A mixed bag of sheer madness from around the world

Apparently, Chinese boffins have bred a herd of 200 cows that have been genetically modified to produce “human” milk.

AgroBiotechnology at China Agricultural University, confirmed that the genetically modified herd’s milk “contains the characteristics of human milk.”

Li added that the cow-human milk “tastes stronger than normal milk” and explained that:

“In ancient China, only the emperor and the empress could drink human milk throughout their lives, which was believed to be the height of opulence. Why not make that kind of milk more available for ordinary people?”

Here’s why not (from the same article):

However, this development should be understood in the light of China’s recent scares over melamine-tainted baby milk. The national scandal that followed the sickening of nearly 300,000 infants fed the tainted milk powder prompted an ongoing discussion about the country’s declining breast-feeding rates, which, in turn, has been blamed on everything from aggressive marketing by formula producers, migrant working patterns, and the rise of body image concerns.

I absolutely refuse to knowingly consume anything genetically modified never mind from a country that cannot even make a tin opener which doesn’t fall to pieces within a fortnight. I now buy those traditional ones, which are made in England and cost just over a pound (they were 99p here until recently). They are simple, safe and fit for purpose. Just like normal cow’s milk, really.

Still, in a country where up to 90 percent of adults are lactose intolerant, genetically modifying cows to produce human breast milk seems like an unnecessarily complicated solution to a problem that could instead be tackled through greater support for and awareness of the benefits of breast-feeding itself, not to mention rigorous enforcement of China’s new food safety laws.

This means they are intending to export the milk to an unsuspecting world that also buys their tin openers by the million.

I forgot about Earth Hour at the weekend – sixty minutes of self-imposed domestic darkness where you risk tripping over something and breaking your neck, for absolutely no other reason than to feel good that you are “environmentally aware.” But if you went along with it, you’re not! I meant to switch on all the lights to protest against the climate change scam, which, apart from everything else rotten about it, diverts the public’s attention away from the real environmental issues – ones which we could actually do something about.

It turns out that the prize for the country who took Earth Hour most seriously goes to North Korea. This satellite photo shows how well they did:

North Korea at night

The one spot of light we can see is in the capital Pyongyang. Someone must have left the landing light on and spoiled it all. I would not like to be that person.

You probably guessed that North Korea always looks like this, except when there is a power cut in Pyongyang, then the place looks as lively from space as Antarctica out of season.

Remember kids, this is where socialism ultimately leads. Everyone is equal – equally dirt poor. Except for the Dear Leader – Kim Jong Il in this case – who owns the country’s only light bulb.

Something the North Koreans probably don’t have to worry about is Facebook Depression in teens,

But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem…

With in-your-face friends’ tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don’t measure up.

You can put in a “friend request” to most Facebookers whether you know them or not, and nearly all will click “accept,” so if you really wanted, you could have as many “friends” as Facebook allows (is it 5,000?). “Status updates” are often drivel anyway, so just write your own drivel and problem solved. Or don’t write anything – even better.

It gives Big Pharma the opportunity to come to the rescue with a “cure.” Perhaps something like the “chemical cosh” drugs for shyness. And the “patients” might be referred to as Facebook cases. (Yeah, that is a bad one.)

But for a constant stream of utter insanity, you need look no further than the EU, who want to ban cars from city centres by 2050.

The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050.

The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail.

Top of the EU’s list to cut climate change emissions is a target of “zero” for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU’s future cities.

It’s our old friend Climate Change again. If we keep going like this, we too will be living the good life like they do in North Korea.

Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insisted that Brussels directives and new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto “alternative” means of transport.

“That means no more conventionally fuelled cars in our city centres,” he said. “Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.”

The Association of British Drivers rejected the proposal to ban cars as economically disastrous and as a “crazy” restriction on mobility.

Turning the West into an economic disaster is the idea! There is no other reason that I can think of for all of this. We are to revert to the Dark Ages in Europe while our industry is transferred to the Far East which doesn’t have these CO2 targets. Can you see what it is yet? It’s de-industrialisation.

It is sheer madness. Lunacy. Off the charts, mind-blowing insanity.

But the worst part is this: they know exactly what they are doing.

Megacities on the move – Planned-opolis from Forum for the Future on Vimeo.

H/T – Andrew Phillips for the satellite picture

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7 Responses to A mixed bag of sheer madness from around the world

  1. lionheart says:

    Fully agree with you on GM food and I always try to buy organic, more people should research the difference in nutritional value in different types of producing the same foods (as an example organic free range eggs and caged farm eggs may as well be a different food altogether on a nutritional level).

    The global warming issue is one I find myself torn on Stuart, I support using “cleaner” technology for it’s own sake rather than as part of some global issue. I have worked in London briefly about 12years ago ans as I was outside walking quite a lot at that time I remember just how bad the pollution was, you be cleaning grime off your skin and clothes and you could actually see it on your shoes or any exposed metal you wore. The levels of respiratory problems in highly populated areas goes up every year and if you saw the states of the filters in masks that some of my collages used to wear when cycling it would shock you.

    Anything that reduces the pollution levels in big cities is great in my view for its own sake and I like the idea of using more efficient products where possible to preserve the resources for the future generations. I also support conservation and trying to reduce the impact man has on the environment and other species but again its more from a preservation for future generations than anything else. I think that all of the creatures on this planet have a right to be here and I object to the killing off of so many species so casually by man in the rain forests for example so I find it difficult to argue with many of the projects that the global warming brigade push while at the same time I remain far from convinced that there is any definite evidence that what’s happening is not just natural climate change rather than the effect of too many women using hairspray.

    As a man who fully believes in his bible Stewart I assume that you would support conservation of any of gods creatures that face extinction solely because of man’s actions in destroying their environment ??

  2. James Justice says:

    Me too Lionheart. Be a conservationist, not an environmentalist!

  3. Stewart Cowan says:

    Lionheart,

    I would buy organic all the time if I could afford it. I always buy free range eggs and chickens. I wish all agriculture was conducted ethically.

    I also support technology which makes the environment healthier, but this isn’t the issue. The jobs are leaving here and going to places where the environmental considerations aren’t bothered with.

    I lived and worked in London in the 90s, but I don’t remember it being that bad. I found it too hot sometimes. And too far from the countryside.

    I support conservation. Many generations of farmers have conserved the land in the UK. Despite massive EU handouts (i.e. British taxpayer handouts) to farmers in recent years, thousands of miles of hedgerows have disappeared.

    Whatever the truth is about climate change, carbon trading is a con and is leading to the destabilisation of the West – and, as I said, diverting attention from sensible issues, like the hedgerows and destruction of rainforests.

  4. lionheart says:

    Can’t argue with any of that Stewart.

  5. john Leon says:

    I am fortunate in that I live in a very rural environment, my wife was bought up on a farm and has green fingers extrodinaire, because of the warm climate we grow all sorts of fruit and vegtables and soon will have our own chickens and several local farmers sell milk fresh from the cow, there really is nothing unusual about this sort of living, however land is much cheaper than the U.K. and in this region agriculture is king. The U.K. govt. seems to have completely deserted agriculture if what some English neighbours tell us who were small acreage farmers before they too decided to find a better lifestyle and this is reflected in the high prices of organic food found in the U.K. Another minus point is that food is not bought from local producers in the U.K., where the opposite is deliberate policy by the big chains over here therefore making organically produced food much more reasonably priced.
    I agree about the destruction of forests, but the green enviroloons bang on about Polar Bears, which populations are expanding, whilst completely ignoring the terrible peril of the Orangutang in Indonesia as the destruction of the forests race on unabated. 6 years ago Sumatra was not far from unspoiled, with unique species of plants and fauna, then the woodlands were raised to the ground for agriculture and the govt. made a fake claim on the that they would replaced the destroyed woodlands with sustainable tree farming, some hope! such vandalism is almost beyond belief, but where were greenpeace, wwf et al? doing there eco-terrorist macho bravado against govts. that could be seen to be bullied rather than tackling a govt.that would tell them exactly where they could put their bullsh*t rhetoric. Most environmental groups are nothing more than fronts for egotistical, greedy crooks, you only have to see the millions they rake in every year and watch their communist agendas when lobbying the spinless mediocrities that pass as polititians nowadays to realise how anti-human and un-environmentally freindly they really are.

  6. English Viking says:

    In the words of Caroline Ahern;

    ‘Organic carrots are exactly the same as the other ones, they just cost more and they’ve still got shit on them’.

    Organic? What a load of tosh.

    PS Do you REALLY trust any PLC who brands their product ‘Organic’ to tell the truth?

  7. Stewart Cowan says:

    John,

    Ah, sounds idyllic. For quite a while now, the UK government seems to have been trying to turn the countryside into a museum – something to look at while you’re driving through, but don’t think of living there – away from the prying eyes behind the city’ CCTV cameras. They have been closing thousands of rural POs lately – by order of the EU I think. It’s unbelievable what’s happening.

    And it depresses me to see such little British produce in the local supermarket.

    The environmentalists have done enormous damage to their own cause because people are seeing through their lies and disinformation, their craving for more government controls and of course their ultimate hope for a depopulation of the planet.

    They are mainly useful idiots.

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