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Global Cities Index 28, September 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Random.
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This is the global cities index of…err…the most global cities. No, I don’t really know the point either.

1. New York
2. London
3. Tokyo
4. Paris
5. Hong Kong

27. Dubai
41. Istanbul
43. Cairo
50. Tel Aviv

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Qatar to ship LNG to America? 28, September 2010

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Qatar is to ship LNG to America. The Golden Pass facility in Texas is ready to receive its first load of super-cooled Qatari gas by Q-Max container ship. The venture which is 70% owned by Qatar has sufficient capacity to ‘re-gassify’ enough gas for up to 10 million households per day.

However, I was under the impression that the US LNG market had all but disappeared with the discovery of new methods which made America’s mammoth shale gas reserves viable. Obviously, the Golden Pass terminal was begun before the shale gas phenomenon surfaced, but the question is what’s going to happen now? Qatar and America aren’t that close, after all, with a Qatari tanker having to travel not much less than 20,000km from port to port: as efficient as the new Q-Max containers are, that just can’t be cheap.

How red is Ed? 28, September 2010

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The Guardian has an excellent little distraction in the form of an interactive “How Red is Ed?” swingometer.

For those out you outwith the UK, the Labour Party has just elected a new leader. The favorite for most of the summer-long campaign, David Milliband, just lost out to his brother Ed Milliband. The vote in the end was close, with Ed winning by a fraction on the alternative voting system. As it turns out, this means that Ed is, effectively, many people’s second or third choice. But because he got more such secondary votes than his brother, he won.

Ed is seen as being much more to the left than his Blarite, New Labour brother. This was confirmed when the votes were case and Ed won thanks in large part to the Union vote. This perturbs some people. Any lurch to the left will surely consign Labour to a longer wait for power: in the UK, as with most places, I suppose, elections are won in the center. Ed, therefore, needs to carefully craft his message not to antagonize his lefty-Union supporters while proving unequivocally that he is not there at their direct behest.

On the UN’s newest Ambassador 28, September 2010

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As if the U.N. was not ridiculed enough already as a waste of space and money; as an organization out of touch with reality and about as much use as a chocolate fireguard, they have just gone and appointed an Ambassador to – sigh – aliens. Words fail to describe my contempt for this idea.

Hat tip: Everyone’s favorite Illionoisian Imam