Thats what we will get to.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Detachment and Insanity

I am writing this thing for work on Dealing With Angry People.

I lived with crazy angry people pretty much my whole life so this is a topic I feel very qualified to cover. When it comes to this subject I know my stuff.

Detachment is the way to go with it in my opinion.
Just to sort of cosmically unplug without seeming to be unplugged.
The interesting thing I have noticed from my extensive life experience of living with insane people is that they never know they are insane. They always think its everyone else.
The capacity for self delusion is remarkable.
Plus, its astounding how much an insane person can accomplish and still be stark raving certifiable.

Never ever tell a crazy angry person they are crazy. Its like pouring gas on a fire. It just makes them worse.

In my research on this I discovered this article that I thought was very insightful.

Threaten to make things difficult if you don't do what they want.

Constantly threaten to end the relationship if you don't give in.

Regularly ignore or discount your feelings and wants.

Tell you or imply that they will neglect, hurt themselves, or become depressed if you don't do what they want.

Shower you with approval when you give into them and take it away when you don't.

Use money as a weapon to get their own way.

Emotional blackmail is a powerful form of manipulation in which people close to us threaten (either directly or indirectly) to punish us if we don't do what they want. At the heart of any kind of blackmail is one basic threat, which can be expressed in many different ways: If you don't behave the way I want you to, you will suffer. A criminal blackmailer might threaten to use knowledge about a person's past to ruin her reputation, or ask to be paid off in cash to hide a secret. Emotional blackmail hits closer to home. Emotional blackmailers know how much we value our relationship with them. They know our vulnerabilities. Often they know our deepest secret. And no matter how much they care about us, when they fear they won't go their way, they use this intimate knowledge to shape the threats that give them the payoff they want: our compliance. Knowing that we want love or approval, our blackmailers threaten to withhold it or take it away altogether, or make feel we must earn it. For example, if you pride yourself being generous and caring, the blackmailer might label you selfish or inconsiderate if you don't accede to his wishes. If you value money and security, the blackmailer might attach conditions to providing them or threaten to take them away. And if you believe the blackmailer, you could fall into a pattern of letting him control your decisions and behavior. We get locked into a dance with blackmail, a dance with myriad steps, shapes and partners.

Emotional blackmailers hate to lose. They take the old adage "It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game", and turn it on its head to read "It doesn't matter how you play the game as long as you do not lose." To an emotional blackmailer, keeping your trust doesn't count, respecting your feelings doesn't count, being fair doesn't count. The ground rules that allow for healthy give-and-take go out the window. In the midst of what we thought was a solid relationship it's as though someone yelled "Everyone for himself!" and the other person lumped to take advantage of us while our guard was down. Why is winning so important to blackmailers, we ask ourselves. Why are they doing this to us? Why do they need to get their way so badly that they'll punish us if they don't?

Below are some specific ways to answer the most common types of responses. It can't emphasize too strongly how important it is to practice saying these statements until they feel natural to you. How to respond to the other person's catastrophic predictions and threats. Punishers and self-punishers may try pressuring you to change your decision by bombarding you with visions of the extreme negative consequences of doing what you've decided to do. It's never easy to resist the fear that their bleak vision will come to pass, especially when the theme they're pounding home is "Bad things will happen - and it'll be your fault." But hold your ground.

When they say: Then you say:
If you don't take care of me, I'll wind up in the hospital/on the street/unable to work.
* You'll never see your kids again.
* You'll destroy this family.
* You're not my child anymore.
* I'm cutting you out of my will.
* I'll get sick.
* I can't make it without you.
* I'll make you suffer.
* You'll be sorry.
{answers are below}

* That's your choice.
* I hope you won't do that, but I've made my decision.
* I know you're very angry right now. When you've had a chance to think about this, maybe you'll change your mind.
* Why don't we talk about this again when you're less upset.
* Threats/suffering/tears aren't going to work anymore.
* I'm sorry you're upset.

Back to Callie, I liked this article. But I think that emotional detachment is critical to really coping with angry verbally abuseive people.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Changes Changes Changes

Ok so when I was in grad scool I didn't finsih. I got pregnant and the last two classes I had to take were impossible for me to attend. I was getting a Masters in Ed and one of the classes waas called "Mainstreaming Exceptional Students".

Harmless title right?

The class was all movies of kids who had had these tragic birth defects. I was so flipped out after the first two classes I went and dropped it. It made me have nightmares and I would have to get up all the time to go and throw up.

I just couldn't deal.

The other one was Technology in the Classroom. I had no idea what anyone was talking about and would just burst out crying for some weird reason since I couldn't get the subject matter at all.

It was just this crazy time for me. My husband really didn't want me to be pregnant, I was without any family in CA, I was living in LA, I just was having this really really bad time with myself then.

I just sorta stopped working for a while when the baby came. I did some part time stuff as a grad student and worked with kids at the university, I got this job doing parent ed workshops three mornings a week, you know I did stuff here and there but nothing really approaching a real job.

I had another baby.

My husband traveled for his work all the time so it was just me doing the kid thing and I wanted to be there for them and I didn't need the money so I just back burnered working.

I had lost confidence totally in that part of my self and wasn't sure at all what I would do when my youngest went to school all day.

A close friend of mine has a consulting business and asked me to come and join her. Her old partner left after nine eleven when business went thru a slow cycle and she wanted someone new to hook up with.

She offered me a nice deal, she keeps twenty percent of my fees and I keep 80....I bill out at 1800 a day, and charge thru the nose to write programs, do focus groups, attend conferences to rep different organizations and generally have done very well at it, much to my overwhelming amazement.

I bought a couple of nice 700 suits, I figured out how to use spell check and Outlook fairly well and I managed to overcome my fear of gong into the real world and talking in front of people.

Last week I did a key note to 250 people.

But thats not really what surprised me. Thats not what I wanted to tell you.

I wrote this program on Time Management. I pretty much just pulled it out of the top of my head. The stuff I read I thought was stupid so I just made up new things.

I hate when people just talk and talk during a class so I came up with about 7 activities. People can do them in groups.

Well one of them says that you should imagine yourself getting a beautiful important award. I tell people to picture the trophy. Everyone you love has come to honor you. And thank you.

Two people, one from work and one from your family are giving speaches about your achievements and what you mean to them.

Write the speaches. Tell me what you want them to say about you.

Well one guy looked like he was going to cry and he got up and left.

He later told me that he was thinking of his college aged daughter from whom he was estraged and he got up and called her to apologize.

I didn't know what to say.

THe father thing is a painful place for me and it was all I could do not to just throw down my Coach briefcase and run out of his office sobbing.

Anyhow, I am going back to meet with these guys on the 7th of october to write more programs for them.

When I got back from NY I cried myself to sleep thinking about my father. During my adult life he and I have been very close, but I have to say that his death has really come between us.

For a number of years I didn't speak to him at all. The details aren't important but lets just say three of my siblings didn't speak to him either.

One day he apologized to me and I accepted.

It changed my whole life in a way I can never do justice to in words.

This is a work thing so I can never tell this man what happened to me. I never ever tell them about me, I always let it be about them. When for Petes sake does it ever get to be about them?

They all have these horrible boring jobs, they sit in cubicles, they sit on trains and buses for hours every day just to go to some stupid fucking job they hate. I figure one person for a little while can just let it be about them for a while.

I know I am rambling. As I sit here at my desk I feel like crying about the whole thing with my Dad.

What I find so odd about death is the permanance of it. People don't stop being dead. They stay that way forever.

You never ever get to see or talk to them again no matter what.

Its a hard concept to grasp for mere mortals but thats the way it is.

Sorry I have fallen behind so much

on my blogging.
I am very busy with work and have to write and write all the day long and I have nothing left in my foolish head to put on my blog.
All of my ideas are gone.

I am sure I will get them back soon, but hugs to everyone who stops by and I will come back to leave nice comments on your blogs soon. I am just takeing a break right now.
Hugs hugs hugs.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Look Elder! A movie about your book!

Documentary examines anti-Semitism of 'Protocols of Zion'

Thursday, September 15, 2005


Protocols of Zion

Opens in New York on Oct. 21.

Directed by: Marc Levin

Running time: 93 minutes

Not rated

Paterson's own Walid Rabah has made the big time, appearing in a new documentary with some of the top anti-Semites of the last century.

There's Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad; there's George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party; there's Henry Ford, the car manufacturer; Father Charles Coughlin, a Roman Catholic priest; and then Rabah, in his Main Street office, talking about why he published "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" in 2002.

Director Marc Levin sought out Rabah for the film "Protocols of Zion," an energetic 93-minute journey into the world of Jew hatred.

Levin, who was raised in Elizabeth and Maplewood and now lives in New York City, uses as the film's jumping-off point the belief by some that Jews were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center.

An Egyptian taxi driver told Levin soon after Sept. 11, 2001, that no Jews died that day, linking his assertion to a book, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." The book has long been a favorite of those wanting to stir up anti-Semitic hatred in their communities, including, but not limited to, Russian police in the late 1800s, Adolf Hitler and modern-day white supremacist groups.

"The Protocols" is a fake document purporting to be the minutes of a secret meeting of Jewish leaders in the late 19th century, in which they lay out a plan for world domination. Historians have long denounced "The Protocols" as fake, the product not of a secret conclave of Jews but of the Tsarist secret police, who wanted to justify the Jews' persecution.

The documentary is an account of Levin's search to understand why "The Protocols" have had such staying power, why, even after they have been widely debunked, people persist in distributing and reading them. It is also about why anti-Semitism has been on the rise since Sept. 11.

"I was sensitive to it because I hadn't heard it before. Or if I had heard it before, it was so much on the fringe," Levin says. "Who would have thought that at the dawn of the 21st century we'd wake up in the Middle Ages?" He was referring to an age of renewed religious fanaticism in which secular people are often the targets.

Levin frequently appears in his film, interviewing and sometimes arguing with a variety of anti-Semites, philo-Semites, Jewish Semites and non-Jews who do not necessarily announce which side of the fence they're on, even after it becomes clear.

Enter Rabah.

A little history here. Rabah, publisher of the free Arab-language weekly The Arab Voice, printed excerpts of "The Protocols" in August and October 2002. He told the Herald News in 2002 that he published the fake document because a reporter submitted it and Rabah thought it would be educational for the newspaper's readers.

Several years later, he tells Levin in the film that he believes "The Protocols" are fake. "The problem is I don't write it, I just publish it to educate the people," Rabah says.

Rabah wrote a note at the bottom of the newspaper page on which the excerpts were printed, he says, stating they weren't true.

"I don't think that hate is just from the Muslims," he says in the film. "Many people in Europe and United States, they all believe in that."

At the end of the interview he says, "The Jews, they control everything."

Reached for comment about his words in the film, Rabah drew a distinction between Judaism, the religion, and Zionism, the political philosophy. He complained that Zionists "control" politicians, corporations and the media.

But let's not dwell just on our local guy, because the film is about much more than one publisher.

Levin, often donning a hip black leather jacket, also goes to the headquarters of the hate group the National Alliance, where he is told "The Protocols" will always sell. He's a guest on a radio show hosted by a white supremacist and gamely responds to callers.

He interviews inmates at New Jersey State Prison and tries to convince black prisoners that Jews were not responsible for the slave trade. He talks to Christian evangelists about Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ." He visits a gathering of Muslims in Sunset Park mourning the assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, founder and leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

He also talks to a Holocaust survivor; a Kabbalah scholar; Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League; and Matisyahu, a Hasidic reggae singer.

There is no dearth of people who have something to say on the subject. The film includes clips from an Arabic-language movie version of "The Protocols" broadcast on Arab television, and from an interview with an Egyptian girl, 3 or 4 years old, who without pause recites slurs against Jews.

What worries Levin is the new shape of anti-Semitism, spread widely and easily by the Internet.

"It has blossomed in a way that is frightening," he says.

And not just anti-Semitism but all religious zealotry.

"Violence is blessed and sacred and hate can be holy. That is what scares me more," he says.

The documentary is well edited by Ken Eluto, and John Zorn's score alternates between serious and subtle tracks and what might pass for Middle Eastern lounge music.

Although Levin was shocked by the apparent flare-up of anti-Semitism after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, some might argue that hatred of Jews in some of its various permutations never went away, even in this country.

Levin is sometimes accompanied by his filmmaker father Al Levin, who appears almost like Virgil to his son's Dante, leading Marc through the family's past and accompanying him on interviews.

"Certainly what we talked about when we were putting the film together was it could be interesting to people to see two different generations dealing with the social reality," Al Levin says.

That is not how his son originally intended it. In fact, Marc Levin filmed his father more for personal reasons than to include him in the movie. But after the urging of colleagues to include other emotions besides hatred - because hatred and only hatred is too much to watch - Levin decided to insert scenes with his father, to show, in essence, a Jewish elder and his son.

This is his way of responding to the virulent anti-Semitism of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

"The Jewish elders, they've got the secret and it's passed on from elder to son," Levin says about the document. "My father is my elder. What secrets is he passing to me? What are the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in the end?"

For Levin the secrets are the love between father and son. And without giving away too much, they are about what his grandfather used to say: "Go do good."

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US Anti-Semitism: Could the Unthinkable Occur?
By Caleb Corbin

The shores of the United States have been a historical anomaly for the Jewish people. America is one of only a handful of nations on earth in which Jews have been accepted as equals, and accorded all of the rights, privileges and freedoms of her citizens.

America's first president, George Washington, wrote a letter in 1790 to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island: "May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants, while every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid."

The words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal echo the sated hunger of Jews in America after more than 17 centuries of unending global persecution and wandering:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
The poem's author, Emma Lazarus, was Jewish. Fittingly, America's most visible symbol of freedom is wreathed with words breathed from a Jewish heart.

But despite America's pure foundations, the disease of anti-Semitism has surfaced from time to time throughout our history.

In 1862, General Ulysses S Grant, commander of the Union forces and later 18th president of the United States, issued General Order No. 11, which expelled all Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Upon receiving news of such order, President Abraham Lincoln immediately wrote to Grant, ordering him to revoke the order. Grant revoked the order three days later.

And Henry Ford, the American industrial icon and automotive baron of the early 20th century, was a rabid anti-Semite. He authored an infamous four-volume work entitled The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem, which portrayed world Jewry as scheming together to take over the world.

Because it carried the Ford name, the work gained immediate notoriety and credibility in the eyes of many, spreading like wildfire and sowing the seeds for future anti-Semitism in the American consciousness. Today, The International Jew is one of the holy books of the American anti-Semitic population.

And what of today? How successfully has America fended off societal decay, of which widespread anti-Semitism is but a symptom?

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) conducts an annual survey entitled "Survey of American Attitudes Towards Jews in America". Its 2005 findings were striking: a full 14% of the American citizenry, or 35 million people, hold beliefs that are "unquestioningly anti-Semitic". This is down from its 1992 survey, which categorized a full 20% of Americans as strongly anti-Semitic. The ADL's 2005 "Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents" recorded a total of 1,821 events in the US - a spike of 17% from the previous year.

As the annual survey shows, a resilient and hard-core base of Jew-haters reside in the US, with evidence suggesting a large part of this core is actively working to spread their poison across this nation.

One trend is of particular concern. Militant Islam is rapidly spreading its tentacles across America. One of the few Islamic moderates in this country, Muhammad Hisham Kabbani of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, estimated that "extremists" have taken over 80% of the mosques in the US. These extremists are working single-mindedly to turn America into an Islamic state, with the Koran as its foundation.

The campaign is being coordinated by both foreign and domestic elements. It is no coincidence that Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi pledged to Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, an American militant Black Islamic group, one billion dollars in aid and support. Also, the Saudis are bankrolling the construction and staffing of dozens of mosques throughout the US. These mosques are exclusively propagating the militant Wahabbi form of Islam, the very religion which inspired the 9/11 attacks.

The campaign is not limited to mosques. It also includes Islamic community centers, newspapers, schools, youth groups, political organizations, professional associations and business activities - all involved in recruiting, training, supporting and coordinating its members.

Substantial segments within the Black American community are converting to militant Islam or have fallen under its influence. This is creating a real and present danger to American Jews. In late August, Los Angeles police discovered a major terror plot by three Black Islamic Americans affiliated with the Jamat-E-Masjidul Islam mosque. A list was found in their possession containing the addresses of several Los Angeles synagogues and the Israeli consulate. Police speculate the men were part of a network planning to attack these targets during the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days.

One week later, possibly in response to the arrests, the Nation of Islam called for a "jihad" against the Los Angeles Police Department.

Gravely, militant Islam has entered into and is directing much of mainstream Black America. The Millions More March (MMM) on Washington DC, scheduled for October 14-16 of this year, was created by Farrakhan to further the Black militant's agenda. Farrakhan appointed Malik Zulu Shabazz, the virulent anti-Semitic leader of the New Black Panther Party, as co-organizer of the event. Among many other anti-Semitic diatribes, Shabazz claims it was the Jews who enslaved Blacks and brought them to America. He also asserts the "Zionists control America, lock, stock and barrel."

Farrakhan and Shabazz have successfully courted and enlisted several mainstream Black organizations and political groups in the MMM campaign, including the 43 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, National Progressive Baptist Convention, National Urban Coalition, Black Entertainment Television, the African American Leadership Institute, Rainbow PUSH Coalition and dozens of others.

A second trend of concern is the millions of illegal immigrants flowing into the US from Mexico and Central and South America. It is estimated approximately one million immigrants illegally slipped into the US from Mexico in 2004. As the 2005 ADL survey shows, 35% of foreign born Hispanics hold hard-core anti-Semitic beliefs, as do 19% of US-born Hispanics. Illegal immigration and high birth rates make Hispanics the fastest growing segment of the American population.

Hispanics, heavily influenced by the historically anti-Semitic Catholic Church, are quickly becoming a major force in America's political, cultural, judicial and social landscape. Hispanics already out-number whites in America's eighth largest city, San Antonio, Texas.

Please note that Hispanics and Blacks themselves are not, as a group, anti-Semitic, but the numerical quantity of individuals within these two groups has an increased tendency towards anti-Semitic beliefs.

American white supremacists are also seeing an explosion in growth. Mike McQueeney, a Ku Klux Klan leader in Wisconsin, said that since the 9/11 attacks, "Recruitment has definitely been up. That's not just with the Klan. It's with every white organization."

Throughout history, outbreaks of Jewish persecution would often follow on the heels of catastrophe. During the European Black Death, Jews were fingered as causing the pestilence by poisoning the wells. Thousands were massacred.

Ominously, in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, rumors that a visiting Israeli delegation stayed away from the World Trade Center were immediately picked up by the Associated Press and other mainstream media outlets and broadcast nationally. The implication, at best, was the Israelis knew in advance of the attacks. At worse, that the Israelis, or domestic or international clandestine Jewish groups, had perpetrated the attacks. The Internet is full of American anti-Semitic literature "proving" the Jews carried out the 9/11 attacks.

Many Americans are also buying the Islamic/anti-Semitic subterfuge that Islamic terror attacks against America are the result of America's support of Israel. By extension, the Jews are responsible for Islamic terror attacks against the US. Remove the Jews, the logic goes, and remove the cause of Islamic terrorism.

The great concern for American Jews should be whether history will repeat itself. Will the Jews, as they have in almost every other nation on earth, be held as the scapegoats for whatever future disaster befalls this land? And what will the reaction be if future terror attacks employ WMDs in one or more American cities?

As 9/11 shows, even the mainstream American media is not immune from singling out Jews in the immediate aftermath of a major terrorist event.

The trends in America are disturbing. History has an irritating way of repeating itself. America has been an anomaly, but anomalies are just that: temporary, isolated events, which eventually conform to pattern.

The question remains: Will America forever defy the historical pattern?

Don't bet on it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Ok more on the stupid nature of word verification

Why would I want to inconvience the few nice people who stop in and say hi by maing them type some idiotic word they can barely see. Like who cares what is on my blog really? Is this THAT big a deal that people have to worry that some moron might spam them? Why really bother with it?
Like our blogs are so so so significant that some fiend may somehow spoil the beauty?????

Thursday, September 15, 2005

No Word Verification for me

I don't mind a bit of spam. A small mess is ok. I don't want to be bothered reading silly letters and I won't make you do it.

Just post away, ignore the spam! I don't mind it. everyone has to make a living I suppose. I pay the spammers no mind.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

bye for now

Bloggin Break

I am so busy with work and stuff at home I don't have time for blogging!

I will stay in touch so those of you who I love I will stop in and say hi!

I will be back once I get caught up....


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

What do you like to eat after school?

Or after work?

Ok I made nice pumpkin pie for my kiddies to eat when they hop off the bus. I think smell is super important don't you? And to smell that nice fall aroma fill up your house and be all nice and yummy there for you when you hop off the bus is a good thing.

School is this big scarey world in a way and its so nice to have this sanctuary where people just think you are great no matter what and where you can always have a nice snack with someone who loves you.

I telecommute most days so I can watch them hop off the bus and run up the driveway into the house all excited to be home.

Its nice to have the routine of school back again, and plus fall is my favorite season.

Its so wonderful to have the leaves and the crisp air, and relative warm weather still with us.

Back to School!!

my kiddies went back to school today!!!!

Whooo hooo!


*****happy dance*******

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

More on the Army Corps and their nonsense

I was at this meeting.

River residents lambaste study
Citizens to Army Corps: go home
by M.B. Pell, Watertown Daily Times Staff Writer
First published: Wednesday, July 7, 2004

CLAYTON - St. Lawrence River lovers had a simple message for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: you represent a great danger to our way of life, we don't trust you, and we would like you to leave.

"Please gentleman, pick up your tools, pack your bags and go away," said Bea Schermerhorn, of Save the River, to officials from the Corps, Transport Canada and the Great Lakes Commission, at Tuesday night's meeting in the Clayton Opera House, which was packed to the balconies.

The Great Lakes Commission organized the meeting to gather public input on the $20 million Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River navigation study that Congress called for last year after the Corps' analysis of expansion was criticized for being incomplete and misleading. The study will examine the transportation system's aging infrastructure, such as the locks, and the environmental and economic conditions that affect the system, focusing on improvements that might be needed to keep it competitive with other trade routes.

Speaker after speaker hammered away at the Corps' representatives, criticizing the failure of the Corps to include community concerns in its initial study and pointing out numerous areas of the initial study that they believe are badly flawed.

Daniel C. Churchill, a Grindstone Island resident, said the Corps could make great strides with the community if it stopped avoiding an open dialogue. He said refusing to comment on the study commissioned by Save the River last year that challenged the Corps' claim that the regional economy will benefit from widening and deepening the shipping channel is a perfect example of dodging input.

"I think, if you guys are interested in public comment, when you receive a serious report like this, you should comment on it," Mr. Churchill said.

Wayne F. Schloop, the Corps' project manager for the study that was conducted in 2002 and the current study, agreed that he has not commented on the Save the River report.

Thousand Islands Land Trust President G. Theodore Mascott called for a study of shipping that takes into account the cost of damage caused by commercial traffic.

Invasive species are of immediate concern. Zebra mussels, which were brought to the Great Lakes in ships' bilge water, clog municipal sewer and water pipes and have to be removed from private and public docks on a yearly basis.

Mr. Mascott also said the benefits of commercial shipping should be detailed, as the last study assumed economic success for an expanded shipping system without explanation.

"Your study needs to be changed," Mr. Mascott said.

Mrs. Schermerhorn suggested that the Corps invite members of Save the River and representatives of the Thousand Islands tourism industry to participate in the study.

And Carol Clemenhagen, a Save the River board member from Rockport, Ontario, called for a better explanation of what the current study is supposed to examine and how the study came about.

"If they think the objective is clear, then there is something wrong with today's engineering schools," she said. "What are they really trying to do?"

Stephanie G. Weiss, executive director of Save the River, said that even though many participants didn't believe the Corps would listen to their concerns, she thinks the meeting will have a positive effect.

"I do think they'll take the public input into account," she said. "But the question remains, what happens in 2005?"

The study will be completed in the fall of 2005, when, Mr. Schloop said, politicians will take the report he provides and make a policy. He said the study could change to reflect comments from the public and insisted that the study's goal is not expansion.

"It's certainly not part of the study effort now," he said. "We're not looking at it; I don't know what else to say."
Johanna Lawrenson, co-organizer of Save the River and activist Abbie Hoffman's widow, said she's concerned the Corps will use its current study to justify expanding the Seaway.

"We don't want you studying future navigation on our majestic river," she said.

Richard M. Spencer, the National Wildlife Federation's Mid-Atlantic Regional Organizer and an original Save the River board member, said he is skeptical of the study's true aim because the money for the current examination came from the same Congressional appropriation that pays for all of the other Corps projects.

"Even some of the study teams are confused," Mr. Spencer said. "The Seaway in its newsletter referred to this as another "phase of the study."'

Assemblyman Darrel J. Aubertine, D-Cape Vincent, and representatives of U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. John M. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, attended the meeting.


Editorial from the Watertown Daily Times: Seaway study
North country rejects Corps plan
First published: Thursday, July 8, 2004

North country residents delivered an unmistakable message Tuesday night to the Army Corps of Engineers: Leave the St. Lawrence Seaway alone.

The crowd at the Clayton Opera House was solidly opposed to a $20 million study of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River navigation system. The study is meant to examine the Seaway's infrastructure as well as the costs and environmental concerns associated with improvements.

However, skeptical of the motives for the study, opponents view it as a step toward deepening the channel and enlarging the Seaway to accommodate larger ships.

The current study is a follow-up to an earlier one by the Corps which drew criticism for being incomplete and misleading. Officials from the Corps, Transport Canada and the Great Lakes Commission, which are involved in study, were looking for public input.

If they were listening, they should have left with a clear message, one fueled by distrust of the Corps and summed up by Bea Schermerhorn of Save the River: "Please gentleman, pick up your tools, pack your bags and go away."

A multibillion dollar, long-range expansion of the Seaway will primarily benefit shipping concerns and the western Great Lakes, where the study is also generating attention.

A recent editorial in The Times in Munster, Ind., near Chicago, supports moving ahead cautiously with the study. It urges readers to attend a July 14 hearing in Chicago to make their views known on upgrading the system.

While recognizing environmental objections, the Indiana paper said, "Adapting to change is necessary to be competitive in the global economy. That is just part of the cost of doing business."

Yet, Northern New York will pay the cost in ecological damage done to shoreline property and fisheries from larger ships traversing the Seaway.

The irreversible changes to the river could affect the tourism so vital to the north country economy as well as power generation at the St. Lawrence-FDR Power project.

The economic benefits will bypass the river communities of Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

Contrary to claims by the Corps' and expansion supporters, the north country will bear the burden of expansion. And there is unease that any improvements will lead eventually to harmful winter navigation.

Tuesday's speakers showed restraint and kept to the point. However, they demonstrated the intensity of north country opposition to the flawed study.

The Army Corps of Engineers is Horrible

These are the people who are a government agency that is supposed to take care of dams and waterways, and these huge projects like the Mississippi Delta and fixing the flood wall in New Orleans. It wasn't the levees that busted it was the flood wall.....and that would require the army corp of engineers to step in since that is their thing.

I have met with these guys many many times. They go by ACE and believe me are the worst most corrupt bueracracy you can imagine. The reason I have had so much contact with them is that I have worked to get them broken up and put under closer watch of other less Fellini like groups since they are SO horrible.

One thing they are trying to do, that is actually their number one priority at the moment is to blast out the islands in the St Lawrence to make it easier for ships to go from Chicago to the Atlantic down the Lakes and thru the 'seaway'.

In case you didn't know from my blog, I LIVE on one of the islands those cretins want to blow up and for no good reason. The St Lawrence River doesn't need to have the islands blown up nor do they need to ruin the water of the Great Lakes by introduing more shipping.

Its not something the economy will benefit from and all research says it. Yet they keep trying to do it.


Because of cronyism and because they get to bid on their own jobs, hire their own buddies and if they do a feasibility study that gets under the radar they get to give themselves the job. Sweet huh? They all go from running the Army Corp of Engineers to have fun jobs like running shipping companies.....for huge of course their priorities have like nothing to do with the national interest any more than they people at the FDA who go to work for pharmacutical companies they used to 'regulate'. Its all BS.

All BS.

Now so far for some reason we have been lucky in stopping them. Turns out the blasting would resuspend the mercury at the bottom of the Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence and pollute the water table. The largest fresh water source in North America could very well be ruined because of them if people stop screaming about this.

You never read about it in the news right? These stealth guys are under the radar, its more fun to watch Cindy Sheehan and Donald Trump and Survivor I know but this is what really makes things tick.

So, if they had been doing what the fuck they were SUPPOSED to do and fixed the flood wall in New Orleans instead of stupid crap like spending enormous sums to 'study' blasting my house up this would have never happened.

So google the Army Corps of Engineers. It is sickening.

On Stopping the "Finger Pointing"

I noted that on Elders blog he wrote an interesting piece on how come people were playing the 'blame game" on Katrina.

It was very interesting and it got me to thinking.

I mean, ok, what is it that has our leaders so upset about the natural curiosity of those of us who work and have families as to weather or not these highly paid people are DOING what they are supposed to do.

Now we all have a level of trust in government or at least I do. I mean, if we have an emergency at work my partner gets me on my cell phone and for the most part I stop what I am doing and get on it. For us an emergency involves stuff like a client hating the graphics I did on a power point presentation for the next day.

I may have to stop surfing blogs, getting my hair done and driving my kids around to change it. And people expect stuff to happen and happen fast when there is a problem.

If not, someone has to pay.

Now lets see here. I have a nice cozy summer house and once this summer I had to give up my holiday and go to NYC and see these retards about a stupid project they thought was important. I didn't want to end my vacation to do that but hey, life is life.

Well unless you are President, or head of Homeland Security that is, in which case you get to do pretty much whatever stupid shit you feel like doing and if it costs innocent people to die a horrible gruesome death one can only imagine in their darkest nightmares while the folks we pay to run things just fuck off, then you can do what you want and if you wait FIVE HOURS to send in a REQUEST for help then hey, maybe he had important stuff like blog surfing to do huh?

Read this, and think of the stories of the people who watched their babies die of dehydration or worse.

From the AP Yahoo News

WASHINGTON - The government's disaster chief waited until hours after Hurricane Katrina had already struck the Gulf Coast before asking his boss to dispatch 1,000 Homeland Security employees to the region — and gave them two days ( WHEN I HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO DO I DON"T GET TWO DAYS DO YOU?) to arrive, according to internal documents.

Michael Brown, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, sought the approval from Homeland Security Secretary Mike Chertoff roughly five hours after Katrina made landfall on Aug. 29. Brown said that among duties of these employees was to "convey a positive image" about the government's response for victims.

Before then, FEMA had positioned smaller rescue and communications teams across the Gulf Coast. But officials acknowledged Tuesday the first department-wide appeal for help came only as the storm raged. ( WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT MIGHT BE?)

Brown's memo to Chertoff described Katrina as "this near catastrophic event" but otherwise lacked any urgent language. The memo politely ended, "Thank you for your consideration in helping us to meet our responsibilities."

The initial responses of the government and Brown came under escalating criticism as the breadth of destruction and death grew. President Bush and Congress on Tuesday pledged separate investigations into the federal response to Katrina. "Governments at all levels failed," said Sen. Susan Collins (news, bio, voting record), R-Maine.

Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said Brown had positioned front-line rescue teams and Coast Guard helicopters before the storm. Brown's memo on Aug. 29 aimed to assemble the necessary federal work force to support the rescues, establish communications and coordinate with victims and community groups, Knocke said.

Instead of rescuing people or recovering bodies, these employees would focus on helping victims find the help they needed, he said.

"There will be plenty of time to assess what worked and what didn't work," Knocke said. "Clearly there will be time for blame to be assigned and to learn from some of the successful efforts."

Brown's memo told employees that among their duties, they would be expected to "convey a positive image of disaster operations to government officials, community organizations and the general public.""

OMG!!!! Can you imagine what would happen to most people if they screwed up this badly at work????? Who do these people answer to anyhow???
If people just let this one go, we get what we deserve when we have another terror attack or bad disaster.

Somehow the leaders have to get to the bottom of this on all sides and make sure the idiots responsible pay for what they didn't do.

Did you ever wonder why you didn't see it before?

I realized something this weekend that hit me so hard it took my breath away.

One of my sisters was talking about maybe having an anniversary party for our older brother and his wife...

I didn't really get involved and if it actually happened I didn't go.

I got a message on my machine to call one sister and I didn't.

For pretty much all of my adult life I have put alot of effort into my relationships with my sisters. It was really important to me.

My youngest sister actually lived with me off and on and I was pretty invested in that relationship.

Let me point out here that my youngest sister really doesn't like me much at all. Actually she dislikes me from what I can hear and see.

My whole boring "Suzie Homemaker" routine along with my normal middle class life thing irks her and my other two sisters and they actively express their disdain. Of course this has never stopped any of them from dropping their kids off with me, asking me for money for a down payment on a house or generally taking anything they can from me.

Its not that I am so perfect or anything but my house is clean, dinner is on the table, my kids can put a napkin in their laps and eat with some decorum and my husband and I get along pretty well for the most part. I don't have crap all over my floors, or three days of dishes in my sink and my kids don't have obesity issues or drug problems. ( so far anyhow)

I only say nice things to and about their children.

Yet, when I am with them its pretty much one mocking comment after the next towards me and to be honest. I am done with it.

Its hard to say when it happened for me. I think it was the last time the four of us got together. My sister left me this voicemail message on how glad she was she could be 'honest' with me.

Well you know what? Fuck that.

I have really nice friends, and two great kids a husband, a business of my own I like, I don't need their stupid petty aggravation anymore.

Why do I spend time with them when its just so not fun?

Its not like I am going to like stop speaking to them or anything, I am just done trying to get them to like me.

If it hasn't happened by now its not going to happen.

Its sad. I know I am not perfect either, I blurt stuff out and say things I shouldn't too.

But at least I apologise and I try to be nice. I don't make fun of them.

So this is it, I am done with this now, no more.


So I have alot to tell you guys

I was gone all weekend and so many things happened!

I saw Bill Clinton and Hillary in person for one thing.

No kidding for real, they have friends on the same island as we are on and I saw them. I met Hilllary before thru this environmental group I work on but never saw Bill before.

He is just like how you would picture him.

Holding court and having fun.

I had a long drive home with my two neices and was nice to be in teen land with them in the car and talk.

My neice rescued this huge dog Budda from the animal shelter and he came too.

No I have to sleep but I will tell you all about my adventures tomorrow. I can't find my glasses so I can't see to type.

Tomorrow we can get caught up. I hope you had a nice weekend too!

Friday, September 02, 2005

From the European Press

World stunned as US struggles with Katrina By Andrew Gray
1 hour, 50 minutes ago

LONDON (Reuters) - The world has watched amazed as the planet's only superpower struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with some saying the chaos has exposed flaws and deep divisions in American society.


World leaders and ordinary citizens have expressed sympathy with the people of the southern United States whose lives were devastated by the hurricane and the flooding that followed.

But many have also been shocked by the images of disorder beamed around the world -- looters roaming the debris-strewn streets and thousands of people gathered in New Orleans waiting for the authorities to provide food, water and other aid.

"Anarchy in the USA" declared Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun.

"Apocalypse Now" headlined Germany's Handelsblatt daily.

The pictures of the catastrophe -- which has killed hundreds and possibly thousands -- have evoked memories of crises in the world's poorest nations such as last year's tsunami in Asia, which left more than 230,000 people dead or missing.

But some view the response to those disasters more favorably than the lawless aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"I am absolutely disgusted. After the tsunami our people, even the ones who lost everything, wanted to help the others who were suffering," said Sajeewa Chinthaka, 36, as he watched a cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

"Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the U.S. we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is."


Many newspapers highlighted criticism of local and state authorities and of President Bush. Some compared the sputtering relief effort with the massive amounts of money and resources poured into the war in Iraq.

"A modern metropolis sinking in water and into anarchy -- it is a really cruel spectacle for a champion of security like Bush," France's left-leaning Liberation newspaper said.

"(Al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden, nice and dry in his hideaway, must be killing himself laughing."

A female employee at a multinational firm in South Korea said it may have been no accident the U.S. was hit.

"Maybe it was punishment for what it did to Iraq, which has a man-made disaster, not a natural disaster," said the woman, who did not want to be named as she has an American manager.

"A lot of the people I work with think this way."

From the European Press

World stunned as US struggles with Katrina By Andrew Gray
1 hour, 50 minutes ago

LONDON (Reuters) - The world has watched amazed as the planet's only superpower struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with some saying the chaos has exposed flaws and deep divisions in American society.


World leaders and ordinary citizens have expressed sympathy with the people of the southern United States whose lives were devastated by the hurricane and the flooding that followed.

But many have also been shocked by the images of disorder beamed around the world -- looters roaming the debris-strewn streets and thousands of people gathered in New Orleans waiting for the authorities to provide food, water and other aid.

"Anarchy in the USA" declared Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun.

"Apocalypse Now" headlined Germany's Handelsblatt daily.

The pictures of the catastrophe -- which has killed hundreds and possibly thousands -- have evoked memories of crises in the world's poorest nations such as last year's tsunami in Asia, which left more than 230,000 people dead or missing.

But some view the response to those disasters more favorably than the lawless aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"I am absolutely disgusted. After the tsunami our people, even the ones who lost everything, wanted to help the others who were suffering," said Sajeewa Chinthaka, 36, as he watched a cricket match in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

"Not a single tourist caught in the tsunami was mugged. Now with all this happening in the U.S. we can easily see where the civilized part of the world's population is."


Many newspapers highlighted criticism of local and state authorities and of President Bush. Some compared the sputtering relief effort with the massive amounts of money and resources poured into the war in Iraq.

"A modern metropolis sinking in water and into anarchy -- it is a really cruel spectacle for a champion of security like Bush," France's left-leaning Liberation newspaper said.

"(Al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden, nice and dry in his hideaway, must be killing himself laughing."

A female employee at a multinational firm in South Korea said it may have been no accident the U.S. was hit.

"Maybe it was punishment for what it did to Iraq, which has a man-made disaster, not a natural disaster," said the woman, who did not want to be named as she has an American manager.

"A lot of the people I work with think this way."

Can't you picture Bush?

I saw this on a MB about the hurricane and it made me smile.

(Bush to chopper pilot): Put us down there on the Dome, boy, I think these folks need good 'ole fashion Texasssss pep talk.
(Pilot): Who the fvck you callin' boy?
(Bush): Easy there, Sparky. I'm just trying to hang.
(Advisor): Mr. President! I must advise against this! The roof of the Dome is ready to collapse any minute. So is your approval rating!
(Bush): Bullshite!! I'm the President. My words will be soothing music to those poor folks down there. Errrr, where is my speech writer?
(Advisor): But Mr. President, New Orleans is predominately Democrat!
(Bush): Well, why the hell didn't you say that before? Take me back to Texas, boy, I've got two days of vaction owed me and the barn door still needs fixin'

New Orleans Mayor is "Pissed"

from Yahoo News
United States (AFP) - Local officials stepped up their criticism of Washington's response to the killer Hurricane Katrina, branding its failure to speed troops and relief a "national disgrace."


New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said he "talked to everybody under the sun," including President George W. Bush, but had little success accelerating the dispatch of troops and buses to his flooded city terrorized by armed gangs.

"They think small. This is a major, major, major deal," he told CNN television. He earlier told a local radio station, "every day we delay, people are dying and they're dying in the hundreds, I'm willing to bet you."

Nagin said he told Bush, who was to visit the disaster zone on Friday, that "his flying over in Air Force One does not do it justice."

"I have been all over this city and I am very frustrated because we are not able to marshall resources and we are outmanned in just about every respect. ... I am pissed."

Administration officials say they are doing their utmost to rush manpower and supplies to help survivors of Katrina, which lashed the US Gulf Coast on Monday, leaving thousands feared dead.

But they said they were hampered by the fetid waters inundating 80 percent of the city which have left tens of thousands of people stranded in squalid, sweltering and increasingly dangerous conditions.

Terry Ebbert, the head of New Orleans' emergency operations, was unimpressed by the explanations offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other departments.

"This is a national disgrace," he said. "FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control. We can send massive amounts of aid to (Asian) tsunami victims, but we can't bail out the city of New Orleans."

With more than 4,000 National Guardsmen already in New Orleans, US authorities said they expected to have 22,000 on the ground in affected areas of the state of Louisiana by Friday.

But Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco insisted she told Bush earlier in the week that she needed 40,000 federal troops.

"We just did not have enough resources in a timely fashion," the Democrat told CNN. "The ramp-up was not as rapid as we needed."

Amid reports of survivors falling dead in shelters, rotting corpses piling up and gunfights and fistfights erupting, Blanco said situation was ripe for further disaster.

"When your whole network of civilization falls apart, when you have no communications capacity, when you don't have power, you don't have water ... anything can happen. And it has happened," she said.

Bush has been accused of being slow to break off his month-long holiday at his Texas ranch to crank up the federal response to one of the country's worst national disasters.

A poll published Thursday found that 59 percent of Americans felt the federal government was not doing enough to help hurricane victims. Leading US newspapers Friday also blasted the tardy response.

"How could the government have been so unready for a crisis that was so widely predicted," asked The Washington Post.

"The sluggish, initial response ... has embittered and inflamed tens of thousands of people awaiting relief, most of them poor and black and many of them old and sick," the Post said in an editorial.

Neo Nzi's and Radical Islam

So recently I read a commenter here say that you can't be Muslim and be a terrorist since Islam is against this.

I can see the logic in that idea since it would seem that no religion would ever say its a good idea to go out and kill people.

That said, there are som ereally worrisome new developments in terms of violence being done by people who are at least claiming it to be for Islam.

For example, a tape just came out that was done by one of the suicide bombers in London in which he says he did this for Jihad. Also, the head of Al Queda in Iraq is on the tape as welll. This connection between Al Queda and those bombings is very plain now that this film has come out.

For many years now, people on the far right including KKK supporter David Duke have been on speaking tours thru the Arab world promoting an anti semitic version of world events straight out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. If you don't know what that is its the most anti semitic book ever written and it claims stuff like how Jews control the world blah blah blah. Actually this horrid book was just made into a mini series on official Egyptian television. Thats how much they like it there!

So, the connection between the origianl Nazi's in the 20th century and the extreme elements in the Arab world was a tight one. They agreed on just about everything and were allies then even tho Nazi's view Arabs as inferior. Basically they had anti semeitism and a huge dislike of the US and the UK in common.

This pot is brewing up again! yuk!

The Peculiar Alliance
Islamists and neo-Nazis find common ground by hating the Jews.
by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
09/01/2005 12:00:00 AM

THERE HAVE BEEN rumblings of late about the developing alliance between Islamic radicals and neo-Nazis. In late May, Israeli president Moshe Katzav gave a speech before the German parliament in which he warned, "Let's not be surprised if terror organizations use neo-Nazis for carrying out terror attacks." And on August 5, WorldNetDaily reported, "Neo-Nazi skinheads are working with radical Islamists in a growing unholy alliance that has European law enforcement officials concerned about a new front in the war on terrorism."

Such an alliance seems unlikely on its face; after all, neo-Nazis view most Muslims as racially inferior, while Islamic extremists believe that neo-Nazis are just another flavor of infidel. However, a closer examination reveals that many white-supremacist groups have expressed solidarity with Islamic terrorists recently, and in turn some white supremacists and far-right Holocaust deniers have found newfound supporters among the Islamists.

THE MOST PROMINENT recent example of white supremacists' vocal support for Islamic terrorism came from August Kreis, the new head of Aryan Nations. In an interview with CNN earlier this year, Kreis said of al Qaeda, "You say they're terrorists, I say they're freedom fighters. And I want to instill the same jihadic feeling in our peoples' heart, in the Aryan race, that they have for their father, who they call Allah." Going a step further, Kreis told CNN that he had a message for Osama bin Laden: "The message is, the cells are out here and they are already in place. They

might not be cells of Islamic people, but they are here and they are ready to fight."

The Aryan Nations website reflects Kreis's desire to instill a "jihadic feeling" in his followers. For example, it features an article purporting to show that the idea of jihad can be found not only in Islam but also in the Bible. The article concludes with a battle cry: "All the sons of Abraham, all descendants of his three wives, Sarah, Hagar and Ketourah, the parties of the Islamic and Aryan World, all need to understand their duty to enact Holy Jihad, we need to live this Jihad; total war, death to our enemy, the insidious, poisonous and rabid satanic jEw." [sic]

Aryan Nations also boasts a quote on its main page further reflecting its support for radical Muslims. Attributed to Obergruppenführer Gottlob Berger, the quote states that "a link is created between Islam and National-Socialism on an open, honest basis. It will be directed in terms of blood and race from the North, and in the ideological-spiritual sphere from the East." The main page also touches on other issues of importance to Muslim radicals. It demands immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Middle East, and under the headline "Ariel Sharon: your typical domineering jew," the website features a picture of the Israeli prime minister with fire coming out of his mouth that ends in a mushroom cloud. Underneath, the website proclaims the photograph to be Sharon's "plan for Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc . . . "

I got this from Elders blog

Ok so this is very bad news don't you think? I mean isn't it totally creepy that these groups are working together again??? Why do you suppose this would take place in this day and age?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

This made my heart just sink

I was at a committee meeting at our temple last night and people were talking about security for the Jewish holidays. Do you think anyone at church has to think of hiring gaurds so people can go to church on Easter?


Yet stupid horrible things like this seem to go on all the time.

LOS ANGELES -- The head of a radical Islamic prison gang and three others were indicted Wednesday on federal charges of planning terrorist attacks against U.S. military facilities, the Israeli Consulate and other Los Angeles-area targets.

The four conspired to wage war against the U.S. government through terrorism, kill armed service members and murder foreign officials, among other charges, according to the indictment.

Named in the indictment were Levar Haley Washington, 25, Gregory Vernon Patterson, 21, Hammad Riaz Samana, 21, and Kevin James, 29.

Washington, Patterson and Samana _ who attended the same Inglewood mosque _ allegedly conducted surveillance of military facilities, the Israeli Consulate and synagogues in the Los Angeles area as well as Internet research on Jewish holidays. Law enforcement officials have previously said that the military facilities included National Guard sites, though the indictment does not specify.

The attacks were to be carried out with firearms and other weapons at synagogues during Jewish holidays "to maximize the number of casualties," authorities said. Patterson allegedly bought a .223-caliber rifle in July.

In Los Angeles, authorities said the suspects could have attacked as soon as the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday in October.

"Make no mistake about it _ we dodged a bullet here, perhaps many bullets," Los Angeles police Chief William Bratton said at a news conference

this is from Elders blog.

The World is Flat

I underupt my daily nonsense to say that there is someone who reads my blog that does not believe there is any evidence that the storms we see now are linked to climate change.
He asked me for some evidence here it is:
from a yahoo news article:

There are people looking for the connections," Kossin said. "As far as connections to frequency, no one has uncovered that. The instrument records just don't go back that far."

But research published just last month in the science journal Nature did, for the first time, show a statistical link between increasing sea surface temperatures due to climate change and the power of recent hurricanes.

Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, showed in his studies that the increases in storm intensity are directly related to increases in the average surface temperature of the world's tropical oceans.

In terms of monetary damage, the Insurance Information Institute reports that, of the five most costly hurricanes before Katrina in the history of the United States, three happened last year. Part of the destruction can be explained by more people living in coastal areas. The National Oceanic and Atomspheric Administration estimates that 53 percent of the nation's population now lives along a coastline.

But Emmanuel found that hurricane wind speeds have increased by about 50 percent since 1949. Hurricane duration has increased by roughly 60 percent over that period, Emmanuel said.

oy its like there are still people saying the world is flat. We have to take some action on this and stop letting idiots clog up the efforts of rational people.