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31 March 2015
"And so we clung on like that in a circle, submerged in chocolate right up to our necks. The smuggler closed the hatch, leaving a little gap so we could breathe"
A Syrian refugee tells how he nearly drowned in a lorry of melted chocolate as he tried to enter the UK.
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By Jayalakshmi K February 4, 2015 07:29 GMT

"In a step that will revolutionise farming, Australian engineers have developed robots that can de-weed crops.
The small robot platforms can pull the weed out, laser it, microwave it or spray weed killers, said Dr Robert Fitch, manager of systems planning at the Robotics Center (ACFR).
Weeds are basically plants growing in unwanted places, where they compete for sunlight, water and nutrition from the crops being grown"
Tiny, nimble robots will tackle every single weed in multiple ways.
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By Duncan Graham-Rowe on July 11, 2007

 "Scientists in Denmark are developing an agricultural robot for identifying and eliminating weeds. While this might seem like a relatively easy task, it actually requires a lot of machine intelligence to pick out the weeds among the crops. The robot is still in the early stages of development, but the researchers hope that it will ultimately lead to a reduction in the amount of herbicides used by farmers and therefore cut costs"
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"Because it's too hot in Pasadena to grow and harvest lettuce from March to November in the dirt "
Muir Ranch is a teen jobs program that looks like a 3-acre, urban farm in Pasadena. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Robin McKie
Sunday 23 March 2008 12.05 GMT

"But the idea that 'only local is good' has come under attack. For a start, food grown in areas where there is high use of fertilisers and tractors is likely to be anything but carbon-friendly, it is pointed out. At the same time the argument against food miles - which show how far a product has been shipped and therefore how much carbon has been emitted in its transport - has been savaged by experts. 'The concept of food miles is unhelpful and stupid. It doesn't inform about anything except the distance travelled,' Dr Adrian Williams, of the National Resources Management Centre at Cranfield University, told The Observer ."
Robin McKie and Caroline Davies report on how the concept of food miles became oversimplified
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  "Cholera is an extremely virulent disease. It affects both children and adults and can kill within hours.
About 75% of people infected with V. cholerae do not develop any symptoms, although the bacteria are present in their faeces for 7–14 days after infection and are shed back into the environment, potentially infecting other people.
Among people who develop symptoms, 80% have mild or moderate symptoms, while around 20% develop acute watery diarrhoea with severe dehydration. This can lead to death if untreated.
People with low immunity – such as malnourished children or people living with HIV – are at a greater risk of death if infected."
WHO fact sheet on cholera: includes cholera key facts, definition, symptoms, risk factors, prevention, control, treatment, travel, WHO response.
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 "Cholera often breaks out when there is overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, rubbish collection and proper toilets. It causes profuse diarrhoea and vomiting which can lead to death by intense dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours. "
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 "Weeding—especially in a large farm—is a long, boring, and thankless task, which is why it’s easier to turn to chemicals as an easy solution. But you know who doesn’t mind long, boring, and thankless tasks? Robots." 2012
Weedingespecially in a large farmis a long, boring, and thankless task, which is why it's easier to turn to chemicals as an easy solution. But you...
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Thu August 14, 2014

"This Smart Machine is Leading the Way to the Future of Agriculture"
The Salinas Valley is getting a lot of attention from Silicon Valley lately. A new tech incubator will soon open up in downtown Salinas hoping to grow the
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International Shipping News,Shipping News 09/05/2014

"If there had been no mode shift since the year 2000, 5.4M tonnes of cargo would still be transported by air rather than ocean. Air cargo should have grown at an average annual rate of 4.5%, but has instead grown at 2.6%.
“New technology in controlled atmosphere containers, such as Star Cool CA, has the potential to further increase the trend. CA’s ability to slow down the ripening process opens up ocean transport as a viable alternative to air cargo on some of the longer trade routes,” Brand adds.
For Maersk Container Industry (MCI), the maker of Star Cool CA, this is a positive development.
“As new trades open up our customers can improve their business. Add to that carbon emissions savings by almost a factor of 50 when you compare air and sea transport,” says Anders Gamborg Holm of MCI sales and marketing. “We have been on the market with CA for five years now. It’s reliable and affordable, and we predict it will make further inroads in the market.” "
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"Speaking to Jordan’s Al-Ghad newspaper on Saturday, Abd al-Majid said fewer than 7,000 refugees remained in the camp, adding that the remaining refugees could be forced to leave the camp as well.
More than 13,000 refugees have left the camp recently, according to al-Majid."
Thousands of Palestinian refugees have fled the Yarmouk refugee camp south of Damascus fearing “oppression” practiced by militant groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, says Secretary-General of the coalition of Palestinian factions in the camp, Khalid Abd al-Majid. Speaking to Jordan’s Al-Ghad newspaper on Saturday, Abd al-Majid said fewer than 7,000 refugees remained in the …
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 "In Kaguna, the western Tanzanian border town with Burundi, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, over 50,000 refugees are struggling in dire conditions"
Some 3,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Tanzania, mainly among Burundian refugees fleeing political violence, the UN said Friday, adding that up to 400 new cases were being counted daily. So far, 31 people have died of the water-born disease in the area around the western Tanzanian border town Kaguna, which has been flooded with refugees, the UN refugee agency said. All but two of those who have died were Burundian refugees, and m...
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Бен Томас  

 

بن توماس   

 

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Бен Томас

 

 

 
 Key interests:
 
Community Interests, including Comunity development. By Managing the Message !.My Vehicle for this is called The Broadarms Alliance.

 

 My general Interests:

 
I am also Interested in: Heritage, Culture, and History.  As well as Public Health and Safety issues.

Especially that in and around Cardiff UK. 

 

 I find the Environment and Energy issues an interesting challenge !. Along with Public Safety !.

I am also interested in the developing, "International Global Village".

I am interested in "quality of life issues".

The ability to "create wealth", and to maintain a "disposable income" !.

The problems associated with a "change of scale".

I would like to understand more about "leadership" ?.

  A developing interest of mine is "Energy and Power Generation", in Particular Electric Power !. Since March 2011, this has become associated, with disaster avoidance, and disaster recovery !. I take the view that we should look to make Nuclear Safe, so that in reality means safer, as nothing in this life is totally safe  !. I take the view that a good way of approaching this is to look at what happens when Nuclear Power, escapes in the form of contamination, beyond the boundaries of its site !. I see this as a question of Public Protection !. The basis of this protection being knowledge in the public domain of prevailing radiation levels !.

 

Since 2011

 I have been interested in understanding the Events at Fukushima Japan

  I am interested in understanding the developing Arab Spring, and the Events in Syria. In particular; understanding the striving for Freedom, and the resistance against it !.

 I regard Physical Conflict as being often a failure of Diplomacy !. I regard Diplomacy, as being a product of Education, Understanding and Experience !. Often Disadvantage  and even Poverty, may be at the root of these issues !.

 

Syria, and the Arab Spring

 I take an interest in this region, from the point of view of its Social-Economic implications, and the rights of Syrians to self-determination, in a fair and just way.

Africa

 Presents a number of interesting challenges, especially in regards to communications and organisation! The ability to realise Africa’s Natural wealth and to see that wealth distributed in a fair way!



My Political position
 
 I am not political, in the Party-Political sense !. But will engage with Politicians and Political organisations who are willing to benefit the community !. In this sense I am interested in Good and Just governance !.
 
 

My religious Beliefs

 I believe that: In the being, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God !.

  I  think: The Word was at first heard, then spoke, and later written. Today (2013) the word can be captured.  Soon after the Word was first heard, it became remembered, and being remembered became spoken more. With increased speaking the Word evolved into more words, which became words to make things cleared, and better understood. As the use of Words grew, then understanding grew. At the same time the presence of God, became less apparent to human kind. As over familiarity tends to bread contempt ?..  As has been both said and written “God Defieth all understanding” !.

 

I believe
 

 An understanding History, our own, or others, can lead us to learn, by other peoples experiences (and by implication, by other peoples mistakes.). Though the past is like a foreign land, of which we may know very little !. The past is often obscured, by the mists of time, and by evolving cultures.

I believe that freedom of movement and access, is important !.

 

Conflict

 Winning a Battle can in some cases lead to loosening a War !.  Winning a War may not lead to winning the Peace !. Battles and Wars, that do not secure the Peace, are Hollow victories !.

 Hollow victories are likely to lead to renewed conflict ?.

 

My local language variant

Wenglish.    a Wenglander.

 

Personal Observations !.

 The mode of production, is to a large extent dependent on the mode of transport !. Sustainable places of personal residence, can be dependent on both of these !.

 Increasing technology,produces increased complexity for understanding, and can lead to new divisions of labour, or rather intelligent knowledge !. New technologies, appear to be greatly dependent on access to specific natural resources !. This appears to be fueling Globalisation, and, an increasing interdependency, across cultures, and states !.

 Emerging Electronic Technology appears to be changing peoples perception of Political Decision Making. ?. A demand for more direct involvement in the political process, appears to be emerging World wide, and is especially apparent in what the West calls, underdeveloped Countries !.

 

 In the UK, we pass on the left, except when at Sea, when we pass on the right !. So perhaps we tend to regard others then ourselves, as being at Sea ?.

 

The UK Army by tradition, when on Parade, Dresses to the right, hence the saying “I’m all right Jack”

 

An organisation may be seen when the sum of the whole exceeds the sum of the parts.

 Should the key effect of government not be the application of the Multiplier Factor? That is to say the organising of human effort so that the sum of the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts !.

 

 
It may all come down to:

A Matter of time !.
The expectation of competition, appears to put pressure on time, and as such things tend to become “a factor of time “!. This appears to lead to a speeding up, of things !. With the effect of certain things coming into view !. While other things disappear from view !. These things which disappear from view, may suddenly disappear, or gradually fade out of view !. The gap between the extremes of what is seen and what is not, can become confusion !. This confusion can be compounded, with the stresses caused, by the demands to adjust !.

Due to uncertainty, about what is being observed!.. The culture of communications, and the cultures participating in this, will play a part, and the outcome of this will be, that cultures will fragment, and or combine !. So adding to the degree of uncertainty.

The effect on preconceived organisation, appears to be a possible cause of the downfall of some organisations, as their sense of identity as an organisation, appears to constrain their ability to adjust, making them slower, to both respond, and to comprehend !.

Clearly then the speed and effectiveness of response, along with the ability to comprehend, could be a key factor in navigating, for future progress, and a decent life !.

Hence the old expression of, “the  quick and the dead”, becomes a reality !.
 
  
  

European Union

 Since Cyprus and the European move, to break the Savings Guarantee, I “no-longer” support Britain being in Europe !.

 
I like

  I like drawing other people’s attention, to the existence of things. By distributing links, to online pages on which that sort of information appears !.

 These days (March 26th 2013) one finds oneself, submersed with information to digest, from a wide variety of sources !. The information originates from who knows where, for who known’s what reason ?  Working out the possible relevance of this information, can prove a particular challenge !. Working out how to make productive and constructive use, of the information, can become another challenge !.




My current preoccupation


The current (2015)Free Market Economy, which appears to becoming increasingly dominant in many parts of the world, appears likely to be challenged by emerging technologies  As it is that people consume and without an income people cannot be a part of the free market?. So how will people be able to gain an income when most the work is done by technology?



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 From time to time, I appear to experience, what may be, a manifestation of suppressed precognitive capacity, within myself !.

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