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June 16, 2004

News Bits

A few light heared news bits, all probably bloggable. As proof, I'll briefly blog them here, the first four coming from the UK Telegraph.

Britain has a shortage of bus drivers, and former Gurkhas have a shortage of jobs as bus drivers. Problem solved.

John Howard takes a page from Bush and promises to outspend Labour on social services. Who'd a thunk it?

He's also soundly advised to start explaining why the UK needs to rethink the EU membership idea.

Meanwhile the Pope explains that the Inquisition wasn't all that bad, which is probably true. In any event, I blame proto-lawyers.

From the AP, California is ordered to pay Enron, Reliant, Dynegy, Duke, and other about $270 million dollars in refunds. But they state should come out about even. That's the trouble when you both buy and sell and overpriced product. It the prices are revalued downward you pay some and take from others. Yet another sign that having the state involved as a player is not the brightest idea on the books. As the Economist said after the collapse, California was the model of how never to deregulate an industry.

Iran is still playing fast and loose, so the IAEA might get tough, at least verbally. Frankly only the US or Israel presently consider Iran's nuclear ambitions enough of a threat to respond with more than words or potential sanctions.

And the UN moonbats have come up with a new world destroying catastrophe. The world is turning into a desert.

Go read it, because it makes global warming look sane.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The world is turning to dust, with lands the size of Rhode Island becoming desert wasteland every year and the problem threatening to send millions of people fleeing to greener countries, the United Nations says.

One-third of the Earth's surface is at risk, driving people into cities and destroying agriculture in vast swaths of Africa.


By 2025, two-thirds of arable land in Africa will disappear, along with one-third of Asia's and one-fifth of South America's.

Check the figures under S.4 thru S.7 on this site and you'll see that potential agricultural land in Africa is going up, not down, and currently stands at 36.5% of Africas land area. Given that Africa is big, "covering about 30,330,000 sq km (11,699,000 sq mi)" and Rhode Island is small, 1,045 sq mi, which is in fact over 11,000 times smaller than Africa, where do the moonbats come up with their numbers? The way I figure it, even if their hysterical rates of desertification continued till 2025, 21 years hence, it only adds up to 0.2% of Africa's land area. To say that this is one third of Africa's arable land is to say that only 0.6% of Africa is arable. Oh well, I guess they have to do something for a living, even if it's screaming that the sky is falling.

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Good story about the desertification.

It seems like just yesterday that the UN said 1/3 of the population would be in danger of severe flooding by 2050.

Oh, wait - it was just yesterday.


Posted by: Brock at Jun 16, 2004 9:13:33 AM

I am still confused! Should I be dressing for winter, floods, or desert?

Posted by: Russell at Jun 16, 2004 3:50:40 PM

I suspect that their Kukri knives help minimize fare jumpers for the Gurkha drivers, too.

Posted by: fox2! at Jun 16, 2004 6:31:00 PM

Not John Howard, Michael Howard.

Posted by: Grunter at Jun 17, 2004 10:51:31 PM

Oops. Thanks Grunter.

Posted by: George Turner at Jun 17, 2004 11:04:21 PM