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Recent Polling Data Shows Serious Concerns About Obama's "Electability"

A Wake Up Call to Democratic Voters
Recent national data shows the surprising, even shocking, fact that Senator Obama runs weaker among Democrats vs. Senator McCain than does Senator Clinton. For example, in the last three national Gallup polls (January, early February and late February), Senator McCain wins more Democrats in a race against Senator Obama than he does in a race against Senator Clinton -- i.e., Senator McCain wins an average of 17%-19% of Democrats against Senator Obama, but only 10%-12-% average Democrats running against Senator Clinton.

And why is that? Here could be a key reason: According to a recent Washington Post/ABC survey, about 4 out of 10 primary voting Democrats in Ohio and Texas say that Barack Obama "does not have the kind of experience" necessary to "serve as president." This compares to Senator Clinton, who is seen by most voters as having superior experience to be president as compared to Senator Obama, even by his own supporters.

This should be an extraordinary and worrisome piece of data for all Democrats who most of all want to win back the White House in 2008. Imagine: if 40% of self-identified voters planning to participate in the Ohio and Texas Democratic primaries feel that way, then no wonder that Gallup's recent January and February polls show nearly one-out-of five Democrats supporting Senator McCain against Senator Obama. And those defections could well be indicators of similar defections come next November among moderate and conservative "Reagan Democrats" who did not participate in the low-turn out Democratic primaries and caucuses, as well as moderate and conservative Independents and Republicans.

Huge Arctic Fireball Called "Meteor of the Century"

EDMONTON - Murray Balsom was trying to launch a weather balloon when a huge fireball burst across the sky over his small Arctic village of Resolute.

"This was humongous," he said of the gaseous light show he witnessed 10 days ago.

"Had there been a full moon that night, I'm sure it would have covered three quarters of it. I bet you it lasted six to eight seconds before it disappeared behind the hill on the edge of town. There were all kinds of colours bursting out of it. The tail lasted a good two hours."

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Huge Arctic Fireball Called "Meteor of the Century"

Cold weather pushes oil to fresh records

Oil settled at RECORD HIGHS back above $100 a barrel Wednesday. US refineries are about halfway through their seasonal maintenance programmes and refinery utilisation has sunk to its lowest level for almost two years. Nymex March heating oil gained 2.97 cents to hit a RECORD $2.8150 a gallon. Tin rose 1.4 per cent to a RECORD $17,950 a ton, supported by supply interruptions in Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Declines in LME tin stocks suggest the market is tightening. Aluminium rose 2.41 per cent to $2,972 a ton as concerns about the impact of power supply problems on Chinese production grew. Silver added 3.2 per cent at $18.65 a troy ounce hitting a 27-YEAR HIGH, as investor buying has picked up following gold and platinum's RECORD-BREAKING RUNS. Spring wheat at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange dipped $1.30 to $22.70 a bushel after hitting a RECORD $24 a bushel on Monday, supported by supply concerns after Kazakhstan decided to impose export tariffs to curb grain sales. The move by Kazakhstan, one of the world's largest grain exporters, follows similar export restrictions in Russia and Argentina, and should ensure further pressure on global wheat stocks, which have shrunk to the LOWEST LEVEL IN 30 YEARS.

Flooding, landslides leave 45 dead in Philippines

A section of highway is cleared from debris following a landslide after heavy rains in the Philippines

Persistent heavy rain has left 45 people dead and displaced hundreds of thousands in the Philippines. Ten additional deaths were reported in six provinces in the eastern Bicol region, from the 35 already reported last week, while 31 people were reported injured. Landslides and floodings have affected 137 towns in the Philippines since last week, and have displaced some 873,000 residents who sought shelter in evacuation camps. Weather forecasters say more flooding was expected in the coming days.

Clinton Camp Raises 35 Million In February

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Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., visits with workers at a Bob Evans Restaurant in Rio Grande, Ohio, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Clinton Leads Among Women and Hispanics by wide margins in Ohio and Texas

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton of New York raised 35 million U.S. dollars in February, her campaign said Thursday.

In a conference call, Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe also said that the former first lady also added 200,000 new donors to the campaign's rolls.

That marks a significant recovery and her best fundraising period in the presidential campaign.

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Clinton With Double Digit Leads Among Women Voters in Ohio and Texas

Women may hold the key for Clinton, particularly in the Midwestern state. Polls in the past week have shown her with a wide advantage — 17 percentage points in one poll, 18 in another — among Ohio women. She also leads among Texas women, but the margin is slimmer.

"If Hillary is going to regain the front-runner status and win the nomination, it starts with and ends with women," said Jenny Backus, a Democratic strategist who is not aligned with either candidate. "She has struck a chord with women, especially in Ohio."

Texas Commissioner Switches from Obama to Clinton

Today, the Clinton campaign announced that El Paso County Commissioner and former Barack Obama supporter Veronica Escobar has switched her support to Clinton.

According to a release from the Clinton camp:

The announcement follows a Latino Decisions Texas Poll that shows Hillary Clinton leading Barack Obama by 62% to 21% among registered Hispanic voters in Texas.

“While I initially liked Barack Obama," Escobar says in the release, "I am supporting Hillary Clinton because it is clear that she is the one candidate who will truly fight for our communities as president."

Hillary Speaks for Women Across America

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Across the nation women have continued to speak out for Hillary on issues that matter most to them. From Health Care, to Jobs, to Women's Rights, Hillary has stood up and fought not only for the women of America, but for families who are struggling to get by. Her plans for every working American deserve to be heard and recognized by the voters in the upcoming March 4 contests.


As many of you may already know, the media for one reason or another does not like the Clinton's. They have been on a crusade during the primary process to discredit and discount her ability to lead this country, and have attempted to make a laughing mockery of her husband, Former President Bill Clinton. While placing Obama on a pedestal and treating him with kid gloves, the media has thoroughly scrutinized the Clinton's at every turn and stop along the campaign trail. Their biased propaganda against Hillary and Bill is shameful, disrespectful and humiliating, and has disturbed so many people who have been following this election.

The Clinton's deserve better press coverage then they have been getting. That is why we will continue to provide the more positive coverage of Hillary's valiant efforts in this campaign, something the mainstream media refuses to do.

The following video advertisements concern the women of Texas and their primary which will be held on March 4th. Please take the time to view these videos, which are very positive and meant to send a message to all women in this voting process, that Hillary Speaks for Them.

The Late Ann Richards was an inspiration to women in Texas and all over the country. Let's win one for her.

UK headed for the sunniest February since records began

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Girls punt on a boat in Cambridge, enjoying the February sunshine

This is already THE SUNNIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD - and it isn't over yet. By the end of yesterday, the average sunshine count in England and Wales had hit 121 hours, beating 1949's record of 118. Southampton has scored most highly, with 150.3 hours so far, closing in on the record of 166 hours set in 1891, in St Helier, Jersey. It may also be the driest February for a decade depending on rainfall in the next few days. "It is VERY UNUSUAL for February and by the 20th of the month we had already experienced the fourth sunniest February on record."

Wildfires Flare Up in Texas, New Mexico

Southwest, USA
Wind continued whipping across Texas on Tuesday after driving wildfires that charred hundreds of square miles. Fire officials waited for daylight Tuesday to assess the scope of the state's biggest wildfire, which had stretched across parts of three central Texas counties and could be as large as 781 square miles, or 500,000 acres. At one point Monday, that blaze moved so quickly — stoked by 50 mph wind — that flames were consuming an area the size of "a football field every minute." Three firefighters were injured in a truck accident. There were at least two dozen separate fires across the state and likely "many, many more". "We had so many fires that there is no possible way to have enough firefighting resources for that many fires. Texas had the same conditions that you might expect in Southern California with some of their Santa Ana winds. The right conditions came together. It's EXTREMELY RARE for us to see that." Some fires were likely started by wind blowing down power lines. Elsewhere, a grass fire in southeastern New Mexico raced across about 81 square miles west of Hobbs before crews got a handle on the flames.

Big Waves Pound California Shore

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Big waves pounded the California coast Monday as authorities searched for a young man swept into the ocean the previous evening.
Feb. 25: Fred Virella surfs down the face of a 14 foot wave near Point Dume in Malibu, Calif.

From Santa Barbara south to Orange County, several other people were swept into the surf but were rescued.

The waves, which could reach heights of 28 feet in some locations, were forecast to persist through Tuesday morning.

Surf causes erosion, damages S.D. pier

Waves with faces exceeding 10 feet hammered the San Diego County coastline Sunday night and Monday morning, causing extensive sand erosion but little damage to property. The most UNUSUAL aspect of the swell was how quickly the waves increased in height. Instead of building slowly throughout Sunday, the swell went from generating 4-foot waves at 1 p.m. to producing 12-foot ones by 4:30 p.m. “It started to hit about 2 p.m. and came up much sooner than we anticipated.” San Diego's beach maintenance crews scrambled with earth-moving equipment during low tide to rebuild sand berms that help protect oceanfront parks, lifeguard stations and parking lots. At Ocean Beach pier, heavy surf damaged about 50 feet of wooden railing, pushed around cement benches and destroyed fish-cleaning stations. In some locations along California's coast, the waves reached heights of 28 feet. Lifeguards up and down the state reported rescuing dozens of surfers. They also came to the aid of fishermen and other beachgoers. By Thursday, a new swell could produce sets of 8-foot waves. Image Above: Adam Whitney watches the waves after surfing at La Jolla Cove on Monday.

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Jackie Giuliano, Ph.D.

President of Speedlearning 100

When was the last time you read the entire newspaper? Got through your e-mails in the allotted time? Read all the reports and memos you were supposed to before the big meeting?

Jackie Giuliano, a widely published and sought-after public speaker takes to the Blog Talk Radio airwaves to reveal how to read and remember three books, articles, and reports in the time it used to take to finish one. Join us for an informational session and learn more about his speed-reading techniques.


Jackie is the president of Speedlearning 100, offering speed reading and learning programs that at least triple your reading speed and double your memory.

Prior to entering the field of education, he studied the planets in our Solar System from one end to the other during a 20-year career in the U.S. space program. He discovered that there may not be a single drop of available fresh water or a breath of fresh air other than on Earth. Humans may one day live on other worlds, but the Earth will be always be our only true home.

Jackie has lectured widely on a variety of topics. He has taught and consulted to many business leaders, numerous organizations, and instructed educators in techniques to supercharge their learning and critical thinking skills.

He has written over 250 commentaries and articles that can be found at websites and in publications around the world.


Healing Our World: A Journey from the Darkness into the Light

Of This Earth: Reflections on Connections

Jackie maintains an archive of his writings and work at his Healing Our World website



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Climate Change Driving Mongolians From Steppe to Cities

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Landlocked between Siberia (Russia) and China, Mongolia is feeling the impact of global warming more than most regions in the world. Over the past 60 years the average temperature in Mongolia has risen by 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit (1.9 degrees Celsius). In contrast, the average temperature around the world has climbed only about 1 degree Fahrenheit (about 0.6 degree Celsius) in the past century. The warmer temperatures are drying up Mongolia's grasslands, which provide food for the country's livestock. Winters have seen the most severe warming, with warmer temperatures ultimately resulting in more destructive ice. "They'll get a moderate amount of snow, but then there's a warm day and the snow melts, then a cold day again and it freezes. This builds up two inches (five centimeters) of ice, and the livestock can't get to the food. When that occurs for a month or two, you have a large number of animals dying of starvation." "Summer temperatures are not changing overall, but we are seeing an increase in continuously hot days—nine, ten days straight with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), which is something we haven't seen before." Hundreds of thousands of herders in recent years have abandoned their nomadic herding lives for an urban existence.

Tons of dead fish wash up on Taiwan beaches

Volunteers gather dead fish on a beach in Penghu yesterday. Tonnes of fish died in Penghu waters because of the cold weather.

Tons of fish, from carp to exotic tropical specimens, have washed up dead along 320 km of beach on Taiwan's outlying islands because of cold temperatures. About 45 tons of fish, some wild and some farmed, appeared on the tourism-dependent Penghu Island archipelago in the Taiwan Strait from February 14 following a cold snap. 10 times that amount of dead fish was still in the water, making it THE WORST MASS KILLING OFF PENGHU IN 30 YEARS. "Every beach in Penghu has been hit with fish in varying amounts. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVEN'T SEEN BEFORE." Temperatures dipped below 9 degrees Celsius for three days in early February, UNUSUALLY low for subtropical Penghu. That weather came along with snow storms in nearby China.

It could take years for the industry to fully recover. And as the temperature begins to rise, the high nutrient levels in the water could cause algal blooms, which could lead to a red tide, with toxins from the algae contaminating marine life and posing a hazard to human health. The recent cold weather - UNSEEN SINCE 1978 - might have seriously affected as many as 300 fish species. The cold spell has killed more than 1,500 tonnes, or over 80%, of the fish yields in the county's net cage fish farms, with losses totaling more than US$5.75 million. If shellfish are included, the total damage is estimated to exceed 3,000 tonnes.

Huge Waves Observed on West Coast

California, USA
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Light Walleman gets a good look at a wave that crashed ashore in Morro Bay on Sunday. Waves reached 17 to 19 feet along San Luis Obispo County’s coast. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning through noon today; to find out more, see Page A2. TRIBUNE PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM

Observers of the elephant seal rookery
north of Cambria reported that many pup seals were being swept out to sea by this weekend’s high swells. An estimated 5 percent to 10 percent of pup seals, on average, are swept away by strong waves in January and February. The peak of the southwesterly swells, which reached 17 to 19 feet, occurred Sunday afternoon and will gradually decrease by Wednesday.

Yellowstone's rabbits have vanished, study says

Jack rabbits like these shown above have mysteriously vainished from Yellowstone, a Wildlife Conservation Society study says.
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NEW YORK (February 14, 2008) – A new study by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society found that jack rabbits living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have apparently hopped into oblivion. The study, which appears in the latest issue of the journal Oryx, also speculates that the disappearance of jack rabbits may be having region-wide impacts on a variety of other prey species and their predators.

According to the study, historical records from more than 130 years ago indicate that white-tailed jack rabbits were once locally abundant in Greater Yellowstone, a 60,000 square kilometer (23,166 square mile) ecosystem that contains both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. However, the WCS study found that no jack rabbit sightings could be confirmed in Yellowstone since 1991 and only three in Grand Teton since 1978.

No one knows what caused the rabbits to disappear, according to the study’s lead author, Dr. Joel Berger, a Wildlife Conservation Society conservationist, and professor at the University of Montana. “It could be disease, extreme weather, predation or other factors,” Dr. Berger said. “Since the rabbits blipped off without knowledge, there has simply been no way to get at the underlying cause.”

How it happened: The catastrophic flood that cooled the Earth

Image Above: This MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) image obtained from NASA 20 May 2002 shows all the North American Great Lakes. Canadian geologists say they can shed light on how a vast lake, trapped under the ice sheet that once smothered much of North America, drained into the sea, an event that cooled Earth's climate for hundreds of years.

Canadian geologists say they can shed light on how a vast lake, trapped under the ice sheet that once smothered much of North America, drained into the sea, an event that cooled Earth's climate for hundreds of years.

During the last ice age, the Laurentide Ice Sheet once covered most of Canada and parts of the northern United States with a frozen crust that in some places was three kilometres (two miles) thick.

As the temperature gradually rose some 10,000 years ago, the ice receded, gouging out the hollows that would be called the Great Lakes.

Beneath the ice's thinning surface, an extraordinary mass of water built up -- the glacial lake Agassiz-Ojibway, a body so vast that it covered parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Ontario and Minnesota.

And then, around 8,200 years ago, Agassiz-Ojibway massively drained, sending a flow of water into the Hudson Strait and into the Labrador Sea that was 15 times greater than the present discharge of the Amazon River.

By some estimates, sea levels rose 14 metres (45 feet) as a result.

Doomsday Seed Vault Comes to Life in the Arctic


Aimed at providing mankind with a Noah's Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe, an Arctic "doomsday vault" filled with samples of the world's most important seeds will be inaugurated here Tuesday.

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Major disease outbreaks around world becoming more common

Major outbreaks of disease have become more common around the globe in the past 40 years, according to the largest ever investigation into emerging infections. Image: Ebola spreads

Diseases such as Ebola and Sars, which originally spread from animals, are an increasing threat to human health, and many infections have now become resistant to antibiotics, researchers said.

The international team of scientists warned that tropical regions are likely to become a future hotspot for new diseases, and called for early warning systems to be set up in countries to spot outbreaks before they become unmanageable.

Researchers from the Zoological Society of London, the Wildlife Trust and Columbia University analysed databases of outbreaks and found 335 cases of emerging diseases between 1940 and 2004. Of these, 60.3% were infections which also affected animals, and 71.8% were known to have triggered disease in humans after spreading from wildlife.

The research, published in Nature, identifies "hotspots" where new diseases are expected to come from wildlife, driven by the proximity of dense human populations and high levels of biodiversity.

Barack Obama Getting Down and Dirty

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Obama Deliberately Using Shamefully Deceptive and Misleading Mailings In a Crusade to Discredit Hillary Clinton.

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., lashes out at Democratic presidential rival, Sen. Barack Obama during a news conference after her rally at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati, Ohio, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008. Holding mailings, which she said are being sent by Obama's campaign, Clinton said, 'Shame on you, Barack Obama. It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public — that's what I expect from you.' At right, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CINCINNATI - Hillary Rodham Clinton angrily accused her Democratic rival Saturday of deliberately misrepresenting her positions on NAFTA and health care in mass mailings to voters, adding, "Shame on you, Barack Obama."

Clutching two of Obama campaign mailings in her hand for emphasis, the former first lady said, "enough with the speeches and the big rallies and then using tactics that are right out of Karl Rove's playbook."

"You can't be for something and take credit for an administration ... and then when you run for president say that you didn't really mean what you said way back then. It doesn't work like that," he said to cheers at a rally in Akron.

She said by his actions, Obama was giving "aid and comfort to the very special interests and their allies in the Republican Party who are against doing what we want to do for America."

"Meet me in Ohio," she said. "Let's have a debate about your tactics and your behavior in this campaign." The two are scheduled to debate Tuesday in Cleveland.

In her criticism of Obama, she asked, "Since when do Democrats attack one another on universal health care?"

John Glenn says he'll be proud to have Hillary Clinton as his president.


Help Families Braving Extreme Cold in Tajikistan

TAJIKISTAN - Families in some of Tajikistan's most remote areas are braving food, fuel and water shortages triggered by record cold temperatures in the Central Asian nation. Tajikistan is one of the world's poorest countries, and many of its residents — urban and rural — are unable to cope with the effects of this extreme cold snap. Days-long blackouts in cities and towns have chilled residents who rely on electricity to heat their homes, putting the most vulnerable residents — as well as patients at urban hospitals — at risk. And burst pipes and frozen water mains have forced urban dwellers to collect water from unsafe sources. In rural areas, many households are selling off livestock and other prized assets to pay for needed food. More than half of rural households report members in poor health and not enough money to seek medical attention. "With the cost of food at the market skyrocketing, and dairy production hampered by the cold weather, people are forced to rely more on their own stocks. And people in rural Tajikistan depend on food that they've stored from the fall harvest, and many of these stores have been spoiled or damaged by the freeze." Image Above: Extremely dangerous winter weather is gripping much of Asia - knocking out electricity, freezing water mains and further isolating already-remote families. Photo: courtesy of Reuters AlertNet

Sludgy Sea Foam Has Environmental Groups Worried

Rough seas and high tides combine to create a foamy, frothy, chocolate mousse mess at Moffat Beach, Caloundra. Photo: Brett Wortman

Return of the foam at Point Cartwright

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Rough seas and high tides combine to create a foamy, frothy, chocolate mousse mess at Moffat Beach, Caloundra. In previous years, foam created by king tides and wild weather was clean, but recently the Coast foam has begun to develop symptoms witnessed in the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas. Studies show sewage and run-off, including motor oils, are bonding into molecules, rendering the foam sticky, smelly and dark-coloured. Oil dumped by passing ships may also be partly to blame for the state of the foam. “The foam is getting worse.” A long-time local resident said the foam at Teewah Beach appeared to be the result of an algal bloom which dissipated after the Boxing Day cyclonic conditions last year. “But it is markedly different (dirtier) from the 1970s and 1980s...I’ve lived here 50 years. I’ve played in this water, I’ve seen foam – but not this.”

Antarctic glaciers surge to ocean

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UK scientists working in Antarctica have found some of the clearest evidence yet of instabilities in the ice of part of West Antarctica.

If the trend continues, they say, it could lead to a significant rise in global sea level.

The new evidence comes from a group of glaciers covering an area the size of Texas, in a remote and seldom visited part of West Antarctica.

The "rivers of ice" have surged sharply in speed towards the ocean.

David Vaughan, of the British Antarctic Survey, explained: "It has been called the weak underbelly of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and the reason for that is that this is the area where the bed beneath the ice sheet dips down steepest towards the interior.

"If there is a feedback mechanism to make the ice sheet unstable, it will be most unstable in this region."

There is good reason to be concerned.

Satellite measurements have shown that three huge glaciers here have been speeding up for more than a decade.

The biggest of the glaciers, the Pine Island Glacier, is causing the most concern.

Volcano hidden in basin

New Zealand
A buried volcano discovered inside another volcano in Auckland has excited scientists, who say it is EXTREMELY RARE for two eruptions to have occurred at the same site in the Auckland volcanic field. Geologists found the buried volcano inside Panmure Basin - which is the mouth of a volcano that erupted about 28,000 years ago. The volcano would have been formed as a result of "fire fountaining" (where the magma spits up to the surface). The volcanic cone could be about 10,000 years old, much younger than its host, so the volcanic events would have been independent of each other. Of the 49 vents in the Auckland volcanic field, only Rangitoto was thought to have erupted twice. It is important to understand the clustering of volcanic eruptions from the Auckland volcanic field in time and space to prepare for future volcanic activity in the Auckland region.

National Media Takes Second Look at Obama Campaign

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Commentary by Margaret Carlson

Obama is akin to Jim Jones serving Kool-Aid to gullible followers in Jonestown.

Despite the negative tone, Clinton's attacks are working with the media, which are reacting to charges that they have gone easy on Obama. Seems that it is time for a change in the story line that Obama is the new, new thing, a gifted speaker who gains votes the more people see him.

And since it's the nature of the press to have severe morning-after regret for having gotten a lump in the throat over a candidate, you have a definite backlash that may help Clinton win the next big races: Ohio and Texas.

Barack Obama criticised over 'cult-like' rallies
Now critics are quietly voicing the fear that Mr Obama and his campaign have deliberately adopted the tone and tactics of an evangelical preacher, whipping up “Obamamania” at the expense of more serious discussion of policy and government.

There is “something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism” deployed by the black senator and his supporters, observed Joe Klein, the veteran political commentator the first to latch on to the political potency of Bill Clinton, then an obscure Arkansas governor, early in the 1992 White House campaign.

“The message is becoming dangerously self-referential,” he wrote in Time magazine. “The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.”

At no fewer than six of Mr Obama’s recent rallies, young enthusiasts have been so overcome with excitement that they have fainted in front of the stage.


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Clinton Leads in Rhode Island
Clinton Maintaining Lead in Both Ohio and Texas

Ohio Gov: Clinton is More Electable

Political Players: Ted Strickland Defends His Candidate, Predicts Wins in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Image: Gov. Ted Strickland. (D.Ohio)

Global Cooling: Amazing pictures of countries joining Britain in the big freeze

Ice cover around the Antarctic is at its GREATEST EXTENT FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR SINCE DATA BEGAN in 1979, 30% above average. U.S. satellite data for January shows the extent of snow cover in the northern hemisphere reached ITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1966, 42 years ago - and that TEMPERATURES WERE LOWER THAN THEIR AVERAGE FOR THE WHOLE OF THE 20TH CENTURY. One of the oddest features of this great freeze is how little it was predicted. Image: A cafe in northern Greece were left decked in a thick coating of ice as temperatures plummeted and heavy snowfalls cut off villages

Kalgoorlie shivers in unseasonal weather

RECORD CHILLY TEMPERATURES have sent residents in Kalgoorlie and other parts of WA reaching for the blankets. Kalgoorlie has experienced the extremes of weather over the past five days with Wednesday’s chilly 15.1C maximum and 15C on Tuesday setting a RECORD LOW FOR FEBRUARY. The previous lowest temperature in the mining town during February was 16.4 C in 1993. The mercury has taken a massive dive since Sunday when the maximum reached 41C. On Monday it was 34.6C. Kalgoorlie’s average for February is 32C. “To be as low as 15C, that’s REALLY REALLY UNUSUAL." There was some UNUSUALLY colder weather around, particularly in the Goldfields region. NUMEROUS OTHER RECORD LOWS were recorded in the Gascoyne region, Midwest and Southern Cross. Cooler winds from the southeast and extensive cloud, along with the impact of Tropical Cyclone Nicholas, are blamed for the colder weather. The bureau has issued a warning to sheep farmers in the Central West and northern parts of the Central Wheat Belt about wet and windy weather and unseasonably cool temperatures.

Freak dust-storm back to disrupt life, traffic in Kuwait

Another FREAK DUST-STORM disrupting life, traffic at three ports, airport - A blinding dust storm hit Kuwait on Tuesday, forcing the closure of three ports and disrupting air traffic. Winds blowing at a speed of up to 40 kms (25 miles) an hour caused the storm, the second in four days in this desert nation, reducing visibility to below 300 metres (yards) at Kuwait airport. Incoming planes were facing difficulty landing. The meteorological department is forecasting the dust storm will continue until Friday. Kuwait has virtually had no rain this winter which makes desert sand loose and easily carried by strong northwesterly winds. Dust storms are RARE in winter but are common in summer when the temperature reaches 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). The current dusty weather was attributed to the scarcity of rain and fast blowing winds. 'A long spell of dryness has affected sand particles and they are now easily being carried by speeding winds.' This year is the third driest year since 1957 with only 33.7 millimeters rain to date. The region is undergoing an extreme climate cycle which occurs every 14 to 18 years. The cycle is influenced by sun rays which affect the atmosphere, amount of vapor and heat which are the main factors contributing towards rainfall and the change in seasons across the world. 'Pollution has also contributed to the extremeness of weather conditions.'

Rain, melting snow causing water woes across Atlantic Canada

Heavy rain and melting snow are causing water woes across the Atlantic region, closing roads and disrupting water supplies. There's a state of emergency Wednesday in the community of Heart's Content on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, where heavy rain has caused water-line problems. Residents are currently without water and when they do get back online, they'll be under a boil order due to concerns with the chlorination system. In Nova Scotia, flooding closed a half-dozen roads in Lunenburg County Wednesday.

The spineless menace: Jellyfish overwhelm the sea

For years, Mediterranean beaches have been plagued by jellyfish in the summer. Now scientists are reporting that the problem is far worse than they had feared – and that a new generation of the poisonous creatures is poised to overwhelm the sea. Jellyfish are now active throughout the winter too, building up strength for their annual assault upon the Mediterranean's northern shore. What's more, they won't be going away. "We have found that they come ashore just as frequently in the winter months, although no one notices. We've established that they proliferate off our shores all year round. It means the situation is much more serious than we thought...Conditions in recent years have been ideal: very mild and with little rain, with none of the winter rainstorms and icy blasts we usually experience, and with UNUSUALLY warm sea temperatures...these are ideal conditions for jellyfish, and they've become a continuously present phenomenon, not just a seasonal one." Overfishing on a global scale has left jellyfish without the big fish and crustaceans that are their natural predators, and without small fish, such as sardines and whitebait, that compete with them for minute marine creatures and plankton. "Jellyfish are left with all the food they want, so they can reproduce without limit." Jellyfish are not actually fish, but a kind of giant plankton that cannot swim, driven this way and that by winds and currents. "Jellyfish are a natural part of the marine environment, but the scale of what's happening now is a warning that SOMETHING'S GOING VERY WRONG." Do we then face a return to primeval slime? "A lot of pressures are pushing in that direction. The mechanisms are there to make that happen. Ecosystems are flexible up to a point, but no one knows when elasticity breaks into a different sort of ecosystem and you get an irreversible shift. This plague of jellyfish is a like hazard warning light. It's a wake-up call." Jellyfish plagues have happened before, in cycles of seven to 10 years. But recent cycles are shorter, and every year for the last two decades, the blooms have become bigger, denser and longer lasting. The Mediterranean's temperature is now two to three degrees warmer than its usual winter minimum, in a clear symptom of global warming, while lack of rainfall has caused a drop in the volume of cooler fresh water entering it from the sky, and from rivers. As a result, the Mediterranean is turning into a warmer, saltier soup that puts off larger creatures, but in which jellyfish thrive.

Killer fish terrifies Britain

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Great Britain
Monster ... snakeheads eat everything they see and can even kill humans. Picture: The Sun / No Source

A SAVAGE fish that eats everything it comes across, including people, has been hooked by a British fisherman — sparking fears of a deadly invasion.

The giant snakehead, originating from South-East Asia, has a mouth crammed with teeth.

It’s deadly in the water, but it can also “crawl” on land and survive out of water for up to four days.

The discovery of the fish in Linconshire, northern England, has caused widespread panic amongst conservationists and anglers.

Climate change spurs local action

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"We can't ask, 'Is there global warming?' We have to ask, 'How can we adapt?' even though IT'S SCARIER THAN HECK." A growing number of communities and states concerned about climate change are planning ways to cope with rising tides, severe weather, less snow and even "climate refugees" from coastal areas. At least five U.S. coastal states — Alaska, California, Maryland, Oregon and Washington — are working on preparedness plans. Many communities focus on cutting emissions and conserving energy, but "if we don't take steps to adapt, we're missing half the picture." A Miami-Dade County task force is developing new standards for buildings, roads, ports, airports and bridges assuming "sea level rise, saltwater intrusion and severe weather." Keene, New Hampshire, released a plan in November that recommends installing larger culverts for rain runoff, burying power lines and anticipating needs for people fleeing rising seas. Homer, Alaska, issued a plan in December that recommends boosting firefighting capability, diversifying its fishing economy and planning for climate refugees. "The most expensive thing we can do is nothing."

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Prince Charles: Domesday clock of climate change ticking

The Prince of Wales has called for a "war" on climate change, warning that the world faces a catastrophe without a "revolutionary" approach to the threat. He delivered an apocalyptic warning that time is running out unless there is concerted action. "For me, the crux of the problem is - and I only pray I will be proven wrong - that the doomsday clock of climate change is ticking ever faster towards midnight. We are simply not reacting quickly enough.

Prince Charles: Domesday clock of climate change ticking

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US May Attempt to Down Spy Satellite

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy heat-seeking missile is getting its first real-world use in an attempt to demolish a crippled U.S. spy satellite before the orbiting craft falls back to Earth.

The targeting of the satellite — which could come Wednesday night — is not the mission for which this piece of the Pentagon's missile defense network was intended, however.

The attempted shootdown, already approved by President Bush out of concern about toxic fuel on board the satellite, is seen by some as blurring the lines between defending against a weapon like a long-range missile and targeting satellites in orbit.

The three-stage Navy missile, designated the SM-3, has chalked up a high rate of success in a series of tests since 2002, in each case targeting a short- or medium-range ballistic missile, never a satellite. A hurry-up program to adapt the missile for this anti-satellite mission was completed in a matter of weeks; Navy officials say the changes will be reversed once this satellite is down.

The government issued notices to aviators and mariners to remain clear of a section of the Pacific Ocean beginning at 10:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, indicating the first window of opportunity to launch an SM-3 missile from a Navy cruiser, the USS Lake Erie, in an effort to hit the wayward satellite.

Photo Above: In this Nov. 6, 2007 picture provided by the U.S. Navy, a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) is launched from Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie as part of a Missile Defense Agency test in the Pacific Ocean. The government issued notices to aviators and mariners to remain clear of a section of the Pacific beginning at 10:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 indicating the first window of opportunity to launch an SM-3 missile from the USS Lake Erie, in an effort to hit a crippled U.S. spy satellite. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

(CBS/AP) The Defense Department says bad weather in the north Pacific makes it unlikely that a Navy ship will launch a missile Wednesday in an attempt to shoot down a wayward U.S. spy satellite in space

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