Bishop Hill on the loss of coal and the official response:
To bridge this gap, the Institute sees no option but new gas-fired power stations and UK shale gas. As they explain though, there are some slight problems with this strategy. If there is no increase in demand then we are only (only!) going to need 30 new CCGT power stations. Unfortunately we don’t enough skilled people to build them. And demand actually looks set to go up. And the greens are going to prevent UK shale going ahead.
Apart from that it’s all hunky dory.
It’s great our country is in such safe hands. And it’s not just ours, is it?
To Mrs Merkel’s immense frustration, other EU countries agree to policies like relocation and then ignore them. While German officials try to knit together the geopolitics of the crisis, from Iraq to Turkey and Russia, most other countries would prefer it simply to go away. As for the European Commission, which sometimes looks like the chancellor’s last ally, it has gamely advanced common policies but is too weak to enforce them. “The European dream is vanishing,” sighs one of its senior officials.
Perhaps they’ve been looking at the masters of sleaze:
Every election we see state funds being bled into the ANC’s election campaigns, either through state advertising in party colours, the production of T-shirts with both departmental messages and party slogans; the use of vehicles and state personnel in campaigns; siphoning of funds from parastatals to fund the campaign, and the state-sponsored distribution of food parcels.
It is often difficult to find “proof” of such abuse.
So it was very interesting to learn last week that siphoning of state funds for election purposes has become so routine, that a senior political office bearer actually wrote down his request, on an official letterhead and appended his signature to it before sending it to a state institution in the search for election funding.
However, if you really want sleaze with a capital S, then Planned Parenthood and the powerful interests behind the baby-killing are hard to beat:
Are they the only ones to try to kill off political comment? Our old friends DARPA are at it too, natch:
Facebook has transformed itself into Big Brother. If you’re on it, it’s time to get off the platform:
Facebook began a Europe-wide campaign on Monday to thwart extremist posts on social media, after German politicians in particular raised concerns about a rise in xenophobic comments linked to an influx of refugees.
The U.S.-based group launched its “Initiative for Civil Courage Online” in Berlin, pledging over 1 million euros (1 million pounds) to support non-governmental organisations in their efforts to counter racist and xenophobic posts.
[H/T Chuckles and haiku]