In an era where politicians happily take bribe money from special interests in the form of campaign contributions (or in the form of bribes) and in an era where no media source, mainstream or otherwise, can be trusted more than any blog on the internet, there is a serious need for serious people to get serious about where they get their news.
In a world where facts have been put aside in the interest of being the first to break a story or where career journalists sacrifice major stories because their employer won’t run them or because it …continue reading
More than 100,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves but that may be less than a third of the ultimate death toll from the massive earthquake that destroyed Haiti’s capital city Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas. Officials are now estimating the deathtoll to be at around 300,000 once all of the bodies have been found and the diseases stemming from conditions on the ground prove to be even more catastrophic than the quake.
With so much of the country in rubble, officials cannot give a good estimate of how many people have died (the estimate had previously …continue reading
After nearly seven years in a country that we were originally only going to invade for six months at most, the United States Marine Corp. completed their mission in Iraq and began to turn over command of Anbar province to the U.S. Army. This was the first move to truly signal the beginning of the United States’ withdrawal from Iraq and a shift in focus to Afghanistan.
While military officials have been happy with the security situation in most of Iraq, the move also comes in the middle of an election scandal in which 500 politicians have been …continue reading
Though most assumed the worst (at least earthquake-wise) was over after the 30-plus aftershocks that Haiti saw following the massive 7.0 earthquake that has completely ravaged the country and the city of Port-au-Prince, the country was rocked again by a 6.1 mag aftershock early this morning that sent sleeping Haitians running into the streets with all too vivid memories of last week’s events.
The earthquake hit about 35 miles away from Port-au-Prince (the first earthquake hit just 15 miles from Haiti’s capital and biggest city) and the effects were not being well reported because most relief workers, military …continue reading
Despite what the Fox News Channels and right-wingnut blogs will have you believe, the 2000s were the warmest decade on record, even more so than the 1990s, which is now the second warmest decade on record. Starting to see a pattern yet?
According to the National Climatic Data Center, the earth’s surface temperature was more than 1 degree higher than normal and nearly 1 degree higher than normal all decade. Doesn’t seem like much? Scientists predict that the worst effects of global warming will strike once the earth’s surface temperature is only about 3 degrees higher than normal.