GOSSIP GURU SMITH REPORTS RICHARDSON'S LIFE SUPPORT MACHINE HAS BEEN SWITCHED OFF
Actress NATASHA RICHARDSON's life support machine has been switched off, according to veteran gossip columnist LIZ SMITH. The 45-year-old Brit has been in critical condition at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York since Tuesday US time, (17Mar09).
She was flown there from Montreal, Canada after suffering a skiing accident on Monday (16Mar09). Family members, including her husband Liam Neeson and mother Vanessa Redgrave, have maintained a vigil by her bedside, as various news reports surfaced, suggesting the actress was "brain dead," and being kept alive by a machine. No official statement has been released, but respected writer Smith, who has close ties to the movie and theatre industries, is reporting Richardson's death on her new blog Wowowow.com.
The 86 year old writes, "Word is in at 1:30 PM WEDNESDAY they have taken Natasha off of life support. This is not unexpected. "Insiders felt yesterday, on learning they were flying Natasha in to Lenox Hill, that this meant her condition was hopeless and they (family members) were just finding a place to be together with her and to say good-bye. "As one insider remarked: 'Nobody goes to Lenox Hill who is really sick; if she'd had a chance to live, they'd have found another great brain hospital!'" Smith signs off by stating, "This is all just utterly horrible to write!" (IG/WNWC/) Natasha Richardson as Sofia Belinsky The White Countess, 2005 This is a PR photo.
UPDATE: BBC, AP and others have confirmed Richardson's death as of 1pm. I should have added that Liz Smith who broke the news is a close friend of the Redgrave/Richardson clan.
Terrible, terrible tragedy and the pain Liam and her sons are feeling must be immeasurable
Recently an active U.S. Army Officer, who is risking his life in defending our country in Iraq, has joined my upcoming legal action aimed at unsealing Barack Hussein Obama's, aka Barry Soetoro's, (Obama/Soetoro) legal status and eligibility/legitimacy for the presidency of the U.S. I have brought a number of actions that are now in different stages of litigation, stating that Obama/Soetoro is illegitimate for presidency, as the president needs to be a 'natural born' citizen - one who is born in this country to parents (plural, both) who are citizens of this country.
This definition was recently unanimously confirmed by the U.S. senate in Senate resolution 511, presented by Senator Leahy in April 2008, as Senator McCain sought his legitimacy for the presidency to be verified, and Mr. McCain therefore presented his long version original birth certificate.
Mr. Obama's father was never a U.S. citizen; he was a citizen of Kenya (a British colony at a time) here in the U.S. on a student visa, which by itself made Obama/Soetoro ineligible for presidency, regardless of whether he was born in this country or Kenya, or whether he later lost his U.S. citizenship while immigrating to Indonesia and obtaining Indonesian citizenship (by being adopted and naturalized), and later reaffirming his Indonesian citizenship while traveling on an Indonesian passport as an adult, and also most likely obtaining taxpayer funded financial aid as a Foreign Exchange student from Indonesia. (Indonesia did not allow dual citizenship and any U.S. citizenship would therefore have to be relinquished). Additionally, Obama/Soetoro's paternal grandmother, Sarah Obama, and the Ambassador from Kenya, Peter Ogego, made statements that he was born in Kenya, and there is no record of him being born in any hospital in HI. HI Statute # 338 allows foreign bornchildren of Hawaiian residents to obtain Hawaiian Certifications of Live Birth (COLB), and those can be obtained based on a statement of one relative only.
Additionally, statements by Ron Polarik and private investigator Jose Barro, showed numerous signs of forgery on the short version COLB posted by Obama/Soetoro, and Forensic Document expert Sandra Line has issued an affidavit that Obama's place of birth cannot be ascertained without seeing the original birth certificate. Dr. Chiyomi Fukimo, director of Health department for the the State of Hawaii, obviously colluded with Obama/Soetoro and issued a statement that Obama has a birth certificate on file, but intentionally refused to provide clarification, whether it is a birth certificate for a foreign born child of a Hawaiian resident, whether it was prepared based on hospital records or statement of one relative only, or whether it is an amended birth certificate, created upon Obama/Soetoro's adoption by Lolo Soetoro, his Indonesian stepfather, and showing him a citizen of Indonesia. You can see in the exhibits a copy of a short birth certificate supplied by FactCheck, changed from Barack Hussein Obama to Barack Hussein Obama Bin Ladin within 15 minutes and based on that 'garbage' (using Obama's own words) this foreigner was sworn in to be the President, Commander in Chief of all Armed Forces, in charge of our Nuclear weapons.
Based on these facts, the short version Certification of Life Birth posted by Obama/Soetoro on his web site, is totally worthless in proving that he was born in HI, and there is still a need to unseal his long version (vault) birth certificate that is supposed to have corroborating evidence such as a name of the hospital, name of the doctor, three signatures and a seal on the front of the document.
I'm supposed to be indexing the new book Air Con, and putting the finishing touches to the next Investigate. But instead, I couldn't resist sharing some Irish wit on the climate change industry.
Students at Georgetown, America's oldest Catholic university, once produced a satirical magazine with the headline: "Every time you masturbate, God kills a kitten." Which, for the record, isn't true. It's puppies really.
That's how the Irish Independent's Eilis O'Hanlon began her column on Green scaremongering to kids about global warming.
The other day, I was driving to the shop when my six-year-old daughter suddenly announced that I shouldn't be taking the car because it kills polar bears.
"Polar bears?" I said.
Polar bears, she assured me. Well, it makes a change from kittens.
She'd heard about it in school. Too many cars equals global warming equals melting polar ice caps equals dead polar bears. St Thomas Aquinas couldn't have demonstrated a clearer link between sinfulness and suffering.
And yet I couldn't help being reminded about those kittens. It's such a loaded bell to ring. If you're naughty, bad things happen to cute little furry animals. Polar bears, kittens, meerkats: the principle is the same. It's all just emotional blackmail. Backing it up with scientific data about the effects of climate change on sea levels doesn't change the nature of the game. You haven't been able to convince people to change their ways by persuasion, so pile them up with guilt instead and hope that works. Or, better still, pile the kids up with it, and then send them home to nag their elders into green action, if only for a quiet life.
Having just dealt with this precise phenomenon in Air Con, it's reassuring to see this is a worldwide scam, not just confined to our neck of the woods. Having pushed the voluntary Bible in Schools programme out on the grounds of separating Church and State, its place has been quickly taken by Wiccans and Gaia believers masquerading as environmentally friendly educators.
Schools are by far the worst culprits when it comes to strident ecological evangelism. Teachers seem unable to get through a day without hammering at least one dodgy environmental slogan into captive pupils' heads. They're obsessed, even though most of them know less about the planet's ecosystem than I know about 17th-century Hungarian acrylics.
Recently, I've heard from my own and other people's children how they were told in school that Googling uses as much energy as boiling a kettle (that one, lifted wholesale from some newspaper article, turned out not to be true, unsurprisingly).
They've also been fed the lie that air travel is the biggest producer of CO2 gases (it isn't); that ferries are an ecologically friendly way to go on holiday (they're not); and that you should always buy local because it's less damaging to the earth (not necessarily, you have to take account of production methods as well as air miles, so it varies).
All of these statements were presented to them as incontestable facts, like gravity, when they're really nothing but political posturings hiding behind statistics, each one designed to ram home the self-hating message that industry and electricity and progress and big cities and capitalism and the wicked West are bad, bad, bad.
Why, I wonder, do we the public put up with a state education system that's fast becoming a state indoctrination system?
Schoolchildren are now force-fed these pieties across the curriculum, in history, geography, English, science, sociology and politics classes. Even in maths they manage to find a green angle. There's no questioning, no debate. It's a catechism which children are expected to repeat back unthinkingly. The only difference is that, in the past, these rules were presented as God's will, and now they're touted as Mother Nature's.
As for Al Gore's film about global warming, which contained so many scenes of intellectual self-love from the former US vice president that scores of kittens must have died during production, that's shown to kids so often they can probably recite it from memory.
It'll only get worse in the coming weeks, as schools stockpile all those little niggly factlets which have emerged from the latest climate change conference in Copenhagen -- you know, the one that thousands of scientists and politicians flew halfway across the world to get to, just so they could warn others about the evils of air travel -- then bring them out, one by one, to fling triumphantly at the defenceless children behind their desks. The Christian Brothers in their heyday didn't have this much self-righteous zeal.
As one who has just completed a major new book on the topic, I feel uniquely qualified to deliver a rebuke to the growing alarmism emerging from this week's mini-Copenhagen climate conference.
MYTH: Sea levels will rise more than a metre by 2100
Utter and complete rubbish. Would require an average rise in sea levels of 10mm a year, up from the maximum observed to date of 3mm a year. There is no dataset in the world that supports a current rise of 10mm per annum, and studies published in the last six months indicate that the IPCC vastly exaggerated the Greenland icecap tipping point. Current melt predictions are based on a 3C rise in temperatures, but it turns out Greenland does not kick out that kind of water unless the temperature goes higher than 6C.
I posted a comment at Tumeke, but it's moderated so may not get listed:
You don't seriously believe that rubbish do you Bomber?
Find me a scientific study of actual data that reveals sea levels are rising 10mm a year...because that's what you need for a one metre sea level increase this century.
Let me save you the trouble, because in writing the new book AIR CON I've gone through hundreds of studies: there isn't one.
And memo to Bomber, the planet is currently cooling overall, not warming. Latest data, FWIW, shows Antarctica in particular has cooled by up to 0.21C since 1980. (UAH suggests up to 0.25C)