[with thanks to Tom Tomorrow posting at Working for Change]
It looks like Darth Cheneyburton's super powers of Indeterminacy are going to be tested Big Time.
The globe may be warming, but things are definitely getting chillier with Pootie:
Russia Suspends Arms Agreement Over U.S. Shield
By ANDREW E. KRAMER and THOM SHANKER
Published: July 15, 2007
MOSCOW, July 14 — President Vladimir V. Putin, angered by American plans to deploy a missile shield in Eastern Europe, formally notified NATO governments on Saturday that Russia will suspend its obligations under the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, a key cold war-era arms limitation agreement.
The decision ratcheted up tensions over the missile shield plan, but also reflected a trend of rising anti-Americanism and deep suspicion toward the West here as Russia’s March presidential elections approach.
Russia’s suspension will take effect in 150 days, according to a copy of the president’s decree posted on a Kremlin Web site. That delay leaves open the possibility of further negotiation on the 1990 treaty, which resulted in a huge wave of disarmament along the former East-West divide in Europe...
...spinning somewhere between dimensions, a particle when not a wave, shifting worldlines...
LONDON, July 16 — Britain’s relations with Russia deteriorated further today as the British government announced that it would expel four Russian diplomats in retaliation for Russia’s refusal to extradite the key suspect in the deadly poisoning of a former K.G.B. agent, Alexander V. Litvinenko, in London last year...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. missile-defense system will be built in Poland despite Russia's anger over the plans, Polish President Lech Kaczynski said on Monday after a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush.
Kaczynski expressed confidence over the proposed system, although Poland has held off a formal agreement to host it and pressed for concessions on issues including related military contracts.
"The matter of the shield is largely a foregone conclusion," Kaczynski said at a news conference following the meeting.
"The shield will exist because for Poland this will be a very good thing," he said...
Then there's the Agnostic's viewpoint.
Why worry about something that can't be tested?
Indeed. The status and extent of the Fourth Branch of Government need not impinge upon our bubble of the multiverse at all. Better minds than ours are concerned about these things. Move along; nothing to see here, just this quantum black hole we've made in the National Interest.