James | 1 Feb 07:42 2007
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UN report to paint bleak picture of global warming

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/01/31/climate-ipcc.html?ref=rss

UN report to paint bleak picture of global warming

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | 4:54 PM ET
CBC News

An authoritative report on global warming will say it is "very likely"
— or 90 per cent certain — climate change is caused by humans burning
fossil fuels, and warns of rising temperatures, sea levels and extreme
weather in the coming century, according to leaked drafts of the
report.

Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
representing 100 nations are working on the final wording of the
report expected to be released Friday in Paris.

The fourth such report since 1990, it is widely expected to include
the strongest wording yet on the impact burning fossil fuels has on
climate change and to say significant changes could start to appear in
the next ten years.

According to drafts, the report will forecast a temperature increase
of two to four degrees Celsius by the year 2100, which would lead to a
rise in sea levels and in extreme weather, such as drought and heat
waves.

Hurricanes are also for the first time considered "more likely than
not" linked to climate change, with the report predicting fewer but
more powerful versions of the tropical storms.
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James | 1 Feb 07:44 2007
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Trust us, we're the media

http://www.straight.com/article-67107/trust-us-were-the-media

Trust us, we're the media

By Mitchell Anderson
Publish Date: January 25, 2007

[UVic climate-change expert Andrew Weaver says editors must realize
they are being used by those who want to delay taking action. Diana
Nethercott photo.]

Global warming is an unproven theory. Trying to stop it will cost the
economy dearly and accomplish nothing. It is being promoted by
envionmentalists as a cynical ploy to raise money.

Reading statements like these, does it seem like you are looking at a
Canadian daily newspaper?

It should.

Like many North American media outlets, Canadian newspapers have been
supplying the public with such a steady diet of misinformation and
skewed science on the critical issue of global warming that it might
best be described as journalistic malpractice.

Hyperbole? Hardly.

Consider this: would it be ethical for a news editor today to publish
an opinion piece by a tobacco-industry-funded "expert", now long
inactive within the scientific community, stating that there is no
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karl | 1 Feb 08:13 2007
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Re: UN report to paint bleak picture of global warming

Oh well, if the UN say so....

pleeez

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Subject: [DADL-OT] UN report to paint bleak picture of global warming

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/01/31/climate-ipcc.html?ref=rss

UN report to paint bleak picture of global warming

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | 4:54 PM ET
CBC News

An authoritative report on global warming will say it is "very likely"
— or 90 per cent certain — climate change is caused by humans burning
fossil fuels, and warns of rising temperatures, sea levels and extreme
weather in the coming century, according to leaked drafts of the
report.

Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
representing 100 nations are working on the final wording of the
report expected to be released Friday in Paris.

The fourth such report since 1990, it is widely expected to include
the strongest wording yet on the impact burning fossil fuels has on
climate change and to say significant changes could start to appear in
(Continue reading)

Peter T. Chattaway | 1 Feb 09:29 2007
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the screwtape letters -- the movie!

No joke.

http://filmchatblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/screwtape-letters-movie.html

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Lucas John | 1 Feb 10:53 2007
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Re: Musical Movies

Only one star for The Music Man???
Great story, great songs great characters
I'd give it 5 stars.


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Lucas John | 1 Feb 10:59 2007
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Re: Musical Movies

I seemed to know that this was the type of film where the
> characters break out in song.

====================
Like Pennies From Heaven did. Another movie that I thought was great that bombed.


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Lucas John | 1 Feb 11:43 2007
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This is the week that was in matters musical

This is the week that was in matters musical …
1945, The Andrews Sisters' "Rum & Coca Cola" is the #1 pop hit and will become the biggest seller of the year …
1956, Buddy Holly records for the first time for Decca at a session in Nashville …
1958, in a continuation of the nation's fascination with tropical hooch, the Champs release "Tequila" which promptly rises to the top of the pop chart … two band members Jim Seals and Dash Crofts will later form the duo Seals & Crofts and score big hits in the '70s with "Hummingbird" and "Summer Breeze" … Little Richard announces that he is retiring from music at the peak of his popularity to become a minister … the pomaded rocker will flip-flop between his sacred and profane predilections in the coming years …
1960, Jimmie Jones' hit "Handy Man" enters the pop chart ultimately rising to th e #3 slot … 17 years later James Taylor will resuscitate the tune and take it to #4 …
1961, husband-and-wife writing team Carole King and Jerry Goffin score their first of many #1 hits with The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" … King plays drum on the session … it's nearly 10 years later that she scores her own solo #1 hit with "It's Too Late," a single from her monster album, Tapestry …
1963, Skeeter Davis makes it to 99 on the Top 100 with "The End of the World" …
1964, Indiana's governor declares that the party-favorite single "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen includes pornographic lyrics … the FCC launches an investigation and finds "the record is unintelligible at any speed we played it" …
1965, Brit rocker P.J. Proby splits his pants during a London show … the incident gets a big reaction from the crowd and Proby makes the ripping riff a permanent part of his act …
1967, Aretha Franklin lays d own her first tracks for Atlantic at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama … she waxes the steaming ballad "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" … the Muscle Shoals sessions are the first to fully exploit Franklin's soulful vocal skills … at her former label, Columbia, she had been given syrupy, string-laden ballads to sing … while browsing in a London antique shop, John Lennon comes across a 19th century circus poster that incorporates most of what will become the lyrics of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" …
1969, The Beatles perform their famous rooftop concert atop the Apple corporate headquarters for the film Let it Be … it turns out to be the band's last live appearance … after playing a set that includes "Don't Let Me Down" and "Get Back," John Lennon announces, "I'd like to say thank you in behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition" …
1970, John Lennon and Phil Spector write and record the single "I nstant Karma" in a single day … the record will eventually rise to #3 on the pop chart …
1973, KISS performs their first live show at the Coventry Club in Queens … they have yet to develop their trademark look … Paul Stanley will later characterize the band's appearance as a "New York Dolls look" …
1977, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green is dispatched to the funny farm following an incident in which he attacked an accountant attempting to deliver a royalty check for $30,000 … turns out Green didn't want the green …
1978, workers at the EMI record plant in Britain take offense at the title of a Buzzcocks' single and refuse to press it … the offending title is "Oh S**t" … the record eventually does get pressed and the flip side, "What Do I Get?" becomes a #1 smash hit in the U.K. …
1979, The Cars are voted the Best New Band of the Year in the Rolling Stone annual reader’s poll …
1980, the original Ants s eparate from Adam …
1984, Michael Jackson's hair is ignited by pyrotechnics while filming a commercial for Pepsi … he suffers scalp and neck burns requiring hospitalization … Jackson will recover and the commercial will eventually be aired but sans footage of Michael in flames … the event is later parodied in Neil Young's video "This Note's for You" and in Eminem's clip "Just Lose It" …
1985, the single "We Are The World" is recorded in L.A. by 46 rock stars to raise money for hunger relief worldwide …
1988, The Cars reach the end of the road …
1992, modern blues titan, Willie Dixon, dies of heart failure … he worked as a producer, talent scout, and house bassist for the Chess brothers in Chicago and wrote some of the great songs of the electric-blues era including "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Little Red Rooster," his tunes were often covered by British bands such as The Stones and Led Zep who revered his work … Nirvana's Never mind ascends for the second time to the top of the Billboard album chart …
1993, Willie Nelson reaches a settlement with the IRS in which the feds keep $3.6 million worth of previously seized assets and the singer agrees to kick in another $5.4 million … that will settle what the government reckons is a $13.1 million tax bill … Warner Brothers announces that rapper Ice-T has been released from his recording contract … this comes in the wake of the furor over his song "Cop Killer" …
1995, Ken Jensen, drummer for the ominously named Vancouver hardcore punk outfit D.O.A., is incinerated in a house fire that also destroys much of the band's gear … he was D.O.A.'s fifth drummer and had worked on the album 13 Flavors of Doom before his demise …
1998, The Capeman, Paul Simon's Broadway musical about a 1950s Spanish Harlem murder, opens two weeks late and is universally loathed by the critics … though they like the musica l's mélange of doo-wop and Latin-tinged tunes, they hate the story and the show quickly folds …
1999, Pat Boone announces the formation of his Gold Records label … he will only sign artists 45 and older …
2000, rapper Jay-Z is indicted on two assault charges following the stabbing of Lance "Un" Rivera, a record executive … he is later exonerated and goes on to become a record executive himself …
2001, a 15-year-old girl dies of a heart attack at a Sydney, Australia, concert when Limp Bizkit takes the stage and the crowd surges forward …
2004, James Brown is arrested on charges of domestic violence … this arrest follows a number of scrapes with the law including a 2-1/2-year prison term he served after a 1988 arrest on drug and assault charges and a conviction on a drug-related offense in 1998 for which he received a pardon …
2005, New York hip-hop station Hot 97 fires producer Rick Delgado for creating and airing a parody of the 1985 single "We Are the World" named "The Tsunami Song" … peppered with racially charged lyrics and trivializing the Asian disaster, the song is aired by radio personality Todd Lynn who is also fired while host Miss Jones and two staff members are suspended for two weeks … the station’s corporate parent company announces that it will donate $1 million to tsunami relief …
2006, a letter written by Don Law, the producer of Robert Johnson’s 1936 and 1937 San Antonio recording sessions, is unearthed providing and confirming valuable details of the enigmatic blues pioneer’s sessions …
… and that was the week that was in matters musical.
[Compiled by the Musician’s Friend Copywriting Staff]

Arrivals:

January 25: Scottish folk revivalist Ewan McColl (1915), ABBA manager Stig Andersson (1931), Bill Justis Band guitarist Sidney Manker (1932), Chita Rivera (1933), Etta James (1938), Malcolm Cox of Split Enz (1953), Richard Finch of KC & the Sunshine Band (1954), Terry Chimes of The Clash (1955), Andy Cox of Fine Young Cannibals and English Beat (1956), Roxy Music's Gary Tibbs (1958), Iggy Pop bassist Craig Pike (1963), Alicia Keys (1981)
January 26: Stephane Grapelli (1908), Eartha Kitt (1928 - some sources cite her birthday as January 17), record executive Nat Tarnopol (1931), Huey "Piano" Smith (1934), The Teddy Bears' Marshall Lieb (1939), Derek Holt of the Climax Blues Band (1949), David Briggs of Little River Band (1951), Andy Hummell of Big Star (1951), Lucinda Williams (1953), Edward Van Halen (1957), Norman Hassan of UB40 (1958), Wham's Andrew Ridgley (1963), Soul II Soul's Jazzie B. (1963), gospel star Kirk Franklin (1970)
January 27: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756), Jerome Kern (1885), blues legend Elmore James (1918), David Seville, creator of The Chipmunks (1919), Nick Mason of Pink Floyd (1945), Seth Justman of The J. Geils Band (1951), Brian Downey of Thin Lizzy (1951), Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins (1961), New Order's Gillian Gilbert (1961), Faith No More's Mike Patton (1968)
January 28: Arthur Rubenstein (1887), songwriter Irving Gordon (1915), British jazzman and club owner Ronnie Scott (1927), Mr. Acker Bilk (1929), bluesman David "Junior" Kimbrough (1930), dub producer King Tubby (1941), Brian Keenan of the Chambers Brothers (1944), Dick Taylor of The Pretty Things (1944), Nedra Talley of The Ronettes (1946), Rick Allen of The Box Tops (1946), Mountain's Corky Laing (1948), The Alarm's Dave Sharp (1959), Sarah McLachlan (1968), rapper Rakim (1968), Cypress Hill's Muggs (1968), Joey Fatone of *NSYNC (1977), Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys (1980)
January 29: Huddie Ledbetter AKA Leadbelly (1889), Chicago bluesman Eddie Taylor (1923), masterful Motown bassist James Jamerson (1936), jazz pianist Bobby Scott (1937), Peter Cowap of Herman's Hermits (1944), David Byron of Uriah Heep (1947), Tommy Ramone of the Ramones (1949), Louie Perez of Los Lobos (1953), rapper Mitch McDowell of General Kane (1954), Eddie Jackson of Queensryche (1961)
January 30: Ruth Brown (1928), Mississippi bluesman Big Jack Johnson (1940), Joe Terry of Danny & the Juniors (1941), Marty Balin of The Jefferson Airplane (1942), Sandy Yaguda of Jay & the Americans (1943), Steve Marriott of Small Faces (1947), William King of the Commodores (1949), Mary Ross of Quarterflash (1951), Steve Bartek of Oingo Boingo (1952), Shalamar's Jody Watley (1959), Jonny Lang (1981)
January 31: Franz Schubert (1797), vaudeville favorite Eddie Cantor (1892), blues pianist Roosevelt Sykes (1906), ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax (1915), Mario Lanza (1921), Carol Channing of "Hello Dolly" fame (1923), Chuck Willis (1928), composer Phillip Glass (1937), harpmeister Charlie Musselwhite (1944), session bassist Jimmy Jones (1944), Chicago's Terry Kath (1946), Harry W ayne Casey of K.C. & the Sunshine Band (1951), Phil Collins (1951), Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music (1951), John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten (1956), Slayer's Jeff Hanneman (1964), Al Jaworski of Jesus Jones (1966), Jason Cooper of The Cure (1967), Britney Spears castoff Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC (1981)

Departures:

January 25: singer Ray Peterson (2005), choral conductor Robert Shaw (1999), New Orleans guitarist and singer Alvin "Shine" Robinson (1989), Lamar Williams of The Allman Brothers (1983), R&B singer Chris Kenner (1976)
January 26: blues drummer S. P. Leary (1998), jukebox mogul David Rockola (1993), disco warbler Karen Young (1991), New Orleans singer Donnie Elbert (1989)
January 27: Tin Pan Alley composer Gerald Marks (1997), vocalist Candy Givens of Zephyr (1984), gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (1972)
January 28: Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi (2005), recording pioneer John Mosley (1996), D.O.A. drummer K en Jensen (1995), Uriah Heep's David Byron (1985), "British Elvis" Billy Fury (1983)
January 29: founder of the Quarrymen Eric Griffiths (2005), David Lerchey of The Del-Vikings (2005), seminal blues bassist and songwriter Willie Dixon (1992), Herman "Sunny" Chaney of The Jaguars (1989), Sir Edward Lewis (1980), one-man-band Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller (1976)
January 30: songwriter Julius Dixon (2004), jazz producer Bob Thiele (1996), bluesman Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1982), influential New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair born Henry Roeland Byrd (1980), rockabilly singer Warren Smith (1980)
January 31: mother-of-the-band Barbara Cowsill (1985), Blood, Sweat & Tears saxophonist Greg Herbert (1978), R&B singer-songwriter Buster Brown (1976), swamp bluesman Slim Harpo (1970)


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Lucas John | 1 Feb 14:30 2007
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Of Gay Sheep, Modern Science and Bad Publicity

The girls at work think it's funny that I have sheep. One of the girls sent me this article.  I thought youbloggers might find it interesting.
 
 
Some sheep from a university study of homosexual behavior. About 8 percent of rams are said to seek sex with other rams instead of ewes.
Published: January 25, 2007
Charles Roselli set out to discover what makes some sheep gay. Then the news media and the blogosphere got hold of the story.
Lynn Ketchum/Oregon State University
Dr. Cha rles Roselli has been criticized for his study of gay sheep.
Dr. Roselli, a researcher at the Oregon Health and Science University, has searched for the past five years for physiological factors that might explain why about 8 percent of rams seek sex exclusively with other rams instead of ewes. The goal, he says, is to understand the fundamental mechanisms of sexual orientation in sheep. Other researchers might some day build on his findings to seek ways to determine which rams are likeliest to breed, he said.
But since last fall, when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals started a campaign against the research, it has drawn a torrent of outrage fro m animal rights activists, gay advocates and ordinary citizens around the world — all of it based, Dr. Roselli and colleagues say, on a bizarre misinterpretation of what the work is about.
The story of the gay sheep became a textbook example of the distortion and vituperation that can result when science meets the global news cycle.
The news media storm reached its zenith last month, when The Sunday Times in London published an article under the headline “Science Told: Hands Off Gay Sheep.” It asserted, incorrectly, that Dr. Roselli had worked successfully to “cure” homosexual rams with hormone treatments, and added that “critics fear” that the research “could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans.”
Martina Navratilova, the tenn is star who is both openly gay and a PETA ally, wrote in an open letter that the research “can only be surmised as an attempt to develop a prenatal treatment” for sexual conditions.
The controversy spilled into the blog world, with attacks on Dr. Roselli, his university and Oregon State University, which is also involved in the research. PETA began an e-mail campaign that the universities say resulted in 20,000 protests, some with language like “you are a worthless animal killer and you should be shot,” “I hope you burn in hell” and “please, die.”
The news coverage, which has been heaviest in England and Australia, focused on smirk and titillation — and, of course, puns. Headlines included “Ewe Turn for Gay Rams on Hormones” and “He’s Just Not That Into Ewe.”
In recent weeks, the tide has begun to turn, with Dr. Roselli and Jim Newman, an Oregon Health and Science publicist, saying they have been working to correct the record in print and online. The university has sent responses to senders of each PETA-generated e-mail message.
Dr. Roselli, whose research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and is published in leading scientific journals, insists that he is as repulsed as his critics by the thought of sexual eugenics in humans. He said human sexuality was a complex phenomenon that could not be reduced to interactions of brain structure and hormones.
On blogs where attacks have appeared, the researchers point out that many of the accusations, like The Sunday Times’s assertion that the scientists implant devices in the brains of the sheep, are simply false.
The researchers acknowledge that the sheep are killed in the course of the research so their brain structure can be analyzed, but they say they follow animal welfare guidelines to prevent suffering.
The authors of the Sunday Times article, Chris Gourlay and Isabel Oakeshott, referred questions to a managing editor, who they said was traveling and could not be reached.
Dr. Roselli and Mr. Newman persuaded some prominent bloggers, including Andrew Sullivan, who writes an online column for Time, to correct postings that had uncritically quoted The Sunday Times’s article. They also found an ally in the blog world: a scient ist who writes under the pseudonym emptypockets and has taken up Dr. Roselli’s cause. The blogger, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he said a public stand could hurt his career, said he had been cheered by the number of bloggers who dropped their opposition when presented with the facts.
Ms. Navratilova, who also received a response from the university, said she remained unconvinced.
“The more we play God or try to improve on Mother Nature, the more damage we are doing with all kinds of experiments that either have already turned or will turn into nightmares,” she wrote in an e-mail reply to a reporter’s query. “How in the world could straight or gay sheep help humanity?”
In an interview, Shalin Gala, a PETA representative working on the sheep campaign, said controlling or altering sexual orientation was a “natural implication” of the work of Dr. Roselli and his colleagues.
Mr. Gala, who asked that he be identified as openly gay, cited the news release for a 2004 paper in the journal Endocrinology that showed differences in brain structure between homosexual and heterosexual sheep.
The release quoted Dr. Roselli as saying that the research “also has broader implications for understanding the development and control of sexual motivation and mate selection across mammalian species, including humans.”
Mr. Newman, who wrote the release, said the word “control” was used in the scientific sense of understanding the body’s internal controls, not in the sense of trying to control sexual orientation.
“It’s discouraging that PETA can pick one word, try to add weight to it or shift its meaning to suggest that you are doing something that you clearly are not,” he said.
Dr. Roselli said that merely mentioning possible human implications of basic research was wildly different from inte nding to carry the work over to humans.
Mentioning human implications, he said, is “in the nature of the way we write our grants” and talk to reporters. Scientists who do basic research find themselves in a bind, he said, adding, “We have been forced to draw connections in a way that we can justify our research.”
As for whether the deaths of the sheep are justified, he said, “why would you pick on a guy who’s killing maybe 18 sheep a year, when there’s maybe four million killed for food and clothing in this country?”
Paul Root Wolpe, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow at the university’s Center for Bioethics, said that although he supported Dr. Roselli’s research, “I’m not sure I would let him off the hook quite as easily as he wants to be let off the hook.”
By discussing the human implications of the research, even in a somewhat careful way, Dr. Roselli “opened the door” to the reaction, Dr. Wolpe said, and “he has to take responsibility for the public response.”
If the mechanisms underlying sexual orientation can be discovered and manipulated, Dr. Wolpe continued, then the argument that sexual orientation is based in biology and is immutable “evaporates.”
The prospect of parents’ eventually being able to choose not to have children who would become gay is a real concern for the future, Dr. Wolpe said. But he added, “This concern is best addressed by trying to change public perceptions of homosexuality rather than stop basic science on sexuality.”
 
 


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Lance McLain | 1 Feb 14:56 2007

Re: UN report to paint bleak picture of global warming

> Oh well, if the UN say so....
> 
> pleeez

You might want to check this one out Karl.  The IPCC reports are created and
peer reviewed by hundreds of climate change scientists.  I won't say its
perfect, and non-political, but the scientific facts are hard to deny.

I think that a lot of the anti-global warming stories coming out lately has
been in anticipation of this report.  It will be an interesting read.  And I
doubt you'll see much of the "worst case scenario" preditions in it, but
rather some reasonable explanations.

We will see when it comes out.

Regards,
-Lance 

> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "James" <torpesco@...>
> To: <dadl-ot@...>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 10:42 PM
> Subject: [DADL-OT] UN report to paint bleak picture of global warming
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> http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/01/31/climate-ipcc.html?ref=rss
> 
> UN report to paint bleak picture of global warming
> 
> Last Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | 4:54 PM ET
> CBC News
> 
> An authoritative report on global warming will say it is "very likely"
> ‹ or 90 per cent certain ‹ climate change is caused by humans burning
> fossil fuels, and warns of rising temperatures, sea levels and extreme
> weather in the coming century, according to leaked drafts of the
> report.
> 
> Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
> representing 100 nations are working on the final wording of the
> report expected to be released Friday in Paris.
> 
> The fourth such report since 1990, it is widely expected to include
> the strongest wording yet on the impact burning fossil fuels has on
> climate change and to say significant changes could start to appear in
> the next ten years.
> 
> According to drafts, the report will forecast a temperature increase
> of two to four degrees Celsius by the year 2100, which would lead to a
> rise in sea levels and in extreme weather, such as drought and heat
> waves.
> 
> Hurricanes are also for the first time considered "more likely than
> not" linked to climate change, with the report predicting fewer but
> more powerful versions of the tropical storms.
> 
> The report is expected Friday, although participants are said to be
> behind schedule in agreeing on the wording of the 12 to 15 page
> summary.
> 
> "We are at 30 per cent (complete) and we have used 60 per cent of our
> time," Arthur Petersen, who represents the Dutch environment ministry,
> said during a lunch break.
> 
> Officials added a late-night session Wednesday and are expected to
> work late into the night Thursday.
> 
> The initial report ‹ authored by more than 2,000 scientists ‹ will be
> followed by three subsequent sections to be rolled out throughout the
> year, including examinations of climate change impacts expected in
> April.
> 
> UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is said to be considering the idea of
> an emergency international summit on climate change later this year
> amid growing concerns about rising temperatures.
> 
> The world's 10 warmest years in temperature records dating back to
> 1850 have all occurred since 1994, according to the United Nations
> weather agency.
> 
> A UN report issued two months ago said greenhouse gases in the
> atmosphere reached record levels in 2005 and were expected to increase
> in 2006. Concentrations of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide both rose
> in 2005, the study's authors found.
> 
> Under the Kyoto accord that went into effect in 2005, 141 nations have
> committed to reducing emissions by an average of five per cent below
> 1990 levels by 2012.
> 
> But the agreement does not include the world's biggest emitter ‹ the
> United States ‹ and also excludes developing countries like China and
> India.
> 
> 
> With files from the Associated Press

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Bruce Geerdes | 1 Feb 17:23 2007
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Re: Putting 9/11 into perspective

> The Enlightenment, however, popularized the notion that war was a barbaric
> relic of mankind's infancy, an anachronism that should soon vanish from
> the Earth. Human societies, wrote the influential thinkers of the time,
> followed a common path of historical evolution from savage beginnings
> toward ever-greater levels of peaceful civilization, politeness and
> commercial exchange.
>
> The unexpected consequence of this change was that those who considered
> themselves "enlightened," but who still thought they needed to go to war,
> found it hard to justify war as anything other than an apocalyptic
> struggle for survival against an irredeemably evil enemy. In such
> struggles, of course, there could be no reason to practice restraint or to
> treat the enemy as an honorable opponent.

Wow.  So since we're no longer barbarians we act all the more barbaric.

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