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Edward Snowden could be bound for Venezuela

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edward-snowdenToday has been a slightly confusing time for anyone paying attention to the Edward Snowden situation. He remains not quite on Russian soil, holed up in an airport hotel outside Moscow, could theoretically go to Venezuela, but apparently hasn’t made a definite decision on that. Some of the confusion was fed by Russian MP Aleksey Pushkov, who tweeted out of turn about the NSA leaker.

“Predictably, Snowden has agreed to [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro’s offer of political asylum. Apparently, this option appeared most reliable to Snowden,” Pushkov, the head of the lower house’s Committee on Foreign Affairs tweeted.

However, the post was deleted from the MP’s page on the microblog just minutes after it appeared.

“Information about Snowden accepting Maduro’s offer of asylum comes from [Russian TV channel] Vesti 24 newscast at 18:00. Contact them for all questions,” Pushkov tweeted shortly afterwards.

In spite of reports that Snowden apparently accepted the offer from Venezuela, WikiLeaks claims that isn’t the case. In the flurry of coverage, there are also conjectures about the logistics of getting to Venezuela in the first place, especially since the plane carrying President Evo Morales of Bolivia was diverted just over suspicion that Snowden was on board. The U.S. has threatened that the NSA leaker must not be permitted to fly anywhere but back to the states, and it remains unclear how he could get anywhere else, with the threat of retribution hanging over any nation that permits a flight to cross their aerospace. So, Snowden still has gone from “Catch Me If You Can” to “The Terminal”, at least until he can figure out travel arrangements that won’t land him back in the U.S.

We’re All Pagans Now: U.N. Creates MOMiE

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Modern DruidsPerhaps in preparation for the second anniversary of the U.N.’s “International Mother Earth Day”, the international body is set to consider a draft treaty from Bolivia that would give “Mother Earth” the same rights as people. Bolivian President Evo Morales, a socialist that believes that the planet should be granted a set of specific rights has authored a resolution that also creates a new bureaucracy, The Ministry of Mother Earth (MOMiE?).

Based on the Gaia hypothesis, poses that the planet is a living organism instead of being formed of rocks, water and numerous minerals on top of which organisms thrive. The same basis is that used by Native Americans, druids, and other pagan cultures. The Earth and it’s creatures are to be worshiped and glorified.

It would not be new for environmentalists to create or harbor a failed ideology, and certainly one in-conflict with itself. While fighting for wind and solar, they fight solar plants in order to protect the desert and wind farms to protect the birds. Now it would seem we will protect the Earth and its, er sorry, her organisms to destroy humans (um, also organisms).

Certainly those that enjoy a good steak are harming an organism of Mother Earth, but what about you salad munchers. That iceburg lettuce didn’t come from thin air.

Considering the lack of action, accountability or efficacy of the entirety of the U.N., I cannot imagine that The Ministry of Mother Earth will be much different. Every time we seek to build a new store on hallowed ground – which is all of the ground now – we will have to seek a permit through this new U.N. agency. Fishing permits, hunting licenses, farming registration, mining, gardening, timber, you name it – will all require the blessing of the high druid of MOMiE. Will this blessing will come with a regular tithe to the new church of the MOMiE? I already have a God, thank you.

One more hair-brained idea among many from the United Nations. More proof the One World Government is nothing more than a Utopian fantasy. At first, we might hope that things like this fail to pass the assembly, then again, would it matter if it did?