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Important: U.S.-backed battery company's sale to Russian tycoon sparks anxiety: Department of Energy invested millions to develop cutting-edge technology to power electric vehicles, but that know-how is now in foreign hands
Obama administration investing your tax dollars to build up...
~Bob. Excerpt: "One of the nations of the world is going to lead the world
in green energy and technology," Vice President Joe Biden said in January 2011 in a speech praising federal
support for Ener1 at its facility in Russia .
That nation, it turns out, is Russia.
A little more than a year after Biden's visit to Ener1's Indiana manufacturing
plant, the company's technology is owned outright by Boris Zingarevich, a Russian businessman with
ties to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a fact that concerns some
technology experts in the U.S. Indiana
Yikes: Egan Jones Downgrades US Credit Rating
Excerpt: Credit rating agency Egan Jones downgraded the
Thursday on concern over the sustainability of public debt. Egan Jones is one
of the most important ratings firms in the world; they lowered our credit level
from AA+ to AA. The firm reduced United States from AAA to AA+ in July
2011, just before Standard & Poor's did the same. America
Bunkers, Food, Armor: Disaster Prep Hits Mainstream: A necessary way of life for past generations is now booming business. By Bob Owens
Excerpt: Preppers are folks who detect the possibility of calamity and decide to increase their odds of surviving it by putting aside supplies. “Putting things by”— essential throughout most of humanity’s existence — was common in the United States up until advances in transportation logistics brought about the “just in time” shipping model. Suddenly, we could get almost any supplies delivered fresh and year-round to massive community stores. What our grandparents called “lean times” became a thing of the past for even the poorest Americans.
Mark Steyn: Liberals ‘conformity enforcers,’ ‘stupefyingly intolerant’
Excerpt: As you know, if you go to the average American newsroom you can have diversity of race, diversity of gender, diversity of orientation — everything except the only diversity that matters, which is diversity of thought,” he said. “And the left does not want to celebrate diversity of thought. They rage against so-called intolerance, yet they themselves are stupefyingly intolerant… (Same is true of diversity at most universities. ~Bob.)
Chaffetz: White House blocking access to ‘Fast and Furious’ witness who wants to testify
Excerpt: Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz told the Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly on Friday that although a key White House witness in the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program is willing to testify about what he knows, the Obama administration won’t let him appear before Congress.
will accelerate the use of new-energy sources such as nuclear energy and put an
end to blind expansion in industries such as solar energy and wind power in
2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says in a government report published on March
will instead develop nuclear power in 2012, actively develop hydroelectric
power, tackle key problems more quickly in the exploration and development of
shale gas, and increase the share of new energy and renewable energy in total
energy consumption. (On the positive side, we’ll now be able to tell which
environmentalists favor Chinese socialism over Russian socialism by how they
react to this news. How did we ever reach a point where communists are reading
and reacting better to the actual science than we are? Ron P.) China
Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz
Excerpt: You may have an opinion on climate change, evolution education, stem-cell research, and science funding. But do you have the facts to back up your opinion? This quiz will test your basic scientific literacy. (I saw mention of this test at Watts Up With That blog and tried it. Much tougher questions than I expected were the norm, and I didn’t do as well as I hoped. [Quiz results: You answered 39of 50 questions correctly for a total score of 78%.] I was reduced to “educated guessing” on some and “pure guessing” on a few others. There are no “climate” questions, but if you accept Bishop Usher’s date of creation as about 4015 BC, you will get two questions wrong. Bob Hall will definitely get question #19 correct. --Ron P. If Bob Hall finds the time to take the test. ~Bob.)
Boko Haram kills 20 Christians in Easter Day bombings
Didn't get the memo. ~Bob. Excerpt: The radical Islamist terror group Boko Haram killed more than 20 Christians and wounded dozens more in a series of bombings outside a church in
. One of the attacks appears to have
been carried out by a suicide bomber. Kaduna
The Week That Was: 2012-04-07 (April 7, 2012)
Excerpt: If mercury from coal fired power plants is a major public health concern, one would expect to see atmospheric mercury concentrations and mercury deposition downwind of the major coal fired power plants. This is not the case as one can easily see from the maps. For example, one would expect to see heavy concentrations in
which is downwind from the heavy concentration of coal fired power plants in
the . It appears that, as with carbon
dioxide, mercury from power plants is not a public health issue but an excuse
for EPA and its allies to close down an industry it does not like. (Wow. Many
good articles this week, in addition to the three numbered articles at the end
of the post. Be sure to look at the three under the heading “US
Administration’s Control of Oil and Gas,” the ones under “Return of King Coal,”
and the article “Mercury the Trickster God” by Willis Eschenbach. The excerpt
is from Ken Haapala’s summary description of Eschenbach’s article. Ron P.) Ohio Valley
Our Contemptuous President By Mark Steyn
I’ve no idea where President Obama gets his shirts and smokes, but he certainly talks like a highbrow, sufficiently so to persuade presidential historian Michael Beschloss to pronounce him the day after the 2008 election “the smartest president ever.” Yet, in the end, he plays
style. You can
take the community organizer out of Chicago Chicago, but
you can’t take the
out of the community organizer. Chicago
Was Boy in K.C. Fire Attack Burned by His School’s Racist Teaching?
Excerpt: The boy raised his hand, eager to answer the question. “What would you know about it?” exclaimed the teacher dismissively. “You’re not our race.” This was not dialogue from a
movie. According to a woman named Melissa Coon, it was what a teacher at East High School
told her 13-year-old son, Allen, when he attempted to answer a question during
Black History Month. Coon identifies that teacher as Mrs. Karla Dorsey, who is
black; Allen is white. Kansas City
How (and Why) Obama has Impeded Recovery By Alan Caruba
Excerpt: During and after his 2008 campaign, Barack Obama was hailed as the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt. History records that
Roosevelt presided over the Great Depression, begun in
the previous administration of Herbert Hoover who got most of the blame. Roosevelt’s policies extended it well beyond the normal
recovery from a recession.
Obama gaffes, etc.
Did ABC Photoshop Zimmer to make him look white?
Maybe this registered Democrat and anti-racism community activist was a not-so white Hispanic? ~Bob.
New Black Panthers Call For Race War During Planning Session For Trayvon Martin Protest: We Have To Spill The Blood of White Devils…
Excerpt: Time to get booted up and suited up for this race war we’re in, the things that are about to happen to these crackers, these honkeys.
Probe reveals New Black Panther ties to Hezbollah
Excerpt: Two separate investigations into the New Black Panthers have been conducted this month, one in response to charges of homegrown terrorism and the other in response to the group's placing a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman, the alleged shooter of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The results of the twofold probe, one of which was released yesterday, reveals New Black Panther ties to the
East terrorist group Hezbollah. (Holders "people."
Leona Salazar: The Smartest Man in the World Should Go Back to School
Excerpt: Somewhere along the line, President Obama, touted as the smartest President we’ve ever known, must have been absent when government was taught in school. He just hasn’t grasp the notion that we have three equal branches of government in this country – executive, legislative and judicial.
Chart of the Week: Obamacare’s Bundle of Budget Gimmicks
Excerpt: President Obama has touted reports from the Congressional Budget Office claiming his health care law would actually decrease the deficit. But due to a bundle of budget gimmicks and other legislation, calculations show that Obamacare actually adds $698 billion to the deficit. This week’s chart outlines each of those budget gimmicks. (He says whatever fits his goals, the media covers for him, the uninvolved middle believe what the media says, and his base doesn't care. A brutal day of reckoning is coming, and I don't mean the election. ~Bob.)