Where are they now: Iraq’s Information Minister

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (right) is now serving as the chairman of the IOC’s medical commission under the alias, “Arne Ljungqvist” (I guess “Turd Ferguson” was already taken?).

What makes me so sure? Well according to this story, “Olympics: Pollution over Beijing? Don’t worry, it’s only mist, say officials”, “Ljungqvist” claims that the pollution in China is really a mist, nothing more nothing less.

“The mist in the air that we see in those places, including here, is not a feature of pollution primarily but a feature of evaporation and humidity,” he told the IOC’s annual session.

Right-o

What’s next? Global warming is going to destroy the planet?

Oh wait a minute…

[FYI: The good minister is actually living with his family in the United Arab Emirates, at least according to his Wikipedia entry. Is it just me or do the Minister and Wikipedia go together like peas and carrots?]

Chevron’s Slick PR Job

Oil companies get a bad rap. Grass is green, the sky is blue, and the Kansas Jayhawks never seem able to field a lousy men’s basketball team.

The charge that oil companies are “evil” is often heard (they’re not alone, some consider Vice President Dick Cheney a part of this fraternity). That I’ve heard these angry allegations from people who consider the existence of evil as the relic of a bygone era is amusing.

Whatever one believes about oil companies, one cannot help but tip one’s hat to their attempts at public relations. Check out this commercial from Chevron’s “Human Energy” campaign,

Maybe it’s just me and my bias but is that geologist/surveyor at around 1:04 not evidence of a commendable PR job? Does one have to be a PR major to appreciate what Chevron has done?

They’ve taken a guy, who by all appearances fits the counter cultural image of the people most likely to brand oil companies (not to mention Mr. Cheney) as evil, and made him an employee. (Perhaps on a contractual basis to maintain his street cred?)

To quote a certain Irish brewmaster, “Brilliant!”