Monday, January 29, 2007


Another Savior Bites the Dust

Iraqi cult leader killed in Najaf battle
Some highlights from the article (copyright Reuters):

The leader of an Iraqi cult who claimed to be the Mahdi, a messiah-like figure in Islam, was killed in a battle on Sunday near Najaf with hundreds of his followers, Iraq's national security minister said on Monday.

Women and children who joined 600-700 of his "Soldiers of Heaven" on the outskirts of the Shi'ite holy city may be among the casualties, Shirwan al-Waeli told Reuters. All those people not killed were in detention, many of them wounded.

These "Soldiers of Heaven" are not to be confused with our own homegrown "Soldiers of God," "Army of God," or "Soldiers of Christ."

Global Warming Climate Change

Experts slam upcoming global warming report (article copyright AP)
When I first saw this headline I thought, oh great, more "experts" in denial about this. But the article is about real experts "slamming" the upcoming report because it is "a sugar-coated version." They are saying it doesn't accurately reflect the extent of rising water levels and higher temperatures. A couple of excerpts:

Those calculations don't include the recent, and dramatic, melt-off of big ice sheets in two crucial locations:

They "don't take into account the gorillas -- Greenland and Antarctica," said Ohio State University earth sciences professor Lonnie Thompson, a polar ice specialist. "I think there are unpleasant surprises as we move into the 21st century."

In the past, the climate change panel didn't figure there would be large melt of ice in west Antarctica and Greenland this century and didn't factor it into the

They didn't figure in these large melts because they didn't think those would happen this century. We are only in January of the seventh year of this century, and it has already happened. I don't think this is good, people.