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Child mortality drops

Posted by Charles II on September 13, 2007

Amid all the bad news, some good. Ann Penketh, London Independent:

Child mortality has passed a “historic” milestone, according to the UN, which claimed the number of children dying before they reach the age of five has dropped below 10 million for the first time.

The UN children’s agency Unicef attributed the progress to such measures as immunisation campaigns, which it said reduced measles deaths in Africa by 75 per cent, breast-feeding, the use of mosquito nets, and vitamin A supplements to boost children’s immune systems….

Some of the main causes of the death of young children are pneumonia, premature births and birth defects, diarrhoea, malaria, Aids and measles. But malnutrition is also blamed as a major factor in the deaths of under-fives.

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Indonesia hit by massive earthquake; tsunami averted

Posted by Charles II on September 13, 2007

Mark Tran, David Batty, et al., The Guardian

The third powerful earthquake in two days jolted south-east Asia today, creating panic along Indonesia’s west coast, which has already suffered major damage in two previous tremors.

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Bad Thoughts

Posted by MEC on September 13, 2007

Maybe the rumors that Ted Olson will be nominated for Attorney General are a feint.

Did Karl Rove resign his position to be available for the A.G. nomination?

So he has no law degree. This is the Bush Administration we’re talking about. A singular lack of qualifications for the job is the #1 qualification for nomination.

And there couldn’t possibly be anybody worse for the job.

Except maybe James Baker.

Or Ann Coulter.

Poor George. So many villains, so few nominations.

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The Iran war, fictional or real?

Posted by Charles II on September 13, 2007

An important piece of evidence in support of the prospect of war with Iran has been discredited. (Via Atrios), Will Bunch and Laura Rozen demonstrate that a key source for some of the reports of a US buildup to war, Alexis Debat, may have falsified his resume and apparently invented interviews (this now confirmed) with top figures, like Alan Greenspan and Barack Obama. Debat was the primary source for a Sunday Times  piece by Sarah Baxter claiming that the US was planning massive strikes on Iran.

So, does this mean that the report of a buildup to war with Iran was a huge scam, put out through Murdoch media? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in beat the press, international, Iran | 10 Comments »

John Edwards Speaks

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 13, 2007

And will do so tonight:

Tonight, after President Bush makes yet another argument for continuing the war in Iraq, John Edwards will speak directly to the American people in a nationwide address on MSNBC.

Our campaign has bought airtime on MSNBC immediately following the President’s address at 9 p.m., and John Edwards will challenge the President’s remarks with a strong call to the nation to end the war now.

Please watch in that timeframe—and forward this e-mail to your friends, asking them to watch as well. Each of us has a responsibility to make sure that President Bush and Congress understand that the time for excuses has run out. John Edwards will deliver a strong message tonight on our behalf. It’s time to end this war and bring our troops home.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are speaking out as well.

It’s about time.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Conflict in the Middle East, Hillary Clinton, Iraq war, John Edwards | 7 Comments »

President Petraeus?

Posted by MEC on September 13, 2007

The Independent is reporting:

The US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time.

Sabah Khadim, then a senior adviser at Iraq’s Interior Ministry, says General Petraeus discussed with him his ambition when the general was head of training and recruitment of the Iraqi army in 2004-05. “I asked him if he was planning to run in 2008 and he said, ‘No, that would be too soon’,” Mr Khadim, who now lives in London, said.

The Independent speculates that

General Petraeus’s open interest in the presidency may lead critics to suggest that his own political ambitions have influenced him in putting an optimistic gloss on the US military position in Iraq .

Of course, for Petraeus’ testimony to be evaluated in light of his ambitions, the U.S. news media have to report this story. Which, so far, they haven’t.

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“These guys just declared, before the school opened, that UC Irvine Law will never be a serious academic institution.”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 13, 2007

Apparently UC Irvine likes kowtowing to wealthy conservative Republican buddies of Arnold Schwarzenegger (cough*Donald Bren*cough) better than it likes the idea of having a real school of law.

When Donald Bren’s name is dust — or perhaps noted only for his shameless greed and amorality — Erwin Chemerinsky‘s name will still be given a place of high honor in the pantheon of America’s great legal minds and Constitutional scholars.

Posted in abuse of power, big money, eedjits, rightwing moral cripples | 3 Comments »

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