Monday, December 08, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008:
  1. "2008 will probably be 10th Hottest year on record". The Bloggers for Exxon will stress that 2008 is the coldest year in a decade, and that they felt a touch of chill in the air the other day, meaning that the expert opinion of thousands of scientists must be wrong. Meanwhile, without the luxury of receiving bribe cheques from Exxon, the people of the Maldives are preparing to move to someplace dry.
  2. Ralph Nader thinks a carbon tax is better than cap-and-trade, as it can be imposed in a such a way that China won't be able to weasel out of it. This is perhaps a little unfair to China, which has recently been taking more responsible measures than most developed countries.
  3. Leo Panitch (my emphasis in red):
    "Even the Financial Times now warns in its editorials that it may not be possible to avoid much longer the issue of really taking the whole banking system into public ownership, given its current disfunctionality. Indeed, there has long been a strong case for turning the banks into a public utility, given that they can't exist in complex modern society without states guaranteeing their deposits and central banks constantly acting as lenders of last resort."
  4. "A constitutional expert says he's worried the Governor General's decision to suspend Parliament sets a 'very dangerous' precedent that allows future prime ministers to use the same manoeuvre to avert their own government's demise." The Governor General, fearful of attacks by the Conservative-controlled media, wimped out, and will go down in history as a dangerous failure. Bottom line: you can't allow an elected official to have control over whether the constitution applies to him or not. By allowing Harper to run from Parliament, the Governor General made a mockery of the Canadian system of government. This is another trend across the three existing democracies (Canada, the U. S. and Britain), as can be seen in Bush's signing statements and the idea that neither the U. S. President nor the Vice President is subject to the American Constitution.
  5. A tool to finding something funny in the morass of internet comics. Unfortunately, this - part of the trend to 'improve' lame comics -is the only one that made me laugh (speaking of which, this is wild).