Monday, July 27, 2009

Greedy MPs to get freebie hols
The MPs and peers will be lapping up trips to Jamaica, Fiji, Australia, Tanzania and Kenya, all funded by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) through taxpayers’ cash.

Five MPs and two peers are to fly business class at a cost of nearly £4,000 each to Fiji, where they will spend 16 days island-hopping.

The Jamaican jaunt to the plush £130-a-night Jamaica Pegasus Hotel this week includes three peers and three MPs, among them John Austin, Labour MP for Erith and Thamesmead, who was blasted for spending £15,000 on renovating his flat during the expenses scandal.

A spokesman for the CPA insisted the trips did not involve “the luxury you might imagine” and said politicians were going to discuss “issues of concern” like climate change and trade.
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Bush Hid Ice Images From People Who Can't Use Google
What is not lacking, however, is satellite imagery. You see, U.S. spy satellites are not the only imaging satellites, and while spy satellites may be better at picking up a license plate number from a moving car, plenty of satellites can measure ice caps. But don't take my word for it, just do a Google search...
FatCow Web Hosting "Goes Green" by Committing to 100% Wind Energy
FatCow, a leading provider of Web hosting, domain registration and related marketing services, announced today that its offices and data centers are now [paying to pretend to be] 100 percent powered by wind energy.
Wildfire kills six | The Olive Press
OVER six people have been killed by fires across Spain, while thousands have been evacuated from their homes.

Greenpeace has warned that these lethal wildfires have become habitual since the 1990s due to global warming.
Forest fires in Spain
An average of more than 80% of fires are caused intentionally.
Biggest US Wildfires | Epic Disasters
As Measured By Acreage Consumed In The Blaze

1.  Peshtigo, Wisconsin
October 8 - 14, 1871
More than 1,500 lives were lost and 3.8 million acres burned. The United States’ worse fire, however, is largely forgotten because it occurred at the same time as the more publicized Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 8 - 10, 1871. Interestingly, a similarly deadly fire occurred in Port Huron, Michigan on the same date.

2. Maine and New Brunswick, Canada
October 1825
Named after a river in Canada, the Miramichi fire burned 3 million acres and killed 160.

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