2006-02-20

Night Flashes

President Bush says US is on the verge of an energy breakthrough: 'One of Bush's proposals would expand research into smaller, longer-lasting batteries for electric-gas hybrid cars, including plug-ins. He highlighted that initiative with a visit Monday to the battery center at Milwaukee-based auto-parts supplier Johnson Controls Inc. During his trip, Bush is also focusing on a proposal to increase investment in development of clean electric power sources, and proposals to speed the development of biofuels such as "cellulosic" ethanol made from wood chips or sawgrass.' ...

Meanwhile, the lights are going out in Europe according to the gloomy assessment of a recent conference on islamization: 'Andy Bostom, author of The Legacy of Jihad called me fresh off a plane flight into Boston Logan’s airport from Amsterdam. Andy had been at a conference convened by the Pym Fortune Foundation (named in honor of the memory of the assassinated Dutch Prime Minister candidate) held under tight security at The Hague in Holland during this long Presidents Weekend here in the US. Andy’s first comment to me was, “its over in Europe.” ... She was there at the conference, as were Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer , David Littman , Ibn Warraq , Bruce Bawer...'

Russian and Iranian officials failed to reach an agreement about Iran's nuclear program, although they said they might try to resume the talks later ... Hamas and Fatah consider a unity government ...