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Johnson’s Brexit Mess Now a “Constitutional Crisis”
« Reply #225 on: September 11, 2019, 09:38:39 pm »
🐍 Johnson’s Brexit Mess Now a “Constitutional Crisis”
September 11, 2019

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to undermine parliament and the Brexit process by temporarily suspending parliament, but now a court has ruled that the suspension is unlawful and a constitutional crisis unfolds, says Grace Blakeley


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Re: BREXIT
« Reply #226 on: September 12, 2019, 10:12:09 pm »
Scots judges rule parliament suspension unlawful
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Amid what is now a full-blown constitutional crisis, all eyes will be on the Supreme Court next week, when the country’s top judges will decide whether Scotland's Court of Session was correct in ruling that the Prime Minister acted in an "improper" and "unlawful" way in suspending parliament for five weeks. Opposition MPs leapt on the ruling, saying that parliament should be recalled immediately. Former attorney general and Tory rebel Dominic Grieve said that if Boris Johnson had misled the Queen over the reasons for prorogation, then he should resign.

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Baby boomers are going to face another problem: The baby bust
As Maine goes, so goes the the rest of the country.


LLOYD ALTER
August 27, 2019, 6:42 a.m.
Maine, lobster industry, aging population
With an aging population, who's going to pull in all the lobsters in Maine? (Photo: Christine Norton Photo/Shutterstock)

Maine has the oldest population in the USA, with a median age of 44.6 years, significantly older than the 38.1 median age for the country. According to Jeff Stein in The Washington Post, the state is being "hammered by two slow-moving demographic forces — the growth of the retirement population and a simultaneous decline in young workers."

The disconnect between Maine's aging population and its need for young workers to care for that population is expected to be mirrored in states throughout the country over the coming decade, demographic experts say. And that’s especially true in states with populations with fewer immigrants, who are disproportionately represented in many occupations serving the elderly, statistics show.

Maine recently became the first state to reach the "super-aged" threshold where 20 percent of the population is over 65; the whole country will reach that point in 2030. Health care is in crisis; finding in-home caregivers is almost impossible. Baby boomer kids are run off their feet taking care of their elderly parents. Nursing homes are closing due to lack of staff.

"The U.S. is just starting this journey, and Maine is at the leading edge," said Jess Maurer, executive director of the Maine Council on Aging. "As we are living longer, all the systems that have always worked for us may have to be changed."

No kidding. Bruce Chernof, who wrote a report about this for Congress, says "left unaddressed, this will be catastrophic. We as a country have not wrapped our heads around what it's going to take to pay for long-term care."

The other problem is what we see in Maine, writ large: no young people. Who's going to provide that care? According to The Week,

By 2025, U.S. health-care providers believe they will face a collective shortage of about 500,000 home health aides, 100,000 nursing assistants, and 29,000 nurse practitioners. Some are also bracing for a shortage of up to 122,000 doctors by 2032.

Here comes the Baby Bust

falling fertility rateThose millennial kids aren't having any kids! (Photo: Pew Research Center)

All of this wouldn't be so bad if people still had lots of kids to take care of their parents like they used to, but the birth rate has been declining since the Great Recession in 2008, in what is called the "baby bust." According to the Economist,

Many people lost their jobs or their homes, which hardly put them in a procreative mood. But in the past few years the economy has bounced back—and births continue to drop. America's total fertility rate, which can be thought of as the number of children the average woman will bear, has fallen from 2.12 to 1.77.

The Economist notes that young people like to move to cities where the good jobs are (part of the problem in Maine) and where housing is very expensive and raising kids is very costly. Church attendance is also declining, and "churches tend to be in favour of children — more so than the other places where people hang out on the weekend, such as gyms and bars."

The Wall Street Journal blames spendy, self-centered millennials for not having enough kids. "Americans now expect annual vacations or entertainment that not long ago were available only to the affluent ... The uncomfortable truth may be that the 'two-income trap' is more about maintaining a certain high living standard than it is access to a decent life in America." Or maybe it's all that avocado toast.

The baby bust is, in fact, a huge contributor to the problem of dealing with the baby boom; a shrinking population means a shrinking tax base, at a time when health care costs will be going through the roof. According to the Week, "American spending on health care is expected to rise from about $4 trillion a year to $6 trillion, or 19.4 percent of GDP, by 2027."

mom and caregiverMy late mom and her caregiver at our house for a party. (Photo: Lloyd Alter)

This is a problem in developed countries all over the world, and countries are taking different approaches to the problem. Japan is developing robots to take care of older people; my late mom and all her rich friends in Toronto had flying squads of Filipino caregivers, thanks to a special focused immigration program set up by the Canadian government that lets the caregivers eventually get citizenship once they have worked for a number of years.

Bruce Chernof was right; nobody is wrapping their heads around this problem. We have the baby boomers getting older; we have a baby bust, so nobody will be around to take care of them or generate revenue to pay for their care. We have governments that hate raising taxes and admitting immigrants, when two things we're going to need are lots of money and people, not something anyone wants to talk about these days.


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Parliament returns  ;D - what next for Brexit? | Channel 4 News special
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Parliament is sitting again - against the will of the government - after the Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson's attempt to suspend parliament was unlawful. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe)

The Speaker said that the prorogation would be expunged from the record, and instead it would be recorded that the House had been adjourned.

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At one point the Bourbon Rhode was reported as being just 60 nautical miles from the eye of Hurricane Lorenzo, a major Category 4 hurricane, according to Bourbon. The vessel is experiencing water ingress in the rear part of the vessel.

By gCaptain on Sep 27, 2019 03:22 pm

Bourbon Offshore Tug Missing After Getting Caught in 🌊 Hurricane Lorenzo

Bourbon Rhode

A rescue operation is underway for a Bourbon tug with fourteen crew members on board after the vessel found itself caught near the eye of Hurricane Lorenzo in the Atlantic Ocean. 

France-based Bourbon Offshore said its offshore tug Bourbon Rhode was in transit approximately 1,200 nautical miles off Martinique island, located in the Caribbean Sea, […]  Read full story...

September 28, 2019 by Mike Schuler

Update: Bourbon Rhode Sinks in the Atlantic Ocean; Three Rescued

Bourbon Offshore has reported that three crew members from the offshore tug Bourbon Rhode have been rescued from a liferaft in the Atlantic Ocean.

The company confirms that the vessel has sunk.

A search for eleven missing crew members continues.

Weather in the search zone has improved since the vessel was initially reported in distress on Thursday.

“In the context of search operations of tug supply vessel Bourbon Rhode started on September 26, the mobilized rescue teams have recovered a lifeboat with 3 crew members on board, the lifeboat having been identified by a Falcon 50 especially equipped for this type of mission and sent by the French Navy,” Bourbon Offshore said in an update on Saturday. “The 3 crew members are currently taken in charge by the medical support team onboard the commercial vessel, which provided assistance, and are currently placed under medical observation.”

Bourbon Rhode lifeboat Photo courtesy Marine Nationale

Bourbon’s statement continues:

“It has been confirmed that the vessel has sunk. The search continues to be carried out in weather conditions that are improving. All necessary means are implemented by the Cross AG and the French Navy, under the authority of the Prefect representing the State’s maritime authority, namely numerous flyovers carried out by the Falcon 50 over the search zone. Numerous commercial vessels have had their course changed in order to bring assistance, as well as a plane of the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

“The crisis cell put into place by BOURBON works in very close collaboration with the Cross AG and the French Navy. BOURBON’s teams are mobilized to keep the families of the crew members informed and bring them full support in this difficult time.”

The French Navy deployed a Falcon 50 from Dakar, as well the surveillance frigate Ventôse to assist in the search. Multiple commercial vessels are also involved in the search.

France-based Bourbon Offshore reported previously its offshore tug Bourbon Rhode, with a crew of fourteen, was in transit approximately 1,200 nautical miles off Martinique island, located in the Caribbean Sea, when it sent a distress signal that was picked up by French authorities on Thursday morning after the became caught in Hurricane Lorenzo.

At one point the Bourbon Rhode was reported as being just 60 nautical miles from the eye of Lorenzo, which at the time was a major Category 4 hurricane, according to Bourbon.

The vessel was initally reported to be experiencing water ingress in the rear part of the vessel.

The rescue is being coordinated by the Regional Operational Center of Surveillance and Rescue (Cross) of West Indies-Guyana.

Bourbon Rhode is part of Bourbon’s fleet of terminal tugs which provide assistance operations, standby, and support of offshore oil and gas terminals, and is specialized in assisting FPSOs.
https://gcaptain.com/bourbon-rhode-sinks-in-the-atlantic-ocean-three-rescued/

Agelbert NOTE: A time of Catastrophic Climate Change is fast approaching when these storms with giant waves will no longer be non-routine.


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Trapped Between a Cruise Ship and a Hard Place 👀
« Reply #230 on: October 09, 2019, 04:25:52 pm »


Watch: Tug Has Trouble with Cruise Ship in San Francisco

October 8, 2019 by Mike Schuler

Check out this incident video showing a tugboat being trapped between the cruise ship Star Princess and a pier in San Francisco. The incident took place on October 2 at San Francisco’s James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27.

Not many details are available, including whether or not the tug or pier were damaged in the incident.

One thing is certain, however… that crunching sound was hard to listen to :P


https://gcaptain.com/watch-tug-has-trouble-with-cruise-ship-in-san-francisco/
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019

British Parliament Forces Boris Johnson to Request Another Brexit Delay 👍

SASHA ABRAMSKY, TRUTHOUT

In a moment of high drama, with hundreds of thousands of "Remain" demonstrators parading through Central London, British MPs voted by a narrow margin on Saturday to support an amendment mandating that the British Parliament withhold support from Johnson's Brexit deal until specific legislation on how to implement it is in place. A disorderly Brexit would hit Britain's poor the hardest and result in economic disaster for the U.K.

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Brexit Looms Over Unpredictable UK Elections
« Reply #232 on: December 06, 2019, 06:56:25 pm »
Brexit Looms Over Unpredictable UK Elections
December 6, 2019

National polls show the Tories leading, but conflict over Brexit could still result in a Labour minority government. Nation editor D. D. Guttenplan joins us for an eye-opening discussion about how Brexit, accusations of anti-Semitism, and the 'Green Industrial Revolution' will factor into the vote.


https://therealnews.com/stories/brexit-looms-over-unpredictable-uk-elections
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Re: Brexit Looms Over Unpredictable UK Elections
« Reply #233 on: December 07, 2019, 07:14:03 am »
Brexit Looms Over Unpredictable UK Elections
December 6, 2019

Brexit is a right wing coup.

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« Reply #234 on: December 07, 2019, 02:25:56 pm »
Brexit Looms Over Unpredictable UK Elections
December 6, 2019

Brexit is a right wing coup.

True.. I said as much a long time ago at the Diner, only to hear lots of hemming and hawing from most of the closet right wingers there.
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What Is Australia’s Most Dangerous Animal?
« Reply #235 on: December 08, 2019, 03:24:07 pm »
What Is Australia’s Most Dangerous Animal?  ???

You might think that dangerous snakes or insects are the most deadly animals in Australia. The redback spider, for example, is one of the most venomous spiders in the world.


And you certainly don’t want to tangle with an eastern brown snake, a seven-foot (2.1-m) slitherer with venom potent enough to easily kill a human.


But they're certainly not the most deadly examples of Australia's fauna.  In fact, from 2000 to 2013, the most deadly creatures roaming Australia were horses.   

Examples of the Australian Waler horse (Equus ferus caballus) 🐴 Giddap'll Git Ya! 🐎

A 2017 study by University of Melbourne researchers found that 74 Aussies died during that period after being thrown or trampled by horses. That’s more than all venomous animal-induced fatalities combined.

Watch out 👀, mate:

Twenty-seven deaths occurred after humans were stung by bees and wasps, and another 27 were felled after encounters with snakes. Ticks and ants (five fatalities) and jellyfish (three deaths) made up the rest of the list.

There was pain, however. Around 12,000 Australians were hospitalized after bee or wasp stings -- mostly allergic reactions -- and another 17,000 or so were hospitalized after encounters with spiders and snakes.

There were no reported deaths from spider bites from 2000 to 2013. In fact, Australia's last recorded death from spider venom occurred in 1980. That was back before the funnel web spider anti-venom was developed.

https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-australias-most-dangerous-animal.htm

Agelbert NOTE: While the number of human deaths resulting from riding, or otherwise being near horses is correct, the horses are certainly not the problem; the humans are. Spiders, snakes, ticks, ants and jellyfish do what they do whenever the opportunity for something to feed on presents itself. Horses do not. Proof of this in Australia is that the Brumbies (wild Australian horses) aren't the ones doing Australains in; it's the horses they ride on like the Waler horse. If you do not mess with the horses, they will not mess with you. Like I said, giddap'll git ya!
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Re: Non-routine News
« Reply #236 on: December 08, 2019, 08:19:42 pm »
My initial response to the question was that their most dangerous animal is ours as well: homo sapiens.

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« Reply #237 on: December 08, 2019, 09:15:14 pm »
My initial response to the question was that their most dangerous animal is ours as well: homo sapiens.



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Good to know the FSoA can still make something that other people in the world want to buy. Besides arms, that is.

The blood of poor Americans is now a leading export, bigger than corn or soy

America is one of the only developed countries in the world that pays people to donate blood, much of it sold abroad (70% of the world's plasma is of US origin), and as commercial blood donations have soared, blood now accounts for 2% of the country's exports -- more than corn or soya.

There's more growth ahead for blood products, expected to "grow radiantly" according to an analyst who was cheering 13% growth between 2016-17.

One study found that the typical blood-seller derives a third of their income from selling blood. Princeton's Kathryn Edin called the commercial blood industry "the lifeblood of the $2 a day poor."

Mintpress's interviews with blood-sellers reveal "a mix of disabled, working poor, homeless, single parents, and college students," who describe a system of arbitrary and predatory payments, which fluxuate wildly from day to day.

Chronic bloodletting produces lethargy and cognitive impairment.

Respondents all agreed that they were indeed being exploited, but in more ways than one. Desperate Americans are allowed to donate twice per week (104 times per year). But losing that much plasma could have serious health consequences, most of which have not been studied Professor Schaefer warns, stressing that more research is necessary. Around 70 percent of donors experience health complications. Donors have a lower protein count in their blood, putting them at greater risk of infections and liver and kidney disorders. Many regulars suffer from near-permanent fatigue and are borderline anemic. All this for an average of $30 per visit. Rachel described the terrible Catch-22 many of the working poor find themselves in:

I got turned away twice – once for being too dehydrated and once for being anemic. Being poor created a shitty paradox where I couldn’t eat, and because I couldn’t eat my iron levels weren’t high enough to allow me to donate. That was a week of a pay cut, money I desperately needed for rent and bills and meds.”

Harvesting the Blood of America's Poor: The Latest Stage of Capitalism [Alan Macleod/Mint Press News]

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😈 A Profitable Business Opportunity
« Reply #239 on: December 10, 2019, 02:27:54 pm »
Good to know the FSoA can still make something that other people in the world want to buy. Besides arms, that is.


I'm sure "Good Capitalists" everywhere (i.e.  ) have found a way to invest in this "profitable business opportunity"...   

 






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