EDF, Europe’s biggest power company, has been buying land around nuclear sites in England and Wales.
The move puts the company in a position to build new power stations in the UK even if it fails to buy British Energy, the nuclear generator.
Friday is the official deadline for bids for the UK government’s 35 per cent stake in British Energy, and EDF, as well as RWE of Germany, is expected to make an offer. EDF and RWE refused to comment. Buying the stake would automatically trigger a bid for the entire company.
British Energy is in a unique position to benefit from the proposed nuclear renaissance in the UK, because it controls most of the country’s nuclear reactor sites, which is where any new atomic power stations will be built.
However, the Financial Times has learnt that while EDF has been working on its bid it has also been quietly buying farmland close to two nuclear sites: Wylfa on the island of Anglesey in north Wales, which is owned by the government’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; and Hinkley Point in southern England, owned by the NDA and British Energy.
WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED:
Men Are Just Happier People– What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000.
People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.
New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can “do” your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier.
Ahhh yes, the evil midget speakth, again….BUT will he vote, Hussein Obama? Farsi know, he ain’t talkin’
While world leaders sent the Jewish state congratulations on its 60th anniversary, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s birthday wish was that the “Zionist regime” be annihilated, according to the Agence France-Presse.
“Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken,” Ahmadinejad told the official IRNA news agency.
He went on to compare Israel to a “dead rat after being slapped by the Lebanese,” making reference to a 2006 war between the Jewish state and Hezbollah, the AFP reported.
John McCain rarely speaks about his experiences as a POW in Vietnam, but one of his cell mates at the Hanoi Hilton on Thursday described some of the conditions and character traits that earned McCain the commendations he received for his war service.
Col. George “Bud” Day, 83, is the most decorated service man since Gen. Douglas MacArthur, with more than 70 medals. A living legend, Day was blown out of the sky two months to the day before the North Vietnamese shot down a propaganda prize, whose father and grandfather were renowned American admirals.
Watch John McCain on “The O’Reilly Factor” on FOX News Channel tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
We are happy the Post has noticed that at least some non-conservatives think there’s a point to Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan. The views of CASC’s founders have already appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen, the Tyee, Vancouver’s 24 Hours metro daily, and on various radio programs, so we are especially pleased to welcome the Post to the scrum.
What worries us, however, is not the state of our media profile, but the fact that too few Canadians share our views with more than grudging approval (and depending on the state of the polls, a majority sometimes totally disagrees with us). So, we thought we should engage in a bit of dialogue as part of our obligation to provide an answer to the question, “Why is Canada in Afghanistan?” And then, we’ll go on to murkier political matters such as, “Why should the left support the Canadian mission?”, and then try to answer some really arcane questions like, “Is there still a political left in Canada and, if so, what sort of shape is it in?”
Code Pink is now resorting to witchcraft to beef up the number of its supporters protesting Berkeley’s controversial Marine Corps Recruiting Center.
The women’s anti-war group has told ralliers to come equipped with spells and pointy hats Friday for “Witches, clowns and sirens day,” the last of the group’s weeklong homage to Mother’s Day.
“Women are coming to cast spells and do rituals and to impart wisdom to figure out how we’re going to end war,” Zanne Sam Joi of Bay Area Code Pink told FOXNews.com.
The group’s week of themed protests, which included days to galvanize grannies and bring-your-daughter-to-protest, appears to have done little to boost its flagging numbers.
A FOX News camera, which has a 24/7 live shot of the recruiting center’s front door, recorded little action, and the gatherings have, until this point, been ill attended.
The rest at Fox News , including a webcam.
True. Wait! True??? A fine piece (Mozart) my shorter, smaller, smarter, more hard-working and indeed, richer bro. And ’tis the only thing I can play on the car radio over here lest I use my MP3. For ’tis even I who cannot bop to Korean pop slop. Yet I’ve implored ye for years to appreciate the skills, be it drums, bass or guitars, or even vocals (lyrics), of some of the more modern musicians.
An example that compares, alas, I have not.
Mind ye, had ye seen but one Metallica concert, ye would surely have been impressed, not lest by the bass drum punching through thy chest, painful and without rest.
But I jest.
Ten metres from the stage. Thirty thousand in attendance. One of their smaller concerts. That was Metallica live in Seoul. Electric. Or should I mention front row at Slayer?
Or front row at Pantera? When Phil threw the mike out and I grabbed it during ‘Walk’, singing loud and rough into it.
Or the parties we had every Friday night at Brad’s house where everyone would come round and Brad (guitar), Justin (drums) and I (bass) would belt it out.
Or crowd surfing and nearly being dropped but then everyone helps you up and you keep on surfing.
Or recording your own tracks. Or mixing shit on turntables? Fuck, I do it all PC now but it’s still fun.
I’m missing out but so are you, bro.
‘Walk’. On the YouTube clip below. Easy riff, sure. Anyone here able to do the guitar solo? Mozart come up with better lyrics?
‘Walk’, by Pantera.
The boys are from Texas.
Koch’s argued that Obama showed a complete lack of conviction and leadership in handling the controversy surrounding his former pastor. The theme is a constant feature in the former mayor’s syndicated columns, several of which have directly questioned the credibility of Obama’s attempts to distance himself from Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
“I am shocked, without knowing the reason that it is happening, that none of the allegations with the respect of Wright, his former pastor, have had any impact on his polling,” said Koch. “I’m absolutely surprised because I think that all the things that Wright says — and nobody believes that Obama supports those statements — but he didn’t have the courage to stand up and object for twenty years. If you are running for president, you can’t be like some other poor guy in the pews who is afraid to stand up or even say something privately to the minister. You’re the guy who wants to lead the country and you have to have courage to stand up and lead your own pastor. He did not exhibit that. But the fact that the Democratic constituency doesn’t seem to care is a shock to me, but I’m certain that the overall constituency voting in November will care and that it will make the difference in the adverse way to his candidacy.”
Ready for this…I just linked to The Huffington Post
God, I feel so dirty. I hope I don’t catch a STD, or some such shit. Like, when those people over their say clap, they don’t mean applause.
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. official says administration considering air-dropping food and other supplies into Myanmar
WHAT! You’ll fuck up our image, George. Oh wait, we’ll probably crush some civilans, with the drops. That will keep our image intact.
WASHINGTON, DC—An 8,976-foot foul ball off the bat of Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman crashed through the U.S. Capitol Building rotunda Sunday afternoon, prompting both the Nationals and the opposing Pittsburgh Pirates to gasp, turn to each other in shock, and immediately run full speed out of Nationals Park.
“As soon as I hit it, I knew it was headed straight toward Capitol Hill—I just kept saying to myself, ‘Not the dome, not the dome, not the dome,'” Zimmerman said. Both teams, all four umpires, and the 32,457 fans in attendance winced in horror, however, as the ball kept carrying, made a loud smashing noise, and left a gaping hole in the rotunda’s neoclassical architecture.
“We are so dead,” Zimmerman added.
As the teams grabbed the bases and scrambled out of the stadium, the Pirates yelled to the Nationals that they were in “big trouble.” The Nationals refuted that claim, screaming that “if [Pirates left-fielder] Jason [Bay] could run at all, he would’ve tracked down the ball and caught it” before it struck the 200-year-old structure, which stands 1.7 miles from the ballpark.
from the May 7, 2008 edition
WASHINGTON – With the other party still waist-deep in its presidential nomination fight, John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, has been quietly courting the white working-class Democrats who have proved elusive for Barack Obama, his most likely rival in the fall.
In the two weeks since Senator Obama’s loss in Pennsylvania, Senator McCain has visited the struggling steel town of Youngstown, Ohio, to promote programs to retrain workers. He has gone to Allentown, Pa., to push a gas-tax holiday and argue that the Democrats’ healthcare plans gave too much power to the government. And in Appalachian Kentucky, he has pledged to bring new jobs and technology to rural America.
But let’s go to the big boys…
Fuck, you guys will hate me… wait up.
“Barack Obama has shown he cannot get the votes Democrats need to win — blue-collar, working-class people,” Limbaugh said. “He can get effete snobs, he can get wealthy academics, he can get the young, and he can get the black vote, but Democrats do not win with that.”
The conservative talk show host has said the Republican Party will benefit from a protracted Democratic race that grows more bruising by the week.
American flags are on sale at kiosks everywhere. They fly in front of government buildings. The world’s second largest replica of the Statue of Liberty sits atop the five star Hotel Victory. The largest street downtown was renamed Bill Clinton Boulevard. Many businesses are likewise named after Clinton. One cafe owner called his establishment “Hillary” and placed two gigantic pictures of Bill and Hillary on the walls. Don’t assume, though, that this makes Kosovars Muslim versions of Euro-lefties. Clinton is rightly hailed as a liberator, but one resident told me “We are Republicans here in Kosovo.” They want a strong American President who won’t back down from commitments.
Just a few short blocks from Bill Clinton Boulevard is the Israeli Odyssea Bakery. It is not just a Jewish bakery, but an Israeli bakery owned and operated by an actual Israeli. The very idea of this would be unthinkable in even the most liberal of Arabic-speaking countries.
Accomplished businessman and practicing Muslim Luan Berisha told me that 90 percent of Kosovars support Israel in the Arab-Israeli conflict. I don’t know if that’s really true. But if so it means Kosovo is more pro-Israel than even the United States. And even if he was exaggerating, it was an intriguing– and telling–exaggeration. No one in any Arabic country would say such a thing. Whatever sneaking sympathy for Israel might exist here and there in the Arab world is vehemently denied by just about everyone else. Kosovo sharply contrasts also with nearby Serbia on this question, where General Wesley Clark is seen as a sinister Jewish figure who plotted Belgrade’s destruction, and where Saddam Hussein was considered an ally.
Vladimir Putin has used a forceful speech to lawmakers to map out his priorities as Russia’s new Prime Minister. State Duma Deputies overwhelmingly backed his candidacy and President Medvedev has already signed a decree, appointing Putin to the premiership.
Putin returns as prime minister to make the West respect Russia even more
War against terror deprives US citizens of their dignity
Dah. The Mother country of Leftist’s around the world, has given its blessing. Now ‘they’ can fill themselves with pride.
McCain was awarded a Silver Star Medal for resisting “extreme mental and physical cruelties” inflicted upon him by his captors from late October to early December 1967, the early months of his captivity, according to the citation. The North Vietnamese, according to the Navy, ignored international agreements and tortured McCain “in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes.”
McCain, now the Republican Party’s likely presidential nominee, was taken prisoner in October 1967 after he was shot down while on a mission over Hanoi. He wasn’t freed until March 1973, after the United States signed peace agreements with the North Vietnamese. His captors tortured him and held him in solitary confinement. Still, he declined an offer of early release until those who had been at the prison longer than him were let go.
That decision earned McCain a Navy Commendation Medal. Although McCain was “crippled from serious and ill-treated injuries,” he steadfastly refused offers of freedom from those holding him prisoner. “His selfless action served as an example to others and his forthright refusal, by giving emphasis to the insidious nature of such releases, may have prevented a possibly chaotic deterioration in prisoner discipline,” the citation says.
The citations refer to his “accurate ordnance delivery” and his “aggressive and skillful airmanship.” He earned his Bronze Star the day before he was shot down, for participating in a mission over an airfield in Phuc Yen, 11 miles north of Hanoi.
The citation for his Distinguished Flying Cross sums up McCain’s misfortune the following day:
“Although his aircraft was severely damaged, he continued his bomb delivery pass and released his bombs on the target. When the aircraft would not recover from the dive, Commander McCain was forced to eject over the target.”