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Brit gone native. Cooperative member. Ecology. Cartography. Programming. Music production.

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Because of a headline at a web site?

A headline's purpose is to quickly and briefly draw attention to the story. It is generally written by a copy editor, but may also be written by the writer, the page layout designer, or other editors... The film The Shipping News has an illustrative exchange between the protagonist, who is learning how to write for a local newspaper, and his publisher:

Publisher: It's finding the center of your story, the beating heart of it, that's what makes a reporter. You have to start by making up some headlines. You know: short, punchy, dramatic headlines. Now, have a look, (pointing at dark clouds gathering in the sky over the ocean) what do you see? Tell me the headline.
Protagonist: But what if no storm comes?


Now, the heart of the news bin story might or might not have a pulse. It asserts what some unspecified source "expects" See DU thread.

The article makes no reference to GMO nor to non-GMO.

The immediate cause of the algae bloom is described as:

discharges (from Lake Okeechobee), which carry pollutants from agricultural lands

And the article informs us that:

...the state’s inability to close a deal to purchase thousands of acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee — to create a natural runoff from the lake into the Florida Everglades, where the diverse ecosystem could naturally filter toxins from the north — has been to blame for the problems But the area south of the lake has been controlled by sugar farmers for decades, and environmentalists like Mr. Perry say state legislators in Tallahassee kowtow to agricultural lobbyists who fund their re-election campaigns.

“The flow used to go south to the Everglades, and now this is a man-made, criminal disaster,” Mr. Perry said. “They, as in the state and federal government, say they can’t send the water south, but they can. This is an absolute atrocity that they are allowed to continue this in the name of agriculture. This is the worst I’ve ever seen it.”

The 2016 sugar harvest was the longest on record because of rain delays, making it also one of the most profitable on record, resulting in 2.15 million tons of sugar. Under Mr. Scott, the board of the South Florida Water Management District failed in 2015 to carry out a plan to buy roughly 47,000 acres of land from U.S. Sugar south of Lake Okeechobee that would have acted as a reservoir for the lake’s runoff.

“The political leadership has not been putting the demand on the agencies to fix the problem,” Mr. Perry said. “This water was never meant to go east and west — it was meant to go south.”...

which doesn't well fit your agenda here?

Accurate, thanks. But I should point out this infringes DU rules:

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The 'liberal' in 'neoliberal' means not the social and political liberalism

DU usually represents. It's economic liberalism: laissez-faire, deregulated to the point if possible of unregulated (hence the important role 'offshore' jurisdictions play), with a strong admixture of cronyism and Straussian neo-imperialist neocon enablement & enforcement thrown in.

Yes, the Gove-Vine tandem smells like a more complex

kettle of rotten fish.

$20 per dose, the back of the neck stuff? Hmm...

Much cheaper here... I guess I could supply that by mail out of the Canary Islands for under $12.

Would that make a small- business plan?

UK must Double Scale of Co2 Cuts to Meet Climate Goal

In DU UK Group...

U.K. Told to Double Scale of Co2 Cuts to Meet Climate Goal

... Have to dig the headline's typically potentially rabble-rousing spin (although this is Bloomberg, not a Murdoch/Dacre tabloid). Who dares infringe our sacred superior sovereignty, telling UK government and people what do do? F'ing EU. Leave!

Uh, nope. It's a UK government-appointed advisory committee telling dickhead pols what has to be done to avoid utter catastrophe. As the article explains, but what percentage of the deliberately dumbed-down actually read beyond the kneejerker headline?

More honest headline: Energy Ministry: UK must Double Scale of Co2 Cuts to Meet Climate Goal

... Energy Secretary Amber Rudd on Thursday endorsed a recommendation for the U.K. to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 57 percent between 2028 and 2032. The government’s official climate adviser said current policies only deliver about 53 percent of the reductions needed, and the vote to leave the European Union will further complicate environmental policies.

The recommendation in an annual progress report by the Committee on Climate Change indicates the tough decisions Prime Minister David Cameron’s successor faces. Britain already has cut emissions 38 percent from the 1990 baseline used in the calculations, leaving environmental groups seeking deeper cuts in greenhouse gases increasingly at odds with industry and consumers who are demanding cheaper power. The vote on the EU adds another dimension.

“Leaving the EU will require the reassessment of some existing and proposed policies but does not change the need for the U.K. to play its role in reducing emissions,” said John Gummer, the chairman of the committee, who is also known as Lord Deben since his elevation to the upper chamber of Parliament.

The committee was established by the government to advise ministers on policy and will produce a detailed analysis on the impact of the vote to leave the EU in the autumn. That decision may lead to the scrapping or weakening of some Brussels-led green policies, such as new car emissions standards, the EU Emissions Trading System and laws on waste and harmful fluorinated gases, the committee said...


Marina Hyde on "The pisser for Boris"

Here comes Boris Johnson, half an hour before deadline closes. He’s going to chuck his hat in the ring like Blackadder’s Lord Flashheart, isn’t he? “I’ve got a plan, and it’s as hot as my pants!”

Except he isn’t. Standing at a podium bearing not a soaring campaign slogan, but the rather more prosaic “ST ERMIN’S HOTEL”, the leading political bounder of the age announced that he had thought about the individual needed to take the country out of the mess he’s dumped it in (I paraphrase), and “concluded that person cannot be me”.

Where did it all go right? Normally Johnson is so smart he doesn’t even fly by the seat of his own pants. Unfortunately for him, his wingman recently decided he isn’t willing to offer up his undergarments any longer. Michael Gove, fresh from destroying his friend David Cameron, is going for the accumulator by announcing his surprise Tory leadership bid. As Gove put it this morning: “I have come, reluctantly, to the conclusion that Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead.” It sounds like a tragic conflict of disloyalties, with which Gove has wrestled for perhaps 24 hours...

... Even so, and however inevitable it might feel after some reflection, this was a shock. We did know a schism might be on the House of Cards, as it were, thanks to yesterday’s accidentally leaked email from Gove’s wife Sarah Vine. Think of her as Claire Blunderwood. The pisser for Boris is that he now can’t even contemplate having Michael beaten up, like he did that troublesome little journalist back in the day, because many people have one eye on the news at the mo and would probably notice...


... And, an interesting comment at the Guardian (proofread & edited):

It's no secret the real power behind Gove is actually Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch (rightfully) doubted the commitment of Johnson to the actual Leave cause.

I think this significantly increases chances of an actual Brexit happening, since with Murdoch's backing Gove has a very real chance of securing the Tory Leadership.

He will then follow up on his master's wishes and take the UK out of the EU, no matter what the cost, and turn it into a neo-liberal heilstate in order to stay competitive globally.

Murdoch will have an even firmer hold on UK politics after, and be rid of that pesky EU that just would not listen to him.

This will most likely cost Gove's political career, but he undoubtedly has plenty of assurances from Rupert that the Goves will be well taken care of as a reward for their loyalty.

I wouldn't feel so sure.

I read in some TPP Environmental Chapter text (via New Zealand) this defining clause:

3. The Parties further recognise that it is inappropriate to establish or use their environmental laws or other measures in a manner which would constitute a disguised restriction on trade or investment between the Parties.

... and wonder who and how it would be decided what constitutes a disguised restriction on trade or investment?

I also read an analysis from the Center for International Environmental Law which is gloomy:

On October 5, 2015, the White House issued a statement by the President on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement claiming that the TPP “includes the strongest commitments on labor and the environment of any trade agreement in history, and those commitments are enforceable, unlike in past agreements.” This claim itself is unremarkable since proponents of almost every U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) formed in the past two decades have similarly promised meaningful and enforceable labor and environmental safeguards. Yet the reality of past U.S. FTA enforcement and the provisions included in the TPP suggest that this agreement, like those before it, will not guarantee environmental protection...

... So I have my doubts... To put it mildly.

The EU, btw, for similar reasons, will not pass the TTIP because France, as any EU country can, will veto it, M. Hollande has said. The mad in power in the UK might go for it, though.
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