Monday, March 5, 2007

Indians owned slaves? Did I sleep through that history lesson?

There's a story in the news about a vote in the Cherokee Nation to change their definition of citizenship, restricting it to descendants "by blood." The story goes on to say that this change will cut off the descendants of blacks whose ancestors were slaves to Cherokee owners. What? Wait a minute, what?? Indians owned slaves? Here you can learn much about what the Indian learned from the European settlers about keeping slaves, and how they adopted the practice. You think you know your history, then something like this pops up.

There's a new show coming out on the BBC that will represent the global-warming-is-caused-by-the-sun theory. Titled "The Great Global Warming Swindle," it it set to air March 8. It's directed by a guy named Martin Durkin, and he says
"It’s very rare that a film changes history, but I think this is a turning point and in five years the idea that the greenhouse effect is the main reason behind global warming will be seen as total bollocks."
For those who speak American rather than English, bollocks can be defined as "a general expression of dismay" and it refers to just what it sounds like it refers to.


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cat head said...

of course, "martin durkin" is a psuedonym for john lydon (aka johnny rotten). i see the beeb did not include mr. "durkin's" further comment that anyone who believed in the man-made global warming theory was a "sodding tosser."

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The jury's still out on global warming contrary to the Al Gore/Michael Moore-led crowd. Here's a few inconvenient truths: 1.John Kerry says America has become an international pariah because of Bush's walking away from global warming and the Kyoto Protocol. During the Clinton administration the Senate voted on a Kyoto resolution of disapproval 95-0. Two of those senators were John Kerry and Barbara Boxer. Let's call for a senate vote again! 2.The planet has both warmed AND cooled over the milennia for reasons unrelated to SUV's. 3.There is no knowledge of how to slow or reverse such warming or cooling trends. 4.China alone opens a new coal-fueled power plant every 10 days. China will construct 2,200 new coal-fueled power plants by 2030. Inconvenient truths, no doubt. I don't endorse any news magazine as fact, but some interesting reading on the topics above can be found in the 2/12/07 issue of Newsweek.

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