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The Tory Brexit Pandemic

by Oui Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 at 10:18:22 AM EST

Rotting fish, lost business and piles of red tape. The reality of Brexit hits Britain | CNN News |

For all the fanfare made when Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck a trade deal with Brussels on Christmas Eve, the inescapable reality of leaving the European Union's customs and regulatory territory has already started to bite.

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City Agriculture - January 21, 2021, the Happy Inauguration Issue

by gmoke Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 at 03:03:44 AM EST

A rooftop forest for Rotterdam
https:/www.mvrdv.nl/news/2603/with-construction-almost-complete-depot-boijmans-van-beuningen-prepar es-for-preview-opening-in-september

https:www.mvrdv.nl/news/2652/depot-boijmans-van-beuningen-rooftop-forest-awarded-rooftop-award-202 0

Inside Singapore's huge bet on vertical farming by Megan Tatum
https:/www.technologyreview.com/2020/10/13/1009497/singapore-vertical-farming-food-security (subscribers only)

Evanlee Organics

Hothouse - "an arched greenhouse as part of London Design Festival, which is filled with plants that it predicts will soon be able to grow outdoors in the UK due to climate change."

Researchers granted $1 Million to advance urban agriculture
https:/www.agritecture.com/blog/2020/11/30/ub-researchers-awarded-1-million-grant-to-advance-urban- agriculture

This 2-Acre Vertical Farm Out-Produces 720 Acre `Flat Farms'
www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2020/11/20/this-2-acre-vertical-farm-out-produces-750-acre -flat-farms

Rehabbing Quito, Ecuador's bullring stadium for food production

Freight Farms shipping container growing systems partners with Arcadia Partnership for clean energy to power food growing
Editorial Comment:  InFarm is the only stand-alone growing system I know of which has included energy and resource efficiency from the beginning.  A few years ago, I had the chance to ask one of the founders of Freight Farms about whether they had thought of energy efficiency as they started and his answer was no.  Good to see that they are now stepping up

And a research project for net zero farming:
University of Toronto Scarborough & Centennial College developing Canada's first net zero vertical farm
https:/utsc.utoronto.ca/news-events/our-community/u-t-scarborough-centennial-college-partnering-dev elop-canadas-first-net-zero-vertical

Mapping U.S. Food System Localization Potential: The Impact of Diet on Foodsheds

Paris approves plan to make Champs Elysees into a garden
www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/10/paris-approves-plan-to-turn-champs-elysees-into-extrao rdinary-garden-anne-hidalgo
hat tip: Gil Friend

Calculating the carbon footprint of vertical farming and traditional farming
/www.agritecture.com/blog/2021/1/20/calculating-the-carbon-footprint-of-vertical-farming-and- traditional-farming

Editorial Comment:  City Agriculture is a free listserv (contact the editor, gmoke@world.std.com to subscribe)  and every link from 2014 on is archived at http://cityag.blogspot.com

China Releases Trump's Deck of Cards

by Oui Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 11:32:16 AM EST

Enemy #1 is Mike Pompeo

"Good riddance, Donald Trump!" read a gleeful tweet from Chinese state news service Xinhua.

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A New Dawn In America

by Oui Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 10:55:32 AM EST

Inauguration Day - Jan. 6, 2021 @12:00 hrs

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Forever Corruption and A Pardon

by Oui Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 08:38:25 AM EST

Impunity leads to further corruption, that's not Democracy, it's a fascist regime of dictatorship in the White House. If needs be, amend the U.S. Constitution.

Written after the assault on Democracy and the U.S. Capitol ...

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A Rush To Judgement Day

by Oui Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 06:55:35 AM EST

Just like Texas governor George W. Bush and his AG Alberto Gonzales ... an indelible legacy.

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Dutch Government Collapse

by Oui Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 09:28:13 PM EST

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Solar Decathlon Webinars

by gmoke Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 02:13:01 AM EST

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition, comprising 10 contests, that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy.

It's been going on since 2002 and has produced hundreds of model houses built by student teams from all over the world.  This year they are doing a webinar series as well.  Should be lots and lots of good information here.

Resilient Home 411: Strategies to Weather and Recover from Natural Disasters
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 1-2 p.m. E.T.
RSVP at https:/register.gotowebinar.com/register/1486122315339351051

Zero Energy Ready Homes: New and Growing Fast
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1-2 p.m. E.T.
RSVP at https:

The Future of Solar: A Tour of Cutting-Edge Solar Research with the U.S. Department of Energy
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 1-2 p.m. E.T.
RSVP at https:

Solar Decathlon Build Challenge Team House Tour
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 1-2 p.m. E.T.
RSVP at https:

More at https:cleantechnica.com/2021/01/11/register-today-for-resilient-home-411-next-solar-decathlon-virt ual-session

Italian government collapse

by IdiotSavant Fri Jan 15th, 2021 at 12:56:46 AM EST

A minor party has withdrawn from the Italian government, leaving it without a majority in the Senate and on the verge of collapse:

Italy has been plunged into chaos after former prime minister Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party from the country's ruling coalition in a largely unpopular move that could end in fresh elections.

The political meltdown, which leaves the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, without a parliamentary majority, comes at the worst possible time for Italy as it struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic and emerge from economic quagmire.

Renzi announced the resignation of his two ministers, Teresa Bellanova and Elena Bonetti, following weeks of clashes over a variety of issues including Italy's post-Covid economic recovery plan.

Conte could now either offer his resignation to the president, Sergio Mattarella, who could give him a mandate to try and forge a new alliance, or go to parliament for a vote of confidence.

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Israel and A Presidential Election

by Oui Thu Jan 14th, 2021 at 09:17:39 PM EST

Offering President Joe Biden another metro station in East-Jerusalem and a new settlement on occupied Palestinian land?

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The path to a united Ireland

by Frank Schnittger Thu Jan 14th, 2021 at 06:03:10 PM EST

Ever since the Brexit referendum in the UK, and particularly since the signing of the Withdrawal Agreement, Northern Ireland Protocol, and the UK EU Trade and Security agreement, there has been a plethora of writing and comment on the prospects for an independent Scotland and a united Ireland. This is based partly on the fact that both Scotland and N. Ireland voted to remain in the EU, and partly due to an antipathy to the insurgence of English nationalism, which is largely what drove the Brexit project and threatens to drive the component entities of the "United Kingdom" ever further apart.

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U.S. Capitol Trump Insurrection - Act 2

by Oui Wed Jan 13th, 2021 at 06:12:24 PM EST

Added to Wikipedia ... social unrest revolution to overthrow the elected government ..

2021 storming of the United States Capitol, on January 6, 2021, rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

In my Opinion, the Maidan Revolt had many Hallmarks of last week's attempt to change the results of an election. In 2014 there were foreign powers interfering and supporting the rioters. This was not the case in Washington, the rioters were a cross-section of the nation and came from many, many States.

Ukraine was divided in two large blocks ... the pro-West group with many rightwingers and anti-semites and the Russian speaking group which was represented by a lawful elected president. Corruption was everywhere and still exists today.

Many months of violence by both sides let to the outburst of Februari 2014 and the overthrow of the government.

The US Law Enforcement forces, National Guard, FBI and DOJ prosecutors are working 24/7 in a counter-terrorism mode to prevent a new attack of terror on Inauguration Day.

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Pence Lacked Courage, Succumbed Under Pressure

by Oui Mon Jan 11th, 2021 at 01:05:23 PM EST

The "yes" man for four years was confronted with a constitutional dilemma: he needed to stand up and once say a crucial "no" to his boss.

Pence stayed silent and wished he could stay loyal to Trumpism and dogma. Too many reasonable advisers had left or got booted out by a madman and tyrant. Key politicians in the Republican party too were cowards and hid behind the cape of a delusional, but powerful person in the highest Office of the US Government.

Many Presidents before him too failed the test of leadership and courage in a moment of crisis. A tyrant will always fall short in a position where decisions need thorough vetting and support of his Cabinet and NSC.

Trump blew it and Pence failed to stand up and be counted. Even under attack, Republicans stayed loyal to its leader.

It's difficult to find a good analysis how the deterioration between Trump and Pence unfolded. Undoubtedly a journalist will be succesful and write a bestsellers over the last days of Trump's presidency that shook American trust in democracy.

A poor man's choice "Quid pro Quo"

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The Making of A Rebellion

by Oui Sun Jan 10th, 2021 at 09:07:52 AM EST

Trump a master manipulator exploiting the ills of society, using hate to build a support group to "stand back and stand-by".

Hidden in that mob are the militants with an agenda!!

That's how revolutions are made ... 😠

Bio Lawrence Pintak - an award winning journalist and PhD Islamic Studies

Author of The Al Jazeera Revolution - 2011

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A Long War?

by Frank Schnittger Fri Jan 8th, 2021 at 06:10:45 PM EST

Trump Says He Could 'Shoot Somebody' and Still Maintain Support

Donald Trump said Saturday that his supporters are so loyal that he would not lose backers even if he were to shoot someone in the middle of downtown Manhattan.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?" Trump said at a rally in Sioux Center, Iowa as the audience laughed. "It's, like, incredible."

Trump's whole Presidency can be seen as a political experiment to see how far he could push the boat out on political extremism and still retain political support.  Indeed his approval ratings have rarely slipped below 40%, and currently stand at 42.4%. Not enough to secure re-election, obviously, but enough to make it a contest. It is worth noting that his 74 Million votes in the General Election is the highest ever attained by any presidential candidate bar Joe Biden, who obtained 81 Million votes.

So what does this say about the state of the US polity...

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Calls to Remove Trump

by Oui Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 06:26:16 PM EST

Indictment for impeachment in a Senate resolution ... Yer OUT ⁉️

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Covid-19 out of control in Ireland

by Frank Schnittger Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 12:07:33 PM EST

Having generally done a relatively good job of containing the pandemic (Ireland currently ranks 62nd. for cases/million, and 47th. for deaths/million in the world), at least compared to our nearest neighbours, the government seems to have lost its way recently. In its determination to offer some respite to the hospitality industry and allow people some semblance of a normal Christmas, it has allowed the pandemic to get out of control to a far greater extent than ever before:

Partly, this may be due to the upsurge in the much more infectious English variant of the virus, but there is no doubt the level of social mixing got out of control over the holiday season resulting in a renewed lockdown and closure of schools.

But the even more serious issue is that the vaccination programme has gotten off to a very slow start and shows no sign of accelerating rapidly any time soon. The government and its public health advisers have been very good at lecturing the public on how to behave, less good at organising what should be their primary responsibility - an efficient vaccination roll-out programme. Hence my letter to the editor published today:

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Coup Attempt in USA?

by Frank Schnittger Wed Jan 6th, 2021 at 07:56:03 PM EST

Following an incendiary speech by President Trump crowds of protestors marched from his protest meeting and breeched the security lines and stormed the Capital Buildings in Washington DC. The Senate and Congress were in joint session to certify the Presidential election results and had just heard an objection from Senator Cruz to certifying the result. Senators and Congressmen were evacuated through various tunnels carrying gas masks and Vice President Pence and others were evacuated to a safe place.

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Georgia on my mind (Part 2)

by Frank Schnittger Wed Jan 6th, 2021 at 02:13:31 PM EST

As a long haired student radical in the early 1970's I did a spot of hitch-hiking around the eastern USA following a summer working making motel beds and selling hot-dogs on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey and working construction in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

I ventured as far as N. Carolina but was warned not to go further south as the southern states of South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and especially Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia where injun country as far as long haired students were concerned. You could get beaten up or worse.

I remember being amazed at a military High School in Charlotte where young teenagers were being drilled to within an inch of their lives in the merciless heat wearing 19th. century buttoned up military uniforms that made no concessions to comfort, utility, or the heat. This was no place for anarchist idealists.

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Georgia Turns Blue, Insurrection @Capitol

by Oui Wed Jan 6th, 2021 at 07:01:58 AM EST

Title edited:
Mitch As Minority Leader US Senate?

The Georgia Runoff Election too close to call ...

Live Updates: CBS News projects Warnock wins; other race too close to call | CBS News |

My posts of the past hours:

FiveThirtyEight Georgia Senate Race

A Dead Heat ... we're hoping for a Blue sweep of course .. hopefully Trump made the difference ... GOTV today will be decisive ... taking down his own (?) GOP ... on the way out.

by Oui on Tue Jan 5th, 2021 at 12:58:48 PM PDT  

Re: FiveThirtyEight Georgia Senate Race

Watching US News outlets on the Georgia runoff Senate election. Coverage on the ground and exit polling of voter intent makes me quite optimistic. It's an uphill battle because the Republicans have never lost in a runoff. Georgia needs to turn Blue ... let's do it!

by Oui on Tue Jan 5th, 2021 08:52:05 PM PDT

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A New Dawn In America

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Forever Corruption and A Pardon

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Dutch Government Collapse

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