4/1/2009 News and Commentary

News for April 1, 2009

1)China looking to become world leader in “erectric” vehicles.  Makes a lot of sense.  They have the capital and industry to implement it quickly.  US companies are struggling to stay viable and catch up to Japanese in fuel mileage battle.  China is way too far behind in combustion/hybrid technology so they are just bypassing them.  Additionally, this is a good sign that China is serious about curbing it’s air pollution problem.  Drawback for China is that electric (sorry erectric) cars may not be the answer.  Power still has to be generated.  Plus the cost and inefficiency of the transmission is a problem.

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/business/global/02electric.html?hp

2)Don’t think Obama will be saying “I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul” as Bush did on first meeting with Putin.  I really hope we can find some common ground and stave the Cold War posturing that has been building over the last several years.

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/02/world/europe/02arms.html?ref=world

3)Major infiltration of computer of Dalai Lama’s network as well as 103 other countries.  This is scary stuff.  The article mentions that they aren’t certain it’s China; however, China has had documents that could have only come from this spy network while detaining people.  This network could even turn on cameras and microphones over the internet….I got to get me one of these.

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/technology/29spy.html?scp=2&sq=dalai%20lama%20spying&st=cse

4) Feel good story of the day

Livescience: http://www.livescience.com/animals/090331-rare-dolphins.html

5) Great article on how people are abandoning boats along coasts.  I can’t help but thinking that someone would take these for free instead of them being trashed.

NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/01/business/01boats.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

6)Shamwow huckster beats up hooker.  The title is it’s own punchline.

The Smoking Gun: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0327092sham1.html

7)Miss Universe visits Gitmo? First, why the heck did she even go there.  Maybe they figured they’d bring her in as a sort of treat for all these years of injustice (not all innocent but we have to admit we locked up innocent people and tried to throw away key).  I’m guess the bad guys were conflicted…they wanted to kill this infidel, but would she be one of my 72 virgins?

Foxnews: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511879,00.html

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