In the News: (Jan. 12th, 09)

Get a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and fire up the old processor, the morning edition has arrived. In the News this morning: Ice Age on the way, Socialists in the Mist, Israel so confident bringing in second stringers, and Detroit gets a face lift.

Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age

Pravda-The earth is now on the brink of entering another Ice Age, according to a large and compelling body of evidence from within the field of climate science. Many sources of data which provide our knowledge base of long-term climate change indicate that the warm, twelve thousand year-long Holocene period will rather soon be coming to an end, and then the earth will return to Ice Age conditions for the next 100,000 years.

Ice cores, ocean sediment cores, the geologic record, and studies of ancient plant and animal populations all demonstrate a regular cyclic pattern of Ice Age glacial maximums which each last about 100,000 years, separated by intervening warm interglacials, each lasting about 12,000 years. read more...

Just a few days ago in the last In the News segment I was actually joking about the coming Ice Age. Then all of a sudden I read this. Oh well, guess its time to get the old parka out of the closet and dust it off. And I just upgraded my supply of Bermuda shorts for Gore-bull Warming. I wish they would make up their minds, this is getting expensive.


Obama climate czar has socialist ties

Washington Times-Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.

By Thursday, Mrs. Browner's name and biography had been removed from Socialist International's Web page, though a photo of her speaking June 30 to the group's congress in Greece was still available. read more...

Not sure why but I see her having socialist ties, while beating the Gore-bull warming mantra, and the possibility of an Ice Age as a delicious sense of irony.

Israel Bombs Hamas Homes As Reserves Move In

Fox News-From downtown Gaza City black smoke could be seen rising over the eastern suburbs, where the two sides skirmished throughout the night. At least six Palestinians were killed in the new airstrikes or died from their wounds on Monday, Gaza health officials said. One of the dead was a militant killed in a northern Gaza battle.

Despite the tightening Israeli cordon, however, militants still managed to fire off a rocket Monday morning which fell near the southern town of Kiryat Gat but caused no casualties, police said. read more...

Well, things must be going well if the Israelis are sending in the Reserves. Nothing against the IDF reserve components, I am sure they are as battle hardened as their active duty counterparts. This is just a tell tale that the final portion of the offensive in underway and they are expecting to do pretty damn well against Hamas.

Ring in the new year? The party's over for automakers

Reuters-Automakers put on a brave face at the world's biggest auto show on Sunday, with the sales outlook bleak for the coming year and fabled firms struggling for survival despite massive government aid.

All I can tell you is that demand is a little more robust than we expected," Ford Motor Co sales chief Jim Farley said of January sales at the North American International Auto Show. "I would say a little, not dramatically."

U.S. auto sales fell 18 percent in 2008 from the prior year to about 13.2 million vehicles, battered by a spreading credit crunch, U.S. recession and plummeting consumer confidence. read more...

The title of this story should have been "Ringing in the New Year with a pocket full of cash, Suckers!!"

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