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But the facts remain: the warming trend was going on well before the CO2 levels began escalating. The Earth has been both warmer and cooler in historical times. Computer models produce predictions, but none of those models can duplicate the past (start with 1900 and run a 100 year projection that "predicts" the realities of the Year 2000; or start with 1950 and predict 2000 with the model; or heck, just give us a good picture of what is going to happen next year, or this summer). Observation scientists tend to be less enthusiastic about the "consensus" and many reject it entirely. And there are counter-trends: We don't know if we are headed for an Ice Age or Global Warming, but for a while at least Warming produces a more benign world with more resources to spend. And the return of the Ice Ages would be very bad.
I'll tell you what is a big deal for the EU, though: the euro. The disparities between euro-zone economies are not shrinking as everyone had hoped; in some places, they're growing. That is making it nearly impossible to craft monetary policy that is both hawkish on inflation, and doesn't throw huge economies (i.e. Italy and Germany) deeper into the slough of economic despond. Italy, meanwhile, is managing to disprove the adage that "inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon" by having stagflation, a recession, and an inflation hawk at the monetary helm. If the euro falls apart, it could have major repercussions for the EU, as it would be a full scale retreat from "ever-closer union".
A graphic designer denied at the sponsorship inquiry Monday that paying the salaries of three Liberal party staffers was a scheme to divert sponsorship profits to the federal party.
Jacques Corriveau, a long-time party organizer and friend of Jean Chrétien, said he took on the Liberal workers in 1998, before he realized sponsorship subcontracts would earn him millions.
If you are a voyeur, you might read the rest of Marc's post.
I continue in holiday mode and reserve the right to be frivolous. Anyway, this weekend is the precise 19th anniversary of the drunkest I ever got. The story even has a celebrity news hook. Because the drunkest I ever got was with Oliver Stone. Yes, the same Stone who unwittingly commemorated that same event the other night by getting busted for DUI out on the Sunset Strip.
Anyway, it was on another Memorial Day weekend, in 1987, that I found myself in South Hampton finishing up a marathon Playboy magazine interview with Oliver Stone. (The finished product is hard to find online so as an act of public welfare I am offering a full-text version of the interview which you can find at the bottom of this posting ).
Oliver had just won his Oscar for Platoon and he was out in the Hamptons on the set of Wall Street. I had already spent a couple of days with him earlier in the year in Santa Monica laying down some tape. I followed him to the Hamptons to ask the final follow-ups.
Howard Kurtz writes that blog coverage of the moderate revolution was filled with anger from the right and left while mainstream media celebrated the moderation (as did I... apparently because I am either strange or mainstream, take your pick). He's onto something.He concludes:
My reaction is that events of the last week were caused by a combination of the political ambitions of Senator McCain and the increasing restlessness of liberal Republicans.
What this split in coverage really indicates, as Kurtz says, is the essential difference between big and citizens' media (and I'm repeating myself): because newspapers are institutional and blogs are personal, newspapers try to be dispassionate while blogs are passionate.
And that's what we see in the coverage of what I hope to call the moderate revolution: Blogs speak up when they have cause to be pissed about or to celebrate over but rarely to be moderate and thus dull. The big press has to cover the story and thinks it has to see both sides; it likes to show both sides yelling but, of course, it doesn't want to be caught yelling itself.
Yes, that was me speaking to Rush Limbaugh live a few moments ago. I was the one celebrating Bobby Kennedy. Rush was the one who was remembering Hubert Humphrey with respect. So it goes in the amazing political landscape called America. Who knew?
Global sourcing creates greater opportunity for all parties and countries involved by allowing more developed economies to innovate, while allowing developing countries to get into the game and begin growing themselves. In essence, offshoring is essential for global business growth. And the U.S. steel industry is a good example of the fate awaiting U.S. companies that turn a blind eye.
“Outsourcing and offshoring aren’t optional, and they pose as many opportunities as they do risks,” says Wesker. “Innovative companies need to get over the fear factor and implement new processes to manage offshoring’s risks in order to stay competitive and prosper.”