Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Major environmental fail.

Roast a panda, skin a leopard, eat some koalas and sleep on a pillow of monarch butterfly wings because they will all go the same way as the uber cool Pangolin.  Pangolin is cute critter, not unlike an armadillo, grows slowly and live in the delicate forest undergrowth doing nothing in particular.  If the world can't look after this really basic species there is no hope for the headline conservation effort for tiger, elephant and panda.

Endangered Pangolin
image credit: Tim Hudson and Kamal Mistry

Major fail recently, the chinese captain of a boat crashed into a Uneso-designated World Heritage coral reef site on Palawan island in the Philippines. If that's not bad enough in the boats hold had thousands of illegally killed pangolins.  Pillaged from the forests of asia to satisfy the corrupt and broken desires of ineffective "traditional" medicine this little cutie will soon be gone forever.  It's cousins on the Chinese mainland have all but gone already and other sub-specisis will soon follow.

Trade in these darlings has been world wide banned for over 10 years and yet still the slaughter continues. Got run up the trading tree and exposing the facilitators of this exploitative trade, the trappers, shippers, movers, sellers. Going to do this by supporting Traffic in their good works.


Thursday, 25 April 2013

A special place in hell for .... James McCormick

I am not a particularly religious person with mild beliefs in that area but if I believe in anything it's the principle of "do as you would be done by." The reinforcers for that principal are not always obvious but what I really hope, and pray for, is that there is a special place in the hell fires of damnation reserved for those that betray the deepest trust of others.  Abusers that recognise the trust and belief of others and deviously manipulate and betray that trust are truly evil.  That hotspot in Hell is going to be a crowded place but there is plenty of room for the groping priests and dictators that take people over and past the edge of ruin. Mugube and Kim Yun-un you have your places booked in the fine company of Hitler, Pol Pot and Bernie Madoff.

Those bad boys are going to have to move over and make room for the new boy who most certainly will, in gods own time, be joining that pantheon of shame.  Introducing James McCormick a criminal fraudster whose actions beggars belief. He used bribery and corruption to sell fake bomb detectors for use by police and soldiers in Iraq.  Put yourself for just one minute in the place of the guard at the checkpoint with a duty of protection who's only tool can at best be described as a 100% placebo.  Trust is burnt, obligation of care and duty to society is literally blown away for the enrichment of some shithead thousands of miles away.  Yes, there will be other facilitators along the way that share the blame and shame for this despicable crime. Passing off a novelty golf ball detector, which did not even work for that minor function, as a serious public protection instrument is a staggering act of betrayal and corruption.

A whistleblower told the BBC Newsnight program that he had confronted McCormick, saying he did not want to be any part of the business if the devices did not work. McCormick is said to have responded: "It does exactly what it's designed to. It makes money." During his fraud trial, the court was told the detectors, which cost up to $40,000 (£27,000) each, were completely ineffectual and lacked any grounding in science.

Fake bomb detector

Bulletproof medallions, value for money payday loans, effective diet pills and a fair price for your gold/car/house today. All available on the internet near you.

The defence, recognise the principles behind how things work, be just a little bit skeptical and really research and understand what is going on.

Follow-up:  The wheels of justice roll slowly and we see that Mr. McCormick is sentenced to 10 Years in jail for fraud. To be fair that should be 10 years in jail in each of the countries the device was sold in.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Veg Patch

Had a good weekend being rather domestic. Mostly putting some structure into the Veg patch. A couple of fruit cages at each end and some bean sticks in the middle.  The poly tunnel has some early beetroots and carrots under.  The far end has purple spouting broccoli. Spuds are in a few grow bags on the patio.

As spring is a few weeks late this year, the trees are just starting to sprout, so there is time to get started on great tasting home grown veg.

What with the wood, netting, screws, nails, bamboo poles, slug pellets and wire, the veg patch will probably cost more than the produce.  That's not the point people, home grown veg are tasty and rewarding in other ways.