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So, I'd just like to point out, don't buy property in Florida. I mean, people keep asking me if the world is going to go into a state of horrible crisis due to global warming, like in the movies... and well, no. New York is unlikely to freeze overnight, we probably won't see temperatures rise more than a few degrees in our lifetimes, we may or may not see global extinction of species (it can be argued it's already begun) on a massive level in our lifetimes... but don't buy property in Florida.

Why? Well, it'll be underwater in the next century at the rate we're going. I hate to say it, but what remains of New Orleans, and other coastal areas (OBX, parts of California, etc) will also be underwater in the next century. Furthermore, as the article points out, Africa will become more arid and life-unsustaining than it already is... which will cause more internal strife and warfare on that continent. Though, it's not like we really pay *that* much attention to it anyway -- it'll still produce the diamonds and raw materials we take from it (well.... the rubber business would be in jeopardy.)

And that is the true cost of global warming; both less and more devastating than the movies.

Speaking of Africa, Police in Kenya Raid Major Media Firm.

NAIROBI, March 2 -- Masked police commandos smashed printing presses and seized transmission equipment Thursday in early morning raids at Kenya's second-largest media company. Three reporters were charged with creating public alarm in what officials said was a national security case.

And speaking of information taken by the government, for, uhm, Security Reasons, Archivist Urges U.S. to Reopen Classified Files.

The flap over reclassified records takes place at a time when record-setting numbers of documents are being classified, fewer historical records are being released and several criminal leak investigations are under way.

I wonder how many of these documents reclassified were part of Cointelpro... or perhaps they're just more of what we already know about how much our President doesn't use torture, really. U.S. Cites Exception in Torture Ban.

Bush administration lawyers, fighting a claim of torture by a Guantanamo Bay detainee, yesterday argued that the new law that bans cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody does not apply to people held at the military prison.

OK, let's put aside this "legal" issue they're addressing for just one second. I thought the Pres said, "No torture." I mean, really, am I imagining that he said that?

OK, back to the legal issue. Yes, nothing is illegal according to US law when you're not actually on US property (but wait, I thought that Guantanamo Bay was US property?), or when you're dealing with non-US Citizens. So, you're right Mr. Bush, there are no laws to cover your actions here ACCORDING TO THE USA. But, there's this little document called the Geneva Convention when you're dealing with international practices... and that very clearly says, NO TORTURE! So, sorry, but what you're doing is, technically, illegal. But it's not like the rest of the world has the ability to slap your wrists over this one, though.

Speaking of the rest of the world, GWB also defended outsourcing strongly during his trip to India. Need I say more than this quote?

"People do lose jobs as a result of globalization and it's painful for those who lose jobs," Mr. Bush said at meeting with young entrepreneurs at Hyderabad's Indian School of Business, one of the premier schools of its kind in India. Nonetheless, the president said, "globalization provides great opportunities."

No, I will say one more thing... in the form of a question posed to Mr. Bush: How does it provide great opportunities for the majority of your constituency, Mr. President?

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