Wind turbines -- so green and futuristic. I love the sight of them twirling away on the horizon. So much cleaner than coal or oil, and safer than nuclear power, or oil.
Windbyte has an astonishing collection of photos of wind turbine failures. These things can topple over in the wind, throw a blade, or spectacularly burst into flame like the one above in Germany in 2008. D
Haida carvers are preparing to raise the first new totem pole in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve in 130 years. Totem poles combine mythology with current events, and this one commemorates the 1985 blockade that saved the forests that provided the cedar log for this pole. Source.
Boys, I'm still steamed about the G20 in Toronto three years ago. But, for now, instead of launching into a jeremiad against Harper, McGuinty, and Miller's test drive of a Canadian fascism, I'll just point to this discussion of kettling as a form of urban planning. D
Vladimir Putin, who has been running Russia since 1999, swapped jobs with his crony Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in 2008, and again this year, circumventing the term limits set on the Russian presidency.