- Ex-Weapons Boss: Iran War in on the Way
- Hold Dick Cheney to Account "Make no mistake about what has happened: An essential member of the Bush-Cheney administration has been convicted of attempting to undermine a Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into scheming by the vice president and others to punish former Ambassador Joe Wilson for revealing that statements made before the start of the war by the president and others were in conflict with intelligence that had been provided to the White House." (in other words- republicans punish those who tell the truth)
- Republicans Lie To America About Global Warming; Proof : "A House committee released documents Monday that showed hundreds of instances in which a White House official who was previously an oil industry lobbyist edited government climate reports to play up uncertainty of a human role in global warming or play down evidence of such a role."
- Collapse of Arctic Sea Ice 'Has Reached Tipping-Point' : A catastrophic collapse of the Arctic sea ice could lead to radical climate changes in the northern hemisphere according to scientists who warn that the rapid melting is at a "tipping point" beyond which it may not recover."
- Iraqis Increasingly Pessimistic, Anti-US
- Iraqis Give US Thumbs Down, Four Years after War: Poll
- Civilian Toll: Iraqis Exibit More Mental Health Problems : "Iraqi psychiatrists are seeing what they call a disturbing spike in mental health disorders as the war passes its fourth anniversary -- a problem compounded by Iraq's lack of mental health workers, facilities and services. Several mental health care professionals suggest the number of untreated or under-treated people nationwide reaches into the millions, and the consequences could permanently harm generations."
- Thirstier World Likely to See More Violence
- Man Who Toppled Hussein Statue Has Regrets : "Yep, you did it, Georgemission impossible accomplished. Unbelievably, four years of a bungled occupation have managed to make Saddam Husseins tyranny look good in comparison with 'liberated Iraq.'"
Republican Memos Tell Officials How to Discuss Climate
Published on Thursday, March 8, 2007 by the New York Times
by Andrew C. Revkin
Internal memorandums circulated in the Alaskan division of the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service appear to require government biologists or other employees traveling in countries around the Arctic not to discuss climate change, polar bears or sea ice if they are not designated to do so.
In December, the Bush administration, facing a deadline under a suit by environmental groups, proposed listing polar bears throughout their range as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because the warming climate is causing a summertime retreat of sea ice that the bears use for seal hunting.
Environmentalists are trying to use such a listing to force the United States to restrict heat-trapping gases that scientists have linked to global warming as a way of limiting risks to the 22,000 or so bears in the far north.
It remains unclear whether such a listing will be issued. The Fish and Wildlife Service this week held the first of several hearings in Alaska and Washington on the question.
Over the past week, biologists and wildlife officials received a cover note and two sample memorandums to be used as a guide in preparing travel requests. Under the heading Foreign Travel New Requirement Please Review and Comply, Importance: High, the cover note said:
Please be advised that all foreign travel requests (SF 1175 requests) and any future travel requests involving or potentially involving climate change, sea ice and/or polar bears will also require a memorandum from the regional director to the director indicating wholl be the official spokesman on the trip and the one responding to questions on these issues, particularly polar bears.
The sample memorandums, described as to be used in writing travel requests, indicate that the employee seeking permission to travel understands the administrations position on climate change, polar bears, and sea ice and will not be speaking on or responding to these issues.
Electronic copies of the memorandums and cover note were forwarded to The New York Times by Deborah Williams, an environmental campaigner in Alaska and a former Interior Department official in the Clinton administration.
This sure sounds like a Soviet-style directive to me, Ms. Williams said.
A spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, Bruce Woods, confirmed the authenticity of the notes, but interpreted them differently.
The cover memo makes it clear nobody is being told they cant talk about these issues, Mr. Woods said. What the administration wants to know is who is going to be spokesperson and do they understand administration policy? Its not saying you wont talk about it.
Limits on government scientists freedom to speak freely about climate change became a heated issue last year after news reports showed that political appointees at NASA had canceled journalists interview requests with climate scientists and discouraged news releases on global warming.
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell