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Afghanistan: A Chi Credere?

Titolo da L’Unita’: La Nato bombarda Lashkar Gah, 40 talebani uccisi

Prima versione: Il portavoce del comandante della polizia afgana di Helmand, Habibullah, ha raccontato che dall’alba i soldati occidentali hanno attaccato i miliziani fedeli al mullah Omar con due distinti assalti, ognuno dei quali ha goduto della copertura aerea. Habibullah ha precisato che nel primo confronto sono morti almeno undici miliziani fondamentalisti, 27 in quello successivo; nessuna perdita invece dall’altra parte, cioè nel contingente Isaf.

Seconda versione: sul sito Peacereporter di Emergency […] si dice che sono i talebani ad aver lanciato un’offensiva accerchiando la città di Lashkar Gah. «Questa mattina abbiamo già ricevuto dieci feriti, vittime dei bombardamenti della Nato e degli scontri ormai vicinissimi», raccontano dall’ospedale di Emergency. Tra i morti, secondo il sito ci sarebbero anche un bambino di un anno e un soldato afgano.

Notevole che adesso anche l’Unita’ prema a piu’ non posso perche’ i lettori credano alla verita’ “ufficiale”. Ustica, addio!

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Gordon Brown’s Not-so-Green Car Tax

There is something rather fishy about Gordon Brown, the UK Treasury/Finance Minister, increasing taxes for larger cars from £200 this year to £300, then next year to £400 (a little less than $800) “to combat greenhouse gas emissions”.

Who in their right mind will be deterred by a £400/year car tax after having bought, say, a £40,000 Land Rover???

On the other hand, if Brown had raised taxes to £3,000 or more, there would have been just too many brand new cars suddenly destined to be recycled (or sold to places with lower taxation): hard to see the greenery of that situation.

Perhaps it could have made more sense to introduce a £3,000+ yearly tax on new large cars: like a “buy at your own risk” alert for everybody thinking of getting a pickup truck.

Or maybe not: the unintended consequence would be to keep old cars on UK roads…

The whole thing will just end up as a boost for the UK Treasury, with no discernible advantage on the CO2 emissions side.

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Methinks the old tax of £200 was just too cheap. But fellow big-car drivers are the first victims of the Anthropogenic Global Warming steamroller, that provide the likes of Brown with the excuses necessary to sneak in tax increases of all sorts.

Anyway, I suggest drivers of smaller cars to refrain from schadenfreude, drawing pleasures from so-called gas guzzlers’ misfortunes.  

AGW hysteria will soon hit your wallets too.