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.

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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.

Aqua Vitae

“The [Woodland Trust Scotland’s Scottish Forestry Strategy pre-consultation] statement was launched during a reception at the Royal Highland Show with Loch Arkaig flavoured gin from the amazing Gin Bothy.” https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2018/06/royal-highland-show/

The flavour of loch water proved popular with Highland Show goers. It was described as ‘earthy’, ‘woody’, and ‘faintly tinged with diesel’.

Wrong Type of Heat

“Transport officials said rails under direct sunshine might reach 20C (68F) above the surrounding air temperature, causing the steel to expand – raising concern that rails will buckle as temperatures soar.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/26/uk-weather-railway-slowdown-stop-tracks-buckling-heatwave-set/

Network Rail assured passengers that slowing trains to mitigate this risk was in no way a consequence of going berserk with the chainsaw in the spring and removing all those miles of shady mature tree cover.

Eels on the Line

“The cocaine-exposed eels appeared “hyperactive” and their skeletal muscle showed evidence of serious injury, including muscle breakdown and swelling. … A polluted river will not have only cocaine, but also, for example, THC, morphine, MDMA, pesticides, heavy metals, phenols and antibiotics.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/21/cocaine-in-rivers-harming-endangered-eels-study-finds

Economists fear the bottom will soon fall out of the illegal drugs trade as users discover the circular economy – a good draught of river water will fulfil all their medication needs.

Coffeetive Dissonance

“Environment Secretary Michael Gove said in December that Britain had to “stop offshoring our dirt” and deal with its plastic waste at home.” https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/06/14/china-plastics-ban-malaysia-vietnam-poland/

“However, the reusable version appeared to have been abandoned in favour of a plastic-lined, single-use cup as he gave evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on the work of Defra – including topics such as farming, air quality and post-Brexit plans.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/michael-gove-disposable-coffee-cup-environment-meeting-plastic-pollution-latte-levy-a8396761.html

UK government is committed to personally creating fulfilling jobs for those who deal its plastic waste.