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"Tear gas in Toulouse as Yellow Vests protests continue for 31st straight weekend"

Jun 16, 2019 at 11:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

"We're not a dumpster! Indonesia sends plastic, shoes & DIAPERS disguised as paper waste back to US"

"Indonesia says it won’t become yet another world “dumping ground” after it returned five containers of waste back to the US, joining the growing number of Asian nations to recently turn away Western ‘recyclables.’"

Fair enough, except:

"How can Indonesia win against plastic pollution?"

"Four of Indonesia’s rivers rank among the 20 most polluted in the world in terms of mismanaged plastic waste measured in metric tons.

This makes Indonesia the second-largest contributor to marine plastic pollution after China. A recent research article, published in the journal Nature Communications, estimates that between 1.15 million and 2.41 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans every year from rivers. Of this, Indonesia is estimated to emit around 200,000 tonnes of plastic from rivers and streams, mainly from Java and Sumatra."

Jun 16, 2019 at 11:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

There's a sequel, too:

Jun 16, 2019 at 11:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

AK, thanks for the info. I shall look out for it. For anyone interested in finding out more:

Jun 16, 2019 at 11:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Mark Hodgson, Greenpeace seem to have plotted a collision course with BP, crashing together in Court.

"BP, which has contracted the Transocean-operated rig, served Greenpeace with a court order to prevent Arctic Sunrise from joining the protest in the Cromarty Firth, north of Inverness.

A spokesperson said: "Given Greenpeace's repeated interference and reckless actions directed at our lawful business and their continued illegal defiance for court orders and police action, we have issued the injunction as a precautionary measure to protect the safety of people and operations." "

"But Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said: "For nearly a week, our brave activists strained every sinew to stop this BP rig from drilling new oil wells and fuelling the climate emergency.

"And it's not over, our ship the Arctic Sunrise is sailing towards Scotland ready to play her part in thwarting BP's plans."

Fuel capacity and range do not appear in this colourful Wikipedia entry, but someone will know how much fuel she took on board before leaving Port.

Jun 16, 2019 at 10:54 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

"AK, thanks for the comment about plastic buckets!
Jun 16, 2019 at 8:42 AM | Mark Hodgson"

2 Litre PLASTIC drink bottles are highly prized too!

Jun 16, 2019 at 10:03 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Mark re value of plastic bucket.
On similar lines is the south african film "The Gods must be Crazy" where a San finds a coke bottle which his community squabble over because they find so many uses for it and it is fought over. To prevent further friction he takes the bottle to a giant rift and throws it away. On his journey he observes crazy behaviour in other people.
It is hilarious, and if you can see it, I highly recommend seeing it. I would watch it again, given the chance.

Jun 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterAK

"People should be reminded of 1927:
Jun 16, 2019 at 8:38 AM | Mark Hodgson"

"Pope warns oil bosses of climate threat
By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst"
Jun 16, 2019 at 8:31 AM | Mark Hodgson

Failed attempts to control nature have been blamed on "Acts of God". Now they are blamed on Global Warming. Is the Pope trying PR Spin?

Jun 16, 2019 at 9:57 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

" ...and those changes will take place as the result of the plans and scheming of the unelected EU Commission."
Jun 16, 2019 at 8:29 AM | Mark Hodgson

..... and those changes will not see a reform of any of the existing problems ignored by the EU's Unelected Elite.

New opportunities for fraud and injustice will be created with an EU Income Tax, yet no one will ever be held accountable or responsible. It has never occurred to the EU to cut expenditure and staffing costs.

An EU Defence Force will have armchair Civil Servants having extended meetings to decide whether soldiers are allowed to shoot to defend themselves, with split decisions arriving 48 hours too late, but at least no coffee was spilt on their carpets, during their crisis.

Jun 16, 2019 at 9:17 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

"Authorities insist ‘no evidence’ of electoral fraud in the Peterborough by-election as police investigate allegations"

"Allegations of electoral fraud have been made about last week’s by-election in Peterborough with claims of postal vote rigging and intimidation - but the authorities insist there is no evidence of any wrongdoing.

Labour’s Lisa Forbes won the seat by 683 votes ahead of the Brexit Party’s Mike Greene, but a senior Conservative has alleged there was “harvesting” of postal votes, while the Tories have highlighted the involvement in the campaign of Labour activist Tariq Mahmood who was jailed in 2008 for postal vote interference.

Mr Mahmood was pictured with Ms Forbes and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during the campaign and was also present at the election count - just as he has been at previous elections.

However, Labour has categorically denied that Mr Mahmood had any involvement in the campaign.

Cambridgeshire police is currently investigating two allegations of electoral fraud, including one message shared on social media allegedly showing someone bragging that he and two others had ‘burned more than 1,000 votes for the Brexit Party’.

..."Meanwhile, articles published online have alleged eye-witness accounts of coercion and bribery taking place at the by-election - albeit without any visual proof to substantiate the claims.

But such is the belief among many individuals that there has been foul play, that one online petition calling for an investigation has so far received more than 24,000 signatures, while a crowdfunding appeal to raise £30,000 to fund a legal challenge has also raised nearly £1,000."

There do seem to have been an extraordinarily high proportion of postal votes used here. Whether there was electoral fraud or not, I think the whole postal vote thing needs to be reviewed and their use reduced to those who physically struggle to travel to a polling station.

Jun 16, 2019 at 8:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

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