On Saturday, August 19, 2000, the New York Times reported that the North Pole is melting. “The thick ice that has for ages covered the Arctic Ocean at the pole has turned to water, recent visitors there reported yesterday.” For the first time in fifty million years, there is open water at the very top of the world. “It was totally unexepcted,” said oceanographer Dr. James McCarthy, the co-leader of a group working for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change. Dr. McCarthy was a lecturer aboard a Russian icebreaker that takes tourists to the North Pole during the summer, normally breaking through six to nine feet of ice. For the first time in the ten years the ship has been making the voyage, according to the captain, it has encountered water instead of ice at the North Pole.read more

As persistent heavy rains and flooding dogged the eastern United States, wildfires raged out of control in the west. As of Friday, August 20, there were 85 major fires burning across the region, with over a million acres burning. Eleven new fires started on Saturday, August 21. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit said that the fires are likely to get worse, and high winds predicted over the weekend seemed to confirm this. Babbit said that every available fire crew supervisor is already on the job, including some from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Despite this, 500 more troops are being rushed into the area, even though there are no supervisors available to manage their efforts.

Babbit stated that firefighters have “a blank check” to draw on the US Treasury.
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While listening to the Republican and Democratic conventions, I remembered this wonderful tale by Lame Deer that I found in a book on dogs. I loved it so much that I copied it into my computer, and I think it’s worth reading now, with regard to our upcoming Presidential election. “We don’t think much of the white man’s elections. Whoever wins, we Indians always lose. Well, we have a little story about elections.”

“Once, a long time ago, the dogs were trying to elect a president. One of them said, “I nominate the bulldog for president. He’s strong and can fight.” “But he can’t run,” said another dog. “What good is a fighter who can’t run? He won’t catch anybody.”
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We interviewed Dr. Roger Leir on Dreamland February 13 with Tim Cullen, whose implant he removed on February 5th. This turned out to be one of four identical cantaloupe seed-shaped implants he has removed from patients so far. Raising money for the surgery was tough enough next he had to figure out how to raise the money to get the implant, as well as the tissue surrounding it, tested.

Greg Avery and Japanese TV came to the rescue. Greg, a lawyer who is the head of Louisiana Mufon, flew himself and Roger to San Antonio for the testing. He also wined and dined the Striebers, so we all had a great time.
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