SA plastics recycling business closes due to $100k hike in power bills

SA plastics recycling business closes due to $100k hike in power bills:

South Australia’s sky-high electricity prices have forced an Adelaide plastics recycling business to shut its doors, costing 35 workers their jobs, its managing director says.

Plastics Granulating Services (PGS), based in Kilburn in Adelaide’s inner-north, said it had seen its monthly power bills increase from $80,000 to $180,000 over the past 18 months.

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Are we headed for a solar waste crisis?

Are we headed for a solar waste crisis?:

Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a stark warning: the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces every year will rise from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the nation has no plan for safely disposing of it.

Neither does California, a world leader in deploying solar panels. Only Europe requires solar panel makers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their lives.

All of which begs the question: just how big of a problem is solar waste?

Environmental Progress investigated the problem to see how the problem compared to the much more high-profile issue of nuclear waste.

We found:

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Killer Whales Are Hunting Boats and Stealing Their Fish (Video)

Killer Whales Are Hunting Boats and Stealing Their Fish (Video)

H/t reader squodgy:

“Could this be natural evolution of the species or desperation?

I’ve read that fish stocks are recovering………no evidence though.

Could the stories be disinformation on both sides?”

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‘Kate’s Law,’ ‘Sanctuary City De-funding’ Bills Going to House Vote

‘Kate’s Law,’ ‘Sanctuary City De-funding’ Bills Going to House Vote:

Two major immigration enforcement bills are expected to go before the U.S. House this week for a vote – including “Kate’s Law” and a sanctuary city de-funding bill. Passage of these important bills will help deliver on campaign promises made by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress during the last election cycle.

The “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” (H.R. 3003) by Republican Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Steve King (R-Iowa), and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) takes aim at sanctuary policies that endanger communities in America. The bill denies federal law enforcement grants to “sanctuary” jurisdictions that do not allow their law enforcement personnel to communicate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. It also shields those jurisdictions that comply with federal immigration detainers from being sued. Victims of crime committed by criminal aliens would be able to sue these entities for the harm caused them by these illegal policies. The law also clarifies the authority for ICE to issue detainers by setting out probable cause standards.

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Lyon Group announces $1b battery and solar farm for South Australia’s Riverland

Lyon Group announces $1b battery and solar farm for South Australia’s Riverland:

A $1 billion battery and solar farm will be built at Morgan in South Australia’s Riverland by year’s end in a project the proponents describe as “the world’s biggest”.

The builder, Lyon Group, has already proposed a smaller solar farm and battery storage facility, named Kingfisher, in the state’s north.

Lyon partner David Green said the project was 100 per cent equity financed and construction would begin within months, employing 270 workers.

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CNN Is Dead: Network Loses All Credibility As Producer Admits That The Entire Russia Narrative Is Fake News

CNN Is Dead: Network Loses All Credibility As Producer Admits That The Entire Russia Narrative Is Fake News:

Nobody else needs to dig a grave for CNN because they are doing it themselves.  There has been scandal after scandal at the network, and now one of their producers has been caught on undercover video admitting that CNN has been pushing fake news stories about a connection between Donald Trump and Russia in a desperate attempt to get ratings.  In other words, CNN’s entire Russia narrative has been a complete lie all along.  Unfortunately for CNN, they are going to discover that once your credibility is gone it is incredibly difficult to ever get it back.

On Tuesday, Project Veritas made headlines all over the world when it released undercover video of CNN Producer John Bonifield admitting that CNN’s Russia narrative is fake news.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can view the entire video right here.  Now that this video has been made public, I don’t see how CNN is ever going to recover from this.  When one of your top producers admits that the story you have been pushing for months is basically a load of cow manure, it is impossible to maintain the pretense that you are a legitimate news organization any longer…

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California To Add Monsanto’s RoundUp To List Of “Cancer-Causing” Herbicides

California To Add Monsanto’s RoundUp To List Of “Cancer-Causing” Herbicides:

Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, according to the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. 

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Macron: ‘We Must Welcome Refugees Because It Is Our Tradition and Our Honor’

Macron: ‘We Must Welcome Refugees Because It Is Our Tradition and Our Honor’:

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that Europe should welcome refugees because it is a European tradition and honor.

PARIS (Sputnik) — Europe should greet migrants, because it is a part of its traditions and a matter of honor, Macron said Friday.

“We talked about the migrant crisis. It is not a concern of several countries, it is our common challenge… And it demands our common decision,” Macron said after his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels.

The French president added that the migrant crisis was a long-term challenge.

“We must welcome refugees because it is our tradition and our honor. The refugees are not just any migrants, not economic migrants. They are people who are fleeing their country for freedom because of the war or the political situation,” Macron stressed.

Since 2015, Europe has been experiencing the worst migration crisis in its history, struggling to accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing hostilities in the Middle Eastern and North African countries. According to the latest data of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), updated earlier in the day, 2,108 migrants died in the Mediterranean while trying to cross the sea since January 2017, most of whom were en route to Italy. The number of migrants that had crossed the Mediterranean Sea to enter the European Union in 2017 is almost 84,000 people.

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U.S. Military Officials: There Was NO Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria … Trump Bombed Syria DESPITE Advice From Military

U.S. Military Officials: There Was NO Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria … Trump Bombed Syria DESPITE Advice From Military:

A top U.S. missile and chemical weapons expert has documented for months that the Syrian government did not carry out a chemical weapons attack against civilians, and that contrary claims by the Trump White House, French intelligence services, the New York Times, CNN and other “mainstream” sources are wrong … and worthless propaganda.

Former top military and intelligence officials  – including many who warned against the faulty Iraq intelligence in advance of the Iraq war – have long said that the claims that Assad carried out the chemical weapons attacks was bunkum.

Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh – who broke the stories of the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Iraq prison torture scandals, which rightfully disgraced the Nixon and Bush administrations’ war-fighting tactics – reported yesterday in the large German publication Weld that U.S. military officials tried to tell Trump that a chemical weapons attack never occurred at all:

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Saudis Give Qatar 10 Days To Accept All Demands… Or Else

Saudis Give Qatar 10 Days To Accept All Demands… Or Else:

(ANTIWAR.COM) — Late last week, Qatar received a list of 13 demands from Saudi Arabia and the other Arab nations involved in blockading them, and has been warned by the Saudi kingdom that they have just 10 days to unconditionally accept all of them, or face unspecified further action. Qatar’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement today insisting the list of demands is unreasonable.

The demands include Qatar agreeing to shut down every one of its media outlets, including the influential al-Jazeera, permanently, agree to pay an unspecified fine to the Saudis, close several foreign diplomatic posts that the Saudis don’t want them to have, and to expel the Turkish military from a base on the peninsula.

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EU Greens Call for Brussels to Send ‘Whole Villages’ of Syrians to Eastern Europe – #MigrantCrisis

EU Greens Call for Brussels to Send ‘Whole Villages’ of Syrians to Eastern Europe:

The migration spokesman for the Greens in the European Union (EU) Parliament has called for Brussels to resettle “whole villages” of migrants in Eastern Europe.

Vice-President of the Greens-European Free Alliance group, Ska Keller, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that it is essential the EU implement a “solidarity distribution” system because migrants should be spread throughout Europe.

Noting how a large proportion of the migrants resettled in Baltic states like Lithuania quickly left to seek higher welfare payments in countries like Germany, the Green MEP said Brussels should send migrants to Eastern Europe in much greater numbers. 

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German Police: Asylum Seekers Are Taking over Illegal Drug Trade – #MigrantCrisis

German Police: Asylum Seekers Are Taking over Illegal Drug Trade:

Police in the northern German region of Schleswig-Holstein have expressed concern over finding more and more asylum seekers involved in peddling illegal narcotics and fear the drug gangs could take over the area using violence.

Lübeck police are noticing a rise in the number of mass brawls in the city, some of which have seen the use of knives and involving 20 people at a time. Police say there have been 12 such incidents since May and many involve asylum seekers who have links to the illegal drug trade, Schleswig-Holsteinische Zeitungsverlag reports.

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Seymour Hersh Reports How Trump Bombed Syria on Completely False Pretenses

Seymour Hersh Reports How Trump Bombed Syria on Completely False Pretenses:

Part of Trump’s appeal to many of his voters was, at least ostensibly, the idea that he would employ a less hawkish/neocon foreign policy than his opponent Hillary “We Came, We Saw, He Died” Clinton. While it’s still too early to decisively say that Trump will usher in yet another foreign policy disaster for these United States and the world, it’s certainly not looking good.

The lobbing of tomahawk missiles into Syrian based on the fairytale that Assad launched a chemical weapons attack was the first sign that Trump is easily manipulated and impulsive. In fact, the episode bothered me so much I wrote a post detailing the dire ramifications titled, Prepare for Impact – This is the Beginning of the End for U.S. Empire.  I suggest taking a read if you missed it the first time, it’s my most popular post of the year.

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Girl, 13, is ‘gang-raped by Moroccan youths on a Spanish beach’ during a festival in British tourist hotspot Alicante – #MigrantCrisis

Girl, 13, is ‘gang-raped by Moroccan youths on a Spanish beach’ during a festival in British tourist hotspot Alicante

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‘VIOLENT AND UNPREDICTABLE’ Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo now regarded as Britain’s most dangerous prisoner has brainwashed dozens of other inmates

‘VIOLENT AND UNPREDICTABLE’ Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo now regarded as Britain’s most dangerous prisoner:

The homegrown extremist, 31, has brainwashed dozens of other inmates at HMP Frankland in County Durham

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