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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Saturday Night Warming

Actor John Travolta has taken a "courageous" stand against Global Warming. However, Travolta's "principles," don't seem to apply to his own behavior (H/T UnklB):
This is London: But although he readily admitted: "I fly jets", he failed to mention he actually owns five, along with his own private runway.

Clocking up at least 30,000 flying miles in the past 12 months means he has produced an estimated 800 tons of carbon emissions – nearly 100 times the average Briton's tally.

Travolta made his comments this week at the British premiere of his movie, Wild Hogs.

He spoke of the importance of helping the environment by using "alternative methods of fuel" – after driving down the red carpet on a Harley Davidson.
Travolta, like Algore, is very much in the "Do as I Say, Not as I Do" camp. Their own energy usage is necessary, but everyone else should cut back. Personally, we don't begrudge them the use of the energy they buy at market prices. The current hysteria over a 1 degree warming over the past 100 years is vastly overblown.

However, that panic is largely caused/promoted by people like Gore and Travolta. So who's the evil person: someone who doubts the need for Draconian controls on energy usage that will cripple the world's economy; or someone who really believes that tripe and still uses massive amounts of energy?

Not to worry, though, Travolta knows where to find the answer:
Travolta, a Scientologist, claimed the solution to global warming could be found in outer space and blamed his hefty flying mileage on the nature of the movie business.

But his appointment as a "serving ambassador" for the Australian airline Qantas doesn't seem to have much to do with the movies. Nor does a recent, two-month round-the-world flying trip.

"It [global warming] is a very valid issue," Travolta declared. "I'm wondering if we need to think about other planets and dome cities.

"Everyone can do their bit. But I don't know if it's not too late already. We have to think about alternative methods of fuel.

"I'm probably not the best candidate to ask about global warming because I fly jets."
You got that last part right, John, but it's not just because you fly jets. There's also that "raving loony" thing you've got going.


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Nagging from Beyond the Grave

My brother sent this obituary along from the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram:
Sara Katherine Petterson Brouillard, 55
CASTINE -- Sara Katherine Petterson Brouillard, 55, of Castine passed peacefully at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, following a brief, courageous battle with cancer and a long and aggravating marriage to Paul Brouillard.
Wow. She really knows how to hold a grudge.