Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Corn Ethanol: Biofuel or Biofraud?

Seems it would be better fed to cattle to produce prime beef.

Corn Ethanol: Biofuel or Biofraud?

Here’s an interesting bit of scientific research, courtesy of a recent report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a Paris-based global economic think tank, on the difference in greenhouse gas emissions from cars burning gasoline-only fuel and fuels made from various forms of ethanol:

Corn ethanol: 0-3 percent greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Sugar cane ethanol: 50-70 percent reduction.

Cellulosic ethanol: 90-plus percent.

But wait, there’s more:

Which form of ethanol production is the United States government (and its taxpayers) subsidizing? Corn, of course.

Which form of ethanol production does the United States government levy a 53-cents-a-gallon import tariff on? Sugar cane, naturally.

And which form of ethanol production is under-funded, under-researched, and furthest from commercial production? The cleanest choice, obviously.

Do you see a pattern here?

One must be blind not to see something is amiss.

The article goes on and only makes me wonder about how easy it is to stampede citizens for what maybe a most foolish course of action.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

London's CCTV network is a waste of cash

What a great experiment in citizen surveillance.

London's CCTV network is a waste of cash

LONDON'S 10,000 crime-fighting CCTV network, which costs £200 million, might as well be cardboard boxes on the end of sticks. According to an analysis of London's publicly funded spy network, the whole shebang is hopeless at helping coppers solve crime. Coppers were no more likely to catch offenders in areas with hundreds of cameras than in those with hardly any, the analysis says.

Tell you what.

You need less surveillance and more guns in the hands of citizens who know when and how to use them!

It wouldn't take a New York second to stop a lot of crime.

Columbia University Values

What's wrong with these people?

Columbia University dean: We'd invite Adolf Hitler to speak

A Columbia University dean said yesterday the Ivy League school would gladly welcome mass murderer Adolf Hitler to speak on campus.

"If he were willing to engage in a debate and a discussion, to be challenged by Columbia students and faculty, we would certainly invite him," John Coatsworth, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, told Fox News yesterday.

Since Hitler isn't available, why not invite Charlie?
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For my money he would be much more entertaining than Mohamoud Imanuttjob.