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Thursday, October 25

WWSD (What Would Santa Do) - The Race to the North Pole

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need

That's what I think Santa would say.

I don't know where to begin here folks. I'm all over the place trying to get a grasp on this morning's headline in my e-mail:
Coast Guard Plans to Set Up Arctic Base

and now, all of a sudden, I can't get that Door's tune When the Music's Over out of my head --

What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down


I'm pretty sure that setting up an Artic base has something to do with that flag the Russians placed on the sea bed under the North Pole back in June:Kremlin lays claim to huge chunk of oil-rich North Pole
The President's Statement on Advancing U.S. Interests in the World's Oceans back in May

It has to do with the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)

The United States has signed the treaty, but the Senate has not ratified it. Mr. Bush wants it ratified.

What do you think?

Here are some links that I found while searching this topic:

The Law of the Sea Convention: The Case for Senate Action (from Brookings Institute)

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
(A historical perspective)

Who owns the north pole (from the Socialist Courier)

Who owns the north pole (from the new scientist)

Bush wants Law of the Sea approved, but some conservatives balk (from msnbc)

Nations Dispute 'Arctic Sovereignty' (from NPR)

Seward's Folly (The Alaska Purchase - from wiki)

I hear a very gentle sound
With your ear down to the ground
We want the world and we want it...
We want the world and we want it...

So when the music's over
When the music's over, yeah
When the music's over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights

Well the music is your special friend
Dance on fire as it intends
Music is your only friend
Until the end
Until the end
Until the end!

crossposted at BigBrassBlog

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