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Carly Fiorina Is Running for the Presidency. Get to Know A Bit about Her! by The Elephant's Child
May 14, 2015, 8:08 pm
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Here is a most interesting interview with Carly Fiorina by Jennifer Rubin of the “Right Turn” Blog at The Washington Post. I suspect that most of us don’t know much about Carly Fiorina beyond the fact that she was once CEO of Hewlett Packard, and is an accomplished woman.

Fiorina’s critics call her a “failed” chief executive, but, again, over time her tenure can be seen in a different light. Her defenders observe that during her tenure as CEO, Hewlett-Packard’s revenue doubled to nearly $90 billion and growth quadrupled to 9 percent. During her time at HP, the rate of innovation was tripled to 11 patents a day. Between 2004 and 2005, HP added 5,000 patents and was ranked as one of the top 10 patenting companies between 2002 and 2005. HP donated more than $395 million in cash and goods to charities under her watch. Even the merger with Compaq that precipitated her downfall has been judged by many in hindsight to be a success (“fast-forward a decade, and solution providers say the historic merger was a surprising success and ultimately helped their businesses. And the bold move ultimately produced what the two companies promised – a worldwide technology powerhouse with top revenue positions in servers, PC and printers”).

But there’s more, a lot more. We may be underestimating her again. Do read the whole thing.

Another Day of Drama in Seattle! “Awareness Was Raised.” by The Elephant's Child
May 14, 2015, 3:38 pm
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Arctic Offshore Drilling

Behold the Kayak flotilla attempting to keep Shell Oil from drilling in the Arctic Ocean, to which point they are specifically trying to be annoying enough to keep Shell from repairing their drilling rigs at one of Seattle’s currently unused docks. You can tell it’s Seattle because that’s the Space Needle at the far left. If you follow the link on their banner, you will find pleas for all righteous citizens to rent a kayak and join the protest. Six kayaks obviously aren’t going to do much to stop anything. Seattle has a great plenty of environmental loons so they may get their fleet. One of the rigs arrives today, and will depart in the summer.

President Obama has given Shell permission to drill in the Arctic. Environmentalists see this as incipient disaster, because any drill rig in their minds will spill noxious oil which will despoil the entire Arctic Ocean, a place of violent storms and waves, and kill the beautiful polar bears, the seals they eat, despoil all life, and they must be prevented from doing that because the kayak people do not use cars nor use electricity nor expect their goods to be transported to their local stores.

If fossil fuel is reasonably cheap and plentiful, the whole world benefits. Oil rigs operate under very strict regulation to assure safety and avoid any kind of spills. And major spills that do real damage are quite rare.

There is no such thing as “carbon pollution” as EPA administrator Gina McCarthy likes to claim. Carbon dioxide is a natural plant fertilizer and essential to life. We need more CO² in the atmosphere, not less. It is the sun that affects our climate, and the sun has gone quiet. We are in an extended pause, over eighteen years, where there has been no warming. The Arctic is not melting, and the Antarctic bases are in danger of having to be abandoned because there is so much ice that resupply ships cannot reach them and they are having to be resupplied by helicopter.

The Global Warming movement has nothing to do with climate, but as Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change has admitted—the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity—but to destroy capitalism. Which is why President Obama is so passionate about protecting the world from global warming—fundamentally transforming the United States and so on. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has managed to claim that global warming harms women in developing nations, forcing many into “situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage.” There are loons everywhere, so the Seattle kayak fleet is not remarkable, just annoying. 150514_arctic_oil_rig_seattle_660

Here is the Polar Pioneer, 400 feet long and rising nearly 300 feet above the water, with a Washington State Ferry in the middle ground and if you look very closely a tiny bunch of kayakers, just off the point.

“Unless people get out there and put themselves on the front lines and say enough is enough, then nothing will ever change,” said Jordan Van Voast, 55, an acupuncturist who was going out on the water to confront the Polar Pioneer. “I’m hoping that people are waking up.”

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