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Over Easy: Around the World

Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.

Biofuel using sugar has been under development and shows increasing promise to reduce pollution produced by fossil fuels throughout the planet.

Prof Bell acknowledged that certain crops as feedstock for the sugar-derived process would be problematic: “If, for example, we were to use sugar beet instead of sugarcane then there would be a potential conflict over fuel versus food.”

But he added: “By using sugarcane, particularly in Brazil, on land that is not used for agriculture, we escape that conundrum.

“But we are talking about the Amazon basin, and one of the issues there is that if you cleared the land of scrubs and trees – whatever is growing there naturally – in order to make it available for growing sugar plantations, and you get rid of that vegetation by burning it then you are putting a big pulse of CO2 into the atmosphere.”

Syrian opposition forces took over a base that the regime has long held, using it for bombardment of an immense area of rebel held territory.

Essam al-Rayes, a spokesman for the Southern Front rebel alliance operating in the province, told the AFP news agency on Tuesday that the “fully liberated” base “was one of the main lines of defence for regime forces”.

“It was a nightmare, because they used it to shell all the areas to the east of the province,” he added.

He said at least 2,000 rebel forces overran the base, which lies near a major highway running from Damascus to Syria’s southern border with Jordan, in a “short and quick” assault.

Prospects of German compromise on demands which have been suggested to impose on Greece, in its repayment of debt that previous regimes contracted with abusive banking concerns, resulted in markets rising.

The softening of the German stance towards Athens cheered investors keen to see a sustainable rescue of the debt-stricken country after more than four months of wrangling.

According to the reports, the chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to accept a much-reduced reform programme, slimmed down to just one or two areas as part of an initial package, to salvage a deal with Greece and prevent it exiting the eurozone.

Never.Give.Up.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

  • Ruth

    morning, pups, hope your early summer is lovely. I have planted some flowers, do appreciate anyone who recognized the snapdragon-like bloom on the left and top, pink-violet and salmon colored, let me know what it is, the little Amish kid at the greenhouse didn’t know.

  • Boxturtle

    Good Morning All!

    Biofuel is better than oil/coal, but it is still carbon. And the issue of growing fuel vs growing food will not be solved by simply picking something we don’t eat. If we want to grow fuel, we need to do it without reducing the acreage devoted to food. And we need to make sure we don’t deplete the soil by rotating crops. I dunno if there are nitrogen fixing plants that are also useful for energy.

    And check out the map in the story linked of the areas that the Syrian government claims to control. Very little, mostly in a narrow band to the west. Syria is beaten unless somebody sends in troops, as the bombing doesn’t really seem to be stopping anybody. Perhaps if we fought alongside the Russians, we’d at least get along better with them. Tough to be mad at someone who’s got your back.

    Not sure what to make of Greece’s maneuvering. It does seem as though they’ve called Europe’s bluff on the subject of withdrawal from the Euro, but I’m not sure they were bluffing. The devil will be in the details on this one.

    Boxturtle (Got me a Sanders bumpersticker on the way. Just to annoy Hillary)

  • Ruth

    thanks, Boxturtle, sorry I was off for a bit, had a bit of odd stuff and changed passwords on my email, got replies to messages I hadn’t sent, and recall that I used a computer at a friend’s house, so did changes.

  • Chris Maukonen
  • Ruth

    Some things like post office names are okay to exchange, but the country’s well-being isn’t in that category.

  • Beverly Lawson

    Really Lovely, Ruth, thanks. No, I do not know the name. Sorry.

  • Ruth

    hi, /revbev, btw how funny that disqus has changed your name at the right time.
    Just heard at that other blog, it’s salvia. I have even had salvia before, but this is so fancy it wasn’t reminding me of the standard sort I had before.

  • Alice X

    Morning All – I’m sounding like a broken record today. No coffee so I’ll just point to one from the hill and two from HuffPo

    The Ruling Class and we the peons.

    Elizabeth Warren: Supporting fast-track would be ‘irresponsible’

    http://thehill.com/policy/finance/244638-warren-supporting-fast-track-would-be-irresponsible

    Two from HuffPo

    Trade Deal Targets Medicare, New Leak Reveals

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/10/tpp-medicare-leak_n_7555232.html?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003

    Anti-Climate Provision Gives Democrats Fresh Reason To Oppose Obama On Trade

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/10/climate-fast-track-democrats_n_7557508.html?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003

  • Boxturtle

    I have my quarterly password change coming up. Not looking forward to it. How in the world can one person have so many accounts with so many different user ids?

    Boxturtle (I have 52!)

  • Ruth

    that would make me crazeeee.

  • Ruth

    thanks for links,
    enjoy your coffee

  • Molly

    They’re annual Salvia. Come in all different colors, great colorful plant!

  • Boxturtle

    Anybody who trusts ObamaLLP to do ANYTHING other than what’s convenient aren’t paying attention, Anyone who thinks there are limits to what ObamaLLP would do to get what they want (including lying to congress) aren’t paying attention.

    Boxturtle (suspects that they’re ignoring Obama and waiting for Industry campaign checks to clear)

  • Boxturtle

    Everybody wants their own id for marketing purposes. I lie worse than a congresscritter when filling our registrations.

    Boxturtle (20 yr old female diabetic with 6 kids, according to last form I did)

  • Beverly Lawson

    Thanks, Never even heard of that “funny” name…..very pretty. Posting is acting very strange today…weird

  • Boxturtle

    The trade deal will succeed or fail not based on what it does, but based on what the congresscritters were offered in exchange for their votes.

    Boxturtle (Especially since the congresscritters have to go through hoops just ot look at the text)

  • Ruth

    thanks, yep, silly me, I didn’t recognize the new hybrids, so lush.

  • Marion in Savannah

    Good morning, pups. Today we have Kristof and Collins. In “From Caitlyn Jenner to a Brooklyn High School” Mr. Kristof says Caitlyn Jenner has started an important national conversation about transgender issues, and none too soon for these Brooklyn high schoolers. Ms. Collins, in “Battle of the Abortion Decisions,” says it’s been a dismal stretch across the nation for a woman’s right to choose, but there is some good news from Idaho. Who knew?

    HERE they are, and

    HERE’s Krugman’s blog.

    The coffee and tea are ready, and I’ve got your favorite omelet this morning. We seem to be settling into summer here, with the afternoons getting pretty warm. So it’s back to the habit of getting out into the garden first thing in the morning to water. (Well, after the kittehs are fed because otherwise there would be all sorts of plain and fancy hell to pay…) If only the grass would grow on the lawn instead of everywhere else… Have a great day.

  • Chris Maukonen

    The problem with trying to shame the right and most liberals is that it assumes the majority of Americans are astute enough to vote these slime bags out.

    But past elections have proven that not to be the case. Rather most Americans are dumber than dirt and amoral, self centered slime bags themselves.

  • Ruth

    thanks, Marion, and yes, women haven’t gone a long way, ‘baby’ – which strikes me as not exactly what anyone really wants to be called after all.
    Weeds are welcome, in the lawn, just mow them and all is well. Why the same weeds are just nasty in the garden, a matter of preference. Probably a bunch of them would be good in a salad!

  • oldhippiejan

    Just heard Congressman Luke Messer, IN, on Washington Journal say the deal won’t even be completed during the O administration, the next president would finish it. So we’re screwed either way. They’re all bought. A very bad thing for the American worker.
    Feel sorry for the Greeks, between a rock and a hard spot. How heart warming to see yesterday’s stock market skyrocket on the misery of others.

  • Marion in Savannah

    I use the word “lawn” in the loosest possible way! It’s more a collection of different weeds than a “lawn,” which is why the grass crawling into the flower and herb beds is SO annoying. The bloody stuff seems to refuse to grow where it would be wanted. [GRRRRR]

  • Ruth

    I find most folks are just gullible, and are easily convinced that the reason for being poor is just lazy irresponsibility, unless they’re exposed to thought about factual analysis like Krugman’s
    this is why the ratwing fights so hard to discredit actual good thought – and thinkers of same.

  • Ruth

    Still want to hear about the content of the agreement, but depending on a president in the future to espouse our public’s interests is Pig in a Poke territory, indeed.

  • Chris Maukonen

    I think Ruth you are give the right FAR to much credit. 🙂

  • oldhippiejan

    Thought about getting a tee shirt, to wad up and put with the Obama tee shirt in the corner of my closet. But don’t have $20. to piss down a rathole.

  • Ruth

    having listened to callers to CSpan for years, I do not underestimate their determination but cannot underestimate their faculties.

  • Ruth

    Dandelions in salads! crabgrass for biofuels!

  • Canyon2

    Good morning everyone.
    Thank you for the post Ruth.
    Thunderstorms rolling in and it looks like a rainy day here. Lightening bolts coming straight down.

  • Chris Maukonen

    There is an interesting psychology at work here as well, I think.

    This example my explain:

    Back a number of years ago to get a Ham Radio license required a major knowledge of morse code. The ability to send and receive it at a fairly high rate of speed.

    Since we had moved on past any real practical need for this, a large group of people were pushing hard to have this requirement dropped. All well and good.

    However this move was opposed pretty heavily by a large contingent as well. Citing various “good” sounding reasons not to drop the morse code requirement.

    But when this contingent was pressed for the real reason for their opposition, it turned out that it was simply because “they” had to do this, so everyone else should have to as well. And they resented the hell out of having to do it !

    I bring this up simply because I firmly believe that those to cry “I worked damn hard for what I got…etc.” are in reality very resentful of having to work for what they got and resent anyone who did or does not.

    The right wing is for the most part very resentful of their own lives.

  • Ruth

    But the Bush/Rand/Cruz were basically handed over wealth and position and didn’t have to lift a finger.

  • Ruth

    Stay safe! at least the garden gets what it wants.
    Here, the lawn needs constant mowing, the weeds go wild, but the plantings themselves are very happy.

  • Canyon2

    Thanks Ruth. Go figure, the storm sounded ominous and now…nothing after the lightening bolts moved on.
    Your garden with the picture last week looked great. Lots of work but you are getting it done.

  • Ruth

    It’s a constant job, but rewarding, with spinach and broccoli rabe, already from the pots of seedlings that we started in the coldframe, early, and lettuce coming along.

  • Chris Maukonen

    Ahhhh…now wet get to the nitty gritty. Think about their childhood. As a child, if you can. [And I have come across this SO many times.]

    Their posh well-off up bringing was not something they them selves chose, but was determined for them and I would say even dictated to them by their parents.

    I would bet my life they were rarely, if ever, allowed to be just children. That what they wanted was never considered. From their point of view as a child, it was not all fun and games. We assume that that because these people came from well healed house holds they could do what ever they pleased but in the vast majority of cases this is not true.

    As a country boy myself I had infinity more real freedom than some one from an upper crust neighborhood would have. I pretty much could go and do as I pleased.
    No music lessons or sports practice or having to “look good”.

    I could muck about in the woods or old barns or down some wash out gully. Bike to a friends house when I wanted. Stuff that a lot – I would say most – upper crust kids are not even allowed to do.

    There is a price you pay for being born rich in this country.

    But think about it. Bush got to “Play president” but I wonder if he actually ever got to be president.

  • Canyon2

    Good for you and spuds. Nothing tastes better than right from the garden.

  • Canyon2

    Chris,
    I think that is why I am so offended when he spouts off about raising the retirement age for SS. He has never had to work a day in his life at standing on his feet all day, backbreaking work, sweating in the hot sun, or any of that so it is easy for him not to understand that by the time a person reaches their mid-sixties, they are tired, broken down and cannot do the work they once could do with ease.
    I cannot forgive the boy who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth to paraphrase Molly Ivens. Bless her and RIP, I miss her wit and wisdom.

  • Ruth

    The resentment they feel is that if equality of opportunity were actual, they’d be the ones at the bottom. The Bush family shows that constantly.
    Miss Molly too, we need more media that tells it like it is, for sure. Pierce does that well.

  • Chris Maukonen

    But you miss one tiny little point you must consider. When you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you then become completely dependent on it being there for the rest of you life. And if anyone or any situation removes that spoon, you are utterly lost. And you know this to the deepest part of your being.

    And it scares the living crap out of you. All your life. You live your entire life scared to the marrow of ever loosing that spoon. “Your precious”

  • Ruth

    yep, we both have that point – and that it’s so obvious must be scary too.

  • Ruth

    For anyone who missed it, the veggies featured last week – broccoli rabe.

    Now gotta get off to do a few weeds in and stuff. thanks for good company.

  • Chris Maukonen

    My grandmother use to make Dandelion salad.

  • Molly

    I don’t think they’re really “new” — I’ve planted them many times over the years. But there are undoubtedly new hybrids. One is a fire-engine-red, really lights up the garden

  • Alice X

    Dandelion Salad (speaking of which)

    https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/

  • Beverly Lawson

    Or Ann Richards “silver foot in his mouth”…at one of the conventions I think.

  • Canyon2

    Kinda grumpy here but I would take that spoon out of Jeb’s mouth and throw it into the Grand Canyon that is how much I dislike the creep.
    Last week I got a call that I could have a conversation with Jeb on the phone. I did not answer it so the day he did his teleconference on the phone I got a call again and this time I just told them “Not interested” without any more of the thoughts going through my head of what I really would have liked to have said.