Israel and Gaza just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire.
Oops. If only this were true — a 72-year ceasefire:
Ah yes, on to the next great ripoff. Here we have a Delaware oil company, a direct contributor to climate change, asking taxpayers to protect it against rising sea levels caused by ah, climate change:
Big oil companies invest big chunks of their profits (which are bigger than many countries’) into climate change denial. As I wrote a while ago, 9 out of 10 top climate change deniers are linked with Exxon Mobil, the biggest private oil company. Still, there are some brilliant scientists working for oil companies, and they understand what is happening and preparing for it – after all, you wouldn’t make plans to explore oil in the Arctic areas if the ice wasn’t melting.
They’re also very open in accepting climate change when it suits them. Recently, an oil refinery from Delaware [PBF Energy] is asking taxpayers to pay for protecting it from rising sea levels. The refinery is just on the water front, and vulnerable to sea level rise, storms and even coastal erosion. Naturally, they invested lots of money in the facility, and don’t want to see it destroyed.
The federal Coastal Zone Management Act provides grants to states for projects such as building out natural barriers, like dunes, to protect against storm surges. The oil refinery believes it too can ask for money, after making its “fair share” of contributions to global warming.
“The extent of the shoreline erosion has reached a point where facility infrastructure is at risk,” says the permit application from the company.
Well sure, we wouldn’t want any damage to be done to the refinery by global warming, especially as refineries are one of the main causes of global warming. We should protect it, so that it can cause even more global warming, so that we can protect it more.
The gall. Oh the gall.
This is really something. I’m thinking Clarke Woodger has no business running an English language school. He apparently thinks “homophonia” has something to do with gay people. I wonder what he thinks about homogeneous or homogenization.
Paul Rolly: Blogger Fired From Language School over ‘Homophonia’
Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.
This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature.
But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.
Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired.
As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.
“Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page.
The guy is blinded by his homophobia.
You’ve got to watch this video posted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium yesterday. It shows their visits to a mother octopus brooding a pile of eggs for 4 – 1/2 years. Yes, you read that right. Four and one half years!
Here’s a screenshot.
Again, go here. For some reason I suddenly can’t paste YouTube URLs into my posts and thus show the video itself on my site.
To follow up, I got a refund check from Nissan the other day.
Background here: Is Nissan Trying to Steal My Money?
I raised a lot of hell about this so I’m not sure who facilitated the refund — the Nissan people who responded to my tweets, Ted at my local dealership or whoever received my certified letter. But THANKS NISSAN.
Phew. I can finally put this to bed.
Oh, and again, I don’t know if Ted at my local dealer made this happen but I took him a box of cookies today anyway.
BRAVO! Finally a country — a country, imagine that — with guts:
Bolivia cancels its visa agreement with Israel to protest the military operation in Gaza, and declares Israel a “terrorist state,” AFP reports. The agreement has permitted Israel to visit Bolivia freely since 1972. “The attack on Gaza shows that Israel has no respect for life, or the principles of harmony and coexistence that guide the international community.” Bolivia canceled its diplomatic ties with Israel in 2009, during Operation Cast Lead. (Haaretz)
Now if maybe one or two politicians — maybe, just maybe? — in the United States will grow a pair…
The hubby and I banked at Wells Fargo for years and years until the “financial crisis” hit in 2008 and I read a quote by its then-CEO implying that we peons should sit down and shut the hell up about the destruction big banks like his had wrought.
We switched to a credit union in a heartbeat and couldn’t be happier. The difference is like night and day.
Credit unions are owned by the members — the people who put their money in them — not by boards of directors and/or shareholders. Walk into a credit union, deposit your money and you’ll actually have a say in how the place runs. You won’t be looked down on as a nuisance piece of shit.
If you bank with a bank, get out tomorrow. Move your money and your sanity to a credit union.