Historical Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles on this timeline are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]     *Color Code

December 2007

2007 - Astronomic Configuration - December 1st, 2007: "Sun [8 Sagattarius], Moon [5 Virgo], Mercury [29 Scorpio], Venus [24 Libra], Mars [10 Cancer R], Jupiter [26 Sagittarius], Saturn [8 Virgo], Uranus [14 Pisces], Neptune [19 Aquarius], Pluto [28 Sagittarius], Chiron [11 Aquarius]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200712.html]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 1st, 2007: "Stocks rose Friday [11/30/07], capping the best weekly gain since March, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke signaled he may cut interest rates and the treasury moved closer to a plan to prevent thousands of Americans from losing their homes. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Bernanke's rate-cut signal boosts financial shares and stock market), p A43, S.L.P.D., 12/01/07]

2007 - New Ebola Virus / Uganda - December 1st, 2007: "New form of Ebola kills 16 people in Uganda" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A31, S.L.P.D., 12/01/07]

2008 - Recession / U.S. Economy - "It's official: For the last year [2008], the U.S. economy has been in recession. And on the latest economic reports and outlooks, it doesn't appear that the situation will improve any time soon. [....] The members of the group's [National Bureau of Economic Research] Business Cycle Dating Committee - made up of seven prominent economists, most from the academic sector - said that the economy entered a recession in December 2007. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (U.S. ECONOMY Recession is and was here) by Michael M. Grynbaum, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 12/02/08]

2007 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - December 2nd, 2007: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 02 Dec 2007 at 04:33:05 PM GMT is: $9,143,257,141,965.37. The estimated population of the United States is 303,688,685 so each citizen's share of this debt is $30,107.34. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.49 billion per day since September 29, 2006! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!

[Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 12/01/07]

2007 - Snow & Ice / Midwest, U.S.A. - December 2nd, 2007: "Snow and ice hits wide swath of Midwest [12/01/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 12/02/07]

2007 - "Sensitive Security Records"? / Lobbyists Visits, White House - December 2nd, 2007: "White House witholds data on lobbyist's visits" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 12/02/07]

2007 - Elections Trivia / Russia - December 3rd, 2007: "Putin [United Russia party] wins vote ['more than 60 percent'] to keep grip on power in Russia [12/02/07]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/03/07]

2007 - Trivia / Civilian Deaths, Somalia - December 3rd, 2007: "Violence in Somalia's war-raveged capital has killed 5,960 civilians this year, a human rights group [Elman] said Sunday [12/02/07]. [NP] Sudan Ali Ahmed, chairman of Somalia's Elman Human Rights, also said 7,980 people were wounded and more than 700,000 displaced from their homes as the government has struggled to contain a bloody Islamic insurgency. [....]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for News Services article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 12/03/07]

2007 - Tepid Response / Red Baron Memorial - December 3rd, 2007: "Red Baron [Baron Manfred von Richthofen] memorial gets tepid response" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A13, S.L.P.D., 12/03/07]

2007 - Growing Tropical Belt / Planet Earth - December 3rd, 2007: "[....] The newest study, published Sunday [12/02/07] in the new scientific journal Nature Geoscience, shows that by using the weather definition, the tropics are expanding toward Earth's poles more than predicted. And that means more dry weather is moving to the edges of the tropics in places such as the U.S. Southwest." [Based on: A.P. article by Seth Borenstein, p A10, S.L.P.D., 12/03/07]

2007 - Trivia / Nuclear Weapons Plant, U.S.A. - December 3rd, 2007: "Late in October [2007], plans by the U.S. Department of Energy to construct a new, $500 million nuclear weapons plant in Kansas City [Mo.] came closer to fruition: The White House Office of Management and Budget signed off on a novel private financing arrangement for the deal. [NP] The plant would replace an existing facility, known as the Kansas City Plant, that makes roughly 85 percent of the components that go into building a nuclear warhead. [....]" [Based on: Other Views page article (Plan for a new Missouri nuclear weapons plant is premature) by William D. Hartung & Andrew Heaslet, p B9, S.L.P.D., 12/03/07]

2007 - Stumbling Block to Mideast Peace / Hamas? - December 3rd, 2007: "Hamas is stumbling block in road to Mideast peace / Increasingly isolated Islamic militants keep a tight grip on Gaza." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Karin Laub, p A6, S.L.P.D., 12/03/07]

2007 - Trivia / Climate Change Conference, Indonesia - December 3rd, 2007: "World powers meeting at a U.N. climate-change conference in Indonesia this week won't be able to craft a meaningful plan to address global warming without cooperation from the United States - the top emitter of greenhouse gases - the U.N.'s climate chief said Sunday [12/02/07]" [Based on: A.P. article (U.S. must be part of any pact on climate change, U.N. says), p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/03/07]

2007 - Inside Job? / 911 - December 4th, 2007: "Former Italian President and the man who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio Francesco Cossiga has gone public on 9/11, telling Italy's most respected newspaper that the attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad and that this was common knowledge amongst global intelligence agencies. [NP] Cossiga was elected President of Italian Senate in July 1983 before being winning a landslide 1985 election to become President of the country in 1985. [NP] Cossiga gained respect from opposition parties as one of a rare breed - an honest politician - and led the country for seven years until April 1992. [NP] Cossiga's tendency to be outspoken upset the Italian political establishment and he was forced to resign after revealing the existence of, and his part in setting up, Operation Gladio - a rogue intelligence network under NATO auspices that carried out bombings across Europe in the 60's, 70's and 80's. [NP] Gladio's specialty was to carry out what they coined 'false flag operations,' terror attacks that were blamed on their domestic and geopolitical opposition. [NP] Cossiga's revelations contributed to an Italian parliamentary investigation of Gladio in 2000, during which evidence was unearthed that the attacks were being overseen by the U.S. intelligence apparatus. [NP] In March 2001, Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra stated, in sworn testimony, 'You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force ... the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security.' [NP] Cossiga's new revelations appeared last week in Italy's oldest and most widely read newspaper, Corriere della Sera. Below appears a rough translation. [NP] '[Bin Laden supposedly confessed] to the Qaeda September [attack] to the two towers in New York [claiming to be] the author of the attack of the 11, while all the [intelligence services] of America and Europe ... now know well that the disastrous attack has been planned and realized from the CIA American and the Mossad with the aid of the Zionist world in order to put under accusation the Arabic Countries and in order to induce the western powers to take part ... in Iraq [and] Afghanistan.' [....] Cossiga first expressed his doubts about 9/11 in 2001, and is quoted in Webster Tarpley's book as stating that 'The mastermind of the attack must have been a “sophisticated mind, provided with ample means not only to recruit fanatic kamikazes, but also highly specialized personnel. I add one thing: it could not be accomplished without infiltrations in the radar and flight security personnel.' [NP] Coming from a widely respected former head of state, Cossiga's assertion that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job and that this is common knowledge amongst global intelligence agencies is highly unlikely to be mentioned by any establishment media outlets, because like the hundreds of other sober ex-government, military, air force professionals, allied to hundreds more professors and intellectuals - he can't be sidelined as a crackpot conspiracy theorist." [Based on: Prison Planet article (Ex-Italian President: Intel Agencies Know 9/11 An Inside Job / Man who blew the whistle on Gladio tells Italy's largest newspaper attacks were run by CIA, Mossad), by Paul Joseph Watson, 12/04/07] - [T.D. - 12/16/07 - My brackets. NP = New paragraph. (For this timeline, the above article has been color coded as "Highly Speculative, Theoretical, and/or Questionable Data" - D.R.D.]

*Link: http://www.infowars.com/articles/sept11/cossiga_ex_italian_pres_intel_agencies_know_911_inside_job.htm

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 4th, 2007: "Stocks dropped for the first time in five days on Monday [12/03/07], led by financial companies, after Deutsche Bank AG analyst Mike Mayo said bond losses will hurt profits at brokerages and concern increased that economic growth will slow. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Financial firms spur market decline for first time in 5 days), p C3, S.L.P.D., 12/04/07]

2007 - Peace Gesture / Israel - December 4th, 2007: "Hundreds of Palestinians [429] freed [12/03/07] / Israel promised the release last month as a peace gesture, but Palestinian officials seek a broader amnesty." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 12/04/07]

2007 - Isn't Building Bomb? / Iran  - December 4th, 2007: "Iran isn't building bomb, say agencies [conclusions released 12/03/07] / TURNABOUT - New U.S. intelligence report says nuclear arms program has been on hold since 2003, contradicting an assessment 2 years ago." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article by Mark Mazzetti, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/04/07]

*Trivia: "[....] Robert D. Walpole oversaw both reports [Iraq & Iran] as the national intelligence officer responsible for assessing weapons of mass destruction programs. [....] The new estimate concludes with 'high confidence' that Iran halted work on its nuclear weapons program in 2003." [Based on: New York Times article (Despite reforms in wake of flawed Iraq report, Iran assessment now contradicted / How could it happen again? / Shaky Methodology * Goal of nuclear weapons appears thinly sourced. / Intelligence shakeup * Overhaul didn't begin in earnerst until later.) by Mark Mazzetti, p A1 & A5, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

*Trivia: "Russia and China feel vindicated by U.S. report on Iran" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 12/06/07]

2007 - Imus in the Morning / WABC-AM - December 4th, 2007: "Imus in the morning, again [WABC-AM - 12/03/07] / After firing for racial remark, he says he's grateful for 'second chance.' " [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 12/04/07]

2007 - Impact on the Environment? / U.S. Divorce - December 4th, 2007: "[....] Americans spend an extra $3.6 billion annually on water as a result of the extra households created when people divorce, Jianguo Liu, an ecologist at Michigan State University, estimated. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Researcher finds divorce has impact on environment), p A4, S.L.P.D., 12/04/07]

2007 - In the Spotlight / Credit Card Firms, U.S.A. - December 4th, 2007: "Credit card industry practices are being denounced by some in Congress, especially raising customers' interest rates whose credit card ratings decline, even if they pay card bills on time. [....] With Americans weighed down by some $900 billion in credit card debt - an average $2,200 per household - practices of the very profitable industry have been ripe for scrutiny by the Democratic-controlled Congress. [....] Five big financial companies - Discover Financial Services LLC, Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co and Capital One Financial Corp. - issue around 80 percent of U.S. credit cards, according to the subcommittee [Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee - chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich.]. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Credit card firms in spotlight / Practices of card issuers are denounced in Congress / Scrutiny focuses on changes and information.) by Marcy Gordon, p C1 & C4, S.L.P.D., 12/04/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 5th, 2007: "Stocks fell for a second day Tuesday [12/04/07] after JPMorgan Chase & Co. said deteriorating credit markets will reduce profits at the four biggest securities firms, while lower oil prices dimmed the earnings outlook for energy companies. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Slide continues on securities' profits, energy outlooks), p B7, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - Catholic Bishop / China - December 5th, 2007: "Chinese bishop [Joseph Gan Junqiu] ordained with Vatican's approval [12/04/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - War Costs Trivia / U.S.A.  - December 5th, 2007: "Most of the time, we pretend it's not there: the staggering, continuing financial cost of the war in Iraq. [NP] Early last year, the Nobel-Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz estimated that the true cost of the war ultimately would exceed $1trillion, maybe even $2 trillion. That estimate may have been low. [NP] A report prepared for the Democratic majority on the Joint Economic Committee of the House and Senate warns that without a significant change of course in Iraq, the long term cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could head into the vicinity of $3.5 trillion, the vast majority of it for Iraq. [NP] A country that can't find the money to provide health coverage for its children, rebuild the city of New Orleans or create a first-class public school system is flushing whole generations' worth of cash into the bottomless pit of a failed and endless war. [....] President Bush's formal funding requests for Iraq already have exceeded $600 billion. In addition to that, the report offers, there are the long-term costs of treating the wounded and disabled, interest and other costs associated with borrowing to finance the war, the money needed to repair or replace military equipment, the increased costs of military recruitment and retention and such difficult-to-guage but very real costs as the loss of productivity from those who have been killed or wounded. [....] Everything associated with the Iraq war has cost vastly more than the administration's original estimates of the entire cost of the war. [....]" [Based on: Other Views page article (The cost of war: What are our true national priorities?) by Bob Herbert, p C11, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - Trivia / Chemicals in Toys  - December 5th, 2007: "Online database [www.healthytoys.org] will list chemicals in toys" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - Dividend Slashed / Fannie Mae  - December 5th, 2007: "Mortgage finance giant Fannie mae on Tuesday [12/04/07] announced it was cutting its dividend 30 percent and selling $7 billion in special stock to raise additional capital. [....]" [Based on: Article (Fannie Mae / Dividend is slashed), p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - Iran Still a Threat / Bush Insists - December 5th, 2007: "Defending his credibility, President George W. Bush said Tuesday [12/04/07] that Iran was dangerous and must be squeezed by international pressure despite an intelligence finding that Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago. [NP] Bush said the new conclusion - contradicting earlier U.S. assessments - would not prompt him to take off the table the possibility of pre-emptive military action against Iran. Nor will the United States change its policy of trying to isolate Iran diplomatically and punish it with sanctions, he said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Iran is threat despite nuclear halt, Bush insists), p A5, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

*Trivia: "[....] At a news conference on Tuesday [12/04/07], Bush said he had been told in August by Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell that 'we have some new information' that would delay a new assessment of Iran's nuclear activities by the U.S. intelligence community. [NP] 'He didn't tell me what the information was; he did tell me it was going to take a while to analyze,' Bush said then. [NP] However, White House press secretary Dana Perino said Thursday [12/06/07] that McConnell did tell Bush in August that Iran may have halted its nuclear weapons program and that, if confirmed, it could result in a new intelligence view on Iran. [....] In October, after the notification from McConnell, Bush suggested that preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons was necessary to avoid World War III. Also in October, Cheney said the U.S. and other nations are 'prepared to impose serious consequesnces' if Iran continued on its current course. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush comments are clarified), p A6, S.L.P.D., 12/07/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.S. Combat Tours, Iraq  - December 5th, 2007: "The No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq [Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno] said Tuesday [12/04/07] that 15-month combat tours are too long for U.S. soldiers but probably cannot be shortened until next fall as troop levels decline. [NP] Pentagon officials have cited the long tours, coupled with too-short periods between deployments, as key in causing stress on soldiers and their families." [Based on: News Services article (15-month combat tours in Iraq called 'too long'), p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & China - December 5th, 2007: "[....] China has hinted that its denials of port calls for the U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk and eight other ships were triggered by Congress' honoring of the Dalai Lama and U.S. arms sales to Chinese rival Taiwan. [....]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - More U.S. Weapons? / Afghanistan - December 5th, 2007: "Afghan army seeks more U.S. weapons / U.S. prepared to deliver 60,000 M-16s, 34 copters, general says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - Buried / EPA Global Warming E-Mail - December 5th, 2007: "EPA e-mail [12/05/07] detailed dangers of global warming [released - 10/13/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Dina Cappiello, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 10/14/09]

2007 - Trivia / Israeli Homes, East Jerusalem - December 5th, 2007: "Israel announced plans Tuesday [12/04/07] to build more than 300 new homes in a disputed east Jerusalem neighborhood. [....]" [Based on: Title for News Services article (Israelis to build homes in east Jerusalem area), p A12, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - Treatment Trivia / Sinus Infections, U.S.A. - December 5th, 2007: "The widespread use of standard antibiotics to treat sinus infections does not help cure patients and may harm them by increasing their resistance to the drugs, according to a new study published Wednesday [journal of the American Medical Association]. [NP] The researchers found that the percentage of patients who got well in 10 days was about the same whether they took an antibiotic or a placebo. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Cure may be worse than illness / People with sinus infections get well on their own, study says.), p A4, S.L.P.D., 12/05/07]

2007 - Sunspot 978 - December 6th, 2007: "A new sunspot is emerging over the sun's eastern limb and it could be a big one, at least by the standards of solar minimum. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=12&day=06&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 6th, 2007: "Stocks rose the most in a week on Wednesday [12/05/07] after signs of increased productivity and a closely watched private report on employment suggested the economy will avoid a recession. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Optimistic reports, tech predictions help boost stocks), p C3, S.L.P.D., 12/06/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Afghanistan - December 6th, 2007: "Suicide bomber kills at least 13 [wounding 20] in market [Kabul - 12/15/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 12/06/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Iran - December 6th, 2007: "A U.S. intelligence assessment that Iran has stopped developing atomic weapons is putting a burden on the Jewish state, which has long relied on Washington to lead the international charge against Iran's nuclear ambitions. [....] Iran's military said last month that it had produced a new missile with a range of 1,200 miles capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases across the Middle East." [Based on: A.P. article (Israel is left in the cold to face perceived threat) by Steve Weizman, p A11, S.L.P.D., 12/06/07]

2007 - Mall Shooting / Omaha, Nebraska - December 6th, 2007: "Gunman kills 8 [wounds five] at Omaha mall [12/05/07] / Shoppers scatter * Customers huddle in dressing rooms; when police arrived, shooting was over. / Killer among dead * 19-year-old [Robert A. Hawkins] lost his job and girlfriend, shot himself after mele, police say ['President George W. Bush was in Omaha on Wednesday for a fundraiser, but he left the city about an hour before the shooting.']." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/06/07]

2007 - 2006 Prison & Parole Trivia / U.S.A. - December 6th, 2007: "Nearly 1 in 31 adults in prison, jail, on parole in '06 / State, federal facilities held 2.38 million; parole, probation involved 5 million." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 12/06/07]

2007 - Price-Fixing Fines / Chloroprene Rubber - December 6th, 2007: "European Union regulators slapped five companies - including DuPont and Dow Chemical Co. - with $358 million in fines for fixing the price of a type of rubber used to make everything from shoe soles to condoms. [NP] The EU said the cartel operated between 1993 and 2002, and that companies from the United States, Germany, Italy and japan colluded on market shares and set prices for chloroprene rubber." [Based on: Article (Rubber / EU ounishes for prices), p C2, S.L.P.D., 12/06/07]

2007 - At Risk for Runway Collisions / U.S. Airliners - December 6th, 2007: "U.S. airliners at 'high risk' of runway collisions / GAO report * Ground radar flaws, overworked controllers are a recipe for disaster." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/06/07]

2007 - Climate Change & Species Destruction / Planet Earth - December 6th, 2007: "Climate change has already hurt many species, scientists argue." [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Michael Casey, p A7, S.L.P.D., 12/06/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 7th, 2007: "Stocks climbed to the highest level in a month on Thursday [12/06/07], led by financial companies and builders, on expectations a government plan to limit subprime mortgage defaults will boost bank profits and ease the housing slump. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Subprime proposal translates to good news for markets), p B9, S.L.P.D., 12/07/07]

2007 - Oil Spill / South Korea - December 7th, 2007: "[....] It was believed to be South Korea's largest offshore oil leak [12/07/07], according to the official. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Tanker leaks 15,000 tons of crude oil after collision), p A11, S.L.P.D., 12/07/07]

2007 - Growing / Sunspot 978 - December 7th, 2007: "Sunspot 978 popped over the sun's eastern limb yesterday and it is quickly becoming one of the largest sunspots of the year. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=12&day=07&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Still Wary of Iran, Too / Europeans - December 7th, 2007: "U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won support from European allies Thursday [12/06/07] for new U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Europeans still wary of Iran, too) by Matthew Lee, p A12, S.L.P.D., 12/07/07]

2007 - Tropical Cyclone Daman / Fiji Islands - December 7th, 2007: "Tropical Cyclone Daman was powering up as it moved southeast towards the Fiji Islands on December 7, 2007. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14648&src=map]

2007 - Feeling Strain [of Sanctions] / Gaza Strip - December 7th, 2007: "Service stations across the Gaza Strip shut off their fuel nozzles. Tens of thousands of people have no fresh water because pumps can't run. Hospitals parked ambulences, and bicycles are the new favored form of transportation. [....] And things could get worse - seeking to punish's Hamas rulers further, Israel is seeking court approval to reduce the electricity supply as well. [....] Gaza relies on Israeli suppliers for all its fuel and 60 percent of its electricity. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Gaza feeling strain of sanctions), p A11, S.L.P.D., 12/07/07]

2007 - Settlement / Former UnitedHealth Chief - December 7th, 2007: "UnitedHealth's former chief [William McGuire] settles lawsuit [for about $468 million] over backdating" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/07/07]

2007 - Climate Change Trivia / U.S. & Australia - December 7th, 2007: "U.S. stance on climate change takes hits / Australia signs pact long opposed by Bush at U.N. conference, while Senate panel votes for emissions cuts." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Joseph Coleman, p A13, S.L.P.D., 12/07/07]

2007 - Destroyed Two Videotaped Interrogations / CIA - December 7th, 2007: "CIA destroyed videos [in 2005] made of interrogations [in 2002] of top terror suspects [Abu Zubaydah & Khalid Sheikh Mohammed]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 12/07/07]

*Trivia: "CIA chief [Porter Goss] was kept in the dark / Lower-level official [Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.] made decision to destroy videos [November 2005] , former officials say." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for New York Times article, p A19, S.L.P.D., 12/08/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 8th, 2007: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell for the first time in three days on Friday [12/07/07] as a better-than-expected employment report tempered speculation the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates by 0.5 percentage point next week. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Waning hope for rate cut lands S&P's first loss in three days), p A35, S.L.P.D., 12/08/07]

2007 - Trivia / Church of Scientology, Germany - December 8th, 2007: "Officials will seek to ban Church of Scientology [in Germany]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 12/08/07]

2007 - Decision to Resign / Inspector General, U.S.A. - December 8th, 2007: "Inspector general [Howard Krongard] at State dept. will quit [effective 01/15/08]." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A19, S.L.P.D., 12/08/07]

2007 - Suicide Bombers Target Anti-Al-Qaida Groups, Iraq - December 8th, 2007: "Suicide bombers target anti-al-Qaida groups" [Based on: Title for A.P. article by Robert H. Reid, p A21, S.L.P.D., 12/08/07]

2007 - Colorado Shootings - December 9th, 2007: "Colorado Shootings / Gunman [Matthew Murray] was kicked out of school he targeted [12/09/07], police say" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 12/10/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomb / Baiji, Iraq - December 9th, 2007: "Suicide bomb ['killed at least six police officers and wounded 16 people'] hits police in Iraqi oil center [12/08/07] / Insurgents have stepped up attacks in north after being pushed out of Baghdad area." [Based on: Title  & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A13, S.L.P.D., 12/09/07]

2007 - Trivia / Amazon Rain Forest - December 9th, 2007: "Pace slows, but rain forest is disappearing / VITAL AMAZON ENDANGERED BY WARMING / Climate change and deforestation could damage nearly 60 percent of the Amazon forest by 2030. It contains one-fifth of the world's fresh water and about 30 percent of the Earth's plants and animals" [Based on: Title, Subtitle and picture caption for A.P. article by Michael Astor, p A10, S.L.P.D., 12/09/07]

2007 - Continues to Grow / Sunspot 978 - December 9th, 2007: "Sunspot group 978 continues to grow ... and it now occupies an expanse of sun more than 6 times wider than Earth. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/index.php] - [T.D. - 12/09/07]

2007 - Open Inquiry / Video Destruction, U.S.A. - December 9th, 2007: "CIA and Justice Department open inquiry [12/08/07] into destruction of videos" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 12/09/07]

*Trivia: "Senators suggest [12/09/07] possible obstruction in CIA case" [Based on: Title   for Los Angeles Times article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 12/10/07]

2007 - Severe Storms / Pacific Northwest, U.S.A. - December 9th, 2007: "11 counties declared disaster areas [12/08/07] by Bush ['after severe storms']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/09/07]

2007 - Major Earthquake / South of Fiji Islands - December 9th, 2007: "A major earthquake occurred at 07:28:20 (UTC) on Sunday, December 9th, 2007. The magnitude 7.8 event [Location 25.872°S, 177.517°W; Depth 149.2 km (92.7 miles)] was located @ Region SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007ksak.php] - [T.D. - 12/09/07]

2007 - Oil Spill / Poland - December 10th, 2007: "Firefighters inspect an oil spill on the Vistula River in Bzdgoszcz, Poland, on Tuesday [12/11/07]. Some 150 emergency workers and firefighters have contained a spill of approximately 100 tons of fuel oil that leaked into the Vistula after a pipeline malfunction Monday [12/10/07], officials said." [Based on: A.P. picture article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 12/12/07]

2007 - Bomb Attack / Iraq - December 10th, 2007: "Bomb kills police chief in Iraq [12/09/07] / Widely admired official [ Maj. Gen. Qais al-Mamouri] had faced six previous assassination attempts." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 12/10/07]

2007 - Trivia / ProBiotics & "Prebiotics" - December 10th, 2007: "[....] Probiotics are already popular in Europe, Asia and South America. [NP] And there are 'prebiotics,' too, which contain fiber and other nutrients that feed probiotic bacteria. [....] Small studies have suggested that certain probiotics may help treat or prevent some types of gastroenteritis, diarrhea and allergic skin reactions." [Based on: A.P. article (More health foods are turning to 'friendly' bacteria additives) by Lindsey Tanner, p A4, S.L.P.D., 12/10/07]

2007 - President Cristina Fernandez, Argentina - December 10th, 2007: "First elected woman  [Cristina Fernandez] takes over as president [12/10/07]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Extended Tours / U.S. Active-Duty Soldiers, Iraq - December 10th, 2007: "Pentagon feels heat to shorten Army tours in Iraq / Extra duty [15 (instead of 12) month tours for active-duty soldiers] cannot be sustained, says [recently] ex-commander [Gen. George Casey] in Iraq" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 12/10/07]

2007 - Write Off / UBS AG - December 11th, 2007: "Swiss bank [UBS AG] writes off another $10 billion ['in losses from the U.S. subprime lending market']" [Based on: Title for Article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 11th, 2007: "Stocks rose Monday [12/10/07], led by banks and builders, after investors in Singapore and the Middle East agreed to inject $11.5 billion into UBS AG and house sales unexpectedly advanced. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Banks, builders and miners lead a rejuvenated market), p C3, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Trivia / "Magnetic Ropes" - December 11th, 2007: "NASA's fleet of THEMIS spacecraft, launched less than 8 months ago, has made three important discoveries about spectacular eruptions of Northern Lights called 'substorms' and the source of their power. The discoveries include giant magnetic ropes that connect Earth's upper atmosphere to the Sun and explosions in the outskirts of Earth's magnetic field. [....]"

[Based on: SCIENCE@NASA article (NASA Spacecraft Make New Discoveries about Northern Lights), 12/11/07]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/11dec_themis.htm

2007 - Trivia / Another Solar Cycle? - "The solar physics community is abuzz this week. No, there haven't been any great eruptions or solar storms. The source of the excitement is a modest knot of magnetism that popped over the sun's eastern limb on Dec. 11th, pictured below in a pair of images from the orbiting Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). [....] For more than a year, the sun has been experiencing a lull in activity, marking the end of Solar Cycle 23, which peaked with many furious storms in 2000 - 2003. 'Solar minimum is upon us,' he says. [NP] The big question now is, when will the next solar cycle begin? [NP] It could be starting now. [NP 'New solar cycles always begin with a high-latitude, reversed polarity sunspot,' explains Hathaway. 'Reversed polarity' means a sunspot with opposite magnetic polarity compared to sunspots from the previous solar cycle. 'High-latitude' refers to the sun's grid of latitude and longitude. Old cycle spots congregate near the sun's equator. New cycle spots appear higher, around 25 or 30 degrees latitude. [NP] The region that appeared on Dec. 11th fits both these criteria. It is high latitude (24 degrees N) and magnetically reversed. Just one problem: There is no sunspot. So far the region is just a bright knot of magnetic fields. If, however, these fields coalesce into a dark sunspot, scientists are ready to announce that Solar Cycle 24 has officially begun. [....] Many forecasters believe Solar Cycle 24 will be big and intense. Peaking in 2011 or 2012, the cycle to come could have significant impacts on telecommunications, air traffic, power grids and GPS systems. (And don't forget the Northern Lights!) In this age of satellites and cell phones, the next solar cycle could make itself felt as never before. [....]"

[Based on: SCIENCE@NASA article (Is a New Solar Cycle Beginning?), 12/14/07]

*Link: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/14dec_excitement.htm - [T.D. - 12/15/07]

2007 - Drops Appeal / I. Lewis Libby - December 11th, 2007: "Libby drops appeal in Plame leak case" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Nobel Peace Prize / Al Gore - December 11th, 2007: "Saying it's 'time to make peace with the planet,' Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday [12/10/07] with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environment. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article ('WE HAVE BEGUN TO WAGE WAR ON THE EARTH ITSELF.' / Strong warning from Gore as he gets Peace Prize) by Doug Mellgren, p A4, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Climate Science Trivia / U.S.A. - December 11th, 2007: "White House assailed on climate science / Democrats' report says administration tried to mislead policymakers." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A4, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Write Off / Washington Mutual Inc. - December 11th, 2007: "S&L ['Washington Mutual Inc., the nation's (U.S.A.) largest savings and loan'] will take writeoff ['will write down the value of its house lending unit by $1.6 billon in the fourth quarter and cut 3,150 jobs']" [Based on: Title for Article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Mortar Fire / Jail & Oil Refinery, Iraq - December 11th, 2007: "Mortar shells hit Iraqi jail [12/10/07]; fire strikes oil refinery [Dora oil refinery, Baghdad, Iraq]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Afghan Troops / Musa Qala, Afghanistan - December 11th, 2007: "Hundreds ['of Taliban fighters'] flee [12/10/07] as troops enter Taliban redoubt [Musa Qala, Afghanistan]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Time for Interrogation / U.S. CIA Chief - December 11th, 2007: "[....] Hayden [CIA director, Gen. Michael Hayden] is to testify in a closed session today before the Senate Intelligence Committee and on Wednesday [12/12/07] before the House Intelligence Committee. [....] The tapes [interrogation videotapes] were destroyed in 2005, but Congress was not told until 2006 at the earliest. The House Intelligence Committee did not learn of the tapes' destruction until March 2007, Reyes [Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas] said." [Based on: A.P. article (It's CIA chief's turn to be interrogated), p A6, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

*Trivia: "[....] * The CIA says it informed key lawmakers and White House staff members of the existence of the tapes as early as 2003. [....] What's perhaps most disturbing is that some of the tapes show the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah in the fall of 2002. Mr. Bush described him as 'one of the top operatives plotting  and planning death and destruction on the United States.' [NP] In fact, as author Ron Suskind has reported in 'The One Percent Doctrine,' CIA agents who interrogated him after his capture  and rendition to a foreign country quickly discovered Zubaydah was a low-level flunky, a man with severe mental problems. But Mr. Bush told then-CIA director George Tenet, 'You're not going to let me lose face on this are, you?' [NP] If the destroyed tapes showed CIA agents torturing a man they already believed to be mentally ill, just to save presidential face, it's no wonder they were destroyed. We hope that's not what happened. But only an independent counsel can be trusted to find out." [Based on: Opinion Page article (OUR VIEW / CIA - The torture tapes), p D6, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Cuts Deal with France / Moammar Gadhafi - December 11th, 2007: "Gadhafi [Moammar Gadhafi] gets welcome [12/10/07], cuts deal ['for $14.7 billion in contracts for armaments and a nuclear reactor'] with France" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/11/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream - December 12th, 2007: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetosphere and producing some lovely auroras. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=12&month=12&year=2007

2007 - Trivia / Sunspot 978 - December 12th, 2007: "Sprawling sunspot group 978 now consists of more than 40 dark magnetic knots - each as wide as a small planet or moon. [....] The spot's dark core is wide enough to swallow Earth while the turbulent granules bubbling around the spot compare in scale to a large state such as Texas or California. [....] Despite its great size, the sunspot 978 poses little threat for solar flares. The region's magnetic field is uncomplicated and stable - not prone to explosions."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=12&month=12&year=2007]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 12th, 2007: "Stocks tumbled the most in a month Tuesday [12/11/07] as investors figured the Federal Reserve's quarter-point interest rate cut won't prevent a recession. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Fed's disappointing quarter-point cut in rates shocks stocks), p B5, S.L.P.D., 12/12/07]

2007 - Shooting / Las Vegas - December 12th, 2007: "Six are shot [12/11/07] after getting off school bus [Las Vegas]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 12/12/07]

2007 - Trivia / Bribing for Bids - December 12th, 2007: "Regulators zero in on firms seeking foreign deals by Bribing for bids ['Companies paying foreign government officials in a bid to secure contracts ....'] " [Based on: Title for Washington Post article by Carrie Johnson, p B1, S.L.P.D., 12/12/07]

2007 - Israeli Incursion / Gaza Strip  - December 12th, 2007: "[....] It came [12/11/07] a day before the first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years, casting a pall over the negotiations and underscoring the threat that Hamas poses to implementing any accord. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli incursion kills 5 militants in Gaza Strip), p A11, S.L.P.D., 12/12/07]

2007 - Truck Bombs / Algiers, Algeria - December 12th, 2007: "Two bombs [12/11/07] kill dozens ['killing at least 26 people and wounding nearly 200'] in Algiers" [Based on: Title for Article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/12/07]

2007 - Quarter-Point Interest Rate Cut / U.S.A.  - December 12th, 2007: "Dow loses 300 points after quarter-point rate cut [12/11/07] / Fed's action disappoints / Reason for cut - Housing correction and softening in spending are slowing economy. / Reaction - The move won't make much difference for most borrowers, experts here [Mo.] say." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/12/07]

2007 - Melted Past Tipping Point? / Arctic Ice - December 12th, 2007: "[....] White sea ice reflects about 80 percent of the sun's heat off Earth, NASA's Zwally [Jay Zwally] said. When there is no sea ice, about 90 percent of the heat goes into the ocean, which then warms everything else up. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Artic may have melted past tipping point / Global warming is seen as accelerating at an alarming rate.) by Seth Borenstein, p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/12/07]

2007 - Trivia / Sunspot 978 - December 13th, 2007: "Giant sunspot 978 hasn't exploded yet, but it is seething with activity. [....] Sunspot 978 continues to grow: [....] It now covers an expanse of Sun about as wide as the planet Jupiter [....]." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/13/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 13th, 2007: "Stocks rose Wednesday [12/12/07], led by technology and energy shares, after the Federal Reserve and four other central banks added cash to the financial system in the biggest concerted liquidity injection since the 2001 terrorist attacks. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Tech, energy shares lead rally after Fed's cash infusion), p B3, S.L.P.D., 12/13/07]

2007 - Car Bomb / Beirut, Lebanon - December 13th, 2007: "Car bomb [12/12/07] kills Lebanese general [Brig. Gen. Francois Hajj], imperils stability" [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 12/13/07]

2007 - Heroin Haven? / Afghanistan - December 13th, 2007: "LIFE UNDER THE TALIBAN / Heroin haven / Recaptured Afghan town [Musa Qala] reports that militants used drug labs to fund insurgency." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A14, S.L.P.D., 12/13/07]

2007 - Federal Budget Deficit / U.S.A. - December 13th, 2007: "The Treasury Department reported that the budget deficit for November totaled $98.2 billion, a record for the month. That was up 34.5 percent from a deficit of $73 billion set in November 2006." [Based on: Article (FEDERAL BUDGET / Deficit sets record), p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/13/07]

2007 - Car Bomb Attack / Amarah, Iraq - December 13th, 2007: "41 killed ['wounding 150 others'] in car bomb attack in Iraq [12/12/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 12/13/07]

2007 - Steroid Report / Baseball, U.S.A. - December 13th, 2007: "Steroid report to shake baseball naming Games * 60 to 80 players implicated, paper says. / Ex-Cards Trainer * He talked to panel several times." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/13/07]

2007 - Recalled / Childhood Vaccine, U.S.A. - December 13th, 2007: "Common childhood vaccine [Merck & Co. vaccine for Hib] recalled [12/12/07] / Testing showed a sterilization problem in a Pennsylvania factory." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Mike Stobbe & Linda A. Johnson, p A2, S.L.P.D., 12/13/07]

2007 - First Session / Israeli-Palestinian Talks - December 13th, 2007: "Anger and accusations mark first session of Israeli-Palestinian talks [12/12/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 12/13/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Antofagasta, Chile  - December 13th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 05:20:25 (UTC) on Thursday, December 13th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 23.155°S, 70.516°W; Depth 41.3 km (25.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007kwan.php] - [T.D. - 12/13/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Antofagasta, Chile  - December 13th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 07:23:47 (UTC) on Thursday, December 13th, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 23.013°S, 70.340°W; Depth 58.7 km (36.5 miles)] was located @ Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007kwau.php] - [T.D. - 12/13/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Samoa Islands Region  - December 13th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 15:51:29 (UTC) on Thursday, December 13th, 2007. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 15.178°S, 172.402°W; Depth 33 km (20.5 miles)] was located @ SAMOA ISLANDS REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007kwa8.php] - [T.D. - 12/13/07]

2007 - SIV's Bailout / U.S.A. - December 14th, 2007: "Citigroup will bail out SIVs for $49 billion ['in the biggest move yet by a bank to rescue the failing funds.'] / 7 structured investment vehicle funds get help from largest manager." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Bloomberg News article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/14/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 14th, 2007: "Most stocks dropped Thursday [12/14/07], led by financial shares, on concern that a coordinated attempt by central banks in North America and Europe to relieve gridlock in credit markets will fail. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Most stocks slip on concern about coordinated efforts), p B11, S.L.P.D., 12/14/07]

2007 - Inflation Trivia / U.S.A. - December 14th, 2007: "A record jump in gasoline prices pushed wholesale inflation up by the largest amount in 34 years. [NP] The Labor Department [U.S.A.] said wholesale prices soared by 3.2 percent last month, propelled by a record 34.8 percent rise in gasoline costs. [NP] Even outside energy, inflation pressures emerged. Core inflation, which excludes energy and food, posted a 0.4 percent rise in November, double what had been expected." [Based on: Article (Wholesale Prices / Gas prices drive biggest inflation in 34 years), p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/14/07] - [My brackets. NP = New Paragraph - D.R.D.]

2007 - Solar Flares / Sunspot 978 - December 14th, 2007: "Giant sunspot 978 is crackling with C-class solar flares, unleashing three in the past 24 hours alone. " [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/14/07]

2007 - Tropical Storm Olga / Dominican Republic - December 14th, 2007: "Olga, the 15th named storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, began as a subtropical storm. The system reached tropical storm intensity as the center passed down the center of Hispaniola. Though not powerful, Olga unleashed intense rains on the island. As of December 14, at least 38 people across the region had died from storm-related flooding, said news reports. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14657&src=map]

2007 - Light Sentences / White-Collar Crime, U.S.A. - December 14th, 2007: "[....] However, a study shows that 61 percent of the defendents sentenced in the Bush administration's crackdown spent no more than two years in jail. And 28 percent of the 1,236 white-collar convictions over the last five years resulted in no prison time at all. [....] 'Sentencing white-collar defendents to two years or less does not send a strong deterrent message,' said Joshua Hochberg, who ran the U.S. Justice Department's criminal fraud section from 1998 to 2005. 'On the other hand, convicting a lot of defendents sends the message that you will be caught and there are consequences.' [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (White-collar sentences are light, study finds / ENRON, WORLDCOM scandals brought promises of a crackdown. / TWO YEARS OR LESS prison time is what most convicts get.) by David Voreacos & Bob Voris, p B1, S.L.P.D., 12/14/07]

2007 - Contempt of Congress / Karl Rove & Josh Bolten - December 14th, 2007: "The Senate Judiciary Committe voted 12-7 Thursday [12/13/07] to find Karl Rove ... and Josh Bolten in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas seeking their testimony about the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys last year. [....]" [Based on: Cox News Service article (Senate panel finds Rove, Bolten in contempt / The action is taken in the investigation into U.S. attorney firings.), p A2, S.L.P.D., 12/14/07]

2007 - New Nonreligious Primary Schools / Dublin, Ireland - December 14th, 2007: "Ireland's government announced Thursday [12/13/07] it will organize new nonreligious primary schools in the capital, a move that reflects growing immigration and declining church power in this traditionally Roman Catholic nation. [NP] Education Minister Mary Hanafin said two new schools planned for northwest Dublin would not be controlled by the church, which for more than a century has been the principal administrator in Irish education - including 99 percent of primary-age children today. [NP] Hanafin said a third elementary school in Dublin, which opened three months ago under the patronage of the Catholic Church, would be transferred to secular control within two years. About 95 percent of its students are non-Catholics, chiefly Muslims and protestants from Africa." [Based on: News Services article (New schools will not be controlled by church), p A16, S.L.P.D., 12/14/07]

2007 - Rate Increase / 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgages, U.S.A. - December 14th, 2007: "FREDDIE MAC [reported Thursday, 12/13/07] / 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increase [from 5.96 to 6.11]" [Based on: Article title, p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/14/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 15th, 2007: "Stocks fell Friday [12/14/07], completing the steepest weekly drop in a month, after accelerating inflation spurred concern that higher prices will curb consumer spending. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks drop as inflation tops forecasts; retailers slump), p B11, S.L.P.D., 12/15/07]

2007 - Walrus Deaths / Artic Circle - December 15th, 2007: "Vanishing sea ice leads to more walrus deaths in stampedes ['Pacific walruses above the Arctic Circle']" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A26, S.L.P.D., 12/15/07]

2007 - 20th Anniversary Celebration / Hamas - December 15th, 2007: "Security guards watch on Saturday [12/15/07] in Gaza City as people celebrate of the founding of Hamas 20 years ago [12/14/87]. It is estimated that throughout Gaza some 200,000 people turned out for the celebration, a significant show of force from Hamas in the face of the diplomatic and economic isolation." [Based on: A.P. picture article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/16/07]

*Trivia: "Hamas is an acronym for the Arab words for Islamic Resistance Movement; the word itself means 'zeal'. It was founded in 1987 at the time of the Palestinian uprising, the intifada, in Gaza and the West Bank." [Link: 1]

2007 - Investigation Trivia / CIA Interrogation Tapes - December 15th, 2007: "The Justice Department moved on Friday [12/14/07] to consolidate control over the investigation into the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes, saying that neither it nor the intelligence agency would cooperate with congressional inquiries into the matter. [....]" [Based on: Los Angeles Times article (Justice Dept. blocks Congress on CIA tapes) by Richard B. Schmitt & Greg Miller, p A29, S.L.P.D., 12/15/07]

2007 - Senate Approval / Military Spending Bill, U.S.A. - December 15th, 2007: "$696 billion military bill is approved in Senate [12/14/05]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A25, S.L.P.D., 12/15/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Baratdaya, Indonesia  - December 15th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 08:03:16 (UTC) on Saturday, December 15th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 7.544°S, 127.492°E; Depth 186 km (115.6 miles)] was located @ Region KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007kyah.php] - [T.D. - 12/20/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Tanimbar Region, Indonesia  - December 15th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 09:39:48 (UTC) on Saturday, December 15th, 2007. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 6.623°S, 131.173°E; Depth 14.6 km (9.1 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ Region KEPULAUAN TANIMBAR REGION, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007kyam.php] - [T.D. - 12/20/07]

2007 - More Attacks / Iraq - December 16th, 2007: "Attacks target Iraqis helping U.S. [12/15/07] / Several are killed as bombs and gunmen hit police and volunteer patrols working against al-Qaida" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 12/16/07]

2007 - Snowstorm / Midwest, U.S.A. - December 16th, 2007: "Second storm in week dumps snow on Midwest [12/15/07]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/16/07]

*Link: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14661&src=map

2007 - Trivia / Rising Global Powers? - December 16th, 2007: "The world's perception of China as a major global power is growing, with many people believing it will rival the United States in influence by 2020, according to a survey released last week. [NP] Russia's image as a world power has also rebounded sharply in the last two years, while India and Brazil are expected to emerge rapidly as economic and political heavyweights, according to the survey by the Bertelsmann Foundation, a German research group. [....]" [Based on: Washington Post article (Global poll sees China as rising power), p A15, S.L.P.D., 12/16/07]

2007 - Rising Acidity / Earth's Oceans - December 16th, 2007: "[....] As the oceans absorb more and more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, they're gradually becoming more acidic. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Rising acidity of ocean threat to sea life / Some scientists say they believe the change may be irreversible.), p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/16/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Antofagasta, Chile - December 16th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 08:09:19 (UTC) on Sunday, December 16th, 2007. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 22.914°S, 70.060°W; Depth 57.8 km (35.9 miles) set by location program ] was located @ Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007kzaf.php] - [T.D. - 12/20/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.N. Climate Change Conference - December 16th, 2007: "[....] Then the delegate from Papua New Guinea leaned into the microphone. [NP] 'We seek your leadership,' Kevin Conrad told the Americans. 'But if for some reason you are not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. Please get out of the way.' [NP] The U.N. climate conference exploded with applause, the U.S. delegation backed down, and the way was cleared Saturday [12/15/07] for adoption of the 'Bali Roadmap,' after a dramatic half-hour that set the stage for a grinding two years of climate talks to come. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 12/16/07]

2007 - Solar Wind Stream - December 17th, 2007: "Sky watchers, be alert for auroras. Earth is entering a solar wind stream and this is causing high-latitude geomagnetic storms."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=17&month=12&year=2007]

2007 - Iraqi Security / Basra, Iraq - December 17th, 2007: "Iraq back in control of security in Basra / British Move * Handover [12/16/07] means troops will remain - but at their base outside the city. / Summer Goal * Iraq hopes its forces can resume control in all provinces by then." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/17/07]

2007 - Turkish Bombs / Iraqi Villages - December 17th, 2007: "Turks bomb Iraqi villages [Dohuk province- 12/16/07] harboring Kurdish rebels" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A7, S.L.P.D., 12/17/07]

2007 - Troop Shift? / Iraq to Afghanistan - December 17th, 2007: "Military seeks troop shift to Afghanistan from Iraq" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A6, S.L.P.D., 12/17/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 18th, 2007: "Stocks posted their biggest two-day drop in more than a month on Monday [12/17/07], led by energy companies and miners, on growing concern that the U.S. economy will slow. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Energy and mining fan growing fears of slowing economy), p C3, S.L.P.D., 12/18/07]

2007 - Trivia / Palestinian Aid - December 18th, 2007: "Nations pledge $7.4 billion in aid for palestinians / The money - more than sought - will help ward off bankruptcy during efforts to seal peace deal." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/18/07]

2007 - Israeli Strikes / Gaza Strip - December 18th, 2007: "In three fiery strikes Monday [12/17/07] and today in Gaza, Israelis killed eight Islamic Jihad militants. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Israeli strikes kill 8 in Islamic Jihad group), p A9, S.L.P.D., 12/18/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.S. Trade Deficit - December 18th, 2007: "Trade Deficit [U.S.A.] / Figure falls by 5.5 % [to $178.5 billion in the July-September quarter]" [Based on: Article title , p C2, S.L.P.D., 12/18/07]

2007 - Russian Nuclear Fuel / Iran - December 18th, 2007: "Russia announced Monday [12/17/07] that it had delivered an initial shipment [of 82 tons] of nuclear fuel to the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, a step that Russia and the U.S. said removed any need for Iran to pursue a uranium enrichment program. [....]." [Based on: Washington Post article (uclear fuel for Iran eases uranium dispute), p A7, S.L.P.D., 12/18/07]

2007 - Seek Unity / Nigerian Militants - December 18th, 2007: "Militants seek unity [12/17/07] in targeting oil industry" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 12/18/07]

2007 - Close Encounter / Planet Mars - December 18th, 2007: "Tonight, Dec. 18th, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth until the year 2016. At a distance of only 55 million miles, Mars outshines every star in the night sky (it is slightly brighter than Sirius) and draws attention to itself with its distinctive red color. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?month=12&day=18&year=2007&view=view]

2007 - Planned Eco-City / Chongming Island, China - December 18th, 2007: "China plans 'eco-city' [Dongtan] / Profit fuels some of the ideas for a green urban life on island [Chongming Island]" [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 12/18/07]

2007 - Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko / Ukraine - December 18th, 2007: "Western-leaning politician [Yulia Tymoshenko] is elected [12/18/07] prime minister [Ukraine]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p A18, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 19th, 2007: "Stocks climbed for the first time in three days on Tuesday [12/18/07] on speculation the European Central Bank's injection of $500 billion into the financial system will help the economy withstand a deteriorating housing market. [....]. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (European infusion is just what the doctor ordered), p B5, S.L.P.D., 12/19/07]

2007 - Trivia / War Spending Bill, U.S.A. - December 19th, 2007: "Senate approves $70 billion for wars / Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt calls vote a victory for the president." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A10, S.L.P.D., 12/19/07]

2007 - Cash Infusion / European Central Bank - December 19th, 2007: "The European Central Bank pumped a record $502.5 billion into money markets to keep banks from Finland to France flush with cash. [NP] The infusion, along with another liquidity injection by the Bank of England, was aimed at keeping jittery markets calm amid a credit squeeze sparked by the U.S. subprime crisis." [Based on: Article (European Central Bank adds $502.5 billion), p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/19/07]

2007 - More Israeli Air Strikes / Gaza Strip - December 19th, 2007: "Israelis strike Gaza rocket squads [12/18/07] / At least six militants die; targeting will continue, Israel says." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article, p A13, S.L.P.D., 12/19/07]

2007 - Trivia / CIA Torture Tapes Destruction - December 19th, 2007: "[....] In June 2005, Kennedy [U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy] ordered the Bush administration to safeguard 'all evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment, and abuse of detainees now at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.' [NP] Five months later, the CIA destroyed the interrogation videos. The recordings involved suspected terrorists Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. The Justice Department argued that the videos weren't covered by the order because the two men were being held in secret CIA prisons overseas, not at the Guantanamo Bay prison. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Court declines to back off CIA tapes case) by Matt Apuzzo, p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/19/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.S. Freedom of Information Act - December 19th, 2007: "[....] It would be the first makeover of the FOIA in a decade, among other things bringing nonproprietary information held by government contractors under the law. The legislation also is aimed at reversing an order by former Attorney General John Ashcroft in the wake of the attacks [2001], in which he instructed agencies to lean against releasing information when there was uncertainty about whether doing so would affect national security. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Congress votes to toughen Freedom of Information Act) by Laurie Kellman, p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/19/07]

2007 - Trivia / Nuclear Weapons Cuts, U.S.A. - December 19th, 2007: "President George W. Bush has approved 'a significant reduction' in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, cutting it to less than one-quarter is size at the end of the Cold War, the White House said Tuesday [12/18/07] [NP] The government will not provide any numbers on the overall size of the nuclear stockpile, but there are believed to be nearly 6,000 warheads that either are deployed or in reserve. [NP] Separately, under terms of a 2002 arms control treaty with Russia, the United States is committed to reducing the number of deployed warheads to 1,700 to 2,200 by 2012. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bush OKs more cuts in nuclear weapons) by H. Josef Hebert, p A10, S.L.P.D., 12/19/07]

*Trivia: "The world's top military powers are gradually dismantling their stockpiles of nuclear arms, but all are developing new missiles and warheads with smaller yields that could increase the risk of atomic warfare, a Swedish research institute [Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)] said Monday [06/11/07]. The U.S., Russia, China, France, Britain, Pakistan and India are known to have nuclear weapons, while Israel is thought by most experts to have them. [NP] The report estimated those nations had 11,530 warheads available for delivery by missile or aircraft at the start of this year, with Russia and the United States accounting for more than 90 percent - 5,614 in Russia and 5,045 in the U.S. [....] India, Pakistan and Israel each have dozens of warheads, but their stockpiles are believed to be only partly deployed, the institute [SIPRI] said. [NP] 'India and Pakistan are both thought to be expanding their nuclear strike capabilities, while Israel seems to be waiting to see how the situatiuon in Iran develops,' it said. [....] International arms sales have grown since 2002, with China and India being the biggest importers and the U.S. and Russia the two major exporters, the report said. [NP] Five Middle Eastern countries were among the top 10 importers of weapons." [Based on: A.P. article (Nuclear risk grows with smaller atomic bombs, group says) by Karl Ritter, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 06/12/07] - [My brackets (NP = New Paragraph) - D.R.D.]

2007 - Military Cointract / Bomb-Disarming Robots - December 19th, 2007: "IRobot Corp. won a $286 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with 3,000 bomb-disarming robots, wresting the deal from a smaller rival [Robotic FX] that iRobot claimed stole its trade secrets. [....]" [Based on: Article (Army contract is won), p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/19/07]

2007 - Military Contracts / Blast-Resistant Vehicles - December 19th, 2007: "Navistar International Corp., BAE Systems PLC and Force Protection Inc., the largest suppliers of blast-resistant trucks to the U.S. military, won contracts worth $2.66 billion to build vehicles for the Iraq war. [NP] The orders fund the production of 3,126 trucks to be delivered by July, the U.S. Defense Department said. The largest order went to Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar for 1,500 trucks valued at $1.18 billion." [Based on: Article ($2.66 billion in contracts for vehicles is awarded), p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/19/07]

2007 - Major Earthquake / Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Is., Alaska - December 19th, 2007: "A major earthquake occurred at 09:30:30 (UTC) on Sunday, December 19th, 2007. The magnitude 7.2 event [Location: 51.495°N, 179.473°W; Depth 56.3 km (35.0 miles)] was located @ Region ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007lcaq.php] - [T.D. - 12/20/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 20th, 2007: "Stocks fell Wednesday [12/19/07], led by retailers and railroads, after holiday sales declined for a third week and Union Pacific Corp. cut its profit forecast. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Retailers, railroads sink stocks; macy's, Target shares dip), p C3, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Trivia / Cancer Research - December 20th, 2007: "Breast Cancer - A secret is uncovered / * St Louis firm [Orion Genomics LLC] finds where changes occur in DNA of cancerous tissue. / * Discovery shows way for detailed scientific research." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Train Derailment / Pakistan - December 20th, 2007: "Pakistan derailment ['about 12 of the 16 cars'] casts hundreds into chaos [12/19/07] / 900 are aboard holiday train. At least 58 are killed and 150 injured." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - 81st Birthday / Queen Elizabeth - December 21st, 2007: "Queen [Queen Elizabeth II] is now [12/27/07] Britain's oldest-ever [81]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 12/21/07]

2007 - Fire Damage / Cheney's Offices - December 20th, 2007: "A Secret Service officer listens to his radio Wednesday [12/19/07] as smoke pours from Vice President Dick Cheney's suite of offices at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House. Cheney's office was damaged by smoke and water from fire hoses. He was not in the building at the time, and there were no reportds of serious injuries. The fire broke out about 9:15 a.m. and was under control within a half-hour, said a District of Columbia fire department spokesman. Investigators were working to determine the cause." [Based on: A.P. picture article (Fire damages Cheney's Offices), p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Trivia / CIA Interrogation Tapes - December 20th, 2007: "CIA agrees to turn over files on tapes [this week]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A2, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Trivia / Foreclosure Filings, U.S.A. - December 20th, 2007: "Foreclosure filings [U.S.A.] rise 68% [November 2007] over last November" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p C2, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Chinese Investment / Morgan Stanley - December 20th, 2007: "By now, the formula has become familiar: A major U.S. financial firm turns to an overseas source for cash to bail it out of huge losses related to the subprime mortgage crisis. [NP] Morgan Stanley, the No. 2 U.S. investment bank, on Wednesday [12/19/07] reported a larger-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter loss due to a $9.4 billion writedown from its exposure to subprime and other mortgage-related investments. [NP] The company also said China's government-controlled investment vehicle has invested $5 billion to help replenish its capital. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (China Investment boosts Morgan Stanley), p C2, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Settlement / Microsoft, Google, Yahoo - December 20th, 2007: "Three of the largest Internet companies have agreed to pay millions in fines [$31.5 million], cooperate with investigators and stop accepting ads for online gambling, the U.S. attorney's office here [St. Louis] announced Wednesday [12/19/07. [NP] Microsoft, Google and Yahoo neither admitted nor denied federal prosecutors' claims that as much as a decade of their advertising aided and abetted the crime of online gambling. [....]" [Based on: Article (Microsoft, Google, Yahoo pay penalties), p C1, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Trivia / U.S. Freedom of Information Act - December 20th, 2007: "Congress this week sent the most far-reaching expansion of the Freedom of Information Act in the 41-year history of the law to the president who has run one of the most secretive administrations in U.S. history. [NP] Now George W. Bush must decide whether to sign the law, thereby repudiating some of his own decisions, or veto it and risk an override by a Congress that passed the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support. [....] Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, one of the key sponsors of the bill, put it nicely: 'Nothing undermines public confidence in our government as much as obstruction and obsessive secrecy. The legislation substantially strengthens the Freedom of Information Act by reaffirming the idea that the United States government belongs to the people, and whenever possible, we should err on the side of full disclosure of information.' " [Based on: Opinion Page article (Open Government / Your right to know), p D8, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - President Elect Lee Myung-bak / South Korea - December 20th, 2007: "South Korea - Corporate executive [Lee Myung-bak] is elected president [12/19/07]" [Based on: Title for Washington Post article, p A9, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Banks Take Federal Reserve Loan Offer / U.S.A. - December 20th, 2007: "Cash-strapped banks [U.S.A.] took the Federal Reserve up on its offer of $20 billion in short-term loans to help them overcome credit problems, but the interest rate [4.65] wasn't as low as some had hoped. [....]" [Based on: Article (Federal Reserve / Banks take loan offer), p C2, S.L.P.D., 12/20/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / North Island of New Zealand - December 20th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 07:55:23 (UTC) on Thursday, December 20th, 2007. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 38.992°S, 177.776°E: Depth 67.9 km (42.2 miles)] was located @ Region NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007kzaf.php] - [T.D. - 12/20/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 21st, 2007: "Stocks rose for the second time this week on Thursday [12/20/07], led by computer companies, after better-than-expected earnings at Oracle Corp. showed that spending on technology is holding up as the economy slows. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Markets reassured by Oracle earnings, technology spending), p B9, S.L.P.D., 12/21/07]

2007 - Suicide Bomber / Iraq - December 21st, 2007: "Blast near Baghdad kills U.S. soldier [12/20/07] / At least five Iraqis were also killed in the explosion." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A12, S.L.P.D., 12/21/07]

2007 - EPA Emissions Ruling - December 21st, 2007: "[....] The Environmental Protection Agency [U.S.A.] on Wednesday [12/26/07] blocked California and at least 16 other states from regulating greenhouse gases that come from new cars and trucks. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (EPA ruling on emissions is swiftly, roundly criticized), p A2, S.L.P.D., 12/21/07]

2007 - House Subpoena / Jose Rodriguez - December 21st, 2007: "House subpoenas [12/20/07] ex-CIA official [Jose Rodriguez]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 12/21/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Is. Alaska - December 21st, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 07:24:36 (UTC) on Friday, December 21st, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 51.422°N, 179.075°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ Region ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007leak.php] - [T.D. - 12/23/07]

2007 - Solstice - December 22nd, 2007: "This morning, Dec. 22nd at 6:08 am UT, the sun reached its lowest declination of the year: -23.5 degrees. Astronomers call this the winter solstice; it marks the first day of winter and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, where things are reversed, it marks the beginning of summer and the longest day. Either way, happy solstice!"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/22/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 22nd, 2007: "Stocks gained the most in three weeks on Friday [12/21/07], led by oil and technology shares, after the biggest increase in consumer spending in two years helped reduce concern the economy will slow. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Increase in consumer spending is music to market's ears), p A39, S.L.P.D., 12/22/07]

2007 - SEC Probe / Washington Mutual Inc. - December 22nd, 2007: "The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing how Washington Mutual Inc., the nation's largest savings and loan, handled mortgages that were possibly based on inflated house appraisals. [NP] In November, the New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against one of Washington Mutual's real estate appraisers, alleging the companies colluded to inflate house values." [Based on: Article (SEC looks into mortgages), p A38, S.L.P.D., 12/22/07]

2007 - Suicide Bombing / Pakistan Mosque - December 22nd, 2007: "Islamic school is raided after suicide bombing [12/21/07 - that killled at least 50 people in Sherpao]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A25, S.L.P.D., 12/22/07]

2007 - Singapore Investment? / Merrill Lynch & Co - December 22nd, 2007: "Singapore's state-owned investment fund is mulling a $5 billion investment in Merrill Lynch & Co., according to a report Friday, potentially providing the nation's biggest brokerage with badly needed cash amid billions of dollars in credit losses. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article ($5 million [< typo?] injection may come from Singapore fund), p A37, S.L.P.D., 12/22/07]

2007 - On the Rise? / Inflation & Consumer Spending, U.S.A. - December 22nd, 2007: "Inflation grew in November at its fastest pace in two years, as sky-high oil prices pushed up the costs of other products, the Commerce Department said Friday [12/21/07]. [NP] But consumer purchases rose a bigger-than-expected 1.1 percent, suggesting that the economy may not slow this quarter as much as some analysts had feared. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Inflation and consumer spending rise in November), p A38, S.L.P.D., 12/22/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Near the North Coast of Papua, Indonesia - December 22nd, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 07:11:11 (UTC) on Saturday, December 22nd, 2007. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 2.390°S, 139.086°E ; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ Region NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007lfaq.php] - [T.D. - 12/23/07]

2007 - Sun in Capricorn - December 23rd, 2007: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Capricorn." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200712.html]

2007 - Iraq to disband Sunni militias - December 23rd, 2007: "Iraq's Shiite-led government declared Saturday [12/22/07] that after restive areas are calmed it will disband Sunni groups ['more than 70,000 strong' - 'backed and funded by the United States'] battling Islamic extremists because it does not want them to become a separate military force. [....] The Sunni irregulars have contributed to a 60 percent drop in violence in the last half of the year, along with the infusion of thousands of U.S. troops and a six-month cease-fare by firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (70,000 Fighters / Iraq to disband Sunni militias), p A15, S.L.P.D., 12/23/07]

2007 - Cross-Border Offensive / Turkey - December 23rd, 2007: "[....] In Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel targets, the military said, in the third confirmed cross-border offensive by Turkish forces in less than a week. [....] Turkish forces also shelled the border area from inside its territory, but did not say how deep into Iraq the warplanes had penetrated, or which areas had been shelled." [Based on: A.P. article (70,000 Fighters / Iraq to disband Sunni militias), p A15, S.L.P.D., 12/23/07]

2007 - Sought Arrest of Americans / J. Edgar Hoover - December 23rd, 2007: "A newly declassified document [12/21/07] shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the long-time director of the FBI, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans that he suspected of disloyalty. [NP] Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began. It envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons. [....] The Constitution says habeas corpus shall not be suspended 'unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it.' The plan proposed by Hoover, the head of the FBI from 1924 to 1972, stretched that clause to include 'threatened invasion' or 'attack upon United States troops in legally occupied territory.' [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (Hoover sought arrest of 12,000 Americans) by Tim Weiner, p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/23/07]

2007 - Long-Term Afghanistan Commitment / France & Australia? - December 23rd, 2007: "Afghanistan is assured of support / France, Australia confirm pledge [12/22/07] to long-term commitment." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p A15, S.L.P.D., 12/23/07]

2007 - Elections Trivia / India - December 24th, 2007: "[....] The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, won 117 of 182 seats in the state legislature, setting the stage for it to gain power in parliament. The Congress party won 62 seats, with smaller parties taking the rest. [NP] The BJP's controversial leader, Narendra Modi, campainged on a pro-business platform that attracted middle-class Hindus. But as the state's chief minister, Modi had angered the state's Muslims, who along with human rights groups accuse him of complicity in 2002 sectarian riots that left more than 1,000 Muslims dead. [NP] It was the fourth consecutive loss in local elections for the Congress party, a political dynasty that dates to Mohandas K. Gandhi and the country's independence in 1947." [Based on: A.P. article (Hindu nationalist victory weakens ruling party), p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/24/07]

2007 - Credit Debt Trivia / U.S.A. - December 24th, 2007: "[....] The value of credit card accounts at least 30 days late [U.S.A.] jumped 26 percent to $17.3 billion in October from a year earlier at 17 large credit card trusts examined by the AP. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Credit debt is dgging deeper), p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/24/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / Israel & Gaza Strip - December 24th, 2007: "[....] 'There is no other way to describe what is happening in the Gaza Strip except as a real war between the Israel Defense Forces and the terrorist elements.' [....] Israeli air and ground strikes killed more than a dozen militants last week, most of them from Islamic Jihad but also from Hamas, in a stepped-up campaign to quell rocket fire from the Gaza Strip; but the rocket attacks have continued. [....] Most of the rocket attacks on Israel in recent months have been carried out by Islamic Jihad, with Hamas occasionally firing mortars at border crossings staffed by Israeli troops. Ten people have been killed in Israel since the rocket fire began in 2001. [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Olmert rules out truce with Hamas, vows to fight 'real war' / Israeli prime minister dismisses overture from Hamas.), p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/24/07]

2007 - Cluster Bomb Trivia / Lebanon - December 25th, 2007: "Israeli military prosecutors have decided not to take any legal action over Israel's use of cluster bombs during last year's war in Lebanon, the army said Monday [12/24/07], closing an investigation into a practice that has drawn heavy criticism from the U.N. and international human rights groups. [NP] The investigation determined that Israel's use of the weapons, which open in flight and scatter dozens of bomblets, was a 'concrete military necessity' and did not violate international humanitarian law. [NP] The United nations and human rights groups have accused Israel of dropping about 4 million cluster bomblets during its 34-day war against the Hezbollah guerrilla group. They say as many as 1 million bomblets failed to explode and now endanger civilians." [Based on: Article (No legal action for army's use of cluster bombs), p A11, S.L.P.D., 12/25/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan - December 25th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 14:04:34 (UTC) on Tuesday, December 25th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 38.502°N, 141.969°E : Depth 49.9 km (31.0 miles)] was located @ Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007liaq.php] - [T.D. - 12/28/07]

2007 - Suicide Bombings / Iraq - December 26th, 2007: "Two suicide bombings [12/25/07] kill 35 ['and injured as many as 100 others'] north of Baghdad / Blasts rip apart calm of holiday" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 12/26/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - December 26th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 22:04:56 (UTC) on Wednesday, December 26th, 2007. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 52.672°N, 168.235°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ Region FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007lja5.php] - [T.D. - 12/28/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 27th, 2007: "Most stocks fell for the first time in four days on Wednesday [12/26/07] as slower sales at Target Corp and a bigger-than-expected drop in house prices [largest drop since 1991] overshadowed a rally in energy companies. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (House price drop, lagging Target sales put brakes on stocks), p B7, S.L.P.D., 12/27/07]

2007 - Signed / U.S. Budget Bill - December 27th, 2007: "Bush signs budget bill [12/16/07], criticizes pet projects / But he is pleased that the $555 billion comes without a tax increase." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Washington Post article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/27/07]

2007 - S-300 Missile Defense System / Iran - December 27th, 2007: "Russia is preparing to equip Iran with a powerful new air defense system that would dramatically increase its ability to repel an attack, Iran's defense minister said Wednesday [12/26/07]. The S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense system is capable of shooting down aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missile warheads at ranges of more than 90 miles and at altitudes of about 90,000 feet. Russian military officials boast that its capabilities outstrip the U.S. Patriot missile system. [NP] The S-300 is an improvement over the Tor-M1 air defense missile system. Russia delivered 29 Tor-M1s to Iran this year under a $700 million contract signed in December 2005. [....] The Tor-M1 is capable of hitting aerial targets flying at up to 20,000 feet. [NP] 'While Tor-M1 missiles can hit targets at low altitude, S-300 missiles have an extraordinary performance against targets at high altitude,' Najjar [Iranian Defense Minister Mohammad Najjar] said. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article, (Iran says Russia will supply new air defense) p A4, S.L.P.D., 12/27/07]

2007 - Assassinated / Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan - December 27th, 2007: "Enraged crowds rioted across Pakistan and hopes for democracy hung by a thread after Bhutto, 54, was gunned down as she waved to supporters from the sunroof of her armored vehicle in Rawalpindi [12/27/07]. At least 20 others died with her in the city where her father was hanged in 1979. [....] No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but among most Pakistanis, blame immediately fell on two groups - the government, especially the country's powerful intelligence agencies, and Islamic militants, who Bhutto strongly opposed. [....]" [Based on: Chicago Tribune article (Former Pakistan Prime Minister Bhutto Assassinated / Assault on Democracy), p A1 & A5, S.L.P.D., 12/28/07]

*Trivia: "Musharraf: Taliban killed Bhutto / Government also says she wasn't shot but died from bomb blasts concussion; her supporters scoff at assertion." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for Los Angeles Times article by Laura King, p A19, S.L.P.D., 12/29/07]

*Trivia: "Investigators from Scotland Yard have concluded that Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani opposition leader, died after hitting her head as she was tossed by the force of a suicide blast, not from an assassin's bullet, officials who have been briefed on the inquiry said Thursday [02/07/08]" [Based on: New York Times article (Report said to cite blast in death of Bhutto), p A9, S.L.P.D., 02/08/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 28th, 2007: "Stocks fell the most in a week on Thursday [12/27/07] after government reports on durable goods and unemployment heightened concern growth is slowing and an analyst predicted Citigroup Inc. will cut its dividend by 40 percent. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Shares fall on bad news about Citi and the economy), p B9, S.L.P.D., 12/28/07]

2007 - Trivia / Israeli-Palestinian Talks - December 28th, 2007: "Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed Thursday [12/27/07] to put aside a dispute over Israeli construction in a Jerusalem neighborhood and get down to work on a final peace agreement, according to participants at the meeting. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Israeli-Palestinian talks seen as positive), p A8, S.L.P.D., 12/28/07]

2007 - Trivia / Citigroup Writedowns - December 28th, 2007: "Citigroup's losses may be huge, analysts say / Writedowns might reach $18.7 billion, and dividends may be cut." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article by Madlen Read, p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/28/07]

2007 - Orders for durable Goods / U.S.A. - December 28th, 2007: "Another indicator shows economy struggling / 0.1% rise in orders for durable goods [November 2007] is far less than economists hoped." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for A.P. article, p B2, S.L.P.D., 12/28/07]

2007 - Market Report / U.S.A. - December 29th, 2007: "Stocks rose Friday [12/28/07], led by energy shares, after a gain in natural gas prices boosted the earnings outlook for the stock market's best-performing industry of 2007. [....]" [Based on: Bloomberg News article (Stocks rise after gain in natural gas prices boosts outlook), p A35, S.L.P.D., 12/29/07]

2007 - Car Bomb / Baghdad, Iraq - December 29th, 2007: "Car bomb kills 14 in Iraq [12/28/07]; U.S. hits al-Qaida targets" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p A22, S.L.P.D., 12/29/07]

2007 - Strong Earthquake / Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - December 29th, 2007: "A Strong earthquake occurred at 22:58:07 (UTC) on Saturday, December 29th, 2007. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 52.623°N, 168.371°W; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ Region FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2007lma9.php] - [T.D. - 12/30/07]

2007 - New Audiotape / Osama Bin Laden? - December 30th, 2007: "Osama bin Laden warned Iraq's Sunni Arabs against fighting al-Qaida and vowed to expand the terrorist group's holy war to Israel in a new audiotape Saturday [12/29/07], threatening 'blood for blood, destruction for destruction.' [....] 'We intend to liberate Palestine, the whole of Palestine from the (Jordan) river to the sea,' he [Osama bin Laden] said, threatening 'blood for blood, destruction for destruction. ... We will not recognize even one inch for Jews in the land of Palestine as other Muslim leaders have.' Bin Laden said U.S. and Iraqi officials are seeking to set up a 'national unity government' joining the country's Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. 'Our duty is to foil these dangerous schemes, which try to prevent the establishment of an Islamic state in Iraq, which would be a wall of resistance against American schemes to divide Iraq,' he said." [Based on: A.P. article (Bin Laden issues warning on Iraq, Israel in new audiotape) by Salah Nasrawi, p A12, S.L.P.D., 12/29/07]

2007 - Tropical Storm Melanie / Off Coast of Western Australia - December 30th, 2007: "Tropical Cyclone Melanie had an impressive appearance on December 30, 2007, as the storm swirled off the coast of Western Australia. Fortunately, the storm, which had sustained winds of 125 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour), did not come ashore, and it brought only moderate storm conditions to the sparsely populated coast. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14670&src=map]

2007 - Solar Activity Alert - December 31st, 2007: Earlier today, around an hour past midnight UTC, something exploded just behind the sun's eastern limb. The blast unleashed a C8-class solar flare and hurled a bright CME into space. These events may signal the impending return of sunspot 978, which has spent the past two weeks transiting the far side of the sun. The sun's rotation should bring the active region into view later today or tomorrow allowing us to see what it is and evaluate its potential for more explosions. If you have a solar telescope, monitor the limb!". [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/31/07]

2007 - New Travel Rules / U.S.A. - December 31st, 2007: "Americans traveling to Canada and Mexico would need passports to come home to the United States under guidelines proposed Tuesday [04/05/05] in the latest effort to deter terrorists from entering the country. The new rules, which would be phased in by 2008, apply to Americans traveling from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Panama. They also apply to citizens from those countries who want to enter the United States - prompting Canadian officials to announce that they might reciprocate. [....] The new requirements would take effect on Dec. 31, 2007, for travelers entering the United States from Mexico and Canada by land, and on Dec. 31, 2006, by air or sea. The deadline is a year earlier - Dec. 31, 2005 - for travel from Bermuda, the Caribbean and Panama. [....]" [Based on: A.P., 04/06/05]

2007 - President Mwai Kibaki? / Kenya - December 31st, 2007: "Kenya awash in violence as Kibaki is declared election winner [12/30/07] / Opposition leader Odinga says he'll be sworn in as 'people's president today." [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 12/31/07]

2007 - Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - December 31st, 2007: "On December 31, 2007 there were 913 potentially hazardous asteroids." [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 12/31/07]

2007 - Foreign Relations / Israel & West Bank - December 31st, 2007: "Olmert's OK now needed for West Bank construction / The new directive aims to counter plans for Israeli housing that have sidetracked peace negotiations." [Based on: Title for Chicago Tribune article, p A5, S.L.P.D., 12/31/07]

2007 - Gaining Support / Nuclear Power, U.S.A. - December 31st, 2007: "Election 2008 / Nuclear power is gaining support as energy alternative" [Based on: Title for Los Angeles Times article, p A3, S.L.P.D., 12/31/07]

2007 - Word Trivia / "Locavore"  - "The word 'locavore' - a person who tries to eat food grown or raised whithin a short distance of his or her home - became the New Oxford American Dictionary's word of the year in 2007, cementing its place in the cultural landscape. [....]." [Based on: Article (The roots of the now accepted 'locavore' / Anti-globalists got the trend cooking.) by Georgina Gustin, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 12/11/09]

2007 - Flood Trivia / 2007 - "Number of notable floods this year: at least 9. Number of deaths due to flooding: at least 2,854" [D.R.D.]

2007 - Volcano Trivia / 2007 - "Number of volcanic eruptions [and, or] notable volcanic events this year [including some ash plumes]: at least 6. Number of reported deaths include: 0." [D.R.D.]

2007 - Avalanche Trivia / 2007 - "Number of notable avalanche, landslide, mudslide or roof collapse events this year: at least 4. Number of reported deaths: at least 128" [D.R.D.]

2007 - "Hurricane" Trivia / 2007 - "Number of notable storms this year include: 5 Tropical Storms, 8 Hurricanes, 14 Cyclones & 9 Typhoons. Number of reported deaths: at least 2,588. [deaths due to flooding are generally recorded under Flood Trivia]." [D.R.D.]

2007 - Earthquake Trivia / 2007 - "Number of notable earthquakes [generally, 6.0 or above] in the year 2007: at least 171 [Number of earthquakes 6.0 or above in 2006 - at least 145; in 2005 - at least 110]. Number of reported deaths due to earthquakes in 2007: at least 513." [D.R.D.]

2007 - "Natural Disaster" Deaths / 2007 - "Number of reported deaths [generally, according to national news headlines] from natural disasters [not all illustrated this timeline] in 2007: at least 6,345." [D.R.D.]

Calendar Months

2008 A.D.

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