Sunday, June 27, 2010

Taliban Executes A 7 Year Old As A Spy

Officials: Taliban executes boy, 7, for spying

I take it that they ran out of acid to throw in his face?

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Suspected Taliban militants have executed a 7-year-old boy, accusing him of spying for the government, officials in southern Afghanistan said Thursday.

The execution took place Tuesday in the Sangin district of Helmand province, said Dawoud Ahmadi -- the provincial governor's spokesman.

In the past, militants have carried out similar killings of those accused of spying, Ahmadi said.

Three years ago, a 70-year-old woman and a child in the Musa Qala district of the province were executed following the same allegations, he said.

During a news conference Thursday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said officials were looking into reports of the execution and said he condemned the act if it is confirmed to be true.

"I don't think there's a crime bigger than that that even the most inhuman forces on earth can commit," Karzai said. "A 7-year-old boy cannot be a spy. A 7-year-old boy cannot be anything but a 7-year-old boy, and therefore hanging or shooting to kill a 7-year-old boy ... is a crime against humanity."

"If this is true, it is an absolutely hiorrific crime," British Prime Minister David Cameron said during the news conference on an unannounced stop in Kabul. "If true, I think it says more about the Taliban than any book, than any article, than any speech could ever say."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Tale Of Two Oil Spills - Private Sector BP versus Mexico's State Owned Ixtoc I

Ixtoc I oil spill - Year 1979

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill - Year 2010

Soveriegn Immunity - Government's Wild Card

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

No To $25 Million Natural Gas Pipeline Spur - Make Them Get Propane Tanks

AGL wants customers to fund pipeline to resort

If nothing else respect my consistency.

Recall last year I took a drive through rural Georgia and noted that every house had what my son thought where "submarines" on their side which were actually propane tanks.

The logic was that these sparsely populated communities did not justify the build out of a natural gas grid.  It was more efficient for them to have propane delivered to each house by truck.

The thought that a ritzy development in Greene County Georgia is slated to have a natural gas pipeline strung between Atlanta Gaslight's service area in Baldwin County is equally preposterous.  The $25 million investment is not worth the money.

If infrastructure providers in the areas of telecom, water, sewer and roads make use of "return on investment" calculations to determine where to build out then this same logic should be applied in this case.