Gazprom, Please!

Russia’s energy giant Gazprom has signed a $2.5bn (£1.53bn) deal with Nigeria’s state operated NNPC, to invest in a new joint venture.

The new firm, to be called Nigaz, is set to build refineries, pipelines and gas power stations in Nigeria.

We don’t dare.

Gazprom seals $2.5bn Nigeria deal [BBC, via TPM]

I had to check the BBC link to make sure this didn’t come from an email from a Nigerian prince who needs a small favor.

Hey, the ad on this page is: “Meet beautiful Russian women today!” Question: is that what sealed the Nigerian deal?

News flash: the House passed the global warming bill 219-212. It now goes to the Senate where farm and coal state Senators will want more Thai hookers and blow than their House counterparts got.

Everyone knows one “g” is “Nigh-gazzz.” Uh…like “jazz.”

@Dodgerblue: What’s the tree-huggers’ counteroffer? Hippie chicks, ghey boyz, weed, and Phish tickets?

@SanFranLefty: Hey, now! Just added “Billy Breathless” to ::whispers: mynewrednano.


So this enviro-bill thingy, is it an evil sham (Clear Skies II?) or is it the real deal?

@JNOV sing sin: Is that the Mad Al Yankovich version of Phish’s “Billy Breathes”?

I keed, I keed, you know I love you!

P.S. Don’t spend too much money on iTunes. One night I got drunk and woke up the next morning and was embarrassed about the amount of money I spent downloading cheesy 70s and 80s music. Though Chicago and Journey and Foreigner and Steely Dan are just what I need at minute 27 on the treadmill, I will admit…

@Original Andrew: Its a classic centrist technocrats split baby, with Goldman Sachs all over it.

I am generally realistic, believe in realpolitick applied to domestic policy issues, but still, there are many occasions in which there is no compromise, its better to do nothing than try to split a baby in half. Like health care, nothing but single payor will work, anything else is just shit.

Hey! Where’s Stinque After Dark?

@Promnight: Eye on the Ball has all your pussy madness.

@Promnight: After Dark is on hiatus for awhile.

That’s a real name? If they get onto a prominent stock exchange, I strongly suggest NWRD.

Congrats to the Demrats (like any fucking Repubs voted for it) for passing the Greenhouse Gaz Bill. It’s a start.

@Promnight: Yep. They will make a fucking bundle trading CO2 emission credits, and whether the whole cap and trade thing will work for the rest of us is anybody’s guess. The track record of those programs is not good. But, having said that, we, the biggest CO2 emitters ever, can’t go into the Copenhagen round of climate talks in December with nothing on the books. I just hope, SFL, that there are enough hippie chicks, ghey boys, weed, or whatever it takes not to have the coal and farm state Senators kill the bill. If you want a good scare, check out the story about James Hanson in the current NYer. He’s been right about this stuff for 20 years all down the line, and he now says we’re fucked if we don’t shut down all coal plants now. As if.

I got a phone call yesterday from someone calling from “America’s pharmaceutical companies.” Wanted to know if my husband had Medicare Part D. When I said yes, he informed me that “America’s pharmaceutical companies” were concerned about changes to Part D being proposed in Congress and that said companies wished to write letters to Congresspersons on my husband’s behalf to “keep the program flexible” and affordable and I don’t know what all. I saw red. Told him he definitely didn’t want to talk to me since I regarded Part D as a giveaway to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries and just thinking about it made me so mad that I was hanging up, which I did while he was spluttering at me. May the whole boiling of them rot in hell! “Writing on our behalf,” indeed!

@lynnlightfoot: That’s what they call an Astroturf campaign in DC – a fake grassroots campaign funded by Corporate ‘Merika.

@SanFranLefty: Billy’s been working out some after imbibing all that beer. ;-*

Here’s my iTunes mistake: It asked me if I wanted to download all the songs I ever downloaded (minus those on my newest computer) for twentay niiiene ninetay nine. I was like, sure. I ended up will *all* these songs I’d never bought. Looks like Abusive Husband #2 had some interesting musical tastes. Plus all the stuff Jr. bought. I spent like FORE EVAH getting that crap off my bundle of joy.

@nojo: I am totally stealing this title for a tweet…

@SanFranLefty: Oh, ran into my BFF from high school. She’s a gym manager/personal trainer/amateur (clean) body builder (ugh). I will be seeing her Monday. Fifty pounds in 6 months, y’all. Bonus: treadmill + me = smoking.

@SanFranLefty: This is the first time I’ve seen this version of NP as your avatar. I hope you won’t be using it very much longer.

Re Astroturf: I should have stayed on long enough to extract some info from this clown so I could write Baron Hill, Evan Bayh, and Richard Lugar to say that any representation by ???? that we subcribed to their views was a dirty lie. However, he would probably have cannily evaded giving me what I wanted to know. Not to mention that my emails, phone calls, and letters to the three above-mentioned fall on deaf ears. (Lugar writes the most thoughtful replies, damn him, so I can’t loathe him, much as I’d like to since he persists in voting with his disgusting party.)

@lynnlightfoot: Jim Inhofe, you won’t be surprised to hear, sends replies that are little more than “Fuck you.” And yes, I wasted time writing to him.

@SanFranLefty: I try to avoid spending money on iTunes, even after I got my new iPhone 3G S [crows]. When I do acknowledge that I don’t need to add to my collection of plastic CD cases, I shop at budget sites like or even through AmaStinquAzon (r).

@JNOV sing sin: Yo, Adrian!

@Nabisco: Son of RML slipped into our iTunes account and blew a bunch of money on downloads. Wiped out his haul from his first communion. He starts his first job today, btw, sweeping the floor and answering the phone at the place he gets his hair cut.

@redmanlaw: Congrats on his job. I’ve got both kids off the payroll, at least for a while.

@Nabisco: Grrrr. And, yes! But I will not be in a meat locker. But hey, this is Philly. We all end up in meat lockers in the end.

@lynnlightfoot: Oh, this is the original NP avatar that I used back at Brand W The Website that Cannot be Named. I thought I’d dust it off for old time’s sake, but I agree it’s a scary photo. Maybe I’ll switch to the photo cubbie found for me of her herding cats.

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