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Get ready for Peak Soil Fertility

via The Express

via The Express

We’re always running out of something it seems.  This, from the UK, where they think they only have about 50 harvests left before they can’t grown any more food in their soil.

Intense over-farming means there are only 100 harvests left in the soil of the UK’s countryside, a study has found.

With a growing population and the declining standard of British farmland, scientists warned that we are on course for an “agricultural crisis” unless dramatic action is taken. Read more »

You can buy milk at 75c per litre in Iceland stores, and UK farmers say it’s killing them

Fascinating tale of how supermarkets use a product as a loss leader, but that apparently causes problems up the supply chain:

Farmers are threatening protests after Iceland cut the price of a four-pint milk carton from £1 to 89p.

The budget store is using milk as a loss leader – selling below cost price to lure in customers – with the result it is even undercutting discount chains Aldi and Lidl.

However, the news has angered dairy farmers who complain they have been hit with a succession of punishing price cuts which are forcing them out of business.

FFA chairman David Handley said: ‘This move by Iceland is a disgrace. It will feed through to lower prices paid to farmers.

‘The supermarkets are devaluing milk. We are almost getting to the point it is so cheap that people will buy it because it doesn’t matter if they throw it away.

Rob Harrison, chairman of the National Farmers’ Union dairy board, said: ‘We will be speaking to Iceland. This continual devaluation of milk is a real concern to our industry.

‘It is rather rash and stupid to do this when lots of dairy farmers are suffering with low prices. Read more »

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Call for Brits to license the Lycra Forcefield nutters

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Enough is enough for this Road Lice sympathiser

Some of my best friends are cyclists. I have long listened with genuine sympathy to their tales of horror as, trying to weave their way through towns and cities, they become invisible to drivers of motor vehicles – especially very big ones – and have endless brushes with mutilation or death.

But when Katy Bourne, the police and crime commissioner for Sussex, said last week that she would like to see cyclists carrying some form of visible identification akin to a car numberplate, so that they could be tracked down for traffic offences, it struck a note.

There are such things as bad cyclists, and I seem to come across rather a lot of them.

That’s the point, isn’t it?   There are enough of them to whom the road rules don’t exist.  Others increase the danger to themselves and others by blocking the road so dangerous passing manoeuvres are then needed.   Read more »

Key isn’t making it up – the world is puckering up due to the ISIS threat

Thousands of terror suspects in the UK are being monitored by the security services, it has been claimed.

Far more militants than previously thought are under surveillance, according to the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson said the threat from Islamist extremists may be greater than officials have admitted.

It had been believed that the main danger came from some 500 jihadis who have travelled to Syria and Iraq from Britain to join Islamic State or Al-Qaeda. About half of these have since returned to the UK.

But Mr Johnson told the Daily Telegraph the danger was much more widespread than the relatively small numbers of extremists who have gone abroad to fight.

‘In London we’re very, very vigilant and very, very concerned,’ he said. ‘Every day – as you saw recently, we had to raise the threat level – every day the security services are involved in thousands of operations.

Luckily New Zealand doesn’t quite have the same proportion of Muslim immigration to underpin such a threat, but just because the numbers are lower doesn’t mean we don’t have our own issues.   Read more »

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Pick which party is considering these policies

Let’s say a party  had these policies

– Increasing minimum wage, twice during the next term

– Income tax free threshold up to $25,000

– People on minimum wage pay no income tax at all

– 40% tax rate at $100,000

– 100,000 new homes to be built, 20% cheaper than they are now, with foreign buyers banned

– Increase health spending in real terms, every year, until 2020

Can you guess?

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Scotland has spoken

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The early results are trending to about 54% “No” to Scottish independence.

Let’s hope that New Zealanders are equally not in the mood for change.

Trojan Horse school runs lessons in holy war

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Taxpayers money goes towards running public schools in the UK, yet those schools have basically converted to run under full sharia regulations.

Teachers at the school in the centre of the Trojan horse scandal are intimidated by their leadership while management have failed to combat extremisim, a damning report has revealed.

Park View Academy in Birmingham, the alleged target of a takeover plot by Muslim hardliners, has also been accused of failing to warn its pupils about conservative ideals. Read more »

Human Happy Feet

As they saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.  The same is observed in social welfare situations, where no matter how much good intention is directed to someone, they simply refuse to make the appropriate choices.

It could be something that nature instills in some of the individuals.  Look at Happy Feet.  No matter what people tried to do, he still was bent on self destruction.

An Afghan migrant who was rescued after trying to cross the Channel on a makeshift raft had already attempted to swim to Britain twice before – and says he will not give up on his mission for a better life.

Asif Hussein Khail, 33, was plucked from dangerous waters by the French coastguard after his unstable raft – which included a bedsheet as a sail – was spotted near the port of Calais.

Now it’s emerged that the would-be sailor from Kabul has already twice tried to swim the Channel – even though he has no passport or visa for Britain.

I guess when you tried swimming, this craft looks like a luxury liner   Read more »

Update on Josie Cunningham – the NHS free boob job lady

You remember Josie don’t you?  She was the one that got the government to pay for her boob job, then supposedly felt guilty about taking tax payers’ money, so she decided to go into prostitution to earn enough money to pay for the boob job herself.

Here’s her photo, just to jog your memory, post-op.

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Now, before you jump over the break, another tidbit that’s quite relevant:  She’s pregnant!   Read more »

Babies having babies, but grandad is so proud

via Daily Mail

via Daily Mail

Not sure if you caught up with the story yesterday about a 12 year old girl and a 13 year old boy becoming parents and taking out the dubious honour of the UK’s youngest mum and dad award, but here is another thing to set your mind spinning

The father of a girl dubbed ‘Britain’s Youngest Mum’ has apparently broken his silence and told a radio station he is proud of the 12-year-old schoolgirl.

A man claiming to be the father of the girl who gave birth last week, after having conceived while still in Primary School, phoned into the Nick Ferrari show on LBC, to say he was proud of his daughter. Read more »