Daily Archives: 03/02/2024

“Voluntary” migration

*Israeli ministers attend conference calling for ‘voluntary migration’ of Palestinians.* I am sure any such migration would be no more “voluntary” than the use of nonfree software today: done under pressure that is hard to resist. Post Views: 5

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Reducing microplastics

*EU [proposes] force cosmetic companies to pay to reduce microplastic pollution.* This is just a first step, but it will get started on a path that the world needs to follow much further. Post Views: 4

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Climate gentrification

Global heating is causing sea-level rise. The better-off people in the prosperous parts of Miami (mostly whites) want to move west to higher ground, into neighborhood now inhabited mainly by blacks. To facilitate this, redevelopment projects tear down old housing … Continue reading

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Conscription

The Tories are now considering imposing conscription on the UK because young people don’t want to join the army. There is not much about the UK as it is misgoverned that would inspire people to fight to defend it. The … Continue reading

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Underestimated emissions

Australia finds that car manufacturer are still publishing greatly underestimated figures for pollution emissions. Post Views: 4

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PFA ban

*New Zealand to ban PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ in cosmetics from 2026.* Post Views: 5

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Civilian casualty compensation

The US should pay compensation for the civilian casualties of its fighting in Somalia. And elsewhere, too. Post Views: 4

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Climate crisis warning in 1954

Fossil fuel companies were warned about the danger of global heating in 1954, from research that they funded to track the level of CO2 in the air. Post Views: 4

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Moths and light pollution

Understanding why nocturnal insects orbit lamps shows why light pollution at night can wipe them out. Post Views: 4

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Dissidents arrested

Thailand has arrested a Russian dissident rock band and threatens to deport them to Russia, where Putin would imprison them. Post Views: 4

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BP vs hedge fund

Some investors in BP are demanding it cancel plans to ramp down fossil fuel extraction, saying it could make more money pumping more. A few decades from now, if we do not curb global heating, all that wealth will disappear … Continue reading

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EU biodiversity

The EU has delayed a rule requiring each farm to set aside 4% of its usable farmland for protection of wildlife and the soil. It is safe to delay this, but in the long term such protection is absolutely necessary … Continue reading

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NAFTA

A seabed mining company is using NAFTA to prevent Mexico from protecting seabed ecosystems in the Gulf of California. NAFTA is a business-supremacy treaty and it contains an ISDS clause. Businesses can use those against any government. I call them … Continue reading

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Tory dooH niboR scheme

*[Tory] ministers plan to push cash-strapped English councils to sell assets.* The Tories cuts in support for local government now turn out to be part of a two-part dooH niboR scheme. First, cut the aid to local governments to the … Continue reading

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Spies in Taiwan

China seeks unceasingly to recruit spies in Taiwan. Why should Taiwanese fight China? Not out of hatred for China the country, but rather to protect freedom in Taiwan — and someday, perhaps, to bring it to China as well. Post … Continue reading

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Hobbes by Leslie Stephen (1832 – 1904)

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) famously wrote that in the state of nature “the life of man” was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” In his own long life of ninety-one years, Hobbes survived the turmoil of the English Civil War. In … Continue reading

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Angela Rippon ‘stopped breathing’ on Strictly tour

The presenter, 79, says she suffered a serious asthma attack but is now “dancing fit” again. Post Views: 1

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UNRWA as irreplaceable

*It’s right to probe UNRWA’s problems &mdash yet what would replace it? Its critics have no answer.* Post Views: 3

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Permacrises slams mainstream economics

Economist James Meadway integrates awareness of global heating and its effects and consequences into understanding of the economy. When the climate was fairly stable, and fluctuations were temporary (“weather”), it may have worked to treat those as externalities. They are … Continue reading

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Medically necessary abortion hassles, TN

*The women suing Tennessee for being denied abortions [which they needed for medical reasons].* Vicious Republicans, shame on you! Post Views: 3

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