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March 31, 2005

List of Schiavo Donors To Be Sold

Okay, they call their son-in-law a murderer. They say he was only in it for the money., they're making a quick buck off of their dead-daughter.


Link: Yahoo! News - List of Schiavo Donors To Be Sold.

If you expressed your support to Terri Schiavo and her parents fight to keep her alive, you may begin to receive a steady stream of solicitations, according to a Local 6 News report.

Terri Schiavo's parents have agreed to sell their list of supporters to a direct-mailing firm, Local 6 News reported.

The company, "Response Unlimited" pays about $150 a month for 6,000 names and $500 a month for 6,000 e-mail addresses.

A spokesperson for the Schindlers confirmed that they had agreed to sell the information, but won't say for how much.

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Ecosystems Report states the environment is compromised.

I hate posting stuff like this... but, it's getting bad enough to post... especially since the "Big" topics right now are Michael Jackson and Terry Schiavo (sprinkled with baseball and steroids).

Link: VOA News - United Nations Millennium Ecosystems Assessment Report.

A new worldwide environmental survey says humans are damaging the planet at an unprecedented rate and causing irreversible changes to the world's ecosystems.

The study says a rising human population has polluted or over-exploited almost two thirds of Earth's ecosystem during the past 50 years.  More than 1,300 scientists and researchers from around the world contributed to the four-year study for the United Nations.

The Millennium Ecosystems Assessment Report concludes that 15 of 24 ecosystems -- including oceans, forests and grasslands -- are being damaged by human population growth and global warming.

The co-chair of the United Nations study, Dr. Hal Mooney, says, "We've altered the fundamental ecosystem base more rapidly, and extensively than any time, any comparable period of time in history."

The report says the 50 years of changes in ecosystems are partially due to a growing demand for food, fresh water, timber and fuel.

Since 1945, more land has been converted to agriculture, than in the in the 18th and 19th centuries combined.  At least a quarter of all fish stocks are over-harvested.  Ten to 30 percent of mammal, bird and amphibian species are currently threatened with extinction.  One-third of the world's population is living in water scarce or water stressed areas, and this is projected to double over the next 25 years.  But, climate change may do more damage to the Earth than all of these other factors.

World Bank Chief Scientist Dr. Robert Watson says, "It may become the most dominant threat to ecological systems over the next hundred years.  We've clearly got to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, change our energy policies, use our energy more wisely."

Dr. Watson says the future is bleak, unless dramatic steps are taken.  He says governments need to eliminate subsidies in agriculture, transportation, and energy that lead to environmental degradation.

"We can develop technologies for much more sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy, and we can use technology also to restore our ecosystem," says Dr. Watson.

The report says unless changes are made - efforts to address hunger, poverty and improve healthcare will be compromised.

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Scarborough of MSNBC gets bitch-slapped

Must-watch & read.

Link: Neurologist Cranford confronted Scarborough, MS ... [Media Matters for America].

Neurologist Cranford confronted Scarborough, MSNBC daytime anchor: "[Y]ou're asking me if a CAT scan was done? How could you possibly be so stupid?"

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Schiavo passes away. On to the 24 hour news cycle of "now, Dr., what will this autopsy find?"

Link: Top News Article |

Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman at the heart of a wrenching dispute over her fate that drew in the U.S. Congress and President Bush, died on Thursday.

"Terri Schiavo has passed away just a little while ago," said Brother Paul O'Donnell, a Franciscan monk and spiritual adviser to the parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, who fought a seven-year legal battle to keep their daughter alive

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Quote of the Day

"I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft."
President George W Bush

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March 30, 2005

Colin Powell: "perhaps we made too much noise"

I love when these guys talk about it in "retrospect" narrative. Apparently their hindsight is better then their leadership and vision in the moment.

Or, he was just too much of a woosy... you pick.

Link: Top News Article |

The United States made errors in presenting its case for war against Iraq, but Saddam Hussein had to be removed, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told a German magazine.

"We were sometimes too loud, too direct, perhaps we made too much noise," Powell told Stern magazine in an interview released on Wednesday. "That certainly shocked the Europeans sometimes."

He said terms like "Old Europe," the expression coined by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to describe countries such as France and Germany which opposed the war, had not helped ease European concerns about Washington's policies.

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Quote of the Day

"Great spirits have always faced violent protest from mediocre minds."
Albert Einstein

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March 29, 2005

Jesse Jackson on Schiavo: "She is being starved to death, she is being dehydrated to death". And, now she's being politicized to death.

Link: Top News Article |

The parents of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo were joined by prominent civil rights campaigner the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tuesday in an 11th-hour appeal to Florida lawmakers to prolong her life.

But it was unlikely the Florida legislature would change its mind and intervene 11 days after Schiavo's feeding tube was removed, thrusting a long and bitter family feud over her fate into a highly politicized national spotlight.

"She is being starved to death, she is being dehydrated to death. That's immoral and unnecessary," Jackson told reporters after meeting Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, near the hospice in Pinellas Park where she is being cared for.

ABP to Jesse Jackson: "She is also being politicized to death. Get the hell out of their. And, while we're at it, don't talk to us about morals, unless you want to bring your happy-ass in to a discussion on how men who preach morals tend to go off screwing every woman that works for them behind their wife's back."

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God Hates Jerry Falwell

Link: Top News Article |

Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and a leading Christian conservative, was critically ill on Tuesday after being taken to hospital with breathing problems, a hospital statement said.

The statement from Centra Health said Falwell was admitted to Lynchburg General Hospital in southern Virginia shortly before midnight on Monday, suffering from respiratory arrest. He was placed on a ventilator and quickly stabilized.

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Daily Kos :: Steely Dan - worst band ever

So, this is why I've been having a hard time reading through Kos lately... stupid articles like this one... oh, and by the way, Kos' whole thing is political analysis and "other daily rants on the state of the nation".

What the hell? Where's the politics Kos?

Link: Daily Kos :: Steely Dan - worst band ever.

Personally, I'd be hard pressed to think of another major act that even approaches the sheer awfullness of Steely Dan. Their music reminds me of cottage cheese, tasteless and lumpy. And I don't like tasteless lumps. They natter. They noodle. Their music goes on and on and on with no discernable point or plot. And their singing??

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