Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Observations From the Back Row


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De Omnibus Dubitandum!
We need to question everything because everything we are told
should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality
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Use family planning to fight climate change
By Kajjo Darious

Changes in average weather condition lasting over decades depict the term climate change. Signs of this change have been very high or low wet and dry seasons. Among causes of climate change is global warming, a term used to mean a rise in average temperature of Earth's atmosphere…..High emissions are a result of demand for goods and services that come as a result of increased population. Family planning presents a better approach as it focuses on reducing the cause agent “population”. Lets us clean the atmosphere by changing our producing behavior.


UK aid helps to fund forced sterilisation of India's poor

Money from the Department for International Development has helped pay for a controversial programme that has led to miscarriages and even deaths after botched operation. - Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money have been spent on a programme that has forcibly sterilised Indian women and men, the Observer has learned. Many have died as a result of botched operations, while others have been left bleeding and in agony. A number of pregnant women selected for sterilisation suffered miscarriages and lost their babies……Activists say that it is India's poor – and particularly tribal people – who are most frequently targeted and who are most vulnerable to pressure to be sterilised. They claim that people have been threatened with losing their ration cards if they do not undergo operations, or bribed with as little as 600 rupees (£7.34) and a sari. Some states run lotteries in which people can win cars and fridges if they agree to be sterilised.

Eco Crowd Growing Desperate—and Dangerous

The climate scaremongers are losing the public relations battle on global warming—and it’s driving them absolutely batty. Take eco-warrior Steve Zwick. Writing for FORBES Zwick calls on so-called “climate deniers” to be treated like war criminals:

Cheap Natural Gas Heralds an Energy Revolution
S. Fred Singer

The price of natural gas has plummeted since its peak in mid-2008. Now it's almost as cheap as steam coal. Will this trend continue? Independent Institute Research Fellow S. Fred Singer investigates. Natural-gas prices depend on scores of factors, including the supply of energy substitutes such as crude oil, but the regulatory and political environment is an important determinant, according to Singer. "The first step [to maintaining low prices] is to have a White House that strongly believes in the need for low-cost energy to promote economic growth, increase prosperity, and fight poverty," he writes. Private investment in gas extraction can be sensitive to political changes. November's elections, Singer continues, "may bring about government leadership essential to assure the right business climate for a bright U.S. energy future."…. But it is ironic also that cheap gas will completely remove the need for electricity generated by solar or wind—much to the chagrin of environmental zealots. And all those folks hoping that energy prices would continue to rise and that electricity costs would “skyrocket” will be sorely disappointed.


Lessons from the Expropriation of YPF-Repsol
By Alvaro Vargas Llosa

Argentine president Cristina Kirchner recently caused an international uproar with her decision to expropriate 51 percent of YPF, Argentina´s main oil and gas producer, and a major affiliate of Spain´s Repsol, one of the world´s great energy concerns. As has so often been the case with Latin American nationalizations, the move was accompanied by a torrent of nationalistic demagoguery, theatrics and thuggery—YPF´s headquarters were stormed by government envoys even before the bill sent by the government was approved in Congress, the Spanish executives were kicked out ignominiously, and officials immediately began to threaten with not paying Repsol anything….The government claims that, because YPF was not investing sufficient money in oil and gas production in Argentina, and was content with distributing dividends, the supply of energy has dropped so dramatically in recent years that the country, now strapped for foreign currency, is having to devote precious resources to import it from abroad.
But here is the truth. Several years ago, then President NĂ©stor Kirchner and his wife (who succeeded him and is the current chief of State) decided to control the price of energy and of pretty much everything.

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