Toyota has created a new plant species designed to offset the CO2 created by its Prius assembly operations in Toyota City, Japan.The flowers are derivatives of the cherry sage plant and the gardenia. The sage leaves have unique characteristics that absorb harmful gases, while the gardenia leaves create water vapor in the air, reducing the surface temperature of the factory and therefore, reducing the energy needed for cooling, in turn producing less carbon dioxide.
Who is the best leader in the Democratic Party right now?
Do you mean, Who can give the best speech? Who can raise the most money? Look, I’m not a sentimentalist. Nor am I a romantic. I don’t believe in the Great Man theory of history. Great men come along very seldom – and when they do, it’s pretty bloody. But, as Chancellor Bismarck once observed, God looks after alcoholics, little children, and the United States of America.
His take on the golden virgins of Hollywood/Polanski is a must read.
Peter Gabriel / The Book of Love (The Magnetic Fields)
So, I just read that Peter will be releasing an orchestral covers album, working with Bob Ezrin, producer of Lou Reed’s Berlin, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Gabriel’s self-titled 1977 record. “The songs are not simply covers, they are major reinterpretations of some famous stuff. It’s quite radical. The album will be acoustic, using only orchestral instruments (no guitars, drums or world instruments), and range in size from sparse chamber music to a much fuller orchestral sound.”
1. Heroes (David Bowie)
2. Street Spirit (Radiohead)
3. The Book of Love (Magnetic Fields)
4. Flume (Bon Iver)
5. My Body Is a Cage (Arcade Fire)
6. Listening Wind (Talking Heads)
7. I Think It’s Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman)
Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country’s booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the C.I.A, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.
The critics say the ties complicate America’s increasingly tense relationship with President Hamid Karzai, who has struggled to build sustained popularity among Afghans and has long been portrayed by the Taliban as an American puppet. The C.I.A.’s practices also suggest that the United States is not doing everything in its power to stamp out the lucrative Afghan drug trade, a major source of revenue for the Taliban.
More broadly, some American officials argue that the reliance on Ahmed Wali Karzai, the most powerful figure in a large area of southern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgency is strongest, undermines the American push to develop an effective central government that can maintain law and order and eventually allow the United States to withdraw.
Fisherman in Kenya have reported bumper catches of shark and shellfish because commercial fishing boats from China and Japan have been scared away by pirates. The massive factory trawlers which used to drain their fish stocks have been scared away and that means there is a huge bounty for local fishermen as well as helping to restore the health of the marine eco-system. Now the fishermen are able to catch up to £200 worth of fish per day in an area where the average daily earnings are less than £5.
This was the core reason for the men we call “pirates” to have emerged. Everyone agrees they were ordinary Somalian fishermen who at first took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least wage a ‘tax’ on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia, and they have won a major battle. Good for them.