Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Poison? WalMart; Global Warming(cooling)??

Seems the police are going to question some 5th-graders in South Carolina over a suspected poisoning of a teacher.
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- Officials at a Goose Creek elementary school say police plan to question fifth grade students about a teacher who became ill after drinking deadly chemicals earlier this month.

The teacher at Boulder Bluff Elementary was hospitalized in critical condition November 16 after drinking methanol and ethylene glycol, a clear, colorless liquid used in antifreeze.(link)
The report states that the teacher has no history of depression or suicide attempts. This may be the weirdest 'school violence' story I've seen yet. It's hard to imagine 5th-graders as the diabolical evil-doers out to stop public education. I could see this maybe from high school kids or even college people, but elementary?? It boggles the mind.
San Diego is going down the Chicago road concerning Wal-Mart. The city council recently passed a resolution banning stores of greater than 90ksq ft selling groceries.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The City Council here voted late Tuesday to ban certain giant retail stores, dealing a blow to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s potential to expand in the nation's eighth-largest city.

The measure, approved on a 5-3 vote, prohibits stores of more than 90,000 square feet that use 10 percent of space to sell groceries and other merchandise that is not subject to sales tax. It takes aim at Wal-Mart Supercenter stores, which average 185,000 square feet and sell groceries.(link)
Remember when Chicago wouldn't let Wal-Mart build in the city limits? (WaPo)? Well now S.D. is going down the same road. The gist of it is, the people voting to block are saying that Wal-Mart drives out local business and pays low wages. While true that local (small) business can hardly compete with the giant, the pay at Wal-Mart is usually higher than the pay at the business that gets driven out. So basically the city council wants to keep lower paying local business in the area :)
Global Warming!! (err cooling??)
Scientists are all aglow about global warming these days, but even most of them aren't as bad as the Gaia scientists.
The earth has a fever that could boost temperatures by 8 degrees Celsius making large parts of the surface uninhabitable and threatening billions of peoples' lives, a controversial climate scientist said on Tuesday.(link)
Seems that its too late to fix it (yay) and we're almost all doomed!!! Of course, these 'scientists' don't always agree with the real world or even with each other, but how do they explain these things?
The arctic deep freeze trapping Calgary is on track to break a 110-year-old weather record today, but the bitter cold is expected to ease in the coming days.

With a forecast low of -31C today, Calgary could break the -27C record set on this day in 1896. (link)
I'd say that what impact we humans have on the Earth is too little to guage. The world has been here for 5.4 billion years or so (and had massive warming/cooling trends to boot) and will outlast us by a long shot. Should we be concerned with clean air and pollution? Sure, but we shouldn't be telling everyone that life is going to end sometime next week and it's all over. Global 'climate change' spokespeople (see Al Bore) do not want to talk about this 'problem' they want your money so they can tell you what you will do about it. They don't care about conflicting data, since their data is right, that makes all other reports wrong. Wake me up when they say something worth while please.
Reason amongst the dhimmikrauts

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