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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, March 2, 2012

2 March - Surfing and Musing

Kyrgyzstan BishkekKyrgyzstan Bishkek (Photo credit: zsoolt)
National Gallery of Canada and Environs, Ottawa.National Gallery of Canada and Environs, Ottawa. (Photo credit: Robbie's Photo Art)
'Downtown is where it's at' United States, New...'Downtown is where it's at' United States, New York, Empire State Building, View From the Top of the Rock (Photo credit: WanderingtheWorld (www.LostManProject.com))
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Usually Copyright works distributed for private use only

My Opera Albums  almost all are registered with Creative Commons.... Public Copyright by the author...which isn't me 

Picasa  Since Google's + network requires you share your album - and copyright does not allow sharing pieces for private use only that I know of - then I have opted out of that, though I use the Picasa facility for my own use ( based on Linux Gwenview redone for Windows I expect )  Then again, the My Opera album takes care of distributing public common property. The file includes photo numbers - though the CC designation is my addition


Iceland considers adopting Canadian dollar

 Apropos of nothing but my own musing, I seem to recall Jamaica thinking of applying for membership in Confederation at the time of its severing of colonial ties with Britain. And if I recall correctly, Iceland was a colony of Denmark....which was part of Britain an eon ago. Hmmm. As it stands, the last entry to Canada was Newfoundland in 1949. Then again, we have military warfighting complications with NATO and the US - even the UN if the current 'peacekeeping' non-role was assessed properly - that would not make Canada attractive.

Nor does the claim to ocean floor that might accompany Icelandic entry carry the importance it would have had before man destroyed the ecology with draggers*. Mineral rights are nice - but so is being able to eat. With our record on preserving fisheries....forget I mentioned it.

The way that clammers and scallopers operate ( see  ) is equivalent to hunting squirrels in a public park with a bulldozer. Over the years, bottom trawling has destroyed grass beds, worm beds, rock formations, shipwrecks, snags, and fishing holes, not to mention the tremendous disturbance to the plain sandy bottom. It is estimated that the entire area of the shelf off the New Jersey coast is dragged over twice a year. This is a world-wide problem, from every coastline to the deep seas.


 China Dialogue

Central Asia's dam debacle 

by relying on large-scale engineering projects to control the river, these countries have ignored the fundamentally political nature of water management.

In the summers of 2008 and 2009, mismanagement of the Toktogul Dam led to water shortages in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, as well as lengthy power cuts in Kyrgyzstan. Subsequent unrest in Kyrgyzstan triggered the ousting of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April 2010, illustrating the highly political nature of water and energy management.

For Soviet planners, dams were symbols of development and modernisation. The Soviet Union’s hydraulic mission was to conquer nature by transforming free flowing rivers into an economic resource. By taming the rivers and controlling nature, the ruling elites caused one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history.

Desert Floods

The Anti-Piracy Business – Warning Shots and the Rules of Engagement

The Unsung Concert?

 We tend to focus on the “big” disagreements between, for example, Russia and the US. But beneath those disagreements remains a great deal of “managed” international order made possible by something like a great-power cartel with a focal-point in the United Nations system.

Navalism, limited war, and American strategy

 The vigorous use of expeditionary forces, in particular, by a permanently authorized U.S. Navy which, since the inception of the U.S., was able to act without a formal Congressional declaration of war, was a frequent feature of U.S. security policy, especially with non-Amerindian polities. In a survey of foreign interventions, a Library of Congress researcher accurately summarized:

The majority of the instances listed were brief Marine or Navy actions prior to World War II to protect U.S. citizens or promote U.S. interests. A number were actions against pirates or bandits. Some were events, such as the stationing of Marines at an Embassy or legation, which later were considered normal peacetime practice.

On Taking Nonviolence Seriously

Smuggling wars in the Sahara?

On Saturday, the last bit of proof I have sought since last year about surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) leaving Libya became public, when Reuters reported that Algerian security forces had seized a sizable cache of the weapons a little more than 60 km south of In Amenas, itself about 40 km from the border with Libya. On Monday the francophone Algerian daily El Watan provided more details on the story, noting that the stock, which had been carefully protected and buried in the desert, contained 43 missiles, including 28 SA-7 missiles as well as 15 of the significantly newer and more advanced SA-24 (oddly, the link to the original El Watan article seems to have disappeared from the website). This is of course important news, as it would seem to confirm what Algerian and Chadian leaders first warned about last March, that highly advanced missiles were being taken from Libya 

PATCON Revealed: An Exclusive Look Inside The FBI's Secret War With The Militia Movement

 From Press Core
Torture—and complicity in torture—is a “grave breach” of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. If Canadian officials allowed detainees to be transferred to Afghan custody despite an apparent risk of torture, and chose not to take reasonable steps to protect them, they are as guilty of a war crime as the torturers themselves. They can be prosecuted in Canada under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. Or they could be hauled before the International Criminal Court. Canada has ratified the ICC’s statute, giving it jurisdiction over Canadians who commit war crimes anywhere.

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