The English Riots and The Runaway Train

We live in a troubled World, not helped by the decisions of democratic governments have been very short-sighted, geared more to keeping power than the long term good.  One examle is the undermining of equality and sharing in society, which has resulted in the huge inequalities across the World, especially in the US and UK. These inequalities have contributed to the East African famine, over-population and environmental devastation. In my view is that this underlies the trouble this week in England (not Scotland, Wales). The problems

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Where the BIG waste is.

You may find the charts on this link interesting: http://www.citywire.co.uk/money/chart-of-the-day-why-china-blames-us-military-for-sandp-downgrade/a514375?re=15381&ea=237978&utm_source=BulkEmail_Money_Daily&utm_medium=BulkEmail_Money_Daily&utm_campaign=BulkEmail_Money_Daily China is criticsing the USA for it’s debt situation following the down-grading in it’s rating. They point out the disproportionate amount of money the US pours into it’s military might – per head of population, it is simple madness. The UK is not far behind – why DID we go into Iraq/Afghanistan/Libya? Why are we proposing to spend billions on a Trident replacement? And then why are we, that is, our Government, so keen on nuclear

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Murdoch – 21years is a long time apparently.

I have been watching this ‘hacking’ debacle since the highly astute and reputable ‘Yates of the Yard’ first strutted his stuff. At the time, it seemed odd, particularly the arresting of Labour ministers, and the sudden announcement that there was nothing more to act on when people who seemed to know what they were talking about were protesting that there was loads more. Then we had the horrifying prospect of Murdoch’s empire owning all of BSkyB along with the rest: I seem to remember that when

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And after 9 billion?

It is often said that we have to gear up for feeding 9 billion people in 2050, or before, and that genetically modified (GM) crops must be deployed more widely in order to provide sufficient food. Well, that would be nice for the companies that own the genes of the GM products that are sold into the market, and on the surface, it makes sense to make agriculture more efficient. It might also feed people who would otherwise go hungry, which would reduce suffering. All of

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry, for The Normalcy Bias protects us.

The Telegraph reported on Jan 13th 2011 that Jeffrey Kiehl, of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research has concluded that because of Man’s activities, “…atmospheric levels of CO2 could rise from 390 ppm to 1,000 ppm by the end of this century. The last time the world had such high levels of carbon dioxide temperatures were on average 29F(16C) above pre-industrial levels. Evidence has been found of crocodiles and palm trees at the Poles and only small mammals were able to survive.” All the evidence

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Dell Computer, Marketing and Responsibility

I bought my wife a new computer a couple of weeks ago and selected a Dell Inspiron desk computer as she’d had one before and it was a good price on the internet, and most importantly they did one with a pink front! Well, it took a week to arrive: they have a delivery system that makes it impossible to have any choice when it will arrive (so what’s the good if you won’t be there?). This made me think it would have been easier to

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Warmest Global Temperatures on Record – Russia, Pakistan not a coincidence.

Weather can be changeable – hot, cold, usual, unusual. Climate is measured over years, not days or weeks. Weird weather is happening in many parts of the World – Russia and Pakistan are both tragic, for somewhat different reasons, but experts believe that we will see more such events over the coming years. This is because the warming atmosphere and oceans increase the overall energy, which changes the big weather patterns and increases the energy stored in weather systems. If you learn that climate change is

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What connects a Pacific grey whale and you last visit to the shops?

What connects a Pacific grey whale and you last visit to the shops? On your last visit to the shops, it is almost certain that you came home with some plastic that you hadn’t taken out with you: if you are really careless, then it would include the plastic carrier bags from the shops you visted, but it’s hard to avoid the odd polystyrene punnet in shrink wrap. Then there are the cardboard boxes with plastic wrappers on the food inside, and sometimes also on the

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The International Day for Biological Diversity – Did you miss it?

The United Nations proclaimed last Sunday, May 22nd 2010  The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). I didn’t know in advance, but I did hear it on the news over the weekend. What about you: did you notice? On that day, a friend sent me a document written by The Wildlife Trusts in 2006 containing guidance for parish councils on how to fulfill the requirements of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006 regarding biodiversity: our parish council chair had never heard of the

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