Archive for December 24th, 2008

SANTA TRACKER 2008: Military center tracking Santa’s sleigh ride

IVAN MORENO | December 24, 2008 06:51 AM EST | AP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Who says Santa Claus doesn’t exist?

The military personnel charged with being the eyes in the sky are certainly acting like he does _ and they’ve been joined on the Internet by millions of believers.

Even doubters have reason to pause when they hear the North American Aerospace Defense Command _ or NORAD, which monitors air and space threats against the U.S. and Canada _ is in charge of the annual Christmas mission to keep children informed of Santa’s worldwide journey to their homes.



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Elvis Presley- Here Comes Santa Claus

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VIDEO: Santas Disable Enforcement Cameras in Tempe

Watch as some Santas gift wrap three speed and red light cameras.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) _ A group of Santa impersonators are on the naughty list of Arizona law enforcement officials.

A YouTube video posted Monday shows four people dressed as Kris Kringle, white beards and red hats included, covering three speed and red light enforcement cameras in Tempe.

Two are covered with boxes – one decorated with Christmas wrap – and the third is blocked with what appears to be a red sheet.

The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is coming to town” plays during the more than two-minute video.

At the end is a message that reads:

“Ho Ho Ho! Death to the surveillance state! Free movement for all people!”

The group that posted the video also wrote “lumps of coal to all of those who make it their business to watch and control.”

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(H/T HuffPo)

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David Bowie & Bing Crosby – Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy

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This is “Clean Coal”: Massive Coal Sludge Spill Dwarfs Exxon Valdez Disaster

Via: Raw Story/It’s Getting Hot In Here- Published by Jesse Jenkins, December 23rd, 2008

Cross-posted from WattHead – Energy News and Commentary

Let’s see how the “clean coal” PR hucksters at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity try to spin this tragic news: a retention pond holding toxic coal ash slurry burst Monday in Roane County, Tennessee, releasing over half a billion gallons of potentially toxic sludge that swept into the nearby town of Harriman and contaminated tributaries of the Tennessee River. The resulting flood damaged 15 homes, injured one man as it knocked his house off its foundations, and has left over 400 acres of land covered by several feet of coal ash, mud and contaminated water (see video below).

Coal ash and slurry is the normal byproduct of coal-fired electricity generating, and is usually stored in giant retaining ponds near coal plants. The resulting coal slurry is frequently contaminated by heavy metals, mercury and arsenic.

Yesterday’s tragedy struck at the coal ash impoundment associated with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston coal-fired steam plant and released about 2.6 million cubic yards of slurry, the Tennessean reports. That’s enough to fill nearly 800 Olympic-sized swimming pools, and is over 40 times more contaminated sludge than the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill.

As usual, a picture is worth a thousand words – and a video is worth even more; you can see scenes from the environmental disaster at the photo gallery here and the video below:

Greenpeace has called for a criminal investigation into the disaster, noting that similar spills in the past have resulted in felony charges.


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