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November 19, 2015

... thus proving that "Reality TV" has finally jumped the shark.

It's bad enough that there is a whole field of "entertainment" built up around
the concept of taking a completely incompetent moron and throwing them
into an environment that their every action makes an intelligent adult cringe
(and the target audience erupt in laughter) but this?

This is just cruelty to the mentally retarded - a vicious "Truman Show" for
the 21st Century.

November 11, 2015

Sea salt is to be expected (sadly); the others not so much ...

> also found tiny particles of plastic in salt sourced from briny lakes, briny wells,
> and salt mines, although at lower levels

The first two of the above depends on the source of the "brine" in the first place
(i.e., is it a seawater replenished liquid or produced through groundwater rise?
If the former then yes, the marine liquid will carry in the same microparticles
that are found throughout the sea).

The last one is proof that it is in the *fresh* water being used to extract the salt
as there was absolutely no plastic around when those salt beds were being laid down.

The microplastic pollution is being introduced to a pristine environment by the
extraction process. This means that it is also being consumed by people & animals
in the belief that the fresh water is, well, fresh and unpolluted.

(ETA: Alternatively, given that this is China, it might be evidence that the supermarkets
and/or producers are mis-labelling marine salt as mined salt ... anything is possible in
that environmental wonderland ...)

November 8, 2015

You fail to perceive the gravity of the situation.

The people who are closing the doors - because they are *full* - are not going to
care about niceties as "back to where?". Those are the luxuries expressed by the
vocal (but unhelpful) armchair "activists" from thousands of miles away.

The thing about triggering a "door shutting event" is that it cascades to the next
nation, the one who can no longer stand aside in order to let people pass through
to "somewhere else". That, in turn, triggers the door to be shut in each poor,
increasingly nationalistic nation: the doors that were only remaining open as long
as the exit doors were equally open. Once the exit door closes, the danger from
the combination of frustrated migrants and frustrated nationalists hits ignition
temperature very quickly. All that government can hope to do - in order to maintain
any form of public order - is close the "IN" door.

This will inevitably lead to two things: the first is that the accumulation of migrants
causes border issues; the second is that the strain on the country's structure exceeds
the ability to meet demands. The first issue allows the nationalists to have a free
target of "others" to blame for problems - law breakers from "out there".
The second issue gives the support for the growth of the nationalist response - the
increasing number of innocent citizens who are being impacted by the migrants.

Those people simply will not care about the "where" to send them "back" to.

If there is not a voluntary "retreat" by the people perceived as an "invading army"
then the "where" will be a bloody mess to be talked about by future historians.
(cf. Balkans, Rwanda, etc.)

"Where" at this point resolves to "away", not to a useful destination.

November 8, 2015

The ISIS revisionism covers over the fact that NO-ONE knows WTF to do.

The people who were blaming Assad for this (who were, "coincidentally", the people who pounced on Saddam
for running his country too) are now stuck in a very nasty cleft stick: They have been actively destroying a
sovereign country (= "regime change&quot and have - in that very process - been supporting the most savage and
radical Islamic terrorists that the world have known (so far). Now, after all that time and despite all of the
warnings, they are starting to realise that maybe Pandora's Box should have remained closed after all.

Too late.

The situation is currently out of control.

The radical fanatics have been given not only arms & funds (standard CIA behaviour) but also the opportunity
to recruit at a scale that they couldn't have dreamed about a few years ago.

No matter *who* delivers the counterstrikes - US, Europe, Russia - the recruiting machine will be reinforced and
fed with grieving relatives of the "collateral damage". No-one will strike at the source of the problem - Saudi
Arabia & cohorts - but everyone will strike at the people who are dropping the bombs, firing the missiles,
providing the weapons that are killing, maiming & orphaning so many in the Middle East.

September 2001 should have been a wake up call.
It wasn't.

It turned out to be a rallying call for the war-pigs to continue to spread death & destruction across the globe
for the sake of profit.

Welcome to blowback world.

November 5, 2015

That one sentence says so much:

> Ractopamine is banned in the European Union, China, and more than 100 other countries,
> and it faces mounting criticism here in the United States.

Banned in the EU? Yeah, they're sensible about that sort of stuff.

Banned in more than 100 other countres? Fair, some will be tinies but probably includes the
usual Norway, Sweden and other European-but-not-EU ones as well as a number of their
ex-dependencies who have inherited sense from their previous colonial rulers.

Banned in China? Wow ... that shit *must* be bad.

Still in use and only getting "mounting criticism" in the US?

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