Filed under: Environment, Global Warming, Uncategorized | Tags: Global Warming, Polar Bears
Here at American Elephants, we are passionately partisan, but we always want to be aware of the arguments of the other side. We are determinedly fair and occasionally impartial, or at least we try. Monica said “the Earth has a fever”, and the Elephant himself responded: “Needs more cowbell.”
(h/t: Tom Nelson)
Filed under: Developing Nations, Foreign Policy, News, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Piracy on the High Seas, Saudi Oil Tanker, Somali Pirates
Pirates have seized a Saudi-owned supertanker leaded with more then $100 million worth of crude oil off the coast of Kenya — the largest ship ever hijacked according to U.S. Navy officials. Somali pirates have become increasingly brazen, but this is the first time they have attacked a fully laden oil tanker. “This is unprecedented” the International Herald Tribune quotes a spokesman for the Fifth Fleet, Lt. Nathan Christensen. “Its the largest ship that we’ve seen pirated. It’s three times the size of an aircraft carrier.” The supertanker, the Sirius Star, was hijacked more than 450 nautical miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya, far to the south of previous attacks. Pirates range over an area from the Gulf of Aden to the Kenyan coast, more than a million square miles. Most ships do not have heavy security, while the pirates are fast and well armed. And most are taken for ransom. Shipping firms are usually prepared to pay, for the sums demanded are still low compared with the value of the ships and their cargo. This seems like a remote crime — piracy in 2008? But the International Chamber of Commerce keeps track of Commercial Crimes. Here is a map of piracy incidents just in 2008. Once it was the Barbary Coast pirates, but now apparently everything old is new again.
Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Music, Pop Culture, Uncategorized | Tags: Humor, Star Wars
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Science/Technology, Uncategorized | Tags: Climate Change, NASA, Science News, Solar Cycle
After a little over two years of a quiet sun and few solar flares, a new-cycle sunspot group has emerged on Halloween, and been seen over a four-day period in early November.
This is good news. Warmer is actually better than colder. People are much more susceptible to suffering from cold weather than from heat. Here is the report with moving pictures too.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Election 2008, History, Media Bias, Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: Obama, Presidential election, The Founding Fathers, The Value of Debate
On January 20th of next year, we will have a new president, and I wish him well. He was not my choice, but he will be my president, and I wish him luck in dealing with the daunting challenges that face us.
We differed sharply on matters of his policies, his associations and his experience. He will quickly get experience. We will see who he chooses for his cabinet. We will continue to fight for the policies we believe in.
Please remember that disagreement and arguing are how we arrive at a way forward. That is what the founding fathers intended. Attempts to silence those who disagree are attempts to destroy the the world’s most durable constitution. Read The Federalist Papers, and renew your faith in debate, and read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence while you’re at it. Our founding documents have served us well.