The positive side of global warming?

According to Environmental Graffiti: Greenland is a country the size of Europe, yet it has only 51 farms (all of them sheep farms except for one with 22 cows) and 9 forests, all of which are both tiny and cultivated by hand. The only vegetable grown in Greenland is potatoes. All other vegetables are imported, mostly from Denmark. One of these forests, Qanasiassat, is beginning to thrive according to caretaker Poul Bjerge. Long since dormant, the pine trees in this forest have begun to show new growth. It’s not just a few pine trees that are starting to grow. Remember

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Doofus Of The Day #98 and #99

Truly, we’ve been blessed with an abundance of Doofi this week. We’ve had at least one every day, and nine all told (including today’s pair) since last Sunday. I wonder what the last day of the week will bring tomorrow? Will we reach our century of Doofus awards? Watch this space! Anyway, Doofus #98 is a collective award – to US investment banks. Having just begged and pleaded for a $700 billion rescue package, which has added enormously to the national debt and for which our children’s children will still be paying, what have they done? Let Max Hastings describe

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A doofus, partly redeemed!

Yesterday I awarded our Doofus Of The Day award to the Australian Environmental Protection Agency, for releasing a highly dangerous saltwater crocodile a thousand miles from its native territory – right in the middle of a tourist mecca! Today comes the news that they’ve partially redeemed themselves, by recapturing the crocodile. It’ll now be transported back to its native area – where tourists are rather less commonly featured on the menu – and released there. One wonders what they’ll think of next. Since they’re so keen on wildlife, how about recreating the long-extinct Tasmanian Wolf, the largest known marsupial carnivore,

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Communists still don’t have a sense of humor!

I’m delighted to read that the Communist Party of St. Petersburg, Russia, is as dour, sour-faced and humorless as ever. They apparently think that James Bond is the real thing! According to the Times, London: Bond girls often come to a sticky end but Olga Kurylenko will be hoping that the Communists never get hold of her. Kurylenko, the Ukrainian actress who plays Bond’s sidekick in Quantum of Solace, has been condemned by the Communist Party of St Petersburg for aiding “the killer of hundreds of Soviet people and their allies”. Apparently oblivious to Bond’s fictional nature, it accused her

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Salute to a hero

From the Northwest Guardian, official newspaper of Fort Lewis, Washington: The deep boom of an explosion shook the ground and awoke Staff Sgt. Christopher Waiters from sleep on April 5, 2007. The 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Soldier had bedded down seconds before at the end of a nine-hour guard-duty shift in Old Baqubah. A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device had detonated on a street nearby, engulfing a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and its crew in flames,That insurgent attack led to the events that culminated in Waiters’ receiving a Distinguished Service Cross, only the 17th awarded since the war on terrorism began

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