WikiLeaks: Sweden Tosses Unneeded Investigation

This article makes it sound like he was preventing the Swedish phony investigation from proceeding by hiding (in a location known to the whole world!). No, the reason for the investigation in Sweden was not just because Assange parts on bad terms with lovers, but because the US was pursuing a secret indictment against him for publishing their criminal secrets. We know that’s true because the indictment was finally revealed by accident years later.

The US has a bad history of prosecuting whistleblowers and journalists, like Barrett Brown. Assange embarrassed them, and now they’re pulling the strings of their allies in Britain to jail and silence Assange and Wikileaks.

EVs Outselling Stick Shift

Not surprising, people are buying more EV cars than manual transmission ones.

Presently fewer than 10% are voting for EV as their preferred transmission type. As Mike points out, EVs don’t have a transmission, so is it really a fair comparison. Wouldn’t you rather drive a vehicle you don’t have to shift, has better acceleration, and has no transmission to break down?

UPDATE:

Dec. 2, come to the RPL Film Theatre for a special presentation by James Whittingham about why EVs are the best winter vehicles.

 

Hypocrisy It Isn’t

Notable climate crisis musician and activist Laura Stewart in the Leader Post explaining why climate activists aren’t hypocrites for pressuring governments to take action they cannot personally:
leaderpost com/opinion/letters/letters-to-the-editor-oct-17-2019-climate-change-protesters-arent-the-major-emitters

Climate protesters aren’t hypocrites

Regina’s climate protesters are not hypocrites. They demand government action on problems their personal actions can’t touch.

Critics say, “Pick up litter.” Some protesters do that. Some attempt zero-waste living. But of Saskatchewan’s 76 megatonnes of emissions, the “Waste and Others” sector makes up only three per cent.

Yes, many protesters bike, walk, or bus to the marches. But “Passenger Transportation” produces just six per cent of emissions. And it’s a nine-hour bike ride to the legislature from my home town.

What personal actions could drive down the 34 per cent of emissions from “Oil and Gas” production? During one march, a critic suggested turning off the gas to my house, but that’s consumption — counted in the “Buildings” sector at only four per cent.

How about reducing the 19 per cent of emissions from “Electricity”? Eliminating all residential electricity would cut only about three per cent of overall emissions. And critics complain about protesters’ cell phones.

“Agriculture” produces 22 per cent of emissions — and $13 billion in exports. Many protesters avoid eating meat — another partial solution. But about nine per cent of Saskatchewan’s overall emissions come from crop production, because it releases nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas nearly 300 times worse than carbon dioxide.

We need government actions to make high emissions costly, make lowering emissions pay, and make zero emissions an affordable choice. Otherwise, we subsidize our present prosperity at the expense of our children’s future.

The most important personal action you can take to help solve the climate emergency? Talk about it.

Laura Stewart, Regina

This is a subject that I’ve discussed years ago too.

Greta Goes To Edmonton, Alberta Goes Nuts

If you want to read something funny about bad people, here it is. Climate activist and hero Greta Thunberg is in Calgary and on her way to Edmonton for a climate strike on Friday, and the Premier is flipping out. He’s one of the hypothetical middle age white guys threatened by a 16 year old girl bearing science data and a powerful message.

SaskPower/SaskParty Stabs Solar Industry Again

The corrupt, oil money taking Sask Party has again let SaskPower attack the renewable energy industry in Saskatchewan. Worse, they’re lying to do it. They’re convincing many in the media to report that “Net Metering” is returning as an option on November 1st, but that’s not true. No longer will power sold to SaskPower be paid for by the crown corp at the net rate it’s sold back to customers.

Saskpower news release:

““We know there is growing demand for solar self-generation in Saskatchewan,” said Mike Marsh, SaskPower President & CEO. “The updated program provides certainty and clarity for our customers who want to net meter [emphasis added] while reducing the financial impacts on customers who do not have solar panels.”

Why is the CEO Marsh misrepresenting the new plan as “net metering” when it’s “net billing” or some other scheme that pays less than what is fair to power producers?

Minister of SaskPower, Duncan, Should Resign

I don’t think I’ve ever called for a Minister to resign before, while on the radio, but Duncan should definitely quit screwing up Saskatchewan, SaskPower, and our environment.