Archive for September, 2006

Dirty, filthy ‘puters

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Computers are not a green product. Their production, use and disposal consume huge amounts of energy and involve toxic chemicals. At work, I buy and decommission dozens of computers every year, and I worry a lot about the impact of my decisions on our environment. So I find the Greenpeace “Guide to Green Electronics” very […]

Toxic tanker impounded

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Thanks to intense activism by Greenpeace , the ship involved in the Abidjan toxic waste scandal, the Probo Koala, was impounded by Estonian police and a criminal investigation appears to be under way. For three days, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise blocked the Probo Koala in the Estonian harbor of Paldiski. The activists painted the […]

1,500 miles on homebrew fuel

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Last week we drove up to Michigan for a visit with Laura’s mom. We did the entire 850 miles north on homebrew, and I had already been feeding my Jetta homebrew for over 700 miles. So the first part of the trip marked the first 1,500 miles straight on homebrew! Going north, the Jetta was […]

Revenge attacks on stingrays

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

There are days when the human race just disgusts me … people venting their grief over Irwin’s death by killing stingrays!?


Monday, September 11th, 2006

The reason why many crave to know the truth is that without some level of truth, there can be no freedom and dignity. A people blinded by lies becomes a weak people, exploited by its elites, and ultimately doomed as a society. Truth is an elusive mistress and a tough teacher. Truth is not a […]

Toxic waste ship in the Baltic sea

Friday, September 8th, 2006

The Probo Koala, infamous now for the deadly toxic waste it unloaded in Côte D’Ivoire, is now in Latvia, en route to Estonia, Deutsche Presse reports. The tanker’s arrival is causing some concern in Estonia: “The Probo Koala will be under very special treatment when it comes into (the Estonian port of) Paldiski,” Allan Gromov […]

The endgame in the Darfur genocide

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Yet again, another genocide is under way. In Darfur, the Sudanese government has begun indiscriminate bombings of civilians and supposed rebels Human Rights Watch reports. The Sudanese government is committing these war crimes in blatant defiance of international law and plain human decency. And it very much looks like they are moving into what Bill […]

Ivorian cabinet quits over toxic waste scandal

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

The BBC reports that the government of Côte D’Ivoire has resigned over the toxic waste scandal. The Ivorian Prime Minister, Charles Konan Banny has offered his government’s resignation after a scandal over toxic waste in Abidjan. Two people have died and several hundred are ill after inhaling fumes from toxic waste apparently dumped at sites […]

Côte D’Ivoire toxic waste scandal

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

During the night of August 20, the Probo Koala, a tanker built in 1989 and owned by the Celtic Legend Shipping Inc., docked at the harbor of Abidjan. Its cargo – a volatile, toxic blend of a petroleum distillate and hydrogen sulphide was unloaded its onto 13 tanker trucks. Under cover of the night, these […]