Expensive G20 meeting in Toronto for Candas taxpayers. 10-times more than the one in Pittsburgh 2009. Stephen Harper defends expenses by saying; Canada has to represent itself to the world.
Forgets one thing; only results and execution count, not the effort alone.
Keith Olbermann on President Obama’s oil leak disaster speech tonight
this is what I mean when people try to compare Olbermann to the O’Reillys and Hannitys of the world. can anyone imagine such critisism of Bush or Cheney or any republican from the right-wing talking heads?
What a missed opportunity tonight. Very disappointing.
I agree Evan that this is a crappy and disappointing situation, but what should/could the President do at this point? If we acknowledge that oil will be pouring into the gulf for the foreseeable future, what can he do that would please people at this point?
I wanted him to stand up, slam his first on the table and demand that we change our ways. George Bush came to New York, stood on a pile of rubble that used to be the World Trade Center and told us to go shopping.
We are at risk of consuming ourselves into extinction. I wanted him to scream and yell and shout and tell us to change or face the awful truth: if things stay the way they are we will expire as a civilization all too soon.
Skeptic: Inevitably skepticism leads to asking the God question. You call yourself a fideist.
Gardner: I call myself a philosophical theist, or sometimes a fideist, who believes something on the basis of emotional reasons rather than intellectual reasons.
Skeptic: This will surely strike readers as something of a paradox for a man who is so skeptical about so many things.
Gardner: People think that if you don’t believe Uri Geller can bend spoons then you must be an atheist. But I think these are two different things. I call myself a philosophical theist in the tradition of Kant, Charles Peirce, William James, and especially Miguel Unamuno, one of my favorite philosophers. As a fideist I don’t think there are any arguments that prove the existence of God or the immortality of the soul. Even more than that, I agree with Unamuno that the atheists have the better arguments. So it is a case of quixotic emotional belief that is really against the evidence and against the odds. The classic essay in defense of fideism is William James’ The Will to Believe. James’ argument, in essence, is that if you have strong emotional reasons for a metaphysical belief, and it is not strongly contradicted by science or logical reasons, then you have a right to make a leap of faith if it provides sufficient satisfaction. It makes the atheists furious when you take this position because they can no more argue with you than they can argue over whether you like the taste of beer or not. To me it is entirely an emotional thing. (more here)
Matthew Simmons: BP Has About One Month Before It Has To Declare Chapter 11 (via mattlehrer)
Even if its true.
- They could raise short term debt/corporate bonds on the money markets.
- Sell assets to raise cash.
- Issue new shares to get cash.
- Sell 2.5-15% of the company with a premium to a competitor or to China/Arab world.
- Or ….