Monday, June 23, 2014

Insurgents "Finally" Seize Baghdad Refinery; World Cup Could Set Record in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

BBC is reporting:
Sunni rebels in Iraq say they have fully captured the country's main oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad.
The refinery had been under siege for 10 days with the militant offensive being repulsed several times.
The complex supplies a third of Iraq's refined fuel and the battle has already led to petrol rationing.
Insurgents, led by the group Isis, have overrun a swathe of territory north and west of Baghdad including Iraq's second-biggest city, Mosul.
They are bearing down on a vital dam near Haditha and have captured all border crossings to Syria and Jordan.
The spokesman said that the advance towards Baghdad would continue. 
The most interesting thing about this story: it's barely causing a ripple in the US mainstream press. It didn't even merit much of a spot at The Drudge Report. It is not yet being reported by The Los Angeles Times. Not yet being reported by

A country's refinery supplies one-third of Iraq's refined fuel and hardly a ripple in the mainstream media.
Mr Obama's Foreign Policy

The New York Times is reporting that Mr Obama's polls are plunging:
... the poll documents an increasing lack of faith in the president and his leadership ...
Speaking of "faith in the president," it appears that the Hillary camp is becoming more and more a religious cult. 

Global Warming

In other news, the 2014 World Cup (soccer) will set new records in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, too, according to 24/7 Wall Common sense tells me if folks were really worried about passing the "point of no return" every effort would be made to eliminate these events that result in unnecessary CO2 emissions.

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