Documents Show Australia Ignored Expert Advice Against Dredge and Dump in Great Barrier Reef
Last December the Australian Federal government gave the go-ahead to dredge and dump in the Great Barrier Reef. It did so despite strong, expert advice from the independent authority charged with protecting the reef that it was dangerous to the reef’s health.
Newly released internal documents clearly show that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority repeatedly advised the Environment Department to reject the controversial dredging and dumping proposal …
English artist Julian Beever is considered a leading chalk artist in sidewalk art. He’s also (clearly with good reason) called Pavement Picasso.
The parliament of Crimea, a majority-Russian peninsula in Ukraine currently under Russian occupation, has unanimously voted in favor of joining the Russian Federation and moved up a public referendum on the matter to March 16, decisions that the new government in Kiev called illegitimate and illegal.
Under the 1992 Crimean constitution the strategic peninsula is an autonomous republic within Ukraine, but the referendum to be held in 10 days’ time would ask Crimean residents whether they want to secede.
"This is our response to the disorder and lawlessness in Kiev," Sergei Shuvainikov, a member of Crimea’s parliament, told the Associated Press. "We will decide our future ourselves."
(Photo: Sergei Grits/AP)
Another asteroid flyby: Bus-size space rock to pass Earth this afternoon
The 2014 EC asteroid was just discovered on Tuesday and follows on the heels of yesterday’s close encounter.
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Oh man… you know what pisses me off about this is during one of my undergrad econ class, the professor, Eugene Silberbeg, asked why the Irish people starved during the potato famine. Naturally, I assumed he was looking for the economic answer: they shipped the good food out. And then he laughed at me and said “no, it was because of the blight!” and the rest of the class laughed with him. Moral of the story, don’t trust capitalist econ professors to know what the fuck they’re talking about. As a sidenote, he’s that professor that made us buy his fucking expensive ass textbook custom-printed for the class, and loved showing off how smart he is in class. So fuck you again Eugene.