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The Disaffected Lib: The "Piss Away" Province

The key to understanding the dilemma is to realize that Tar Sand, bitumen, is just a part of Alberta’s oil history.  The province has also produced a vast amount of conventional crude oil.  It’s actually produced and exported a good deal more conventional crude oil than Norway.  That brings us to the starting point . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The "Piss Away" Province

The Disaffected Lib: Is Raul Castro’s Cuba the First Big Winner in Cold War II?

Now that Washington and Havana appear to be on the road to kissing and making up, it’s worth considering whether the timing is really that spontaneous?

Cuba was always the Soviet’s toe hold in the Americas.  It was over Soviet designs in Cuba that the world was brought to the brink of nuclear . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is Raul Castro’s Cuba the First Big Winner in Cold War II?

LeDaro: Smog in Beijing

It is  getting really bad in Beijing. People on the streets wear masks as well as commuters in the trains wear masks.

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Cheer for the athletes but don’t be naive: the Olympics are about politics

TweetNational leaders covet the opportunity to host the international event and multi-national corporations invest billions of dollars in advertising to its massive world-wide audience. Competing in glorious national stadiums and sports centres in between commercial breaks, the athletes appear to be little more than commodities. Make no mistake, the Olympic Games are political by nature. . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Cheer for the athletes but don’t be naive: the Olympics are about politics

LeDaro: Hong Kong: Polluted skyline

If we keep burning fossil fuels at the current level this kind of smog may spread worldwide.

SOUPY: An eagle flew over Hong Kong’s polluted skyline Monday. Off-the-charts air pollution in Beijing in the past few months has shown signs of drifting to Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images) . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Hong Kong: Polluted skyline

The Disaffected Lib: The Traveller’s Guide to Beijing. Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Passport and, Oh Yeah, Plenty of Oxygen

The World Health Organization sets the safe level at 25.   The U.S. EPA puts the emergency level at 300.   For days Beijing has been at anywhere between 600 and 900.

The figures are for PM2.5 or particulate matter tiny enough to be absorbed into human tissue.

Air quality has long been a problem in the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Traveller’s Guide to Beijing. Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Passport and, Oh Yeah, Plenty of Oxygen