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Marathon solider takes command
A soldier born in Northwestern Ontario is about to take command of Canada's 1,200 troops in Afghanistan.
Lt.-Col. Omer Lavoie of Marathon, and his battle group will deploy next Wednesday for a six-month tour of duty. They're being asked to conduct counter-insurgency, reconstruction and diplomacy operations.

Would-be Liberal leaders promise less vulgarity, quotas to woo women
Liberal leadership hopefuls are wooing female voters with a plethora of proposals to entice more women into politics, promising everything from quotas and financial incentives to a code of behaviour to curb vulgar conduct in Parliament.

Radioactive tritium found in groundwater near Pembroke plant
Pembroke, Ont., company has been accused of allowing radioactive contamination to seep into area groundwater.

U.N. economic panel censures Israel
A U.N. body condemned
Israel on Thursday for imposing "severe restrictions" on Palestinians and demanded that Israel transfer tax revenues owed to Palestinian authorities.

The United States, Canada and Australia voted against the resolution.

Israel has a long history of abusing the United Nations

Tuesday's attack was just the latest in a long line of incidents that have poisoned relations between Israel and the UN since the very beginning of their relationship. And Western media coverage of the incident has mimicked the misleading versions they provided of previous troubles, consistently insinuating that the UN has largely been to blame. A fitting example was Wednesday night's broadcast of "Insight" on CNN International. Host Jonathan Mann discussed the Khiam attack with Jonathan Paris, an academic from Oxford University who for some inexplicable reason was treated as an "expert" on the subject.

Shin Bet Vetoed Secret Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement

Just hours before the meeting was due to start, the Israeli Shin Bet internal Security Service arrested Abu Tir and Abu Arafa and warned them not to attend the meeting, under threats of detention. The meeting, which offered a major opportunity to obtain Shalit’s release and launch a new framework for peace, was thrown into disarray. The next day, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) invaded Gaza, and the day after both Abu Tir and Abu Arafa were abducted by Israeli forces, along with a third of the Palestinian Cabinet, provoking a predictable escalation of violence.

Military closing mountain complex

Adm. Tim Keating, who commands both NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command, said the government's best intelligence "leads us to believe a missile attack from China or Russia is very unlikely."

Groups call for action on cyanide spillage

a US-Canadian company, has spilled cyanide, an extremely poisonous chemical, twice into rivers in its operational area.

Powering Up, One Step at a Time
British engineers are converting street vibrations into electricity and predict a working prototype by Christmas capable of powering facility lights in the busiest areas of a city.
"We can harvest between 5 to 7 watts of energy per footstep that is currently being wasted into the ground," says Claire Price, director of The Facility Architects, the British firm heading up the Pacesetters Project. "And a passing train can generate very useful energy to run signaling or to power lights."

Funding a Global-Warming Skeptic
Virginia's state climatologist, a University of Virginia professor and senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute -- told Western business leaders last year that he was running out of money for his analyses of other scientists' global warming research. So last week, a Colorado utility organized a collection campaign to help him out, raising at least $150,000 in donations and pledges.

Feds introduce fingerprint requirements for green cards, parolees, Canadians
The federal government wants U.S. residents with green cards, parolees and some Canadians to l have their fingerprints checked every time they re-enter the U.S. by air or sea.


The State of Alaska website shows 16 of 40 house districts with more than 200% voter turnout, Also, if you add up the vote totals from each district they come to more than 100,000 votes for state wide candidates than the summary reports show.

US voices openness to private Net control
The United States may be willing to cede at least some of its historic control of the Internet domain name system after all, a US Commerce Department official said on Wednesday.
Despite bold statements last year that seemed to indicate otherwise and ignited a worldwide debate, John Kneuer, the acting assistant secretary for communications and information, said the government "remains committed" to private management of the DNS.

re' Marathon solider takes command

Have you found any info that breaks out by percentage, (or watever means), how much effort we employ to reconstruction, versus combat?

No, I haven't but what a good thing to look into. It might take some time, and thanks for the suggestion.

Now I know, Filistene...that's how I hooked up with your blog.

Yes, I think the info would be interesting...not sure it's out there. It's important though.

If I can figure out how to add blog's to mine...you're going on, first actually.

Have you checked out liberal catnip? She just updates in the most brilliant way. She's on Liblogs.

I also love many blogs that come from Israel, Lebanon and Palestine.

I read liberal catnip today. I found her site on the Progressive Bloggers list. I'll make sure to go back and check it out.

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