Canny

“AG Barr, the maker of Irn Bru, warned that “the scope for fraud in a Scottish DRS [deposit return scheme] is huge. On a small scale we could see people scavenging in bins for containers, as is the US experience. On a medium scale there is the potential for local authority amenity centre looting. And on a larger scale there is the very real possibility of cross-border trafficking of deposit-bearing containers. It costs around £400 to move a lorry load of cans from England to Scotland. A single lorry could carry 160,000 crushed cans or £32,000 worth of deposits.”” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/05/scotland-planning-deposit-return-scheme-for-bottles-and-cans

And on a massive scale, there’s combining the health hazards of refined sugar, carbonic and citric acids, artificial flavourings, preservatives and colours, and rust into a multimillion pound business.

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BBC covfefe

“Conservative MSP Jamie Greene says there is a hung parliament and there is a ‘duty and an onus for all members of parliament, particularly new members of parliament, to make Brexit work. … That’s why I’m pleased there are 13 Scottish Conservative MSPs going down there.’
Mr Greene says Ruth Davidson accepts the result of the Brexit infeernedmum” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-40193839?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=593a4ce0e4b0831b67030422%26%27I%27m%20pleased%20there%20are%2013%20Scottish%20Conservative%20MSPs%27%26&ns_fee=0#post_593a4ce0e4b0831b67030422

Win:win: Conservative MSPs going to Westminster is good news for Scotland, and ‘infeernedmum’ is a good description of Brexit thus far.

gov.broken

“Theresa May launched a slick new government website on Thursday, promising a ‘plan for Britain’, but for the first hour or so it just displayed an error message.” https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/17/theresa-may-website-launch-election-expenses-scandal-nicola-sturgeon

The message read: this is not an IT error.

Castanet castigation

“Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw hit back, drawing comparisons with the 2014 consultative referendum held in Catalonia without the permission of Madrid. Mr Carlaw said: ‘The SNP’s only reason for existing is to rip Scotland out of the UK. That’s why the party refuses to rule out any means of achieving this, including a nonsense Catalan castanets consultative referendum. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-urged-to-withdraw-illegitimate-vote-threat-1-4396195

A Scottish Conservative deputy deputy was quick to point out that ‘Catalan castanets’ was an expression of respect and appreciation toward a European neighbour.

Renewellbles

“Scotland has the potential to produce well more energy than it needs from renewable sources…” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-scotland-gusts-of-wind-usher-in-a-quiet-energy-revolution/2016/10/15/e5da2f5a-8a57-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html)

…without more wells:
“The Scottish Government will not support underground coal gasification (UCG) developments in Scotland.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Underground-coal-gasification-blocked-2c9f.aspx)

“The country’s next challenge … is to figure out how to translate success in electricity production to lagging areas, such as heating and transport.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-scotland-gusts-of-wind-usher-in-a-quiet-energy-revolution/2016/10/15/e5da2f5a-8a57-11e6-8cdc-4fbb1973b506_story.html)

Lagging is of course usually deployed as insulation – the Scottish climate giveth and it taketh away.

Defarmatory

“The same low-ground farmers who suffer most from the impacts of beavers are also the ones that are responsible for the many negative environmental impacts caused by intensive agriculture, such as topsoil depletion.” (http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2986564/scotlands_wild_beaver_shoot_to_kill_policy_is_illegal_and_wrong.html)

Those with depleted topsoil often make low-ground decisions.

Please sign the petition to save the free beavers of Scotland.

Satelkite

“Two more red kites have been confirmed by Scottish Government testing to have been illegally killed in north Scotland. … It is doubtful whether either of the corpses of these birds would have been found if the satellite tags had not been in place.” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/406182-two-more-red-kites-found-illegally-killed-in-north-scotland)

If only there was a way to track where the birds were before their deaths.