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  • COP 21—Canadians fleeced, again(not to mention U.S.)

    12/14/2015 8:13:38 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 12/14/2015 | Klaus Rohrich
    With just a soupcon more of its traditional insensitivity, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), ended its ruefully named “Conference of the Parties 21” (COP21) in Paris on Saturday. I’m sure COP21 was indeed a conference of parties, wild parties, featuring only the best of everything for everyone there. Oysters, pate d’foie gras, Dom Perignon, Courvoisier, hmmm. After spending nearly two weeks (and gazillions of dollars) at Le Bourget, just, a few miles northeast of Paris, one can only imagine the debaucheries that must have led to the gout & hangovers, which in turn led to the aching...
  • Delayed by debate, Obamas finally mark 20th anniversary

    10/07/2012 1:07:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 6, 2012 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama finally celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Saturday - a romantic night on the town that came three days late after being pre-empted by a high-stakes presidential debate. The first couple marked the occasion with a dinner for two at the Bourbon Steak restaurant in the Four Seasons hotel in Washington's upscale Georgetown section. ....The small pool of journalists who normally accompany Obama in his motorcade went along for the ride on Saturday's date night, but did not catch a glimpse of the couple during their two-hour, 20-minute outing.
  • Obamas Fly In Chef 860 Miles... Just To Make Pizza

    04/10/2009 5:04:46 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 97 replies · 2,764+ views
    Dail Mail (UK) ^ | April 10, 2009
    Obamas fly in chef 860 miles... just to make pizza By MAIL FOREIGN SERVICE 10th April 2009 When you're the president of the United States, only the best pizza will do - even if that means flying a chef 860 miles. Chris Sommers, 33, jetted into Washington from St Louis, Missouri, on Thursday with a suitcase of dough, cheese and pans to to prepare food for the Obamas and their staff. He had apparently been handpicked after the President had tasted his pizzas on the campaign trail last autumn. Great honour: Chris Sommers will make 20 pizzas for the Obamas...
  • CA: MTA board living it up (perks perks perks!)

    06/05/2005 9:26:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 440+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 6/5/05 | Lisa Mascaro
    Despite grave budget problems, MTA board members and their staffs dine as they always have on seared salmon, tequila lime chicken salad and sushi during their monthly meetings. And the lunches are served after the breakfasts, which range from continental style to fuller offerings that include pancakes, french toast and eggs, all served up with coffee -- Starbucks until recently when they changed brands. The agency allocated $20,000 for meals in its current budget that ends this month and plans the same amount in its $2.8 billion 2005-06 budget, missing the chance to make at least a symbolic gesture in...
  • And when the great wave fell back, the UN stood revealed, Notably Useless

    01/02/2005 4:26:03 PM PST · by saquin · 30 replies · 1,916+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 1/3/05 | Tim Hames
    ADLAI STEVENSON once argued that a politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth. If the performance of Jan Egeland, of the UNs Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is an indication, the same is true of those paid by the United Nations. A week ago, despite just one day having passed since the Asian tsunami, with the reported death toll one tenth of what it is now believed to be, and ignoring the fact that public holidays are never the easiest times to start organising an aid effort, Mr Egeland saw fit to dismiss...