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Archive for July 11th, 2007

UK-Russia diplomatic crisis may divide Europe

Posted by Charles II on July 11, 2007

Luke Harding and Julian Borger in The naidrauG:

Britain is on the brink of a diplomatic crisis with Russia which could see the expulsion of several diplomats from London and tit-for-tat reprisals by Moscow. The Foreign Office and Downing Street are preparing to send a strong signal to the Kremlin following its refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoi, the former KGB agent suspected of murdering Alexander Litvinenko last November. On Monday, Russian prosecutors formally announced that Mr Lugovoi would not be handed over to the UK, on the grounds that Russia’s constitution prevents his extradition.

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Sexcapades continue

Posted by Charles II on July 11, 2007

David Corn is trying to trace a Senate phone number he found in the DC Madam’s records: 202-224-9655, with a pre-Vitter vintage (via Josh).

Meanwhile, in Florida (from comments on Josh’s Muckraker):

A veteran Republican state legislator was arrested today by authorities in Brevard County on charges that he solicited sex from a male undercover cop.

According to the newspaper Florida Today, [Bob] Allen [of Merritt Island] was seen by police going in and out of a bathroom at a park in Titusville. Moments later, Allen allegedly asked a male undercover cop if he could perform oral sex on him for $20.

“We gotta be about family values. If we’re not about family values, we’d behave like Democrats.” –paraphrase of Lousiana state Republican chairman, today on Thom Hartmann.

Posted in Florida (where magical things happen), Hookergate, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Who’s the Democrat to make this bipartisan?

Posted by Charles II on July 11, 2007

Raw Story (via ann at TPMuckraker):

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt said Wednesday that investigators working for the magazine are involved in more than 20 investigations relating to his recent call for information on Washington sex scandals.

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The investigations include “high ranking Republican and Democrat members of the Senate and the House,” Flynt said at a press conference in Los Angeles, in which RAW STORY participated via conference call.

Steny?

I bet the Pubs are ransacking the underwear drawer to find out ahead of Flynt.

Posted in Hookergate | 10 Comments »

How Enron Of Them

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 11, 2007

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I’d put a lot more stock in the idea that rising gas prices nationwide are inevitable due to the closure of a single refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas, if it weren’t for the fact that the oil companies are deliberately shuttering busy crude oil refineries to ensure that the rise in ethanol supply doesn’t lead to a corresponding drop in prices back towards the affordable.  Because, just as the Enron traders just had to hose little old ladies on fixed incomes, the oil companies must have their $3.50 a gallon gas even if it kills us.

Posted in abuse of power, big money, capitalism as cancer, corruption, Oil, rightwing moral cripples, WTF? | 1 Comment »

Dope Slap for the Global Warming ‘Skeptics’

Posted by MEC on July 11, 2007

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One of the claims the opponents of Energy Policy Change trot out to deny the reality of global warming is that the warming trend is caused by the natural cycle of solar activity. Nothing to do with our runaway fuel consumption and other human behaviors, so nothing we can do about it, so why change our habits?

That claim just got shot down.

Scientists have delivered the final blow to the theory that recent global warming can be explained by variations in the natural cycles of the Sun – a favourite refuge for climate sceptics who dismiss the influence of greenhouse-gas emissions.
 

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The study, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, shows there is no doubt that solar activity over the past 20 years has run in the opposite direction to global warming, and therefore cannot explain rises in average global temperatures.

This report also reveals the blatant dishonesty of one attempt to convince the public we can’t, therefore shouldn’t do anything about global warming:

In the recent [British] Channel 4 programme The Great Global Warming Swindle, the rise in solar activity over the latter half of the 20th century was erroneously presented as perfectly matching the rise in global average temperatures.
 

Dr Lockwood said he was outraged when he saw the documentary, because of the way the programme-makers used graphs of temperature rises and sunspot cycles that were cut off in the 1980s, when the two trends went in the opposite direction.

A quick check of Google News shows a list of items from British and Commonwealth news media, but nothing from the U.S. Hmmm. Well, maybe tomorrow. Or maybe the U.S. news media will be too busy telling us all about Posh Spice’s imminent arrival in L.A.

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Stating the Obvious

Posted by MEC on July 11, 2007

Journalist Patrick Cockburn in the Independent:

The benchmarks the Iraqi government is meant to achieve in exchange for US support were never realistic and have more to do with American than Iraqi politics.

Would someone please tell the American media?

Posted in Iraq war, real journalism | 1 Comment »

Knock Me Down With A Feather

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 11, 2007

Trent Lott, stung by how his erstwhile buddies in talk radio deep-sixed the immigration bill, calls for the return of the Fairness Doctrine.

He may as well have French-kissed Beyoncé at a Council of Conservatives Citizens shindig, for the reaction that elicited.

Posted in GOP/Media Complex, Media machine, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans, The smear industry, WTF? | Comments Off on Knock Me Down With A Feather

 
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