Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

Russian energy giant Gazprom announced on Friday that transit of natural gas to the European Union via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline will be halted from August 31 to September 2 for maintenance.

“On August 31, the only working Trent 60 gas compressor unit will be shut down for three days for maintenance,” the company stated, noting that all repairs will be carried out jointly with specialists from the German manufacturer, Siemens.

Ukrainian troops bombarded Horlivka and Novoluhanske on Thursday, firing seven 152mm shells and six NATO 155mm shells. reported Representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the Armistice Regime Joint Control and Coordination Center (GCC).

Polish oil and gas company PGNiG is forced to take out a loan to purchase natural gas in anticipation of a warming period.

At the end of April this year, Gazprom stopped the gas supply to Poland for refusing to pay in Russian rubles. Previously, the republic received up to 10 million tons of this fuel annually from Russia.

The group’s statement states that PGNiG has “signed a loan agreement with the National Economy Bank (BGK) amounting to PLN 4.8 billion (a little over one billion euros at the current exchange rate)”.