carbon guy” Rockefeller referred to is Frank Alix, CEO of Powerspan, a Porstmouth, N.H., company developing technology to remove carbon from coal-burning emissions. Alix told the committee in testimony in March that the 36% of overall U.S. carbon emissions that come from coal could be reduced to 5% with deployment of technology that reduces the carbon in emissions from coal-burning facilities by 90%.)

Before joining the Obama administration, Holdren was director of the Woods Hole Research Center and a professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He formerly taught at the University of California.

In 1995, Holdren co-wrote an essay with Paul Ehrlich and Gretchen Daily of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford, in which he argued that mankind should face up to the need for a “world of zero net physical growth” and “population limitation.”

The essay is listed among “Recent publications” on Holdren’s curriculum vitae posted at the Woods Hole Web site. (Ehrlich is the author of The Population Bomb, a 1968 bestseller that made the case for zero population growth.)

The 1995 essay by Holdren, Ehrlich, and Daily was printed as the first chapter of a book published by the World Bank entitled, “Defining and Measuring Sustainability: The Biogeophysical Foundations.” The book is available online at the World Bank Web site.

“We know for certain, for example, that: No form of material growth (including population growth) other than asymptotic growth, is sustainable,” wrote Holdren, Ehrlich and Daily. “Many of the practices inadequately supporting today’s population of 5.5 billion people are unsustainable; and [a]t the sustainability limit, there will be a tradeoff between population and energy-matter throughput per person, hence, ultimately, between economic activity per person and well-being per person.

“This is enough,” Holdren, Ehrlich and Daily wrote, “to say quite a lot about what needs to be faced up to eventually (a world of zero net physical growth), what should be done now (change unsustainable practices, reduce excessive material consumption, slow down population growth), and what the penalty will be for postponing attention to population limitation (lower well-being per person).”

In this 1995 essay, the authors also argued for global wealth redistribution. “Table 1-1” in the essay was labeled: “Ills That Development Must Address.” In this table, “excessive population growth” and “maldistribution of consumption and investment” were listed as among “driving forces” behind the ills that confront the human race.

“Excessive population growth,” the authors said, is “a condition now prevailing almost everywhere.”

In “Table 2-2” of the essay, Holdren and his co-authors listed what they called “Requirements for Sustainable Improvements in Well-Being.” Among these were “reduced disparities within and between countries.”

“The large gaps between rich and poor that characterize income distribution within and between countries today,” they wrote, “are incompatible with social stability and with cooperative approaches to achieving environmental sustainability.”

“Human Ecology,” a 1973 book that Holdren co-authored with Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich, called for population control, de-development of the United States, and redistribution of wealth both within and between nations. The book is also listed under “Recent publications” on Holdren’s curriculum vitae posted on the Woods Hole Web site.

“Political pressure must be applied immediately to induce the United States government to assume its responsibility to halt the growth of the American population,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote in the “Synthesis and Recommendations” chapter of this book. “Once growth is halted, the government should undertake to influence the birth rate so that the population is reduced to an optimum size and maintained there.”

“A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States,” the authors wrote in the same chapter of “Human Ecology.”

“The need for de-development presents our economists with a major challenge,” they wrote. “They must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is much more equitable distribution of wealth than in the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential, if a decent life is to be provided for every human being.”

On page 235 of “Human Ecology,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs said the following about when a fetus develops into a “human being:” “The fetus, given the opportunity to develop properly before birth, and given the essential early socializing experiences and sufficient nourishing food during the crucial early years after birth, will ultimately develop into a human being. Where any of these essential elements is lacking, the resultant individual will be deficient in some respect.”

When CNSNews.com reported on this passage in ‘Human Ecology” last month, the White House Press Office did not respond to emailed and telephoned inquiries about it.

At his confirmation hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee in February, Holdren was not asked about this passage in “Human Ecology” about when a baby develops into a “human being.”

When Holdren was asked in his confirmation hearing by Sen. David Vitter (R.-La.) what he believes the right population would be today for the United States, Holdren said his views on population control had changed since 1973.

“I no longer think it is productive, senator,” he said, “to focus on the optimum population for the United States. I don’t think any of us know what the right answer is.”

Holdren also said in his confirmation hearing that he did not think it was the proper role of government to determine the optimal population.

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Racist hate-monger Hal Turner trained to be an “Agent Provocateur” by FBI

Hal Turner
Harold “Hal” Turner, right, of North Bergen, N.J., leaves Superior Court in Hartford on Monday, June 22, 2009, after he was arraigned on a charge of inciting violence against state lawmakers. (JESSICA HILL / AP / June 22, 2009)

Hartford Courant | Aug 18, 2009

Lawyer: FBI Trained Hal Turner As An “Agent Provocateur”


HARTFORD — – Internet blogger Harold “Hal” Turner’s attorney said today that Turner’s background as an FBI informant will be a key part of his defense to charges that he incited violence against two state legislators and a state ethics official.

Superior Court Judge David P. Gold on Tuesday authorized Michael A. Orozco, a New Jersey attorney, to represent Turner. Turner did not appear again in court Tuesday because he remains in federal custody without bail in Chicago, where he is accused of threatening three federal judges.

In asking Gold to allow Orozco to represent Turner, Turner’s Connecticut lawyer, Matthew R. Potter, said Orozco has a long-term legal relationship with Turner, plans to bring a complicated First Amendment defense and is familiar with Turner’s background as an FBI informant.

That role as an informant for the FBI is a key part of the defense, Orozco said outside court.

Orozco said Turner was trained by the FBI as “an agent provocateur.”

“Mr. Turner was trained by the FBI,” Orozco said. “He was told where the line was — what he could say.”

In his comments on his blog that brought the state and federal charges, Turner did not cross that line, Orozco said.

Orozco said Turner worked for the FBI from roughly 2002 to 2007.

“His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner that would cause their arrest,” Orozco said.

The comments for which he is charged came after he left the service of the FBI, Orozco said.

Turner stopped working for the FBI on his own, Orozco said. He declined to say who the targets of his comments were.

“If you compare anything he said when he was operating, there’s no difference” to what he posted on his blog that led to the criminal charges, Orozco said.

He is scheduled to go to trial on the federal charges on Oct. 5. His next court date in Hartford is set for October 19.

Swedish paper’s organ harvesting article draws Israeli outrage

Op-ed piece: Israeli soldiers may have harvested organs from dead Palestinians

Writer says he wants inquiry and has received death threats

CNN | Aug 19, 2009

By Tricia Escobedo

(CNN) — Israel has expressed outrage about a Swedish newspaper article that called for an investigation into claims that Israeli soldiers may have harvested organs from dead Palestinians.

“The article was a shocking piece of blatant racism,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told CNN on Wednesday.

“This kind of medieval blood libel cannot be tolerated in any society and the Swedish public and government have to condemn and reject this appalling [incitation] before it actually encourages someone to commit hate crimes.”

Israel — through its ambassador in Stockholm, Sweden — is asking Sweden’s government to condemn the article, Palmor said.

When contacted by CNN, Sweden’s Foreign Office had no comment on the report, which was published Tuesday night, only saying that they “have free media” in Sweden.

But Sweden’s ambassador to Israel rejected the article, saying Sweden’s Embassy “cannot but clearly distance itself” from it.

The article was an op-ed written by freelance journalist Donald Bostrom, who has traveled to the Middle East numerous times. It was printed in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

Bostrom, who spoke to CNN from Stockholm, said he has received several death threats about the opinion piece.

“What I’m doing in my article is giving a range of examples of very active organ trafficking going on [in Israel],” he said.

He wrote the piece in reaction to a recently unveiled corruption scandal in New Jersey that allegedly involved the private sale of a kidney from a donor in Israel.

Bostrom stressed that he has no proof that Israeli soldiers were stealing organs, and that the purpose of his opinion article was to call for an investigation into numerous claims in the 1990s that such activity was going on. One of those claims is from the family of Bilal Ahmed Ghanem, a 19-year-old Palestinian man who was shot and killed in 1992, allegedly by Israeli forces, in the West Bank village of Imatin.

“I was present that night, I was a witness,” Bostrom said.

He said Ghanem’s body was taken away and returned several days later by the Israeli military with a cut in his midsection that had been stitched up. Ghanem’s family said they believed that his organs had been removed.

After that incident, at least 20 Palestinian families told Bostrom that they suspected the Israeli military had taken the organs of their sons after they had been killed by Israeli forces, and their bodies taken away — presumably for routine autopsies.

“I was in the West Bank 50 times in the early ’90s when I experienced this,” Bostrom said. “I think it should be further investigated.”

In his op-ed, Bostrom calls on the International Court of Justice — the principal judicial body of the United Nations — to investigate the allegations.

There has been no official reaction to the claims from Palestinian leaders.

Bostrom said the families had offered to have the bodies exhumed in order to prove their claims that their relatives’ organs had been taken.

He had arranged to investigate the claims — along with a camera crew and a medical examiner — for a television news piece. But he said the report was later scrapped because of the closure of the West Bank and Gaza, and Bostrom said no human rights groups were interested in investigating the claims.

The Israeli military routinely carries out autopsies on Palestinians killed by their forces, a point that Bostrom included in his article. Bostrom said he has doubts about the necessity of the procedures if it is clear how the person died.

A United Nations account said that Ghanem’s death was investigated by the Israeli military, which concluded that Ghanem, who it said was 20 years old, “may have been killed when a group of reservists passing through the town opened fire in response to rocks being thrown at them.”

Bostrom denied that Ghanem was throwing rocks at Israeli forces at the time of his death, saying he was wanted by Israel for a previous incident.

Bostrom was critical of comments from Sweden’s ambassador to Israel, Elisabet Borsiin Bonnier, who called the article “as shocking and appalling to us Swedes, as it is to Israeli citizens.”

But she noted that Sweden has a free press “just as in Israel,” although it comes with “a certain responsibility.”

That responsibility, the ambassador said, “falls on the editor-in-chief of any given newspaper.”

Bostrom said the newspaper has stood by its decision to publish his article and he has not been contacted by the Swedish government.

But he has received hundreds of messages asking him to recant his position, or worse.

“I have an e-mail here … saying, ‘The Nazis should die and you will be next. We will meet you outside, you will be the next news very soon. Meet you outside,” Bostrom said.

When asked if he was afraid, he said, “Yeah, I’m concerned.”

2009 could be the coldest year on record for Saskatchewan

2009 Coldest Year on Record?

Nine months in a row of below normal temperatures in Saskatchewan

newstalk650.com | Aug 19, 2009

By Erin Slobodian

2009 could very well be the coldest year on record for Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada’s top weatherman Dave Phillips says we’ve had colder than normal temperatures since December. “I could only find one year where you had nine consecutive months of cooler than normal, so it really is historic in the wrong way so to speak.”

So far, it has been the second coldest summer in Saskatchewan in nearly 100 years. But, Phillips says a warm-up is on the way for the rest of August through to October.