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PETA wants Texans to contract lyme disease

Green Jihad

It should be of no surprise in many ways when People for the Extortion, Torture and Abuse of human beings (PETA) opposes animal culls. Most recently, the group decried a recent deer cull undertaken in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.

According to PETA’s action item, the group accuses the city of Horseshoe Bay of allowing deer to lethal measures such as their being lured into traps, netted, and pinned to the ground. Their antlers are sawed off, and then the animals are hauled upside down into a trailer. This sounds heavy handed and what PETA alleges maybe accurate since the only thing the city states in its announcement is that deer are trapped and removed from city limits during fall and winter.

What should be of concern isn’t just the potential for people to badly damage their vehicles if Horseshoe Bay residents and visitors accidentally collide with deer resulting from the increase…

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Kirabati Climate Plan: More Resorts, More Tourists

Watts Up With That?

Anote Tong, President of Kiribati Anote Tong, President of Kiribati. By Sam Beebe – http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbeebe/6852258588/, CC BY 2.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The President of Kiribati doesn’t want his people to be seen as climate charity cases – instead he wants investment, new tourist resorts to give his people jobs and economic opportunities, to help pay for reclaiming land from the sea like Singapore.

As climate change threatens islands, Kiribati’s president plans development

The low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati is one of the parts of the world most threatened by climate change and rising sea levels. Scientists say the islands could be uninhabitable within decades, and in recent years, some leaders there have begun planning for a worst-case scenario that could involve relocating the population to other countries.

However, in a video presentation to the international climate conference in Bonn, Germany, last week, the president of Kiribati appeared…

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Christopher McCrudden and Daniel Halberstam: Northern Ireland’s Supreme Court Brexit Problem (and the UK’s too)

UK Constitutional Law Association

There are many unfortunate results of Brexit, but one of the most problematic is the adverse effects it has had on current and future relationships between Britain and Ireland, and within Northern Ireland. These adverse effects were entirely predictable and show little sign of abating, significantly contributing to the difficulties the UK government faces in unblocking the stalled negotiations.

In the story of what contributed to this deterioration, the UK Supreme Court’s failure to address head-on the adverse implications of triggering Brexit for devolution and the Belfast-Good Friday Agreement in the Miller case has attracted little comment in Britain, but is nevertheless of critical importance.

Just to remind you, the Miller case, brought by Gina Miller and other claimants, and decided by the Supreme Court in January 2017, considered the legality under UK law of the use of the royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 of the European Union and…

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‘Green’ Premiers Red-Faced: Wind Power Fiasco Ends in Dirty Diesel Debacle


SA’s Premier: dogged by dirty diesel debacle.

Australia’s ludicrous attempt to run on sunshine and breezes sometimes reads like the farcical plot of an episode of Blackadder or Fawlty Towers.

In a ‘you couldn’t make this up if you tried’ moment, Australia’s ‘greenest’ States, Victoria and South Australia (which has been forced to wear its mantle as ‘Australia’s wind power capital’, more like a crown of thorns), have been reduced to running on diesel generators.

Consumers set to cop cost of diesel back-up
The Australia
Samantha Hutchinson
14 November 2017

Victorian consumers could foot the bill for a summer energy plan using diesel generators as a stopgap during periods of peak ­demand.

In an about-face by the Andrews government, diesel generators will pump up to 100 mega­watts of power into Victoria’s energy grid as back-up in case of extreme heatwaves this summer.

The plan by the Australian ­Energy Market Operator…

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Externalities and the Coase Theorem


The Coase theorem is a method of tackling the inefficiency caused by an externality, by awarding property rights to the externality to one party and allowing the parties concerned to bargain their way to an efficient solution. In the case of a negative externality such as pollution, the property right to pollute could be awarded to the polluter, and the victim of the pollution would have to offer to pay to get the polluter to reduce their output. Alternatively, the property right to clean air/water/whatever else is being polluted, could be awarded to the victim, so the polluter would have to offer to pay the victim to be allowed to pollute.

Consider the situation where we have a firm, firm A, producing some good in a competitive market that causes some pollution as a result of its output. Another firm, firm B, which produces a different good in a different…

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Risk Assessment Follies


I heard recently, “X was telling me how you were saying that people shouldn’t wear bicycle helmets”. This is not correct; I know better than to violate tribal norms like that, and bicycle helmets have been measured to reduce head injuries by 64%, offset by a pile of sweat and a 36% increase in neck injuries (i.e., a net reduction in horrible injuries). However, the focus on and attention devoted to helmets-helmets-helmets for bicycling-bicycling-bicycling is not at all rational. If helmets make sense for bicycles, they make sense for other activities with a similar risk of head injury, there are other bicycle risk mitigations that work about as well that we scarcely mention, there are other similarly-sized risks with mitigations that are seemingly not to be discussed at all, and there are much larger risks that most people willingly expose themselves to every day that bicycling (with or without a…

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The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell (1937)

Books & Boots

Columbus sailed the Atlantic, the first steam engines tottered into motion, the British squares stood firm under the French guns at Waterloo, the one-eyed scoundrels of the nineteenth century praised God and filled their pockets; and this is where it all led – to labyrinthine slums and dark back kitchens with sickly, ageing people creeping round and round them like blackbeetles. (Chapter 1)

This was Orwell’s second book of social reportage. Like Down and Out in Paris and London it is in two parts, but in a different way. The first hundred pages comprise a detailed but selective account of his journey to the North of England to see the results of the Depression and mass unemployment for himself. The second half switches tone to become a long account of his own intellectual development towards a belief in Socialism.

By 1936 social reporting had become a respectable intellectual activity. J.B…

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The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

Creativeconflictwisdom's Blog

I have been reading the marvelous ‘The Trial of Henry Kissinger’ written in 2001 by Christopher Hitchens (1949-) at his polemic, lacerating best. He argues fairly convincingly, with appropriate documentary evidence, that Kissinger warrants trial for war crimes. Indeed, Kissinger apparently is unable to travel to many countries in the world for fear of detention and prosecution on these grounds. Which particular war crimes? Well the torture and murders in Chile and Argentina during their respective right wing dictatorships. The up to 2 million killed in Bangladesh by the Pakistan military. The 600,000 killed during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. And Hitchens gets more personal and cites the connections with the assassinations of Rene Schneider head of the Chilean military before the Pinochet coup, and of Orlando Letelier a Chilean exile in Washington DC. 

You should read this book if you want to get the full impression of Kissinger’s alleged…

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