The Glasgow subway company, which goes only in 2 directions around a single line, wants to use smart cards for its absurdly simple route map.
"Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has published a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union in which is says it is looking to replace Glasgow subway's magnetic stripe tickets with an electronic ticketing system enabled by smart cards."
A guerilla gardening site in the Southside of Edinburgh has been left after the landowners, National Rail noticed its existence. They wanted £500 / year for the unused land (ten times an allotment rent), probably figuring on its future use as a billboard site. So the site remains derelict, neatly illustrating the point, raised recently by Nowtopia author Chris Carlsson, that all such activities have to deal with the question of land ownership at some point.
The Audacity of Hype! Not since Henry Kissinger was given "the Peace Prize" in 1973 has the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize involved such a sad and tragic irony. Between now and delivering his "Peace" Prize acceptance speech, Obama will be sending drones to bomb mostly collaterally innocent people every week (in their homes, marketplaces, villages, and even wedding parties). He will be continuing to operate George 'Dubya' Bush's practically beyond-the-law, rendition-torture gulags (notoriously, Gitmo & Bagram). He will be expanding the technological advancements, types and potential "usability" of U.S. nuclear weapons (while supposedly also being awarded "for his attempts to curb nuclear proliferation"). And, he will be, upon their every request, militarily resupplying a racist apartheid state (Israel) with cumulatively billions of dollars worth of cluster, DIME and phosphorus bombs, no matter how many fleeing families upon whom that state will use those execrable terror weapons. The Nobel Peace Committee must still be high on the 'Obamalade' to make such a blatant mockery of what the Nobel prize for peace(!) should stand for. Or, should they now call it the Nobel "Peace Is War" Prize? [ --JA]
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