Trading One Evil For Another

Apparently negotiations in Paris may take longer than expected to reach a final agreement as delegations are finding it hard to”translate political goodwill into the dry language of diplomatic agreements”. (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/10/paris-climate-talks-deal-in-view-but-negotiations-likely-to-go-into-overtime)

We’ll have to wait and see in what shape that “good will” comes. With the UK (amongst others) awarding energy companies licences to frack all around, I don’t know how confident we should be feeling… (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/fracking/11809113/Fracking-UK-could-it-happen-near-you.html)

COP21

 

For those who don’t know anything about fracking, here’s a quick explanation video about what it is and how it works:

Trading One Evil For Another

Looking For The Bright Side

China’s national broadcaster urged smog-stricken citizens to grin and bear it as Beijing entered the second day of an air pollution red alert.
In a tweet entitled Tips to survive the smog, the state-run network CCTV wrote: “Smile and try to be positive (hopefully there will be less smog tomorrow).”

(http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/09/beijing-residents-told-to-be-positive-as-smog-crisis-continues)

Beijing smog

Looking For The Bright Side

Conflicted, Mr. Erdogan?

Russia has claimed Turkish president Erdogan and his family are involved in smuggling oil from Isis-held territory (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-releases-proof-turkey-is-smuggling-isis-oil-over-its-border-a6757651.html).

Roughly at the same time, a man in Turkey is facing two years in jail for comparing Erdogan’s looks to Lord of the Rings’ character, Gollum (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34979249).

If the Russians are correct, likening his attitude rather than his looks might have been more accurate…

Erdogan gollum

Conflicted, Mr. Erdogan?

A Deadly Irony

I’ve been reading quite a lot about the shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon and the discussions resulting from that terrible event.

It beggars belief that some people can see in such a tragedy proof that what schools in the US need are MORE guns! It seems that the twisted idea that more guns means more security is so engrained in their minds that they can’t see the irony of the situation

USA shootings

A Deadly Irony