17 janvier 2011

Droits et asservissement Économie En Citations Philosophie

P.J. O'Rourke

Citation de P.J. O’Rourke à propos de la liberté, des droits et de l’asservissement du peuple par les gouvernements:

« Freedom is not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the ‘right’ to education, the ‘right’ to health care, the ‘right’ to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery — hay and a barn for human cattle. »

17 janvier 2011

Monopole syndical Canada Économie En Chiffres Québec

Une des raisons qui expliquent les déboires du Québec…

Syndicat Québec

Le classement pour l’année 2010:

Syndicat Québec

Si le taux de syndicalisation était ramené au même niveau que dans le reste du Canada, le nombre d’employés syndiqués du secteur public passerait de 690 600 à 608 700, soit 81 893 syndiqués de moins.   Imaginez les économies…

Statistique Canada
Tableau 282-0078

17 janvier 2011

Biaiser le climat Environnement International Revue de presse

The Sydney MorningHerald

Scientists say tagged penguins could skew climate studies
The Sydney Morning Herald

Tagging penguins with flipper bands harms their chances of survival and breeding, a finding which raises doubts over studies that use these birds as telltales for climate change, biologists say.

The metal bands, looped tightly around the top of the flipper where it meets the body, have long been used as a low-cost visual aid by researchers to identify individual penguins when they waddle ashore.

But, says the new study, the seemingly harmless bands affect the penguin’s swimming performance, causing it to waste more energy in foraging for food, sometimes with life-threatening consequences.

Publishing in the journal Nature, French and Norwegian scientists reported they took 100 king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus), selected at random on Possession Island on the Crozet archipelago, a sub-Antarctic group in the southern Indian Ocean.

Penguins sometimes feature in climate research as a tool for measuring the impact of global warming on cold-water wildlife.

But such studies may now have to be reviewed, because penguin population data could be skewed by flipper banding, says the paper.