Thursday, July 10, 2008

United Airlines letter

United Airlines sent me this. And while I recognize that the airlines interests and mine do not always match, this time they do.

Our country is facing a possible sharp economic downturn because of skyrocketing oil and fuel prices, but by pulling together, we can all do something to help now.

For airlines, ultra-expensive fuel means thousands of lost jobs and severe reductions in air service to both large and small communities. To the broader economy, oil prices mean slower activity and widespread economic pain. This pain can be alleviated, and that is why we are taking the extraordinary step of writing this joint letter to our customers. Since high oil prices are partly a response to normal market forces, the nation needs to focus on increased energy supplies and conservation. However, there is another side to this story because normal market forces are being dangerously amplified by poorly regulated market speculation.

Twenty years ago, 21 percent of oil contracts were purchased by speculators who trade oil on paper with no intention of ever taking delivery. Today, oil speculators purchase 66 percent of all oil futures contracts, and that reflects just the transactions that are known. Speculators buy up large amounts of oil and then sell it to each other again and again. A barrel of oil may trade 20-plus times before it is delivered and used; the price goes up with each trade and consumers pick up the final tab. Some market experts estimate that current prices reflect as much as $30 to $60 per barrel in unnecessary speculative costs.

Over seventy years ago, Congress established regulations to control excessive, largely unchecked market speculation and manipulation. However, over the past two decades, these regulatory limits have been weakened or removed. We believe that restoring and enforcing these limits, along with several other modest measures, will provide more disclosure, transparency and sound market oversight. Together, these reforms will help cool the over-heated oil market and permit the economy to prosper.

The nation needs to pull together to reform the oil markets and solve this growing problem.

We need your help. Get more information and contact Congress by visiting www.StopOilSpeculationNow.com.

I have called my Congressmen.

Have you? If not, why not?

Erotic French Naked Women

Anti-terrorism investigators in Paris have opened a preliminary investigation into the threats of an attack against cable TV broadcaster Canal+. The threats came in order to stop broadcasting pornographic movies to North Africa.

The broadcaster received an anonymous letter at the end of June from somebody who said he was Muslim and threatened to blow up the Canal+ headquarters near Paris. Canal+ filed a complaint. The letter warns Canal+ to stop broadcasting its monthly pornographic movies, as they can be received in North Africa and the Middle East by satellite.

Want to know how the investigators can tell if the terrorist monitoring the porno is right handed?

His mouse is on the left...

Go ahead. Think about it... ;-)


Beverly Hillbillies go to Beligum??

Life imitates art.

This would be funny if it wasn't so serious.

Three men tried to abduct their brother and brother-in-law on his wedding day Saturday, intending to bring him to Morocco. They did not agree with the marriage since the bride did not fulfill their requirements, according to the Brussels prosecution.

The two brothers: Rachid (30) and Mohamed (33) and a brother-in-law, Ali (31), disturbed the beginning of the wedding ceremony on Saturday afternoon when they appeared with a car and attacked the bridegroom. They dealt him several blows and tried to tie him down in order to make it easier to get him into their car. The wedding witnesses intervened and foiled the abduction until the police appeared. The police arrested Rachid, Mohamed and Ali.

Except in the Beverly Hillbillies it would have been the man who wasn't good enough for Ellie Mae...

And the Beverly Hillbillies was a TV comedy of sorts... This is real.

Yeah... England is gone....

Schools are at it again.

Toddlers should be taught about racism and singled out for criticism if they have racist attitudes, a Government-funded advisory group said yesterday.

It told nursery teachers, playgroup leaders and childminders to record and report every racist incident involving children as young as three.

These could include saying 'Yuk' about unfamiliar food.

Even babies should not be ignored in the hunt for racism because they can 'recognise different people in their lives', a new guide for nurseries and child care centres said.

The instructions for staff in charge of pre-school children in day care have been produced by the National Children's Bureau, which receives £12million a year, mostly through taxpayer-funded organisations.

Any country... society.... that doesn't horse laugh such obvious BS right out of that 12M pounds in the trough is gone... totally no hope...