The Cure

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"It's not the science we don't trust, it's the scientists"

"The most obvious is the hardest to digest: The world’s decision makers have given us a staggering demonstration of their collective inability to grasp what it would actually mean to govern the deeply globalized and interconnected world they have created. There is only one limited realm in which something like a concerted response has been managed: money and finance. But governments’ and central banks’ success in holding the world’s financial system together is contributing in the long run to inequality and social polarization. If 2020 was a trial run, we should be worried."

"Before 2020 there were conversations in the halls of the I.M.F. about whether a nationalist president and the flat-earthers in Congress would permit the Federal Reserve and the Treasury to play a leading role in a global financial crisis."

“anything we can actually do, we can afford.”

"Now if you hear someone arguing that we cannot afford to bring billions of people out of poverty or we cannot afford to transition the energy system away from fossil fuels, we know how to respond: Either you are invoking technological obstacles, in which case we need a suitably scaled, Warp Speed-style program to overcome them, or it is simply a matter of priorities. There are other things you would rather do."

"“Ignorance is a progressive thinker's enemy; acceptance, awareness, accountability and action are the tools of the informed; of people who want change and do all they can to achieve it.”"



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Andromeda II

"clouds may have had a happier influence on Earth"


"LIKE many constructions, it started small. But now thousands of children with autism are making friends and learning social skills by playing a version of online building game Minecraft."

Your mind is my warehouse...

"In politics it is helpful to be able to keep your options open, and he could wait until Wednesday afternoon before taking the final call."

Oh OK.

"It has nothing to do with the exorbitant price of its cappuccinos"


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'Home to Roost'

"What do a fake hill, a giant light-up ball, gondola rides 300 metres in the air, staircases to nowhere, a park perched over a river and a glass elevator stuck on the side of a skyscraper have in common?"

"There were an anxious few days after the robot drilled into a thick slab dubbed "Rochette" that the core might have been dropped.

But new images of the drill head show the sample safely inside the mechanism."

"Earlier this year, Disney added a content warning to 18 episodes of The Muppet Show over what it described as "negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures"."

Nick Cave, eh?

Spot the Dog.

Apparently after the Met the NYP are the most complained about...

"You always get the odd bad apple who spoils it for everybody."

Full Throttle, Moi?

"It doesn’t have to be this way. People don’t want to live in a privatised playground: they want a city that actually inspires them, and which works."

Anyhoos, just an observation ... followed by a Q,  and erm, the reply was. 

"White Man's Medicine"

Keeps digging.

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'Emptying the Dish Washer'

"The prime minister says it will raise £12bn a year which will be used to tackle the health backlog caused by the Covid pandemic and boost social care."

"... the government was asking “poorer workers to bail out millionaire property owners”. It condemned the plan as “a kick in the teeth for all the young working people of this country who have already been hard done by the pandemic."

“To prevent such a disaster, anyone launching something into orbit these days has to have a plan to either send it into a graveyard orbit, or send it back down to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere,” Nasa says."

"It will appear as a separate line on workers’ payslips."

"That could be the case even with a controlled descent, but that “by the time it comes screaming in through the atmosphere all the volatile fuels have gone”. And what survives to settle in the space cemetery will be safe materials such as stainless steel, titanium alloys and ceramics."

"And she paints a peaceful ending to that hectic journey from outer space to the deep blue sea."

Sssshh ...

Thou must not limp..

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'Covering their Ears'

"And this "bleak picture", the scientists say, "is very probably an underestimate of what is required"."


Deep in Thought...

"Under international maritime law, people at risk of losing their lives at sea must be rescued."

Manifesto Breaking.

"We know technically how to do this, it is just about actually doing it."

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The Bubbles

"The application to Lancaster City Council is the latest milestone for the £125m project on Morecambe Bay's seafront after years of development.

If approved, Eden Project North is predicted to attract around one million visitors a year and directly employ more than 400 people. A decision on planning permission is due before the end of this year."

"The device is thought to be inert."

“When reports surfaced over the summer that ministers planned to mothball the eastern leg I was absolutely shocked."

"Well at least that means no buildings will need to be demolished!"

I've just found me tank top ... ;-0

"Information about the voyage is being kept secret so as not to attract the attention of pirates."

The Pedantic.

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'A Tale of Two Merkels'

Yorkshire's highest and weirdest public monumental MP that no one knows about:

"The 'street' section with its tapering walls is orientated to frame the spectacular views at each end."

"Robert Goodwill said:  "When I was campaigning for North Yorkshire to become the unitary authority, part of that campaign was that I thought we should have a Scarborough Town Council in the same way that we have Parish Councils in every other bit of the constituency including Whitby. It's called a Town Council but it's a Parish Council.

"I think a Scarborough Town Council is a brilliant idea. It'll allow for example some planning applications to be considered by local people before those are considered by the County Council planning committees. It'll enable them, in the same way like Whitby has done, to take over some important services.

"We've got a number of assets in Scarborough including maybe the Spa, the Open Air Theatre and maybe some income raising like car parks so I think we need have a tough negotiation with North Yorkshire County Council to decide which powers we'll devolve to the new Town Council."

"It's like an urban street, complete with a paved surface, a flagged pavement, bollards and yellow no parking lines, not to mention a red mini-roundabout."

Oops ... ;-0

"Make no mistake: this is a thinly disguised political stitch-up. In spite of all the fine words about delegation to Parish and Town councils, very few of these will have the resources to take on additional responsibilities, and there’s no way planning powers could be shared with councils which can afford no professional planning staff.!"

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The Northern Line

"Rarely can so much bonhomie have been generated by a Monday morning trip on the Northern line. As the £1.1bn London Underground extension opened for the first time, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, and London mayor, Sadiq Khan, rode west together to Battersea Power Station – and talked up the teamwork for a project that has finally come in under budget and on time."

A manufactured flurry ...

"Battersea Power Station Pier (“Battersea Pier”) is located on the south bank of the River Thames, in front of Battersea Power Station's famous façade, the best views of London's most iconic chimneys are from the river and there is plenty for visitors to discover in the local area."

And the highest residential building development in Skardiborghi is ?

"It was being done at such frequency across so many developments that it distorted the market across the whole area. “It gave the impression that there was not only a lot of activity,” said Propcision’s director, Michelle Ricci-Zak, “but that the average price in that area was going up – when actually we proved it was going down.”



A new industrial estate.

Hybrid Ambitions

"Researchers have mapped the web of connections underpinning coronavirus conspiracy theories, opening a new way of understanding and challenging them.

Using Danish witchcraft folklore as a model, the researchers from UCLA and Berkeley analysed thousands of social media posts with an artificial intelligence tool and extracted the key people, things and relationships."

""As it stands, to eliminate the need for storm overflows completely billions of pounds of investment would be needed in our Victorian sewage system. The Government estimates the amount needed would have been between £150bn and £650bn. £150bn is more than the entire schools, policing and defence budgets put together, and £650 billion is well above what has been spent combatting the Coronavirus pandemic. This would have inevitably meant significant increases in consumer bills or the cost falling back on the taxpayer as water companies may well have to put their businesses into administration.""

"A planned foot and cycling bridge over the River Ouse has been scrapped due to cost concerns, but the council said the option to build one remained open if further funding became available."

""The need to do something with the ugly former Argos building has been on the agenda as far back as 2003. It is not an overnight issue. Finding a new purpose for this site is central to our transformative plans for Scarborough."

So, Erm ... about that part exchange.

"The alternative is that the ugly Argos building will remain for years to come."

OOh I feel a revolving Tower coming on ... ;-0

Why not go the whole hogg?

Its triangular ... wots not to like....

"A complicated hairdo"