30 nov. 2010

300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we're in for an exciting ride. While there's a real risk that we'll fall off a cliff, there's still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future.

29 nov. 2010

Worldwide Diplomacy Meltdown: US embassy cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis

US embassy cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis

• More than 250,000 dispatches reveal US foreign strategies
• Diplomats ordered to spy on allies as well as enemies
• Saudi king urged Washington to bomb Iran

Read the full coverage of the US embassy cables

Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into US Government foreign activities.
The cables, which date from 1966 up until the end of February this year, contain confidential communications between 274 embassies in countries throughout the world and the State Department in Washington DC. 15,652 of the cables are classified Secret.
The embassy cables will be released in stages over the next few months. The subject matter of these cables is of such importance, and the geographical spread so broad, that to do otherwise would not do this material justice.
The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in "client states"; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.
This document release reveals the contradictions between the US’s public persona and what it says behind closed doors – and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what’s going on behind the scenes.
Every American schoolchild is taught that George Washington – the country’s first President – could not tell a lie. If the administrations of his successors lived up to the same principle, today’s document flood would be a mere embarrassment. Instead, the US Government has been warning governments -- even the most corrupt -- around the world about the coming leaks and is bracing itself for the exposures.
The full set consists of 251,287 documents, comprising 261,276,536 words (seven times the size of "The Iraq War Logs", the world's previously largest classified information release).
The cables cover from 28th December 1966 to 28th February 2010 and originate from 274 embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions.

23 nov. 2010

Campanie internațională organizata împotriva băncilor: 7 decembrie - ziua retragerii generale

Fără absolut nicio legătură cu normele de aplicare ale vreunei ordonanțe de urgență sau directive europene, în rândul utilizatorilor de internet din mai multe țări europene a luat naștere o mișcare de protest împotriva băncilor, numită "Stop Banque", care presupune invitația de retragere masivă a banilor depuși în bănci, exact în ziua de 7 decembrie.(Capital.ro)

Apărută în Franța, mișcarea s-a răspândit apoi pe bloguri din Germania sau Olanda, iar acum dispune de un cont pe Facebook care are ca titlu de pagină: REVOLUTION! ON 12/07 LET'S GO EVERYBODY TO WITHDRAW OUR MONEY!. 

10 nov. 2010

Resource collapse : Not if, but When.

EU needs 1 trillion euro investment in energy
BRUSSELS -- The European Union says it needs to invest euro1 trillion (almost $1.4 trillion) in pipelines, building insulation and wind and solar technology over the next decade to meet its energy needs.
EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Wednesday the 27-nation bloc needs the new infrastructure to assure its international competitiveness, establish secure energy supplies and assure wide-ranging choice among imports.
The EU has already committed to ambitious energy commitments by 2020, promising to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, increase renewable energy by 20 percent and improve efficiency.Those three targets are key to Europe's climate change commitments.(FORBES)   Yeah right :))))

Melting ice in the Arctic is expected to uncover untapped oil and gas reserves and open up new shipping lanes, changes "that can potentially lead to tension" in the region, Fox told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the meeting in Oslo. Yeah right :)))))) oil in the arctic :)))))

Afganistanul are resurse de petrol in valoare de o mie de miliarde de dolari
Afganistanul, una dintre cele mai sarace tari din lume, are in subsol resurse petroliere si minerale estimate la o mie de miliarde de dolari, a declarat duminica presedintele Hamid Karzai, informeaza NewsIn. Si marmota invelea ciocolata in staniol :)))))     

Reality Facts 

China resorts to blackouts in pursuit of energy efficiency
With end of current five-year plan looming, many regions are desperately pulling the plug to meet usage targets

To meet energy goals, China orders blackouts.Move affects key industrial areas.BEIJING — Chinese steel mills and mobile-phone factories are being idled and thousands of homes in one area are doing without electricity as local governments order power cuts to meet energy-saving targets set by Beijing. Rolling blackouts and enforced power cuts are affecting key industrial areas. The prosperous eastern city of Taizhou turned off street lights and ordered hotels and shopping malls to cut power use.

Blackout policy sparks diesel shortage
The blackouts are one of the factors unwittingly causing the diesel shortage. Long lines of cars and even "sold out" signs at gas stations are increasingly common sights in many cities. 

China Reported to be # 1 Energy Consumer