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The UK's advertising watchdog has upheld a complaint against advertising by hippy collective Greenpeace, which solicited money to help in such things as breaking into power stations and defacing property. The ad in question explicitly stated that gifts to Greenpeace would be used for "direct action" efforts such as painting …

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Shocking how we let such a terrorist organisation exist in our midst...

It would be find it they just protested and lobbied, but some direct action could be classed as terrorism.

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I really can't tell you

how terrified I would be at the sight of the word idiot painted on a chimmney.

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Right, that's it

I'm going to give up my cushy and well paid IT job and become a nuclear engineer. Who's with me?

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Re: Right, that's it

I would but I have to admit to my math skills are no longer up to scratch after years of web fiddling.

Also, one might have to add Mandarin to one's toolbox as the prospects of nuclear engineering jobs in the "Western World / The Coalition / Freddom Block" are bleak.

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The Japanese have a few unemployed nuclear engineers I hear.

They thought they had a job for life too...

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"The Japanese have a few unemployed nuclear engineers I hear. They thought they had a job for life too..."

And they should have. 40+ years without serious incident, using designs from the Sixties, commisioned in the Seventies and keeping a highly developed nation happily ticking over all that time. Then they get hit by a massive earthquake, followed by a tsunami and massively damaged infrastucture leading to an inability to lead power to the stations. And there was STILL minimal harm from radiation or pollution from the plants! The reaction about Fukishima is almost entirely manufactured by the media that finds scary stories sell more papers / get more hits. They should be ashamed of themselves for the fear-mongering. Nuclear power is one of our best hopes for avoiding an environmental collapse one day.

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Antisocial? Give them an ASBO

Not allowed within 50 miles of the UK.

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Re: Antisocial? Give them an ASBO

I would actually donate to this organisation if they actually did go over to China to protest at their coal fired power stations.

I'd donate a lot.

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If they are really bothered about cutting pollution (as opposed to just enjoying their direct action and the lifestyle that comes with it, which I suspect is the case) then they should be working more like some of the cancer charities and taking the money to fund research into alternatives.

As it goes, I don't believe they are drawing attention to a worthy issue or applying political pressure. They're just making it easier for environmentalists to be dismissed as nutcases and actually harming their cause.

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As soon as I saw "hippies" in the headline...

... I knew that it was one of El Reg's two "shock jocks'.

Could the Reg possibly mark the shock jock articles with a [sh1t] tag, so that we can avoid wasting our time by opening them?

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Re: As soon as I saw "hippies" in the headline...

No, only on the IP Fetish Shock Jock. Please.

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Re: As soon as I saw "hippies" in the headline...

You've just admitted that this one was already marked with a "hippy" tag, and I'm guessing that the others you don't like are tagged with the "freetard" tag, so what's the problem?

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Re: As soon as I saw "hippies" in the headline...

You knew as soon as you saw the headline that you didn't want to read it, so you want it tagged too because you didn't work it out from the headline, that you said you....

Ohhh...

I see. You're an idiot.

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Re: As soon as I saw "hippies" in the headline...

That's a very good point! The problem is that it's not always obvious from the headline - the fact that it was comparatively obvious this time doesn't mean that it is always obvious.

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Dear Not Fred

ODFO.

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Training courses

Ya do know that Greenpeace actually run training courses on how to conduct 'direct action' activities. Not to be compared with terrorist training camps of course, but they are funny and enjoyable. Not that those people have 'real' jobs or anything.

As a poster says, the lifestyle is somewhat relaxed... I object to funding it though and direct action is frequently about breaking the law, lets call it what it is.

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Re: Training courses

I believe the appropriate euphemism is "civil disobedience".

Wow. They need courses on how to be disobedient. Who knew? My question is: if they are disobedient during the course, do they pass, or are they made to sit the corner?

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I used to be completely baffled by the complete lack of rational thought of green peace.

Then one day I realized that most of them are kids or simply people who never grew up enough to hold a responsible position in society. Now their stupidity makes sense.

Give me a dozen random 40 to 50 year old people who have an honest job ( politicians and lawyers need not apply ) and the energy situation would be solved.

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Honest jobs - means honest people?

> Give me a dozen random 40 to 50 year old people who have an honest job (politicians and lawyers need not apply)

Police people? Journalists? http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/feb/27/sun-culture-illegal-payments-leveson

Marketing er, people?

And, you would include those people that plan and (g)estimate IT projects?

I am so happy not to be in that range!

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Historical Cost of Nukes

Sure nuclear plants are super productive NOW, but it took 40+ years to make that possible and only with massive government funding, one world war and one cold war.

Even though the long term problems with nuclear have been identified El Reg keeps harping on NO MORE RESEARCH and nuking the hippies.

At no point during nuclear power production has it been done without taxpayer dollars. Why not acknowledge that there might be options. Why not explore them?

Everything these anti-research Reg articles promote was paid for by the authors parents & grandparents. If research and trial/error create such awful results why do the Editors/Authors love it so much?

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Re: Historical Cost of Nukes

The problem with many forms of renewables is even *in theory* they cannot provide much in the way of energy. (The one major omission here is solar, worldwide at least, but there are political problems with coating the sahara desert with solar cells.)

Nuclear power, on the other hand, was obviously powerful enough, and the problem was harnessing it.

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Re: Historical Cost of Nukes

To be fair... all forms of energy production, be it nuclear, wind, hydro dams, you name it - everything except the most basic coal fired plant - has required government funding, including wars. I don't know for sure, but I'm betting that anyone on the national grid, supplying power, has had several government handouts at least.

And the only replacement offered by the anti-coal/anti-nuke crowd is fully renewable energy - if there is any technology that's had more government investment than nuclear, it's wind and solar energy.

But more to the point - where do you see "no more research"? I thought it was a bit more like "stop being idiots, a windmill can't replace a coal power station, cut your hair, get a job, etc., etc."

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I don't think Lewis wants research on renewables to stop. Personally, I'd just want *deployment* of renewables to stop, because at the current level of development it just doesn't make sense; it's a waste of money. They need to be much, *much* better before they can actually be usefully employed; at the moment, their place is in the lab.

Also, it doesn't make sense that the greenies are against nuclear power. Nuclear power is way cleaner than fossils; the greenies ought to support nuclear power as a stepping stone to renewables. By railing against it while no alternative exists yet, they are forcing us to stick with the worst possible technology. We could actually fix the carbon problem, if only the environmentalists would let us!

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Research Requires Deployment

In a lab test all kinds of things work. When it scales in the real world it might not work at all. You simply don't know until you try. Look at the billions spent developing huge fisson facilities that didn't work or exploded. The world learned SO much from the incident in Ukraine. That was a failure as were many of the original field experiments in fission.

Many renewables will fail too (most current tech probably will, I recognize that) but that doesn't mean stop trials at scale. El Reg says we don't even need to try. Go fission and we all get free electric, no problems and FREE MONEY & DONKEYS..

I'm just saying that El Reg oversells their POV just as hard and just as ludicrious as WWF or Greenpeace. Maybe they should stick to tech where they do a much better job of reporting...

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"Sure nuclear plants are super productive NOW, but it took 40+ years to make that possible and only with massive government funding, one world war and one cold war."

You've answered your own question (albeit by trying to slip in the fallacious idea that nuclear power forty years ago wasn't profitable then. Hint: Fukishima was commissioned in the 1960's and has been providing Japan with electricity all this time until the earthquake and tsunami). Basically, if we've put 40 years of development into nuclear, we should be reaping the rewards of that. You seem to be using it as a reason to say (in effect), 'it took us forty years to get where we wanted, that's not good enough. Let's try getting here from somewhere else.'

You posit a false dichotomy when you say it is either nuclear power or research. Cheap power will lead to more money sloshing around for research than expensive power. And even if you're not a strong believer in AGW (I am not), the fact that fossil fuels are more polluting, rising in cost, finite and sourced primarily from nasty regimes in the Miidle East who exploit our dependence, it still makes more sense to get that cheap power from Nuclear than from fossil fuels until we can get the orbital solar stations going...

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Re: Historical Cost of Nukes

The construction of Fukushima was taxpayer-funded, as are effectively all nuclear power plants ever built anywhere. Yes, even the Americans.

Part of the justification of such funding has always been that research and experience would allow *future* plants to be built cheaper. For at least the first 30-35 years of commercial nuclear generation, that completely failed to happen - despite repeated promises that the designs would improve, each one cost more to build than its predecessor. It wasn't until the mid-80s that they started even to claim they'd got their arse into gear commercially. However, between TMI and Chernobyl, by this time they were PR poison, so that claim was never actually tested - because designs had to be remodelled *again* in the light of those disasters.

It's not clear to me why the same reasoning shouldn't apply to renewables now.

Square miles of land, worldwide, rendered uninhabitable or unusable by renewable power? Zero. Casualties arising from renewable power? Okay, some idiot falls off a roof while installing his solar panels - there are a few, but let me know when it begins to approach one Chernobyl. Requirement for expensive monitoring equipment, regulatory oversight or highly trained maintenance staff? None, slight and slim, respectively.

Sorry, Lewis, I get what you're saying, but by any reasonable measure solar, wind, wave and tidal power are vastly safer than nuclear.

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"Sorry, Lewis, I get what you're saying, but by any reasonable measure solar, wind, wave and tidal power are vastly safer than nuclear."

And generate nowhere near enough to meet our needs.

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"The construction of Fukushima was taxpayer-funded, as are effectively all nuclear power plants ever built anywhere."

All nuclear power plants ever built anywhere are taxpayer-funded? That isn't even true in the UK! Our government is willing to underwrite nuclear power stations we have built recently, but not to pay for them. If you're against taxes going to power, I assume you are even more against wind power (massively subsidied) and oil (backed by tax-funded military force and regime support in significant part). Nuclear power is *profitable*.

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I stand corrected. What is done in the UK was outsourced to the French years ago and its all underwritten by US science.

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Casualities arising from renewable power are quite high

Just for wind power in the UK alone, the HSE said its figures showed three fatal accidents between 2007/08 and 2009/10 and a total of 53 major or dangerous incidents in the same time frame.

Wind turbines are inherently dangerous to work on or near - it's a lot of exposed work-at-height, in windy conditions.

There are over 100 deaths known to have been directly caused by wind turbines (most in the USA)

On top of that, they render large areas of the countryside or seabed uninhabitable and unusable because they often throw large pieces of ice long distances, and occasionally throw large bits of themselves as well.

Thus you cannot live or work near them, and to generate any sensible amount of electricity you need a lot of them over extremely large areas.

Sorry, but by doing any research you'd find that wind turbines are not safe.

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> Square miles of land, worldwide, rendered uninhabitable or unusable by renewable

> power?

Quite a lot, I would think - have you seen the size of solar collector power stations?

This one: http://tinyurl.com/yw8jbd claims to be the first, and is from 2005 so I'd imagine they are bigger by now, and has 624 120 square metre mirrors.

Plus, you flood valleys when you build dams for hydro-electric power.

> Casualties arising from renewable power?

Loads of birds get clouted by wind turbine blades.

Incidentally, a total of 70 people have been killed directly by nuclear power station incidents - http://tinyurl.com/yunmz7. 112 people were killed building the Hoover Dam alone - http://tinyurl.com/2dudhca

> Requirement for expensive monitoring equipment, regulatory oversight or highly

> trained maintenance staff? None, slight and slim, respectively.

I'd rather hope solar collectors have trained staff and monitoring kit - they work at temperatures high enough to melt salt.

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All I can say is, if your piece is green, go see a doctor immediately!

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I hate hippies too.

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Save the environment...

Jump on board our Green Peace boat burning gallons of diesel while we circle this oil rig in the middle of the sea for a few months.

Or how about....

Chain yourself to this power station so we have to call in hundreds of bailiffs, security staff and police plus loads of vehicles.

Idiots.

As for shutting things down, if they break in carry on. If they hurt themselves one less idiot to worry about, personally I'd like to get a paintball gun and paint them the next time they go scaling something. Direct action against them would soon stop them, if you want to donate to our cause your £80 will pay for pellet guns, bb guns and paintball guns with associated ammunition to be fired at Green Peace protesters, bolt cuts for removing chains and handcuffs, rusty hacksaws for removing those limbs where we cant remove the chains.

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Seriously why do you not do that?

These people, wrong though they might be in almost every way, care enough to have a go; I think you are right that 'direct action' against them would be a suitable response if you disagree strongly with their activities.

If there was strong public (both in the sense of in the open for everyone to see, and coming from individuals not the state / business) disapproval they might find it harder to recruit, harder to gain funding and harder to justify their actions to themselves.

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Where do I sign up?

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"Green Peace boat burning gallons of diesel"

yeah look at all the smoke belching out of the thing, they recruit people for direct action and they end up shovelling coal into it:

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/about/ships/the-rainbow-warrior/

retard.

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Re: "Green Peace boat burning gallons of diesel"

Hmm, who's the retard if you bother to READ the article you'll see they have only used for the last year. Prior to that they used what ever they could get their hands on and in some cases those boats have been a right mess such as the one they used to circle Brent Spa back in the days, that had more rust than the rig.

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Yay Lewis

Are we posting one a day now? And to think BOFH only gets one a week, I guess that makes you more like the Daily Dilbert.

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Re: Yay Lewis

He's as wilfully ignorant as Adams is too.

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Not all 'hippies' are dippy, man...

Hell; I'd count myself a hippy (albeit one whose formative years were spent under the influence of techno and MDMA rather than acid-rock and hash), and I've taken part in direct action from before the days of Twyford and Newbury, against sulphur and cfc-emitters, whalers, land-mine producers, idiotic road 'planning', transgenic crop releases and other less-than-ideal aspects of a modern world which, on the whole, I still largely manage to enjoy. Strangely, I have also been able to hold down an IT career, pay a mortgage and bring up a family.

If it helps, try to think of direct action as being like unplugging the PHBs ethernet until he admits the company needs a backup router; it's frequently a misguided or even downright duplicitous tactic, but it can also be a useful tool to concentrate easily distracted minds on certain longer term issues which otherwise go ignored.

(And for the record, faced with the possibility of climate change and the certainty of fossil-fuel scarcity, IMHO we need nuclear AND renewabubbles until we make the leap to something better. We'd just better build lots, now, and fast, because I'd quite like my SAN to keep spinning.)

A/C because I KNOW they're watching ; )

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Re: Not all 'hippies' are dippy, man...

Yep and not all Green Peace protesters are hippies, most of them are lazy lay about's who survive on benefits and donations or are so rich they don't need to work anyway.

The recent 'activist camp' by us against a coal mine was a right mess not to mention cost over £200k to clear up after, litter, human waste, and an eyesore (ironic that's all the stuff they campaign against), really pi**es me off that they can just hang around there for months on end campaigning against a project which will bring much needed jobs to our area because they don't work.

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WTF?

Referred to the ASA?

If Greenpeace are openly admitting they have plans for 'direct action' (vandalism) and are asking for funds to support this (Inciting others to aid and abet criminal activity?) then surely the correct organisation to report them to is the police.

Any reg hacks fancy getting a comment on the issue from plod?

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I had quite a fun discussion about global conflict,.....

and despots with a greenpeace activist on a university campus, and it was quite stimulating until I let slip that I was actually an ex-serviceman, at which point I became the "point man" for abuse directed at any and all military sins (even tho I wasn't born when the My Lai massacre happened).

Personally, I would like to see abusing citizens due to their membership of the military classed as a hate crime, to give them the same level of protection as those who deliver the abuse.

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Re: I had quite a fun discussion about global conflict,.....

Sure, because Lewis is about to be arrested for inciting hatred against hippies.

"Abusing people" for any reason whatsoever shouldn't be a crime. If I choose to go up to a black one-legged lesbian single mother and start haranguing her to go back where she came from, the correct response is for me to be beaten up by passers-by, have the video posted on YouTube and become a global pariah. Not to be arrested.

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Re: I had quite a fun discussion about global conflict,.....

@Veti: so you support vigilante justice instead of due process? That makes you as bad as those that condone "direct action".

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@OzBob

Must depend whether or not you wear a superhero costume. Works for those fathers for justice chaps :)

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Re: I had quite a fun discussion about global conflict,.....

OzBob,

I quite agree, as a former Royal of ten years service now working in NHS IT, I'm quite amazed at some of the hostility I have recieved when people find out I used to be a Marine. You'd swear it was my job description to rape and pillage at every opportunity. Oh how I wish it was..... ;-)

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From the article: "Running a developed economy only or mainly on renewables is wildly impractical"

So what are you proposing to do when fossil fuels are uneconomical to dig up, and renewables are the only source of energy there is?

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I think he's already made that clear - nuclear power. Because "renewables" are *not* the only other source that there is.

Also, so-called renewables aren't renewable. They're powered by the sun, which will eventually run out.

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