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IT’S World Environment Day. Here”s some to dos for the environment:
- Screw Organics – Conventionally raised beef steers emit less polluting methane gas than steers raised organically. (more here…)
- Go Nuclear – Per kilowatt-hour, a nuclear power plant emits 6 percent as much carbon as a plant fired by natural gas. (more here…)
- Live Urban – Cities are more energy-efficient than suburbs, exurbs, or rural communities.
- Crank the aircon – Cooling a home in Arizona produces 93 percent fewer CO2 emissions than warming a house in New England.
- Farm the Forests – Old trees are very bad for the planet.
- China is the Solution – Not the problem.
- Accept GM – Food production need to be optimised.
- Carbon Trading Doesn’t Work – It’s the environmental version of sub-prime lending
- Don’t switch to a Hybrid Car – stick with your old one or buy 2nd hand.
Commissioner Chairman Phil Roy responds: “I’m shocked and I don’t know what to say. I didn’t realize Skowhegan was the coastal community PETA was looking for.”
Skowhegan is over 50 miles away from to Rockland, home of the Maine Lobster Festival and a lobster fishing port.
PETA said the center would feature interactive exhibits such as a human-size lobster trap where visitors can have their fingers wrapped in large rubber bands that will remain on for their entire visit.
Heather Mills is not mentioned in this story…
ONLINE Journalism notes: “A new research from Indiana University showed that 54% of URL requests had no referrals. That means that most of the time, people do not click on links. They merely pick a site in their favorites or type in an URL in the address bar. A mere 5% of URL requests came from search engines.”
A LOOK at knives, drugs and paedos:
Lots of Chavs and a couple of Nice kids have been stabbed recently. This is generally thought to be a bad thing and there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth with anguished cries of “something must be done” and “won’t they please think of the Children”. There is to be a ‘knife amnesty‘ in the forlorn hope that the people who are most likely to stab are going to take part… (snigger… do the authoritarian lefties/daily mail tendency axis really think this will work?). Naturally ever more draconian laws against knives will mean the prosecution of fruit-eaters and chefs. Stabbings will not fall, but the tabloid fear mongering machine will eventually move onto something else. Paedos or drugs, probably. Meanwhile the real cause: bored unemployed youths seeking “respect” by arming themselves and generally carrying on like animals seeking alpha-male status in their own, shallow gene pool will continue to shank each other. So long as it’s shit on shit, no-one will really care.
ON the Anorak Forums: Not you fine upstanding (well, slouching at any rate) bunch of individuals on here of course. My gripe is with the lot at the BBC.
The beeb’s Have Your Say section is currently running a discussion on how to tackle under age drinking.
I offered the following solution, and the buggers rejected it out of hand,
What can be done to tackle under-age drinking?
Lower the legal drinking age to 5.
Hey presto! All the drunken chavs in the bus shelter are suddenly legal, and the underage statistics vanish overnight.
That’s the proper politicians way out of it!
Do you lot have any novel solutions to the problem?
GLOBAL WARNING – Anroak’s look at doom mongers in the media…
Elizabeth Farrelly in The AGE:
Green consciousness, meanwhile, has sucked the heroism from the cowboy ethos, which depends on an oppositional, rather than nurturing, view of nature.
THE AGE: “The future of the planet is in our hands,” says Philip Freier, Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne:
Just as we have had to say sorry to Indigenous people for the way we treated them in the past, and to the victims of child sexual abuse, we must also repent of our self-centred abuse of creation.
More on the Anglicans here.
THE spiders walked in two by two, hurrah – hurrah:
Researchers from Ohio State University have described insects as “micro-livestock”, while the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) earlier this year held a special conference on their benefits…
Insects are the most valuable, underused and delicious animals in the world,” says David George Gordon, a Seattle-based naturalist and author. The West “is one the few cultures” that doesn’t eat them, he adds. “Maybe we are the weirdos.”
HOW’S this for a swap?
An Israeli citizen convicted of spying for Hezbollah in 2002, Nissim Nasser, has been deported to Lebanon.
And amid rumours the release might be part of a prisoner swap, Lebanese group Hezbollah returned remains of Israeli soldiers killed in the 2006 war.
OVER in the Mediterranean, and over the newswires, comes news that Turkish tuna fishermen have rammed their boat into a Greenpeace ship and pelted it with lead fishing weights.
The fishing vessel is said to have been one of several that mobbed the Arctic Sunrise, which was carrying activists campaigning against overfishing.
The big Greenpeace sailing boat that runs on puffs of air and a wind-up motor never stood a chance.
And know that: “The barrage of lead weights damaged a helicopter that the activists had used earlier in the day to document the vessels’ activities.”
That’s right, Greenpeace have not only got big boat, but they’ve got an eco-copter made from recycled newspapers and kept aloft by lots of men and women waving their hands in the air really, really fast.
DO you believe in global warming?
Predictions of catastrophe depend on models. Models depend on assumptions about complex planetary systems — from ocean currents to cloud formation — that no one fully understands. Which is why the models are inherently flawed and forever changing. The doomsday scenarios posit a cascade of events, each with a certain probability. The multiple improbability of their simultaneous occurrence renders all such predictions entirely speculative.
The sky is falling in!
TABLOID Baby looks at the Bill O’Reilly saga:
Former tabloid television host Barry Nolan‘s response on the leftist Think Progress website has finally drawn the national support he could have used for his anti-Bill O’Reilly campaign that got him fired from his cable TV gig. Among the scores of sympathetic commenters to his essay is Diane Dimond, the former tabloid television reporter whose TV career effectively ended after her much-criticized, overzealous prosecutorial coverage (and collusion with the prosecutor) in the Michael Jackson molestation case was followed by Jackson’s acquittal and her exit from Court TV.
THIS is just not incredible enough:
Today, the Universities and Colleges Union is discussing whether universities should single out Israeli and Jewish scholars for active discrimination.
Yes, you read that correctly. The UCU is debating a motion which not only raises the spectre yet again of an academic boycott of Israel but demands of Jewish and Israeli academics that they explain their politics as a pre-condition to normal academic contact…
What makes it all the more appalling is that it is Israelis and Jews alone who are being singled out for this treatment. No other group is to be barred from academic activity unless they hold ‘approved’ views; no state-run educational institution controlled by any of the world’s numerous tyrannies is to be ‘grey-listed’.
WOMEN’S lib – man’s lib:
Jamie Nared, a 12-year-old girl who is six feet tall and an extremely talented basketball player, has been playing on a mixed-sex team since the second grade—but has suddenly been banned from playing with boys after parents complained. Her coach, Michael Abraham, and her parents (and, frankly, video of her game) suggest that the complaints arose because Jamie is so good and makes the boys on opposing teams look bad.
Basket ball – equla opportunities netball…
TABLOID Baby sees the cull of fast food moguls:
Tell us we’re “conspiracy nuts” now. After a strange “coincidental” trio of fast food chain founder’s deaths in the first three months of 2008, we began to keep close tabs on the mortality rate in the controversial industry, only to be shocked by the sudden passings of one of its legends and another pioneer.
That would be five deaths in the first five calendar months of 2008:
Carl Carcher, founder of Carl’s Jr. (January 11);
Lovie Yancie, founder of Fatburger (January 23);
Al Copeland, founder of Popeye’s Famous Fried Chicken (March 23);
Herb Peterson, inventor of the Egg McMuffin (March 25);
Irvine “Irv” Robbins, co-founder of Baskin-Robbins (May 5).
Today, we add another to the list.
J.R. Simplot, the billionaire king of the frozen French fried potato, supplier of fries to McDonald’s and other fast food chains– the man whose product literally greased the skids for the rise of the fast food industry– died on Sunday, May 25th.
The LA Times notes:
CAT Ladies – what’s that smell..?
THE Church of England Newspaper on Islam in the UK:
If recent reports of trends in religious observance prove to be correct, then in some 30 years the mosque will be able to claim that, religiously speaking, the UK is an Islamic nation, and therefore needs a share in any religious establishment to reflect this….
At all levels of national life Islam has gained state funding, protection from any criticism, and the insertion of advisors and experts in government departs national and local. A Muslim Home Office adviser, for example, was responsible for Baroness Scotland’s aborting of the legislation against honour killings, arguing that informal methods would be better. In the police we hear of girls under police protection having the addresses of their safe houses disclosed to their parents by Muslim officers who think they are doing their religious duty.
While men-only gentlemen’s clubs are now being dubbed unlawful, we hear of municipal swimming baths encouraging ‘Muslim women only’ sessions and in Dewsbury Hospitals staff waste time by turning beds to face Mecca five times a day — a Monty Pythonesque scenario of lunacy, but astonishingly true…
The point is that Islam is being institutionalised, incarnated, into national structures amazingly fast, at the same time as demography is showing very high birthrates…
Today the Christian story is fading from public imagination, while Islam grows apace.
Mark Steyn adds:
Strange to witness one of the oldest and most successful of nations commit suicide without even being aware of what it’s doing.
Why should Islam be worse for you than Christianity?
MOHAMMED al-Dura was killed by the Israeli Army in a shoot out with Palestinian militia. Or not:
In a potentially ground-breaking decision for the way the modern television news media operates, a French court today ruled against the state-owned “France 2” TV network in the long-running libel case surrounding the alleged shooting death of a Palestinian child, Mohammed al-Dura, in the Gaza Strip in 2000. (Reports from AP, in French, here; and here from The Jerusalem Post.)
The death-footage of al-Dura – the veracity of which has been repeatedly questioned by media watchdogs, one of whom defeated France 2 in court today – became a cause célèbre in the Muslim world. Osama bin Laden referred to al-Dura in a post-9/11 video; the killers of the Wall St. Journal reporter Daniel Pearl placed a picture of him in their beheading video; streets, squares and academies have been named after al-Dura.
Today’s ruling shows there are serious doubts about France 2’s version of events, and that the entire world press – including the American TV networks – were irresponsible in being so quick to take at face value the claims of a local Palestinian cameraman working for France 2, a cameraman who has admitted his partisanship.
If it hadn’t been for the way the al-Dura video was then repeatedly played on Arab and international networks, the second Palestinian intifada may never have developed the way it did, thousands of lives might have been saved and there might even possibly have been a Palestinian state living in peace with Israel by now.
File under: But the little kiddies are only armed with stones
OH: “Here are most popular things people do on the internet (not counting looking at naked people)”:
1) finding recipes for teriyaki salmon
3) downloading morris dancers
5) changing foreign currency
6) learning about bats
7) making smells
8) posting photographs of holidays in Suffolk
9) conducting séances
John-Paul Flintoff looks at why the US wants us to keep on burning oil…
PRAVDA offers an insight into the UK: “Young men try to avoid studying mathematical disciplines and using mathematical skills due to unfavorable image of mathematicians, the British Economic and Social Research Council suggested.
“It turns out that schoolchildren and students share the following idea of the average mathematician: they are unworldly, slovenly and unpopular with women…
“The research suggested that most students and graduates associate a mathematician with an old middle-class white man who is obsessed by his science, devoid of most social skills and love life.
THE Al Goreans are among us:
At its core, environmentalism is a kind of nature worship. It’s a holistic ideology, shot through with religious sentiment. “If you look carefully,” author Michael Crichton observed, “you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.”
The book of Gore…
POLAR Bear Watch: Anorak’s look at polar bears in the news
The new Honda Clarity emits water:
So buy a Clarity and kill the polar bears!
But not German polar bears…
The reward for beating up Meehan is, reportedly, ten ounces of “prison baccy – worth about £8.”
Says a source at Armley jail, Leeds: “Tobacco is a precious commodity inside. There are people who will do anything to get it, including attacking other inmates.”
The tabloids are fond of publishing insights into life behind bars, a polarised place where prisoners are either sipping cocktails in cushy cells or sat 32 to a cell, injecting pureed rats and listening to Tannoy broadcasts of “Conversations With Sir Cliff – Musing On Life, Jesus and Tennis”.
SCIENTOLOGY is a religion. So is cat worship. So is being an Anorakian. Why? Because we say so, that’s why and anyone who says otherwise will be shouted down:
Scientology is a balls-out racket. It is a scam. Scientology’s auditing process (and this is where the cultic, once your in, your in, for the duration thing comes-up – doesn’t the mafia work like that too?) means revealing your deepest secrets, regrets and sins to the “church”. Unlike the Catholics who rigourously enforce the confidentiality of the confessional the Scientologists will, if you ever threaten to leave, use it against you.
Everyone has things that they would destroy them if they were publicised. I once orchestrated a coup in a small African country from a base in an extinct volcano with the aid of a lot of fit-birds in 1960’s specs and very short lab coats, holding clipboards for no apparent reason, whilst I stroked my Persian cat. That should never be revealed. Oh, bugger! Like all Bond villians I give it away towards the end.
Any fits birds in Scientology?