At last, a step in the right direction. No hope of the sock puppet UK gov't taking the lead in defunding. Anyways, we'll at least learn how much influence the globalists have in the US gov't as their piggy bank cum laundry goes under the microscope.
Republican-Controlled Congressional Committee Targets United Nations
Committee chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is holding a hearing Tuesday entitled “The United Nations: Urgent Problems that Need Congressional Action,” featuring some the U.N.’s most outspoken critics.
[...] Tuesday’s hearing will include testimony by Heritage Foundation fellow in international regulatory affairs Brett Schaefer, who has long advocated greater congressional vigilance in the face of U.N. waste and actions deemed as contrary to U.S. interests; Claudia Rosett, journalist-in-residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, whose focus on the U.N. included major investigations into corruption into the U.N.’s Iraq oil-for-food program; and Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based U.N. Watch, which critically monitors the U.N.’s controversial Human Rights Council (HRC).
Also taking part is Robert Appleton, a former assistant U.S. attorney who played a key role in uncovering and prosecuting oil-for-food corruption. Appleton was favored to take the helm of the investigations division of the U.N.’s primary anti-corruption body in 2008 until blocked by top U.N. officials.
On the “pro-U.N.” side, the committee will hear from Peter Yeo, vice-president for public policy at the United Nations Foundation, a group set up in 1998 with a $1 billion donation to U.N. causes by CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner. Its priorities include building public support for the U.N. and advocating U.S. funding for the U.N.
With like-minded groups, the U.N. Foundation prodded the Obama administration to pay U.S. “dues” to the U.N. in full, on time and without preconditions; to reverse its predecessor’s policy of shunning the HRC; and to restore funding to the U.N. Population Fund, previously withheld over alleged links to China’s coercive “one-child” policy.
[...] Funding of the U.N. is expected to feature prominently at the hearing. Ros-Lehtinen said late last year she wanted to use “U.S. contributions to international organizations as leverage to press for real reform of those organizations.”
[...] The U.S. provides 22 percent of the U.N.’s regular operating budget, which finances the Security Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and several other bodies, as well as more than 25 percent of the peacekeeping budget. Member states’ contributions are assessed according to their relative “capacity to pay,” calculated from national economic output.
The administration’s 2011 budget request for contributions to the U.N.’s regular budget was $516.3 million, part of an overall $1.18 billion for the U.N. and affiliated agencies (the World Health Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency etc.) The additional 2011 budget request for U.N. peacekeeping operations was $2.18 billion.
Although the next biggest contributor to the regular U.N. budget, Japan, is assessed at 16 percent, no other country comes close, including the other four permanent Security Council members – Britain 6.6, France 6.3, China 2.6 and Russia 1.2 percent.
Most countries pay well under one percent, but budgetary decisions are made by the General Assembly, where the vote of the U.S. (22 percent of the operating budget) holds no more weight than those of Venezuela (0.2 percent), Syria (0.016 percent) or Zimbabwe (0.008 percent).
Selection of bitter comments
al003 Get us out of the United Nations. The UN is nothing more than a bunch of WELFARE deadbeats looking for a teat to live on. 80% of the UN are countries who are completely the opposite of our Republic and our economic system and the other 20%, 15% are our direct enemies. What in He-- are we doing in this CABAL of Thieves, Murderers and Dead Beats.
A_patriot I for one am tired of our Boys DYING IN UN CONFLICTS that have nothing to do with America.
Robbergo Why we continue to throw away tax dollars and NYPD man power on this anti-american love fest is beyond belief.
dan I have always said,get the US out of the UN and get the UN out of the US.They do not need to be coming to a host country and tell us how to live.
Grmagic01 We don't need the UN anymore. Rather than discussing issues we can follow the approach of GW Bush and invade countries.
LowOnProzac in reply to Grmagic01 LoL! “discussing issues” – is that what they do there? I think it’s more of a playground for corrupt politicians, dictators, and common criminals.
Meribel--1650 Since no one at the U.N. respects or listens to us, let us just reduce our contribution to $1 for the next few years and see how the "TOP" Criminals of the U.N. get along without us. Oh yes, we also need to invite them to move elsewhere as they have surely worn out their welcome here.
Good Riddance to bad manners, dictators, and demogogs.
Sawbones1957 Screw the UN. I was part of a UN peacekeeping force in Hati in 1995/1996. They are the most useless, bureaucratic cluster of crap I have ever been associated with. The US and most nations Ronnie Reagan [Moderator] 5 days ago
We just need to make this a budget cut altogether? Pro's and Con's - First off, Can we afford it? No. Has the UN helped us in our Country's time of distress? No. Is the current fee allocation fair? No. Does the body use our funds the way we think it should? No. Does this body really carry the power to make any impact with regard to Rogue Nations? No. Does it have any desire to? No. And the number one reason to get rid of this stupid expense.........drum roll please.....would "We the People" vote to keep it or kill it? You do the math!
do NOT need them. Let each and every nation be responsible for it's own problems.
gadsdengurl I say it's bout time we defund these criminals, remove their programs from our schools (yes IB allows UN to run our schools from Geneva!) and extricate ourselves from all their wars!
In Record breakers - by Richard
I believe Richard makes 2 mistakes in this post that tells us Belgium's plight is due to freedom from government for a record length of time. If one accepts that this peanut of a country is without government and so a contender for the record, I think Somalia actually leads the field.
But, a moment. Are not the denizens of the European Commission supposed to be the lords and masters of affairs in Europe to the degree that they are effectively a dictatorship? The EC can't even manage a country the size of a peanut where most countries are coconut sized and bigger (considering such as nuts)?
And the UK funds to the tune of £billions this cobbled together self-important and pontifical idealist gaggle of incompetent junketeers with the ambition to govern all Europe and then the world and causes citizens to suffer its impositions that are costing £tens of billions more?
We are living in an EC imposed caricature of normality - except humans don't suddenly bounce back to life after being frozen or starved to death.
hauntingthelibrary - Greens: Africans Can't Manage Modern Life and Should Stick to Scratching a Living From the Soil
A good post on how "green" flexi-view is adapted to the location under consideration. A bit like PMs and Pessies professing to be chrispians whose rules include "thou shalt not kill" interpreted by them as "except when I or the bankers want war". Blair and Bush are perfect examples on the sock puppet side, on the misanthropic front, the post features greenies such as Porritt, Holdren and the Guardian's Madeline Bunting.
Holdren's left of sane life view is further considered in a later post.
Consequences of irrational idealogue and boondoggleer impositions. How soon before the body count starts?
Saskatchewan researchers deny claim of carbon dioxide leak
World-leading carbon capture and storage plant draws international scrutiny after complaint from farmers
[...] The farmers, Cameron and Jane Kerry, attribute a number of occurrences on their property, including animal deaths and explosions, to CO2 leaking from Weyburn. Petro-Find suggested that the high CO2 concentrations were indicative of a breach in the reservoir and that carbon isotope ratios in the gas were identical to those of the CO2 piped into Weyburn from Dakota.
"Everyone should have known that this reservoir would have leaked," Petro-Find owner Paul Lafleur said in a phone interview.
"It certainly is not biogenic, the tremendous amount of CO2 that is coming out of the soil. You have to look at this fact - all reservoirs leak to begin with." /continues
Remember that leaks in the Mexican Gulf far from the well head were blamed on well bore fractures leaking oil into porous strata. Oil is more viscous than gas, I lean towards agreeing with Lafleur ...
In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale
So we can safely ignore claims of saving the planet by the lords, ladies and landowners taking advantage of public purse welfare in the pretence. See here (Hundreds of farms 'set for wind turbines across East Lancashire') for names of some beneficiaries of the EC's UK gov't largesse with cash conned from the country, such as Cameron's in-laws who must already be fat on the EC (CAP) protection racket refund share-outs.
And an area where the body count is already high;
The Chicago Board of Trade's corn futures for March delivery are trading at 30-month highs of more than $6.60 a bushel, up from $4 a bushel a year ago.
Bill Lapp of Advanced Economic Solutions told Reuters this month that he is calculating a 2008-2012 average rate of increase in the consumer price index for food of 9 percent a year, a dramatic increase that will affect every household in America.
The Wall Street Journal pointed out that the demand for ethanol is driven by politics, not by the logic of the energy dynamics.
"When consumers didn't buy enough gas last year to meet previous ethanol mandates, the Obama Administration lifted the cap on how much ethanol may be mixed into gasoline to 15 percent from 10 percent," the Wall Street Journal wrote. "Presto! More ethanol 'demand.'"
While corn producers and the ethanol industry continue to enjoy government subsidies, the irony is that the next round of world food inflation may be the result of discredited global-warming theories that persist despite yet another record cold winter. /more
Built on a lie
Time Magazine picks up on the Galileo story, repeating the meme that the project is "plagued by epic delays and woeful cost overruns." And, as always with lazy journalism, it goes for the cheap rent-a-quote, citing Mats Persson, director of Open Europe, who tells us, "Everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong," thus in turn reinforcing the meme.
I do get more than a little pissed off with this. If you stand back from the hype, there is no evidence to support a claim that Galileo is suffering from "cost overruns." /continues with a profiling of the EC's deceitful methodology in treating the cattle like sheep.
Farmers forced to buy expensive chemical arsenals to control pesticide-resistant 'superweeds'
'Free' school could be set up in Department for Education building
[How much will that cost us?]
Leave our private schools alone: Tories' warning to 'quango queen'
The government will terminate the contract of the Charity Commission's controversial chairman Dame Suzi Leather, also known as the "quango queen" after her appointment to a string of public bodies, unless the Commission ends its "politically motivated" attack on private schools.
[Simple solution, close or privatise ALL the quangos and the toothless and or heavily biased and corrupt hence pointless Charity Commission].
Wounding a Nurse;
Oh no, not another unbiased BBC documentary about 'Climate Change'
Fenbeagle on Sir Paul Nurse
Bozo Sir Paul Nurse's big boo boo
Paul Nurse to resign as Rockefeller president to become president of Royal Society of London in December
Nurse's eugenic tendencies Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation
America's richest people meet in the home of Sir Paul Nurse to discuss ways of tackling a 'disastrous' environmental, social and industrial threat
...Described as the Good Club by one insider it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America’s wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey.
...Why all the secrecy? “They wanted to speak rich to rich without worrying anything they said would end up in the newspapers, painting them as an alternative world government,” he said.
[Knowing Rothschilds like to keep it in the family, (Rockefeller is an in-law descendant) is Nurse, like Cameron, connected?]
Water meters could be made compulsory in all British homes
[Costing the water companies a fortune that could be spent on fixing leaks and removing the need for meters. The IQ level of the chiMPs plumbs new depths... Does being an EC's performing ape involve lobotomy?]
Compared to its visible size Jupiter is actually a small planet with a huge atmosphere. Imagine the Sun has a similar set-up, a neutron star with a huge atmosphere. Then read this study that proposes the theory.
Neutron Repulsion (O. Manuel)
From the conclusions:
Dynamic competition between gravitational attraction and neutron repulsion sustains our dynamic universe, the Sun, and life on planet Earth. Nuclear matter in the solar system is mostly dissociating rather than coalescing (fusing together). As shown in the above table, the potential energy per nucleon in the solar core is almost twice that available from hydrogen fusion. If the bulk of the Sun's mass is in a central neutron star and luminosity comes from the reactions listed above, then solar luminosity might have been higher by ~1-2% during the critical evolutionary period when the Standard Solar Model predicts frozen oceans and a "faint early Sun". /paper