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The New World Economy The End Of America
supports the Copenhagen Accord, the successor to the Kyoto Treaty, if,
in the words of a U.S. State Department spokesman, it can come up with
an "effective framework" for dealing with global warming.
United Nations document on "climate change" that will be
a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of
the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth
transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial
relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for
greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes -- all under the
supervision of the world body.
In the stultifying language that
is normal for important U.N. conclaves, the negotiators are known as the
"Ad Hoc Working Group On Further Commitments For Annex I Parties Under
the Kyoto Protocol." Yet the consequences of their negotiations, if
enacted, would be nothing short of world-changing.
deal done has become the United Nations' highest priority, and the Bonn
meeting is seen as a critical step along the path to what the U.N. calls
an "ambitious and effective international response to climate change,"
which is intended to culminate at the later gathering in Copenhagen.
The paper makes no effort to calculate the magnitude of the costs
and disruption involved, but despite the discreet presentation, makes
clear that they will reverberate across the entire global economic
Experts have been much more blunt about the draconian
nature of the measures they deem necessary to make "effective"
greenhouse gas reductions.
In an influential but highly
controversial paper called "Key Elements of a Global Deal on Climate
Change," British economist Nicholas Lord Stern, formerly a high British
Treasury official, has declared that industrial economies would need to
cut their per capita carbon dioxide emissions by "at least 80% by 2050,"
while the biggest economies, like the U.S.'s, would have to make cuts of
Stern also calls for "immediate and binding"
reduction targets for developed nations of 20 percent to 40 percent by
To meet Stern's 2050 goals, he says, among other things,
"most of the world's electricity production will need to have been
Obama's Education Reform
says the best way to improve the nation's education system is with
more money and more reform.
Answering questions at the first
online town hall from the White House, Obama said Thursday that greater
investment in early childhood education and rewarding talented teachers
would significantly improve the system.
Obama is addressing something he knows about -- "education reform."
From 1995 to 1999, Obama served as co-chair of the
Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) -- his partner was the
unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers,
Obama became the leader of an
ambitious project to remake ( ) the public schools of Chicago. This was a
big test for him. It was his chance to bring hope and
change to the mostly minority inner city school children trapped in
The "Small Schools" movement was heavily funded
by CAC. The program focused on individual schools built around specific
political themes to push students to "confront issues of inequity, war,
education programs served as "sites of resistance" to an oppressive
The point, said Ayers in his "Teaching Toward Freedom,"
is to "teach against oppression" -- against America's history of evil and
racism, thereby forcing social transformation.
flopped big time. He squandered $110 million (including over $60 million
in public funds) and the time of many public employees on a project that
yielded no discernable result.
The Final Technical Report of the
Chicago Annenberg Research Project is
available. From its
"Results suggest that among the schools it supported, the Challenge
had little impact on school improvement and student outcomes, with no
statistically significant differences between Annenberg and
non-Annenberg schools in rates of achievement gain, classroom behavior,
student self-efficacy, and social competence."
A Real "Shadow" Government
spearheading the effort in Washington state to bring light to the issue
of Barack Obama's eligibility to be president says he was
day today by officers with the federal Department of Homeland Security,
the Snohomish County sheriff's office and the Everitt city police
"There's definitely observation," attorney
Stephen Pidgeon said. "Maybe observation in anticipation of making an arrest."
Pidgeon said he contacted his personal defense attorney, and
also was in contact with the
Alliance Defense Fund, a national
organization advocating for civil liberties and religious and personal
Pidgeon is affiliated with the organization and told
WND that there would be a letter sent inquiring about the surveillance.
He said he first became aware of the situation when his wife
left their rural home early in the day and reported there were three law
enforcement vehicles parked nearby, along with three black
Suburban-style vehicles carrying camouflage-wearing agents, apparently
from Homeland Security. He said when he left his home, he had a
sheriff's vehicle "marking every turn that I made. There's definitely
Pidgeon said he has been "outspoken" about the
Obama administration and its validity due to the eligibility questions,
but didn't realize he was "qualifying as an enemy of the state."
He immediately reached out to a number of individuals through
e-mail. "My only protection is to contact the people I know. We are definitely under surveillance and it's coordinated with
Homeland Security," he said.
Later in the day, he said one of his associates had
been followed from his home to the law firm's downtown office, and the
associate was stopped just outside the building.
officer claimed he didn't have brake lights working," Pidgeon said. "But
am writing this now as three black suburbans with HS personnel in camo
are moving in to my neighborhood. I suspect arrest here shortly. In the
event that you do not hear from me by tomorrow morning, please continue
to contact by me email, as we will try to monitor. If not, contact Cesar
Velasquez in Bellevue, WA (a Washington lawyer) for status.
Americorps Has Stench Of Authoritar-ianism
||With almost no public attention, both chambers of Congress in the past
week advanced an alarming expansion of the Americorps national service
plan, with the number of federally funded community-service jobs
increasing from 75,000 to 250,000 at a cost of $5.7 billion.
Lurking behind the feel-good rhetoric spouted by the measureís advocates
is a bill that upon closer inspection reveals multiple provisions that
together create a strong odor of creepy authoritarianism.
House passed the measure
overwhelmingly, while only 14 senators had the sense and courage to
vote against it on a key procedural motion. Every legislator who
either voted for this bill or didnít vote at all has some serious
explaining to do.
Last summer, then-candidate Barack Obama threw
civil liberties to the wind when he proposed "a civilian national
security force thatís just as powerful, just as strong, just as
well-funded" as the regular military. The expanded
Americorps is not quite so disturbing, but a number of provisions in the
bill raise serious concerns.
To begin with, the legislation
threatens the voluntary nature of Americorps by calling for
consideration of "a workable, fair and reasonable mandatory service
requirement for all able young people." It anticipates the
possibility of requiring "all individuals in the United States" to
perform such service, including elementary school students.
bill also summons up unsettling memories of World War II-era
paramilitary groups by saying the new program should "combine the best
practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military
service," while establishing "campuses" that serve as "operational
headquarters," complete with "superintendents" and "uniforms" for all
participants. It allows for the elimination of all age
restrictions in order to involve Americans at all stages of life.
And, it calls for the creation of "a permanent cadre" in a "National
Community Civilian Corps."
But thatís not all. The bill also
calls for "youth engagement zones" in which "service learning" is "a
mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served
by the local educational agency."
This updated form of
voluntary community service is also to be "integrated into the science,
technology, engineering and mathematics curricula" at all levels of
schooling. Sounds like a government curriculum for
government-approved "service learning," which is nothing less than
When We Have An Army
||About 30 volunteers from
Organizing for America canvassed shopping areas and other high-traffic
locations in Birmingham, AL, to talk about the need for health care
reform, an education overhaul and environmentally friendly energy
"If we don't change
these three things in the next 10 to 15 years, America is over as we
know it," Chris DeHaven, told the group of volunteers before they went
their separate ways.
Those who gathered at Kelly Ingram Park in
downtown Birmingham were urged to enlist others who share Obama's vision
and to stay away from trying to convert naysayers.
looking for supporters," said DeHaven of Hoover, one of the event's
organizers. "We're not looking for a fight. That will come
later, when we have an army."
No Birth Certificate
||On an episode of TruTV's
"Speeders," a woman was pulled over for running a red light.
Wearing an Obama hat, Obama T-Shirt, and with Obama bumper sticker on
the car, she was asked why she did not have a Nevada drivers
license. Her reply? She could not get one because she could
not locate a copy of her birth certificate.
More Natural Born
||In a Seattle, Wash.,
college classroom, students were
discussing the qualifications to be
president of the United States. It was pretty simple -- the
candidate must be a natural born citizen of at least 35 years age and
fourteen years a resident within the United States.
girl in the class objected, saying the "natural born" citizen
requirement was unfair.
In short, her opinion was that this
requirement prevented many capable individuals from becoming president.
The class was taking it in and letting her rant, but everyone's
jaw hit the floor when she wrapped up her argument by stating, "What
makes a natural born citizen any more qualified to lead this country
than one born by 'C' Section?"
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