Price of crude OIL hits $100 a barrel, 2nd January 2008. A warning sign that cheap oil will soon be a thing of the past. Could this be the year oil production finally peaks, ushering in the eventual end of the oil empire?
Across the Universe...
February 4th 2007, NASA beams the Beatles' song "Across the Universe" on a 431 Light Year musical odyssey towards Polaris, the North Star. It marks the 40th anniversary of the song's recording & NASA's 50th.
|"Israel has drawn international criticism for its latest series of
onslaughts against the 'prison' of Gaza, the crowded home to 1.4 million Palestinians.
Since last Wednesday (February 27), 112 Palestinians have died under Israeli air attacks
and 'incursions' by Israeli troops. The dead include many women and children, such as four
boys who had been out playing football and even babies killed in their homes. Last
Saturday alone saw the deaths of 60 Palestinians under Israeli attacks. Three Israelis
have died - one a civilian killed during a rocket attack by Hamas last Wednesday and,
since then, two Israeli soldiers."
(Source: Media Lens, 3rd March 2008)
World's Greatest Dog Show
6-9th March 2008
The NEC, Birmingham, UK
my dogs are beauties
but I wouldn't let them go
at Cruft's Dog Show
20th March 2003
|Israelis kill 22 people in Gaza. The dead include
5 Palestinian children & a Reuters cameraman.
(16 April 2008)
|Edward Lorenz, mathematician, meteorologist, & early pioneer of Chaos Theory, dies, 16th April 2008, aged 91. Famous for the phrase "Butterfly Effect" - 'does the flap of a butterflys wings in Brazil set off a tornado?' - more technically the "sensitive dependence on initial conditions" & the idea of the "Strange Attractor".|
(21 April 2008)
(30th April 2008)
Hoffman, a Swiss Chemist, first synthesised LSD-25 in 1938.
Olympic Flame lit on summit of Everest
(8th May 2008)
China wins Gold Medals
for Repression & Torture in Tibet
"Between a quarter and a third of the world's wildlife has been lost since 1970, according to data compiled by the Zoological Society of London. Populations of land-based species fell by 25%, marine by 28% and freshwater by 29%, it says. Humans are wiping out about 1% of all other species every year, and one of the "great extinction episodes" in the Earth's history is under way, it says. "
"Reduced biodiversity means millions of people face a future where food supplies are more vulnerable to pests and disease and where water is in irregular or short supply"- James Leape Director general, WWF UK
(Source: BBC, 16th May 2008)Animals Eco
|BRITAIN'S BEACHES GETTING DIRTIER
"Bathing water at beaches across the UK is more polluted as a result of last year's stormy summer, the Marine Conservation Society has warned.
Its annual Good Beach Guide shows the number of beaches with excellent water quality has fallen by 10% since last year, the biggest drop in 21 years.
The society blamed last summer's heavy rain for sweeping raw sewage and animal waste into rivers and the sea. "
(Source: BBC, 23 May 2008)
[Looe in Cornwall is near a place called Flushing!]
NASA spacecraft lands on Mars
"The Mars Phoenix lander touched down in the far north of the Red Planet, after a 680 million-km (423 million-mile) journey from Earth. The probe is equipped with a robotic arm to dig for water-ice thought to be buried beneath the surface. It will begin examining the site for evidence of the building blocks of life in the next few days."
(Source: BBC, 26 May 2008)
|Nepal votes to abolish
"The Himalayan nation of Nepal has become the world's newest republic, ending 240 years of monarchy.
A constituent assembly meeting in the capital, Kathmandu, overwhelmingly voted to abolish royal rule.
The Maoists, the largest party after laying down arms and standing in last month's elections, were committed to ousting King Gyanendra.
People celebrated wildly in the streets of the capital after news of the assembly vote. "
(Source: BBC, 28 May 2008)
(And the world's other remaining monarchs)
French Fashion Designer Yves Saint Laurent dies
"He was a libertarian, an anarchist and he threw bombs at the legs of
(1st June 2008)
Many Happy Returns!
18th July 2008
100 workers suffer radioactive contamination in latest of 4 nuclear leaks at French nuclear power stations
(23 July 08)
(Cold War Song)
Wily smiles....a pleasure to do business
Keeping the DREAM alive...
Obama accepts presidential nomination on 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's DREAM speech.
(28th August 08)
September 11th - fewer people died in Twin Tower Tragedy (2001) than killed by US foreign policy - tho 2 wrongs don't make a right. Also, 18000 children a day die of starvation. Must we not question a worldview that deems deaths in America more important than mortality elsewhere?
September 11th is also the date (in 1973) when the fascist Pinochet backed by the CIA overthrew the democratically-elected government of Chile in a coup d'état, subsequently killing or 'disappearing' many thousands of people.
WALL STREET FALL
GLOBAL FINANCIAL MARKETS MELTDOWN
FARTING IN THE NEWS
"Fart gas link to blood pressure
Small amounts of hydrogen sulphide - a toxic gas generated by bacteria living in the human gut - are responsible for the foul odour of flatulence.
But it seems the gas is
also produced by an enzyme in blood vessels where it relaxes them and lowers blood
(Source: BBC 24th October 2008)
(Actually MORE than you need to know...)
(4th November 2008)
Bye bye Bush
- good riddance to bad rub
Good news for America
Obama's Puppy Dilemma
"If you want a quieter life, lock me up."
OK, right. Good idea!
He might be well-meaning but that's no justification for Monarchy....
(14th Novemeber 2008)
Released 22nd November 1968
Also, 42 years on, the Vatican belatedly 'forgives' John Lennon for opining that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Actually, he had a point: when did Jesus last have a hit record?
of birth of Milton
9th December 1608
(10th Dec 08)
got nothing left
but the right to fight
so there's gonna be a riot
on the streets tonight
R.I.P. Alexandros Grigoropoulos, aged 15,
shot by police (6th December)
(14th December 08)
Bush gets an xmas present/ farewell gift from a grateful world.
He got the boot (or at least the shoe!)
George W. is good at ducking. He ducks responsibility for the mess he's made. Ducks blame for war crimes.
But, of course, this is unfair on innocent ducks!
Visitors to this site, who don't live in Britain, may be surprised to learn that anyone who owns a TV in this benighted country must hand over an annual licence fee (currently £139.50) to the BBC (Bloated Bourgeois Corporation) - whether they watch BBC channels or not! Those who refuse/ fail to pay are fined or imprisoned.
Fair or what? It's a quaintly eccentric British idiosyncrasy like the parasitic Royal Family (who should be abolished too).
What the BBC pays over-rated presenter Jonathan Ross for one day's 'work' would buy my TV Licence for life!
A recent example of their profligacy at our expense:
"A £45,572 licence fee-funded party at a top London venue was
"the most cost-effective way possible" to launch a television drama series, the
BBC has insisted.
of Birth of Quentin Crisp
born 25th December 1908
Author of 'Naked Civil Servant' & 'How to Become a Virgin'
"Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave."