October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Foolish execution on the part of the Denver police — and unnecessary, for such a small force. It was almost as if they needed to demonstrate their strength by means of authority and firepower.

DRUDGE RETORT

DENVER — The simmering tension near the Colorado Capitol escalated dramatically Saturday with more than a dozen arrests, reports of skirmishes between police and protesters and authorities firing rounds of pellets filled with pepper spray at supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
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Officers in riot gear moved into a park late in the day where protesters were attempting to establish an encampment, hauling off demonstrators just hours after a standoff at the Capitol steps degenerated into a fight that ended in a cloud of Mace and pepper spray.

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Earlier in the day about 2,000 protesters rallying against what they see as economic inequality and corporate greed marched downtown toward the Capitol, setting up the most intense moments of the Denver movement, which has lasted weeks.

A group of the marchers advanced toward the building and some tried to make their way up the steps. About eight…

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October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Follow the links to the original articles. They’re worth the read.

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In fact, China is more like a shopkeeper who keeps allowing his customers to run up higher and higher tabs on credit, for fear that if he doesn’t, they won’t be able to keep buying and he will go out of business.  That certainly isn’t good for the customers, who end up getting into greater and greater debt, but it isn’t a particularly good position for the vendor to be in either.

I have heard some argue, in reaction to Subramanian’s op-ed, that China participating in the EU bailout would somehow hasten the acceptance and credibility of the Renminbi as an “international” currency — a key development Subramanian sees as heralding the dawn of Chinese economic and political supremacy.  Regarding that goal, however, I would rank, in order of importance, the following as far greater priorities and/or obstacles:

 

1) Giving people outside of China some way to earn and accumulate RMB by becoming a net exporter rather than massive net importer…

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October 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Stoneleigh on preparing for peak oil (video)

October 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Nicola Foss of The Automatic Earth blog presents on preparing for peak oil:

Climate skeptics eat more of their own.

October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Climate skeptics conducted their own independent analysis on warming trends that have ben disputed by deniers and skeptics and used as fodder in the “debate” about climate science rigor and accuracy.

The point of contention in this case was the integrity of warming data supplied by instruments on earth located in or near urban areas: what’s been called the “urban heat island” effect, or synthetic warming detected at stations in cities.

Well, apparently the “bad” data was negligible, and original scientific work was commendable after all.

“Our biggest surprise was that the new results agreed so closely with the warming values published previously by other teams in the US and the UK,” said Richard Muller. “This confirms that these studies were done carefully and the potential biases identified by climate change skeptics did not seriously affect their conclusions.”

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/10/climate-skeptics-perform-independent-analysis-finally-convinced-earth-is-getting-warmer.ars

Timelapse of a brewing thunderstorm

October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hector Thunderstorm Project from Murray Fredericks on Vimeo.

Super cool timelapse of a thunderstorm taking form.

Global debt crisis visualized

October 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Global debt crisis visualized

Worth a look!

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