In just under three hours, another leap second will be added to the atomic clocks that keep the official time. The reason is because the Earth’s rotation is slowing, ever so slightly. But there’s no reason to panic. Continue reading →
In 2009 you will have a new President. That one was easy. But, what more is in store for the world in the next year. Give us your predictions.
I predict a move to the left in the German general election and more votes for fringe parties. But Angela Merkel will go on as a chancellor. She did quite well during the last four years, so why not?
I wish you all and your families the best for 2009. There will be challenges, but none that cannot be overcome by fabulous people like you. You made a start already and I am sure things will go better than expected. Blessings and hugs to all!
Then head on over to Informed Comment by Juan Cole (daily) and keep up to date with what is happening by someone who follows it closely. Juan Cole, who is a Middle East expert, reports daily from reports around the globe, not just depending on the US corporate press.
A boat carry former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was struck by an Israeli patrol boat according to reports from witnesses and Israeli officials.
CNN reported, “CNN Correspondent Karl Penhaul was aboard the 60-foot, Gibraltar-registered pleasure boat Dignity when the contact occurred. In a radio message, the Israelis accused the vessel of being involved in terrorist activity, its captain said.”CNN’s John Roberts talked to McKinney about the experience. “I would call it ramming,” she explained.
The boat “Dignity” was apparently trying to deliver much needed medical supplies to Gaza City. Israel is saying that they never struck the boat. Photos of the damage would suggest otherwise.. How fortunate that “Dignity” happened to have that CNN correspondent on board to back up what really happened.
CNN correspondent Karl Penhaul was aboard the 60-foot, Gibraltar-registered pleasure boat Dignity when the contact occurred. When the boat later docked in the Lebanese port city of Tyre, severe damage was visible to the forward port side of the boat, and the front left window and part of the roof had collapsed.
The Dignity was carrying crew and 16 passengers — physicians from Britain, Germany and Cyprus and human rights activists, including former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney — who were trying to reach Gaza through an Israeli blockade of the territory.
The captain of the Dignity said the Israelis broadcast a radio message accusing the vessel of being involved in terrorist activity. But Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor denied that and said the radio message simply warned the vessel not to proceed to Gaza because it is a closed military area. [..]
[..] [CNN correspondent Karl] Penhaul said at least two Israeli patrol boats had shadowed the Dignity for about half an hour before the collision, moving around the vessel on all sides. One of the patrol boats then shined its spotlight on the Dignity while the other, with its lights off, “very severely rammed” the boat.
The captain of the Dignity told Penhaul he received no prior warning. Only after the collision did the Israelis come on the radio to say they struck the boat because they believed it was involved in terrorist activities. More..
Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected today to name former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.
The action comes despite warnings by Democratic Senate leaders that they would not seat anyone appointed by the disgraced governor who faces criminal charges of trying to sell the post, sources familiar with the decision said…
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada previously warned Blagojevich, following the governor’s Dec. 9 arrest, that Senate Democrats would not seat any appointment the two-term Democratic governor made. Reid’s warning was contained in a letter signed by all 50 sitting Democratic senators, including the No. 2 Democrat in Senate leadership, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois…
President Bush granted a pardon to New York developer Isaac Toussie, but then strangely enough, he revoked it. Rachel Maddow interviews George Washington University law school professor Paul Rothstein.
George Francis, age 112, was a man who lived in three different centuries. As an African-American man born in New Orleans, he endured Jim Crow laws, lived through two World Wars, and witnessed a man walking on the moon.
Mr Francis had a lifelong passion for politics, and proudly voted for this country’s first black president, Barack Obama.
In an interview after Obama’s victory, Francis, who used a wheelchair, said he felt like jumping up and down. “For people who say voting doesn’t matter, I think that’s crazy.”