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Air, by Noar, Discussing Climate Change

– El Gringo The vast majority of the world  believes that climate change is real and, for the most part, human beings are to blame for the acceleration of this phenomenon. People from across the globe have protested with ever larger crowds against the do-nothing governments that barely recognize this death knell and who continue to kick the can down the road rather than focus on cleaning our environment while there’s still time. Many international research organizations note that carbon emissions continue to increase. The Rhodium Group noted that U.S. emissions had increased 3.4 percent in 2018, whereas the Global

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Climate & Weather

Recent Funeral Held for Swiss Glacier

by Taistealai Dozens of Swiss congregated recently in the Glarus Alps of Northeastern Switzerland to mourn the passing of their beloved Pizoli glacier. They had been watching its slow regression into oblivion over the year with sadness and consternation and in September, the gathered together for the last time to say goodbye to one of Swiss’s more beloved landmarks. photo from economictimes.indiatimes.com As phys.org put it, ” Around 250 people including children joined the solemn two-hour climb up the side of Pizol mountain in northeastern Switzerland to the foot of the rapidly melting ice formation, situated at an altitude of around

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Business

Is French healthcare the best in the world?

https://www.france24.com/en/20190830-french-connections-france-healthcare-system-doctor-affordable-hospital-social-security?fbclid=IwAR3PXqYEqj74xUE_V1_x0NumPAViJfzXpNlNHvdmJBsChKnzYY2a-CZHd90&ref=fb By Taistealaí When it comes to healthcare, the French are very proud of their system. It’s high quality, accessible and affordable. France’s “système de santé” ranks among the best in the world. Despite this enthusiasm, it’s far from perfect and critics say the system is hemorrhaging money. So who pays for it? And what’s its long-term prognosis? In this episode of French Connections Plus, Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot check up on French healthcare. I can tell of similar circumstances that they share at the end of this. My son was born in Mexico City in 1981 prematurely –

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Business

Slangs and Colloquialisms

© Info-graphic courtesy of Statista by Martin Armstrong, Aug 20, 2019   Most people working in an office have come across at least one of these at some point, and most will have cringed inside upon encountering them. It might be a British thing, but hearing the following word combination is not a pleasant experience: touch base. Indeed, 24 percent of respondents to the latest Glassdoor survey in the UK said that they were annoyed by this particular example of office jargon. Quite far behind in second place was the classic ‘no-brainer’ with 14 percent.Further down on 9 percent, and getting a tad more

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Culture

Guns and America

– El Gringo   I am old enough to remember hearing about a quaint hunting rifle association that wanted to protect the rights of hunters much like conservationists want to protect Mother Nature. There wasn’t a political bend to their mantra, they were hunters who like hunting. Sorta like The Sierra Club members who drive Volvos and have a gun rack in the back. You find them on rural highways and byways going to or from opening xyzxyz hunting season. They’ve changed. Now they keep a friggin’ score card on each member of Congress. It’s like they’re all back in

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Climate & Weather

Rivers of Dust: The Future of Water and the Middle East

Without international diplomacy, the Middle East is going to run out of water — and it won’t be alone. It is written that “Enannatum, ruler of Lagash,” slew “60 soldiers” from Umma. The battle between the two ancient city states took place 4,500 years ago near where the great Tigris and Euphrates rivers come together in what is today Iraq. The matter in dispute? Water. More than four millennia have passed since the two armies clashed over one city state’s attempt to steal water from another. But while the instruments of war have changed, the issue is much the same: whoever

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