Articles tagged: consumerism

The problem with world fisheries is nobody sticks up for the fish

April 16, 2009

“The problem with world fisheries is nobody sticks up for the fish.” Charles Clover, The End of the Line. While Somali pirates are taking hostages, killing and getting killed by the French navy, French trawlermen are blockading Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk. The Somalis claim they have taken to robbery and kidnapping because their traditional fishing livelihoods have been abstracted by factory ships. The French trawlermen are protesting more or less the same thing, except that their fishing methods are somewhat more automated and their temporary victims are a bunch of... More

Random facts about funhouse Britain from Thus

April 14, 2009

In no particular order, and with no special weighting, here are a few facts gleaned from the media with help from friends of Thus at Ten. Please feel free to send in your own facts. We need them in this era of spin and errant fantasy: 68% of Britons believe that MP’s salaries are ‘too generous’; only 4% say they’re too modest. According to a Times survey, 27% of voters say that all or nearly all MPs abuse the their expenses, 42% think that a majority of MPs do so;... More