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Get Some Perspective On The Speed Of Light. Picosecond Photography. A Picosecond Is To...

Yesterday, 15:03

Pretty mind blowing.



Trident Whistleblower: Disaster Waiting To Happen

18 May 2015 - 01:18 PM

A Royal Navy whistleblower who wrote in an explosive report that Trident is a “disaster waiting to happen” has said he will hand himself in.

Able Seaman, William McNeilly, went absent without leave last week following the damning 18-page report revealing the dangers onboard HMS Victorious including fire risks, leaks and a lack of security checks.

The report contained a series of allegations about the Trident submarines based at Faslane on the Clyde.

After the report was published, Mr McNeilly went missing and the Royal Navy confirmed that it was “concerned for his whereabouts and wellbeing”.




Just started reading about this so not sure what specifically is happening though, away to read more.

Michael Connarty Delivering His Own Election Material In Linlithgow Today.

16 April 2015 - 10:36 AM

Along with 3 or 4 retired people judging by the looks of them, a nice wee 4 page newspaper format detailing his achievements, they were delivering to my grans as i walked in with her washing and some messages.


I did get to say "Unfortunately sir, if you fly with the crows you get shot with the crows", which sums up my feelings as he isn't necessarily atypical of new labour. However the company he keeps...

Us And Israel Snub Un Rights Session On Gaza Again.

24 March 2015 - 01:54 PM

Seems US will just vote down article 7 again as they always do each year. This is particularly bad considering the promises made by Bibi to the far right to secure his victory in the just passed elections, reneging on a two state solution.



Using Jon Stewart as folk more likely to watch that than read a UN report.


Here's the report in English




Below is a news item on it.


US and Israeli envoys refused to attend a UN Human Rights Council special session Monday on the situation in the Palestinian territories in the aftermath of the 2014 Gaza conflict.


The US decision will disappoint those who hoped the recent disagreement between the allies over Iran policy and the Middle East peace process would see Washington withhold diplomatic cover from Israel.

"As was the case last year, the United States will not engage in the debate. Neither will Israel. Instead, we will call a vote, and vote 'no' on Item 7 resolutions," said the US ambassador to the council, Keith Harper.

Speaking in Washington, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that Washington had "coordinated our refusal to participate with Israel."

Israel provided no immediate explanation for missing the session dedicated overwhelmingly to a discussion of alleged abuses by its forces, but a source close to the council said its absence clearly amounted to a boycott.



Costa Rica Has Gotten All Of Its Energy From Renewables For 75 Days Straight

23 March 2015 - 10:06 AM

I thought this was interesting. Obviously this is due to favourable conditions but it does seem the way to go, especially with it lowering rates.





"Costa Rica got 100 percent of its energy from renewables for 75 days straight this year, the state-run Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) announced this week.

The Latin American country hasn’t had to use fossil fuels at all so far in 2015, due to heavy rains that have kept hydroelectric power plants going strong. Wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy have also helped power the country this year.

“The year 2015 has been one of electricity totally friendly to the environment for Costa Rica,” ICE announced in a press release in Spanish this week.

This reliance on renewables has prompted the country to lower electricity rates by 12 percent. ICE predicts that rates will continue to drop for Costa Rican customers in the second quarter of the year."