Saturday, January 13, 2018

Those Places Trump calls S**t*o*es

What a furore over the reported word used by The Donald. It is as though no other President ever used a rude word. It is though those so scandalised never ever used words as 'fruity' or even filthy in their entire lives. It is taking hypocricy to new levels, after that of last week's Holywood-hypocri-fest. And they have overlooked asking whether his assessment, though as terse as I can be on a bad day, was correct. Several countries seem to have taken it as a personal insult. There are bound to be repercussions.... perhaps they will refuse any more foreign aid.  
Don't worry about the rubbish. It will wash away.

What they are unlikely to do is cease exporting their shyte.

And by the Lord Harry aren't they doing a roaring trade, dumping it wherever they can ?

You may have noted the furore that breaks every now and then by our friendly neighbourhood Greens who, as we know, think globally. They whine about the billions of tons of garbage in the seas: the birds and fish that die from ingested flotsam dumped into the sea by wicked capitalists and sundry western seaside holiday-makers. Well it seems that those shy*eh*le countries are the ones who are putting it there and not Mr Trump's supporters.

It had been explained to us in the Tavern a while back but I didn't get around to telling. Shivali Best was back again to refresh our memories. Not that the Donald will be let off the fish-hook of course.
Shocking report reveals that 95% of plastic polluting the world's oceans comes from just TEN rivers
Scientists analysed data on plastic from 79 sampling sites along 57 rivers

Their results showed that 10 rivers account for the majority of plastic 

Eight of these are in Asia, including the Yangtze and Indus rivers

Targeting these rivers could halve the amount of plastic waste, experts predict  
Up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world's oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research.

The top 10 rivers - eight of which are in Asia - accounted for so much plastic because of the mismanagement of waste.

About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources - such as the Yangtze and the Ganges - could almost halve it, scientists claim.
And which ten are fingered? 

Yangtze East China Sea Asia

Indus Arabian Sea Asia

Yellow River Yellow Sea Asia

Hai He Yellow Sea Asia
Nile Mediterranean Africa
Ganges Bay of Bengal Asia
Pearl River South China Sea Asia
Amur Sea of Okhotsk Asia
Niger Gulf of Guinea Africa
Mekong South China Sea Asia 
The Thames, the Mississippi and the Murray-Darling do not rate, it seems.  But they missed Karachi.
Massive amounts of plastic bits that imperil aquatic life are washing into the oceans and even the most pristine waters.

But how it all gets there from inland cities has not been fully understood.

Now a study shows the top 10 rivers - eight of which are in Asia - accounted for 88 to 95 per cent of the total global load because of the mismanagement of waste.

The team calculated halving plastic pollution in these waterways could potentially reduce the total contribution by all rivers by 45 per cent.

Dr Christian Schmidt, a hydrogeologist at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany, said: 'A substantial fraction of marine plastic debris originates from land-based sources and rivers potentially act as a major transport pathway for all sizes of plastic debris.'
Can't blame the Donald. The good Dr is a German. An EU man. I hope the Don takes note though.
His team analysed data on debris from 79 sampling sites along 57 rivers - both microplastic particles measuring less than 5 mm and macroplastic above this size.

They said microplastics in particular can damage the health of marine life but cleaning it all up would be impossible. However stemming the tide could help reduce the potential harm.

Dr Schmidt said to do this, researchers need a better understanding of how plastic makes its way into the oceans in the first place.

By the Lord Harry. Do they think so? Really? 
The amount of plastic rubbish in the world's oceans will outweigh fish by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to further recycle, a report released in 2016 revealed.
But.... but.... there will be far more sea too, surely. Al Gore said so. 
Researchers warned eight million tonnes of plastics currently find their way into the ocean every year - the equivalent of one truckload every minute.

At current rates, this will worsen to four truckloads per minute in 2050 and outstrip native life to become the largest mass inhabiting the oceans.
Weeeerrrre aaalll doooomed.


Unless we kick shytehole butt.
An overwhelming 95 per cent of plastic packaging - worth £65 - £92billion - is lost to the economy after a single use, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report stated.

And available research estimates that there are more than 150 million tonnes of plastics in the ocean today.

Rivers which flow from inland areas to the seas are major transporters of plastic debris but the concentration patterns aren't well known.

The findings could help fill in this knowledge gap.

Dr Schmidt pooled data from dozens of research articles and calculated the amount in rivers was linked to the 'mismanagement of plastic waste in their watersheds.'
He said: 'The 10 top-ranked rivers transport 88-95 per cent of the global load into the sea.'
The study follows a recent report that pointed the finger at China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam for spewing out most of the plastic waste that enters the seas.
The Yangtze has been estimated in previous research to dump some 727 million pounds of plastic into the sea each year. 
The Ganges River in India is responsible for even more - about 1.2 billion pounds.

A combination of the Xi, Dong and Zhujiang Rivers (233 million lbs per year) in China as well as four Indonesian rivers: 
the Brantas (85 million lbs annually), 
Solo (71 million pounds per year), 
Serayu (37 million lbs per year) and 
Progo (28 million lbs per year), are all large contributors.
Previous research has also suggested two-thirds of plastic comes from the 20 most contaminated rivers. But Dr Schmidt reckons this can be narrowed down even further.

He said: 'The rivers with the highest estimated plastic loads are characterised by high population - for instance the Yangtze with over half a billion people.

'These rivers are also in countries with a high rate of mismanaged plastic waste (MMPW) production per capita as a result of a not fully implemented municipal waste management including waste collection, dumping and recycling.
Or, as the Donald says, the Sh*th*le countries. Well, some of them. 

One million plastic bottles are  sold every minute

480 billion plastic bottles were sold in 2016

538 billion plastic bottles will be thrown away every year by 2021

Fewer than half of plastic bottles are recycled
Up to 13 million tonnes of plastic enter the sea every year 
Ours? And yet, most of the rubbish is from non-western countries. 

'The data shows large rivers are particular efficient in transporting plastic debris. Large rivers like the Yangtze transport a higher fraction of the MMPW that is generated in their catchments than smaller rivers.

'These three factors lead to the estimated concentration of most of the plastic load to large rivers with a large population living in their catchment.

'Countries with high MMPW generation such as China or India could greatly reduce the plastic pollution of rivers by implementing proper waste management.

'In industrial countries, although they have a well developed waste management infrastrcuture, one way for plastic waste entering the environment is littering.'
His team analysed data on debris from 79 sampling sites along 57 rivers - both microplastic particles (pictured) measuring less than 5 mm and macroplastic above this size

Pollution costs more than £6 billion ($7.9 billion) in damage to marine ecosystems and kills an estimated one million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and untold numbers of fish.

Dr Schmidt said: 'Pollution of the marine environment with plastic debris is widely recognised and is of increasing ecological concern because of the chemical persistence of plastics and their mechanical fragmentation to so-called microplastics which can be ingested by even small organisms such as zooplankton.

'Beyond the long recognised occurrence of plastic debris in the marine environment plastic debris has been more recently detected in freshwater environments and can be found even in pristine, remote locations.'

So much plastic is dumped into the sea each year that it would fill five carrier bags for every foot of coastline on the planet, scientists have warned. 
More than half of the plastic waste that flows into the oceans comes from just five countries: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. 

The only industrialized western country on the list of top 20 plastic polluters is the United States at No. 20. 

The U.S. and Europe are not mismanaging their collected waste, so the plastic trash coming from those countries is due to litter, researchers said.

While China is responsible for 2.4 million tons of plastic that makes its way into the ocean, nearly 28 percent of the world total, the United States contributes just 77,000 tons, which is less than one percent, according to the study published in the journal Science.

He added: 'The high fraction of a few river catchments contributing the vast majority of the total load implies that potential mitigation measures would be highly efficient when applied in the high-load rivers.
'Reducing plastic loads by 50 per cent in the 10 top-ranked rivers would reduce the total river-based load to the sea by 45 per cent.
'Our analysis reveals that plastic loads of large rivers disproportionately increase in relationship to the increase of plastic debris available for transport.'
And increases by the new, UN Disapproved, Shi*ho*e factor. 

Still, it is unlikely to take up a day at the UN, unlike the week of condemnations of the Donald that we might look forward to. 

By the way, should you want to know a little more about previous American President's linguistic adventures, try this.....

Drink up and let me wash that tankard out for you.





    "Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
    We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing.

    "Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth's become so hard to see
    The world is on their way to You but they're tripping over me
    Always looking around but never looking up I'm so double minded
    A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided"

    "Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
    Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
    Let our hearts be led by mercy
    Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
    Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours"

    "Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who's writing in the sand
    Make the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
    Help us to remember we are all the least of thieves
    Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees"

    "No one knows what we're for only against when we judge the wounded
    What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did?"

    "Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
    Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
    Let our hearts be led by mercy
    Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
    Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours"

    "You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
    For the leper and the lame; they're the reason that You came!"

    "Lord, *I* was that lost cause and *I* was the outcast
    But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet"

    "'Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
    You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
    You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
    You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever"

    1. You play the organ and I will hum.

    2. By the way, m'dear. How is it that I cannot comment on your place? I get a sign saying only 'Team members' can post a comment.

      I enjoy reading some of your posts on your blog but in comparison my Tavern is an open door, even with a bouncer hovering.

    3. Because every time I open them, one particular person comments relentlessly in harassment - for 8 years, now - every time. The last time was 2 years ago. I figured I can't cry "harassment" if I leave myself open for it, lest I be like the women you post about ;)

    4. PS - I know there's moderation, but I don't feel like wading through the spam of personal insults and false accusations of this person every day. And I can't cry victim of stalking/harassment if I leave my door wide open, now can I? That would be like the type of women you complain about ;)

      Last try was two years ago. And my site stats (and little cues elsewhere) let me know they're still on my blog, every day, several times a day, chomping at the bit to do so again (or get new online friends to do it for them to keep them out of legal trouble) - for 9 years :)

      Regardless, that's a bully fail - I'm still here - it's just I don't need public validation, I just like to write down my thoughts like a message in a bottle, never have. Despite what that person smears, I'm simply not that "narcissistic" ;)

  2. I understood he didn’t actually use the word.

    1. So some say. Others say other. I say 'reported'.


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The Tavern gets rowdy visitors from time to time. Some are brain dead and some soul dead. They attack customers and the bar staff and piss on the carpets. Those people will not be allowed in anymore. So... Be Nice..