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Sep 22, 2018 at 6:28 PM | TinyCO2

A Smart Bin might outsmart some of the people who thought it was a good idea.

Sep 22, 2018 at 8:47 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie


I'm getting close to the point where my county councilor is going to have the task of disposing of my rubbish from his front garden.

I reckon there aren't many haulage companies who would knowingly transport migrants. I have not seen many stories recently about drivers being fined for spotting stowaways and driving them to the nearest immigration facility / police station - but one must suspect that the people we are tasking with catching and returning illegals aren't up to the job or are simply pleasuring themselves with other less onerous duties.

Sep 22, 2018 at 8:39 PM | Registered Commentertomo

tomo, I'm making serious efforts to get rid of junk so that it's not still kicking around when they start charging at tips.

Martyn, at that point you fine the lorry companies. Cost per migrant, one lorry plus contents. You wouldn't get a lot of repeat offenders.

Sep 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

TinyCO2 - re: digibins

the Noah'sark quote "If you build it they will come" will be rejigged by municipal enforcement to "we'll impose it so they'll have to suck it up" - my own council is reducing the size of bins and restricting access to tips - some councils have fitted weighing equipment and RFID tags. I'd wager that one local authority will find the budget in these "days of austerity" to enhance their snooping etc.

Sep 22, 2018 at 7:38 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Destination only locks, thats like a door to door service which makes much more sense than jumping on at Calais. Fit the lorries out with a kitchen, bathroom and bunk beds and the journey could turn out quite popular. My guess is that it would probably be wiser to book in advance on the iphone to make sure of the bottom bunk.

Sep 22, 2018 at 7:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

gc, when the EU calculates our tax contribution as a nation, they include the crime industry.

I think we need to demand destination only locks on big vehicles. So the migrants can't open the back in Calais, you need special equipment at either end. Everything in the lorry is prebooked. Run lorries through an undercarriage jet wash (for contaminents and insects of course;-) Get all the big transporters on board the system and then treat the rest with suspicion. Ramp up stop and search as organisation allows. Make fines big enough to make stops worthwhile. Don't hold stuff up but put the non conformists out of business.

All visiters to have health insurance and vehicle insurance (if applicable). Ticket suppliers to check that they're valid for upwards of a month. No insurance, no entry. Ditto out going trips. No whiney tourists needing to be rescued. Return trip tickets only.

Sep 22, 2018 at 6:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Technology is good but smart bins would fail in a week. Between the weather, rough handling and the incomprehensible rules for waste, they'd not function.

Sep 22, 2018 at 6:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2


just because you can do something does not mean you should :-)

Red Dwarf's pushy + argumentative supercomputing toaster moves inexorably towards realisation - muffin , pop tart or rejuvenated baked goods anyone?

Popcorn though looks to be a prudent choice with the BBC vs. Poroshenko et al - I wonder who the presently anonymous "London law firm" is ? Carter-Ruck? Schillings?

Sep 22, 2018 at 5:51 PM | Registered Commentertomo

"Ukraine’s Poroshenko sues BBC over Trump pay-for-access story as election looms"

"The president of Ukraine is suing British broadcaster BBC over a report that he paid $400,000 for a chance to meet Donald Trump. The news comes months before presidential election, which is set to be tough for Petro Poroshenko.
The BBC report, which Poroshenko’s lawyers claim was defamatory, came in May and said that the meeting between the leader of Ukraine and the US president in June 2017 was organized in a pretty roundabout way. The Ukrainian side paid Michael Cohen, then-the personal lawyer of Trump, at least $400,000 for an embarrassingly short two minutes and a handshake. The best the Ukrainian diplomats and registered lobbyist could have arranged at the time was reportedly a brief photo-op with the US president.

The lawsuit filed with London High Court, which was first reported by the Daily Telegraph, claims that the story of the pay-off was not true and stressed that BBC’s failure to retract it was particularly damaging to Poroshenko’s anti-corruption effort in Ukraine. Poroshenko’s lawyer confirmed the report to RT.

At the time, Poroshenko’s meeting with Trump (well before the freshly-elect US president met Russia’s Vladimir Putin!) was presented as “talks” and milked by his administration for political points at home. The impression was only somewhat spoiled by the aftermath, when the Ukrainian president had to give a press conference outside of the White House and without his host."

The original BBC report is here:

"Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks
By Paul Wood
BBC News, Kiev
23 May 2018"

Sep 22, 2018 at 5:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:13 PM | Supertroll

But what a boon for Eco Police if their plastic bins can issue fines via e-mail, the moment they detect the wrong sort of plastic being put in a bin, with a photo and GPS location.

Sep 22, 2018 at 4:29 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

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