The Miracle of Oil!

Yes, that’s at the heart of Hanukkah… So forget about all that silly “Peak Oil” fear-mongering because our existing reserves can always be whimsically multiplied sevenfold by Yahweh! Super news, eh?

All kidding aside, Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish readers. I presume there are a few of them…

COP15 Protests*

Protesters at the COP15 conference armed with drums, whistles and (as yet) undeployed spray cans…

Aside from annoying neighborhood residents with their irksome racket and forcing local shopkeepers to hastily board up their stores to prevent windows being violently smashed in (for the sake of saving the environment, presumably) it’s somewhat difficult to determine exactly what possible effect these youthfully exuberant gatherings might have.

Jon Stewart has a new feature on his show called “You’re Not Helping!” that would most definitely apply to these folks. What purpose is served by such nonsensical demonstrations escapes me.

The Uptake has many more videos following the pointless antics of these folks getting arrested and sometimes fleeing from the implacable Danish police forces.

*I suspect there will be more of these protest-related posts in the coming days.

Kucinich to Obama: “No You Can’t!”

Citing Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s warning earlier this week that his country will need aid to fund its security forces for up to 20 more years, Dennis Kucinich is proposing two resolutions when Congress reconvenes calling for President Obama to withdraw all US forces by no later than April 15, 2010.

“We cannot afford these wars. We cannot afford the loss of lives. We cannot afford the cost to taxpayers. We cannot afford to fail to exercise our constitutional right to end the wars,” said Kucinich.

While these resolutions have about as much chance of success as a veggie burger offering at McDonald’s they do however represent a serious challenge to the insane notion that “victory” of any kind can be achieved in the Afghanistan War with a limited “surge” of troops and some vague commitment to standing up the military forces of Karzai’s hopelessly corrupt puppet regime.

Thank goodness our government has (finally) had the good sense to tacitly acknowledge the complete futility and utter hopelessness of this harebrained foreign misadventure, even though they would be loathe to put their determination to withdraw troops in 2011 in precisely those terms. Were there not so much public opposition to such a bloody and ridiculously expensive folly, chances are that the Harper government would quite merrily continue our engagement in Afghanistan indefinitely…