With a rising corn demand, can we finally stop subsidizing it? Due to ethanol requirements, there are more ethanol plants, and therefore corn is in higher demand. This demand causes the cost of corn to go up, and thus people who use corn to feed cattle, hogs and chickens are having to raise their costs and pass that on to the consumer. Perhaps you have noticed that the cost of eggs has increased about 50% in the last two years? Other goods are going up more slowly.
The government is requiring 10% ethanol to reduce foreign dependence on oil, and to make the situation worse, motor-fuel blenders receive a 51 cent subsidy for every gallon of corn-based ethanol used through the end of 2010, thus encouraging price gouging by farmers selling their corn! Then the greens argue that ethanol was a way to slow climate change, but a study published in Science magazine Feb. 29 concluded: "greenhouse-gas emissions from corn and even cellulosic ethanol exceed or match those from fossil fuels and therefore produce no greenhouse benefits."
I never liked all of this and its good to see that others are finally getting behind me! Criticism is coming form the World Bank who's President said, "While many are worrying about filling their gas tanks, many others around the world are struggling to fill their stomachs, and it is getting more and more difficult every day." And as one man on the street simply put it, "The ethanol is hurting us... It hasn't lowered our fuel prices at all, and it has increased feed costs."In International News
Some Hawaiians want their sovereignty back, and with current problems in the United States government, who can blame them? Before you post comments about how this is not "international news" remember that if they got their sovereignty back then it would be! One State Senator said, "This is the manifestation of the frustration of the Hawaiian people for the loss of sovereignty and land." Other State Senators believe that he just wants to ensure himself a position in any new government be formed. The Hawaiian Kingdom Government decided that it would take over historic Iolani Palace, which served as the residence for the island's last ruling monarch, and are currently carrying out the "business of what it considers the legitimate government of the islands." For those who need a history lesson, Hawaii became the 50th state almost 50 years ago in 1959... it's been under protest for almost as long as the whole issue with Israel.
Perhaps the Hawaiians just need some free Viagra! In Chile one town began handing out the little blue pill to senior citizens. The Mayor explained, "an active sexuality improves the overall quality of life." 34 other municipalities are planning similar programs. Here in the United States your doctor can just give you a free sample even if you don't need it... or you can buy it on the street for $2-5 per pill.
Meanwhile, the quality of life in Hebron is guaranteed by the Islamic Charitable Association, a group that Israel says is a front for Hamas to promote violent ideology in school and fund extremist activity. So Israeli soldiers cracked down... by raiding a sewing shop and seizing bolts of cloth. While both Israeli troops and Abbas' security forces have gone after West Bank charities, moneychangers, women's cooperatives and media outlets with suspected ties to the militants, closing the Hebron association is more delicate because it serves thousands of children. "Hamas invests a lot into the education of children ... to teach them extremism ... and recruit them to terror acts. The system is clear-cut, it's meant to finance that," said an Israeli Army spokesman. However, volunteers from Christian Peacemaker Teams, a group of American and Canadian pacifists who work in conflict zones, sleep in the dormitory in shifts in hopes of deterring the army from shutting the facility, "are convinced there is no connection between the charity and Hamas." Perhaps this is sending the wrong message?