Through The Static

March 30, 2008

Muslims more numerous than Catholics

Filed under: Religion — disciplepete @ 1:38 pm

Yahoo:

VATICAN CITY – Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world’s largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday.

“For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us,” Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. Formenti compiles the Vatican’s yearbook.

He said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population — a stable percentage — while Muslims were at 19.2 percent. (article)

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Mukasey: piracy funding terror

Filed under: Culture,Government,Technology — disciplepete @ 1:32 pm

Yahoo:

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Attorney General Michael Mukasey warned Friday that the huge profits generated from piracy and counterfeiting are increasingly flowing into the coffers of terrorist groups.

In remarks to Silicon Valley executives at the Tech Museum of Innovation, Mukasey said the economy and national security of the United States are increasingly threatened by violations involving copyrighted software code, patented inventions and trademarked properties. (article)

My favorite C.A. in San Jose better read this….your music theft is funding terror!

Victory for the Topless Front: Women in Copenhagen can now swim and walk around in public pools without their bikini tops

Filed under: Gender,World News — disciplepete @ 1:23 pm

Daily Mail:

Feminism some men may argue, has its downsides – particularly when it means they have to share the housework.

But few would protest against the latest victory for women’s rights.

Ladies in Copenhagen will now be allowed to swim and walk around topless in public pools. (article)

Yeah, I don’t think I can make it out to protest this…

Obama and the Baby Boomers

Filed under: Politics — disciplepete @ 1:04 pm

From Counterpunch, a good article about Barackstar’s promised “change” and what effect (or lack of) it will have on key issues: empire and race. Some excerpts:

Barack Obama wants to become a transcendent politician. He speaks about it all the time and he embodies the idea personally. It’s a nice idea but what does it mean in the context of 2008? Two issues, race and empire, are at the center of why his task will be a difficult one…

The irony of the entire debate is that Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton for that matter, are no threat to the empire or fundamentally changing the way race is mediated in United States society. Obama is not calling for closure of the hundreds of bases around the world that help maintain US power across the planet, he actually is calling for an increase in US combat troops. He is not calling for a serious change in the way the economy is organized that concentrates poverty and incarceration in the minority population. He does have a plan that concentrates “a few billion” at rural and urban areas but an increasingly globalized capitalism will not be simply tamed by a few billion dollars and a Charter School in Detroit…

Obama will have difficult time changing our interventionist policies around the world and race relations for two primary reasons 1) his liberal program does not fundamentally alter the ends of US power internationally which supports the free movement of capital and a world of inequality and 2) the Right will challenge his patriotism and loyalty because they will oppose anyone who does not embrace their program of maintenance of an international war machine to support US corporate power and a policy towards race that blames the victim. (article)

March 28, 2008

Global warming picks up pace in the West

Filed under: Environment — disciplepete @ 5:36 pm

ENN:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. West is heating up at nearly twice the rate of the rest of the world and is likely to face more drought conditions in many of its fast-growing cities, an environmental group said on Thursday.

By analyzing federal government temperature data, the Natural Resources Defense Council concluded that the average temperature in the 11-state Western region from 2003-07 was 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit (0.94 degrees Celsius) higher than the historical average of the 20th century.

The global average increase for the same period was 1.0 degrees Fahrenheit (0.55 degrees Celsius). (article)

It’s getting hot in herre….

March 27, 2008

US Document Confirms Iraq Dungeon

Filed under: World News — disciplepete @ 7:40 pm

Consortium News:

A classified memo written by the top U.S. military officer in western Iraq reveals that a prison in downtown Fallujah is so overcrowded and dirty that it does not even meet basic “minimal levels of hygiene for human beings.”…

…The memo contains other shocking revelations about conditions at the jail, including a massive shortage of food and water. The prison is said to be run by Iraqi officials. U.S. Marines oversee operation of the facility…

…Totten, an independent journalist, said the prison can house a maximum of 110 prisoners but he discovered that there were more then 900 crammed into the facility. U.S. contractors built the prison in 2005 which is located next to the U.S. Joint Communications Center. (article)

I wish I could say I was surprised…

 

Census: Texas is the hot place to live

Filed under: Economics,Government,Labor — Tranimal @ 11:50 am

AP:

Four Texas metropolitan areas were among the biggest population gainers as Americans continued their trend of moving to the Sun Belt in 2006 and 2007, according to Census Bureau estimates to be released Thursday. 

. . . Atlanta saw the second-largest population jump with just over 151,000 new residents. Phoenix was third with more than 132,000, and was followed by Houston, Riverside, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, Austin, Las Vegas and San Antonio.

Woo-wee! Tejas is getting some major numbers.

Though this report also indicates that some cities like Detriot lost some 27,300 residents. I’ve been to Detriot and that type of population lost (due to loss of manufacturing jobs like the ones traditionally abundant in Detriot decades ago) shuts down a city.

There are literally empty parts of the city where there is NO ONE. With no new people coming in to stir some growth with traditional manufacture/factory dominated cities like Detriot, like Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, etc,  it can possibly aggravate the local economy more, causing more people to take flight into states like Texas. 

Which can mean demographic changes = electoral changes.  Dun dun dun.

YouTube to provide more viewership info

Filed under: Culture,Technology — Tranimal @ 11:36 am

AP:

The popular video-sharing site YouTube is giving contributors more details about who’s watching their video clips and when, offering advertisers additional insights they can use to target their pitches. The free program, known as YouTube Insight, also could help bands schedule their concerts and help anyone time the release of a new video. The launch of Insight on Thursday comes as Google Inc. looks for ways to make money off its $1.76 billion purchase of YouTube in 2006. Despite growing interest in online video ads, many marketers have stayed away from user-generated video like what’s on YouTube.

Next thing you know they’ll know how many times you watched that new Britney video….. Don’t be skird. Yet.  

Hillary’s Approval Rating Plummets In NBC/WSJ Poll

Filed under: Politics — disciplepete @ 8:58 am

Huffington Post:

As expected, one of the two major Democratic candidates saw a downturn in the latest NBC/WSJ poll, but it’s not the candidate that you think. Hillary Clinton is sporting the lowest personal ratings of the campaign. Moreover, her 37% positive rating is the lowest the NBC/WSJ poll has recorded since March 2001, two months after she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York. (article)

37%? If that’s for real, she’s wading into Bush territory…

Police: Girl Dies After Parents Pray for Healing Instead of Seeking Medical Help

Filed under: Religion — disciplepete @ 8:53 am

Fox News:

WESTON, Wis. —  An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes, police said Tuesday. (article)

The perils of religion…

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