Category Archives: International Politics

Dirty fuel

Speaking of dirty fuel –

Germany was forced on Wednesday to draw on its reserves for producing electricity for the second time this winter as Europe is gripped by a severe cold snap.

The country’s four main power operators requested the reserve generator at a coal-powered plant in southern Germany and two plants in Austria be activated, the regional environment ministry in the southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said.

The power station in Germany, in the southern city of Mannheim, would continue to be used Thursday, a spokesman said.

“We do not have a problem of supply, of quantity, it’s principally a question of stabilizing the network,” a spokeswoman for the Germany electricity market regulator said.

Germany also had to tap its reserves in early December. The system was set up in August to avoid shortages and stabilize the network for the country’s winter power provision. Read more:

“Stabilizing the network” because their wind farms weren’t up to  it and because of anti-nuclear policies. But coal is the answer and we guess oil sands oil is too dirty. Sigh.

Further reading – Do we want this here?





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We have seen the documentary Iranium. Not at our local theatre but online. It is available free for a limited time via the website. Just have to submit an e-mail address. Warning: It is disturbing.

Makes worries about Climate change seem a bit petty.

Wait for it

It won’t be long before we hear the wails and gnashing of teeth over Canada’s position at the  Climate Conference in Cancun . Soon a deluge of outrage and counter-spin will hit the media. We have already had enough warnings of climate  catastrophe to last a lifetime.

Don’t be fooled, they tell us.

Don’t be fooled by Australia’s wet and mild conditions. [The Ozzies are heading into summer remember]

A United Nations weather agency report, released on Friday, found 2010 is almost certain to rank as one of the hottest three years on record while the past 10 years are the warmest period since climate data began in 1850. …”While Australia has escaped this year … other parts of the planet are seeing incredibly hot temperatures,” he told reporters gathered with other climate scientists in Melbourne on Friday.

Other parts of the planet – like say, Norway?

Norway got over a hundred new records in November. Cold, colder, coldest. Unless you remember back to the year 1919, November 2010 is definitely the “coldest.” …On the whole, Norway has therefore experienced the coldest month of November since 1919, with the full 3.57 degrees below the normal level.  Because the norm is regarded as cold , this is a very big difference!

Don’t be fooled by the record cold temperatures in the UK

and the rest of  Europe.

The world is really warm they tell us . Not sure why. Or How.

We are warm. Well, Maybe not all of us…

Don’t be fooled.

But everyone has been fooled who thinks this has been and is about climate. It’s about power politics and money.

Films we’ll never see …

Here’s a film to add to our list of Films we will never see at the Fundy Film Festival – or on CBC.

Mine Your Own Business

Mine Your Own Business” follows George, a 23-year-old unemployed miner from northern Romania whose life has been put on hold after an anti-mining campaign orchestrated by foreign environmentalists. George explains his hopes and dreams for the future – which are different from those prescribed for him by foreign environmentalists. He then travels to other impoverished communities in Madagascar and Chile who are also desperately waiting for large mining projects. George finds people similar to himself with similar hopes and dreams of a decent job and house and a decent education and better life for their children.

Controversial? Yes, yes. But not favoured by the self-appointed anointed. [Mind you we would love to see a certain Councillor prove us wrong.]

It will however be shown at the Free Thinking Film Society of Ottawa in conjunction with a debate between Ezra Levant and Elizabeth May in Nov.

Great Scott!

Scott Brison doesn’t tweet much but we caught this one. He’s in Bogota and sending pictures via Twitpic.

Here in Bolivar Square in the rain with 3000 others for President Santos inauguration

Jason Kenny is there too and also tweeting.

Just witnssed inauguration of Columbian President Santos in the beautiful Plaza Bolivar in Bogotá. Its a remarkable example of democracy…

…but no cigar

More in the culture wars. Another blow has been struck for political correctness, another victory in the war against that heinous crime – smoking.

Pitiful isn’t it? Poor Winston’s mouth now looks like he survived a stroke. And who was responsible for this nice bit of historical revisionism? The Cancer Society?  Close but no cigar. A London Museum!

In the well-known original image, Churchill makes a “V” shaped symbol with his fingers – while gripping a cigar in the corner of his mouth.

But in a reproduction of the picture, hanging over the main entrance to a London museum celebrating the wartime leader, he has been made into a non-smoker through the use of image-altering techniques.

And it took a museum patron to notice.

The alteration of the original image, taken in 1948 during the opening of a new military headquarters, was noticed by David McAdam, a visitor to the museum.

He told the Daily Mail: “I pointed out this crude alteration to a museum steward who said she hadn’t noticed the change before, nor had anyone else pointed it out.

“So much for the notion that only communist tyrants airbrushed history.”

Well, ahem. David McAdam should think again about that statement.