Shytee Saturday Reading

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cruise ships dumped more than a billion gallons of sewage in the ocean this year, much of it raw or poorly treated, according to federal data analyzed by Friends of the Earth, which continues the call for stronger rules to protect oceans, coasts, sea life and people.

Friends of the Earth’s 2014 Cruise Ship Report Card reveals that some of the 16 cruise lines graded are slowly getting greener; but more than 40 percent of the 167 ships still rely on 35-year-old waste treatment technology. Such antiquated treatment systems leave harmful levels of fecal matter, bacteria, heavy metals and other contaminants in the water. By law, wastewater dumped within three nautical miles of shore must be treated, but beyond that ships are allowed to dump raw sewage directly into the ocean. For this reason, the issue of accountability is paramount for the 2014 report card.

In a complete reversal from prior years of cooperation and transparency, all 16 major cruise lines refused — through their industry association, Cruise Lines International Association — to respond to Friends of the Earth’s requests for information on their pollution-reduction technologies. Therefore, the 2014 Cruise Ship Report card contains a new category: “Transparency” in which every cruise line received an “F” grade.

@ Friends of the Earth

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33 Responses to Shytee Saturday Reading

  1. Den says:

    I wonder if they counted the barfers?

    Big, bloated, floating hotbeds of festering bacteria and foreign workers willing to relieve you of your valuables, not for Den, nope.

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    • jim hitchcock says:

      Seriously, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is testament to mankind’s insanity.

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      • Den says:

        That and what is underneath the waves, tons of germ warfare leftovers, unexploded munitions, toxic chemicals in rusty barrels, etc, etc, etc.

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        • jim hitchcock says:

          Growing up in Westchester, the burg surrounding LAX, one of the favorite places to play was just called ‘the dump’, just off the corner of Century & La Cienega. It was a place of exploration and great adventure. If you wanted to go where the green slimy water flowed, this was the place.

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    • º¿carol says:

      When one contemplates the waste mankind has put out….well, it’s hard to grasp it. It’s one of the things I think about a LOT, too, and have for decades. The oceans, the lakes, the rivers….everything is poisoned, and polluted beyond a person’s ability to comprehend. It’s a miracle that humanity hasn’t already been bumped off, but it’s a slow process.

      Think of all the people with allergies now. Every other kid is ADD, or whatever they call it, or is autistic. So many people sick all the time, too. Hang around by a big pharmacy, like in a big box store, and the people picking up drugs is astounding. And that’s just one pharmacy.

      We are dying here and no one wants to try to change that.

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      • jim hitchcock says:

        The useful life of a nuclear plant is, what, 40 years or so? Followed by what, 25,000 years or so of contaminated waste? Skull and crossbones, baby.

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    • º¿carol says:

      Can’t tell you how many times I’ve aimed on your page comments for the “like” button. I’m conditioned to click from FaceBook.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Christmas concert from 2 to 4:15.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Right after the concert there was an unusually large patch of green sky to the west. A little still remains.

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    • º¿carol says:

      Green means horrible storm! I remember back in the 80s here, the sky, air had that green tint to it. It was really odd, and strangely beautiful. Then there was the storm, a mother of a storm. The worst of it missed us, but all the way toward Detroit huge trees uprooted and all the other things caused by heavy winds. I had a garden, had corn growing, the only problem on our property was in the middle of the 5 rows of corn, it was like a giant thumb had gone through it.

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    • º¿carol says:

      LOVE the DVR. Had Bob tape Barbra Streisand’s 2013 Brooklyn concert for me, watched it tonight. The orchestra was excellent, and it was so nice to see Barbra could still do it, not as well as when she was young, but damn good for being an old lady. She’s three years older than moi. I was a HUGE fan of hers when she first because famous. I bought every album, could sing every song along with her and I even looked a little like her, lol.

      I like how she turned out, her politics are absolutely correct, a Liberal like moi.

      So, Doc, I was at a concert, too.

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  3. º¿carol says:

    Me to a Sheriff outfitted to the teeth with guns, ammo and protective gear: “Looks like you are ready for a war!”
    His response: “I wish!”

    Den, did that really happen?

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  4. º¿carol says:

    I went outside last night for a walk, moon was behind the clouds but it brightened up the place anyway. It was maybe 35° with no wind so I stayed out there for three beers. Walked everywhere, looked at all the projects I didn’t get finished this summer with promises to get to them next summer. At least that’s the plan.

    I’ve been good, been only drinking beer on weekends. I need to lose some weight, the beer is the big culprit, dammit. I do love my beer. 😦

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    • Den says:

      Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup and sugar, that will leave room for the beer sugar,
      That’s my theory anyway, I’m still under 190, knock on wood.

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      • jim hitchcock says:

        With ya there, Den. I love how Newman’s Own lemonade stated ‘No High Fructose Corn Syrup’ on the label.

        My go to refrigerator liquid is Tradewinds Green Tea, which uses sugar rather than HFCS. Has a much cleaner, crisp taste than Arizona, which does use the Frankenstein ingredient.

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  5. º¿carol says:

    Quincy is spending the night with us because Jill was invited to go on a train ride with her boyfriend’s parents. Don’t know the details, but maybe like dinner theater on a train? I’ll hear all about it tomorrow. Jill, old home body that she is, wasn’t happy going out but I told her she needs to be more adventurous an DO things. Plenty of time to site around the house when she gets old like me.

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  6. Den says:

    Lahiru Hirushia is code for fed snoopers, he is on my FB friend list and unblock-able, hmmm
    Go bust some coke and heroin dealers and leave old Den alone Fed boys, I’m too old for that crap.

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

    BEER!

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  7. Den says:

    My sheep noises site went to the dark-side, so suffice it to say the beer and shots did their job talking me down from my hysterical rage, it’s medicine, and I have just proven it works. Now I must go rest my weary bones until tomorrow, nite all.

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