Best Documents/Reports For 2008

December 30, 2008

I know this list isn’t as fun or sexy as say Maxim’s 100 Hottest Females, or as entertaining as breaking news about Brittany Spears.

I am well aware that not nearly enough people will ever read these reports, and most people will spend less then 8 seconds on this post.

But these reports and documents have and will affect us for years to come. They are put together by Washington think tanks, which have a heavy hand in foreign policy, national security, and technology.

These reports will affect national policy and legislation in the coming years.

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2025 Global Trends Report

2025 Global Trends Report

Global Trends 2025

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A report put out by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) . The NIC is a center of strategic thinking within the US Government, providing the President and senior policymakers with analyses of foreign policy issues that have been reviewed and coordinated throughout the Intelligence Community.

The report is a little long so heres some of the gems inside.

The international system—as constructed following the Second World War—will be almost unrecognizable by 2025 owing to the rise of emerging powers, a globalizing economy, an historic transfer of relative wealth and economic power from West to East

the relative power of various nonstate actors—including businesses, tribes, religious organizations, and criminal networks—is increasing.

but we cannot rule out a 19th century-like scenario of arms races, territorial expansion, and military rivalries.

The World Bank estimates that demand for food will rise by 50 percent by 2030, as a result of growing world population, rising affluence, and the shift to Western dietary preferences by a larger middle class.

One of our greatest concerns continues to be that terrorist or other malevolent groups might acquire and employ biological agents, or less likely, a nuclear device, to create mass casualties.

Types of conflict we have not seen for awhile—such as over resources—could reemerge.
Perceptions of energy scarcity will drive countries to take actions to assure their future access to energy supplies.

The US will continue to be expected to play a significant role in using its military power to
counter global terrorism.

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World At Risk

World At Risk

World at Risk

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This Congressional-mandated report was written by the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism. They were “given a charter to assess, within 180 days, any and all of the nation’s activities, initiatives, and programs to prevent weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism. They were also asked to provide concrete recommendations to address these threats.”

The reported believes

A biological or nuclear attack is likely to occur somewhere around the globe during the Obama administration or shortly thereafter

One of the more real warnings was their statement about Pakistan, especially after the mumbai attacks.

Were one to map terrorism and weapons of mass destruction today, all roads would intersect in Pakistan.

Based on the recommendation by the committee, I think we will see Obama create a new position. A sort of WMD Czar if you will.

The President should create a more efficient and effective policy coordination structure by designating a White House principal advisor for WMD proliferation and terrorism and restructuring the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council.

Another trend that will get bigger is disease surveillance. Check out Healthmap.org

It all comes down to the fact that we are moving  from global terrorism to Nuclear terrorism. I’ve already noticed the trend in the media from CNN.

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U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate Minority Report

U. S. Senate Minority Report:

More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims Scientists Continue to Debunk “Consensus” in 2008

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POZNAN, Poland – The UN global warming conference in Poland faced a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore. A newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN. The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007. The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

The U.S. Senate report is the latest evidence of the growing groundswell of scientific opposition rising to challenge the UN and Gore. Scientific meetings are now being dominated by a growing number of skeptical scientists. The prestigious International Geological Congress, dubbed the geologists’ equivalent of the Olympic Games, was held in Norway in August 2008 and prominently featured the voices and views of scientists skeptical of man-made global warming fears.

If you 650 Scientist is a lot what about the 31,000 American scientist that have signed a petition to deny man made global warming.

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Securing Cyber Space For The 44th Presidnet

Securing Cyber Space For The 44th Presidentt

Securing Cyber Space

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A Congressional sponsored study conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, made public on Monday, recommends everything from the creation of a the National Office for Cyberspace outside the authority of the Department of Homeland Security to maintaining “sufficient manufacturing capabilities” at home to supply components and software that is not dependent on a global supply chain.

The report also states that when it comes to regulating cyberspace, “voluntary action is not enough,” and calls on the U.S. — it did not identify what entity in the U.S. — to assess and prioritize risks in order to set minimum cyberspace security standards.

The Obama administration will probably appoint a cyberspace czar, all they need is a trigger to warrant the action.

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35 Articles of Impeachment of George W.Bush

35 Articles of Impeachment of George W.Bush

35 Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush

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It’s incredibly brave for Kucinich to take action against the sitting President. Kucinich is simply doing what Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi was to scarred to do.

Some of the charges against Bush are:

  • Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes
  • Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq.
  • Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign
  • Captives
  • Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act
  • Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment

A even more in depth account of why Bush should be charged with war crimes check out Vincent Bugliosi book Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

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Economic

Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

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There is no way around it, This was the most important economic event of my life. And the action taken by the Fed was historic. Unforntuanly in the end I don’t think it’s helped everyday america at all. It just a transfer of wealth and consoladation of banks. Despite congress passing the bill the second time around. There are some people in Washington who can smell a rat a mile away.

  • Ohio Democratic U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, a former two-time presidential candidate, delivered a speech on the House floor denouncing the bailout as “too much money, in too short of a time, going to too few people, while too many questions remain unanswered,” and asking, “Is this the U.S. Congress or the board of directors at Goldman Sachs?”
  • Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz strongly criticizes the bill
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (One of My Senators) said he had been getting 2,000 e-mail messages and telephone calls a day, roughly 95 percent opposed. ( One of those being mine)
  • “This plan is stunning in its scope and lack of detail,” said Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
  • Investor Jim Rogers called the plan “astonishing, devastating, and very harmful for America”

Of course Paulson lied the american people. the cost of bailout was not $700 billion. The Government Bailout Hits 8.5 Trillion, as reported by the San Fransico Chronicle, and Bloomberg.

Not that the bill even matter anymore, after a New York Times articles, U.S. Shifts Focus in Credit Bailout to the Consumer

The Treasury Department on Wednesday officially abandoned the original strategy behind its $700 billion effort to rescue the financial system, as administration officials acknowledged that banks and financial institutions were as unwilling as ever to lend to consumers.

Section 115 of the Bill doesn’t state that the limit is $700 Billion, it says the maximum that can be out at any one time is $700 Billion. It’s not exactly closed print.

Whats worse is that the bill passed the second time only after a $150 billion worth of pork was added. My own congressman Pat Tiberi voted no the first time, only to turn around and vote yes to pork.


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