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offsite link Who Wants Some Ukraine? Thu Nov 25, 2021 22:22 | amarynth
by Dmitry Orlov, posted with permission of the author On Tuesday, 23 November, Russia’s most senior military general, Valery Gerasimov, had a “deconfliction” phone conference with US Chairman of the

offsite link Possible motives for a provocation against Russia Thu Nov 25, 2021 21:17 | The Saker
A lot of commentators have pointed out that the West really does not want a full scale war with Russia because this would, at best, be a suicidal proposition.  True.

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/11/25 ? Open Thread Thu Nov 25, 2021 13:00 | herb
2021/11/25 13:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link Very telling admission from EU High Representative Josep Borrell Wed Nov 24, 2021 17:14 | The Saker
The EU High Representative Josep Borrell has just made a very telling admission, check out this video.  Here is the interesting quote (at about timestamp 29:00, stress added): “And we

offsite link The Russian Foreign Intelligence office (SVR) issues an unprecedented warning about US operations in... Tue Nov 23, 2021 21:48 | The Saker
This is a machine translated text whose source is here: http://svr.gov.ru/smi/2021/... (Emphasis and color added by me, Andrei) ——- THE UNITED STATES PROVOKES AN ESCALATION IN THE EAST OF UKRAINE

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offsite link News Round-Up Fri Nov 26, 2021 23:37 | Luke Perry
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about politicians? efforts to control the virus ? and other acts of hubris and folly ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Republic of Ireland to Begin Vaccinating Children as Soon as Possible Fri Nov 26, 2021 17:18 | Luke Perry
The Republic of Ireland is already planning a campaign to vaccinate the nation's children after the European Medicines Agency approved use of the Pfizer jab for five to 11 year-olds.
The post Republic of Ireland to Begin Vaccinating Children as Soon as Possible appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Nu Variant: Sajid Javid Says U.K. ?Must Move Quickly, and At The Earliest Possible Moment? Fri Nov 26, 2021 14:10 | Will Jones
Sajid Javid has told the Commons that the new Nu variant is of "huge international concern" and that: "One of the lessons of this pandemic has been that we must move quickly, and at the earliest possible moment."
The post Nu Variant: Sajid Javid Says U.K. “Must Move Quickly, and At The Earliest Possible Moment” appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Victoria?s Mandatory Vaccination Law Comes into Force Fri Nov 26, 2021 13:33 | Luke Perry
In the Australian state of Victoria, a vaccine mandate covering 1 million people in the workforce has recently come into effect.
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offsite link ONS Slapped Down by UK Statistics Watchdog For Misleading Claim that Unvaccinated Have ?32 Times? Ri... Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:43 | Will Jones
The UK Statistics Authority has written to the ONS to censure it for a recent report claiming that the risk of death with Covid was "32 times greater in unvaccinated people than in fully vaccinated individuals".
The post ONS Slapped Down by UK Statistics Watchdog For Misleading Claim that Unvaccinated Have “32 Times” Risk of Covid Death appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

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offsite link Watergate was a plot to oust Nixon Sat Nov 27, 2021 15:03 | en

offsite link Saif el-Islam Gaddafi's candidacy turned down Thu Nov 25, 2021 17:17 | en

offsite link At arms, the enemy is at the gates, by Manlio Dinucci Thu Nov 25, 2021 16:34 | en

offsite link France and Italy to steer the EU? Thu Nov 25, 2021 07:44 | en

offsite link Pentagon ready to intervene in Ethiopia Wed Nov 24, 2021 20:06 | en

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international / environment Friday September 20, 2019 00:43 by 1 of indy

An earlier version of this article was written but unpublished back in 2008 and it has now been revised and published to take account of various changes since then.

The case is made for the provision of free public transport in every major town and city worldwide for a multitude of reasons. It has always been a good idea and should have been done a long time ago, but now with three major issues of our time; resource depletion, including oil, pollution and the climate crisis; they make it imperative that we move to such a system, both to conserve dwindling supplies of cheap energy, to reduce the use of vast mineral resources to make hundreds of millions of cars and to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions because climate change is happening faster than expected.

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Are buses the future instead of the electric car? Heresy?

The Earth's climate has turned out to be more sensitive and complex than anticipated as evidenced by the recent dramatic record breaking summer ice melts in the Arcticc1 in 2007, 2008, 2012 and basically every year since then. With such a large change in the albedo or reflectivity over a huge area of the Arctic, this signifies the jump into positive feedback of the climate system, although it is not the only positive feedback. Combined with preliminary reports that frozen methane is beginning to be released from the Arctic sea floor and tundra and given that methane is 20 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas, it is clear we are probably at the point of things running out of control. Emissions need to be cut drastically, starting about 20 years ago.

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Maybe global warming is happening after all ....
Arctic sea ice, going going,..gone?

Moving to free and well-designed public transport allows society to deal with these problems in the least disruptive manner and to do so in the most equitable way and it would increase the shared sense of everyone working together to cope with what are essentially going to be permanent problems. Free public transport is not the full solution but is definitely an important first step. Switching to public transport has the potential to achieve large scale reductions in fuel use and it can be done immediately without further research or perfection of any technology. The current status quo plan to replace all the petrol and diesel fuelled cars with electric ones still leaves us with the problem of massive resource usage, a replacement of oil wars for lithium wars, traffic congestion, deaths from air pollution , high accident rates and actually high energy use. It does not matter if the heavily promoted so called solution of producing millions of electric cars is run on renewable energy because it would require vastly more wind farms, solar farms and whatever else compared to a transport solution based on highly efficient, globally deployed free public transport system which would only require a fraction of energy and resources of a car based one.

dublin / environment Monday September 18, 2017 23:25 by Save The Hellfire & Masseys
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Monday the 24th of September at 5pm is the deadline for making submissions to An Bord Pleanála on the South Dublin County Council & Coillte plans for what is known as the Dublin Mountains Project for the Hellfire Club & Masseys Wood nearby. The plan is one dreamed up by the council and will cost € 19 million of taxpayer money i.e. collected property tax etc for what is basically a bit of a white-elephant project that will damage the environment, limit public access and charge a fee for what is now free and is expected to run at a loss for at least first 3 years, but yet the private contractors running it will be "insulated" from losses. In essence the project will put an valuable amenity that is in public hands effectively into private hands and give them a license to milk the public forever on it. If this gets through, it will be replicated all over the country in that arrogant and greed driven way we are all familiar with from the Celtic Tiger days and again today.

national / environment Monday September 08, 2014 14:06 by Alan Hall
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Proposed Poolbeg incinerator.

Corruption and incompetence rule in certain corridors of Dublin City Council. Coventa the company which somehow won the tender (despite not being a party to the bidding) and Dublin City Council have pushed the cost up to nearly €100 million for the land. Council Manager Owen Keegan said not one cent of the €96 million that has already been spent will be clawed back if the plan doesn't go ahead. Despite also as extra €36 million in extra costs many Councillors state that this whole thing has nothing to do with mad ideas from Bertie Ahern. Even if it does not go ahead it will still cost €600 million, and obviously this is the best interests of every else abroad who likes to sabotage Irish planning and make a few million doing so. Renewable energy is the future but not for the old school chums of yesteryear.

international / environment Wednesday March 19, 2014 21:53 by T

It was three years on March 11th since the triple nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima plant in Japan in 2011. This article attempts to try and give an picture of the situation today and to show that the accident is still an active event that will take many decades to cleanup and it is anything but over.

Remembering What Happened

It is three years since the accident on March 11th 2011 at the Fukushima power station complex. There has been surprisingly little coverage of it in the mainstream media compared to the Chernobyl accident in 1986 at the time. As most people know, the accident was a result of an earthquake which caused the tsunami which flooded the Fukushima site and knocked out the backup diesel generators used for cooling the plants and that is how the story goes. The first report many people heard was that they were using sea-water to cool the reactors. This in itself was frightening because sea-water and cooling of nuclear reactors should not be in the same sentence, ever and it can only mean one thing -the situation is desperate, everything has failed and since sea-water would destroy the reactor vessel and fuel rods it means its the very last resort at trying to stop a meltdown.
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national / environment Thursday November 14, 2013 22:47 by Fracking watch
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Licensed fracking areas in Leitrim, Cavan & Fermanagh

The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring an invite only fracking workshop in London this Friday 15th Nov 2013 as part of its long term plan to introduce fracking in Ireland. It has already commissioned research to help 'determine best practice guidelines to regulate the shale gas industry in Ireland' (all their own words). There is no hint here fracking will NOT be allowed whatever the findings. This same body though is immune from prosecution under Irish law (See Box 1 below) making a mockery of it's regulatory role.

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