Daily archives: May 9, 2005

The long-time-coming crisis

Steven Grant has a sharp, if bleak, take on the US’s prospects as far as fuel goes. It’s about half way down the page.

If I appear to have no sympathy for this, it’s because I don’t. For a minimum of 30 years, we’ve known the energy crisis was the coming state of things, not just a brief blip during the Carter years.

This is also why I have no sympathy for tobacco companies or tobacco growers. There’s an 1888 medical textbook that directly links tobacco to cancer, specifically lung cancer so the terminal health risks of the weed were known long before the ’50s. Did tobacco companies expand into other areas and divest themselves of tobacco? No. Did tobacco farmers phase out tobacco crops in favor of other cash crops? No. If you have decades to deal with a problem, and you don’t, when someone comes along and says “Take care of it right now!” do you have the right to bitch there’s not enough time? Of course not.

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Squeal Little Piggy!

The sex lives of America’s extreme rightwingers.

Last night, anti-abortion extremist Neal Horsley was a guest on The Alan Colmes Show, a FOX News radio program.


AC: “You had sex with animals?”

NH: “Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule.


Horsley said, “You experiment with anything that moves when you are growing up sexually. You’re naive. You know better than that… If it’s warm and it’s damp and it vibrates you might in fact have sex with it.”

via Fleshbot (NSFW)

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I had a drink of whisky about an hour ago

Whisky, in small doses, can be good at preventing cancer. A single malt can contain more of the antioxidant ellagic acid than red wine, which has been touted for its free radical busting benefits for several years.

Dr Swan, who is currently assisting four new distillery start-ups, was speaking to the EuroMedlab conference hosted by the Association of Clinical Biochemists. He told the Guardian: “We are talking about the odd dram. I am not talking about a bottle a day,” adding that the effect would be greater in well-aged whisky rather than a cheap blend.

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Everybody's windmill

It’s not for everyone but the Scottish Executive is pushing to have local authorities allow residents to put mini wind turbines on their roofs. Personally, I’d find these five bladed turbines a pleasant and inspiring sight, and they’re practically noiseless, but there will always be NIMBYs.

Gillian Bishop, a spokesman for Views of Scotland, an umbrella organisation representing wind farm protesters, said the devices would achieve little and could be more controversial than satellite dishes.

“It seems so much effort for so little power,” she said. “They are just twiddling around the edges and I think if these things are spinning around all over the place it could drive neighbours crazy.”

via Sustainablog

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