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Colby Cosh on COVID-19: How long before plastic-bag haters feel safe to resume their crusade?

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The University of Guelph economist Ross McKitrick wrote a column for the Financial Post on Tuesday about the sudden abandonment or suspension, in the face of pandemic disease, of by-laws and regulations banning single-use plastic grocery bags. (I have to mention Guelph because I called it “Guelph University” in an article a little while ago, and they’re touchy about that, so I owe them one. Go Gryphons?) Consider this a footnote.

The professor observed that plastic packaging, while often overused and always a blight when carelessly discarded, is not especially serious when considered as an environmental problem. We’ve got much bigger fish to fry everywhere you look. Cities and states that had begun a jihad against single-use plastics in the B.C. (Before Coronavirus) era have temporarily thought better of these hasty, showy measures.

And they are hasty and showy. It is not a coincidence that they have been adopted in dense urban environments by politicians who don’t have any instinctive sense of how enormous Canada is. (These are the same people who want coyotes to be treated with sensitivity and respect when they start devouring housepets in suburbs, as if coyotes were running out of room.) We are not in any serious danger of running out of space for landfills. It seems that it is only the choice to “recycle” plastic bags and other single-use detritus that has made our plastic an environmental problem in Asia.

Discarded plastic bags are definitely hateful to the eye, in spite of that scene in American Beauty. I can assure you that they do much more aesthetic injury in the countryside than they do in the city. But that is what the objection to them is, fundamentally. It is aesthetic. At the very least, it is hard to argue that North American users are creating an environmental problem elsewhere by indulging in them here. (Even the unsightly workaday presence of discarded bags in the streets is, I think, much diminished from what it was 10 or 15 years ago.)

Unfortunately, it has turned out that the bags are pretty goshdarned useful in an epidemic of viral disease that has made grocery stores an important fulcrum of life-saving infection control. McKitrick discussed this question in a friendly, scholarly way, and you all know that this is the approach I prefer to take nine times out of 10.

This is the 10th time. McKitrick did not ask “What if the pandemic had arrived five years after a round of successful bans on plastic bags had altered the plastics supply chain and driven the bags altogether out of ordinary, accessible production?” The places that tried to ban bags were only able to retreat because other less forward-thinking places hadn’t gotten around to it. Even groceries that had been “taxing” the bags have stopped doing it because the incentives flipped upside-down, and replaceable bags were now deemed dangerous to life and health.


In this file photo taken on March 20, 2020, a man covers his hands with plastic bags as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, in Caracas.

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In view of this, are we likely to press on with the bans when SARS-CoV-2 is a sour memory? I have some sympathy, here, with even the boulevard environmentalists who think plastic straws are the devil, who have three children and two residences, and who take eight transatlantic flights a year. We will all want things to go back to some desirable state of normalcy when the time of troubles is over. But we will all want incremental political improvements that suit our ideology, in order to fulfill our wartime hopes of an ameliorated world. And we will all interpret prior events so as to agree with our political first principles. (I am not merely promising that other losers and partisan maniacs will act on these desires. I am also saying you will be able to catch me at it. Maybe I’m doing it right now.)

What this suggests is that the bag-ban fanatics will be back at it as soon as they think it is possible to proceed with decency and without some shame. They do have a good chance, now, to quietly forget the policy they were espousing passionately a few weeks ago. Maybe they’ll take it. Or maybe they’ll try to go ahead as before, and be told, more stridently and by more people than before, to eff off.

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Love Island 2020’s Callum and Molly share update on relationship

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Love Island 2020 duo Callum Jones and Molly Smith are finally official.

The reality stars left the villa back in February, but during a recent chat with OK! magazine, Callum revealed that they have only taken the next step in their relationship over the last few weeks.

“We are boyfriend and girlfriend now,” confirmed the 23-year-old ex-scaffolder.

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But how did they come to realise they’re now officially official?

“What it was is, I said to her, ‘We’re courting’. She said, ‘Courting? That means we’re together.’ And I said, ‘Oh does it?’ And she said, ‘Yeah’.

“I was like, ‘Alright then’, and she was like, ‘Are you asking me to be your girlfriend?’, and I was like, ‘Yeah’. And that’s how it come about.”

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Related: Love Island‘s Wes Nelson and Arabella Chi split after nine months

Pretty straightforward then, but it’s nice to hear they’re still going strong.

Earlier today (May 4), it was confirmed that Love Island‘s summer 2020 series will not be going ahead, due to the current pandemic.

Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, said: “We have tried every which way to make Love Island this summer but logistically it’s just not possible to produce it in a way that safeguards the wellbeing of everyone involved and that for us is the priority.”

Love Island is scheduled to return this summer on ITV2, and you can catch up on the show via ITV Hub.



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Originally posted 2020-05-04 15:31:44.

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The Boys Season 2 Release Date, Cast, Plot, Trailer And Everything You Need To Know

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Hooray, The Boys are here! Amazon original science-fiction live-action series, The Boys aired back in 2019.

Before even the first season made it on the Amazon platforms, it was renewed for a second installment. The success of the show is a massive one, seeing the eccentric portrayal of superheroes.

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The pilot is more than enough to keep you hooked, and you can barely see the time pass as you watch the first eight episodes of season one.

It is a story loaded with sarcasm and skepticism, rather than to win over the viewers with identification or emotions. The inspiring characters show the dark side of superheroes credibly and surprisingly.

What Do We Know About The Release Date?

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According to an Instagram post of November 6, 2019, by Karl Urban, playing the lead role of Billy Butcher, the filming of the show was all done with it:

Cut and print!🤪 That’s a wrap for Billy Butcher on season 2 of @theboystv. Massive thanks to our awesome Crew n cast, love you all. 💥The Boys 2💥 On yer telle Mid 2020 #gonefishing🎣 😎💗

Eric Kripke, showrunner of Supernatural and The Boys, wrote on his Twitter handle regarding on the update on the upcoming season:

And, I’m hard at work (remotely) on #Season2. Here are a few shots! @KarlUrban @antonystarr @TheBoysTV #TheBoys #SPNFamily pic.twitter.com/rHnw0REsIx

— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) March 22, 2020

Seeing the completed filming, we can expect the second part to hit our screens in mid-2020. The show is currently in its post-production stage.

Any Trailer Yet?

Yes, thankfully, an official trailer was released on December 6, 2019, on the official YouTube account of Prime Video UK. And, since then, it has scored a total of over 3 million views.

There are no updates regarding the admission of fresh faces. But, here is a list of a line-up based on the previous season:

  • Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
  • Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell
  • Anthony Starr as Homelander
  • Erin Moriarty as Annie January 
  • Dominique McElligott as Queen Maeve, and so on

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Originally posted 2020-05-04 03:47:50.

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Spider-Man actually solved time travel in Avengers: Endgame

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Spider-Man might have been a pile of dust for most of Avengers: Endgame, but he actually played a bigger role than you’d think.

After the movie’s surprise five-year time jump, the remaining Avengers start to look to time travel to bring everyone back. Smart Hulk doesn’t have the knowledge though, so they need Tony Stark’s help and he doesn’t seem to want to do it.

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He’s left the superhero life and living peacefully with Pepper and their daughter Morgan, so Tony doesn’t want to potentially mess it up by playing around with time – something he doesn’t think is possible anyway.

And yet, over one night, Tony manages to create time travel, but really, we should be thanking Spider-Man instead.

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Before Tony solves the time travel problem (and after he bizarrely dries plates before putting them on the washing-up rack), he looks at a picture of himself with Peter Parker and a fake Stark Industries certificate.

Shortly after this, Tony decides to have one last try at the time travel simulation, seemingly because of the guilt he felt over Peter’s death in Avengers: Infinity War.

But there’s a key detail you might have overlooked.

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ScreenRant suggests that the fact that Peter is holding the Stark Industries certificate upside-down is the reason why Tony is able to solve the timey-wimey conundrum.

“I’ve got a mild inspiration. I’d like to see it if checks out. So, I’d like to run one last sim before we pack it in for the night. This time in the shape of a Möbius strip, inverted please,” Tony tells Friday after this moment.

He says a few other science-y bits, but the main change is inverting the Möbius strip like Peter did for his certificate.

And given the timing, it seems that the “mild inspiration” could well be that certificate. Lo and behold, turning it upside-down worked and the rest is history.

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Related: A major Avengers plot hole about Thanos has finally been resolved

We’re sure time travel is more complicated than just looking at it upside-down, but they did have a time heist to get on with.

So, technically, this also means that Spider-Man is inadvertently responsible for Tony’s eventual sacrifice to save the world.

Sorry about that.

Avengers: Endgame is out now on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D, 4K and digital download, and is available on Disney+.


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Originally posted 2020-05-01 06:05:44.

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