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Archive for June 12th, 2007

Firstly, whatever Al Gore have said in the past, researches have discovered that the meltdown of Kilimanjaro glacier is not caused by global warming h/t Desde El Exilio:

Kilimanjaro’s ice has been melting away for more than a century, and most of that melt occurred before 1953, prior to the period where science begins to be conclusive about atmospheric warming in that region, according to Philip Mote of the University of Washington and Georg Kaser of the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

Also, as a tropical glacier, the processes governing ice melt on Kilimanjaro (located in Tanzania) are different than those on other mid-latitude glaciers located closer to the Earth’s poles.

Also there are incresing signs of discontented scientists with this theory h/t Relapsed Catholic.

Though the fear of man-made global warming has come to dominate our cultural discourse, the science behind the scare is looking increasingly uncertain. David Evans is representative of scientists who have become disillusioned with the theory that industrial carbon dioxide emissions are the root cause of global warming: as he points out, the computer models don’t seem to fit the data, while at the same time evidence is mounting in favor of alternative hypotheses, like the idea that climate change may be caused in large part by fluctuations in solar radiation. A series of articles by Lawrence Solomon, who has profiled prominent climate-change dissenters, demonstrates that Evans is hardly alone—and calls into question the often-parroted assertion that there is some sort of scientific “consensus” on the issue (whatever that might mean).

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Lastly, we have (supposed) Presidential candidate Fred Thompson writing about the news that indicate that some planets of our solar system are also warming themselves. h/t O Inominável:

This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non-signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle.

smile_teeth  😀  Yeah, right.

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We will have to see how it goes on Windows. 😀

He said Safari was “the fastest browser on Windows”, saying it was twice as fast as Internet Explorer.

A test version of Safari 3 for Windows XP, Vista and Apple Macs running OSX, is available for download from the Apple website. Apple is hoping to replicate the success of iTunes, which has proved enormously popular on both Macs and Windows machines.

“We think Windows users are going to be really impressed when they see how fast and intuitive web browsing can be with Safari,” said Mr Jobs.

Mr Jobs used the conference to lift the lid on new features of its forthcoming operating system (OS) for Macs, called Leopard.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Apple announces Windows browser

 You can download it from here.

Here is the Apple webpage announcing it.

Comments: The first thing I can distinguish of it is that I can’t see the words which are underlined from my blog at wordpress.com. And then an error came and the browser shut itself…

It really is a beta yet. 🙂 We will have to wait:

While it’s marvelously stable, a few snags reminded us that Safari is still a beta. It occasionally renders pages incorrectly and seems to have problems with Cascading Style Sheets in particular. It also displays Shockwave animation somewhat slowly. User preferences are limited; there’s no way to set the cache size or stop animated gifs from cycling, and you won’t find AutoFill or AutoComplete options like those in IE. Also, we missed the favorites/history/page-holder panel available in IE.

But:

That said, Apple has included a feedback button on the toolbar, so users can report problem sites. The company plans on addressing problems for the as-yet unscheduled gold release.

I am not the only one underlining the problems of this beta. I German.

A security hole has already been discovered in it.

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You’re not going to hear this in any place, but reality is that a huge sea of petrol hides under the Lebanese beaches. And Syria wants its share of it h/t Le Guerre Civile:

Per una volta non c’entrano le questioni militari, né quelle strategiche, e nemmeno i conflitti etnico-religiosi, bensì una risorsa molto ricerata in tutto il mondo e di cui si supponeva che quest’area del Vicino Oriente fosse priva: il petrolio e, con esso, il gas.
La notizia verrà annunciata in queste ore a Londra durante il convegno dell’Eage, l’associazione europea dei geofisici: lungo le coste libanesi ci sarebbero almeno otto miliardi di barili di greggio. A scoprirlo è stata una società norvegese, la Pgs, che ha effettuato lo studio dei fondali marini al largo del Paese dei Cedri. E non sarebbe solo il Libano a beneficiare di questa inaspettata opportunità. Lungo la dorsale del vulcano sottomarino Eratostene ci sarebbe un immenso giacimento che riguarderebbe anche le acque territoriali di Siria, Cipro e Israele. A nord di Gaza, lungo le coste dello Stato ebraico, una nave oceonografica americana ha osservato delle fuoriuscite di gas dal fondo del mare e il governo di Gerusalemme, che ha stanziato per le ricerche più di un miliardo di dollari, è persuaso che ci possano essere grandi quantità di metano.

In prima fila, però, c’è il Libano. Otto miliardi di barili non sono sufficienti per trasformarlo in un nuovo Emirato del Mediterraneo. L’Irak, ad esempio, ne ha 115 miliardi ed è al terzo posto per riserve mondiali di petrolio dopo Arabia Saudita e Iran; ma in un’epoca di grande domanda e a prezzi che restano esorbitanti rappresentano una dote preziosa e, inevitabilmente, destinata ad attrarre le attenzioni delle potenze dell’area.

Basically, the article by Italian newspaper Il Giornale says that Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus and Israel have oil under their soil. But of them, the most important oil deposits are in Lebanon. It’s not that they are going to have a huge quantity but its 8 milliards of barrils a day can make it be under the attention of the countries of the area. And it’s curious that it’s been told this now, when there are suspicious moves by Syria regarding Nahr el-Bahred and other refugee camps’ crisis.

Related posts:

  1. Lebanon vs. Al-Qaeda-Fatah al Islam.
  2. Lebanon vs Al-Qaeda-Fatah al Islam (II).
  3. As UN approves the creation of a special tribunal to try suspects, Hezbulah and Syria take positions.

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Terrible but true. And it was not only death, it was an honor killing for having fallen in love with someone not considered appropriate by her family.

A father who ordered his daughter’s brutal death for falling in love with the wrong man in a so-called honour killing has been found guilty of murder in the UK.banaz mahmod

Banaz Mahmod, 20 (right), was strangled with a boot lace, stuffed into a suitcase and buried in a back garden.

Her death is the latest in an increasing trend of such killings in Britain, home to some 1.8 million Muslims. More than 100 homicides are under investigation for being potential “honour killings”.

Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and his brother Ari Mahmod, 51, planned the killing during a family meeting, prosecutors told the court.

Two others have pleaded guilty in the case. Two more have fled the country. Sentencing is expected this month.

The men accused the young woman of shaming her family by ending an abusive arranged marriage, becoming too westernised and falling in love with a man who did not come from their Iraqi village. The Kurdish family came to Britain in 1998 when Banaz Mahmod was just 11.

“She was my present, my future, my hope,” said Rahmat Suleimani, 29, Banaz Mahmod’s boyfriend.

[…] Banaz Mahmod ran away from home when she was a teenager, but was later sent an audio tape in which her father warned he would kill her sisters, her mother and himself if she did not come home, her sister said.

She returned home and was later hospitalised after her brother attacked her, her sister testified. The brother said he had been paid by their father to finish her off, but in the end was unable to do it, the sister said, testifying in a full black burqa. She said she still feared for her life.

[…] The years of Banaz Mahmod’s abuse were compounded by officers who repeatedly dismissed her cries for help.

Father orders daughter’s brutal death – World – smh.com.au

banaz mahmod's fatherThe convicted father, left.

More about honor killings in Britain:

Honour killings were almost unheard of in Britain until a few years ago but police and prosecutors now estimate there are about a dozen such murders a year.

Campaigners say that the issue was misunderstood and that the authorities had been unwilling to get involved for fear of upsetting cultural sensitivities in minority communities.

Mahmod Mahmod

Guilty father: Mahmod Mahmod ordered his daughter’s death.

Five policemen are under investigation for not having helped her.

It also emerged that in the two months before her death she had warned police four times that she believed her family wanted to murder her.

On one occasion she even recorded a chilling video message on a mobile phone – played to the jury – revealing her terror. In addition, she wrote a letter naming those she thought would do it, and deposited it with detectives, “in the event of her death”.

The police, however, dismissed her desperate warnings, with one female officer saying she thought she had made up the story to get her boyfriend’s attention.

On New Year’s Eve 2005, Banaz was found bleeding and terrified after her father tried to kill her. But PC Angela Cornes simply dismissed her as “dramatic and calculating”.

Instead of protecting the victim, the officer even considered charging the young woman with criminal damage because she had broken a window to escape.

PC Cornes admitted in court she might have made “a dreadful mistake” and Scotland Yard has launched an internal review into its handling of the case.

See here her desperate plea in video.

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UPDATE 1: More at a Tangled Web:

During the trial the jury heard that the sister of tragic Banaz, (a Kurd), Bekhal Mahmod, 22, was also beaten, called a whore and accused of being too Westernised. Her uncle one told her ‘If I was your father you would have been turned to ashes by now’. ‘Your father’s your father. I would have killed you by now, got rid of you’.  On hearing his conviction today Bekhal screamed with joy. 

I understand her perfectly. Life with these two monsters should have been terrible indeed.

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