The Obama administration recently abandoned the “ownership” of the internet, having invented this medium. They did so in the interest of internationalism, but there are many “unintended consequences.’

The first just appeared. When the US controlled domain names all domain names were in English.

The ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has approved “non-Latin characters.” There are some 100,000 of those, and I don’t know about your keyboard, but mine is severely limited. I don’t have a Cyrillic, Japanese character or Chinese character keyboard in the house!

English was a unifying language – just as international pilots and their controllers, and international Formula 1 drivers and pits must communicate in English, worldwide.

The internet is about to fracture along national lines.

This is not a move in the right direction, but it is a forerunner of many places where US interests will be placed under international control.


Decision Week

The Virginia, New Jersey, and now with the withdrawal of the New York official Republican from the Congressional race, that race will more clearly demonstrate an Obama referendum. This will be an interesting week to examine.

The Republican New York candidate (Dierdre Scozzafava) who withdrew was behind both the Democrat and the Conservative Party candidates – by a bunch. The latest polls say that the Democrat and Conservative were tied prior to the Scozzafava withdrawal, but the official Republican candidate was way behind because she was simply Democrat-light…she supported Card Check and Cap and Trade, for example.

The Conservative candidate is not a professional politician – just an accountant who is fed up like many of us.

The Republican candidate had been supported by the official Republican forces, but Sarah Palin, Fred Thompson and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty had supported Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate.

This is a deserved blow to the Republican Party apparatus, and hopefully Conservative Hoffman will win and send a blow to the Democratic Party as well. The Conservative Party in New York supports Republican candidates if the candidate is reasonably conservative, but Scozzafava was just too much to take.

New Jersey is too close to call. Virginia looks like a Republican win — but the polls have been wrong before.

Tea leaf reading, this week. Rationalization will soon commence.

Hillary Gets it Right!

Filed under “At least she is honest”)

(Pakistani Daily Times)

“(Hillary) Clinton told senior Pakistani newspaper editors in Lahore, AFP reported. “The percentage of taxes on GDP (in Pakistan) is among the lowest in the world… We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn’t move, and that’s not what we see in Pakistan,” she said.”

A Swipe At Al Bore

(Comment:An admission extremism is masking the problem)

Exaggerated claims undermine drive to cut emissions, scientists warn

Mark Henderson, Science Editor

“Exaggerated and inaccurate claims about the threat from global warming risk undermining efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and contain climate change, senior scientists have told The Times.

Environmental lobbyists, politicians, researchers and journalists who distort climate science to support an agenda erode public understanding and play into the hands of sceptics, according to experts including a former government chief scientist.

Excessive statements about the decline of Arctic sea ice, severe weather events and the probability of extreme warming in the next century detract from the credibility of robust findings about climate change, they said.

Such claims can easily be rebutted by critics of global warming science to cast doubt on the whole field. They also confuse the public about what has been established as fact, and what is conjecture.

The experts all believe that global warming is a real phenomenon with serious consequences, and that action to curb emissions is urgently needed…”