atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#374: News linkfest

More and more, I am liking Australia.

Rapper stay home.

That's awesome. I don't blame them one bit. If I had a choice I'd keep rappers out of this country, too. Problem is, this country is where they all come from.

The music is shit, the culture is shit, and the people are morons.

As for Australia, I've been impressed with how much spine the country has. If Australia would just get away from its gun control stupidity, I'd probably move there.

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This is kind of funny: this article refers to a UK computer security expert whose last name is "Cracknell". Heh.

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Trading in carbon offsets doesn't appear to be working very well--at least not for the purported reduction of greenhouse gases. It seems to work very well for the people who sell them.

Oh, Dupont is making a very potent greenhouse gas called "HFC-23". Wait, "HFC"--that stands for hydro-flourocarbon, doesn't it? I thought the HFCs were supposed to be eco-friendly replacements for CFCs. Dupont itself supported the ban on CFCs even though it owned the patent on them.

( I've said before, the patent on CFCs was due to expire, and Dupont had a nice shiny patent on HFCs waiting in the wings. This doesn't surprise me.)

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Mexican immigrants need better health care says this article.

America, says Mexico, ought to take better care of Mexican "immigrants". The article does not differentiate between legal and illegal immigrants, of course; but here is the telling quote: "In the past, migrant workers tended to see a doctor on seasonal visits home to Mexico, researchers said. But heightened border security has reduced this circular migration."

You know what? "Heightened border security" doesn't mean anything to legal immigrants. And legal immigrants are more likely to have health insurance.

So Mexico is essentially telling us that it's our responsibility to take care of people who shouldn't even be here in the first place.

Screw that.

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