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Signs of Hope – A continuing series June 29, 2017

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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. GW - June 29, 2017

First floating offshore windfarm.

These have to be cheaper than those fixed to the sea bed. Massive potential for energy generation.

Ballast and cable tethering system. I hope these have been designed for 320 km/h + sustained wind speeds because there’ll be no bringing them in in the case of a hurricane.

Ireland could be powered by these. Except when the wind didn’t blow. I which case we should all have days off and sit around candles chilling 🙂

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GW - June 29, 2017

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GW - June 29, 2017

For naval engineering wonks:

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GW - June 30, 2017

By the way, all this R&D was carried out by a nationalised company.

Surely something wrong here – as we all know, only the private sector can innovate 😉

Apparently the software adjusts the blades so that the column remains upright. I’m guessing that this reduces wear and tear on bearings etc. Perhaps the real engineers on this site would know better?

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2. 6to5against - June 29, 2017

The jobstown verdict is surely a sign of hope.
I know its alrewady covered elsewhere. But I like to see this thread fill up when we can.

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3. sonofstan - June 29, 2017

Not exactly a sign of hope when an obvious injustice is reluctantly righted, but the decision by theTories to allow ‘free’ abortions for NI women in Britain is the first positive (with reservations- they shouldn’t have to travel in the first place) outcome of the hung parliament.

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Michael Carley - June 29, 2017

All the reports I’ve seen say abortions in /England/. Is there something particular about Scotland, or is it because Westminster has no authority over the NHS in Scotland?

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Aonrud ⚘ - June 29, 2017

I assume it’s because health is devolved. Wasn’t there discussion of doing the same thing in Scotland from the SNP recently though? So it could end up applying in both.

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sonofstan - June 29, 2017

I think the Holyrood government did this already?
Correction – they’re exploring it
Somewhat odd that the focus on the DUP and their cute folk ways has finally thrown a bit of light on this.

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Michael Carley - June 29, 2017

Odd that the first effect of the DUP lash-up is to make the United Kingdom more uniform, if not quite more united.

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4. WorldbyStorm - June 29, 2017

Not exactly a sign of hope, but perhaps this might prise away a percentage point or two of Trump support. And even a fair few Reps are having to disown it…

https://www.rte.ie/news/us/2017/0629/886563-donald-trump-twitter/

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5. ar scáth a chéile - June 29, 2017

The refurbishment of the National Gallery, reopened recently – and a great promo vid on with emphasis on how it belongs to us:
https://m.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofIreland/

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ar scáth a chéile - June 29, 2017

Oops – hopefully this links to the vid:

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6. GW - June 30, 2017

The German parliament just passed legislation allowing same-gender marriage, by a majority of about 60%

It may well become bureaucratically possible by the end of the year for gay and lesbian couples to marry if they wish in Germany.

The die Linke spokesperson Dietmar Bartsch welcomed it as a significant success for the activists who have long campaigned on the issue but noted that the struggle against discrimination on the basis of sexual preference must continue in other areas.

Another plus is that this has caused a certain amount of friction and confusion within the CDU/CSU where the majority voted against but significant numbers for.

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7. sonofstan - June 30, 2017

Germany has legalised same sex marriage. Lots of happy looking couples on tv

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8. Joe - July 3, 2017

I know it’s the wrong thread. It’s not really a sign of hope that corrupt Gulf dictatorships might be about to use their obscene amounts of horribly expensive Western-supplied military hardware against each other. Not a sign of hope cos it’s ordinary Muhammads and Fatimas who end up dead in all wars while the rich push the buttons.
But anyway this dispute between some Arab states and Qatar, this BBC report – the what might happen next bit – gives a good overview of what it is all allegedly about. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40476821
Jeebus, if any part of the world needs a revolution, it’s these parts.

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