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Close up: Airbus A350 Rolls Royce engine -
The president of Boeing International, Shep Hill, has said that the new 787 Dreamliner is a "leap forward in innovation" despite problems with the batteries, which kept the aircraft grounded for three months. Speaking from the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, Mr Hill told the BBC that once the flying public get back on the 787 "they will realise the great potential it has". Boeing is in a battle for a share of the market with competitors Airbus who have a new lightweight wide-body aircraft the Airbus A350. Nigel Cassidy reports. - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Entry-Level Green Doesn’t Cost Extra, U.K. Report Finds - BuildingGreen -
"In a recent cost analysis, BRE researchers selected three case-study buildings to evaluate as representative building types—an office, a secondary school, and a community healthcare center. Sweett Group, a U.K.-based construction firm, then provided cost estimates for various designs that would achieve each level of Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certification: Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent, and Outstanding. This analysis showed all three building types could achieve “Pass” for the same price as building to code. An office building could obtain an “Excellent” rating even in a rural location for an increased cost only 1.7% above the base capital cost, and estimated operational savings show this could be paid back within two to five years. These low capital costs can partly be attributed to the fact that contractor performance credits amount to approximately 15%–20% of the total percentage score in BREEAM, according to the report. In the... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Umbrella Revolution -
Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Umbrella Revolution
"And as you also know, in order to get the Chinese government to invite him before the next election, he rushed through the hideously flawed FIPA deal. Which places us in bondage to that country's sinister commie/capitalist conglomerate for at least the next 31 years. A deal so bad even the Con columnist Diane Francis compared it to the infamous one Neville Chamberlain made with Hitler... And now like Chamberlain, Harper is left with a lousy deal. And thanks to the Hong Kong protests also left in an uncomfortable situation. For if Great Freedom Fighter Leader speaks up for democracy, like he does in places like Ukraine while strangling it at home, his Chinese hosts will disinvite him. So he will have sold us out for NOTHING. Not even a lousy photo-op... As bad as they might have been. And if he doesn't speak out, even if the Chinese regime cracks down in its usual brutal manner, he will not be seen as a Great Strong leader. Just a hapless stooge..." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
preserving the flavours in vinegar -
preserving the flavours in vinegar
Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Miracle Not Enough to Save Italy; Disruptive Eurozone Breakup Awaits - http://globaleconomicanalysis....
"According to Münchau (and I wholeheartedly agree), Italy needs economic reform, a new legal system, lower taxes, less government spending, pension reform, and more productivity. And even that might not be enough! Nonetheless, to support his political beliefs, he seeks a miracle. Miracle Requested "I could see the ECB buying a wide range of debt instruments, starting with asset-backed securities and covered bonds as already announced. On top of that, it could buy other types of financial securities – bonds from the European Stability Mechanism, the eurozone’s rescue umbrella, and from the European Investment Bank. The Commission could use the EIB to launch a big programme of infrastructure bonds. The best hope for Italy is that some of that trickles down into the real economy. I am optimistic that these programmes will have a noticeable positive effect on the eurozone as a whole, but much less certain of their effect on Italy." Miracle Might Not Be Enough! Münchau asks for that set of... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The secret to raising well behaved teens? Maximise their Zzzzz’s! -
"While American paediatricians warn sleep deprivation can stack the deck against teenagers, a new study from Taylor & Francis reveals youth’s irritability and laziness aren’t down to attitude problems but lack of sleep. Recently published in the journal of Learning, Media and Technology, this interesting paper exposes the negative consequences of sleep deprivation caused by early school bells, and shows that altering education times not only perks up teens’ mood, but also enhances learning and health. It is no secret that human biology and education measure time in different ways; however, ‘our ability to function optimally [and learn], varies with biological time rather than conventional social times’, explain the team leading the research. When the two are more closely aligned, like in the early years of education, this is not so critical. But things drastically change during adolescence, when ‘the conflict between social and biological time is greater than at any point in our... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Billie Holiday to Herb Alpert: 5 remixed and reimagined jazz classics CBC Music - Free Streaming Radio, Videos, Songs, Concerts & Playlists -
old jazz remixed - daveeza from Bookmarklet
7 Best Viral Drone Videos In The World - Business Insider -
fireworks and whales were amazing! - daveeza from Bookmarklet
The job right from the start seems to have been different from what she had imagined: In meetings, Fed employees would defer to the Goldman people; if one of the Goldman people said something revealing or even alarming, the other Fed employees in the meeting would either ignore or downplay it. For instance, in one meeting a Goldman employee...
Stephen Harper plays down German concerns about Canada-EU trade deal | Toronto Star -
"NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said his party is “very reticent” about CETA because of the same concerns about investor-protection clauses being raised in Germany. He said the provisions give foreign corporations undue sway over regulatory standards in areas such as public health and the environment. “The investor state provision in the European trade deal means that Canadians are stuck with this for the next 20 years. Foreign corporations will be able to make determinations as to the rules regarding health,” Mulcair told reporters in Ottawa. “Like the Germans, we’re very reticent to give up our sovereignty.” The Federation of Canadian Municipalities praised the progress on CETA. “A CETA agreement will lead to new opportunities for both investments into our cities and communities as well as greater access to European markets for our local businesses,” FCM president Brad Woodside said in a statement. But the Council of Canadians, which has been critical of CETA, said the celebration of the... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Karzai joins a long list of leaders ungrateful for U.S. support - The Washington Post -
"In a parting shot before he leaves office next week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai took aim not at his domestic political rivals, but at the United States. “We don’t have peace because Americans didn’t want peace,” Karzai said at a gathering of several hundred Afghan government employees on Tuesday. Karzai has never been afraid to speak his mind, and over the past few years he has frequently lashed out at Washington. “To the American people, give them my best wishes and my gratitude," he said during an interview with The Post this year. "To the U.S. government, give them my anger, my extreme anger.” It'd be easy to dismiss Karzai's comments as hypocritical or an attempt to deflect criticism. But foreign leaders have often come to the conclusion that U.S. attention has done more harm than good for them, and there is a long legacy of world leaders enjoying considerable support from the United States while also being critical of the country. Here's a selection of criticism, ranging from schadenfreude to outright anger, that has been directed at Washington over the years." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Nuclear solutions to climate change are anything but | Al Jazeera America -
"Unfortunately, decades ago, our U.S. government cut off R & D funds for the liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) which had been successfully tested in prototype form. It looked very promising and although there is no guarantee, it could be the biggest part of the solution to our CO2 emission problem. It would generate less than 1% of the waste generated by our current mediocre (or less than mediocre) pressurized water reactors, be less expensive, and be safer because 1) it could not melt down and, 2) it operates at atmospheric pressure instead of the 2,500 PSI at which our current nuclear reactors operate. Moreover, because it can operate at a much higher temperature than our current reactors, the Brayton cycle could be used instead of the Rankine (steam) cycle and use air cooling instead of water cooling. It would not need to be shut down or have its power reduced in hot weather. Of course there is no guarantee that the LFTR would pan out and be practical in actual commercial use,... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Who is killing Central America's journalists? - Committee to Protect Journalists -
"If journalists are particularly fearful in Honduras it’s because they are up against a threat they say is more insidious than even the state repressors of earlier eras. The surge of gangs transplanted from the U.S., organized crime, and the incursion of Mexican drug cartels has imperiled all of Honduran society. Rodrigo Wong Arévalo, owner of Canal 10 and host of a news program, spoke confidently of the comparatively healthy amount of freedom of expression that he says exists in Honduras, particularly in comparison with military rule in the 1970s. A prominent figure in the country, he was greeted by waiters and graciously posed for photos with other patrons of the upscale hotel restaurant where he met with CPJ earlier this year. But when he spoke of organized crime, he looked over his shoulder first before dropping his voice to a whisper. Journalists have to “submit to an individual system of self-regulation as part of the human instinct for survival,” he told CPJ. One has to “know... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
GOES West - Western U.S. Funktop Imagery Loop (Flash) - Satellite Services Division/Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution -
serious weatherbombs top and bottom! - daveeza from Bookmarklet
TPP Talks Dead In The Water, BMO's Doug Porter Says -
TPP Talks Dead In The Water, BMO's Doug Porter Says
"“I’m not optimistic on those talks at least not over the next three years or so,” he said during a panel discussion for the Toronto Region Board of Trade. “The reality of the situation is unless the U.S. gets fast-track authority (for a free trade negotiation) it’s going nowhere ... The multilateral nature of these talks means that if everybody isn’t cooperating then it’s not happening.” U.S. president Barack Obama has faced difficulty in getting Congress on board with the trade talks and has not been able to convince politicians to give the White House “fast-track authority,” which would allow Obama to sign the deal without a debate in Congress. Canada lobbied for years to be admitted to the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, which also include Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam. Canada joined TPP negotiations along with Mexico last October. The member countries together represent a market of 792 million people and a GDP of... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
still feeding bumblebees, finches -
still feeding bumblebees, finches
UN Commission: ISIS Not The Sole Agent Of Death And Destruction In Syria -
UN Commission: ISIS Not The Sole Agent Of Death And Destruction In Syria
""The Syrian government remains responsible for the majority of the civilian casualties, killing and maiming scores of civilians daily — both from a distance using shelling and aerial bombardment and up close, at its checkpoints and in its interrogation rooms," Pinheiro said. "Checkpoints are often the starting point of a horrific journey of disappearance, torture, sexual abuse and, for many, death. Checkpoints are used to enforce sieges and to trap civilians in areas under indiscriminate bombardment." Syria envoy Houssam El dine Alaa denounced the commission's work as "politicized and unprofessional," based on "unbelievable testimonies." Pinheiro expressed the commission's deep frustration that the international community has not found a political solution to end Syria's civil war, which has killed over 190,000 people. "We have charted the descent of the conflict into the madness where it now resides. ... But we have been faced with inaction," he said." - daveeza from Bookmarklet
UN and US Blame Haiti’s Opposition for Delayed Elections, Ignore History -
"To illustrate just how long this has been an issue, and the changing viewpoints and criticisms from the international community one need only look back over the last few years of U.N. Security Council meetings. In September 2011 Martelly had been in office for less than 6 months. With partial legislative elections on the horizon, then head of MINUSTAH Mariano Fernandez Amunategui spoke to the council [PDF]: “It will also be important to support the electoral process in Haiti, which is preparing for partial legislative and local Government elections in November. In that respect, I stress that electoral reform, including the establishment of a credible permanent electoral council, is indispensable if Haiti hopes gradually to reduce its dependence on international electoral assistance.” One year later, after those scheduled elections had not taken place, Fernandez once again addressed the Security Council [PDF]: An exceptional situation in Haitian political life is currently being... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
wind in purple loosestrife -
wind in purple loosestrife
positive and negative, apple slices, in sun and shade -
positive and negative, apple slices, in sun and shade
big black turkish delights -
big black turkish delights
Scientists Find 'Direct Link' Between Earthquakes And Process Used For Oil And Gas Drilling | ThinkProgress -
"In a study to be published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America on Tuesday, the scientists presented “several lines of evidence [that] suggest the earthquakes in the area are directly related to the disposal of wastewater” deep underground, according to a BSSA press release. Fracking and conventional natural gas companies routinely dispose of large amounts of wastewater underground after drilling. During fracking, the water is mixed with chemicals and sand, to “fracture” underground shale rock formations and make gas easier to extract. The USGS research is just the latest in a string of studies that have suggested the disposed water is migrating along dormant fault lines, changing their state of stress, and causing them to fail. For their research, the four California-based USGS scientists monitored the 2,200 square mile Raton Basin, which goes from southern Colorado into New Mexico. They pointed out that the Basin had been “seismically quiet” until 1999, when... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
Snowden Documents Indicate NSA Has Breached Deutsche Telekom - SPIEGEL ONLINE -
"Furthermore, every single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world -- every smartphone, tablet and computer -- is to be made visible. Such a map doesn't just reveal one treasure. There are millions of them. The breathtaking mission is described in a Treasure Map presentation from the documents of the former intelligence service employee Edward Snowden which SPIEGEL has seen. It instructs analysts to "map the entire Internet -- Any device, anywhere, all the time." Treasure Map allows for the creation of an "interactive map of the global Internet" in "near real-time," the document notes. Employees of the so-called "FiveEyes" intelligence agencies from Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which cooperate closely with the American agency NSA, can install and use the program on their own computers. One can imagine it as a kind of Google Earth for global data traffic, a bird's eye view of the planet's digital arteries. Battlefield Map In addition to... more... - daveeza from Bookmarklet
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