Showing posts from February 2, 2014

Greek fascists protest in Athens

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[Fascism - a natural accouterments of austerity and rampant inequality, and a natural partner for a globalized corporatocracy. *RON*]

February 2, 2014 5:01 am

By Kerin Hope in Athens

Hundreds of supporters of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party gathered in central Athens on Saturday evening to mark the anniversary of a Greek-Turkish military stand-off in 1996 over two uninhabited islets in the eastern Aegean.

Salmon farms get tax dollars for dead fish, provide few jobs

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[Nice bit of what no one ever sees any more - actual investigative journalism. Lord knows the writer is most likely not being paid for it. This piece is about how much tax money is used to compensate salmon farms for dead diseased fish and hopelessly contaminated equipment. *RON*]
Posted February 1, 2014 by DC Reid in Oceans

I now have reliable figures on slaughtered fish payments of your taxpayer dollars to billion dollar Norwegian derivative fish farms in BC, and others across Canada. Cermaq Mainstream, Marine Harvest and Grieg Seafood may be happy to hear I will eat some crow, as the BC figures are much lower than my earlier estimate.

The reason for having to make estimates is that fish farms typically do their best to prevent the public knowing how much taxpayer money they receive from us for diseased fish that foul our pristine oceans. Behind the scenes, they often have lawyers trying to keep such numbers, and in the BC case, the disease records for t…

Trans Mountain will raise pump prices 15 cents a litre, according to Kinder Morgan president

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[I passed the link to this story along to the CBC and Vancouver Sun. An interesting extrapolation from information provided to Trans Mountain shareholders, which indicates that if their pipeline expansion goes ahead it will mean a 15 cent increase of the cost of gas at the pump for Canadians. This information was not included in the Trans Mountain submission to the National Energy Board, since "It’s hard to sell a 15-cent a litre increase in gas prices as being in the public interest." *RON*] 
Robyn Allan
Posted: Feb 1st, 2014

Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson told analysts in Houston, Texas last week that the Canadian economy is losing big because of limited access to markets—a problem he says his $5.4 billion Trans Mountain expansion will help solve once the project receives regulatory endorsement and Harper Cabinet approval. He expects that could be as early as mid-2015 with a late 2017 in service date for the new pipeline.

No Matter How You Count Them, Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are As High As Ever

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["After tallying up all the various subsidies, the IMF came up with a whopping $1.9 trillion every year, or roughly 2.5-percent of the global GDP in 2012." *RON*]
 Sun, 2014-02-02 11:45BEN JERVEY

The exact worth of massive global fossil fuel subsidies is incredibly hard to figure. There’s no real consistency in the definitions of subsidies, or how they should be calculated. As a result, estimates of global subsidy support for fossil fuels vary widely.

According to a new analysis by the Worldwatch Institute, these estimates range from $523 billion to over $1.9 trillion, depending on what is considered a “subsidy” and how exactly they are tallied.

Beijing smog contains witches' brew of microbes

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[Research is needed to determine how viable these microbes are and whether they are having a separate health impact as microbes, as opposed to being simple particulate irritants. *RON*]

Metagenomic survey reveals traces of pathogens and allergens in the city’s air. By Mark Peplow, 31 January 2014

High levels of smog in Beijing are on ongoing public-health problem.

For people racked by the dreaded ‘Beijing cough’, it is all too clear that particles in the city’s thick smogs pose a public-health problem. But much less clear is the impact — or even the identity — of the microbes that also drift through the brown haze.

Once Upon a Mine: The Legacy of Uranium on the Navajo Nation

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[This problem has been around for a long time. When I visited the Navajo reserve in the nineties, this was still a key topic of debate in the community. What they don't mention here is that, both in the sixties and in the nineties, the leadership of the Navajo were falling over themselves to make mining deals. *RON*]

Carrie Arnold is a freelance science writer living in Virginia. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Discover, New Scientist, Smithsonian, and more.

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On a low, windswept rise at the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation, Jackie Bell-Jefferson prepares to move her family from their home for a temporary stay that could last up to seven years. A mound of uranium-laden waste the size of several football fields, covered with a thin veneer of gravel, dominates the view from her front door. After many years of living next to the contamination and a litany of health problems she believes it caused, Bell-Jefferson and s…

Columbia River Chemical Spill Came From Smelter, Teck Resources Confirms

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[That's six thousands gallons of lye, in non-BS-speak, dumped into one of the most active salmon rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The company representative "could not say if a harmful amount of the chemical was drained into the river." Most of us in the non-BS world know full well what lye does to living tissue, but check out this EPA report if you want details. *RON*]

CP | By The Canadian Press Posted: 02/01/2014 5:37 pm EST | Updated: 02/02/2014 12:59 am EST

TRAIL, B.C. - Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) is confirming that its smelter in Trail has spilled up to 25,000 litres of a chemical solution into the Columbia River.

Spokesman Richard Deane says the solution likely contained sodium hydroxide which the plant uses to de-mineralize feed water for the smelter's boilers.

Sodium hydroxide is in an industrial cleaning agent also known as lye or caustic soda and can cause severe skin burns and eye damage.

Deane could not say if a harmful a…