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  2. Missy

     /  22nd August 2017

    August is generally the silly season for political news reporting in the UK, this year (so far) it hasn’t really been too silly. Brexit, Terror attacks, and Grenfell have kept the more serious issues at the forefront of the news cycle, in saying that though the campaign for Jacob Rees-Mogg to run as leader of the Conservatives has been considered (by some) as the main ‘silly season’ story this year, but that has been surpassed.

    Last week the news came out that Big Ben would be silenced for 4 years whilst the restoration of the Elizabeth Tower took place. This has caused an uproar, especially with MPs in the House of Commons, they can’t see why the bell has to be silent for 4 years. The reason is health and safety – to protect the workers hearing, this has created debate on everything from whether it is possible to work in the tower without the bell needing to be silenced to compromises for ringing the bell to whether they could just blast a recording of the bongs from a nearby building.

    The bell went silent at 12noon today (well technically after the 12noon bongs), and a lot of people reportedly turned up at Westminster to hear it, including MPs who (reportedly) looked more like they were at a funeral than just listening to Big Ben.

    It was covered a bit on the radio this morning, with some struggling to understand why it is so important. Personally I think it is the stability it represents, in a world that is changing so quickly and is so uncertain those symbols of stability and continuity become important, Big Ben is one such symbol for Londoners – especially those of us who work around Westminster.

    For those who might miss it, you can always follow Big Ben on twitter – not silenced yet!

  3. sorethumb

     /  22nd August 2017

    China to stop taking our rubbish
    We found that large amounts of dirty waste or even hazardous waste is mixed in the solid waste that can be used as raw materials. This seriously polluted China’s environment… To protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health, we urgently adjust the imported solid wastes list, and forbid the import of solid wastes that are highly polluted.
    Some people don’t sort it very well, but it is a problem of a consumer society that you can paint your house in unlimited colours, not to mention exit invisible C02 into the atmosphere.

  4. sorethumb

     /  22nd August 2017

    My friend lives in Thailand. I cannot get over how cheap eveything is over there compared to here. They don’t pay rates, instead they pay a something like a body corporate fee. I asked him about sewage and he said they have septic tanks: “they don’t seem to empty them” instead they overflow down the (slow moving) drains”. He said the fluid was clear.
    Apparently those countries tow their garbage out to sea and dump it, also sewage goes out into the gulf of Thailand (I think).

  5. Alt left activists going mad. Happened a few hours ago in Baltimore. Oldest Columbus statue in US vandalised

    • sorethumb

       /  22nd August 2017

      Yes, what exactly did that Boston march “against hate” counter? It seems as though the dark side (“hate”) is a virus that needs to be eliminated rather than engaged. If it is engaged and there is nothing there, well so be it – goodbye to those silly ideas. In fact, I think that those opposed to “hate” believe that these are viable ideas that will take hold amongst whites/ “legacy citizens” who will promote ideas antithetical to the type of dogma spread under Obama?

    • sorethumb

       /  22nd August 2017

      His message is similar to “Number One Brother” – Pol Pot.
      Whatever the extremes on the right (Adolf Hitler and Genghis Khan) on the left it has to do with taking society apart and remaking it into something else?


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