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Wilma surprised everybody when it was still a Cat 3 as it churned from the Gulf through to Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The power is still out for over 3/4 of the millions of residents of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties and may not return for four weeks! (err… possibly not until Easter if you’re Dave Barry)
The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel — despite hampered operations as a result of the storm — has great coverage of this catastrophe – which seems to have been very poorly covered by national media as a result of apparent disaster-fatigue (not to worry – the Bush boys finally made a visit yesterday).
In 1997, Donald Rumsfeld was appointed chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc. Dr. Joseph Mercola [link] reports, Gilead Sciences owns the intellectual rights to Tamil Flu and stands to profit as a result of the bird flu scare.
Jay Gordon explains in Huffington Post that this medicine would be worthless in the event of an epidemic.
Right up there with Cheney and Halliburton, says the beardedoleguy.
BREAKING: Tamil Flu moves to “foil hoarding” ? WaPo
“Let’s move on,” said Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi. “In a month, who will remember the name Harriet Miers?” … We’ll all be too drunk celebrating the rebuilding of your waterfront porch on the MS gulf.
Apparently to scare the shit out of everybody, but with little supporting evidence, other than that this information was obtained in a “secret poll” conducted for the British Ministry of Defense, the Sunday Telegraph released this data:
The survey was conducted by an Iraqi university research team that, for security reasons, was not told the data it compiled would be used by coalition forces. It reveals:
- Forty-five per cent of Iraqis believe attacks against British and American troops are justified – rising to 65 per cent in the British-controlled Maysan province;
- 82 per cent are “strongly opposed” to the presence of coalition troops;
- less than one per cent of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security;
- 67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation;
- 43 per cent of Iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened;
- 72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national forces.