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Posted in: Harrison Ford attacks leaders who deny climate change See in context

in the UK we often have Christmas card depicting people skating upon Frozen ponds or the Thames, but in my Lifetime, I have never seen that happen.

Much of the 19th century was a particularly cold one, and Xmas in the UK still has a big Victorian / Dickensian influence which you see on the festive cards. The lake near my home in Lancashire froze over until late May in the 1870's.

(Hot/Cold) but, are we sure that this hasn't happened before, and it's simply an equilibrium thing ?

It has happened many times before, and there has always been a cause. For instance, increased volcanic activity can pump gases into the atmosphere that affect the climate for millennia. The data we are seeing is that 7.5 billion people burning fossil fuels, deforesting the planet and extinguishing species is having a devastating effect. If you think about it logically, how couldn't it?

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Posted in: In Japan, Valentine's Day gives women chance to treat themselves See in context

Must remember not to give the chocolates I got today back to the same lady in a month's time.

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Posted in: Trump dislikes border security deal but Republicans urge support See in context

Not what he wanted, bu it’s a startvand a stat is better than nothing.

Semi-gibberish but point taken. Is Trump going to be happy with that though? Does he have the temperament to be able get his wall brick by brick? He'll soon be twittering his way into a corner or shutting stuff down again when he doesn't get his way.

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Posted in: Trump dislikes border security deal but Republicans urge support See in context

Oh my...

During her visit, the agency welded a plaque to the fence to mark "the completion of the first section of President Donald Trump's border wall," even though it was a replacement project.

Alternative facts, same old lies. Thanks for the giggles @Serrano

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Posted in: Trump dislikes border security deal but Republicans urge support See in context

Trump is in it for the long haul.

A long haul for a short wall.

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Posted in: Environmental test for new train link to Haneda to begin in spring See in context

JR East has already conducted a boring survey at Haneda airport

Refreshingly honest appraisal of the survey.

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Posted in: Democrat Warren kicks off 2020 run, hobbled by ancestry row See in context

American politics is so mental & corrupt that it has become a pissing contest as to who can be the most mental & corrupt. Real politicians are so thin on the ground that Americans are forced to pretend that people like Trump are in their corner, when they are in fact the corner they pretend to oppose. Who would elect a billionaire and expect him not to protect his billions? Such gullible people.

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Posted in: Trump, not especially vigilant on diet, declared 'in very good health' See in context

'Executive Time' taking its toll.

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Posted in: U.S. Democrats float 'Green New Deal' to end fossil fuel era See in context

If we were to actually impose the New Green Deal the United States would very quickly no longer be a major economic player . 

Right? The most technologically advanced player in the world, with the biggest and most advanced companies, research budgets, scientists and consumers should be focusing more on coal and oil and getting bogged down in endless middle eastern conflicts. Makes sense.

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Posted in: U.S. Democrats float 'Green New Deal' to end fossil fuel era See in context

Where did you get the 99% from?

Some people are best left ignored

The wall only needs 26 billion.

A mere 26 billion? Mexico needs to dig deep, I suggest they up their narcotic exports.

The Green New Deal requires a large percentage of all of the money in the world.

People are willing to pay for continued existence.

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Posted in: U.S. Democrats float 'Green New Deal' to end fossil fuel era See in context

You were talking about the past warmings and coolings prior to the first human starting a fire. The cause obviously was natural progression, like I said.

Those events had causes, be they volcanic eruptions, changes in the earth's orbit, meteor impacts etc. There is nothing we can do about that.

But in the current absence of those factors, it is human activity that is currently changing the climate, not 'Mother Nature'. And with several billion more humans on the way in the next century, it makes sense to look for energy alternatives other to the ones that science has proven is leading to rising temperatures, because 'Mother Nature' can't help us if we destroy her at this rate.

I agree we should try to cut C02 emissions but we can't just stop burning fossil fuels and kill all the cows.

If you agree that C02 emissions need to be cut it would seem that you agree that human activity has a significant effect.

but we can't just stop burning fossil fuels

Why not? The world is working towards this, with or without the current bunch of Luddites in the White House.

and kill all the cows.

I fear the cows will all meet their usual ending.

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Posted in: U.S. Democrats float 'Green New Deal' to end fossil fuel era See in context

It's called natural progression.

No, it's called cause and effect. As in if several billion people burn all of a planets fossil fuels at an increasing rate within a geological blinking of an eye, it will have an effect on that planet.

Common sense, right?

If denying proven facts because they aren't politically convenient to you is common sense, then yes.

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Posted in: U.S. Democrats float 'Green New Deal' to end fossil fuel era See in context

and if Mother Nature wants it the Earth is gonna heat up or cool down like it has before the first human figured out how to start a fire.

Even Mother Nature is now part of right wing conspiracies. Past warmings and coolings had actual causes, not simply a planet getting out of bed in the morning and deciding to throw some more coal into the sun.

My credentials are common sense.

It rarely appears so to most people here. More of a devotion to the prescribed right wing cause of embracing ignorance and ignoring proven facts.

how come China and India......

What about etc

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Posted in: Japan household spending rises slightly in December See in context

There is a little thing called, Christmas. Perhaps they have heard of it.

Irrelevant. The figures were compared to December 2017, not November 2018. Not that hard to figure out really.

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Posted in: EU rebuffs May; says no-plan Brexiteers deserve 'place in hell' See in context

Therefore, I wish UK gets out.

Europeans weren’t particularly happy when we joined, they weren’t especially pleased when we were in it, now they seem annoyed that we are leaving. Tough crowd.

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Posted in: EU rebuffs May; says no-plan Brexiteers deserve 'place in hell' See in context

I guess the hundreds of billions of dollars and millions of British lives spent creating, protecting and helping to liberate Tusk's Poland and Juncker's Luxembourg (twice) doesn't really count for anything in Europe. Such a sad mess.

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Posted in: State of the Union: Trump vows to build border wall, warns Democrats against investigations See in context

want the biggest government apparatus to implement their socialist agenda.

Trump intends to implement federal maternity leave pay for mothers. This is about as socialist as it gets. He intends to turn the country into that socialist Marxist-Leninist hell that you bleat about so often.

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Posted in: Nikon releases COOLPIX A100 See in context

Price: Around 58,500 yen

60 grand!! They won't sell many of these, a comparable Canon or Lumix is almost half the price

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Posted in: Man arrested after uploading videos of himself throwing cats into canal See in context

Jinbo was quoted by police as saying he was stressed out at the time.

He should have bought a cat then.

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Posted in: Title-chasing Man City beats Arsenal, helping United go 5th See in context

"I honestly thought it was my chest," Aguero said after City's 3-1 Premier League victory on Sunday. "But now I have seen it on the TV it was handball."

This almost classes as honesty in modern football. That said Citeh deserved the win, they look unbeatable when they get going.

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Posted in: 72-year-old man dies after falling off roof while clearing snow See in context

I'm surprised this sort of thing doesn't happen more often in winter.....

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Posted in: Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal See in context

@Ossan

The point you are trying to make is illogical

How can they be hypocritical if they no longer hunt whales? For them to be hypocritical, they would need to venerate whales yet still be hunting them.

If my father was an alcoholic and I was to preach abstinence, would I be a hypocrite? For true hypocrisy you could look to Japan, who claim to respect these creatures yet continue to shoot harpoons into pregnant & endangered whales, jab pikes into the blowholes of dolphins and then stash the resulting meat into freezers or force feed the toxic muck to schoolkids.

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Posted in: Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal See in context

You missed the point.

No, I go it. Western nations were indeed responsible for emptying the oceans of whales. But when they realized this, they stopped (initially for commercial reasons I admit). The world now realizes the ecological importance of these and other animals, and no longer slaughters them to stack in freezers. Japan is hamstrung because it has made whaling a political hot potato, supported by a vocal section of right wingers with close financial links to prominent politicians. In the end it's the whales who get needlessly harpooned.

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Posted in: Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal See in context

OMG...do you have any idea of the amount of "whale blood" is on the hands of Massachusetts?

You're right, and you could add any number of countries to that list, including my own. But the big difference is they don't do it anymore; they don't need to hide behind 'tradition' to pursue something that is ecologically destructive and commercially unviable.

We should be thankful that there isn't a place in Japan where making asbestos is considered a tradition.

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Posted in: Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal See in context

Japan's primary target in their research was the minke whale, whose IUCN Red List status is "least concern".

True, but they also caught and illegally sold 134 endangered Sei whales in 2017. Whaler's aren't overly concerned with theories on conservation.

The EIA conducted testing for their "Mercury Rising" report and confirmed that low rates of contamination are found in Antarctic minke whales,

in 2014 the EIA tested whale meat sold freely on Yahoo! and in supermarkets. ALL of the samples had levels of mercury above Japan's 0.4ppm level, some almost 50 times the level (although they didn't test any Minke whale). Half of the samples were also not labelled with the species, which is also illegal. Whale meat bought in Japan is not necessarily Minke whale, and it could be any number of potentially hazardous species.

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Posted in: U.S. to withdraw from arms control treaty with Russia in six months See in context

“Capitulation and appeasements” are all forms of apologies

They aren't, but if that's your definition, then Trump has been grabbing his ankles in front of the Russians & Saudis for almost two decades. You mistake reconciliation with submission.

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Posted in: As Democrats target Trump's tax returns, audit claims loom large See in context

Nice link by the way @Serrano. You probably didn't read it though, seeing as it wasn't written in youtube.

"Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," Trump Jr. told a real-estate conference in 2008. "We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia."

Who'd have known??

Maddow said Tuesday night that she thought the real story of the 2005 tax return was that it was leaked to a reporter at all, showing that Trump's tax returns are obtainable despite his assertions that they are under audit and therefore cannot be released.

"The only news out of this is that the White House CAN release the President's taxes, despite what campaign said," Mo Elleithee, a longtime Democratic operative, wrote on Twitter. "Which we all suspected."

Can't wait for the bits he doesn't want us all to see. Tee-hee etc

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Posted in: As Democrats target Trump's tax returns, audit claims loom large See in context

President Donald Trump's friends, family, advisers, and supporters have been celebrating the release of his 2005

2005 eh? Are you aware what year it is?

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Posted in: As Democrats target Trump's tax returns, audit claims loom large See in context

Trump oozes corruption and criminality. The release of his tax returns becomes more inevitable the more he resists it. When it happens his kleptocracy will be be revealed.

In the meantime his supporters can keep pretending that he isn't a traitor.

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Posted in: Trump out of sight as border talks play out See in context

I can hear Schumer now. “The president showed an absence of leadership so we couldn’t get anything done”. But if he was involved, “we can’t get anything done because the President won’t take a step back and let Congress resolve this in a bipartisan manner”.

You were half right, yet still managed to be completely wrong. Should have read the article you're commenting on.

Said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat: "When the president stays out of the negotiations, we almost always succeed. When he mixes in, it's a formula for failure. So I'd ask President Trump, 'Let Congress deal with it on its own.'"

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