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Green Power Sinks German Town

global-warming-religion.gifTO Staufen, in the Black Forest. And we’d best hurry because it’s sinking.

The German town is subsiding after authorities drilled underground to harness “green” energy as part of an innovative geothermal power plan.

The contractors drilled down 460ft. they would extract heat. But now large cracks have appeared in buildings. And the town centre has subsided about a third of an inch.

The baroque town hall, the main church, two schools and more than 64 other buildings in the historic centre were severely affected. Experts said buildings in the outer part of the town had risen by a similar amount.

Says Michael Benitz, the mayor: “Will the earth continue to sink? If it stops now, then we will have got away lightly. But if it continues, it could turn out to be quite bad.”

Posted: 31st, March 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Global Warming | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Barack Obama And Gun Control

BARACK Obama and the land of the gun:

During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion– positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he’s projected during his presidential campaign.

The evidence comes from an amended version of an Illinois voter group’s detailed questionnaire, filed under his name during his 1996 bid for a state Senate seat.

Late last year, in response to a Politico story about Obama’s answers to the original questionnaire, his aides said he “never saw or approved” the questionnaire.

They asserted the responses were filled out by a campaign aide who “unintentionally mischaracterize(d) his position.”

But a Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago non-profit group that issued it. And it found that Obama – the day after sitting for the interview – filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes adding to one answer.

Guns don’t kill people; legislation kills people…

Posted: 31st, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The BritBlog RoundUp

THE BritBlog RoundUp, as compiled by Philobiblon:

Our own Matt Wardman has instituted roundups of the Scottish, Welsh and Westminster parliament. Given the government’s sudden desperate enthusiasm for constitutional reform, how long before there’s a “English” to add to the collection?

And Amused Cynicism has turned serious to back a campaign to get parliamentary bills published in an accessible form. Whatever will these supporters of democracy think of next?!

Perhaps serious analysis of bills, as Spy Blog has done to the Draft Governance of Britain – Constitutional Renewal Bill. It is your democracy the Spy is trying to defend, so you really should read this.

Because of course legislation is the solution to all problems, as Feminist Avatar notes on An Open Letter by a Feminist about suggestions that the legal drinking age in Scotland be raised to 21.

Elsewhere in politics:

Keep your suggestions coming…

Posted: 31st, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Carnival Of The Libertarians

Carnival of the Libertarians on liberty…

Posted: 31st, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Chaos Computer Club’s Big ID

GERMAN hacker group, Chaos Computer Club, has been publishing the fingerprints of German Secretary of the Interior as part of their protest against state use of biometric ID.

On Samizdata:

The club published 4,000 copies of their magazine Die Datenschleuder including a plastic foil reproducing the minister’s fingerprint – ready to glue to someone else’s finger to provide a false biometric reading. The CCC has a page on their site detailing how to make such a fake fingerprint..

On Slashdot:

The club published 4,000 copies of their magazine Die Datenschleuder including a plastic foil reproducing the minister’s fingerprint — ready to glue to someone else’s finger to provide a false biometric reading…

Gordon Brown fingers in the post…

Posted: 31st, March 2008 | In: Immigration, Twitterings, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Perez Hilton Eats Geri Halliwell

perez-hilton.jpgON the Perez Hilton website, readers can see the self-aggrandizing showbiz reporter poking fun at Shia LaBeouf’s face “pubes”, Brendan Fraser’s hair and a girl’s dress.

He then cosies up to Geri Halliwell.

Perez is the new media wannabe with the old media values of sucking up to whoever is in his company and basking in reflected glory. He’s the journalist gone native.

He’s Nigel Dempster in a fat suit.

And get a load of this picture. Hilton could eat Halliwell in one bite.

Is that a head on your shoulders, or are you just pleased to see yourself?

Posted: 30th, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, Perez Hilton, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Formula One For Earth Hour

FORMULA ONE for Earth Hour:

Organizers of the Singapore Grand Prix have chosen Earth Hour to debut megawatt-using streetlights that will be used to illuminate F1’s first night race later this year.

The lights (300 times more powerful than normal street lights) are being tested today when much of the world is turning their lights off for one hour to symbolically bring attention to the growing environmental crisis.

Start your engines…

Posted: 30th, March 2008 | In: Back pages, Global Warming, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Zimbabwe Votes And Polls

mugabe-vote.jpgHEADLINE of The Day, in the Observer

“Zimbawe votes to counter poll rigging.”

Anyone..?

Picture: Taken from footage of Zimbabwe’s last Presindential race…  

Posted: 30th, March 2008 | In: Back pages, War On Terror | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Killing Fields’ Dith Pran Has Died

DITH Pran, the man who helped bring Cambodia’s Killing Fields to the world’s attention has died:

Dith Pran, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose gruesome ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia was re-created in a 1984 movie that gave him an eminence he tenaciously used to press for his people’s rights, died in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday. He was 65 and lived in Woodbridge, N.J.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, which had spread, said his friend Sydney H. Schanberg.

Mr. Dith saw his country descend into a living hell as he scraped and scrambled to survive the barbarous revolutionary regime of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979, when as many as two million Cambodians — a third of the population — were killed, experts estimate. Mr. Dith survived through nimbleness, guile and sheer desperation.

Journalism can be inspiring…

Posted: 30th, March 2008 | In: Twitterings, War On Terror | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How To Look Younger

how-to-look-younger.jpg“HOW YOU CAN LOOK TEN YEARS YOUNGER WITH ROSEMARY CONLEY,” says the Sunday Express.

No, not by standing alongside Ms Conley and so looking fitter and younger. Conley is a health and weight guru.

It’s by watching what you eat and exercising. And by taking vitamins, which the Sunday Express also advertises on its front page.

But if you really want to look young, why not wear a hood and look ten, 20, 30 years younger.

If you can equip your youthful look with a refer, a bottle of alcopops and someone else’s wallet, then so much the younger… 

Posted: 30th, March 2008 | In: Food & Fat, Tabloids | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Clinton, Obama And Wikipedia

Clinton and Obama fight it out on Wikipedia

Posted: 30th, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Heathrow Handlers Are Not Baggage

TERMINAL FIVE – handling the baggage handlers:

Baggage handlers are obviously complements to a baggage handling system – one’s useless without the other. And it’s a basic principle of economics that complementary assets should be run by the same boss, to ensure that they work together. And yet BAA and BA have contrived to ignore this; BAA runs the system whilst BA provides the staff.

This is not a sophisticated principle. It’s grasped perfectly well by the Archers, for example.

Source

Posted: 29th, March 2008 | In: Money, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Real Homer Simpson

real-homer-simpson.gifTHE Real flesh and blood Homer Simpson…

Posted: 28th, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, Photojournalism, TV & Radio, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pete Makes Aretha Franklin And Offer She Must Refuse

THE Queen of Soul against Peta:

Never one to shy away from controversy, PETA US has offered to pay Aretha Franklin’s $19,000 home foreclosure tax bill… on the condition that she ditches the fur for good and donates her unwanted furs to PETA US like Mariah Carey and Kim Cattrall have done in the past. I think that’s a pretty fair deal, don’t you?

Well, no…

Posted: 28th, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Earth Hour For Cats And Dogs

WHAT kind of  a company would sponsor Earth Hour, the

…latest bright idea from the country that gave us “Crocodile Dundee” is to have everyone across the globe turn off their lights for an hour at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Apparently, a bunch of neo-Luddites in Sydney did this last year and it made them feel good about themselves, so they’ve decided to give the rest of the world a chance to achieve a similar sense of self-worth?

A pet food company…

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Posted: 28th, March 2008 | In: Global Warming, Online-PR, Photojournalism | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Not Obama Not Clinton But Al Gore And The Al Goreans

AL Gore and the Al Goreans are massing:

They’ll pick one of their own superdelegates, Al Gore, Mr. Party Elder, Mr. Nobel Prize, Mr.

I-Got-Screwed-Out-of-Victory-Last-Time and Mr.

Trust-Me-the-Globe-Really-Is-Round-and-Warming and I’m finally gonna get a chance to do something about it from the White House. The Draft Gore folks will be ecstatic and the Democratic blogosphere is already excited.

Gore – the man who lost to Bush…

Posted: 28th, March 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politicians, Race For The White House, Twitterings | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vote Joanna Lumley For English Democrats

JOANNA Lumley is stading for political office.

Joanna. Lumley.

Chaps of a certain age will visualise La Lumley with that shocking 70s haircut that she sported in ‘The New Avengers’ (the last British series to be networked in the States, apparently) , others will think of her as in that dire comedy with the one of French & Saunders not married to Lenny Henry. Doubtless there are other options, but there she is in the list for the English Democrats, at #9.

It would appear that there are two Lumleys, and this one looks to be quite youthful, so I would think that either her parents refused to have a television or had a sadistic streak. Unless she changed it herself, of course.

I think it is fair to say she will not get elected this time.

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Posted: 28th, March 2008 | In: Celebrities, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Max Wank In German Politics

VOTE Max Wank for a better life in Germany:

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Via 

Posted: 28th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Earn Big And Work For The State

WORKING for the state pays:

Over 800 town hall employees make more than £100,000 a year. Some even make more than Polly, if you can believe that.

Source 

Posted: 28th, March 2008 | In: Money, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Learning The Holocaust Through Art

SAYS the holocaust-education.net:

In these words Halina Olomucki relates to the works of art she produced in the Warsaw ghetto and in Auschwitz. She was one of many artists who continued to paint and draw in the ghettos and concentration camps. As well as bearing witness to the rich and intensive artistic activity that took place during the Holocaust, these works of art – mostly sketches or watercolors – provide valuable information on the life of the inmates. They are historical documents, and the first to acknowledge their importance were the artists themselves.

Via 

Posted: 28th, March 2008 | In: Twitterings, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Wives Are Real Victims Of The Credit Crunch

The real victims of the credity crunch are wives, interior decorators, Martignettis…

Posted: 27th, March 2008 | In: Money, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ken Layne On The X-Files And 9/11

THE X-Files borefest predicted 9/11 and the World Trade Center murders:

Anyway, Variety asked these people about the bizarre “coincidences” between the X-Files, its short-lived 2001 spin-off The Lone Gunmen, and why Condi Rice is such a terrible liar. This is because the pilot episode of The Lone Gunmen is about corrupt Defense contractors and evil government officials flying a passenger jet into the World Trade Center so they can blame it on terrorists and start a lucrative series of anti-terror wars to boost defense-sector profits in the post-Cold War era. This was shown in May 2001 on FOX, and it got such terrible ratings that nobody noticed it was about 9/11, which happened a few months later…

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Posted: 27th, March 2008 | In: TV & Radio, Twitterings, War On Terror | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Quantum Sleeper Coffin For The Panicker In Your Life

quantum-sleeper-panic-room.jpgTHE Quantum Sleeper for the panicker in your life.

Get one for your children. It’s this year’s must-have coffin.

Get one with a motor and drive the nippers to school in it. You can never be too safe

“Quantum Sleepers can also be fitted to provide protection from destructive forces of nature such as tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.”

People, of Tewkesbury-under-river listen up:

“With this unit you don’t have to run to a ‘Safe Room’, you’re already in it.”

It’s like Switzerland, but less wooden…

Posted: 27th, March 2008 | In: Global Warming, Photojournalism, Strange But True, War On Terror | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Smoking Ban Makes New Yorkers Fatter

fat-people-smoking.jpgSTOP smoking and get fat. We all knew it. And they’re learning about it in New York:

New York City residents are growing obese at a rate nearly three times that of other Americans, prompting some who cited a link between weight gain and smoking cessation to question whether the city’s crackdown on smoking may have had an unexpected result.

In a new study, city health officials found that obesity and diabetes rates here increased 17% between 2002 and 2004. By contrast, there was a 6% increase in national obesity rates during that time, and no significant increase in the rate of diabetes. City residents also gained 10 million pounds collectively during the two-year period, researchers found. The findings were reported in the April issue of the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

Smoking meat makes it last longer – it preseves…

Posted: 27th, March 2008 | In: Anorak In New York, Food & Fat | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


I Schtupped Eliot Spitzer

ELIOT Spitzer and ablonde. Well, at least he like variety…

Posted: 27th, March 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0