Wednesday, September 29, 2010

$12.5M lottery prize theft leads to 3 arrests

September 29, 2010

$12.5M lottery prize theft leads to 3 arrests

By CBC News
CBC News

Three family members in the Toronto area have been charged in the theft of a $12.5-million lottery prize, while police seek the rightful owner of the Lotto Super 7 ticket bought in 2003.

Three family members in the Toronto area have been charged in the theft of a $12.5-million lottery prize, while police seek the rightful owner of the Lotto Super 7 ticket bought in 2003.

Two of the accused are a father and son who worked at a Burlington lottery outlet and were actively stealing tickets from customers, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis said in Toronto after the arrests Wednesday.

After the Lotto Super 7 draw on Dec. 26, 2003, the pair handed the ticket over to a female family member to claim, the police allege.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation paid out the prize in December 2004.

Profile of rightful winner

Lottery officials say the actual winner of the $12.5-million prize could be a group that buys tickets regularly. The person or persons bought the original Super 7 ticket at That's Entertainment in St. Catharines in October 2003. It was handed in for validation at the Variety Plus store in Burlington, and the buyer was never told it won a free ticket that went on to win the big prize on Dec. 26. Police believe the customer lived in one city and worked in the other and had a unique spending habit on multiple tickets. The customer played Super 7 regularly but also played other lottery products from time to time.

Kathleen Chung, 29, her brother Kenneth Chung, 28, and the pair's 60-year-old father, Jun-Chul Chung, face a string of charges from theft and fraud to money-laundering and possession of proceeds of crime.

Police have also seized many of the family's assets, including bank accounts, five luxury vehicles, two residential homes, three commercial properties, and other personal property such as jewelry and electronics, bought after the win, Insp. Don Perron said.

At a separate news conference Wednesday, OLG chair Paul Godfrey said the organization will pay the rightful owner of the winning ticket the full prize amount plus interest.

"Someone in our province has potentially been denied a $12.5-million jackpot that is theirs as the rightful ticket purchaser," he said. "We want to find that person. We are committed to making sure the right prize gets in the right hands each and every time."

Using a new in-house data and analytic tool called DART (data analysis and retrieval technology), the OLG created a customer and ticket profile for the winning ticket, Godfrey said.

DART allows OLG to review billions of transactions in a matter of minutes to determine patterns that identify potentially fraudulent behaviour and claims.

"We can find out where tickets with those same winning numbers have been purchased, where they've been validated, which city, which retailer," Godfrey said. "[It] also allows us to know everything there is to know about a ticket, about patterns and routines of play, locations, timing and habits."

CBC's The Fifth Estate profiled the case of Kathleen Chung, who allegedly cashed the winning ticket at her brother's convenience store in Burlington back in early 2004.

The case raised many red flags after Chung claimed not to recall where she bought the ticket and refused a polygraph test.

At first, Chung called the lottery prize office, saying she was phoning on behalf of her brother who "owned" the ticket.

When she appeared at the prize office in person on Feb. 5, 2004, she claimed it as her own, denied a connection to any retailer and even prepared to sign a declaration stating she didn't have a brother.

However, an OLG investigator discovered a familial link between Chung and the store where she validated her winning ticket.

The OLG eventually paid out the money without the usual fanfare, because it was unable to prove any wrongdoing.

The provincial police investigation and arrests follow a scathing report from Ontario's ombudsman, which was triggered by the CBC's The Fifth Estate story.

Since 2007, hundreds of wins have come under question, and the police have taken on a key role in the investigations.

A forensic audit released in February 2009 revealed that lottery retailers, employees and their families have taken home $198 million in prizes over the past 13 years.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2008, a unit of 14 police officers has been working with the OLG regulator, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, to investigate insider and suspicious wins.

P.O.V.:

Lottery fraud: How do you protect yourself? [http://www.cbc.ca/news/pointofview/2010/09/lottery-fraud-how-do-you-protect-yourself.html]

In 2008, the police investigated 477 insider and suspicious wins, resulting in charges against 14 people. Last year, 355 such wins were investigated and four people charged.

Search underway for rightful winner

At their news conference Wednesday, police also released information they hope will identify the rightful winner of the $12.5 million. The customer profile matches that of a group play, Insp. Bill Price revealed.

The Super 7 ticket was purchased at That's Entertainment in St. Catharines, Ont., in 2003. That original ticket was redeemed at the Variety Plus store in Burlington - where Kenneth Chung was manager - and it won a free ticket in the Dec. 26 draw, worth $12.5 million.

The winning numbers for the Dec. 26 draw were: 6, 8, 14, 25, 36, 41 and 42. Police believe the customer lived in one city and worked in the other and had a unique spending habit on multiple tickets. The customer played Super 7 regularly but also played other lottery products from time to time.

"We are optimistic that publicizing information about this investigation will help identify the victim of this fraud," said Lewis.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Climate sceptics claim leaked emails are evidence of collusion among scientists

guardian.co.uk, Friday 20 November 2009 18.15 GMT

Climate sceptics claim leaked emails are evidence of collusion among scientists

Hundreds of emails and documents exchanged between world's leading climate scientists stolen by hackers and leaked online

Hundreds of private emails and documents allegedly exchanged between some of the world's leading climate scientists during the past 13 years have been stolen by hackers and leaked online, it emerged today.

The computer files were apparently accessed earlier this week from servers at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, a world-renowned centre focused on the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change.

Climate change sceptics who have studied the emails allege they provide "smoking gun" evidence that some of the climatologists colluded in manipulating data to support the widely held view that climate change is real, and is being largely caused by the actions of mankind.

The veracity of the emails has not been confirmed and the scientists involved have declined to comment on the story, which broke on a blog called The Air Vent.

The files, which in total amount to 160MB of data, were first uploaded on to a Russian server, before being widely mirrored across the internet. The emails were accompanied by the anonymous statement: "We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps. We hereby release a random selection of correspondence, code and documents. Hopefully it will give some insight into the science and the people behind it."

A spokesperson for the University of East Anglia said: "We are aware that information from a server used for research information in one area of the university has been made available on public websites. Because of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm that all this material is genuine. This information has been obtained and published without our permission and we took immediate action to remove the server in question from operation. We are undertaking a thorough internal investigation and have involved the police in this inquiry."

In one email, dated November 1999, one scientist wrote: "I've just completed Mike's Nature [the science journal] trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie, from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline."

This sentence, in particular, has been leapt upon by sceptics as evidence of manipulating data, but the credibility of the email has not been verified. The scientists who allegedly sent it declined to comment on the email.

"It does look incriminating on the surface, but there are lots of single sentences that taken out of context can appear incriminating," said Bob Ward, director of policy and communications at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. "You can't tell what they are talking about. Scientists say 'trick' not just to mean deception. They mean it as a clever way of doing something - a short cut can be a trick."

In another alleged email, one of the scientists apparently refers to the death of a prominent climate change sceptic by saying "in an odd way this is cheering news".

Ward said that if the emails are correct, they "might highlight behaviour that those individuals might not like to have made public." But he added, "Let's separate out [the climate scientists] reacting badly to the personal attacks [from sceptics] to the idea that their work has been carried out in an inappropriate way."

The revelations did not alter the huge body of evidence from a variety of scientific fields that supports the conclusion that modern climate change is caused largely by human activity, Ward said. The emails refer largely to work on so-called paleoclimate data - reconstructing past climate scenarios using data such as ice cores and tree rings. "Climate change is based on several lines of evidence, not just paleoclimate data," he said. "At the heart of this is basic physics."

Ward pointed out that the individuals named in the alleged emails had numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. "It would be very surprising if after all this time, suddenly they were found out doing something as wrong as that."

Professor Michael Mann, director of Pennsylvania State University's Earth System Science Centre and a regular contributor to the popular climate science blog Real Climate, features in many of the email exchanges. He said: "I'm not going to comment on the content of illegally obtained emails. However, I will say this: both their theft and, I believe, any reproduction of the emails that were obtained on public websites, etc, constitutes serious criminal activity. I'm hoping the perpetrators and their facilitators will be tracked down and prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows."

When the Guardian asked Prof Phil Jones at UEA, who features in the correspondence, to verify whether the emails were genuine, he refused to comment.

The alleged emails illustrate the persistent pressure some climatologists have been under from sceptics in recent years. There have been repeated calls, including Freedom of Information requests, for the Climate Research Unit to make public a confidential dataset of land and sea temperature recordings that is "value added" by the unit before being used by the Met Office. The emails show the frustration some climatologists have had at having to operate under such intense, often politically motivated, scrutiny.

Prof Bob Watson, the chief scientific advisor at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said, "Evidence for climate change is irrefutable. The world's leading scientists overwhelmingly agree what we're experiencing is not down to natural variation."

"With this overwhelming scientific body of evidence failing to take action to tackle climate change would be the wrong thing to do – the impacts here in Britain and across the world will worsen and the economic consequences will be catastrophic."

A spokesman for Greenpeace said: "If you looked through any organisation's emails from the last 10 years you'd find something that would raise a few eyebrows. Contrary to what the sceptics claim, the Royal Society, the US National Academy of Sciences, Nasa and the world's leading atmospheric scientists are not the agents of a clandestine global movement against the truth. This stuff might drive some web traffic, but so does David Icke."

• This article was amended on Wednesday 25 November 2009. A unit was garbled: the files amount to 160MB of data, not 160MbB. This has been corrected.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Britain : World's largest wind farm opens off UK coast


World's largest wind farm opens off UK coast

LONDON — The world's largest offshore wind farm opened off the southeast coast of England on Thursday, as part of the British government's push to boost renewable energy.

Swedish energy company Vattenfall, which constructed the wind farm, said the 100 turbines off the coast of Thanet could, at their peak, produce enough electricity a year to power the equivalent of more than 200,000 homes.

The huge site on the North Sea, built seven miles (12 kilometers) off the coast, will boost the renewable energy now generated by the onshore and offshore wind turbines around the U.K.

With the opening of the Thanet wind farm, Britain now has the capacity to produce 5 gigawatts of wind-powered energy — roughly the amount of energy needed to power all the homes in Scotland, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said.

Britain gets only 3 percent of its energy from renewable sources but is aiming for a target of 15 percent by 2020. The nation ranks 25th of 27 European Union countries on action on green power.

"We are an island nation and I firmly believe we should be harnessing our wind, wave and tidal resources to the maximum," Huhne said at a ceremony at sea as he officially opened the Thanet wind farm.

Each Thanet turbine is up to 380 feet (115 meters) tall and the site is as large as 4,000 football fields. Vattenfall said its new farm could generate 300 megawatts of energy at full capacity, although critics note that wind power output can be intermittent and variable. The company said the farm is expected to operate for at least 25 years.

Environmental group Friends of the Earth said Britain's record on renewable energy is still dismal and urged more investment in green energy projects.

The group wants the British government to guarantee funding of at least 2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) a year for the Green Investment Bank, which aims to boost private-sector spending on low-carbon technology.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Computer model shows how the Red Sea may have parted for Moses * By Helen Davidson

Computer model shows how the Red Sea may have parted for Moses




  • Computer model shows how the Red Sea parted
  • A strong wind at a bend in a river creates ideal conditions
  • It's possible the waters parted for Moses

COMPUTER modelling has explained how the Red Sea parted for Moses and the Israelites escaping from the Pharoah.

The story, told in biblical writings and in the Koran, describes an east wind blowing the water apart, leaving a dry tract of land for the group to flee across.

When the Pharoah's army tries to follow, the walls of water rush back and drown the soldiers.

While this sounds like fantasy, an American research team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Colorado at Boulder has created a computer simulation model to show that given the right circumstances, it is possible that the waters did indeed part for Moses.

The computer simulations, part of a greater study on how wind affects water, have shown that with a strong east wind blowing overnight at a bend where a river merges with a lagoon, the waters would be pushed back, exposing a land bridge for a short time.

It is due to a phenomenon known as a "wind setdown" where a strong and persistent wind can push a body of water and "pile it up" downwind.

Carl Drew who led the study, says in a video that this phenomenon is well-known, but to re-enact the biblical story, "the tricky part is to get water on both sides of the crossing".

They found that at a point where a river bends to merge with a coastal lagoon, the water "splits at the point of the bend".

"So there's water on both sides and a bunch of refugees can come walking or running across," he said.

Such a place occurred in the ancient Eastern Nile Delta.

Mr Drews and CU oceanographer Weiqing Han analysed archaeological records, satellite measurements and maps and applied the data to ancient topography of an area of the Nile Delta which they believed provided both the right geographical conditions and a plausible site for the Bible story.

Mr Drews told news.com.au that he ran 14 simulation experiments. "They tested various configurations of the geography and the wind (direction and speed). The short answer is that the crossing has some tolerance to variations, but not a whole lot. It's a rare event."

They found that if the wind blows for 12 hours at 63 miles per hour (just over 101km/h) it would push back nearly two metres of deep water.

This would expose mud flats for four hours, creating a safe passage for Moses and the Israelites.

This in turn would push the water into the lake and the channel of the river, creating the two walls of water.

When asked, Mr Drews said he had not had any reactions from church groups as yet. "The overwhelming reaction is that people are fascinated that a 3,000-year-old story, one they've heard about and seen in movies, has a real scientific basis in physical laws."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Helicopter crashes on Pikes Peak as crew films Audi driverless car commercial like one here

A YouTube video on view below shows a new Audi being controlled by a computer, not a driver, as it speeds across some open flats. Most commenters were wowed, but one wrote, "Alright, let's test it on a place [with] a few more obstacles, shall we?"

A film crew was doing just that today on Pikes Peak when the helicopter carrying them -- not the car itself -- crashed.

Fortunately, pilot Jim Dirker, who used to fly for 9News, and the three crew members all survived. But the commercial will have to wait for another day. Check out the earlier footage below:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Obama: 'A lot of people out there are still hurting'

President Obama urged a crowd today to stick with his economic policies as the nation slowly recovers from an economic crisis more than a decade in the making.

"The challenge is, is that the hole was so deep that a lot of people out there are still hurting," Obama told a town hall meeting sponsored by the CNBC financial news network. "So the question then becomes, what can we now put in place to make sure that the trend lines continue in a positive direction, as opposed to going back in the negative direction?"

Obama, taking some critical questions from the audience, denied he is anti-business, and said his administration seeks the best balance between a free market and essential regulation.

Republican Party chair Michael Steele said Obama "trotted out the same old worn-out reassurances on the economy, but Americans are still waiting for the promised recovery that never arrived."

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Contractor Says He Was Paid to Remove Motrin From Shelves

E-Mails Obtained by ABC News Show J&J and FDA Knew of Buyback Program

by Dr. RICHARD BESSER and BRINDA ADHIKARI

Sept. 20, 2010 —

For generations, parents have depended on Johnson & Johnson, trusting the company's medicines in the middle of the night.

Today, the gold-standard brand is in a tailspin and its quality is being questioned as Johnson & Johnson faces a second congressional hearing.

There have been eight recalls in the last year -- 136 million bottles of children's medicines including Children's Tylenol, Motrin Infant Drops, Children's Benadryl and Zyrtec -- and the company is apologizing for the largest over-the-counter children's medicine recall in history.

In November 2008, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare discovered that some of its Motrin tablets were not dissolving properly -- meaning that if a consumer had a headache and took the medication, it might not work as expected.

Usually when there is a manufacturing problem, the product is recalled even if, as in this case, it does not pose a harm to consumers. In this case, contractors were sent to 5,000 convenience stores around the U.S. to quietly buy the faulty Motrin without alerting the public.

"I had been told not to say that this was a recall," said Lynn Walther who works for a Portland, Ore., inventory company. "I did not understand why I should be telling someone that this is not a recall when in my mind it was a recall."

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Walther said that he was hired by a contractor to walk into convenience stores and quietly buy specific lots of Motrin IB caplet eight-count vials. Though he said his purchases often were met with puzzled looks from store owners, Walther said he had been told not to give the stores an explanation.

"Usually the only thing that was said was 'That's quite a bit of Motrin. What are you going to do with that?'" Walther said. "I just said, 'I'd like to purchase this Motrin.' I didn't make any conversation that I didn't feel was necessary."

He said he was following the instructions he'd been given. "You should simply act like a regular customer while making these purchases," the document said. "There must be no mention of this being a recall of the product. Run in, find the product, make your purchase and run out."

'I Wish ... I Hadn't Done It

Johnson And Johnson Criminal Investigation Click Here


Twisted Faith

A pastor's dark secret casts a long shadow across his entire congregation


Transcript

JOSH MANKIEWICZ reporting: (Voiceover) Amid the pine trees and cedars on Bainbridge Island, Washington, near Seattle, you’ll find a little church. In here the faithful practiced a Christianity that embraced what could be called the supernatural. They called it super spiritual. It was an emotional and visceral faith, and a faith that believed in hearing messages, prophecies directly from God. Some of this story is about God, and some of it isn’t.

(Trees; clouds; jaywalker and traffic; clouds; church exterior; sun; cross; clouds; cross on pew; clouds)

Ms. DIANA PARMELE: There is God. There is also a devil.

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Stampede fears for young as walruses pack Alaska beach because ice has melted @TSJ

TENS of thousands of walruses have come ashore in northwest Alaska because the sea ice they normally rest on has melted.

US government scientists say this massive move to shore by walruses is unusual in the United States. But it has happened at least twice before, in 2007 and 2009. In those years Arctic sea ice also was at or near record low levels.

The walruses “stretch out for one mile or more. This is just packed shoulder-to-shoulder,” US Geological Survey biologist Anthony Fischbach said from Alaska.

He estimated their number at tens of thousands.

Scientists with two federal agencies are most concerned about the 900-kg female walruses stampeding and crushing each other and their smaller calves near Point Lay, Alaska, on the Chukchi Sea.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to change airplane flight patterns to avoid spooking the animals. Officials have also asked locals to be judicious about hunting, said agency spokesman Bruce Woods.

The federal government is in a year-long process to determine if walruses should be put on the endangered species list.

Mr Fischbach said scientists don't know how long the walrus camp-out will last, but there should be enough food for all of them.

During normal summers, the males go off to play in the Bering Sea, while the females raise their young in the Chukchi. The females rest on sea ice and dive from it to the sea floor for clams and worms.

“When they no longer have a place to rest, they need to go some place and it's a long commute,” Mr Fischbach said. “This is directly related to the lack of sea ice.”

Loss of sea ice in the Chukchi this summer in the northern hemisphere has surprised scientists because last winter lots of old established sea ice floated into the region, said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center. But that has disappeared.

Although last year was a slight improvement over previous years, Mr Serreze says there has been a long-term decline that he blames on global warming.

“We'll likely see more summers like this,” he said. “There is no sign of Arctic recovery.”

AP

That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane -
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world serves its own needs, regardless of your own needs. Feed it up a knock,
speed, grunt no, strength no. Ladder structure clatter with fear of height,
down height. Wire in a fire, represent the seven games in a government for
hire and a combat site. Left her, wasn't coming in a hurry with the furies
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light, feeling pretty psyched.

It's the end of the world as we know it.
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return, listen to yourself churn. Lock him in uniform and book burning,
blood letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate. Light a candle,
light a motive. Step down, step down. Watch a heel crush, crush. Uh oh,
this means no fear - cavalier. Renegade and steer clear! A tournament,
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and I decline.

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Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs.
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slam, but neck, right? Right.

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Obama: 'A lot of people out there are still hurting'


Obama speaks to CNBC Town Hall

Monday, September 13, 2010

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It is not disputed that the Pentagon was a military target, or that a CIA office was situated in the World Trade Center. Following the logic by which U.S. Defense Department spokespersons have consistently sought to justify target selection in places like Baghdad, this placement of an element of the American "command and control infrastructure" in an ostensibly civilian facility converted the Trade Center itself into a "legitimate" target. Again following U.S. military doctrine, as announced in briefing after briefing, those who did not work for the CIA but were nonetheless killed in the attack amounted to no more than "collateral damage". If the U.S. public is prepared to accept these "standards" when they are routinely applied to other people, they should not be surprised when the same standards are applied to them.

Ward Churchill , Statement to Rocky Mountain News

On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality

"There is simply no argument to be made that the Pentagon personnel killed on September 11 fill that bill. The building and those inside comprised military targets, pure and simple. As to those in the World Trade Center . . .

Well, really. Let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire – the "mighty engine of profit" to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved – and they did so both willingly and knowingly. Recourse to "ignorance" – a derivative, after all, of the word "ignore" – counts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite. To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved in – and in many cases excelling at – it was because of their absolute refusal to see. More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it." Ward Churchill


On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality (ISBN 1-902593-79-0) is a book written by Ward Churchill published in 2003 by AK Press. The "Roosting Chickens" of the title comes from a 1963 Malcolm X speech[citation needed] about the John F. Kennedy assassination, calling it "merely a case of 'chickens coming home to roost.'"[1]

Churchill used the term "Roosting Chickens" in a short essay Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens first published on September 12, 2001. In that article, Churchill alleged that the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States were "acts of war" by the "Islamic East" in defense against the "crusades" waged by the "Christian West" (e.g. Arab-Israeli conflict and The First Gulf War) throughout the late 20th century.[2]

Ward Churchill

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ward Churchill

Ward Churchill speaking at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair, May 2005.
Born October 2, 1947 (1947-10-02) (age 62)
Elmwood, Illinois, United States
Occupation Author, Activist

Ward LeRoy Churchill (born October 2, 1947) is an American writer and political activist. He was a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1990 to 2007. The primary focus of his work is on the historical treatment of political dissenters and Native Americans by the United States (US) government. His work features controversial and provocative claims, written in a direct – often confrontational – style.

In January 2005, Churchill's work attracted publicity because of the widespread circulation of a 2001 essay, "On the Justice of Roosting Chickens". In the essay, he claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks were a natural and unavoidable consequence of what he views as unlawful US policy, and he referred to the "technocratic corps" working in the World Trade Center as "little Eichmanns".[1]

In March 2005 the University of Colorado began investigating allegations that Churchill had engaged in research misconduct; it reported in June 2006 that he had done so.[2] Churchill was fired on July 24, 2007,[3] leading to a claim by some scholars that he was fired over the ideas he expressed.[4][dead link][5] Churchill filed a lawsuit against the University of Colorado for unlawful termination of employment. In April 2009 a Denver jury found that Churchill was wrongly fired, awarding him $1 in damages.[6][7] In July, 2009, a District Court judge vacated the monetary award and declined Churchill's request to order his reinstatement, deciding the university has "quasi-judicial immunity". In February, 2010, Churchill appealed the judge's decision.[8][9]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward_Churchill

"If there was a better, more effective way of visiting some penalty...upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting...the Twin Towers, ...
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WTC "Nazi"-Crack Professor to Speak at NY College
Newswatch 50, WWTI, Watertown, NY ^ | January 27, 2005 | AP

Posted on January-27-05 8:59:47 AM by Former Dodger

CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate college is being criticized for scheduling a speaker who has compared victims of the September Eleventh terrorist attacks to one of the Nazi architects of the Holocaust. Ward Churchill will take part in a panel discussion at Hamilton College, near Utica, on February third.

Churchill, who's an American Indian, is head of the ethnic studies program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The day after September Eleventh, 2001, Churchill wrote an essay in which he said the victims of the terrorist attacks weren't innocent bystanders and he compared them to Nazi Adolf Eichmann, a key figure in carrying out the Holocaust.

Churchill's scheduled appearance at Hamilton has outraged some students and faculty. One professor says it's "morally outrageous" to invite Churchill to the college. Organizers of the lecture series says allowing diverse viewpoints to be presented on campus is what academic institutions are supposed to do.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bizarro; loonyleft; loureedwannabe; narcissist; wardchurchill
NOTE: In an essay penned on September 12, 2001, Churchill wrote:

"If there was a better, more effective way of visiting some penalty...upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting...the Twin Towers, I'd be interested in hearing about it....They were civilians of a sort,...But innocent? Gimme a break."

His appearance is being funded by "The Kirkland Project", a college-funded program that was harshly criticized last fall for its role in hiring 1960's radical Susan Rosenberg. Rosenbereg was linked to a deadly 1981 armored-car robbery and served 16 years in prison for possessing 600 pounds of explosives. She quit before she started teaching in December.

1 posted on January-27-05 8:59:48 AM by Former Dodger

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Daw: Billionaires — To envy or raid for our benefit? - thestar.com

Billionaires, millionaires and anyone earning more than $300,000 a year should be fair game for much higher taxes, argue two staunch opponents of gross inequality.

Linda McQuaig, a prolific author and Toronto Star columnist, has worked with leading law professor Neil Brooks to write a new book called The Trouble With Billionaires.



Daw: Billionaires — To envy or raid for our benefit? - thestar.com

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Trump Offers To Buy 45 Park Place - Site Of Mosque Contraversy

Read the letter released by Donald Trump's office.


(CBS/ AP) Donald Trump is offering to buy out one of the major investors in the real estate partnership that controls the site near ground zero where a Muslim group wants to build a 13-story Islamic center.

In a letter released Thursday by Trump's publicist, the real estate investor tells Hisham Elzanaty he would buy his stake in the lower Manhattan building for 25 percent more than whatever he paid.


Trump says he's making the offer not because he thinks the location is spectacular but because it would end "a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation."

The letter from Trump, addressed to Hisham Elzanaty, reads in part:

"As part of the offer, it would be agreed that, if you or your representative were to build a mosque, it would be located at least five blocks further from the World Trade Center site."

Fact Check: The "Ground Zero Mosque" Debate

It's unclear whether Elzanaty has total control over the property, which is owned by an eight-member investment group managed by Soho Properties.

Many Republicans and some Democrats say the proposed $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque should be built elsewhere where there is no possible association with New York's ground zero. Far more than a local zoning issue, the matter has seized congressional campaigns, put President Barack Obama and his party on the spot - he says Muslims have the right to build the mosque - divided families of the Sept. 11, 2001, victims, caught the attention of Muslims abroad and threatened to blur distinctions between mainstream Islam in the U.S. and its radical elements.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ruby Dhalla's nanny trouble - thestar.com

Ruby Dhalla's nanny trouble - thestar.com

STOP Ruby DHalla's BILL C-428 Canada Old Age Pension Changes!!!

Canadian Seniors get 1018.00 per mth pension...
X 12 months = $12,144.00 annual income

Versus a monthly pension of: $1,890.00 to a simple refugee
plus : 580.00 in social aid
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A grand total of : $2,470.00 monthly
X 12 months
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$28,920.00 annual income

· A difference of : $16,776.00 per year
Perhaps our senior citizens should ask for the Status of Refugees instead of applying for Old Age Pension.

And now the Brampton MP Is Trying To Get Pensions For Immigrants After 3 years in Canada?





Go To Carp Canadian Association Of Retired People and send an email to your MP

send an email here: http://www.carp.ca/evoice/

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Please DO NOT VOTE FOR BILL #C-428 - Old Age Pension Reform This is not a bill that should be supported by Canadian taxpayers.I will vote against ANY member of parliment that supports this bill. I have signed a petition that has signatures from 33033 Canadian Taxpayers who oppose this bill. We will oppose any MP in the next election who supports this bill.


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