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  1. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    This is sort of stunning. After all the press propaganda about
    Europeans hating America, 54% of the French voters went for a guy who

    "wanted to tell his American friends that they can rely on our
    friendship ... France will always be next to them when they need us."

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/05/06/france.election/index.html

    He also proposes to make it easier to do business in France, to lower
    taxes, and to bring down unemployment.

    Europe's economy, and the semiconductor industry in particular, sure
    needs a kick in the butt.

    John
     
  2. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    How are we going to stop the forces of nature? We are a
    pee-hole-in-the-snow compared to the sun.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  3. Fred Bartoli

    Fred Bartoli Guest

    Jim Thompson a écrit :
    But some try to no pee against the wind.
     
  4. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    I sure wish everybody would get over this global warming nonsense
    sometime soon. It doesn't make any sense.

    John
     
  5. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    As I recall, my German hosts took me up into the foothills of the
    Black Forest, where I looked west into France and saw the biggest
    source of smog I've ever observed (coal burning?) in my lifetime.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  6. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Why exactly ?

    Graham
     
  7. Next thing they'll try to claim that the earth goes around the sun and that
    the earth isn't the centre of the universe. What a joke.
     
  8. "I want to tell (the U.S.) that friendship is accepting that one's
    friends can act differently, and that a great nation like the United
    States has the duty to not obstruct the fight against global warming
    but on the contrary to take the lead"

    Maybe he'll be a bit harder to ignore than Chirac?


    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  9. Guest

    I sure wish John Larkin would get himself an education sometime soon,
    so that he could make sense of the - none too complicated - reasoning
    that makes sense of the - overwhelming - evidence that global warming
    is real, and largely caused by humans burning loads of fossil fuels.

    But then again, the current US administration - bought and paid for by
    the oil industry - isn't a great fan of education. They'd much rather
    spend their taxpayers money on getting more oil out of Irak than on
    making sure that no child was left behind when it comes to education.
     
  10. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    First two paragraphs of my latest editor to the editor, published May
    2 in the Ahwatukee Foothills News...

    "Organized religion is the slickest method of "sheep control" ever
    devised. Create a fear and demand some tribute to alleviate it...
    control accomplished.

    Now there's a new religion in town... it's called "Climate Change",
    recently renamed from "Global Warming" [Big Grin]. The tribute here
    is that YOU get to ride a bicycle while Al Gore drives an SUV and
    lives in one of the biggest homes in Tennessee."

    And I just had to laugh just now at Fox News' report, in spite of it
    being bad news...

    Greensburg, KS, was pretty much leveled by a tornado, most likely
    caused by global warming.

    Yep. It was the worst tornado to occur in this area in eight years
    ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  11. Guest

    Curious. These days, the French are notorious for getting most of
    their electricity from nuclear power stations - 76% - which is a lot
    more than anybody else.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3177360.stm

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/reaction/readings/french.html

    Modern photochemical smog depends more on car exhausts than on smoke
    from coal-fired power stations and household coal fires - but Jim
    won't have been to France since the turn of the century, so his
    observations are more like ancient history, though granting Jim's
    rather feeble grasp on reality, ancient myth is probably closer to the
    mark.
     
  12. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    On Sun, 06 May 2007 16:05:24 -0700, Jim Thompson

    [snip]
    They can't make up their minds... it's now, "Worst tornado in six
    decades".

    That's even funnier ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  13. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest


    Pitiful, isn't it? Climatology is now being done by politicians and
    journalism majors.

    Whenever this many morons believe that something unproven is true,
    it's a decent bet that it's not.

    http://www.wecnmagazine.com/2007issues/may/may07.html#1

    John
     
  14. He'll just find something else to rag on about.


    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  15. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Sure no warming out here in the California foothills. We'll take
    delivery of five (!) cords of wood next week. 4-5 years ago half that
    was sufficient for winter. Not anymore. We are not looking forward to
    schlepping all that up our driveway. The large truck can't get up there :-(
     
  16. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Take a look at the unemployment numbers.
     
  17. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    And the semiconductor industry.

    I have a friend in France who was force-retired from a big electronics
    company. He decided to start his own business, which seems to be OK as
    long as you don't need employees. All his workers are "consultants"
    because of the overhead.

    John
     
  18. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    They need a fresh set of marketeers all the way up to the executive
    level, and new web designers. Excellent products, really poor marketing,
    that's the dilemma for most of them.

    Ahem, sounds a bit like California ;-)
     
  19. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    It's pretty mild here in SF this week. I'm at work and I'm actually
    running the a/c. It's 84F here right now, downtown, which is pretty
    radical for this time of year. The wind is from the NNE, so we're not
    getting the usual cold sea breeze and fog this afternoon.

    A few days ago it was normal, namely beastly cold being out in a
    sweatshirt.

    John
     
  20. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    I didn't find it to be difficult to start a company and hire (or fire)
    workers. If they do something terrible, you say "you're fired: leave."
    If they're merely incompetent, you say "you're laid off: leave."

    John
     
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