Kate at Small Dead Animals notices a peculiar thing when searching Google for things like "climategate", "climate hack", or "climate emails".
It used to be, up until yesterday, when beginning to type those queries the drop-down helper would show the list of most searched items. Yahoo has a similar feature. Go ahead and try both in Yahoo and Google, and you'll see the difference.
PRESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari has given up control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal in a bid to fend off mounting pressures threatening to weaken his rule further and complicate the war on the Taliban.
Mr Zardari took the decision overnight as an amnesty protecting him and key aides from corruption cases expired and risked flinging the country, struggling to contain a Taliban insurgency in the northwest, into fresh political crisis.
The presidency announced that control of the National Command Authority, which analysts and lawyers confirmed is responsible for nuclear weapons, had shifted to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
"The president has handed over his power regarding the national command and control authority to me and has issued an ordinance," Mr Gilani said.
Islamabad earlier this month rejected a report in The New Yorker magazine that raised fears of a militant seizure of Pakistan's nuclear weapons and suggested that the US had a hand in protecting the arsenal.
Analysts say Mr Zardari can only hope to survive increasing unpopularity withi his party and a reportedly strained relationship with the powerful military by making good on electoral promises to devolve greater power to parliament.
Mr Zardari's predecessor, military ruler Pervez Musharraf, enforced a state of emergency in 2007, introducing a 17th amendment to the constitution that gives the president the power to dissolve parliament and sack the prime minister.
"We are going in the right direction. There is no threat to democracy and to the present government," said Mr Gilani, a member of Zardari's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) but who is said to enjoy closer relations with the military.
"He believes in the balance of power between the presidency and the parliament and he is committed to undo the 17th amendment," he said.
Mr Zardari's approval ratings are rock bottom as Pakistan struggles with Taliban violence, a recession and stalled efforts on reform.
He spent several years in jail for corruption and is still referred to as "Mr Ten Per Cent" because of his reputation for taking kickbacks on deals.
Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar hailed the transfer of the National Command Authority as "a giant leap forward to empower the elected parliament and the prime minister".
But senior lawyers said the nuclear move is window dressing.
"The president wants to give the impression that he is empowering his prime minister. This transfer is basically cosmetic," said lawyer Akram Sheikh.
The president was quoted by state media as saying he will revoke the amendment in December.
The corruption amnesty passed by Musharraf in 2007 and known as the National Reconciliation Ordinance, or NRO, expired as Pakistan celebrated the first day of the Muslim festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha.
It had quashed charges against Mr Zardari, his wife and ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated two months later, and other politicians in an apparent gesture of political reconciliation.
The PPP went on to win elections in 2008, restoring civilian rule in a country governed for most of its existence by the army.
But today the government is seen as too weak to secure an extension of the NRO in parliament, and pending another decree the end of the amnesty allows cases against beneficiaries to be reopened and convictions could be restored.
Although there is no immediate likelihood of cases being reopened against Mr Zardari, who enjoys immunity as president, opponents say the supreme court could yet declare his election illegal.
More than 8000 people benefited from the amnesty that was connected to 3478 cases ranging from murder, embezzlement, abuse of power and writeoffs of bank loans worth millions of dollars.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar are among more than 30 politicians who had cases against them withdrawn.
Analyst Talat Masood said the distraction posed by possible litigation would divert attention from the battle against Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked fighters whose bomb attacks have killed more than 2550 people in the last 29 months.
"It will affect the campaign against insurgency and militancy. The opposition and other forces will continue pressure on the government to quit. Mr Zardari will have to shed his powers to be able to survive," he said.
Until now, anti-radicalisation measures had been piecemeal across Germany's states, ranging from educational comic books to one-on-one conversations with violence-prone Islamists, the Spiegel report said.The forum, organised by the Interior Ministry, would also study Jihadists who had already been convicted and imprisoned, as they posed their own danger in jail, where they could radicalise other prisoners.To fight this problem, moderate Imams and Islamic organisations could be brought into counter the influence of radicals in jails, the Spiegel report said.
Just as soon as a meaningful definition of "moderate" is agreed upon.
Princeton Arab Society President Sami Yabroudi and former President Sarah Mousa issued a joint statement, claiming: “Nonie Darwish is to Arabs and Muslims what Ku Klux Klan members, skinheads and neo-Nazis are to other minorities, and we decided that the role of her talk in the logical, intellectual discourse espoused by Princeton University needed to be questioned.”
KKK? Neo-Nazi? Nonie Darwish was scheduled to speak about Shariah and Israel — standing up for human rights against the jihad.
"Nonie Darwish, the executive director of Former Muslims United and author of "Cruel And Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law," was scheduled to speak at Columbia and Princeton Universities last week, but both events were canceled under pressure from Muslim groups on campus.
Columbia, where Ahmadinejad was welcomed like a returning king.
Just hours before Darwish was scheduled to speak at Columbia, the groups that had invited her to come to both universities, the Whig-Clio student debate society and Tigers of Israel, succumbed to demands from student Muslim groups and canceled her speaking event. Tigers for Israel, my eye. Their name mocks them.
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Islam, Sigh... the religion of peace from a point of view of killing *you* and then resting afterwards. Legacy battles are being fought over who rules after Mohammed and these guys are declaring peace with each other before they kill. sadly they can't convince the other side that they can kill more Jews, Christians and Pagan Infidels.meanwhile Iran protests the Saudis: and stage hajj protest
"Ignoring Saudi warnings against political activity, the Iranians chanted for Muslim unity and against the "enemies" of the faith in their camp at Arafat outside of Mecca.
"Death to America, death to Israel," thousands of Iranians chanted inside a huge tent on the Arafat plain."
"We need all Muslims, Sunni and Shiite, to be unified and focus on important issues: Al-Aqsa (mosque in Jerusalem), the occupation of Palestine, the problems in Iraq, the Afghan occupation, and the fighting between brothers in Yemen. We need be purified from all infidels."
Jonathan H. Adler • November 27, 2009 11:35 pm
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