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Tony Blair to be confirmed as Middle East envoy
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Patrick plans conservation to meet rising energy needs
Massachusetts governor plans to cut electricity use by letting power companies charge more if customers use less. This is just plain bizarre.
Hoping to make Massachusetts a national showcase for energy conservation, Governor Deval Patrick will announce plans today to offset the state's annual increases in electricity demand with equivalent energy-efficiency and conservation measures by 2010.

As the economy has grown and as many homeowners have added electronics and air-conditioning, the state's total electric usage has been increasing at about 1 percent annually, the equivalent of adding about 170,000 new average-sized houses every year, US Energy Department data show.

But Patrick contends that the state can conserve at least that much more electricity every year and keep overall demand frozen indefinitely, for much less than the cost of building new power plants.

Patrick's policy will include legislation to require that utilities such as NStar and National Grid pay for all energy-conservation efforts that, in cost per unit of power saved, are less expensive than buying that much power from energy suppliers. That could include subsidizing the cost of customers installing lower- consumption lighting such as fluorescent bulbs or replacing appliances and industrial gear.

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Posted by: Delphi || 06/26/2007 13:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [433 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Prices rise, people cut back????

Basic economics??????

Can't possibly work in PROM.
Posted by: anonymous2u || 06/26/2007 16:41 Comments || Top||

#2  The fact that Massachusetts is losing population, though, makes reducing electric demand considerably easier than elsewhere.

My hope is to help Deval reach his goal by joining the rest of the escapees and eventually getting the fuck out of this lunatic asylum of a state...
Posted by: tu3031 || 06/26/2007 16:48 Comments || Top||

#3  "My hope is to help Deval reach his goal by joining the rest of the escapees and eventually getting the fuck out of this lunatic asylum of a state..."

Smart move, TU3031. Mass is, and has been, crooked as a dog's hind leg for a LONG time. Patrick is a worthless, race-baiting, piece of garbage and yet another example of how the Mass voters just love electing criminals and demagogues to office. I've often wondered if it's something in the water that makes Mass so screwed up decade after decade...
Posted by: Mac || 06/26/2007 18:48 Comments || Top||

#4  TU3031, I'll race you. My exit is currently booked for 1/1/09. When are you going?
Posted by: AlanC || 06/26/2007 20:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Governor Patrick's plan will fail because he has broken one of the cardinal rules of communist economic plans: All Plans Must Be Five Years. You would think someone governing Mass would know better.
Posted by: Super Hose || 06/26/2007 23:53 Comments || Top||

Nifong's "I never bother recording interviews" investigator loses job
This is the guy who re-interviewed the alleged victim, failed to record it or produce a transcript, but DID provide a 'report' that conveniently stated she had altered her claims in ways that just happened to fit the facts as known at that point.
Posted by: lotp || 06/26/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under:

#1  lotp, your link didn't mention anything about recordings or re-interviews. Do you have any other links?
Posted by: Xenophon || 06/26/2007 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Google "Linwood Wilson" for a selection of news articles about his failure to record key witness interviews, or to have witnesses at the interviews.

Apparently, although Nifong is disbarred, there is no law in NC covering the possibility that a DA would lose his law license. No one ever dreamed that would happen.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/26/2007 2:42 Comments || Top||

#3  THE place for the whole Duke lacrosse rape hoax/case is K.C. Johnson's Durham in Wonderland blog.
Posted by: lotp || 06/26/2007 5:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Let this be a lesson to the race-baiting DA's out there that put politics above justice.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 06/26/2007 10:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Well doesn't Nifong's performance during the Duke Rape case make him a solid prospect to work in the 9th Circuit? (hahaha)
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 06/26/2007 21:51 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 Sarge, yes it is a lesson: don't press false charges against people who are rich enough to fight back.
Posted by: Rambler || 06/26/2007 22:32 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
We'll always have Paris . . . but only if we outbid the other networks
Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times

. . . in the latest example of the odd alchemy worked by the socialite's celebrity, Hilton's attempt to land a lucrative media deal has unintentionally brought discomfiting attention to a practice the networks would rather keep quiet: their willingness to compensate subjects for exclusives.

On Friday, executives at ABC, NBC and CBS all said they were no longer interested in interviewing the heiress after a series of conflicting behind-the-scenes negotiations with her family were made public, torpedoing Hilton's efforts to secure a major network interview for her first post-jail sit-down. The abrupt turn-around came coming after intense jostling between the news divisions for an exclusive.

Hilton's family triggered the scrutiny this week by telling ABC that NBC was willing to pay close to $1 million for an exclusive upon her release, a story NBC promptly disavowed. . . .

Hilton would not have been the first to profit from such an arrangement. Television news divisions have long found ways to woo prospective interview subjects without paying them directly, whether through posh hotel suites and Broadway tickets or "licensing" fees for home videos.

"It's the way that the networks have been doing business for years," said Joe Angotti, a former senior vice president at NBC News. "It's always bothered me, and it bothers me more now that I'm out of the business. They feel that it does not cross the line as long as they don't write a check. It's a very fuzzy line, obviously."

One longtime network producer familiar with the booking wars said that that most major broadcast interviews involve some form of indirect compensation such as first or business class plane tickets, limousines, and five-star meals.

"It's all built around the idea of plausible deniability so that extremely reputable journalists can say with a straight face say they didn't pay for the interview," said the producer, who did not want to be quoted by name discussing internal practices. "It's just seen as the cost of doing business. And as the competition has increased: There's been a sense of, 'What more can we do to up the ante?' "

Network officials defended their tactics, insisting that paying to use personal footage or putting interview subjects up in hotels does not amount to checkbook journalism.

. . .

Earlier this week, ABC executives said they had lost their bid for an exclusive with Hilton to Meredith Vieira, co-anchor of NBC's "Today" show. Hilton's camp indicated that NBC had offered the family a better deal: a licensing fee between $750,000 and $1 million for the use of personal videos and photos, besting ABC's offer of $100,000.

But when news of the negotiations leaked out, NBC said it had no commitment from Hilton and would not pay for an interview. However, the network continued to negotiate behind the scenes for a sit-down that did not include any form of payment, according to an NBC source.

At the same time, the jailed socialite and her family — apparently fearful of losing a major network interview altogether — frantically sought to secure a deal with ABC's Barbara Walters.
Posted by: Mike || 06/26/2007 12:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under:

#1  CNN wins network scramble. Larry King lands first interview with Paris As Paris Hilton is sprung from jail and prepares to discuss her time in the slammer with CNN's Larry King tomorrow night, she leaves a veteran newswoman already besieged by controversy in her wake....
Posted by: GK || 06/26/2007 13:46 Comments || Top||

#2  "Hilton's family triggered the scrutiny this week by telling ABC that NBC was willing to pay close to $1 million..." so it seems that PH ain't the only greedy one in that gene pool.
Phuque 'em all.......
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 06/26/2007 14:20 Comments || Top||

#3  "Larry King lands buys first interview with Paris"

There - fixed.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 06/26/2007 16:34 Comments || Top||

#4  So...Paris...what's with the name? You been in the movies or something? I got socks older then you.
Posted by: Larry King || 06/26/2007 16:50 Comments || Top||

#5  A million bucks?
I'm in the book. And I'm still shithouse rat crazy...
Posted by: Ex Astronaut Lisa Nowak || 06/26/2007 16:53 Comments || Top||

Watch out for those beaks ...
This is what you get with Global Warming™
Posted by: lotp || 06/26/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "That's what Hitchcock said."

--Tippi Hedren
Posted by: Mike || 06/26/2007 13:02 Comments || Top||

#2  looks like you blew a seal

no, no - it's only ice cream

Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2007 14:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Batman would have been toast.
Posted by: Zenster || 06/26/2007 14:20 Comments || Top||

#4  "Penguins were ... swimming in warm locales"

Guess they were smarter than modern-day polar bears, who - according to the Gerbil Worming mouthpieces - have forgotten they can swim.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 06/26/2007 16:31 Comments || Top||

#5  It's not extinct, only resting.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/26/2007 21:02 Comments || Top||

"Most environmentally friendly festival ever" bad for fishies, ducklings
t was billed as the most environmentally friendly festival ever, with a climate change campaign taking centre stage and an array of green facilities intended to help revellers cut down on their carbon footprints and their waste.

Yesterday, however, Glastonbury's eco-credentials were undermined somewhat when it emerged that festival-goers urinating in a river that runs through the site — after they had been drinking and taking drugs — had left it dangerously toxic for the surrounding wildlife. An emergency team of self-declared "green police", who are patrolling festivities to ensure minimal damage to the environment, were ordered to cordon off Whitelake stream after the Environment Agency informed them it contained levels of ammonia so high they were life-threatening for fish.

Bernadette Vallely, head of Glastonbury Green Police said: "The Environment Agency called to say they were very concerned about an area left unprotected by the Pyramid Stage. They said the toxicity levels were high, so we sent a team of Green Police to investigate and cordon off access to the river."

Jason Morgan, a Brown Shirt Green Police Sturmbannfurher team leader, who spent his day fencing off backstage access to streams and rivers with reams of "eco hazard" tape said: "It's really serious stuff because they [the Environment Agency] have the power to shut Glastonbury down."

More than 4,000 fish died after the 2004 festival because the water became toxic, he explained. "It's a very real threat to the ecosystem," he said. "The urine that goes into the water flow is contaminated with alcohol and drugs, which also affects the frog and toad population."

The Environment Agency said it was checking the toxicity of water levels hourly, using electronic sensors that automatically sent a mobile alert to environmental workers when the ammonia levels reached a dangerous level. The festival has been trying to clamp down on rogue revellers this year, with a policy that sees offenders escorted from the site if they are caught urinating in the river more than once. In an attempt to encourage people not to damage the countryside, organisers have provided more lavatories and urinals than ever. Female urinals called "Shepees", made from boat-shaped paper cups, are being handed out to help women who do not fancy braving the queues.

But not everyone is convinced by the rules. "When it's dark, who doesn't pee outside?" said James Hackett, 19, from South Wales. "There's a great wall by the Jazz World Stage that makes a perfectly good urinal. I haven't met those fish and frogs, but if I do I'll pass on my apologies."
Or to put it JoeSpeak: As BEAR>WOODS, you have MOONBAT>RIVER.

An Environment Agency spokesperson confirmed the Green Police had been sent to cordon off the riverside in the backstage area behind the Pyramid Stage. But they denied being overly concerned about the toxicity levels. A spokesperson for Glastonbury Festival said that no major environmental issue had been bought to his attention, but added: "With a festival this size, where every single aspect is monitored on an hourly basis, it's absolutely normal to get blips but all problems have been dealt with remarkably quickly."

Almost 200 "green police", have the power to ban serious environmental offenders for life. They are also targeting smokers who drop cigarette butts — the policemen are handing out old film canisters as portable ashtrays. "Cigarette butts have killed cows here before", said Jason Morgan, "they also take 14 years to biodegrade, but people are still doing it".

This year, the festival has installed Europe's largest solar-powered shower block, as well as providing many recycling bins and giving out previously-used recycled toilet paper. So far the festival has got off to a very damp start, with heavy golden showers falling for large parts of yesterday. Impromptu wellington sellers have sprung up on the roads leading to the venue. Christos Aristidou, an ice-cream seller, was pessimistic. "Glastonbury is a big gamble for me," he said. "I have a good pitch but that doesn't matter if it rains. I'm likely to make a big loss."
Posted by: Gary and the Samoyeds || 06/26/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sturmbannfurher...larf.
Posted by: gromky || 06/26/2007 5:28 Comments || Top||

#2  "The urine that goes into the water flow is contaminated with alcohol and drugs, which also affects the frog and toad population."

I get a mental picture of Kermit with glazed eyes, muttering, "Fozzie, duuuude, I'm, like, I got the munchies."
Posted by: Mike || 06/26/2007 6:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Cigarette butts have killed cows here before
What the f*ck?
Posted by: Spot || 06/26/2007 8:56 Comments || Top||

#4  What the hell kind of cigarettes are they smoking over there?
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/26/2007 10:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Wacky tobaccy, bigjim-ky. But it's ok, since it's all organic, ya know? And it's not made by a giant Bushitler-Halliburton corporate division staffed by fascist automatons opposed to fair trade.
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 06/26/2007 10:55 Comments || Top||

#6  'Smade by gigantic narcotraficante multinationals violently opposed to fair trade.
Posted by: Seafarious || 06/26/2007 12:40 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
US Accidentally Builds Border Fence in Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Part of a vehicle barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border was erected in the wrong country and soon will be removed and rebuilt on American soil, federal officials confirmed Monday.

"We respect our international boundary, and we want to be good neighbors," U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel told The Associated Press. "...We want to move quickly to ensure that we place the vehicle barrier where it should be, which is north of the border."

The barrier, 17 miles west of Columbus, was built in 2000 by Joint Task Force North out of Fort Bliss, Texas. It encroaches into Mexico territory between one and six feet south of the border along a 1.5-mile stretch.
Posted by: Thinemp Lumumba2215 || 06/26/2007 03:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [273 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are you sure this isn't a Scrappleface?
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/26/2007 9:27 Comments || Top||

#2  How about tough shit, sprag anyone that tries to run the blockade.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/26/2007 10:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Just hang a sign on it saying 'You're lucky this is all we took.'
Posted by: wxjames || 06/26/2007 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  The fence is a waste of time. I say, put a machine gun every 10 feet along the border and put up signs that say "Come and get it..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/26/2007 11:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Good fences make good neighbors.
Posted by: Robert Frost || 06/26/2007 17:16 Comments || Top||

#6  sure - a Mexican Surveyor verified it?
1) Build the rest - THEN come back and move this section back.

2) Assure the Mexican Gov't that if they stop the invasion, we'll do this part first. See #1 for operative procedure
Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2007 18:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Hmmm, guess they never heard of GPS.
Posted by: DMFD || 06/26/2007 20:18 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Mediation ends row between Aussie evangelicals and Muslims
Mediation and handshakes have ended a five-year racial vilification battle between an evangelical Christian group and Victorian Muslims.

The Catch The Fire Ministries sparked a row with the Islamic Council of Victoria in 2002 when it claimed in a newsletter that Muslims were demons training to make Australia an Islamic state. The newsletter also claimed that the Koran promoted violence and killing and that Muslims derived money from drugs.

Catch the Fire pastor Daniel Nalliah said he was relieved the long-running case, which was settled in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal after a hearing in the Victorian Court of Appeal, was now over. “No one expected it to be so prolonged,” Mr Nalliah said.

He said the two parties were able to resolve the matter after seven hours of mediation last Friday. “The mediation brought two communities to a closer relationship — there was a lot of good will and a lot of shaking of hands,” Mr Nalliah said.

It was the first case to be heard by the tribunal under Victoria’s 2002 Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.

In a joint statement, the council, Mr Nalliah and Pastor Daniel Scot, who aired the offending comments at a seminar, said they recognised the rights of all to express their own religious beliefs, while also recognising everyone’s dignity and worth. The joint statement said the two communities would also recognise the right to “robustly debate religion” within the limits of the law, “including the right to criticise the religious belief of another in a free, open and democratic society”.
Posted by: ryuge || 06/26/2007 00:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

#1  I'll give them about 48 hours....
Posted by: Danking70 || 06/26/2007 1:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Racial? While olive skinned in general, the Lebanese and the Arabs are as white as the Italians. Religious vilification, yes, but to call it racial is bloody nonsense. Now the Aborigines could be counted as a different race than the majority of Australians, but nobody's calling them demons these days.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2007 6:55 Comments || Top||

Germany bans Cruise film shoot from military sites
Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military sites because its star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the Defense Ministry said on Monday. Cruise, also one of the film's producers, is a member of the Church of Scientology which the German government does not recognize as a church. Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money, a charge Scientology leaders reject.

The U.S. actor has been cast as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, leader of the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate the Nazi dictator in July 1944 with a bomb hidden in a briefcase. Defense Ministry spokesman Harald Kammerbauer said the film makers "will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult". "In general, the Bundeswehr (German military) has a special interest in the serious and authentic portrayal of the events of July 20, 1944 and Stauffenberg's person," Kammerbauer said.
Good thing Omar Shariff isn't making movies any more.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/26/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Idiot Krauts all stuffed about the Scientology kooks but are allowing the Islamos to over run the entire country. Tom Cruise is a nut case, but very harmless. Your f**kin' Turks on the other hand....
Posted by: Woozle Elmeter2970 || 06/26/2007 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Well moran hollywoood actors and uneducated americans world has to much of :))
Posted by: Caesar Unaviting9425 || 06/26/2007 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military sites because its star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist,

Lucky for Tom he's not a Jew!
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/26/2007 1:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Evan more lucky his not black living in east L.A
Posted by: Caesar Unaviting9425 || 06/26/2007 3:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Stauffenberg suported Hitler against Hindenburg in the 1932 elections. However, it seems that at this tiùme he only looked at the nationalist part of Nazism and that his opposition in the following years was for moral reasons.

However the other members of the conspiracy only opposed Hitler because he was losing teh war and they thought his removal would appease the allies, allow a separate peace and Germany would remain free to concentrate against teh Russians. They even dreamed to keep seome of the ill-gotten territories gaiuned by the Nazis (Sudetes, Alsace-Lorraine), in fact everything who spoke German (1). I am not even sure about what Stauffenberg's friends would have done about final solution.

(1) Everything who speaks German can imply, between other things, Holland. German is a linguistic continuum where people from a region understand the dialect from their neighbours but not the dialect of their neighours of their neighbours. In fact the dialects of North Germany are closer to Dutch than to the dialects of South and to Hochdeutsch (official German).
Posted by: m || 06/26/2007 4:31 Comments || Top||

#6  That seems fair. I won't see any movie made by Tom Cruise either.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/26/2007 9:44 Comments || Top||

#7  "Berlin says it masquerades as a religion to make money"

Damn! The Chormans ain't as dumb as we thought. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 06/26/2007 16:27 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Lady Paints the Fallen for their Families (video)
Posted by: Bobby || 06/26/2007 07:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under:

Extreme Makeover Iraq Edition
Thanks from Mrs. G at Mudville. Do take the time to view this! Ya just gotta love these guys!
Posted by: Sherry || 06/26/2007 15:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The casual observer might assume these guys have way too much free time on their hands, but I seriously doubt that is true.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/26/2007 17:26 Comments || Top||

#2  It would have been more effective if they left the family's stuff in the house. Watching the effect of munitions on Suzie's doll house and Grandma's hutch might send a message. To quote Bernadette Peters, "it's not about the money it's about the stuff."
Posted by: Super Hose || 06/26/2007 23:45 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Scientists Call For Global Push To Advance Research In Synthetic Biology
Posted by: 3dc || 06/26/2007 09:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, always best to screw with stuff we don't really understand. Bioweapons prolly seemed really cool in the 50's too!
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 06/26/2007 17:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Because we already understand non-synthetic biology so well?
Posted by: gromgoru || 06/26/2007 23:02 Comments || Top||

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Tue 2007-06-26
  Tony Blair to be confirmed as Middle East envoy
Mon 2007-06-25
  Boomer kills 6 UN soldiers in south Lebanon
Sun 2007-06-24
  Lal Masjid Students Free Chinese Women
Sat 2007-06-23
  Larijani admits Iran financing Hamas
Fri 2007-06-22
  Paks post reward for murdering Rushdie
Thu 2007-06-21
  Leb Army takes over Nahr al-Bared
Wed 2007-06-20
  Boom kills 78 in Baghdad
Tue 2007-06-19
  Pakistan: U.S. Missile Kills 32 Hard Boyz
Mon 2007-06-18
  Abbas' new PM outlaws Hamas
Sun 2007-06-17
  Looters raid Arafat's house, steal his Nobel Peace Prize
Sat 2007-06-16
  US launches new offensive around Baghdad
Fri 2007-06-15
  Abbas dissolves unity govt
Thu 2007-06-14
  Beirut boom kills another anti-Syrian lawmaker
Wed 2007-06-13
  Qaeda emir in Mosul banged
Tue 2007-06-12
  Hamas Captures Fatah Security HQ in Gaza

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