Saturday, April 6, 2019

Center for Biological Diversity sues U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

In August 2018, the Trump administration reversed the ban on neonicotinoids and genetically modified plants imposed previously by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

FWS announced in July 2014 that it would discontinue the use of both neonicotinoids and genetically engineered crops in wildlife refuges by January 2016

The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), a nonprofit environmental group, is suing FWS on two counts.

The first argues that the reversal of the ban has detrimental consequences for endangered species.

The second count is for failing to release public records that show how the reversal of the ban is impacting protected public lands across the country.

The Darwin Centre Cocoon, Natural History Museum, London

A view of the lower part of the Cocoon in the Darwin Centre in the Natural History Museum in London, photographed 2012. The Cocoon is a repository of botanic and biological specimens from around the world, housing several million specimens.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Jacqueline du Pré

It occurred to me suddenly that I didn't know much about Jacqueline du Pré sounded like when she was playing. I know her story: I guess many people do. But I didn't know her playing. I have heard it in the past, but not enough to say I listened. I was younger then. Here she is playing - Dvořák Cello Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Jacqueline du Pré and Daniel Barenboim were married at one time, perhaps when this was recorded?
Dvořák Cello Concerto

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rhetoric in Advertising

It’s considered old-fashioned to mention what makes one product different to others.

Why anyone might want it or need it.

Why it might be worth paying extra for, why it lasts longer, why it’s easier to use.
Any appeal to reason is seen as dinosaur thinking.

From Campaign Live

Friday, October 6, 2017

Jean-François Millet and John Everett Millais

Jean-François Millet and John Everett Millais - How not to mix them up

John Everett Millais John Everett Millais (1829 – 1896)was a Pre-Raphaelite painter (one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood) who painted colourful (too colourful?) paintings - mostly of people. His most famous is probably Ophelia, lying back arms surrendering to the current.

Jean-François Millet
Jean-François Millet (1814 – 1875) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet painted realistic rural scenes - peasant farmers, sheep, trees - in a muted pallette that were nontheless romantic.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Raising The Spectre Of Being On Opposite Sides - Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım of Turkey

Under the headline ‘Turkey and Russia agree sale of S–400 missile defense systems’ Debka reports that Turkey and Russia have reached agreement on the sale of Russian S–400 missile defense systems to Turkey with the final decision to be made by the executive committee of Turkey’s defense industry, as disclosed by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım last Friday. He also said, defending Turkey as a NATO country buying arms from Russia, that his country was working with Russia and Iran in Syria and “there should be no reason for the United States and Turkey to be on opposite sides.”

Who has raised the spectre of the United States and Turkey being on opposite sides other than in this statement by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım?