Loser in Weiner Race Blames Obama; China Buys Up Caribbean

Sunday, 18 Sep 2011 04:09 PM

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1. Nobel Winner Quits U.S. Science Group Over Climate Stance
2. Blacks File Racial Discrimination Suit Against Democrats
3. Obama Attacks GOP for Blocking DREAM Act
4. China Invades Caribbean With Huge Investments
5. Loser in Weiner District Vote Blames Obama

6. Tennessee, Utah Least Favorable to Union Labor
 

1. Nobel Winner Quits U.S. Science Group Over Climate Stance

Nobel Prize-winning physicist and erstwhile Obama supporter Ivar Giaever has resigned as a Fellow from the prestigious American Physical Society to protest the organization's promotion of manmade global warming fears.

Norwegian-born Dr. Giaever shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1973 for work at General Electric related to superconductors.

In an email to APS Executive Officer Kate Kirby on Sept. 13, which was obtained by the Climate Depot website, Giaever said:

"Thank you for your letter inquiring about my membership. I did not renew it because I cannot live with the [APS] statement below:

"'Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth's climate.

"'The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.'"

Giaever goes on to say: "In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degrees Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this 'warming' period."

Giaever was one of Barack Obama's key scientific supporters and joined more than 70 Nobel Science laureates in endorsing him in an October 2008 open letter.

But in March 2009, Giaever was one of more than 100 co-signers of a letter to President Obama criticizing his stance on global warming. The letter stated in part: "We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated."

Giaever, now a professor emeritus at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is one of several prominent scientists to resign from the APS over its global warming position. Among them is physicist Hal Lewis, who wrote to the organization before his death this past May: "Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life."

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2. Blacks File Racial Discrimination Suit Against Democrats

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Democratic Party on behalf of "the African-American Citizens of the United States" demanding a formal public apology for its treatment of blacks in America.

The plaintiffs, who refer to the defendants as "Father of Racism," claim that as an organization the Democratic Party has "consistently refused to apologize for the role it played in slavery and Jim Crow laws and for other subsequent racist practices from 1792 to 2011," according to a press release from the Frederick Douglass Foundation.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Wash., on Monday. It lists as lead plaintiff Wayne Perryman, an African-American minister, author and community activist from Mercer, Wash.

"The case cites the collective work of over 350 legal scholars and includes congressional records, case law, research from our nation's top history professors, racist statements from Democratic elected officials, citations from the Democrats' National Platforms regarding their support of slavery, excerpts of speeches from Senator Obama, individual testimonies from blacks who lived in the Jim Crow South and opinions from the NAACP," the press release states.

Perryman said President Obama was also named as a defendant because of his position as the official leader of the Democratic Party, and also due to certain statements he made about his party in his book "Dreams from My Father."

In 2009, the president was asked to issue an apology to blacks on behalf of his party, but refused, according to the Frederick Douglass Foundation.

The suit seeks a public apology, but no monetary damages.

Perryman stated: "Any organization that has such a racist history and received 97 percent of the African-American vote (after doing all they could do to deny blacks the right to vote) should willingly apologize without being forced to do so through a lawsuit."

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3. Obama Attacks GOP for Blocking DREAM Act

President Obama told a Hispanic audience that he will do "everything in my power" to enact the DREAM Act — and that he yearned for the day when Democrats once again control the House and Nancy Pelosi is Speaker.

The DREAM Act — which stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors — would provide legal residency to undocumented young people who came to the United States before age 16, graduate from high school, complete two years of college or military service and have no criminal record. It has faced strong opposition for nearly a decade.

Speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual gala in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night, Obama targeted Republicans who oppose the bill.

"Last year, we saw the DREAM Act passed in the House, only to be blocked by Senate Republicans," he said.

"And now for the first time in a decade the bill doesn't have a single Republican co-sponsor. Nothing about the language of the legislation changed. The only thing that changed was politics in Washington.

"It's heartbreaking to see innocent young people denied the right to earn an education, or serve in the military, because of their parents' action, and because of the actions of a few politicians in Washington."

Obama noted that his administration recently changed enforcement policies regarding illegal aliens to "prioritize criminals who endanger our communities, not students trying to achieve the American dream."

The Hispanic vote "is crucial to Obama's re-election chances in 2012, and he has been courting the community tirelessly," the Washington Times observed.

Obama told the gathering on Wednesday that he wished he could "wave my magic wand" and return Nancy Pelosi to the Speaker of the House post.

"At the end of the day, I can't do this all by myself," he added. "We're going to have to get Congress to act. I know Nancy Pelosi's ready to act."

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4. China Invades Caribbean With Huge Investments

State-run Chinese companies are pouring billions of dollars into development projects in a region long considered America's backyard — the Caribbean.

China announced this week that it will provide $1 billion in loans to Caribbean nations to finance infrastructure projects. The loans will be made available through the state-run China Development Bank, China's Vice Premier Wang Qishan said in Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago.

"China's wooing of the Caribbean is part of a global push by Beijing promoting loans and investment while seeking natural resources and political influence in the developing world from Africa to Latin America," Reuters observed.

Two other state-run Chinese entities are financing and building a huge $2.6 billion resort complex in Nassau, which will feature hotels, condos, a golf course and reportedly the largest casino in the Caribbean. Thousands of Chinese workers will be brought in to help construct the Baha Mar complex, scheduled to open in late 2014.

China is also planning to invest more than $400 million in a beachfront resort project in the Dominican Republican, and has already invested more than $1 billion in a port, conference center and highway projects in Jamaica.

A unit of China National Petroleum is participating in a $6 billion project to expand an oil refinery in Cuba. Cuba is China's leading trading partner in the Caribbean.

Total Chinese trade with the Caribbean has been growing 24 percent annually.

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5. Loser in Weiner District Vote Blames Obama

While many observers have blamed the Democrats' loss in Anthony Weiner's former congressional district on factors other than displeasure with President Obama, loser David Weprin acknowledged the vote was a "referendum on the president."

Republican businessman Bob Turner won a stunning victory over Democratic state assemblyman Weprin in Tuesday's special election in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1.

"The message of [Turner's] campaign was, 'Send Obama a message,'" Weprin told the New York Post. "I think the problem was that he's the president and people are frustrated, and it's just natural to take it out on the top guy — or the top guy's party.

"As much as I tried to make it about David Weprin or Bob Turner, I don't think that resonated to voters. I think that voters looked at it as a referendum on the president."

Weprin did try to distance himself from Obama. He declined to say if he would support the president's re-election, did not seek his endorsement, and criticized Obama's policies toward Israel while campaigning in a district with large numbers of Jewish voters. But he couldn't overcome the Obama factor.

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6. Tennessee, Utah Least Favorable to Union Labor

Two public policy organizations have compiled a new index showing how hospitable each state is toward organized labor, and Tennessee tops the list of the least favorable states.

The "Big Labor vs. Taxpayers Index" is a collaboration between the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Crossroads GPS, and is published on the workplacechoice.org website.

The index "comprehensively ranks each state on 23 individual aspects to determine the degree to which states favor organized labor and which favor taxpayers," the site explains. "Each state is ranked and given a score out of a possible 40 points."

Those aspects include collective bargaining laws, binding arbitration laws, and paycheck protection laws, which require union bosses to obtain written consent from union members before they can use their dues for political activity.

Other aspects include the use of the secret ballot in union elections, policies on strikes by government workers, public employee pension funding, and the percentage of union members as a proportion of all employees, and of all public employees.

The highest rating for favoring taxpayers goes to Tennessee, which scored 36 out of 40 points. Just 4.7 percent of workers there are union members, as are only 17.6 percent of public employees, while pension liabilities equal $35 billion.

Utah is right behind with 34 points — 17.5 percent of public employees belong to unions. It is followed by Idaho with 31 points, Texas (30), and Florida (28).

The lowest ranked state is New York with just 4 points. More than 24 percent of workers there are unionized, as are 70.5 percent of public employees, and pension liabilities total $146 billion.

New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut are next with 6 points, followed by Pennsylvania with 7.

"Union power and privilege vary across the states," workplacechoice.org observes. "Therefore policy makers, members of the media, the business community, and the public need a clear picture of that landscape."

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