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by afew Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 10:41:18 AM EST

Monday, but July


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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 10:41:50 AM EST


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 07:02:44 PM EST
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Japanese earthquake literally made waves in Norway:

While the tsunami that accompanied the [2011] earthquake in Japan was devastating, waves of a very different sort were spawned far away--in the fjords of Norway. A number of witnesses noticed the strange waves, occurring as they did on a calm morning when the fjord waters were otherwise smooth. As some managed to capture on video, the water swelled and ebbed by as much as five feet once per minute or so for several hours--starting about half an hour after the earthquake in Japan.

5 feet = 1.5 meters

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 10:45:02 AM EST
A Full Featured Phablet running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean O/S based on Linux, based on Unix which was designed in 1969 to run on a PDP 7!

WOW

(He said.  Sarcastically.)


Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 10:57:10 AM EST
A pretty little weed:

with the nastiest seeds in New Mexico:

we run around the house barefoot.  Stepping on one of these suckers isn't fun.

So I went hoe, hoe, hoe all morning long.


Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 01:28:48 PM EST
I have distinctly unpleasant memories of goathead stickers and cockelburs from growing up int Oklahoma.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 02:07:15 PM EST
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Man thems look vicious. How does it work ? Do they kill whatever treads on them and then feed on their flesh ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 02:17:35 PM EST
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An animal, including human animals, picks one up in their foot or paw and carries them a ways before getting it out, or, in the case of many humans, picking it out and flinging it as far as they can - not as a favor to the plant. It is little different from stepping on a thumb tack - except the thumb tack probably comes out easier. But it has been close to 60 years since I encountered one. Arkansas is too wet for them - apparently. They would also often be the reason for a flat tire on a bicycle and thus the cause of my learning how to remove a wheel, remove the tire and repair the tube with the old style patch kit.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 04:27:08 PM EST
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I had a wheelbarrow with a pneumatic tire I'd used for twenty years.  After one day here, constantly fixing air leaks, I replaced it with solid rubber.  

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 06:11:01 PM EST
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"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 01:35:09 PM EST
Reuters: Special Report: The Bundesbank's fight to be heard (July 1, 2013)
Many of the men who ran the Bundesbank as long ago as the 1980s are still active and behave like a Greek chorus, warning that the ECB's current course will end in disaster.

...

"The Bundesbank used to be like a bull - strong. But with the euro, the bull has been castrated," said one Bundesbank employee with years of experience at the bank. "Now it's an ox, growing old - the meat isn't getting any better."

Staff are directionless, the employee said, and "increasingly in a situation where they say 'I'll wait for my pension check.'"

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"At a European level, what policy decisions can the board take? None. And people (in the bank) know that," the employee said. "People are waiting for a new mission."



Finance is the brain [tumour] of the economy
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 02:49:35 PM EST
GM food: British public 'should be persuaded of the benefits' | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The British public should be persuaded of the benefits of genetically modified food, the environment secretary will tell the UK's farming industry on Thursday, in a key signal of the government's intent to expand agricultural biotechnology and make the case for GM food in Europe.

Owen Paterson, the Conservative secretary of state for the environment and who has chosen to highlight GM technology in his first major speech to farmers, will tell the Oxford Farming Conference: "We should not be afraid of making the case to the public about the potential benefits of GM beyond the food chain - for example, reducing the use of pesticides and inputs such as diesel. I believe that GM offers great opportunities but I also recognise that we owe a duty to the public to reassure them that it is a safe and beneficial innovation."

He added: "As well as making the case at home, we also need to go through the rigorous processes that the EU has in place to ensure the safety of GM crops."

uh-huh

GM food off the menu in Parliament's restaurant despite ministers telling the public to drop their opposition | Mail Online

GM foods are banned from restaurants in the Houses of Parliament despite government claims it is `probably safer' than other meals.

Government ministers are demanding that ordinary families should abandon their reluctance to eat genetically modified food, however they are banned from MPs' plates.

This week the food and farming secretary, Owen Paterson, launched an extraordinary propaganda campaign to encourage the nation to accept GM crops and farming.

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He bolstered his campaign with claims that some seven million children in the Far East could have been saved from blindness or  death in the last 15 years if only people had opened the door to a new form of GM `Golden Rice'.

However, his efforts were unravelling today amid evidence that GM food is banned from the dinner tables of MPs, while his claims for the GM rice proved to be bogus.

The House of Commons Catering service today confirmed that the ban on GM ingredients which dates back to 1998 remains in place as a matter of `customer choice'.

It said: `In line with its procurement policy, the House of Commons Catering Service avoids, wherever identifiable, the procurement of foods that contain genetically modified organisms.

murderous bastards

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 04:06:53 PM EST
Th problem that Patterson has is that he's so obviously ignorant about the subject beyond the blandishments of agro-chemical lobbyists. He simply makes a fool of himself every time he speaks, and people are beginning to notice

The whole argument about vitamin A enriched rice is so transparently bogus that you'd have to be a cretin to swallow it, or hearing it at the wrong end of a generous lunch.

As for we should not be afraid of making the case to the public about the potential benefits of GM beyond the food chain - for example, reducing the use of pesticides and inputs such as diesel, again you hav to wonder exactly how much he knows about the subject given that this is such complete drivel.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 04:24:40 PM EST
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i knew you'd like that one... buon appetit!

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 04:33:35 PM EST
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He's reminds me of the kid in the film "Mercury rising". If you see him interviewed on TV has the same look and monotone in his voice

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 04:52:26 PM EST
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Don't be a hoser, eh?

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 05:29:57 PM EST
Canada can afford it. None of their major cities are at sea level, so they won't mind one bit when florida goes

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jul 2nd, 2013 at 02:53:18 AM EST
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Hm? Methinks large parts of both Vancouver and Quebec are, and should Antarctica melt then Montreal is in danger, too.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Jul 2nd, 2013 at 06:24:42 AM EST
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As a secret foreign-policy document leaked last fall to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) makes clear, Canada has new priorities: "To succeed we will need to pursue political relationships in tandem with economic interests even where political interests or values may not align."

The article could have stopped right there.

by Bjinse (bjinsedankert at gmail dot com) on Tue Jul 2nd, 2013 at 04:49:47 AM EST
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Our 13 northern territories provide the advantage of natural resources (oil, water, electricity), but at the cost of a very tough coastline to defend.
by asdf on Tue Jul 2nd, 2013 at 10:49:22 AM EST
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It is well known that during the August 2003 European heatwave, there were about 15,000 excess deaths in France. (Perhaps less well known, for all of Europe, there were estimates of c. 40,000.) For the Carpathian Basin, a heatwave of similar severity in temperatures was the record-setting July 2007 one. Upon checking the literature, the excess mortality estimate for Hungary was 1,170 deaths (for scale, France had 62 million inhabitants in 2003 and Hungary 10 million in 2007).

Now excess mortality was also calculated for 2011 (two heatwaves) and 2012 (four heatwaves, of which the second was one of the longest on record): 593 resp. 1666. An earthquake with that many victims would be big news.

This year, temperatures are swinging around wildly (30°C was first reached in May), but mid-June there was a week-long heatwave already. And yes, the number and duration of these events seems to increase.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Jul 2nd, 2013 at 06:07:47 AM EST


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