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The Kyoto Protocol Loses Four Big Nations. by The Elephant's Child
June 6, 2011, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Environment, Junk Science | Tags: , ,

It is an extremely unnoticed bit of news.  Back pages, or not included at all.  Remember the Kyoto Protocol?  That was the very big deal of contemporary environmentalism.  All the Developed Nations of the world would reduce their carbon emissions, and do some wealth redistribution to help the less developed nations.

— DEAUVILLE, France, Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 that they would  not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at the United Nations talks this year.  The U.S. reiterated that it would remain outside the treaty.  Bill Clinton signed the treaty, but never submitted it to Congress.  George W. Bush refused to submit it to Congress for ratification.  Now four more big nations are saying, forget it. The previous pledges they signed in 1997 expire at the end of next year.

President Barack Obama confirmed that Washington would not join an updated Kyoto Protocol.  Diplomats are concerned. The annual meeting of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change was to take place in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9.  The  public has lost interest, and the IPCC has been exposed for shoddy work.  Is it really over?



It’s Broccoli, Dear.The USDA and Michelle Want You To Eat Your Vegetables! by The Elephant's Child

Just last year the USDA told us that they were revising the hallowed food pyramid.

This is the old outdated one. Probably some of you saw it in health class, or saw it on the wall of the school nurse’s office. In 2009, carbohydrates were in fashion — eat lots of bread, cereal, rich and pasta:  6-11 servings a day, and watch out for the fats, oils and sweets. No  allowed amount there, use sparingly.

The New Food Pyramid from last year, which I posted it on October 27, has disappeared without a trace. Not only is it a particularly ugly graphic, but carbohydrates are still right up there in quantity.

There was apparently a revised version of the “new food pyramid” that eliminated all those confusing and troubling words, and substituted just pictures to  help the illiterate. Do you suppose it was $2 million for each version?  Hard to part with the pyramid idea, that must have been the subject of many a meeting. Notice the prominent place of dairy products in this version.

Supposedly the USDA spent $2 million on the new “my plate” design. It is being praised for being “easy to understand” (I keep telling you that they think we’re stupid). Wags have had a great time re-labeling the portions. I’d settle for cherry pie, pumpkin pie, huckleberry pie and key lime pie.  Two million dollars? The USDA was robbed!

I don’t think anyone has ever paid any attention to these. Note how Dairy has diminished in importance.  And now what was once Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans and Eggs has become a small slice of huckleberry pie protein.  Well, I say it’s spinach and I say the hell with it.*

(an ancient joke from the New Yorker)



A Little History: June 6,1944 —The Longest Day. by The Elephant's Child
June 6, 2011, 6:14 am
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, History, Military | Tags: , , , ,

“Believe me, Lang, the first twenty-four hours of the invasion will be decisive…the fate of Germany depends on the outcome…for the Allies, as well as Germany, it will be the longest day.”
—Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
to his aide, April 22, 1944

“The most difficult and complicated operation ever to take place.”
—Winston Churchill

“The history  of war does not know of an undertaking comparable to it for breadth of conception, grandeur of scale, and mastery of execution.”
Joseph Stalin

“Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Order of the Day, June 4, 1944

“The destruction of the enemy’s landing is the sole decisive factor in the whole conduct of the war and hence in its final results.”
Adolf Hitler

“In this column I want to tell you what the opening of the second front entailed, so that you can know and appreciate and forever be humbly grateful to those both dead and alive who did it for you.”
Ernie Pyle, June 12, 1944

Victory Parade, 82nd Airborne, New York City.  January, 1946

It was all sixty-five years ago today.  Ancient history to many, but a day never to be forgotten, and remembered with gratitude.

Sharp eyes will notice that at the time the German film was made, they weren’t too sure just where the Allies had landed. They still hadn’t given up on the idea of Calais. They used a lot of stock footage to make it seem as if they really were in control of things.




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