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The Week That Was: December 9 to 16, 2007
Nancy Morgan
December 17, 2007

Last week saw the culmination of the UN global-warming conference in Bali. As the nation experienced unusually brutal winter storms, forcing some 500,000 to flee their homes due to lack of electricity, the busy-bodies in Bali finally ‘agreed to agree’ on an agreement in 2009. Despite the media whitewash, some dissenters from the global warming mantra were able to have their voices heard. Namely, the Pope, who condemned climate scaremongers, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.
Bureaucrats and politicos urged an adoption of a tax that would represent “a global burden sharing system, legally binding to all nations”, and Australia urged a $5,000 ‘baby-tax- on families (to offset their carbon footprints). Meanwhile, a group of dissenting scientists was able to chime in, urging the world to “have the courage to do nothing” in response to UN demands. As all this was unfolding, a blockbuster report, published in a prestigious scientific journal, insisted that the evidence shows that climate warming is both natural and unstoppable. Don’t they know the case is closed? AlGore said so...
A recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation concluded that biofuels “offer a cure [for oil dependence] that is worse than the disease.” Requirements that we use more ethanol
are causing food prices to skyrocket. TANSTAAFL. Donkey prices are at a record high in Gaza, after Israel cut imports of fuel supplies.
Good News:
 Iraqi oil production now exceeds prewar levels. A growing number of people think the U.S. is making progress in Iraq and a Gallup poll finds Bush approval ratings up, at 37%, as favorability ratings for congress remain in the dumps, at 22%.
 Bad news for racial huckster, Al Sharpton. FBI agents swooped down on 10 of his friends looking for financial documents since 2001. Seems Rev Al got caught  on a hidden FBI camera speaking a little too candidly. My bet is Al will skate once again, because of the color of his skin. New poll shows the three main minorities in the U.S. - blacks, Hispanics and Asians - have little trust for each other and hold prejudiced views of different ethnic origins. Thank-you, Rev Al.
 Fourth-ranked broadcaster, NBC, has quietly begun reimbursing advertisers an average of $500k each for failing to reach guaranteed ratings levels. NBC refused last week to run a patriotic ad thanking our troops for their service. NBC called the ad ‘too political’, but was forced to back down and run the ad after a huge backlash, which included Newt Gingrich calling for a boycott of NBC. Stockholders continue to take a beating as networks continue to place ideology over the bottom line. RIP.
 The House on Thursday approved an intelligence bill that bans the CIA from using water boarding and other harsh interrogation methods. Fortunately, the GOP blocked this absurd bill in the Senate. Speaking of GOP: Republicans maintained control of both congressional seats that were up for grabs in Ohio and Virginia. Cool jeans.
In other news, an effort to reign in farm subsidies (with payments going to the largest farms, and 8 legislators) failed in the Senate. The $288 billion farm bill  is now steam rolling to passage.
Speaking of steamrollers: The Clinton Money Machine continued to rake in questionable cash. Appears the Clinton library has raised more than 10% of its $165 million cost from foreign sources, with the most generous donations coming from Saudi Arabia.
Spanish TV aired a hidden-camera expose on Spain’s abortion industry, showing a live abortion on TV for the first time in history.
Stranger Than Fiction:
 South Korean scientists have cloned cats that glow in the dark.
 French Producer Phillippe Rebboah has asked Britney Spears to play the virgin Mary in a Film of the nativity story.
 Japanese scientists have used genetic engineering to create mice that show no fear of felines.
 The wreckage of a ship abandoned by Captain Kidd in the 17th century has been found.
And last, but not least: good news for secular progressives. A firm called ‘CheatNeutral’ offers a way to offset infidelity by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. Only in America..
And that was the week that was.

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