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Geobacillus boosts ethanol process productivity, feedstock flexibility

Posted by Charles II on August 15, 2008

James Randerson, The Grundiau:

A detritus-loving bug that can be found in nearly every garden compost heap in the land could be about to transform the way the world makes biofuels.

Initially, it is set to make bioethanol production from corn in the US more efficient, but the British company that has developed it says it can be applied much more broadly.

Unlike the yeasts traditionally used in brewing and bioethanol production it is more tolerant of tough plant matter, so raw materials such as grasses, willow, forest waste, wheat stalks and waste cardboard could all be converted into fuel. …

TMO Renewables … eventually settled on a Geobacillus bacterium which was particularly unfussy about what it ate, and set about genetically tweaking it so it stopped converting food into other waste products. …

Something tells me we probably do not want to create a form of life capable of digesting just about anything without requiring steam and enzymatic pre-treatment. I hope the scientific team reflects on that.

Posted in automobiles, energy, environment | 5 Comments »

Bush’s retirement home now leftist

Posted by Charles II on August 15, 2008

Alan Clendenning, London Independent:

Leftist ex-bishop Fernando Lugo shoved aside Paraguay’s infamous 61-year history of one-party rule as he took office yesterday with promises to end corruption and hunger in the poor South American nation.

Almost shouting to swear that he would uphold the constitution, the typically mild-mannered Lugo was met with thundering cheers from more than 50,000 Paraguayans crowded around a stage outside Congress.

Lugo spoke in Spanish and the indigenous Guarani language, pledging to end the extreme poverty, institutional political corruption and trade in black market goods that defined Paraguay under the Colorado Party, which had ruled continuously since 1947 and was the only party tolerated by the anti-communist Gen. Alfredo Stroessner during his brutal 1954-1989 dictatorship…

Elements of the political left and right already have challenged Lugo’s authority, raising the specter of political chaos and civil unrest.

Landless peasants who have been seizing private property are threatening a much larger wave of takeovers. The new administration also suspects the outgoing government tried to undermine his presidency by allowing critical supplies of fuel and medicine to disappear.

Posted in Latin America, world news | 6 Comments »

Stealing America Vote x Vote

Posted by Charles II on August 15, 2008

One of the few really good guys in American politics, Ion Sancho, explainsour banana republic electoral system.

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Dubya Does It Again

Posted by MEC on August 15, 2008

The Wartime President publicly promised the Republic of Georgia that he’d send U.S. naval vessels to provide “humanitarian aid”.

To reach Georgia, those naval vessels would have to sail through waters controlled by our ally Turkey.

And Bush didn’t bother asking Turkey for clearance before making his pronouncement. So far, Turkey hasn’t given permission. It’s probably unlikely they will, given the insult of not asking them.

Even if the U.S. had permission to send the ships through Turkish waters, it would take weeks for them to arrive.

In other words, Bush made an empty promise, just to shoot off his mouth. And apparently I’m not the only person who thinks so:

“The president was writing checks to the Georgians without knowing what he had in the bank,” said a senior administration official.

Sounds like Bush annoyed more the Turks with his impulsive behavior.

Posted in madness of King George | 13 Comments »

Joe Conason Speaks

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 15, 2008

Hillary should listen:

Encouraging your supporters to make trouble at the Democratic convention would be a strategic error of enormous proportions, as would any further hints or winks or whispers about the flaws of Obama’s candidacy. The inability to control such gestures, which are clearly motivated by emotions rather than wisdom, betrays a lack of mature statesmanship.

Too many of your closest advisors possess no such qualities, as indicated by their incontinent leaking and peevish sniping. And the memos published by the Atlantic show that their analysis of the realities of the campaign was not exactly sharp.

So let’s state the obvious as bluntly as possible: If it is true that Obama cannot win, as so many of your disgruntled friends insist, then you have absolutely nothing to lose by giving him the fullest possible support from today until Election Day. Get it? You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, in fact, by smothering the recriminations of the primary season in good will and hard work. Then if Obama loses despite your wholehearted backing, that will be the fault of him and his campaign team, and they will have no reason to blame you.

If on the other hand you allow yourself to be perceived as less than enthusiastic and dedicated in your endorsement of him — and if your activists and donors persist in boycotting his campaign — then you will be tarnished by his defeat. It is true that your critics in the media may cast doubt on your sincerity no matter what you say and no matter how hard you work, but your task is to deprive them of credibility. (Certainly you’ve beaten them at that game before.)

Sometimes you seem to understand perfectly well where your own interests now lie; sometimes, not at all. Sending mixed messages is, as always, a big mistake. Being consistent is essential.

Shorter Joe: Rein in your surrogates, please. For your own good, rein them in.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain | 2 Comments »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on August 15, 2008

Posted in Alexander the Great, Friday Cat Blogging, Lady Lightfoot | 3 Comments »

Salon Does Pawlenty

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 15, 2008

Right here, in an article from July.

To understand how Pawlenty operates, especially with regard to money, go here. Just another Grover Norquist Republican.

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Obama Stomping McCain 6 To 1 In Donations From Servicemembers

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 15, 2008

And Ron Paul’s beating him 4 to 1.

Gee, I wonder why this isn’t all over the evening news? You’d think that the utter monetary rejection of John Sidney McCain III by military personnel currently serving overseas would be big news, considering McCain’s touted his military experiences during his political career.

But you’re probably only going to hear about it from the WaPo and this blog.

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