Timeline: Anti-Syrian Lawmakers Assasinated

Antoine Ghanem was the eighth prominent anti-Syria figure killed in Lebanon in about 2 1/2 yearsSept. 19, 2007: Ghanem, 64, an anti-Syria lawmaker from the Christian Phalange Party, is killed in a blast in Beirut. Six others also die.

June 13, 2007: Walid Eido, 65, an anti-Syria member of Parliament, is killed along with his son, two bodyguards, and six others in an explosion in Beirut.

Nov. 21, 2006: Pierre Gemayel, 34, the industry minister and a prominent anti-Syria Christian politician, is shot to death by gunmen in a Beirut suburb.

Dec. 12, 2005: Gibran Tueni, an anti-Syria newspaper editor and lawmaker, is killed when a car bomb destroys his vehicle.

June 21, 2005: Anti-Syria politician George Hawi, a former Communist Party leader, is killed by a bomb placed under his car.

June 2, 2005: Anti-Syria journalist and activist Samir Kassir is killed by a bomb planted under his car.

Feb. 14, 2005: Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, an anti-Syria lawmaker, is assassinated in a bombing that also kills 20 other people. Among the dead is Bassel Fleihan, who served as economy minister in Hariri’s government. The opposition blames the Syrian and Lebanese governments, charges both deny.

SOURCE: Associated Press


Shinzo Abe Timeline / Not Yet Eaten

Starting this week, every Sunday I will be featuring statistics and data from the media and other blogs. They are listed under ‘Not Yet Eaten’. If you know any you want featured, send me an email.

Via the New York Times:

Sept. 20, 2006

Shinzo Abe secures the Liberal Democratic Party’s presidency, assuring that he will become Japan’s first prime minister born after World War II.

Dec. 13, 2006

A government report concludes that two-thirds of the town meetings organized by the Japanese government since 2001 were Soviet-style performances with people paid to ask planted questions.

Dec. 15, 2006

Despite a motion of no confidence against Mr. Abe, the upper house of Parliament approves a law to upgrade the status of its Defense Agency.

Dec. 27, 2006

An aide close to Mr. Abe, Genichiro Sata, the administrative reform minister, resigns after admitting that his political group in Tokyo had cheated the government of at least $657,000.

March 1, 2007

Mr. Abe denies that Japan’s military had forced foreign women into sexual slavery during World War II, contradicting the Japanese government’s longtime official position.

June 4, 2007

Support for the prime minister drops to its lowest since he took office in September, hovering at 30 percent in a poll by the national daily Asahi Shimbun.

June 21, 2007

Mr. Abe delays the critical upper house election by a week, by extending Parliament’s session by 12 days, in what is seen as a desperate move to regain popular support.

July 3, 2007

Mr. Abe’s defense minister, Fumio Kyuma, resigns after making comments apparently justifying the United States’ use of atomic bombs against Japan during World War II.

July 29, 2007

Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party suffers a crushing defeat in the election for the upper house of Parliament, and the main opposition Democratic Party seizes control of the upper house by a landslide.

Aug. 27, 2007

Mr. Abe seeks to raise sinking approval ratings and ward off calls for his resignation by forming a new cabinet made up of political veterans to replace a scandal-prone group.

Sept. 3, 2007

Mr. Abe’s new agriculture minister is forced to resign over disclosures that he had misused farm subsidies. In addition, a high-level appointee to the Foreign Ministry is also forced to step down after admitting that her office had fabricated expense reports.

Sept. 12, 2007

Mr. Abe announces he will resign.

Bottled Water Refund Payout per State

Bottled Water Refund Payout per State

There are 12 states with bottle deposit refunds. You know, those things where you bring in your bottles and they give you money? Here they are:

California: 5 or 10 cents
Connecticut: 5 cents
Delaware: 5 cents
Hawaii: 5 cents
Iowa: 5 cents, also applies to wine bottles
Maine: 5 cents, also applies to fruit juice and bottled water, 15 cents for some wine bottles
Massachusetts: 5 cents
Michigan: 10 cents
New York: 5 cents
Oregon: 5 cents
Vermont: 5 cents

The northeast seems to have the highest amount of states with a refund policy.

Source: Wikipedia


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