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Archive for 'Environment'

Making it cool, making it normal

The well-heeled urbanite, in tailored threads, bicycles with pleasure through the traffic-clogged streets of Jakarta. Meet Monocle Man.
Monocle Man is the hip sophisticate who reads the magazine Monocle.
a magazine that is in general focused on a particular brand of well-heeled global urbanism, the go-to source for articles on  . .. such new-urbanist obsessions as bicycling [...]

Re-imagining the streets

Cyclists are at the sharp end of a city’s infrastructure. When you cycle in a city you start questioning urban design, as those in the first industrial societies started questioning the set up that kept them in factories 12 hours a day for someone else’s profit.
A good city would have children playing in the streets [...]

Energy Expenses on Expenses

The Sunday Mirror reports on the option for MPs to claim gas and electricity bills for their second homes on expenses, and 340 have taken-up the offer. These includes the Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint who claimed £368.88.  This is just over three times the estimated average household [...]

Stormy weather

Having suffered through an extreme weather event last year, I hope our readers in England and elsewhere are managing all right in the wake of the storm.
Did you have crazy TV reporters doing live reports while being blown off their feet?

Global warming is “Zionist scaremongering”

Thus saith (where else but on Press TV?) one Rodney Shakespeare, visiting Professor of Binary Economics at Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia, co-founder the Global Justice Movement and a member of the Christian Council for Monetary Justice.
And please, don’t anyone say he’s right except for the Zionist stuff.
And speaking of Rodney and Shakespeare:

(Hat tip: Farsdunkle)

Price-Fixing the Value of Soiled Toilet Paper

I have written before that, regardless of the dry distinction between operational and pre-tax profits, it catches in the throat when Paul Massara, chief executive of RWE N-Power describes not paying corporation tax on £766 millions of the former as “nothing remarkable”.
Likewise, the immense remunerations which boardroom executives of the major energy companies receive for [...]

Land Access, Windmills and Council Tax Shortfalls in Scotland

Unrelated to Israel or Muslims or anything in between, stuff continues to happen in Scotland
Although hardly a new Highland Clearances (or lucrative tax-breaks – being absorbed by domestic users through increasing fuel bills – being given to a handful of hugely wealthy landowners to host windmills, meeting with the extreme disapproval of Conservative MEP Struan [...]

Is this something to celebrate?

The oil and coal interests behind “CO2 is Green” and the Competitive Enterprise Institute may think this is excellent news. But frankly, it makes me nervous.
Worldwide levels of the chief greenhouse gas that causes global warming have hit a milestone, reaching an amount never before encountered by humans, federal scientists said Friday.
Carbon dioxide was measured [...]

Fair comment

Texas Governor Rick “Oops” Perry is upset about the above cartoon by Jack Ohman in the Sacramento, California, Bee newspaper.
An April 17 explosion [at a fertilizer plant] in the town of West, which is outside Waco, left a crater more than 90 feet wide and is estimated to have caused more than $100 million in [...]

Energy Profits Round-Up

One point to clear-up. The oft-quoted figures of immense profits by the Big Six energy companies contrasted with the relative peanuts they pay in corporation tax tend to elide the difference between operational and pre-tax profits: with such tax not being required of the former.
So, it is, I suppose, technically correct to say that [...]