This government let the farming lobby rip up the rulebook on #soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequences...
Two realities, perennially denied or ignored by members of this government, now seep under their doors. In September the environment secretary, Owen Paterson, assured us that climate change "is something we can adapt to over time and we are very good as a race at adapting". If two months of severe weather almost sends the country into meltdown, who knows what four degrees of global warming will do?
Almost as soon as it took office, this government appointed a task force to investigate farming rules. Its chairman was the former director general of the National Farmers' Union. Who could have guessed that he would recommend "an entirely new approach to and culture of regulation … Government must trust industry"?
Six weeks before the floods arrived, a scientific journal called Soil Use and Management published a paper warning that disaster was brewing. Surface water run-off in south-west England, where the Somerset Levels are situated, was reaching a critical point. Thanks to a wholesale change in the way the land is cultivated, at 38% of the sites the researchers investigated, the water – instead of percolating into the ground – is now pouring off the fields.
Farmers have been ploughing land that was previously untilled and switching from spring to winter sowing, leaving the soil bare during the rainy season. Worst of all is the shift towards growing #maize, whose cultivated area in this country has risen from 1,400 hectares to 160,000 since 1970.
The Foreign Office is warning Britons not to travel to mainland China, unless their journey is essential.#health #coronavirus #UK #China #ForeignOffice
Its updated advice comes amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has caused more than 100 deaths, spread across China and to at least 16 other countries.
There have been no confirmed cases in the UK so far.
MPs have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.#UK #Brexit #Hurray!
They voted 358 to 234 in favour of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which now goes on to further scrutiny in the House of Commons and House of Lords.
The bill would also ban the government from extending the transition period - during which the UK is out of the EU but follows many of its rules - past 2020.
Британская полиция арестовывает 9 человек в день за публикацию "оскорбительных сообщений" онлайн. В некоторых частях Британии количество арестов за оскорбительные речи возросло до 900% в последние годы.#censorship #colonialism #feudalism #infosec #property #technology #uk
\#russia ☞ How Russian Agents Hunt Down #Kremlin OpponentsI see an act of intentional propaganda. It seems that this irresponsible person said that he does not work for SIS, but i doubt it more and more.
The famine is estimated to have caused the deaths of about 10 million people. Warren Hastings's 1772 report estimated that a third of the population in the affected region starved to death.#asia #bengal #colonialism #documents #famine #history #india #humanism #memory #revision #uk
Consequences: The revenues of British East India Company dropped to £174,300 due to the famine. Tax collection was carried out violently to make up for losses.
По оценкам, от голода погибло около 10 миллионов человек. В отчете Уоррена Гастингса за 1772 год указывается, что треть населения пострадавшего региона умерла от голода .
Последствия: доходы Британской Ост-Индской компании упали до 174 300 фунтов стерлингов из-за голода. Сбор налогов осуществлялся насильственно, чтобы компенсировать убытки. 
First Trenitalia has awarded British-based train manufacturer Hitachi Rail a contract worth more than £350 million to provide and maintain 23 new InterCity trains for Avanti West Coast services.#Transport #PublicTransport #Rail #HitachiRail #TrenItalia #AvantiwestCoastServices #UK
Bringing additional capacity to services along the West Coast Main Line and in North Wales, the new, state-of-the-art InterCity trains will start operating in 2022 and will be a mix of 10 seven-carriage electric trains and 13 five-carriage bi-mode trains, with the ability to switch seamlessly between electric and diesel power. To be built at Hitachi Rail’s County Durham factory, the electric trains will operate between London, the West Midlands and Liverpool while the bi-mode version will serve the London to North Wales route. They will be part of the fleet operated by the new InterCity operator, to be known as Avanti West Coast, that began operating on Sunday 8 December 2019.
These are fast-accelerating 125mph trains which draw from their Japanese bullet train heritage. As a result of their modern design, passengers will enjoy a quieter journey compared to the diesel-only trains they will replace. The new trains will have better and more reliable free Wi-Fi, at-seat wireless inductive charging for electronic devices, plug sockets and USB slots; a brand-new catering offer and a real-time passenger information system that can advise customers of connecting rail services.
There are 453 seats on a seven-car service and 301 seats on a five-car service increasing capacity compared to the Class 221 Voyager trains they replace (which have 258 seats). The seven-carriage version of the electric trains will have similar numbers of seats to a nine-carriage Pendolino, owing to the longer 26-metre carriages of the Hitachi trains.
- Cleaner and greener
Due to the high environmental standards of their diesel engines, the new trains are cleaner and more efficient than the trains they are replacing. Particulate matter emissions are reduced by more than 90 per cent and NOx emissions are reduced by more than 60 per cent compared to the engines currently in service. The introduction of these new trains will help to support the UK’s drive for a cleaner, greener environment. Bi-mode technology is an important first step in decarbonising rail and achieving ‘no net emissions’.
By running on electric rather than diesel power for much of the route is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by around two-thirds across the franchise. Passengers using locations such as Birmingham New Street and Glasgow Central will benefit from cleaner air within the station due to fewer diesel train services.
The new trains will be built at Hitachi’s factory at Newton Aycliffe in north-east England, supporting thousands of jobs across the country. Hitachi Rail prioritises UK suppliers whenever possible, including with servicing and maintenance operations. This approach has resulted in Hitachi Rail spending more than £1.6 billion with UK suppliers since 2013. To date, wheelsets have come from Manchester; windows from Newcastle, door handles from Leeds, and overhead panels from County Durham, amongst many other parts made in Britain.
Commenting on the new trains contract, Steve Montgomery, Managing Director, First Rail, said: “These new trains will help us really improve travel for passengers with more services, more seats, a better journey experience, enhanced catering and added comfort.”
Ernesto Sicilia, Trenitalia UK Managing Director, said: “We are pleased to announce this new fleet which highlights our commitment to innovation and desire to constantly improve our services. We are delighted to provide more efficient and modern trains which are sustainable and environmentally friendly, reducing CO2 emissions by 61 per cent, including new comfortable seats for an improved customer experience.”
Financed by Rock Rail West Coast
The investment in these new trains is being financed through Rock Rail West Coast, a joint venture between Rock Rail and Aberdeen Standard Investments. Rock Rail West Coast will own the trains and lease them to First Trenitalia. As with Rock Rail’s previous new rolling stock deals, debt will be provided by institutional investor organisations (pension funds and insurance companies).
Mark Swindell, Chief Executive Officer, Rock Rail and Director, Rock Rail West Coast, said: “Rock Rail is delighted to be working with First Trenitalia and Hitachi and our institutional investor partners to bring these trains to the region and deliver step changes in the travelling experience for so many rail passengers across the country.
“This new state-of-the-art Hitachi fleet represents Rock Rail and Aberdeen Standard Investments’ fourth new rolling stock deal in the UK, and across all deals combined sees investment by the institutional investor sector of just under £2.5 billion in the UK railway. This long-term, highly competitive funding enables significantly enhanced value for money to rail passengers and tax payers over the life of the trains, along with significant improvements in passenger, environmental and operational features.”
Andrew Barr, Group CEO, Hitachi Rail, said: “Based on Japanese bullet train technology, our new trains have proven to be the modern InterCity train of choice, increasing passenger satisfaction wherever they run. We’re delighted to continue our excellent relationship with FirstGroup and Trenitalia, for whom we’ve delivered hundreds of trains across Italy and the UK. This new order, which will be built at our factory in the North East, is another vote of confidence in the success of our trains, which are both green and reliable.”
The contract also includes an agreement for aspects of the 23 new trains to be maintained by Hitachi Rail. First Trenitalia have also signed a Maintenance Agreement with Alstom enabling the fleet to be maintained by a joint team from Hitachi and Alstom at the existing Oxley depot in Wolverhampton, supporting highly-skilled engineering jobs.
This week we were proud to work in collaboration with the WOMAD Festival and Extinction Rebellion (XR), who asked us to create a 300ft XR logo at the WOMAD Festival site to highlight food security issues surrounding climate change.#capitalism #climatechange #colonialism #cowspiracy #cropcircle #cryptocolonialism #extinctionrebellion #fridaysforfuture #hoax #infosec #metaprogramming #neocolonialism #revision #uk #weather #2020cc
In Berlin, XR cunningly hide the 'planet-destroying' generator powering their camp.https://twitter.com/OptoSean/status/1181262114222161921
I was born on the winning side, but that’s how i get taken.Were you born in the USSR?
Do you mean, they want to prove, that they personally are superior (I don't have to prove that anymore, I already have a certificate that says so) or do you mean, they want to prove the superiority of Germans in general (I don't believe that. social Darwinism is just a shitload of brainfuck to justify things, that are not believably justifiable otherwise)?They want to prove, that they personally are superior.
The name was changed from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the English Windsor (from Windsor Castle) in 1917ivan zlax wrote the following post Fri, 11 Oct 2019 18:44:22 +0300
In 1940, the Germans occupied British territory in Europe - the Channel Islands off the coast of France. And...
During the occupation, not a single shot was fired - there were not a single guerrilla on the islands for 66 thousand Englishmen. Not a single German soldier was killed or even wounded.
В 1940 году немцы оккупировали британскую территорию в Европе — Нормандские острова у побережья Франции. И...
За время оккупации не прозвучал ни один выстрел — на 66 тысяч англичан на островах не нашлось ни одного партизана. Ни один немецкий солдат не был убит или даже ранен.
No one went out to fight on the fields and streets. Courts worked, but according to the laws of the Third Reich, the British police continued to serve on the streets - only paid them in Reichsmarks. Cinema and theatres worked. The British did not moan from oppression. Volunteer detachments guarded the airfields from where the planes took off to bomb London. Everyone was sure that London would fall. Despite the beautiful speeches of Churchill.
Никто не вышел сражаться на поля и улицы. Работали суды, но по законам Третьего рейха, британская полиция продолжала нести службу на улицах — только платили им уже в рейхсмарках. Работали кино и театры. Англичане не стонали от угнетения. Добровольческие отряды охраняли аэродромы, откуда взлетали самолёты бомбить Лондон. Все были уверены, что Лондон падёт. Несмотря на красивые речи Черчилля.
"Resistance? What resistance? - the British writer Madeleine Bunting, who wrote a book on the occupation in the nineties, was surprised to ask the islanders and asked many eyewitnesses about it. 570 people were sent to concentration camps in Europe - among them three Jews, three Communists, the rest "for criminal offences" ("pickpockets", violation of curfews, theft of food from warehouses), 22 did not return.
«Сопротивление? Какое сопротивление?» — с удивлением спрашивали островитяне британскую писательницу Мадлен Бантинг, в девяностые написавшую книгу об оккупации, и опросившую для этого многих очевидцев. 570 человек были отправлены в концлагеря в Европу — среди них было трое евреев, три коммуниста, остальные — «за уголовные преступления» («карманники», нарушение комендантского часа, кража еды со складов), 22 не вернулись назад.
On the islands there were 4 concentration camps for prisoners of war (mainly from the USSR), who were building military fortifications. 700 people died and were buried on the island. As is evident from the case of the old lady, they were sometimes hidden and fed, but in general, such manifestations of kindness were an exception. The islanders did not want to quarrel with the Germans and did not want to get into trouble. "But they were sympathetic to the prisoners," says the historian. Of course, it made prisoners feel much better.
На островах было 4 концлагеря для военнопленных (в основном из СССР), которые строили военные укрепления. 700 человек погибло и похоронены на острове. Как явствует из случая со старой леди, иногда их прятали и кормили, но в целом подобные проявления доброты были единичны. Островитяне не хотели ссориться с немцами, и не хотели ввязываться в проблемы. «Но относились к пленным с сочувствием», как пишет историк. Пленным от этого, конечно же, становилось намного лучше.
For comparison, the photo of the German occupation of Minsk, October 26, 1941:
Для сравнения фото немецкой оккупации Минска, 26 октября 1941 года.Source/Источник
A commercial troll farm, in Poland, with connections to the state defence industry and supported by money from the State Fund for Disabled People – exposed by Fundacja Reporterow and Investigate Europe.
We all have heard about troll farms. However, much of the reporting about bots and trolls is just speculation. To find out what is really involved, our reporter went undercover to work as a troll for six- months at a troll farm in Wroclaw. This report gives insights about a commercial company that turned the spreading of hate and propaganda into their business model.#news #politics #NATO #EU #empire #propaganda #trolls #trollfarm #Poland #US #USA #UK #Russia