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Re: Cluster Bombs

Five-hundred delegates from 122 countries converged on New Zealand this week in a bid to rid the world of cluster bombs. In the end, though only 82 states signed the Wellington Declaration -- the draft of a treaty to ban cluster bombs, sweep lands free of them, and assist survivors -- the conference was a qualified success.

New Zealand Disarmament Minister Phil Goff informed the Associated Press that more progress toward banning cluster munitions was made in the five days of talks than during five years of U.N. negotiations. Even Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work leading to the ban of land mines, told ABC in Australia, "We're extremely pleased by the outcome of the conference."

Earlier, though, she accused representatives of Australia Britain, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan of "fronting for the U.S." She feared they might neuter the proposed agreement to make it palatable for the US, which, along with Russia, China, and Israel, shunned the conference.

In the Senate, Hillary voted AGAINST legislation to ban cluster bombs, allegedly for political expediency to appear tough.

Obama voted FOR the legislation to ban cluster bombs, out of principle.

by shergald 2008-02-25 03:02AM | 0 recs
Re: News Jump

I'm not sure what a masculinity that wasn't premised at least in part on violence would look like. I guess  I'm not sure what a 'humanity' that's not premised at least partly on violence would look like.

by BingoL 2008-02-25 03:56AM | 0 recs
Reprehensible Clinton Campaign

So now the HRC campaign deems it necessary to try and scare working class Demos in Ohio that Obama is really a secret agent African dressed in local attire. They do it because they know that appealing to bigotry works. How dare the accuse anyone of Rove techniques when Lee Atwater is smiling from his grave at this one.

http://drudgereport.com/flashoa.htm

by chatters71 2008-02-25 05:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Reprehensible Clinton Campaign

If it is true, it is disgusting and entirely hypocritical of the Clinton campaign, coming on the heels of the "shame on you" stunt.  This attack is truly "Rovian" in nature.

by rfahey22 2008-02-25 06:04AM | 0 recs
Re: 01/20/09 Ethanol

I was thinking of that very same date.

Granted, using less corn syrup would be beneficial for a number of reasons:

  1.  Less added empty calories that are apparently less healthy than the real thing.
  2.  Increase price of sugar to help farmers in South, and in other countries (maybe, depending on how protectionist are trade barriers in sugar remain--I don't know)
  3.  Bigger sugar market might mean less sugar subsidies for farmers and therefore more discretionary funding for the Fed budget.

But, the problem with corn based ethanol is that it is terribly inefficient to make.  It requires nearly  as much input as it produces and corn is a pretty bad source.  Better would be...sugar cane because less processing is needed.  Also, growing fuel would require more land to be put under ag.  That means marginal lands that have passed out of ag and back to "wild" become farmed again.  This would then result in greater fertilizer use, or less natural buffering capacity from native plant communities along streams, etc.

Now if there ethanol were to be created from leftover sawdust, grass clippings, etc.  Then I think we are talking about something worth pursuing.

Most of the ecological scientific community has come down against corn ethanol.  I think it survives only because of Iowa's place in the primaries.

by The lurking ecologist 2008-02-25 09:32AM | 0 recs

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