Archive for January, 2008

What Your High Gas Prices Pay For

This isn’t as good as putting in, oh…say Indiana. But it ain’t all bad either. Technology learned is technology transfered I say.

The government of Abu Dhabi has announced a $15bn (£7.5bn) initiative to develop clean energy technologies.

The Gulf state describes the five-year initiative as “the most ambitious sustainability project ever launched by a government”.

Components will include the world’s largest hydrogen power plant.

The government has also announced plans for a “sustainable city”, housing about 50,000 people, that will produce no greenhouse gases and contain no cars.

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Actor George Clooney has been made a United Nations “messenger of peace” to promote the organization’s peacekeeping activities around the world.

‘Cause as we all know Loony Clooney is such a “peaceful” guy towards his fellow man.

Except when he’s not:

“I believe he thinks this [war against Iraq is a war that can be won, but there is no such thing anymore. We can’t beat anyone anymore.”

“When the big one hit, we found we didn’t have a leader at all. What did Bush do on 9/11? He ran away and hid. Even Reagan knew more about leadership than that, and he was as bad a symbol of America as I can think of, off-hand.”

“I want to thank Jack Abramoff, you know, just because…I’m the first one out — let’s get this thing rolling. I don’t know why. Who would name their kid Jack with the last words ‘off’ at the end of your last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up. Ahh-alright I just got bleeped. Thank you very much…”

Yep, classy, and peaceful guy that Clooney. He’ll fit right in at the “classy” U.N.

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NO! Say it Ain’t so Hillary!

Hill & Bill practicing the politics of personal destruction?

Hillary confidant and U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller advocating “smear campaigns against the opponents” of the “Hillary Care Health” plan?

Senator Rockefeller also suggesting news organizations “are anxious and willing to receive guidance [from the Clinton Administration] on how to time and shape their [news] coverage.” Would that be called the VLWC (Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy)?

Say it ain’t so Hillary? Oh excuse me, that should read Shillary. And it is true. All of it!

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The United States has been listed as a country where prisoners are at risk of torture in a training document produced by the Canadian foreign ministry.

It also classifies some US interrogation techniques as torture.

And a great big STFU also!

That’s it no more Canadian Bacon for me!

Labatts Blue? Forgetaboutit!

UPDATE: It’s a little late arsehole. The damage is done and this story has been plastered all over the foriegn press since it’s original publications.

And now, after the proverbial horse ass has left the barn you’re “apologizing:” The Canadian foreign minister has apologized for including the US and Israel on a list of states where prisoners are at risk of torture.

Maxime Bernier said the list, which formed part of a manual on torture awareness given to diplomats, “wrongly includes some of our closest allies”.

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John Edwards a Duplicitous Fool?

Why yes, glad you asked.

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If this doesn’t send Ted “Pass the Scotch” Kennedy into near fatal conniption fits nothing will.

The last environmental hurdle has been cleared and Fat Man Teddy’s “pristine” coastal environment is about to be sullied by the long planned wind farm:

The nation’s first proposed offshore wind-energy project cleared its most formidable hurdle yesterday as the US Minerals Management Service declared that the wind farm off Cape Cod would have little lasting impact on wildlife, navigation, and tourism.

The agency’s nearly 2,000-page draft environmental impact statement makes clear that the federal government is inclined to approve construction of the 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound, 5 miles from the nearest coastline, unless major new concerns arise during a public comment period. Federal approval would probably come late this year or early next year, and remaining state permits are not expected to be a major obstacle, given that Governor Deval Patrick is in favor of the project.

Poor Teddy!

To say nothing of Robert Kennedy Jr. who should be into his second or third brain aneurism after reading this story.

And BTW, unless Mitt Romney has changed his stance on this project he might want a cardiolgist on standby.

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Alternatively titled: “See what happens when someone sane is elected to the French Government?”

France and the UAE have signed a deal allowing France to set up a permanent military base, the first in the Gulf for a Western power other than the US.

The deal allows for the stationing of up to 500 permanent military personnel in the UAE’s largest emirate Abu Dhabi.

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