It's true! The most stringent enviromental control system in the world *) - propane-powered seasonal noise-makers strategically placed - succumbs to rain, fog and snow. It fails to protect migrating ducks by not being able to scurry them away from NE Alberta ponds!
Syncrude blamed extreme weather conditions for not being able to place its propane-powered seasonal noise-makers at the pool.
This is the first time a flock of birds has landed in the pond in Syncrude’s 30-year history, said the company.
The incident is an oily black eye for a provincial government that has recently spent $25 million for an advertising campaign aimed at greening Alberta’s image.
Deputy Premier Ron Stevens is currently in Washington to chat with the Bush administration to promote oilsands developments.
Ducks dying in toxic pool
*) This system has been mandated by my protector and partner, Alberta Environment, "a partner in protecting and enhancing Alberta's natural environment, to ensure the continued enjoyment of a clean and healthy environment by all."
... [re-defined] capitalism [...] system of political privilege for current capitalists, especially as it suppresses bottom-up competition, entry-level entrepreneurship, and the rights of labor. [more]
Imagine, the Unisted States of America is being forced to compete on the world market with China for oil! Who would of thought? [more]
... but no need to fret. Here is a "snip and paste", six-point summary: [more]
Storms, technical problems, refinary accidents, pipeline breaks-blowouts, doggin' US$! Rebellions - Nigeria, Chad, Sudan. War - Iraq. Russian despot Putin, Hitler-like Chavez! High taxes, high shares of profits, ... "mobsters without borders". Energy-wasteful Chinese importing too much oil. Energy-wasetful India importing too much oil. Weather not cooperatin' - too cold, too hot, climate change, ... traders on NYMEX, in London, Singapore and Dubai. Resource nationalism! Boats suspected to be Iranian, floating in Iranian waters! Did I mention "mobsters without boarders"? [more]
... so claims Jeff: [more]
"When there were some new finds, I told them, 'no, leave it in the ground, with grace from god, our children need it'," - King Abdullah [more]
Long article. Neutralizes all those who continue to argue that "conspiracy theories are just that, conspiracy theories" [more]
It is not easy to remain atheistic about peak oil! Or even agnostic, ...
Recent fundamental changes in the dynamics of global oil supply and demand is creating a situation in which it is most difficult to tell whether the oil market is dealing with the consequences of geology, or of economics, or of geopolitics, ... or all of three combined. Latest Oil Market Report, April 11, 2008 [ http://omrpublic.iea.org/ ] deals with this issue, ... questions the disappearance of a large cushion of global production capacity. Simmons just posted his latest presentation, The Peak Oil Debate As The EIA Turns 30 [ http://www.simmonsco-intl.com/files/EIA%202008%20Energy%20Conference.pdf ]
Anyway, whether or not we are at "peak anxiety" right now, or truly at the threshold of "peak oil", all that matters to us "investors" is that if we continue to convert more and more people into believers in peak oil, ... the higher oil prices will go! No?
... start spreadin' the gospel!
C., ... the apostle! [more]
Mr. Market is attuned to what's going on, and the move up has been most orderly. Light sweet crude oil on NYMEX closes the week at U$116.69 per bbl. For the weekend, price of regular gasoline went up to $1.219 per litre here in Calgary. All goes swell, ...
... intention was to mock this pathetic neo-pagan ceremony that was originally invented by the Nazis to spice up the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The 1936 Olympics was Nazi Germany's coming-out party, so Hitler's people arranged for 3,442 racially pure Aryan runners to do a relay race with an "Olympic torch" along the 3,442-km. route from the Temple of Hera on Mount Olympus to the stadium in Berlin.
There had never been a torch connected with the original Olympic games in ancient Greece, and the revived Games got along without an international relay race just fine for 40 years before the Berlin Olympics of 1936 but if there was one thing the Nazis did well, it was propaganda. Leni Reifenstahl even made a documentary film about how the torch came from Athens to Berlin (and within five years Hitler's armies had occupied all the countries along the route).
This year's Olympic Games were supposed to be Communist China's coming-out-party, and the route is even more ambitious: 21 countries on all six inhabited continents. But that includes Australia, and I really wouldn't send the torch there if I wanted to preserve China's dignity.[....]
The underpants of the Olympic flame are showing [more]
Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'. [more]
... settin' new records today!
... so goes the release: [more]
Can you believe this?!
"I was praised for things I didn't do," ... "I am now being blamed for things that I didn't do."
Neither you nor I: [more]
I would not hold my breath for a dividend increase, ... but an uptick in CVX, XOM, et al stock price is a definite possibility. [more]
... If you feel like you have too much gas, you might want to reconsider and get more. [more]
There is a program run by spooks, ... or at least a suggestion of one existing:
... 2006 report for the Joint Special Operations University, "Blogs and Military Information Strategy," offers a third approach -- co-opting bloggers, or even putting them on the payroll. "Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering,"
Military Report: Secretly 'Recruit or Hire Bloggers'
We probably will never know this for sure, but, ... for those with predisposition for an advocacy for mass murder / support of mass murder actions [Species: Boobus americanus, Booboos canadianus, Boobus polonius, et. al ], ... it is probably quite reasonable to at least make an inqiry and see if you can get hired.
C., (... for hire, not!)
PS: Boobus americanus - background here:
We can't cling to crude: we should leave oil before it leaves us [more]
...they R worse than smking pot & lead 2 a st8 of 'infomania' [more]