Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Does anyone have any idea when these are going to be coming back down?
I want to know where all that money- $3 trillion, according to Gordon Brown- is going? Because it certainly isn't funding renewable generation capacity or developing alternatives to fossil fuels.
Idealists might consider some sort of action to be imperative at this stage, but what and how? We are the little people. We do not have mega-bucks in the bank to switch to alternative forms of transport or alternative fuels. The phrase "over a barrel" springs to mind.
I suppose all we can do is continue to point out that this is all the product of our government's continued embrace of the neo-classical economic model and neo-liberal politics and hope that at the next general election people are so disaffected that they consider (SHOCK, HORROR!) voting for a real solution.
A reminder of how we got here.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Yeah, its blatantly Bush- but gods DAMN I hate that little bastard Kamm.
The Chimpomatic is recast as "Bush's verbal infelicity".
Bush's legendary ability to destroy international treaties, the environment and global cooperation gets transformed by this cockweasel into "diplomatic brusqueness".
But most damning of all is Kamm's recasting of torture, murder, genocide and the supreme crime into "negligence in planning for post-Saddam Iraq, and insouciance regarding standards of due process when prosecuting the war on terror".
Plus, only a monster could use the word "insouciance", irrespective of the subject matter.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I don't want to face this publically and I would never acknowledge it to any of my colleagues. But I kind of know it already. George has laid similar hard-hitting facts on the table recently too.
So, what now? Run for the hills? Cry? Riot (my favourite)? I have a lot of anger too vent here but I feel far more like doing option 2. I'm not giving up because there's such a thing as damage limitation, but previously I simply felt motivated to try and educate people about the threat facing them. Now I feel like just ignoring people who "don't get it". They are the ones who will be blubbing when they're flooded out for the fifth time in a year. Me, I'll be in Australia with some good friends and our own renewable generation system and a market garden. Fuck everyone else, society didn't want to save itself, depsite the best efforts of the good intentioned. Too busy watching big fucking brother to prevent genocide.
The subject of this article is at least partially responsible and should all be keel-hauled.
8Then Judah said to Onan, ‘Go in to your brother’s wife and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her; raise up offspring for your brother.’ 9But since Onan knew that the offspring would not be his, he spilled his semen on the ground whenever he went in to his brother’s wife, so that he would not give offspring to his brother. 10What he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death also.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Q: "India's tiger population is in decline, but why should humans suffer in order to preserve it?"
Because tigers, as a species, will be gone forever. Sure, in the future we might be able to reconstitute their DNA into something that walks around and eats meat but it is not the same thing. Humans can control their reproduction and land management. They just choose not to. Humans impose suffering upon themselves. Tigers are innocent.
Here's a fucking crazy idea: Why not educate the people of India, abolish their ignorance and superstition and give them the opportunity to cherish and appreciate their environment?
Apparently the author of this astonishingly stupid question is a member of the Living Marxism / Spiked Online insanity clique. That disgusting rabble of climate change deniers, extreme-right-wing fundamentalists and ecocidal maniacs that includes amongst its ranks people as deserving of my ire as Brendan O'Neill and Oliver Kamm.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
"[The Guardian] needs to accept that successful British companies need to plan and manage their investments, including those overseas, in a responsible but efficient manner in order to compete successfully on the world stage with all the wealth creating benefits that brings to Britain."
Responsible to whom, I wonder? Certainly not the population of Britain whose towns are being gutted by their monopoly tactics and the produce suppliers who are being bankrupted by their price fixing. George memorably observed that, on average, every time a new supermarket opens 276 jobs are lost. £50,000 is spent in a small shop to generate one job, it needs £250,000 to be spent in a superstore to create one job.
As for wealth creation, in strict terms I am seeing little or no financial benefit from Tesco's dominance. Most things that are good for you are still expensive. And more generally, wealth is a very subjective term that can encompass a great many things. It might include the convenience of having independent shops a short walk from my house where I can meet people, pass the time of day and generally enjoy life whilst supporting local business. My nearest Tesco (at which I do occasionally shop, I freely admit) is 10 minutes drive away. My local Co-Op is 10 minutes walk away but you simply can't carry a week's shopping so I still drive there. Punk Wiff always wants to go to Tesco because there is more choice- the Co-Op is a quarter of the size and more expensive, generally. So I have no option. What better definition of a monopoly do you need?
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
11 If men get into a fight with one another, and the wife of one intervenes to rescue her husband from the grip of his opponent by reaching out and seizing his genitals, 12you shall cut off her hand; show no pity.
"But for me, it's the band's anguished professions of supposed political concern, while simultaneously indulging the rampant self-pity of the most cosseted, comfortable constituency of music fans the world has ever known – that's the most irritating aspect of Coldplay. Rock'n'roll used to be a rallying cry, a clarion call; now, in their hands, it's just a palliative."
Chris Martin is definitely a candidate for what Motorhead said.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
It’s still the case that most “progressive” development experts think that “addressing poverty first” remains the best response, and that most environmentalists, in a reprehensibly politically-correct way, think it is exclusively about over-consumption in the rich world, than over-population in the poor world.
But exactly what kind of world are these people living in? Certainly not in a world where water consumption is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate of human population growth, where available arable land continues to decline year on year, where many of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are increasingly at risk specifically because of rapid population growth, where oil at $139 a barrel is already having a devastating effect on hundreds of millions of very poor people, and where accelerating climate change and rising sea levels are going to cause havoc over the next 20-30 years. That’s our world – not some make believe cornucopian world that some still dream of, where the number of people on it is of no material significance."
I'd previouslybeen unconcerned about population growth due to this monologue. However, time changes everything and new evidence- such as Jonathon's point about the Millennium Development Goals- leads me to reconsider.
George is concerned about overpopulation too. But not overly.
"He dangled an extraordinary array of un-Conservative ideas. "People haven't understood the scale and depth of the family-friendly reform we want," he said, "getting family finance right" by "redistributing money to poor households", "giving families more time to spend together", "affordable child care" and "taking on the unrelenting commercial influences on childhood". On all of these, the Tories opposed every measure Labour brought in - tax credits, childcare, flexible working and anything the CBI disliked. So is this real change or just a wise acceptance of things already done? Cleverly, there was not one bankable promise."
Clever, but in an evilly calculating way.
Monday, June 09, 2008
""UK economic activity accounts for 15% emissions worldwide" . . . (note: this is a rarely alluded to fact by our government . . .), "2% of which comes directly from within our shores.""
"The problem is not below ground, the problem is above ground," Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive, said at an oil and gas conference in Malaysia." (my bold)
BP posted record profits of $16.2 billion in February. That must really hold back investment. Yeah.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Hint: Its a comment about something that Switzerland and Germany have been doing for over a decade . . . .
WRAP sounds alright- I approve of their key objectives- . Its just their executive dirtector talking complete shit, that I object to.
"Department for the Environment officials said the bill had been 'strengthened quite significantly' by the amendments, but 'remains largely unchanged', both raising and dashing hopes that they have accepted some or all the changes. Some campaigners fear the government, under pressure over rising oil prices not to introduce what are seen as expensive 'green' policies, are not ready to bow to the demands in full."
You see? Head In Sand. The government still fears to take effective action because it might cost a lot. Its as if the Stern Report had never been produced.
Yes Sir Boss!
Circus of Sound
Martin Harley Band
The industry hates P2P because people get to listen to more music than you get from the radio or the cable music channel- all of which, apart from the Beeb's efforts, are controlled by the same parent companies as the music industry slags.
I don't approve of paying £15 for a CD either. It costs a few pennies to print up a CD and case. I don't want to belittle the creative efforts of bands such as these above. I just feel that there's a massive difference between seeing the band in the flesh and 'doing their thing' and listening to a recording that about two hundred thousand people also own. I think a CD should cost about £3.50 and a ticket to a live gig at least £20. I'm not a tight-arse and I love live music.
Monday, June 02, 2008
An interesting point is made clear in the final paragraph of the report: