…might be a Brit who was released from Gitmo.
…have fast-roped their technical relief teams into…
— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) August 18, 2014
I guess it’s easier to pronounce than “Yazidi” and the motels are better.
Nearly 20% of Belgium’s electricity-generating capacity is offline until the end of the year…due to sabotage
PARIS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Belgian energy company Electrabel said its Doel 4 nuclear reactor would stay offline at least until the end of this year after major damage to its turbine, with the cause confirmed as sabotage.
On Tuesday, Electrabel had said the plant would remain offline until Sept. 15 as it carried out repairs and investigated an oil leak that forced its closure on Aug. 5. Its French parent company GDF Suez confirmed the closure was due to sabotage.
The shutdown of Doel 4′s nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) of electricity generating capacity as well as closures of two other reactors (Doel 3 and Tihange 2) or months because of cracks in steel reactor casings adds up to just over 3 GW of Belgian nuclear capacity that is offline, more than half of the total.
…A GDF Suez spokesman confirmed Belgian press reports about suspicion of sabotage.
“There was an intentional manipulation,” he said, adding that somebody had tampered with the system used for emptying oil from the Alstom-made turbine.
He said no outsiders had penetrated into the plant but declined to say whether an employee could have purposely caused the leak, as has been reported in some Belgian media.
The Greens want to take us back to a kinder, gentler lifestyle.
Last time they did, THIS happened. As someone in the comments said,
“Errr. I see Sauron is back.”
~ Photo: Sigurdur Hrafn Stefnisson
…now we’re vapourizing them in mid-air. Oh, is there anything Green Energy CAN’T DO?!!
Solar plant’s downside? Birds igniting in midair
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays – “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.
The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.
The deaths are “alarming. It’s hard to say whether that’s the location or the technology,” said Garry George, renewable-energy director for the California chapter of the Audubon Society.
“There needs to be some caution.“
It’s HOT UNDER HERE!!!”
Those aren’t my words (well, they could have been); they are from that noted Tea-Party editorial board at…Bloomberg
Rosemary Lehmberg, the Democratic district attorney in Travis County, Texas, spent three weeks in jail last year for drunken driving, prompting Republican Governor Rick Perry to call on her to resign. She refused — and now her supporters hope to have the last laugh by sending Perry away for a lot longer. The criminal case against him is a farce and should be dismissed faster than prairie fire with a tail wind.
…This would be ordinary partisan tit for tat, except that a law enforcement office is involved. Political disputes should be resolved in political venues — legislative bodies and public debates — not in criminal courts. If Perry’s veto is an abuse of power, then the state legislature could impeach him, as it did Texas Governor James “Pa” Ferguson nearly 100 years ago. Impeachment, however, is entirely unnecessary: The legislature could simply vote to override Perry’s line-item veto. For failing to do so, should the entire legislature be indicted?
Of course not. Perry is guilty of partisan behavior, not felonious conduct. There’s been no evidence to support the claim that he vetoed the funds to prevent the public integrity unit from investigating allegations of impropriety by the state’s Cancer Prevention and Research Center.
I could not agree more.
Daughter requested (well, demanded, really) some filets for dinner last night, so to keep the kitchen nice and cool I took the cast iron outside
turned out pretty nom-nom
got a nice sear on them and along with my Bride’s creamed spinach, well, life was pretty good last night at Casa Bingley.
We first took a jump to the left (and then a step to the right)
Siri, I need to dispose of a body
A college student accused of killing his roommate asked Siri for advice on hiding a body the day the man went missing, according to U.S. police.
Pedro Bravo, 20, stands accused of kidnapping and strangling his friend Christian Aguilar, 18, in September 2012 when they shared a room at the University of Florida.
The murder trial at the Alachua County Criminal Justice Centre, Florida, yesterday heard how the men had argued over Aguilar dating Bravo’s ex-girlfriend, Erika Friman.
Detective Matt Goeckel from Gainesville Police Department said on 20 September 2012, Bravo told Apple’s digital assistant Siri: ‘I need to hide my roommate’.
In response to this, Siri said: ‘What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps.’
I knew there was one I’d forgotten.
…you curse the manners you were raised with: having a lovely lunch with a girlfriend and Bubba Watson strolls by the windows. Even stops at the corner across from Don’s for a minute or two. Took EVERYTHING I HAD not to go charging out of Jacksons Steakhouse like a total goober for a picture.
Maturity. I HATE IT.
If it’s just white-bread “Christian”, you’re Shiite out of luck.
Kirsten Powers: Obama’s inattention to Iraqi Christians
White House not addressing their persecution equally.
…Finally, later that night — and two full months after the crisis began — President Obama announced airstrikes in Iraq and for the first time acknowledged that Christians are being driven from the homeland of their faith. But the Christians garnered a passing mention, while the religious minority of Yazidis seems to be what moved the president to act.
An Iraqi Christian leader lamented to me that his people would have to convert to get the administration’s attention.
The Yazidis deserve protection and humanitarian aid, but so do the Christians who number in the hundreds of thousands in Iraq. While the Yazidis received air drops of food and water, nothing has been dropped to the Christians who are homeless and in dire need of food and water. Each day that passes is a matter of life and death.
I watched his initial announcement about the airstrikes and supply drops and damn near fell out my chair when “Christian” passed his lips for the VERY FIRST TIME EVER. It WAS only ONCE in the speech and I haven’t heard it since.
To her credit, Kirsten Powers angrily noted the same the next day on Fox’s Outnumbered:
— tree hugging sister (@treehuggingsis) August 8, 2014
Gene Simmons’ Advice to Immigrants: “Learn to Speak Goddamn English!”
Gene Simmons has some advice for immigrants.
During an interview with HuffPost Live Monday, the 64-year-old Kiss rocker, who moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of 8, says people moving to America should assimilate to the culture as quickly as possible, just the way he did.
“I’m actually saying the thing that needs to be said because the politically correct climate is bulls–t,” Simmons said. “You don’t want to upset anybody by saying, ‘Learn to speak goddamn English.’ So, as an immigrant, I’m telling you: Learn to speak goddamn English. It is the key that will unlock the keys to the kingdom. If you make the effort, then all the possibilities of this culture will open up for you and give you all the rewards that I’ve gotten.”
World’s Oldest Water Filter has finally stopped working
Sweden is in mourning today over the death of the world’s oldest eel. Åle the eel was around 155 years old when he left a country bereft, a prodigious age for the European eel Anguilla anguilla which in the wild typically lives around seven years in fresh water before returning to the ocean to spawn and die. They can be very long-lived, though. The oldest recorded wild eel was 85 years old.
Åle was put in the well in the fishing village of Brantevik on the southeastern tip of Sweden by eight-year-old Samuel Nilsson in 1859. This was a common practice in a time when running water was rare (Stockholm only got public water mains in the 1850s; it took more than a century after that for waterworks to be installed in smaller towns) and a good eel could keep the home’s water supply free of bugs, worms, eggs, algae and any other number of critters. European eels will even eat carrion, so they’re extremely helpful additions to a well.
This particular eel has been a star for close to a hundred years, garnering articles in the paper, TV news stories and documentaries, even making an appearance in the Swedish Tom Sawyer, Bombi Bitt and I written by Fritiof Nilsson Piraten in 1932. Thomas Kjellman, current owner of the cottage, remembers Åle from when he was a boy. His family bought the house in 1962 with the understanding that the eel came with the property.
Ya learn something new every day at Maggie’s Farm.
If, of course, you are a lobbyist
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama is loosening restrictions on lobbyists who want to serve on federal advisory boards, a White House official said on Tuesday, a setback to the president’s efforts to tamp down special interest influence in Washington.
Obama came to office pledging to curtail the sway of lobbyists and banned lobbyists from serving on such panels, which guide government policy on a range of topics ranging from cancer to towing safety.
Everything he says has an expiration date.
Everything is simply to keep him and his cronies in power.
Thank you every one for your kind wishes on our anniversary. To celebrate our special night I decided, true romantic that I am, to take my Bride (with Daughter tagging along for a free meal, natch) to the Outback Steakhouse (we wanted to go to the Inlet Cafe in the Highlands but the rain put the kibosh on that).
Well, sadly, the quality of the food there has slipped (as has the quantity of the servings: the cheese fries appetizer was noticeably smaller) but what caught my eye, and once again exposed my humble provincial upbringing, was this item on the menu:
Who knew that Sangria was a traditional Australian specialty?
…my Dearest Friend and I were joined
Thanks, My Love.
As a bonus trip with the Way Back Machine, who remembers what were the top movies, songs and tv shows in August of 1989?
…but nary a PEEP from the big guys until now…
Iraq's President has appointed Haider al-Abadi as new Prime Minister. http://t.co/lISiKa97er
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 11, 2014
…Iraqi forces and tanks surged into some Baghdad neighborhoods Sunday as a wave of troops swarmed Baghdad’s green zone, the secure area where many government buildings and the U.S. Embassy are located, two Iraqi police officials said.
Exactly what led to the surge remains unclear. But some believe the beefed-up military presence is part of a power struggle between al-Maliki and newly elected President Fuad Masum…
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I’m a big fan of non-violent telecommuting.
A simply amazing story
Raudhatul Jannah was just 4 years old when the catastrophic tsunami swept into her Indonesian town and swept out with her in tow.
She had been holding onto her parents as they floated on a plank of wood when the tsunami hit her home, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur International. But Raudhatul and her then 7-year-old brother, Arif Pratama Rangkuti, slipped from their father’s grasp. The family never saw the two children again until Wednesday when Raudhatul, now 14, was reunited with her family.
…Young Raudhatul had been swept onto a remote island, when she was found by a fisherman who returned her to the mainland. For the next 10 years, that fisherman’s mother raised her by the name of Wenni, according to AFP.
And the Union Jack flying over the door of the Stock Market?
What’s going on this morning?