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Opec warns oil could reach $200

Opec, the oil producing cartel, has warned that the price of crude could keep rising to reach $200 a barrel. The Opec president blamed the falling value of the US dollar, which makes other assets, including oil, more attractive for foreign investors. His comments came as oil prices hit a fresh high, just below $120 a barrel



UNHCR: Climate Change to Cause Mass Migration


As many as one billion people could lose their homes by 2050 because of the devastating impact of global warming, scientists and political leaders will be warned today. They will hear that the steady rise in temperatures across the planet could trigger mass migration on UNPRECEDENTED levels.


UNHCR: Climate Change to Cause Mass Migration

Anchorage digs out after record storm





















Alaska, USA

A day after Anchorage endured one of the city’s HEAVIEST ONE-DAY SNOWFALLS ON RECORD, people spent what would normally be a spring Saturday digging out and slogging through nearly 2 feet of fresh snow and slush. The spring snow dump is THE HEAVIEST ON RECORD AFTER APRIL 1. The snowfall was the third-heaviest in a single day
— measured midnight to midnight — since the National Weather Service started keeping records in Anchorage in 1915. Counting Saturday morning, 17 inches fell in West Anchorage and up to 22 inches in Muldoon. Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, snow fell at the rate of nearly 2 inches per hour. Before Friday, the most snow that had ever fallen in one day after April 1 was 8.3 inches. The day’s official tally at the airport: 15.5 inches. This much snow this time of year is HIGHLY UNUSUAL. They had seen a run of blue-sky days in the 50s earlier in the week.

Image: Jim Moss clears a neighbor's driveway in the Turnagain area April 26, 2008. Most thought the snow-blowing season was over.

Media Shifts Attention to Clinton in 'Dead-Heat' Race

From the Editor's Desk
Skywatch-Media News

April 29, 2008

With the race for the Democratic nomination gearing up for two more contest in Indiana and N.C. on May 6, Hillary Clinton has gained considerable momentum as the media shifts their attention to the dynamics of her campaign. For months Hillary supporters were accustomed to a media bashing as pundits and pollsters alike would relentlessly write her off as the candidate on a downward spiral. From New Hampshire to Pennsylvania, the media would treat each contest as if it were the last for Hillary Clinton, and each time she would prove them wrong.

Since her impressive victory in the Pa. Primary, the media is now shifting the focus of attention towards Clinton as more pundits and media commentators are painting her in a more favorable light. With the momentum to her back, Clinton's predominance among White Democratic voters, especially among Blue-Collar workers, Catholics, Women, Hispanics and senior citizens is 'turning the tide' in this race for the nomination.

For his part, Howard Dean the DNC Chairman has joined the media pundits in announcing that the race for the Democratic nomination is now in a "virtual dead heat" between Hillary and Obama. According to Dean the superdelegates must break the deadlock by deciding on a nominee after the last primary date of June 3. His surprise announcement on "Meet the Press" is great news for Clinton while unpleasant for the Obama campaign.

The media for their part have jumped off the Obama bandwagon into Clinton territory. Many analysts are now convinced that Obama must reach out to White Blue Collar workers if he has any chance of winning the nomination. If he is unable to successfully appeal to the all important demographic groups that have overwhelmingly supported Clinton in previous contests, then his ability to win over undecided superdelegates will be greatly diminished.

Obama's refusal to debate Clinton (even in an unmoderated forum) in N.C. and/or Indiana is not helping his cause either,before the next round of primary contests. Obama's whimsical excuse for not debating, "I'm going to talk directly to the people" is playing into the hands of Hillary Clinton and makes him look like the candidate that is not up to the challenge and unwilling to answer to the will of the people.

As the Rev. Wright continues on his "holy crusade" to place blame on the media for his own misfortunes and statements of vengeful disregard, he is creating another round of controversy that invigorates the doubts that voters have about the character and judgment skills of Obama. The more we here the Rev Wright in his infamous remarks of "God Damn America" the more the voters are turning away from Obama. The campaign that was once considered by many to be one of moral solidarity, is now by many considered to be one of political pandering and immoral solitude.

Obama's campaign may look nice on the outside from first observation, but after taking a second look it seems more like one of choas and frustration, unable to close the deal by its failure to unite all regions and all voting blocks. Hillary has learned to make adjustments along the way, and has learned from her previous campaign mistakes, that is why she looks like a winner to many, one who fights and never gives up. Obama must do the same if he wants to carry the torch of frontrunner in this race. He cannot expect to win the nomination by just sitting on his small delegate lead and acting as if the party owes him the nomination .

Furthermore, the argument he presents that Florida and Michigan votes should be discounted because he name wasn't on the ballot or he didn't campaign in that region is flimsy at best. Obama voluntarily removed his name from the ballot in Michigan and yet he wants to disenfranchise the voters of that state because of his own actions. In Florida he wants to disenfranchise those voters because he didn't campaign there. Yet he overlooks the fact that Hillary didn't campaign in Florida either and yet she won by more than 300,000 votes. You see he wants to have it his way, which is so similar to the manner in which George Bush has governed the past eight years, utilizing the "my way, or the highway" approach with congress and the voters.

Indeed we are hearing a different tune these days from the media and its pundits and commentators. They now visualize a new race that may swing this election in a different direction, certainly one that would not have been envisioned just a month ago. The 'tide is turning' but how far and in which direction? Soon we shall know the answer.


Is the "tide turning" in Hillary's favor?

Dead Heat Changes Strategy

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The Murder That Shocked Wyoming


Ron Franscell

Journalist/Author

Author and Journalist Ron Franscell ventures deep into the memories of his childhood in a small Wyoming town to tell the shocking story of Wyoming's most devastating rape and murder. In the small circle of the victims' friends, he explores how a thirty-year-old crime remains an open wound today among the people who were splashed by its viciousness. It not only changed their lives, but it changed crime and punishment forever in Wyoming. LISTEN NOW

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"Heartbreaking ... the girls' last terrifying moments are delivered with such vivid texture that they are almost too painful to read. The technique and execution is not unlike Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood' ... And just when your heart is broken by this terrible tragedy, Franscell adds a coda that will further disturb your peaceful sleep."
— CHICAGO SUN-TIMES


ABOUT RON FRANSCELL



Franscell is a journalist whose work regularly appears in publications such as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

He is presently the managing editor of the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise, a 60,000-circulation Hearst daily. Before that, he was a senior writer at the Denver Post, where he wandered the American West in search of stories about the region's evolving culture, society and economy. Shortly after Sept. 11, the Post dispatched him to cover the Middle East during the first few months of the war in Afghanistan. Franscell is a graduate of Casper-Kelly Walsh (1975) and the University of Wyoming (1979).

Other Publications/Books

Winner of the 1996 Wyoming Literary Fellowship and longtime Wyoming newspaperman, Ron Franscell's previously published novels include ANGEL FIRE (1998), listed by the San Francisco Chronicle among the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West; and THE DEADLINE (1999), a taut mystery that was in the Poisoned Pen’s top 25 best crime fictions that year. His first nonfiction, "FALL: The Rape and Murder of Innocence in a Small Town" -- about a 1973 crime against two of his childhood friends in Casper, Wyo., where he grew up -- was released in January 2007.


Ron Franscell captures, from start to finish (if there is ever a finish), this terrible saga. He went to enormous lengths to provide vivid and unforgettable narrative, from extensive interviews with one of the murderers, to spending a night under the bridge on the 30th anniversary of the crime.


5.0 out of 5 stars In the Tradition of "In Cold Blood" ,January 5, 2007


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Food prices are 'global crisis'

Concerns about food security mounted this week as rice prices hit records in Asia and the United States warned that staples for the world's hungry were getting much more expensive. The cost of feeding the world's hungry has jumped nearly 40% amid spiralling food costs and oil prices. Anger over high food and fuel costs in recent months has sparked protests in several countries. Governments of several food-growing countries, worried about domestic shortages, have imposed export curbs, spooking markets at a time when world inventories are down sharply. "The United Nations is very much concerned as all members of the international community (are)." The international community needs to take immediate action and world leaders should discuss ways to improve food distribution systems and production.

Increased food and petrol prices, and rising interest rates, are creating a new class of "white collar battlers", welfare groups warn. The Salvation Army in Australia has seen a 58% rise in crisis clients in the past six months, many of whom don't fit the usual profile of those in need. "Now WE HAVE A WHOLE NEW CLASS WHO ARE SIMPLY NOT COPING. First-home buyers who have bought into their dream and woken up to a very harsh reality. Young families, people with secure employment who find their costs exceed their income." The number of those seeking help had grown so sharply the charity was having to turn some people away. Financial pressures are pushing some white collar workers to the brink. "We're seeing different people who are really struggling, people who have white collar jobs, people with full-time jobs. It is really concerning."

Extensive Indonesian Bird Flu Crisis Drill

Indonesia
A major drill initiative is taking place in Indonesia, as authorities have prepared a three-day bird flu crisis exercise. The simulation is the biggest one attempted by the country and involves about 5,000 people, from police officers and military personnel to local residents, doctors and government officials. Indonesia has the worst bird flu records in recent years, with 107 flu-related deaths out of the global 240 recorded fatalities. The country is also considered a “hot spot” for the virus, and one of the main fears refers to the mutation of the virus and the potential significant damage it could inflict on humans.

Climate Change is Transforming Life on Earth


Scientists widely accept that greenhouse gases are changing the climate, and in Kansas they are already seeing some of the effects of higher temperatures and less water. The shrinking water supply will make it harder to grow corn. “Nebraska won’t be the Cornhuskers anymore. It will be the South Dakota Cornhuskers.” Disappearing surface water will make it harder for trees like sugar maples and bur oaks to survive, and birds like the red-headed woodpecker that rely on them may also disappear. The changes will make seasons unpredictable, disrupting the natural life cycles of honeybees and the flowers and fruits they pollinate. Each change will make life more difficult for humans, raising the prices of food and eliminating the state’s biodiversity.


Climate Change is Transforming Life on Earth

Our most dismal Autumn

Australia
More than a week of dismal weather was continuing to hold the Lithgow district and Blue Mountains in its grip yesterday. A persistent easterly influence has brought the almost constant drizzle and low temperatures, continuing an UNSEASONAL PATTERN that has been evident for much of the year. Travellers are reporting hazardous driving conditions with fog and low cloud adding to the problems throughout the Blue Mountains.


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CANADA - April has been unpredictable, with COLD TEMPERATURES BREAKING RECORDS in Powell River four times and a RECORD-BREAKING HIGH temperature once. Powell River missed a freak snowstorm that brought 24 centimetres of the white stuff to Naniamo on Saturday, April 19. The city hadn't seen measurable snow on April 19 since 1947. The snow in Nanaimo BROKE AN APRIL RECORD which had been set on April 12, 1981 with 4.9 centimetres.

Landslide sparks tidal wave alert on Spey

Scotland
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An estimated 1,000 tons of earth is threatening to fall into the River Spey at Fochabers. Eric Cormack (NS)

A MASSIVE landslide could cause a huge wave down the River Spey, fishermen have been warned. About 1,000 tons of earth has shifted on a 120ft cliff at Ordequish, Fochabers, and is threatening to crash down into the water. Anglers have been told to stay away from the area on the western side of the river. A s
ection of a field owned by the Crown Estate has dropped over 8ft since Sunday, leaving a scar across the land. Emergency advice is being sought on how to secure the area, which has been fenced off and warning signs advising people to stay clear have been erected. There had been erosion in the area and further downstream at the Quarry Pool, but this week's latest landslip was described as "significant". It is thought the sandy soil crumbled because of dry conditions over the winter months. At one of the houses perched on top of the cliff, the garden has crept closer to the steep drop, now only a few feet from the end of the garden.

RELATED NEWS: Malaysia
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Struck by lightning, a boulder broke off from a cliff and crashed on a car parked below at the Wangsa Heights condominium in Bukit Antarabangsa, Ampang. Cliff debris also damaged other cars. — NST picture by Sairien Nafis

LIVING IN FEAR AFTER LANDSLIDE
Rain wreaked havoc in the lives of several families in Kajang and in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. In Taman Bukit, Kajang, the kitchens of two houses crumbled in a landslide after rain. Cracks appeared in three neighbouring houses. In another incident, the kitchens of two homes in Taman Bukit were washed away in a landslide at 7:30am after a thunderstorm. Cracks also developed in the back portion of three neighbouring houses. "It had been raining heavily since 3am, but I never thought something like this would happen." The incident in Ampang was no less scary as part of a boulder struck by lightning broke off from a cliff and came crashing down on a car parked at the Wangsa Heights condominium in Bukit Antarabangsa. Three other cars were also damaged.

Climate change to blame for musth

India
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Cooling down: Water being poured over a tusker in a pre-musth state after being tranquillized in Kollam. —
The recent spurt in captive elephant violence is being attributed to climatic changes. The change in climate brought about by the off-season rain has advanced the musth period in many elephants. (Musth is characterized by a thick, tar-like secretion from the temple area of the face. Scientific investigation of musth is greatly hindered by the fact that, once under the influence of musth, even the most otherwise placid of elephants may actively try to kill any and all humans.) Musth is an indication of robustness in elephants. Musth occurs only in healthy elephants between the age of 16 to 60 as a three-month annual cycle. The tendency to attack during musth was somewhat constant over the years. The off-season rain this year has had a devastating effect on captive tuskers. The heat and humidity caused by the intermittent rain have advanced the musth period.

Huge Wave Spotted Off India's Coast

India
An Air India Express pilot flying over the Bay of Bengal noticed an "UNUSUALLY BIG WAVE" in the sea at 11:30 am on Thursday (April 24). The pilot, flying an aircraft from Singapore to Trichy, noticed the wave when the aircraft was 50 nautical miles from the Tamil Nadu coast. According to the pilot, the wave was running in a direction from north to south and parallel to the Tamil Nadu coastline. The Tamil Nadu government was alerted after its chief secretary was informed of the observation. The Tamil Nadu government is believed to be keeping a close watch on the situation in view of the devastating tsunami that struck the state over three years ago. Incidentally, the district collector of Nagapattinam has also been informed of the pilot’s observation. Nagapattinam was one of the worst affected districts in the killer tsunami which hit Tamil Nadu in December 2004. "Even when the aircraft is at an altitude of thousands of feet, it is possible for the pilot to make such an observation clearly as the ocean is usually very placid. Such an observation can also prove extremely useful in tipping off the authorities about any possible disturbances in the ocean, especially in the wake of the killer tsunami that struck Tamil Nadu four years ago." The authorities in Tamil Nadu have been on the lookout for marine disturbances ever since the earthquake in the seabed near Indonesia sparked off the killer tsunami and tidal waves, resulting in thousands of deaths in Tamil Nadu in December 2004. The tsunami caused massive destruction in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, besides Tamil Nadu, as well as in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia.

Active volcano makes hundreds sick in Ubinas, Peru

Peru. S.A.
Residents in the district of Ubinas, one of three provinces in the southwestern region of Moquegua, are complaining about an active volcano in their district once again. The district of Ubinas is home to Peru's most active volcano, a stratovolcano also known as Ubinas. Townspeople in the area are complaining of migraines and respiratory illnesses which are being attributed to the ash, smoke and toxic gases the volcano is emitting. The gases the volcano is emitting have affected 800 people in the Ubinas valley. There is the possibility that drinking water and water used to irrigate could be contaminated the way it was in 2006. Almost exactly two years ago, on April 23, 2006 the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the valley when it was determined that the volcano was active. The volcanic ash being emitted by Ubinas is affecting the grass on farms, making it impossible for livestock to eat. After three volcanic explosions formed a column of ash and gas two kilometers high (6561 feet), the Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute reported on Wednesday that Ubinas' activity continues to increase.

The end of cheap clothes is near

Consumer Economics
Food prices have shot up in response to a surge in crop prices. Now consumers should get ready for clothes prices to follow suit. Garment makers are seeing demand shrink as consumers in the US and Europe are cutting back on spending. US cotton consumption is set to fall 6.5% from last year whilst EU consumption is expected to fall 11%. At the same time, factories are hit by more expensive raw materials and by soaring oil prices, which make their factories more expensive to operate and which pushes up the cost of shipping to foreign markets. In India, the weaving industry is in crisis. In China, the textile sector is squeezed. And, yet again, the root cause of their problems can be found in America. In the US, ever more cotton farmers are switching to more lucrative crops - soybeans, corn, and wheat - whose market prices are rising even faster. As a result of the shift by farmers, "the cotton harvested area in the USA is projected to decline by a further 15%" in the year ahead. This year, global cotton prices are set to rise more than 8%, ICAC predicts. Financial market professionals think the rise could be even steeper. "I don't think we've had markets this wild since 1995, and we're in an environment where it could be with us for several years." Costly cotton is only one factor hitting clothing manufacturers. "It all comes down to energy. We are basically short of power in the world right now." Hence, it is not only a question of whether land should be used to grow crops for food or cotton. It is also a question of how much energy should be used to produce clothes in factories. Fertiliser costs are also soaring, adding to raw material costs, and the credit crunch is adding to the squeeze as low-margin clothes manufacturers are finding it harder to raise finance. In the end, they will either have to raise prices for the clothes they make, or go under - which in turn will reduce supply. For consumers in Europe and the US the outcome is certain: prepare to pay more for clothes in the years to come.

Wal-Mart restricts rice purchases

The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, is restricting sales of rice at one of its chains - the latest sign of a global shortage of the staple food.

Sam's Club, Wal-Mart's cash-and-carry division, says customers can buy a maximum of four bags per visit.

The limit applies to jasmine, basmati and long grain white rice.

The international price of rice has risen by 68% this year and Wal-Mart said the restrictions were "due to recent supply and demand trends".

There are more than 550 Sam's Club stores in the US.

With food prices rising, customers have been buying basic goods in bulk.

Wal-Mart said it was not restricting the amounts of flour or oil customers can purchase "at this time".

The prices of soybeans, corn and wheat have also soared and are currently near their all-time peaks.

Rice-producing countries like Vietnam and India have curbed exports to keep domestic prices under control and there are fears that Thailand - the world's largest rice exporter - could follow suit.

Rice shortages have sparked protests in several countries including the Philippines, Haiti and Egypt.

Wal-Mart said it was working with suppliers to address the shortage.

Arctic Meltdown Near Its "Tipping Point" Warns WWF


MONTREAL (AFP) — Arctic sea ice is melting "significantly faster" than predicted and is approaching a point of no return, conservation group the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned in a new study.


The volumes of the Greenland Ice Sheet and ice in the Arctic Ocean were estimated at 2.9 million and 4.4 million cubic metres respectively in September 2007 -- the lowest ever levels recorded, the organization said Wednesday.




Greenland's inland ice sheet in August 2007

UK butterflies 'need good summer'

UK
Butterflies need a warm summer in order to help numbers recover from last year's washout, say conservationists. Eight species are AT AN ALL-TIME LOW as a result of an unsuccessful summer in 2007. The main reason behind the decline was an above average rainfall, which meant the insects, such as the common blue, had fewer chances to feed or breed. Early forecasts suggest this summer could be wetter than average. But forecasters said the risk of exceptional downpours on the same scale as last year is very low.

Climate change delivers a boost in battle against opium harvest


Breaking Earth News
Afghanistan
Freak winter weather linked to global warming is expected to decimate parts of the country's opium harvest. The fierce cold – which claimed hundreds of lives across Afghanistan – is thought to have stopped millions of poppy seeds from germinating, while late rains and a meagre snow melt following an unusually low snowfall have stunted many of the plants that survived. Some farmers could suffer up to 50 per cent losses. Poppy is a winter crop. It is normally planted before the frosts and the seeds germinate before the cold weather. They sit dormant through the winter, then shoot up in the spring. Poppy is more resistant to drought than food crops, but a water shortage at a key stage in the plant's life cycle is expected to stunt the size of the seed pods. Afghanistan's dry climate is especially susceptible to climate change. This winter was so cold there was less snow than usual. Most of the country's rivers are fed by meltwater from the Hindu Kush mountain range. Meanwhile, the spring rains, which usually come in late February, arrived in April, long after the poppy seedlings started a key growth spurt. The drop in poppy yields is unlikely to affect heroin supply on Britain's streets. Experts estimate there is at least seven years' supply in transit from the fields to the users.

Forget global warming, prepare for Ice Age

Breaking Earth News
Sunspot activity has not resumed up after hitting an 11-year low in March last year, raising fears that - far from warming - the globe is about to return to an Ice Age. An astronaut and geophysicist says the world cooled quickly between January last year and January this year, by about 0.7C. "This is THE FASTEST TEMPERATURE CHANGE IN THE INSTRUMENTAL RECORD, and it puts us back to where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over...My guess is that the odds are now at least 50:50 that we will see significant cooling rather than warming in coming decades." The Bureau of Meteorology says temperatures in Australia have been warmer than the 1960-90 average since the late 1970s, barring a couple of cooler years, and are now 0.3C higher than the long-term average. Some scientists believe a strong solar magnetic field, when there is plenty of sunspot activity, protects the earth from cosmic rays, cutting cloud formation, but that when the field is weak - during low sunspot activity - the rays can penetrate into the lower atmosphere and cloud cover increases, cooling the surface. But scientists from the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Bolder, Colorado published a report in 2006 that showed the sun had a negligible effect on climate change. The researchers wrote that the sun's brightness varied by only 0.07per cent over 11-year sunspot cycles, and that that was far too little to account for the rise in temperatures since the Industrial Revolution.

"Tide is Turning" as Clinton Rocks Obama in Pa

The Hillary faithful had gathered, dressed to party if possible, preparing to mourn if necessary... they partied!

From the Editor's Desk
Skywatch-Media News
April 23, 2008

Clinton Cruises to Impressive Victory in Pa Primary, but what is all the talk about the New Clinton Math?
Clinton's stunning victory celebration in Pa in which she carried almost every region and demographic, is now developing into a fund raising event that is amassing millions overnight. The New Clinton Math equates into some real trouble for Obama, the frontrunner who can't close the deal on the nomination. The equation that will flash in the minds of many voters is very simple and adds up to a convincing argument in the minds of superdelegates who will ultimately decide this nomination.

The new math is 4-1=10+3. You may be asking, what kind of math is this? Let me now explain. Barack Obama has been crusading throughout this campaign boasting about the huge money advantage he had in this race, but money does not equate into a win, as he found out in a big way last night in Pa. Having been outspent by almost 4 to 1 by a bombardment of Obama ads across the state, he failed miserably to convince superdelegates that he can win important battleground states. Read This

How can you outspend your opponent by large amounts and lose by convincing numbers in a crucial swing state like Pa? Immediately following her impressive double digit-10 point victory the money started pouring into her campaign, raising more than 3 million in just a few hours. The argument that will be raised now going into Indiana in two weeks is a very important and legitimate one at this point in this race. Read This

What about those media pundits and pollsters who are now wiping the mud off of their faces this morning? These so-called political experts have relentlessly beat up on Hillary, proclaiming that she was finished and should get out of the race. The lesson they are learning is one that has resonated in recent contests, the more you beat up on a candidate, the more you will find yourself on the wrong side of the equation. Do I see some glum faces in the media circuits this morning?

Obama's big problem is that he has failed to close the deal with Democrats and must continue to spend his millions trying to convince voters and superdelegates that he is the candidate that can win in November. But he has a dilemma on his hands with White Blue-Collar, Catholic and Women Voters, as has been evident throughout this campaign. The bottom line is that they don't trust him and for good reasons. The Gun-Clinging comments hurt him with gun owners in Pa. The "God Damn America" remarks of Rev. Wright hurt him with regular church goers in Pa. His ties with radical fundamentalists such as "weather underground" disturb rural democratic voters. His connections with Rezko, a Chicago thug now on trial for fraud, raises question marks for many voters.

These are real questions that have and will continue to be raised about Obama, a virtual unknown that campaigns on "empty rhetoric" and acts as if the nations owes him the nomination. In this country you must earn your way and fight for what you believe in, as Hillary has demonstrated throughout this campaign. Yet Obama sits on his lead and acts as if this nomination is his to lose.

As the nomination process winds down, there are several things that will play out leading up to the Denver Convention. Obama's lead in delegates and popular vote will continue to erode, especially in states such as Kentucky,West Virginia and Puerto Rico where Clinton will win by large margins. Hillary will argue that she has won all but one of the largest states that are essential to victory in November. She will argue that if the Florida and Michigan votes are counted she has the lead in popular vote. She will argue that she is winning over Core Democratic groups, including Catholics, Women, Hispanics and White Men. Those are powerful arguments!

With the momentum on her side, Clinton will fight on and continue to put her opponent on display with the electorate, as one who cannot win against the Republicans, is not battle tested, and lacks the experience to solve the country's huge problems. Obama, on the other hand must face the music and explain to his voters why he can't close the deal despite his huge money advantage. Read This

Indiana will be a crucial state for Hillary in the next couple of weeks. The momentum and the support of key individuals and groups in Indiana will be a great help to her as she strives to convince undecided voters that she is a real fighter who will put their best interests at heart. So far she has lived up to the challenge, and has struck a cord with voters. Now we must sit back and see if she can continue to defy the mainstream media, the pundits and pollsters who say she can't win, and want her to quit.

The Pa Primary was a real test for Hillary, she proved that she can win to fight another day. For Obama he looked tired, defeated and unable to connect with the very voters he needs to win in November. Instead of facing the music and taking his lumps, he ran off to another state much like a puppy with his tail between his legs. Clinton's ad that ran in Pa in the last days leading up to the primary vote, must have struck a cord with many voters, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the Kitchen." Well that is exactly what Obama did. Is that what Obama will do whenever he is confronted with a national crisis? Run for the hills!!

The more voters see and hear Obama on the stump, the more they wonder if he has what it takes to win. Lofty speeches and empty words don't equate into victory.

The New Clinton Math may at the end resonate with voters and the undecided superdelegates, despite the conventional wisdom that the candidate with the most pledged delegates or popular vote should get the reward.

When the momentum shifts and voters line up behind one candidate as they did throughout Pa, then voters have a tough decision to make. When the electoral map looks like it favors one candidate as it does for Hillary, then voters have a tough decision to make. When core Democrats,Catholics, Women,White Men,Senior Citizens, Blue Collar Workers,and Hispanics line up behind one candiate as they have with Hillary, then voters have a tough decision to make. When Reagan Democrats line up behind one candidate as they have for Hillary, then voters have a tough decision to make. When one candidate looks like his balloon is deflating as it does for Obama, then voters have a tough decision to make. When a candidate wins by double digit 10 point wins in all the rustbelt regions (Ohio, New Jersey, Pa) as Hillary has accomplished, then voters have a tough decision to make. When one candidate can only muster advantages among Blacks and voters under 25 years of age, as Obama is doing, then voters have a tough decision to make. When one candidate outspends the other by 4 to 1 margins and can't win, as Obama has shown, then the voters have a tough decision to make.

We now know and understand who the real fighter is in this race, the candidate who never gives in and never gives up. That is the kind of President this country needs and deserves. Not a candidate that runs on empty with no proven record. Yes the question mark has been raised and the equation is yet to be solved in this race, and may go unsolved all the way to Denver. Full Text Available Here

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What is next for Obama after Double Digit Loss
More of the Same Obama Rhetoric?
CHICAGO – Barack Obama’s campaign continued to downplay their 10 point loss in the Pennsylvania primary this morning, arguing that they anticipated the results last night. “We don’t believe that the structure of the race has changed fundamentally,” said campaign manager David Plouffe, adding that they achieved their overall goal to cut down Hillary Clinton’s lead in the state.







Jet Streams Are Shifting And May Alter Paths Of Storms And Hurricanes

ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2008) — The Earth's jet streams, the high-altitude bands of fast winds that strongly influence the paths of storms and other weather systems, are shifting--possibly in response to global warming. Scientists at the Carnegie Institution determined that over a 23-year span from 1979 to 2001 the jet streams in both hemispheres have risen in altitude and shifted toward the poles. The jet stream in the northern hemisphere has also weakened. These changes fit the predictions of global warming models and have implications for the frequency and intensity of future storms, including hurricanes.

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Hurricane Andrew. Storm paths in North America are likely to shift northward as a result of the jet stream changes. Hurricanes, whose development tends to be inhibited by jet streams, may become more powerful and more frequent as the jet streams move away from the sub-tropical zones where hurricanes are born. (Credit: NOAA)

Climate change threat to Kent's feathered friends

Breaking Earth News
Great Britain
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Migratory birds, such as the lapwing, are becoming scarce on Kent's marshes

Story: Climate change threat to Kent's birds - For years, the mass of wintering birds at Kent’s RSPB marshes have attracted thousands of visitors during the colder months. But now the effects of climate change are causing bird numbers to plummet rapidly and are putting the marshes at risk of becoming miserably barren. Flocks of wintering water fowl and other species from the arctic region are noticeable by their absence at marshes in North Kent and Dungeness, as mild winters across the continent mean migrating birds do not need to travel as far as the UK’s south east for the climate they need. On top of this, the results of the Big Garden Watch in January showed that the average number of birds seen in people’s gardens has declined by a fifth since 2004.

Waiting for the 'Tsunami From The Sky'


Rising temperatures have resulted in dangerously high water levels in a lake above a valley in central Bhutan. No one knows how long it can hold.


Waiting for the 'Tsunami From The Sky'

Peacock abandoning habitat near Pune

India
Peacocks abandoning habitat near Pune - Residents of Morachi Chincholi Village near Pune are deeply upset since the peafowl, who are viewed as part of the family by them, have started deserting their village following an acute water shortage. Morachi Chincholi Village, located just 65 kilometers from Pune city, had a scanty rainfall this year and is presently facing water shortage. The village has been known as a natural habitat for the Indian National bird. It is believed this village is home to over 2,000 magnificent winged beauties. The villagers have pleaded with the government to convert the village into a tourist destination to preserve and save these avian beauties. “They have been here for 50 years now, but due to the acute water shortage these peacocks are leaving."

Spring nipped in the bud by weather that's the pits

Washington, USA
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Eric Clark takes pictures of the 6-inch-deep snow in Clearview, Snohomish County, on Saturday morning using his phone camera. "I know this is the convergence zone, but come on, it's nearly May," he says.

Story: On Saturday, snow fell throughout Western Washington. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was 1 degree short of breaking its record low of 34 degrees. Snow HAS NOT FALLEN THIS LATE IN THE YEAR SINCE APRIL 1972. The unseasonably cold weather of the past few days has spelled disaster for some of the ornamental cherry trees around Seattle. Their vibrant, cotton-candy-pink blossoms have been replaced by a brownish goo on the sidewalks below. In Wenatchee Valley, cherry farmers are worried about the unusually cold weather, too. "It's too early to tell how much damage the cold weather has done."

Ohio town enduring four-week flood

Ohio, USA
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High winds splash water over the sandbags on Ohio Route 269 in Groton Township, Ohio, Tuesday, April 12, 2008. Dozens of homeowners have been draining their basements around the clock for four straight weeks. Others have given up because the water just keeps flowing.

Story: More about Bellevue, the Ohio town enduring a four-week flood - Dozens of homeowners have been draining their basements around the clock for four straight weeks. Others have given up because the water just keeps flowing. What's unusual is where the water is coming from — it's seeping up from the ground through cracks in the limestone buried beneath this northern Ohio town. A mix of heavy rains and melting snow in recent months has left the ground saturated and the water has nowhere to go but up. It has buckled concrete basement floors, cracked foundations and closed several streets and roads, including a busy state highway. How much all of the repairs will cost isn't known yet. Much of the damage is centered on the north and east sides of the city and its surrounding townships. But most of the city is completely dry.

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CANADA - Civil Security officials are predicting serious spring flooding in many municipalities within the next week. They are warning people living on the north shore of the west island, Laval, and some municipalities to the west of the city of Montreal, that they could be experiencing full-fledged flooding by next Tuesday. That's all due to the unseasonably warm temperatures they've been experiencing over the past few days, and the rapidly rising water levels.

WORLD FACING HUGE NEW CHALLENGE ON FOOD FRONT

"If food security cannot be restored quickly, social unrest and political instability will spread and the number of failing states will likely increase dramatically, THREATENING THE VERY STABILITY OF CIVILIZATION ITSELF." The fast-unfolding food shortage is engulfing the entire world, driving food prices to record highs. The world has not experienced anything quite like this before. In the face of rising food prices and spreading hunger, the social order is beginning to break down in some countries. In several provinces in Thailand, for instance, rustlers steal rice by harvesting fields during the night. In Darfur, during the first three months of this year, 56 U.N. grain-laden trucks were hijacked. Thus far, only 20 of the trucks have been recovered and some 24 drivers are still unaccounted for. This threat to U.N.-supplied food to the Darfur camps has reduced the flow of food into the region by half, raising the specter of starvation if supply lines cannot be secured. In Pakistan, thousands of armed Pakistani troops have been assigned to guard grain elevators and to accompany the trucks that transport grain. Food riots are now becoming commonplace around the world. On top of other trends, climate change presents new risks. Crop-withering heat waves, more-destructive storms, and the melting of the Asian mountain glaciers that sustain the dry-season flow of that region’s major rivers, are combining to make harvest expansion more difficult. In the past the negative effect of unusual weather events was always temporary; within a year or two things would return to normal. But with climate in flux, there is no norm to return to. During seven of the last eight years, grain consumption exceeded production. With grain stocks at an all-time low, the world is only one poor harvest away from total chaos in world grain markets. This troubling situation is UNLIKE ANY THE WORLD HAS FACED BEFORE. The challenge is not simply to deal with a temporary rise in grain prices, as in the past, but rather to quickly alter those trends whose cumulative effects collectively threaten the food security that is a hallmark of civilization.

Colorado Faces Extreme Weather Concerns


While drought-fed wildfires spread on one side of the state, flooding concerns due to record snow plague the other."It's been an interesting dichotomy this year," said Kevin Houck, a flood mitigation engineer with the Colorado Water Conservation Board. “It's not unusual to see this, but this year has been very extreme in terms of what we see out on the plains versus what we see out on the mountains."

Preparing for the flood


Switzerland
Flooding could be much worse in parts of Switzerland than it was during the extreme weather of 1999 and 2005. The results of a new study show that if lakes and rivers in the region flood again, up to 80,000 people could be affected, and entire valleys cut off. In this worst-case scenario, large areas of the countryside and residential areas could be under water for weeks. There is currently up to two metres of snow in the Alps and experts say that if May is warm and wet, the snowmelt combined with rain could lead to an extreme flooding event.

Warning of Big Sea Level Rise: Scientists


Sea levels could rise by up to one-and-a-half metres by the end of this century, according to a new scientific analysis.


This is substantially more than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecast in last year's landmark assessment of climate science.




Warning of Big Sea Level Rise: Scientists

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