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The Economic Lunacy of Climate Change UK

How climate change zealots are wrecking every last industry this country possesses.

Daily Mail October 2011

Rather overshadowed by events at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester last week was a line in George Osborne’s speech which could mark the start of a long overdue political transformation in Britain.

He was referring in particular to the Climate Change Act, famously passed by the House of Commons in October 2008 by 463 votes to three, even as the snow was falling outside. By the Government’s own estimate, it would cost £404?billion to implement – £760 per household every year for four decades. Continue Reading →

Spain demonstrates the real power behind solar.

This reminds me of a plug-and-play joke from grade school about astronomers from group X. (As a Canadian, the joke was typically about French people back then) where they had decided to send a team to the sun. They avoid the obvious problems of burning alive, by sending the team to go at night.

The amount of corruption, theft, bad policy and damage to civilization caused by crypto-environmentalism however, is not so funny.

Thanks GOV

(ANSAmed) – MADRD, APRIL 12 – ‘The Ministry for Industry uncovers a serious fraud on solar energy’ , El Mundo reveals today with the newspaper’s main feature story, quoting government data on photovoltaic energy production, according to which several solar plants were actually working at night. It is suspected the solar panels are plugged into power generators or electricity-producing apparel at night, to simulate production and obtain the public grants allowed for the photovoltaic sector. According to the newspaper’s sources, solar plants in Castilla y Leon, Castilla-La Mancha, Andalusia and the Canary Islands are supposedly producing energy at night-time, without the sun. Between November and January in particular, more than 4,500 megawatt per hour would have been produced at night, and the amount of State-granted frauded funds would be about 2,6 million euros. Until last year’s November the energy production in Spanish photovoltaic plants didn’t undergo today’s severe controls, which are regulated by the National Energy Commission (CNE, where all data from authonomous communities and energy distribution companies are processed.) The responsible Minister, Miguel Sebastian, pushed CNE to further inspections and open an inquiry to investigate “fraudulent practices.” (ANSAmed).

Communism fail:

Hugo Chavez’s obscenely bad central planning has led to one of the worlds energy richest nations having rolling power blackouts (not to mention grotesque lack of basic foodstuffs) even to the point where the power goes out on one of his own press conferences. Thank god, as they say, for small mercies.

From the Washington Post: H/T Fausta

CARACAS, Venezuela — Power failures have become a fact of life in Venezuela, but the energy problems have not affected the presidential palace – until now.

President Hugo Chavez was giving a televised address Thursday when the broadcast on state TV was suddenly interrupted. TV screens went fuzzy for a couple of seconds, then the channel switched to a spot urging Venezuelans to save electricity.

When the live broadcast resumed minutes later, Chavez said the interruption was caused by problems with a power generator.

Chavez blames energy shortages on a drought and low water levels at the Guri Dam, which supplies about 70 percent of Venezuela’s electricity. Critics argue Chavez has failed to invest enough in electricity production.

Congresswoman speaks out against cap and trade

This may appear outside the box for Vlad but I felt it qualified as both Irrational leftism and global warming. Thank god someone in the US has a clue.

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Michelle Bachmann is excellent in this video. H/T Jdamn

Excellent analysis on Galloway and the Canadian debacle. Terry Glavin

This post ripped from this blog. Please visit the original source here.This analysis is excellent and the author Terry Glavin deserves full kudos for figuring it all out where so many failed.

This Is Not A Story About Free Speech. This Is Not A Story About National Security.

(UPDATE: The full half-hour CHQR World Tonight radio interview version of this post’s contents is here).

In his contribution to the cacophony about L’affaire Galloway, Christopher Hitchens is not wrong in the substance of the opinions he expresses here. It is just that they are wholly immaterial to the matter at hand. Hitchens is wholly wrong in his assumptions. He didn’t do a lick of homework. He fails, and fails utterly.

(UPDATE II: Appended to his Slate column today, Christopher writes: In my last column, it seems I may have done an injustice to the government and people of Canada in the matter of George Galloway’s canceled visit to that country. For elucidation, please consult the following blog post. For my part, let me say it was not so much that Hitchens didn’t do a lick of homework, but that the references he relied upon – Canada’s national newspapers – are what led him astray).

The pretended difficulties that the fascist thug George Galloway has encountered in making his Canadian appointments are of his own construction and design. This has nothing to do with Geert Wilders, Skokie, or Jean Marie Le Pen. It certainly not about “the risk of giving the power of censorship to any official.” It is not really a story about Canada’s national security, either. None of these things are at stake here, any more than it was ever going to matter who won or lost when Galloway’s Canadian friends launched a court case to try and get Galloway in, the roundabout way.
This is a media circus of the same sort as the midway freak shows that involve displays of Britney Spears as she’s caught driving her SUV with a suckling infant on her lap, or Amy Winehouse snorting coke in a leaked home video. Dress it up anyway you like, that is the function the Galloway rumpus-making serves the news media.

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Video of march for sharia in UK

Well it was a lot more lame than I expected it to be. Thank Thor for small mercies.

As far as I can tell they didn’t even smash a Starbucks this time.

For more on the story visit gateway pundits

More also on Atlas Shruggs

Here is an earlier video of the organizer of this march speaking on his views on England and Islam

And again, more from Choudery

Choudery speaks on the Islamic concept of innocence

Phyllis Chesler on Islam the west and global jihad

Jihad is fully upon the West, both by stealth and by more and more open displays of Islamic aggression, hatred, and violence. Free speech (which includes truth-telling and the right to self-defense), is under the most profound siege. The United Nations has long been lost, Europe, (at least England, Holland, and possibly France), have rapidly become dhimmi states. North America is-and has been-in the cross-hairs of jihadic desire.

The recent demonstrations, ostensibly about Gaza, turned into dangerous hatefests all across the country. University campuses have become increasingly dangerous for Jewish and other pro-Israel or anti-fascist, pro-democracy students. Just the other day in Toronto, a student wearing a kippah set off a huge riot among the highly Palestinianized student body which even the Toronto police could not put down.

India has also had to live with countless Muslim terrorist attacks before the Mumbai atrocity and with attacks against authors, such as Bangladeshi Taslima Nasrin, who had been granted asylum in an Indian city. (She is now, once again, living in Europe). A friend of mine who lives in another Indian city has been writing to me about the situation but feels she cannot afford to go public with her views or her information. I am saddened, appalled by her silence, but I do understand it. I am grateful that she immediately called my attention to the incredible fuss that a recent article written by Johann Hari in the English language Statesman has caused. Hari asks why religion cannot be criticized or rather why only some religions cannot be criticized. Unbelievably, by February 12th, the editors of the Statesmen who published Hari’s piece were arrested for “offending Islam.”

To continue reading, press here, Chesler Chronicles

Ottawa. Anti semitism in schools causes school policy to accomodate

I received this story from someone who knows the teacher in it personally and am assured of the veracity of these described events. This is in Ottawa Canada not England and Not Scandinavia where we are already used to the idea of them being Muslim countries.

From Barbara Kay National Post:

In a story out of Surrey,  England February 6th, an angry headteacher is suing “gutless” education honchos for 100,000 pounds because they failed to support her against Muslim school bullies. The bullies were not children in the school yard, but a group of Muslim governors, appointed in 2003, that plaintiff Erica Connor claims took control of regular board meetings and pushed for a more religious agenda, including pressure on her to link up with the local mosque in order to focus on Muslim worship. When she resisted, she was labelled “racist and Islamophobic.” Rather than support her, her superiors branded her as “unresponsive to the needs of the faith community.” Connor says she is so depressed at having been made a “helpless scapegoat,” she may never work again.

Sadly, what seems to be a hijacking of a supposedly secular public school system by religious extremists has become a commonplace in Britain and Europe. The all too common response to the arrogance and aggression of Muslim exceptionalism in public institutions, most consequentially in schools, has been appeasement, and a disgraceful acquiescence to the kind of scapegoatism this teacher alleges.

Most Canadians probably believe that sort of thing can’t happen here. And yet when I read this story, I was immediately reminded, with something of a chill, of an eerily similar narrative I had read concerning a school in our nation’s capital. The details were different, but the basic problem – school officials backing down in the face of Muslim aggression against a teacher, and a subsequent acquiescence in the teacher’s victimization in order to avoid confrontation with religious expansionism – were the same.

I’ll call the Canadian teacher “Miriam,” not her real name. A Jewish child of Holocaust survivors, Miriam taught part time at a French-language high school in Ottawa from 2001-2004, a period she describes as “the worst years of my life.” The school was predominantly Muslim, the students principally from Djibouti and Eritrea.

Because Miriam was quite aware of the pervasive anti-Semitism amongst her students, she did not reveal she was Jewish. However, after her absence from school on the Jewish High Holidays, she was subject on a daily basis to overt anti-Semitic comments in the hallways, such as: “Does someone smell a Jew, does someone smell a stinking Jew?” Miriam of course complained to the principal and the vice-principal. According to Miriam, the principal said to her: “It seems that you divulged the fact that you are Jewish, so what do you expect?” It was left to Miriam to take mitigating tactics to avoid harassment.

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Could someone please clone Vaclav Klaus and make him PM of Canada?

Some of you may already be familiar with Mr. Klaus. A man I consider to be perhaps the last reasonable leader of a nation state. Vaclav has repeatedly stood against hidden agenda laws by the U.N and E.U. with respect to ‘crypto environmental’ regulations concerning CO2 outputs as well as draconian legislation of the EU much resembling old Soviet era rules governing freedom of thought and so on. Vaclav has a book available here through Vlad’s store called ‘Blue Planet Green shackles’ on how leftists with an agenda of hate towards developed nations wish to cripple our various economies using the language of green and very very bad science or more accurately, religion disguised as science. “And lo the world shall be destroyed by hell fire for the sins of corporate man” sort of nonsense.

Below is a story from the Telegraph in the UK showing how Vaclav was chastised by Sarkosi, French president and current head of the EU for refusing to fly the E.U. flag over significant Czech buildings. It may be worth using the search field here on Vlad or in google for reports on how Mr. Klaus has publicly used reason at the UN to speak against IPCC reports and recommendations. I can say with some authority that most developed nations know the facts behind ‘global warming ‘ and CO2 emissions but are hog tied by political correctness and irrational leftists in their own bureaucracies and have to pretend at least to go along with this nonsense. Often the costs of this pretence is in the billions of taxpayer dollars but this is a paltry sum compared to the utter financial ruin should Canada for example actually attempt to comply with Kyoto etc.

Here is a video of Mr. Klaus speaking to the UN on Global Warming and the bias in favor of the man made global warming position in lieu of the science.
Here Vaclav is being beaten up by a useful idiot at the BBC part one. You can see where the BBC is trying to steer him. Of course the ‘Do you have grandchildren’ argument works equally well from the other point of view. They can be warm from CO2, or they can be enslaved by leftist anti corporate and anti westerners who want to shut down all modern industry.

Nicolas Sarkozy has sparked a diplomatic row by attacking the ‘wounding and outrageous’ refusal of the Czech president to fly a European Union flag from Prague Castle.

The French president sided with federalist Euro-MPs who are engaged in a bitter feud with Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president and a Eurosceptic.

Senior MEPs, including the president of the European Parliament, Hans Gert Poettering, caused a diplomatic incident ten days ago after demanding that Mr Klaus hoist the European flag over his residence during bad tempered talks in Prague.

“It was a wound, it was an outrage to see that flags had been taken down from public buildings,” said President Sarkozy, the current holder of the EU’s six-month rotating presidency which he hands over to the Czech Republic in January.

“Mr Poettering can count on the full support of the French president.”

Karel Schwarzenberg, the Czech foreign minister, hit back as the diplomatic war of words between Paris and Prague threatened to overshadow the smooth transfer of the EU presidency.

“There is no law binding the Czech Republic to hang the EU flag over Prague Castle. Prague Castle is a symbol of the Czech state and not the EU,” he said.

“It is not up to the head of another state to criticise the Czech president over flags.”

A statement from the office of Mr Klaus said: “The Castle is a symbol of Czech statehood. There is no reason to change this historic tradition.”

The row exploded when a delegation of Euro-MPs sarcastically presented Mr Klaus with the 12-starred flag, during a visit on Dec 5, knowing that he had ruled out flying the flag over Prague Castle.

He was especially angered when Dany Cohn-Bendit, a former 1968 student radical and the Franco-German leader of Green Euro-MPs, told him: “I don’t care about your opinions”.

Mr Klaus replied: “This is incredible. I have never experienced anything like this before.”

Nigel Farage, the leader of UK Independence Party, compared the EU flag demand to the behaviour of Nazi or Soviet officials, both dictatorships that had occupied Prague and its Castle in the past.

“The manner in which Cohn-Bendit demanded that President Klaus fly the EU flag over his castle could easily have been done by a German official of over 70 years ago or a Soviet official of 20 years ago,” he said.

“No doubt they think that Buckingham Palace should fly the EU flag to show its dominium.”

Russia, Iran and Qatar poised to corner the world gas market

Reuters reports:

TEHRAN, Oct 21 (Reuters) – World gas powers Russia, Iran and Qatar moved on Tuesday to strengthen cooperation and Tehran said there was consensus to set up an OPEC-style group which is likely to worry Western consumer nations.
Russia, Iran and Qatar are ranked the first, second and third biggest holders of natural gas reserves in the world and together boast more than half of the global total.

Full story.

If successful, the ramifications of such a development can become staggering. Russia has been known to exert pressure to its neighbours through cutting gas exports — particularly in late autumn –; once it becomes capable of pulling that trick off to Western Europe, it can do a lot more than a teenie-weenie invasion without any danger of political retaliation.

Gas supplies of the world are quite limited. The only stable solution to this threat is to develop alternative energy sources, particularly nuclear energy.