My Great Bill

Polish “environmental EcoLogic Group placed a tracker on the back of a white stork last year to track the bird’s migratory habits. It travelled some 3,700 miles (6,000kms), and was traced to the Blue Nile Valley in eastern Sudan before the charity lost contact. … Somebody found the tracker in Sudan, removed the sim card and put it in their own phone, where they then racked up 20 hours’ worth of phone calls. … The organisation has received a phone bill of over 10,000 Polish zloty ($2,700; £2,064)” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-44645217

It’s good to stork, but beware of roaming charges, especially if you’re hard of heron.

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Right Whale Sight

“Cook is among hundreds of fishermen in Grand Manan – an [Canadian] island of about 2,500 people – who have been temporarily banned from fishing after the sighting of a single North Atlantic right whale.
“This is unprecedented,” said Cook, chairman of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association’s lobster advisory board. “We’ve never seen this before, and hopefully we never see it again.”” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/06/canada-grand-manan-ban-fishing-endangered-whale

A lobster advised him not to worry: keep overfishing and destroying habitat and the few hundred right whales will soon be none left whales.

Shriek!

“Long-term exposure to traffic noise affects our blood biochemistry, over and above the effects of exhaust fumes. … It is thought that noise triggers the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which damages blood vessels over time. … A leading acoustics engineer, Trevor Cox, hypothesises that the noises we find most stressful are distress calls – screams with an unhinged roughness to them, caused by the vibrations of the vocal folds when someone is truly terrified.” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/03/sonic-doom-noise-pollution-kills-heart-disease-diabetes

Tinnitus and my mother’s giddy excitement have been reclassified as fatal.

Win:win

“In the final four days [before the British EU referendum], YouGov, Survation, ComRes and BMG all published polls showing Remain ahead. Some of their polling specifically was cited by currency analysts for moving the pound higher in the final week. Populus showed Remain winning by 10 points, making it the most off-base poll released. That one came out the day of the vote. None of the pollsters publicly disclosed that they were simultaneously working for hedge funds that stood to make massive profits if the results went the other way—against all expectations.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-25/brexit-big-short-how-pollsters-helped-hedge-funds-beat-the-crash

While British citizens remain in political paralysis, some sectors leave with billions.

Insect Repellent

“The lead researcher stated that it is “foolish” to use seeds with pesticides pre-applied (so-called ‘prophylactic’ use), and his summary conclusion is telling: “The way they’re used doesn’t make any sense,” he says. “It only makes sense from one motive. That is the profit motive for the manufacturer”.” https://www.ecologicalcitizen.net/pdfs/v02n1-01.pdf p5

Also repels ethics.