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Maybe Harwich is full of Polish plumbers.

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We should also look at the Great Vampire Squid more closely.
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In story: 25 April - 1 May 2016

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That could work, but the problem is scale. We need to replace carbon lost to deforestation in the Amazon, Congo and Indonesia plus the entire western forest in the USA, which is collapsing due to climate change and pests that are now viable within more northern ranges. On the other hand we are already set up for cultivation of farm land and for managing of grazing land, so it might be more feasible to modify those practices to make them sequester much more carbon than they are at present. The whole US Great Plains probably stored several times the amount of carbon they do today 150 years ago. Likewise, we have in place abilities to destroy rainforest. We need to change practices so as to restore it instead. The Central Asian pasture lands are another area that possibly could be used.

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Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal | Business | The Guardian

US proposals include an obligation on the EU to inform its industries of any planned regulations in advance, and to allow them the same input into EU regulatory processes as European firms.

American firms could influence the content of EU laws at several points along the regulatory line, including through a plethora of proposed technical working groups and committees.

"Before the EU could even pass a regulation, it would have to go through a gruelling impact assessment process in which the bloc would have to show interested US parties that no voluntary measures, or less exacting regulatory ones, were possible," Riss said.

The US is also proposing new articles on "science and risk" to give firms greater regulatory say. Disputes over pesticides residues and food safety would be dealt with by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's Codex Alimentarius system.

Environmentalists say the body has loose rules on corporate influence, allowing employees of companies such as BASF, Nestle and Coca Cola to sit on - and sometimes lead - national delegations. Some 44% of its decisions on pesticides residues have been less stringent than EU ones, with 40% of rough equivalence and 16% being more demanding, according to Greenpeace.

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He changed his name to Trump. Just wait ... the fun is coming.   😡

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I'm afraid that is one more thing we have the Brits to thank for.  Their strategy was to prevent the deepening of the Union by diluting it with the addition of 10 eastern members and also by making it essentially ungovernable by requiring unanimity amongst 28 members before major decisions could be made.  The EU also played into the US/|UK post cold war strategy of isolating Russia by encroaching right up to its borders.

None of this had any regard for "the social market", or the development of a cohesive EU demos.  Indeed quite the reverse: it was to ensure that the Brit strategy of restrict the development of the EU to a glorified single market within which the Brits could play their imperialist games.

It would be wrong, however to blame the US/UK entirely for this.  EU conservatives and nationalists were more than happy to play along with their post cold war imperialist games...

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: Open Thread 25 April - 1 May

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In polls the 5* movement is leading Renzi's government by 5%! Roll on an election, W00t

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In story: 25 April - 1 May 2016

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What is the depth at which wood goes into negative buoyancy ? 80 metres? 100 ?

Have a heavy global programme of fast growing wood which you simply sink at sea via rotating chain

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 25 April - 1 May 2016

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If we stay on the current path of CO2 emissions serious climate scientists are predicting continent wide superstorms by 2100. To me the safest bet is to be carbon neutral by 2050 and then start working on becoming carbon negative. Changes to pasturage, farming and forestry could have a major effect there if not overwhelmed by existing climate change trends. But it would be excellent were some commercially viable means of fixing atmospheric CO2 into a stable solid state emerge. Green cement?

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Those who believed in a Social Europe should rue the day they were conned into supporting incorporation of the Visegrad group of countries into the EU. The just handed over the keys to the castle to the barbarians, even if with a time delay. If there were one thing that could be undone that would be it. Where is The Terminator when you need him?

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It is fine for Eurovision '79 dancers.
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Hmmm, do Boney M know about this?

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Can't resist:

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Indeed. But it's not just Orbán and the EPP: now, one way or another, the entire Visegrád group and Romania have or have had governments flouting democratic norms in ways similar to Orbán's regime, and the entire group has now found unison in anti-refugee xenophobia. And that includes Robert Fico of Slovakia, the black sheep of SD who is tolerated the same way EPP shields Orbán.

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Quite a few times his Velvet Glove was dumbly interpreted as a weakness.

He was indeed a populist (or the ultimate all-providing dad, the first communist) for the Mongol tribes. Ensuring sustainable succession was tricky; his feminism helped somewhat.

The Mongol rule in Russia descended from the lineage of questionable paternity. That diminishes Putin's chance, though surely much possible.

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In theory, voting rights could be suspended. In practice, democracy is only checked on entreance.

Also, I think that Fidesz is benefitting from being part of EPP.

Politico appears to agree:

EPP ♥ Orbán - POLITICO

European institutions are pushing back. The European Parliament endorsed a highly critical report on Hungary in June 2013 and, earlier this month, again voted to condemn Orbán's recent actions. The Council of Europe published a highly critical report on Hungary's Constitutional Reforms in 2013, and this month published a new report criticizing xenophobia and violence against minorities and immigrants in Hungary. The European Commission has launched a series of legal actions against Hungary. But none of this has deterred Orbán.

To understand why the EU has been so ineffective in opposing Orbán's drive to consolidate power, one must look first to the leadership of the European People's Party (EPP), the center right faction in the European Parliament of which Orbán's Fidesz party remains a member in good standing. Leading figures in the EPP are sheltering the Orbán regime in the name of partisan politics. In the interest of party loyalty and of maintaining their majority in the European Parliament, many EPP politicians have proven themselves willing to tolerate Orbán's violations of democratic values.

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Genghis Khan was an astute politician who knew the point of the velvet glove as well as the iron fist.

He'd be manipulating democracies with the best of them these days. Putin may well be a descendant

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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that one was laughed out of court when Berlusconi was corkscrewing the Italian constitution to suit himself. Then Germany insisted upon the immiseration of almost the entire population of Greece.

Having a vote is one thing; having is make any difference is quite another

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 25 April - 1 May 2016

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I'm sure the economy is doing very well tho'

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Where is Genghis Khan when you need him?
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The Case Against Reality - Atlantic.com
Hoffman has spent the past three decades studying perception, artificial intelligence, evolutionary game theory and the brain, and his conclusion is a dramatic one: The world presented to us by our perceptions is nothing like reality. What's more, he says, we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent illusion, as it maximizes evolutionary fitness by driving truth to extinction.
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In story: Open Thread 25 April - 1 May

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Colbert is almost on a rebooting probation.
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Japan's Growing Poverty Defies Glib Explanations
a new UNICEF report informs us that on at least one key measure, child poverty, Japan has fallen behind the U.S. The report looked at the gap between the income of the poorest Japanese families with children and the average household income. On this measure, Japan now ranks 34th out of 41 developed countries (a higher rank indicates more child poverty). In comparison, the U.S. ranks 30th.

This rising poverty level fits with all the other negative economic trends coming out of Japan -- falling real wages, rising inequality and the rise of low-paid non-regular employment. It all adds up to one big truth: lots of people in Japan are not doing well economically.

And taxation from rentiers stays damn too high.
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"I thought the EU  a union of democracies." Well, 'was supposed to be' is, I think, the operative phrase. But just think, you kept all of these countries safe from Russia - at the mere cost of your soul. The USA will be eternally grateful - when you all double your defense spending at least.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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In story: Open Thread 25 April - 1 May

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If you ask any of my kids, "What's the first rule," they will answer, "People are STOOOOPIIIID!"
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And look where Colbert ended up ... Wilmore should do so good. In this reality bland doesn't cut it. 😝 😝

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I thought the EU was supposed to be a union of democracies.  Does the EU do any monitoring to ensure that the EU Convention on human rights and other basic democratic standards are adhered to?  Are there no enforcement procedures contained in the Treaties?  Have test cases been taken to the European Court?

It seems to me the EU can ignore abuses of basic human rights and democratic norms only for so long - before the whole EU demos becomes infected.  Wise heads would be acting now to prevent worse abuses in the future.  Do the Treaties even allow the expulsion of a member state which flouts basic human rights?

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: Open Thread 25 April - 1 May

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except there seems to be an inverse relationship between enthusiasm for brexit and the number of "foreigners" in the vicinity. These places are very white

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Why, all these filthy foreigners who are taking English jobs will go back to the Continent, of course. What could possibly go wrong?
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