Links 4/6/13

THE BESTIARIUM OF ALOYS ZÖTL (1831-1887) Public Domain Review (furzy mouse)

Deputies: Ga. man stabbed, unleashed dogs on pig Associated Press (Lambert)

Appetite control could be rewired, say researchers BBC

Linus Torvalds To Join Microsoft To Head Windows 9 Project It’s F.O.S.S (furzy mouse). Still funny!

Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production could revolutionize alternative energy market EureakAlert (Chuck L)

Cooling system fails at Fukushima nuclear plant for second time in a month Independent (Chuck L)

Abenomics is the only way to stop Japan’s debt compound crisis Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

North Korea: we can’t keep you safe, Pyongyang tells foreign embassies Telegraph

Cyprus, where the vicious circle stopped FTAlphaville

Cyprus warns of economic slump Guardian

Portugal Court Strikes Down Austerity Measures Wall Street Journal

Largest class survey reveals polarized UK society and the rise of new groups ScienceDaily (Chuck L)

The soft, weak Chinese cite concerns for international law and due process Glenn Greenwald

Does Obama Have a Plan to Capture an Asteroid? Mother Jones

Obama Is the Driving Force Behind Cutting Your Social Security Jon Walker, Firedoglake

Whatever Happened to the GAO? Counterpunch (Chuck L)

Former EPA Climate Adviser Rips Obama Over Environmental Regulations Mother Jones (Carol B)

Court Orders FDA to Remove All Restrictions on the Morning-After Pill Justice Online (furzy mouse)

Why The Real Unemployment Rate Is Worse Than You Think AOL Jobs (Carol B)

US Bank Depositors Unlikely to Take Losses masaccio, Firedoglake (Carol B)

New bill would end Basel III and hike bank capital requirements to 10%. Read the draft here Quartz (Richard Smith). And banks were worried about Elizabeth Warren? This is quite a shot across the bow. Ending risk-based capital weightings would be huge. The odds of this happening (at least before we have another crisis) are zero, but just wait for the firestorm from bank lobbyists and flack if this even gets a real airing.

Payment for Act of Kindness: 2 Days in Car Trunk at Age 89 New York Times

The Bacon-Wrapped Economy East Bay Expressn (SC)

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  1. AbyNormal

    “The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion in the only guarantee of morality.”
    arthur schopenhauer, the basis of morality

    speedy recovery Oliver…your in my thoughts
    (that story hurt Lambert)

    1. Brindle

      Interesting article, “Bacon Wrapped Economy”.
      In comments section this successful 28 yo woman spells it from her particular point of view. “we can change the world”, “exciting lifestyle”—it’s all just so groovy….

      —“The SF bay area is a haven for the geeks, nerds, smarty-pants, artists, dreamers, activists, storytellers, and weirdos – we are all with common company here, we can be ourselves, and we can change the world.

      I decided when I moved here to not let common thinking, working class family kind of thinking, drag me down and stop me – the SF area is an escape from the people who say cannot.

      The only thing I feel I owe society is to tell little girls to do their math homework, its culturally acceptable to stay interested in science, and get a degree in comp, math, science, or engineering – if they want a fun, awesome, and exciting lifestyle for themselves too.

      The software positions are open, nobody is stopping others from joining this world/lifestyle – just feel good about doing math homework ☺”—

      1. sufferinsuccotash, moocher

        It’s a reminder of David Harvey’s observation that capitalism never solves problems, it only moves them around. In this case, potential iconoclasts are moved into a cultural bubble (the Bay Area) where they can indulge in their “daring” lifestyles without posing the slightest threat to the existing order. Of course this is not news; what makes it more noticeable nowadays is the money involved along with the growing inequality which gives it a higher profile.

        1. Brindle

          Notice she does not mention the poor people who live in the SF Bay area, or the homeless.
          They just don’t register on her onward-forward, “don’t “drag me down” or “stop me” ethos.

        2. Expat

          “what makes it more noticeable nowadays is the money involved along with the growing inequality which gives it a higher profile.”

          This is all they can do with the money they have? What a waste, in all senses of the word. We’ve seen such fin de siecle behaviour before and history teaches us that no one misses it when it’s gone. What would be terrifying is if they used their class power to imagine and impose the next degree of neoliberalism on our poor planet and its people.

          1. diptherio

            It’s ironic: all these forward-thinking progressives in Silicon Valley who want to “change the world,” and yet they haven’t figured out that their out-sized pay packages could do just that. If half of the SF area execs agreed to donate half their salaries to development work, they could provide clean water and sanitation for entire districts, if not nations. Our “progressive” wealthy could ensure that every child is educated, fed and clothed in whole regions of the planet, but no…I guess they’d rather have a Ferrari and a super-impressive bank account balance. Sigh…

            I built a community school in Nepal on money I earned painting f#@king houses! If I had half what those C-level punks are making, I could build a hospital, a college, and a pave the all roads too…and still live in comfort in the US.

            The first time I flew back from Nepal into LA, all I could think looking out the window was, We’re soooo rich, and this is all we can think to do with it?!?

        3. Delia

          Well that may be but it first has to do with rent levels and the beginning of an artistic community. Some spark or initiating business makes a neighborhood or town and attratcive place to creative people–real creative people–not paper shufflers, and then the town attracts more and more.

          Silcon Valley is now set in concrete and is overdeveloped and expensive. It’s done.

          Where is the next new place? Not in San Francisco. It’s too poorly managed and has too many parochial entitlement groups and too much crime to function properly, no matter how great the view or the restaurants.

          To the north is Marin County, an attractive natural area surrounded by parks and water and permanent farmland with a string of towns along the freeway coming off the Golden Gate Bridge. Lucasfilm, BioMarin and various other companies are there. Rents for commercial and residential spaces are way lower than in San Francisco which is 30 minutes away by ferry or bus or car.

          Older post WWII homes are being sold or rented by a third wave of creatives who want out of the city and love the climate, nature, recreation and company of people like themselves. The schools range from excellent to good.

          Look at the clusters of homes and apartments near the freeway in Mill Valley, Corte Madera, San Rafael, and the Canal District which is gentrifying not with Yuppies but with artists, the areas around the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center and points north.

          Poor Hispanics are leaving and the people the poster above mentions are moving in.

    2. diptherio

      Interesting that the article points to Kickstarter as a philanthropic outlet for the SV wealthy, since Kickstarter is fairly explicit about NOT being a place for charities to raise money (else I’d have been all over it). It is specifically “a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology.” No mention of philanthropy anywhere (lighting the Golden Gate bridge wasn’t philanthropy, it was a big f-u to the folks in Oakland, imo).

  2. craazyman

    She Got Stuffed!

    It’s going from bad to something like a mobile coma in Spain. I hadn’t done any macroeconomic research of any kind for months, so to catch up went over to the Spanish institute across the street and asked my anarchist friend for an update on the homeland.

    Wow. No more feel good vibe. She and her sister got stuffed by some Caja! — I couldn’t understand the name, some Spanish string of words that sounded like da-nana-da-na-da-nana-da-nana. I know that’s not helpful. 50,000 euros! Not only that, the government cut the institute’s budget by 75%!

    She has to go to Spain this summer to work the lawyer side of the stuff and was spitting little flecks of lettuce from her salad while she talked. She kept picking them up off the desk in front of her.

    She said things are breaking down. She has no idea what’s gonna happen. No more woo-woo it’ll all work out smiley foo-foo like last year. As usual, I asked when do they start rioting in the streets. She nearly spit again. “They don’t have it in them”, she said. “All they do is go on Facebook and they just care about designer labels.” That sounded like Italy to me, but I know for a fact she’s talking Spain.

    The politicians are all corrupt. Everything is corrupt. She spit again and picked up another fleck of lettuce from her desk. She said something about an airport. I think they built it near some small town and no planes ever land there. It just sits there and decays. But a lot of money was made.

    YOu get the feeling it’s that time when things are coiled tight, thick and quiet, right before something happens. They say it’s like that in the woods when a Bigfoot is near — the animals and birds just stop and you can’t hear a thing, then it’s 9 feet tall 5 feet away from you staring at you. F*ck. Just thinking about that gives me the creeps so hard even the woods in Central Park seem scary.

    On the other hand, it could go on like this for years. She said the younger people are all living at home. If they have Facebook and mom cooks, why leave the house except to party?

    1. Bill the Psychologist

      “even the woods in Central Park seem scary.”

      haha, when I lived there those woods WERE scary, and not because of Bigfoot…..

    2. Jim Haygood

      Takin’ it to the streets in Madrid — from El Pais:

      On Friday the Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, suffered a demonstration at the gates of her house in the Madrid neighborhood of Fuente del Berro. In a gazebo in the center of Madrid, the Platform of the Mortgage Affected (PAH in Spanish) convened activists, evictees and the press in a controversial model of protest which brings their claims to the homes and workplaces of deputies. The Partido Popular considers it to be “harassment and coercion.”

      Security agents identified some people and demanded IDs in response to the “illegal gathering” at the start of the protest. First identified was Jorge Vestrynge, former general secretary of the old People’s Alliance, socialist activist and husband of a PAH activist, who said that he would understand being confronted by a demonstration “if I had done wrong.”

      They shouted slogans at the vice president’s house: “These are not evictions, they are murders!” Flanked by members of the National Police, they entered the neighborhood and planted themselves in front of the chalet, which had the blinds drawn. Not a movement was seen in the house during the 20 minutes while between 200 and 300 people stood outside, though the vice president was inside with her ​​husband and baby, according to La Moncloa.

      The demonstration sought “to signal” to Saenz de Santamaria “that she is part of one of the political parties that have expressed their rejection” of the Popular Legislative Initiative (ILP) claiming retroactive foreclosure relief, curbs on evictions and subsidized rent. “Soraya, Soraya, who pays for your house!” they shouted.

    3. neo-realist

      It also sounds like our country to a certain extent, but add twitter, video games, IPhones and youtube to facebook for activities that take the place of proactive opposition to the system by the youth. But we probably don’t have it quite as bad as Spain yet.

      1. reslez

        We don’t have it as bad?

        Worse health care, worse inequality, worse job security, worse economic mobility. I suppose our youth unemployment rate isn’t as bad. Hooray for us?

        1. neo-realist

          Probably just as bad youth unemployment, but our youth probably have more distractions with just as much pacifism as theirs.

  3. AbyNormal

    The EPA, which is the designated on-scene coordinator for the investigation in Mayflower, did not respond to questions about whether Song should have been evicted from the command center.

    Timothy Smith, professor emeritus of journalism at Kent State University and founder of the Media Law Center for Ethics and Access, said that if the command center was on Exxon property and Song had refused to leave, the company could, indeed, have asked local law enforcement officials to arrest her.

    But Smith said he couldn’t understand why the “DOT and EPA should be hunkered down behind walls thrown up by a private company.”

    “This type of operating procedure is unusual. I can’t figure out why it would be beneficial to either Exxon or DOT to control information about this event,” Smith said.

    “While the Arkansas spill is certainly embarrassing given the controversy about the Canadian pipeline, by denying access, they are making it worse.”

  4. Ted

    Hydrogen will destroy the world. Hydrogen is a small very light weight molecule. It does not occur very often in nature because it is usually bound with oxygen to make water or other compounds. Because it is so light weight, it rises through the atmosphere (zeppelins were filled with hydrogen). It rises and rises until it reaches the stratosphere, where it encounters another gas, ozone. Ozone is an extremely reactive form of oxygen, which is hazardous at the surface but an important barrier to UV light in the stratosphere. That is why we worry about the hole in the ozone caused by fluorocarbons. When hydrogen encounters ozone, it reacts immediately to form water vapor, destroying the ozone in the process. What will happen if we start producing hydrogen in the quantities that we now produce natural gas? Because it is a small molecule it leaks easily, which means it will leak from every pipe joint and fill point. Lots will be lost to the atmosphere where it will rise to the stratosphere, destroy the ozone and create very high clouds of ice crystals, which will change the albedo of the earth, reflecting sunlight. So a shift to widespread production of hydrogen will destroy the ozone and simultaneously create a layer of clouds that will reflect sunlight back into space. I can’t imagine that will end well.

    1. diptherio

      Just when I thought there was a light at the end of this tunnel, you have to go and point out the ominous vibration of the tracks under our feet. Well, thanks for ruining my morning.

      We need to learn to live within our means as a species, if we expect to survive more than another couple centuries (at most). I, for one, am not hopeful. Maybe if we execute all the of marketing people we’ll stand a chance…but that seems like a long-shot.

    2. MacCruiskeen

      The reaction producing the excess water vapor is not actually H2 + O3 as you might think but H2 + OH. Some work has been done modeling the increase in stratospheric water vapor but nothing suggests that “it will destroy us all.” Possibly there might be some slowing in the recovery the ozone hole. Some models suggest very little excess water vapor. These models tend to assume a complete replacement of the vehicle fleet, something that will take a long time, if ever. There are of course uncertainties. It is not clear, for instance, how much of the excess hydrogen would be absorbed by bacteria in the ground (some bacteria process hydrogen).

      See, for further information, Potential Environmental Impact of a Hydrogen Economy on the Stratosphere, Tromp et al (DOI: 10.1126/science.1085169), Switching to a U.S. hydrogen fuel cell vehicle fleet, Colella (j. power sources), and Jacobson, M. Z. (2008), Effects of wind-
      powered hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on stratospheric ozone and global climate, Geophys. Res. Lett. ,
      35, L19803, doi:10.1029/2008GL035102

    3. Valissa

      Lots of apocaphilia going around this millenium. Beware, it is highly contagious and addictive, and the related stress is bad for one’s health.

      My theory is that reading history has immunized me from that diseased and seductive mindset. There have been so many times in history that have been so much worse than now. Worldview and attitude are choices.

      Interesting factoid… the Serenity Prayer was originally written by Reinhold Niebuhr

      1. diptherio

        The Serenity prayer…I say that thing over and over again, even though it never makes me more serene…does that make me crazy?

        Oh yeah, and the “putting all your sorrows in a pot” thing from AA that someone mentioned the other day is actually a re-jiggered Hasidic Jewish tale. They say that on the Day of Judgment you are led to a tree where you are given a little bag with all your sorrows in it. You must hang your bag on a limb of the tree and then walk all the way around it, examining all the other bags. Each person is then required to take one bag of sorrows off the tree and, the Hasids say, everyone takes their own bag back again, since all of the others seem like they would be too much to bear.

    4. The Investor Club

      Correct me if I’m wrong but the reaction of hydrogen with oxygen is actually burning hydrogen. Burning hydrogen requires the right concentration of hydrogen and oxygen and ignition energy like an open flame or an electric spark. We need really a lot of hydrogen to fill up the atmosphere to the level where it can explode.

      1. different clue

        Thinner concentrations wouldn’t explode or even burn, just react. But they would still react,I should think.

  5. Vernon

    “Linus Torvalds To Join Microsoft To Head Windows 9 Project”

    This is an April Fool’s joke. Does NC read the comments on the linked web sites before posting?

    1. Jim Haygood

      That article is a joke … but this one apparently is not:

      Since 2011, the budget for Apple’s Campus 2 has ballooned from less than $3 billion to nearly $5 billion. If the consensus estimate is accurate, Apple’s expansion would eclipse the $3.9 billion being spent on the new World Trade Center complex in New York, and the new office space would run more than $1,500 per square foot —- three times the cost of many top-of-the-line downtown corporate towers.

      Intended to accommodate more than 12,000 employees in a single, circular building, the massive, four-story ring, at 2.8 million square feet, would be two-thirds the size of the Pentagon and set among 176 acres of trees where today there are mostly asphalt parking lots.

      Last August, when Apple won a billion-dollar patent judgment against Samsung, I said that Apple was finished … and promptly bought a Samsung phone. Apple stock peaked one month later, and has since shed a third of its value.

      Now, the other shoe has dropped for Apple: a pharaonic edifice complex, which never fails to destroy its corporate victims. It’s not that Apple can’t afford it, but rather that it’s wasting $5 billion on a gold-plated white elephant. You can’t Think Different in a 12,000-person corporate beehive.

      Goodbye, Apple, and thanks for the memories!

      1. Paul Tioxon

        I thought Apple had a $100b cash hoard that it did not know what it should do with it. If $5b buys them real estate in Silicon Valley with state of the art design, this would be an appreciating asset. On the other hand, if it bought its own stock in a buy back, that would be a depreciating asset. Now, I am not an economist nor do I have an MBA, but I think real estate is the better investment. After all, they aren’t making anymore California real estate on top of a known earthquake fault line.

          1. craazyman

            I remembrer seeing that last year and thinking “Apple is toast”.

            Waht a self-hagiography. It looks like a woman’s toilet seat, a circle with nowhere for a guy to pee. hahahah. I know they meant it to be a halo or a madela, tht’s why I said it, I admit. Just cleaned the bathroom today, whoa do I hate that, so it’s on my mind.

            I bougt some at 443 last month thnks to David Einhorn. He talked me into it, not personally, but I saw him on the internet on some talk show rattling their cage. That got me.

            Maybe one day we’ll hear the entire building disappeared over night after strange lights were seen in the sky and Mr, Cook himself woke up under a tree with no memory how he got there. These things happen, but most people don’t know about them.

      2. Lambert Strether

        This is consistent with a thesis put forward years ago by C. Northcote Parkinson of “Parkinson’s Law” fame: An institution builds itself the “perfect building” when it is at the brink of decay. The examples I remember are the Vatican and the imperial capital of New Delhi, but there were others.

        One might dream that the NSA’s giant data center in Utah is a similar final effloresence of our police state.

        1. Valissa

          The Taj Mahal is another. I remember when I was there the tour guide told us that the Emperor had wanted to build a matching building out of black stone, but the imperial budget was almost bankrupt (from all the amazing buildings he had commissioned) so his son deposed him and had him imprisoned.

        2. Delia

          Dmitri Orlov posited the same thing with some great additions:

          “It was Andrew Lawrence, the inventor of the skyscraper index, who pointed out that the building of the world’s tallest buildings is a good proxy for dating the onset of major economic downturns. His index has stood the test of time; the few times when it made an incorrect prediction can be adequately explained by exceptional circumstances, such as the onset of world wars. It is now being put to the test again, and we ignore its advice at our own peril.”

  6. Susan the other

    Interesting article by Glenn Greenwald on the NYT on Naw Kham. Anybody else find it curious?

    1. forebrain lesions

      Tbogg will be still be defending Obama’s drones with nyaa-nyaa when the L&T Casey, having washed out of collegiate athletics, individuates and rebels by noticing the actual world and, traveling to a victim of Obama’s aggression, gets her limbs blown off by a drone.

  7. Jim S

    Re: NK

    Here’s what I predict will happen: in a few days’ time NK starts shooting, like it says it will, and the West will be “shocked, just shocked” that NK actually meant it this time. Soldiers and civilians will die and Seoul will be heavily damaged by shelling, but prompt and firm military and diplomatic action by the West contain the action and avert the nuclear crisis. Four weeks later, riding a wave of adrenaline and self-righteousness, and while China and Russia are still distracted by the Korean situation, the West intervenes in Syria.

    Alternately, the DPRK does attempt to use its nuke but it fizzles out and falls into the Pacific, in which case the intervention into Syria is accompanied by the bombing of Iranian nuclear facilities while Russia and China abashedly stand back, having been reminded of the dangers of nuclear proliferation.

    There’s no evidence for this scenario, of course, just a cynical imagination–Valissa’s right about the apocalyptic bug going around. On the other hand, as craazyman notes, it’s just too damn quiet right now…

      1. efschumacher

        That’s exactly what Lord Grey meant in 1914. Though he was 30 years premature, and only right for the subsequent 30 years.

  8. Cloud

    The energy stored in xylose splits water molecules, yielding high-purity hydrogen that can be directly utilized by proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. Even more appealing, this reaction occurs at low temperatures, generating hydrogen energy that is greater than the chemical energy stored in xylose and the polyphosphate. This results in an energy efficiency of more than 100 percent — a net energy gain. That means that low-temperature waste heat can be used to produce high-quality chemical energy hydrogen for the first time. Other processes that convert sugar into biofuels such as ethanol and butanol always have energy efficiencies of less than 100 percent, resulting in an energy penalty.”

    Funny how “breaking our fossil-fuel dependence” always seems to require breaking the laws of physics. One day, I expect, I’ll have learned to completely stop paying attention to alternative-energy “breakthroughs”.

    1. evodevo

      I’m still suspicious …. the enzymes part sounds OK, but I am still leery of processes that work in a test tube and then fail when they try to gear up to industrial levels.

  9. Cloud

    Never mind. I forgot that the engineer’s definition of efficiency is different than the theoretician’s. Too bad the article is behind a paywall.

    1. Bill Smith

      Just a case of unfortunate wording in the article.

      There could be something to this, but they will need to take it a lot further towards commercialization to get a handle on cost. From our first go around with the hydrogen economy, we found out that it costs 3x too much and since it is a tiny molecule, leakage will be a problem. Some had guestimated 30% loss in transport and storage. (and if it does make the ozone layer go away, that would be bad)

      So they say this process is cheaper than the one that costs 3X too much. But what they s/b comparing it to would be corn ethanol, or any recent improvements with cellulose ethanol.

      Then the end use would be comparing a gas or fuel cell car. A fuel cell car is better than 50% efficient, compared to 25% for gasoline. So that looks good, but it would be nice to know how much a fuel cell car costs before we get super excited like we did about electric cars.

  10. McWatt

    Remember the “Japanese Miracle”? I was around and had to compete globally against it. The Japanese government gave anyone who could fog a mirror unlimited amounts of money as long as they were exporting. The Japanese copied our products and sold them back to us at illegal “dumping prices”. All they had to do was pay 2% interest on the borrowed money.

    It sure looks like payback time for them with the “Chinese Miracle” onslaught. Only we are also getting a second and way more severe dose of illegal international “competition” from China as well.

    Where does this end? It absolutely sucks being on the receiving end of
    unfair and unfettered international thuggery.

  11. kevinearick

    Linus Torvalds To Join Microsoft To Head Windows 9 Project

    How many times can the same a-e try to re-invent himself? QEInfinity, and beyond. Maybe if he changed his name to Jobs….

  12. rich

    This lady says her child was in a wheelchair and can now walk. The other child needs access to same treatment.

    Two boys have genetic disease, only one can be saved

    Austin and Max McNary were born with the same fatal genetic disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A promising new drug has changed the younger brother’s life. Now their mother is fighting to get his big brother the same treatment.

  13. Ep3

    Yves, I mention this because of a few things. But first, it’s a remark from the Disney ppl. In the article they mention “reducing risk” for the star wars name. They say the focus is to move to licensing, not production of games. Now this would make sense if the games had been bad. But they havent. This sounds like squeezing the grapefruit to get every last bit of the juice and then shedding the pulp. I can just see some analysts mgmt heads saying ‘ya know we can keep making the games and licensing ourselves and have all this overhead for a 23% profit margin, where we have t do all this work to manage the game making and then we take the chance that a game might not be successful. Or, we can get rid of the game making, and the overhead, and license the name for 12% and not have all that risk and not have to do all this work of managing the process. Just sit back and collect the margin. And when profits are a little tight elsewhere, just raise the licensing cost, which means squeezing some startup game company, who are the ones taking the risks and having to pay their rewards to a company that does nothing but own two words – ‘star wars’.
    Now how is this being a hard working American company (Disney)?
    What also bothers me yves is that people are losing their jobs. Now many will probably find work easily again. But I never imagine when you work for a fortune 500 company, that when you leave, you find work that pays as well as a big company. I am just imagining a person making 250k a year, with a pension and health care and stock options, for example. So when they are let go from Disney, maybe they don’t end up with another Disney size company. And the new company can’t afford the same level of salary and benefits. So this becomes a step down for someone who is otherwise well qualified. How is that fair?

  14. efschumacher

    On the UKs 7 Social Classes. Note how the figures add up to 54% female over the whole sample. Since the UK population is 51-49 Female-Male, you wonder what else they got skewed.

    Personally I think the Technical-Misfit class is more discriminating and/or honest about what they consider to be ‘social contacts’, and more qualitative in their approach to the activities they engage in.

    Personally, I have better things to do than burn time nurturing social contacts with vapid party ‘friends-for-an-evening’. Like burning time engaging with my sincere naked capitalism buddies and their avatars instead.

  15. H. Alexander Ivey

    About: Abenomics is the only way to stop Japan’s debt compound crisis

    Boy, is Ambrose pissed! Don’t mess with him, man. He’s coming unglued.

    No facts, no figures, just high class rant. But just gotta love how Ambroise down plays the fact that the “hero” of the piece, the Japanese PM of the 1930s, is at the end, assassinated, and ignores that the desire of the Japanese leaders of that time lead to the Pacific portion of WWII.

  16. Brooklin Bridge

    As far as the break-through in hydrogen production goes, it looks like big-oil may be about to purchase another set of patents for closet wall-paper.

  17. bhikshuni

    Interesting update on Keystone XL reporte at :

    “The cost of the pipeline is rising and the profit margin is falling. This resulted in France’s Total selling its 49% ownership in the Canadian oil sands to the Canadian energy company, Suncor, for a $1.65 billion loss. The executives of Total said that further investment in the project could not be justified because of rising costs and decreasing profit margins.”

  18. Cordell Leblane

    In further thought, I have another instance I’d like to ask about. I type full transcripts, so it gets confusing. It will probably be easier to give an illustration rather than try to explain what I’m asking without it. Here goes:

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