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Saudi Aramco Said to Weigh Up to $5 Billion of Renewable Deals

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[Saudis and banksters hand in hand. Hey T&T (Trump & Trudeau)! Wake up and smell the coffee. World’s biggest oil producer planning solar investments. Advisers including HSBC, JPMorgan pitching to help find deals. *RON*]

Matthew Martin, Bloomberg, 29 January 2017


Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, is considering as much as $5 billion of investments in renewable energy firms as part of plans to diversify from crude production, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Banks including HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Credit Suisse Group AG have been invited to pitch for a role helping Aramco identify potential acquisition targets and advising on deals, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. The energy company is seeking to bring foreign expertise in renewable energy into the kingdom, the people said, adding that first investments under the plan could occur this year.


Microplastics found in supermarket fish, shellfish

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["Corporate stooges Researchers say it's too soon to say what impact this has on food safety." No one dares to talk about the carcinogenic effect of hormone disrupter chemicals. See also: Uncharted waters: researchers tag 3,000 shellfish to study microplastics in B.C. and Microplastics at 'alarming levels' in Canadian lakes and rivers and Researchers sound alarm over millions of tonnes of plastic dumped into oceans. Note also: Coca Cola and the "Fight Back" Against Plans to Tackle Plastic Waste. *RON*]

Brandie Weikle, CBC News, 28 January 2017

Tiny pieces of plastic are making their way into fish and shellfish found at the supermarket, a new study has shown.

The findings are part of a report prepared for the International Maritime Organization, the UN agency responsible for preventing marine pollution.

Iraqi MPs call for reciprocal ban on US citizens

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[Bigotry, hatred, isolation, fear - Trump's global politics. What a lovely mess! Members of parliament call on government to reply in kind to President Donald Trump's ban on Iraqis entering the US. See also Six Other Times the US has Banned Immigrants. *RON*]

News agencies, Al Jazeera, 30 January 2017

Iraqi members of parliament have voted to call on the government to enact a reciprocal travel ban on US citizens, if Washington does not withdraw its decision to prohibit the entry of Iraqis.

The move is a response to US President Donald Trump's executive order barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen - from entering the United States for at least 90 days.

Scientists Baffled by McConnell and Ryan's Ability to Stand Upright Without Spines

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[The Borowitz Report. Andy Borowitz hits full stride this morning! *RON*]

Andy Borowitz, New Yorker, 30 January 2017

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it a “medical mystery of the first order,” scientists are baffled by the ability of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to stand upright without the benefit of spines.

Doctors at the University of Minnesota Medical School, who have been studying the skeletal structures of both Republicans for months, believe that their ability to stand, walk, and even break into a brisk trot when confronted by reporters’ questions is “virtually inexplicable.”

Anti-Trump petition to stop UK state visit passes 1 million signatures

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[As online campaign gathers support, Downing Street confirms PM will not be withdrawing invitation to US president. See also: This Trump petition shows UK citizens will not bend a knee to hate. *RON*]
Nicola Slawson, The Guardian, 30 January 2017
An online petition calling for Donald Trump to be prevented from making an official state visit to the UK has passed 1m signatures.

The petition, on the government’s official petitions site, which at one point was being signed by more than a thousand people a minute, quickly reached the 100,000 signatures needed to be considered for a debate in parliament.

Deadly Shooting At Quebec City Mosque Erupts After Evening Prayers

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[White terrorist murderers in Canada. No more expressing shocked indignation at "those Americans" or "those Trump followers." *RON*]
Andree Lau, Huffington Post, 30 January 2017
Six people were killed and eight others injured when attackers opened fire in a Quebec City mosque, shortly after Sunday evening prayers.

“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement.

A joint terrorism task force that includes provincial police, the RCMP and Montreal police has been deployed.