The Plastic Hippo

December 15, 2015

How Green Was My Valley

Filed under: Environment,Media,Politics,Science,World — theplastichippo @ 4:00 am
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Rosebud

Rosebud

The uncanny ability displayed by politicians to deflect any suggestion of responsibility or accountability when something goes horribly wrong is matched only by an inevitable clamour for praise when something accidentally goes well. Even when nothing happens at all, it is immediately redefined as being profoundly splendid and our leaders take every opportunity to remind us of their wisdom and selfless sacrifice.

One particularly fine example of this double talk came at the weekend with the conclusion of COP21 Paris Agreement on a global approach to reducing carbon emissions. Emerging bleary eyed after being up all night, the delegates from 195 nations at the Conference of the Parties indulged in an orgy of backslapping and self-congratulation not witnessed since FIFA awarded the World Cup to Qatar. (more…)

December 13, 2015

A controlling mind

Filed under: Law,Media,Politics — theplastichippo @ 3:03 am
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Via Jason Reed/AFP/Getty Images

Via Jason Reed/AFP/Getty Images

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, perhaps the wisest judge ever to preside in the US Supreme Court, once reacted to an inexperienced lawyer demanding justice for his client by saying:
“Young man, let me remind you that this is a court of law and not a court of justice.”

In the four years since the depth and scale of phone hacking by British tabloid newspapers was revealed, there have been criminal investigations, court cases, convictions and the Leveson Inquiry. It was announced on Friday that the criminal investigation had ended and that no corporate prosecutions would be brought against the news organisations or other individuals accused of illegality. (more…)

December 11, 2015

Nellie the Elephant

Filed under: Faith,History,Media,Politics,Society,Sport,World — theplastichippo @ 3:30 am
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The head of the herd was calling

The head of the herd was calling

Regardless of the swirling opprobrium and the hysterical gibbering of social media, two things are certain in any future that approaches for Donald Trump. Firstly, he will not be the next President of the United States and secondly, he will not get even close to securing the Republican nomination. By spring, he will have packed his bags and said goodbye to the circus.

There are forces with more power, wealth, intelligence, guile and all encompassing self-interest that will not allow this showboating huckster anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. The United States Republican Party, or the “Grand Old Party” as they like to be known, currently hold majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives and have many more state Governors than the Democrats. The GOP would never in a million years adopt an erratic train wreck like Trump to go head-to-head against Hillary Clinton for fear of electoral collapse and decades of obscurity. (more…)

December 9, 2015

Messy business

Filed under: Media,Politics,World — theplastichippo @ 3:30 am
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Michael Fallon mistakes Leytonstone for Kirkuk

Michael Fallon mistakes Leytonstone for Kirkuk

Well, all things considered in a rapidly developing situation and an ongoing fluid scenario going forward, it didn`t take long for the British government to change its tune.

Last Wednesday, immediately before the debate and vote to extend RAF airstrikes into Syria, the UK Secretary of Defence, Michael Fallon, made the remarkable claim that after 15 months of airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq, there had not been a single civilian casualty. He went on to say that 70,000 “moderate” local gunmen would protect UK security by charging across the dessert to rout ISIL motivated only by a love of fish and chips, Vera Lynn, pork scratchings and an undying loyalty to Her Majesty The Queen. There was also some stuff about our “magic” missile that only blows up bad guys. (more…)

December 7, 2015

Abigail`s Party

Filed under: Environment,Media,Politics,Science,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Before via BBC Northwest Tonight

Before via BBC Northwest Tonight

I think I must have missed the memo informing weather obsessed citizens of the UK and Ireland that storms were to be allocated human names in order to raise awareness of potential severity. Hurricanes and cyclones have long been given names to highlight the difference between weather and a severe weather event and so warn those in its path of disruption, a danger to property and a risk to life. (more…)

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