Monthly archives: September 2005

Selling Sellafield

The government is planning to sell off British Nuclear Group, the main operating arm of BNFL, which handles nuclear generation, reprocessing and clean-up businesses. The most worrying aspect of this sale is some of the bidders- Halliburton and Fluor have only one reputation these days, that of incompetent, thieving Bush cronies. I don’t want to see them in charge of anything in this country, let alone anything nuclear.

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If you drive your car then the hurricanes have won

Something you thought you’d never hear- George Bush telling Americans to drive less. Shame it’s only because Katrina and Rita have cut oil production and the Republicans still insist on pushing through tax breaks for oil companies.

“I mean, people just need to recognise that these storms have caused disruption and that if they’re able to maybe not drive … on a trip that’s not essential, that would be helpful.

“If it makes sense for the citizen out there to curtail non-essential travel, it darn sure makes sense for federal employees … We can encourage employees to car pool or use mass transit, and we can shift peak electricity use to off-peak hours. There’s ways for the federal government to lead when it comes to conservation,”

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You can probably dog for profit, but no thanks

More people in the UK know about dogging than blogging. Actually, that gives me an idea. I wonder if there’s a dogging blog……

Research conducted among taxi drivers, hairdressers and pub landlords – backed up by conventional market research – has found that seven out of 10 people don’t know what a blog is. Nine out of 10 don’t know what podcasting or flashmobbing are.

Four out of 10 know what dogging is, perhaps due to the activities of certain celebrities. Only 49% of people know what a chav is, despite the widespread coverage they have received in both tabloid and broadsheet papers.

Nearly nine out of 10 people now know what broadband is, however.

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Robot Crusoe

A robotic treasure hunter has found the haul of the century on Robinson Crusoe Island- named for the book that was inspired by the story of a sailor stranded there.

According to legend, a fabulous treasure haul was buried on the island in 1715 by Spanish sailor Juan Esteban Ubilla-Echeverria. The bounty is said to have been discovered a few years later by British sailor Cornelius Webb, who reburied it on another part of the island.

By some estimates the haul would include 800 barrels of gold ingots, silver pieces, gems and other riches worth up to $10 billion.

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Annual weather forecasts

Draft legislation would require the Prime Minister to give annual updateson the UK’s progress in cutting greenhouse gases.

Last week, a report from academics at Sussex and Southampton Universities and Imperial College London said that micro-renewables hold great promise, but were fighting on an uneven playing field.

“Our research shows that some basic changes in regulations could make a significant difference,” said study leader Dr Jim Watson from Sussex University.

“This is a classic ‘chicken and egg’ problem that needs some government intervention and up-front investment to achieve a breakthrough.”

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