Murdock: Earth-Friendly Energy Is Anything But (5)

Southern California’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

Environmentalists worship solar energy and wind power as Earth-friendly answers to their ecological prayers. Tortoises, bats, butterflies, and bald eagles beg to differ.

Perhaps because solar panels and industrial wind farms lack emissions, they seem “clean.” Despite their pristine appearance, however, these “green” electricity sources hammer Mother Nature — often fatally.

Consider the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in southern California’s Mojave Desert. As Carolyn Lochhead wrote on September 7 in the San Francisco Chronicle, Ivanpah occupies 3,500 previously untouched federal acres. It features 300,000 mirrors that focus sunlight on three 40-story towers of power. Inside, 900-degree temperatures yield steam, propel turbines, and generate electricity for 140,000 homes.

Ivanpah’s environmental toll is stunning:

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See Also:

#1 — An opportunity to rein in the EPA

#2 — Climate Change Caused by Humans Still Appears to be a Hoax

#3 — Climate Change and Extinction: What Is Natural?

#4 — The Merchants of Smear


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Afternoon Update September 29th, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | Historic Canadian bomber returns home

LONDON — Britain would like to say ‘Thank you’ to Canada.

Thank you for sending the historic Lancaster bomber that has toured the country so successfully over the summer. Thank you for reminding Britons of the sacrifices Canadian air crews endured as they made their flights into conflict during the Second World War.


#2 — CTV | RCMP swapping muskrat fur hats for animal-friendly alternative

After decades of pressure from animal-rights activists, the RCMP have agreed to replace their cold-weather muskrat fur hats with something more fur-friendly.


#3 — Globe | Prentice announces new measures to prevent floods, speed up claims

Premier Jim Prentice announced new measures Friday to clean up outstanding claims from last year’s disastrous southern Alberta floods, and to prevent them from happening again.


#4 — Postmedia | Government will need to sink more money into CF-18s because of delays

Canadian taxpayers will likely be on the hook for millions of dollars to keep the country’s aged CF-18 fighter jets flying into the next decade because of delays in finding a replacement aircraft, secret documents show.


#5 — Sun | Well-respected Ottawa cop takes own life at headquarters

OTTAWA – A high-ranking city police officer took his own life at headquarters Sunday, the same day cops killed in the line of duty were honoured with a memorial service on Parliament Hill.



#6 — BBC | Ashraf Ghani sworn in as new Afghan presidentAshraf Ghani has been sworn in as Afghanistan’s president in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul.


#7 — CNN | Five more bodies found on Japan’s Mount Ontake after eruption

Mount Ontake, Japan (CNN) — Five more lifeless bodies have been found on the slopes of Japan’s Mount Ontake, bringing the total number of presumed dead in a volcanic eruption Saturday to 36.


#8 — Fox | US ‘underestimated’ rise of ISIS, Obama says

President Obama acknowledged Sunday that U.S. intelligence officials “underestimated” the threat posed by the Islamic State and overestimated the Iraqi army’s capacity to defeat the militant group.


AT | Obama blames intelligence officials for the rise of ISIS

#9 — DM | Fighting the agony of gout – with a daily glass of cherry juice

Daily drinks of cherry-juice concentrate could help thousands of patients beat gout, according to new research.


#10 — WT | Justice Department to ban profiling by federal law enforcement: report

The Justice Department is reportedly expected to issue a broad new policy next month banning federal law enforcement officers from profiling individuals based on their ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.


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UKIP Defection Is Triple Nightmare For Cameron (10)

Nigel Farage’s party has a knack for getting disgruntled Tory MPs to jump ship and embarrass the PM, writes Sky’s Faisal Islam

The Prime Minister rises at 5.15am on a working day.

At that moment on Saturday the banners were being hung in Birmingham, the lifts festooned, and individual staircase steps swathed with constituent economic achievements leading to an overall tagline: “Securing A Better Future”.

The basic sell: a recovery is here, but the country needs the Conservatives to finish the job.

And then, David Cameron would have been forgiven for seeing a clear route to glory in May starting with his trip to Birmingham for the Conservative Party conference.

A thumping majority in a successful Parliamentary vote was the fruition of weeks of slow deliberative work on Islamic State (IS), to show a diplomatic, humanitarian, multilateral effort.

Even then, the vote seemed most difficult for Labour leader Ed Miliband, losing one rising frontbench star, and having to fire an aide to the shadow defence secretary.

The papers were beginning to question Mr Miliband’s position of backing airstrikes against IS in Syria by the US and Arab allies, but requiring an effort to get a UN resolution for the RAF to join them.

And then there was his opponents’ speech in Manchester.


See Also:

#1 — MP Mark Reckless’s defection to UKIP senseless, says David Cameron

#2 — Minister forced to quit over internet sex shame

#3 — The threat from UKIP is no longer a laughing matter

#4 — One is unfortunate, two is reckless

#5 — David Cameron needs to take the fight to Ukip

Afternoon Update:

#6 — Now taxman can grab £17k straight from your salary

#7 — Tories to scrap ‘death tax’

#8 — Setback for Hollande in French Senate election

#9 — Russia Sanctions, Whiff of Reality Sink ‘Economic Expectations’ in Germany

#10 — The shocking thought of euro-dollar parity

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Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet

London (AFP) – The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago, called for a bill of rights that would guarantee the independence of the internet and ensure users’ privacy.

“If a company can control your access to the internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life,” Berners-Lee said at the London “Web We Want” festival on the future of the internet.

“If a Government can block you going to, for example, the opposition’s political pages, then they can give you a blinkered view of reality to keep themselves in power.”

“Suddenly the power to abuse the open internet has become so tempting both for government and big companies.”


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Editorial: Eric Holder’s Rap Sheet

Eric Holder’s legal mercies have typically been reserved for Clinton donors and unrepentant terrorists, but his decision yesterday to step down as attorney general of the United States after nearly six years is an act of mercy toward the American public.

In an administration characterized by outsized misadventures — from the use of the nation’s tax bureau to suppress political opponents to the use of secret waiting lists at government hospitals that killed American servicemen — Eric Holder managed to make his Justice Department a source of special, nay, historic attention: In June 2012, Holder became the first U.S. attorney general to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives. He earned every vote.

Achieving “justice” via the Justice Department may be an intrinsically unlikely prospect, but none of Holder’s recent predecessors — Janet Reno, John Ashcroft, Michael Mukasey, even the much-maligned Alberto Gonzales — exhibited his sheer contempt for the rule of law. Much to his preference was employing the law for political purposes; or, when necessary, dispensing with the law completely.


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Gunter: Sales tax smart on paper, not on ballot

The first brain fart of the Prentice era in Alberta politics comes from David Dorward, associate minister of aboriginal relations.

On Thursday, while answering questions at a province-wide convention of municipal politicians, Dorward claimed the Tory government under new Premier Jim Prentice is “absolutely examining” a sales tax “very, very closely.” Alberta is the only province without a provincial sales tax.

The response from Dorward’s boss was immediate and unequivocal. Premier Prentice insisted his government is NOT considering a PST. And for good reason.

If the 43-year-long Tory government were to impose a sales tax on Alberta consumers, the sign painters down at the legislature should start stenciling the name Danielle Smith on plaques outside the premier’s office, because Smith, the leader of the Wildrose opposition, would certainly sweep the Tories out of power.


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Batra: Kim Campbell’s dumb idea

TORONTO – Kim Campbell, for those who don’t know, served as a Member of Parliament for one term and prime minister of Canada for less than five months.

She has suggested a new way of electing MPs. A radical, somewhat offensive way.

Campbell would like to see voters in federal electoral districts choose two members, one male and one female, to represent them in our nation’s capital.

Don’t worry about the added cost.

If need be, Campbell suggests redrawing ridings maps so we would have less local representation, in fewer ridings, with the same number of MPs as we do now.

I prefer to have my MP represent my community, not my gender.

And, practically speaking, riding sizes in rural areas are monstrous already.

What a broken and defeatist idea this is.


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Coyne: Antics in Question Period illustrate the charade our politics has become

The depravity of our politics is measured not by Paul Calandra’s sins, but by his confession; not by the confession, but the absolution.

Roasted for days over his performance in Question Period Tuesday, in which he had met a straightforward, factual question — on what date will the military mission in Iraq end? — with a series of non-answers about an NDP fundraiser’s views on Israel, the prime minister’s parliamentary secretary, Paul Calandra, rose in the House, his voice shaking, to deliver an apology.

In the style of most political apologies, it quickly turned to self-praise. He had, he said, been so carried away by his “passion” and his “anger” at these repugnant statements (such, we were to understand, was the acuteness of his conscience) that, quite without meaning to, he had put on this sustained display of contempt for the House.

Not that this was the first such display, nor it seems the last. “I’m fairly certain there will be other opportunities in this House,” he said, “where I will be answering questions [in a way] that you don’t appreciate. I don’t think this will be the last time I get up and answer a question that doesn’t effectively respond.” So: I’m very sorry, and I promise to do it again.

After which he sat down — to a standing ovation from all sides.


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Spengler: Horror as an Instrument of War

A young Orthodox rabbi of my acquaintance denounced Jews who exult in the mutual slaughter of Muslims from the pulpit on the Jewish New Year. He is of course correct: no-one should take pleasure in the death of noncombatants. One can, of course, be glad that one’s enemies are fighting each other; former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir famously quipped about the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, “I want them both to win.”

Our problem, though, is quite different: Since 9/11 I have argued that the strategic plan of Islamist terrorism is to poison the Western soul with horror, by setting in motion atrocities too grim for the Western mind to bear. There is very good reason to believe that they are succeeding. Judging by the proliferation of the horror genre in popular entertainment, we are succumbing to horror by stages, as I contended in a 2009 essay for First Things. It is the “Black Breath” from Mordor that Tolkien described in The Lord of the Rings.

This is not simply the brutality of the pagan world employed by the Romans with their mass crucifixions as much as it was by Muslim conquerors of the Middle Ages: it is a refined and exquisite sense of horror learned by modern Muslims from the Nazis, whose example inspired the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the Ba’ath Party. Strictly speaking, the Muslim Brotherhood is nothing more than the Arab-language wing of National Socialism, and movements like ISIS a more radical version of the same thing, something like Ernst Roehm’s Sturmabteilung.


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Levant: Global warming stalls — but not demands for cash

Barack Obama attended last week’s United Nations climate change conference. It would be odd if he didn’t – it was hosted in New York this year.

But many world leaders didn’t bother. China, India, Germany, Russia – some of the world’s largest economies, and largest emitters of carbon dioxide – just couldn’t be bothered.

Instead, celebrity spokesmodels took their place, actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. They’re probably more interesting to the media anyways.

But all the celebrities and PR men in the world can’t hide a fact that the United Nations itself acknowledges: there just hasn’t been any measurable global warming since 1998.

The UN has a $100 word for that — a “hiatus.” Like a recess, or vacation. As in, it hasn’t happened since the 1990s, but it will be back for sure. Any moment now.

Normally people, if they were campaigning to end something and it ended, would declare victory, have a celebration and move on.

But you don’t understand the UN. To declare victory against global warming would mean that they would have to find new jobs.


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Morning Update September 29th, 2014 (10)


#1 — CNews | Reduced crime rates doesn’t equal less work for cops

TORONTO – The plunging crime rate does not mean officers are doing less work, Ontario police groups say.


#2 — CTV | Russian-flagged vessel played key role in expedition to find Franklin ship

OTTAWA — A Russian-flagged vessel played a key role in Canada’s recent discovery of a sunken ship from the missing Franklin expedition, a scenario that faced a regulatory challenge and gave senior Conservative officials pause.


#3 — Globe | Kinder Morgan takes pipeline fight with Burnaby council directly to residents

Kinder Morgan took its fight with the City of Burnaby, B.C., directly to residents on Friday, the latest salvo in an ongoing feud over the proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline.


#4 — Postmedia | AUPE sues tweeter, blogger in $500,000 defamation suit

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees has filed a $500,000 defamation lawsuit against a local tweeter, an Ontario politician and an unidentified blogger for Internet statements about an ongoing labour strike.


#5 — Sun | Freedom Walk to Tackle human trafficking

Canada reaffirmed its commitment to fight human trafficking in Canada Saturday.



#6 — BBC | Hong Kong: Tear gas and clashes at democracy protest

Hong Kong police have used tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the main government building, after a week of escalating tensions.


#7 — CNN | Montana teacher — initially given 31 days in rape of student — now gets 10 years

Billings, Montana (CNN) — Fighting back tears, Auliea Hanlon sat on the witness stand in a Montana courtroom, just feet away from the man who pleaded guilty to raping her 14-year-old daughter — and initially received a sentence that required him to serve just 31 days in prison.


#8 — Fox | Ebola clinics fill up as death toll hits 3,000

Doctors are in short supply and countries are scrambling to find more resources for the Ebola outbreak, as the death toll from the virus hit 3,000.


#9 — DM | iPhone? It’s a spyphone

It is tracking your every move – recording the exact time you left for work, where you bought your coffee and where you like to shop.

But this isn’t a futuristic spy drone or some sinister Big Brother state – it’s the iPhone sitting in your pocket.


#10 — WT | California Powerball winner claims $228.4 million

SAN MATEO, California — Nail technician Vinh Nguyen says he just wants to be a normal man, but he’s going to have a lot more to spend than most people after winning the $228.4 million Powerball ticket this week. California lottery officials said Friday that Nguyen bought the winning ticket at Dehoff’s Key Market in San Mateo on Wednesday and showed up at their offices yesterday.


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