Obama may of been elected President of the USA, but he takes orders from a very small minority, AIPAC.

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This just arrived in my inbox:

Re: An open letter to President Obama from an American Jewish woman.
For many years I have been asking my American friends the same question posed at the end of this comment. But I still do not have an answer.
Ramez Ghazoul
Dear Mr. President,
My younger brother was an early believer in you. He worked for your Senate campaign. At the age of 25, he ran the GOTV campaign in North Carolina, delivering an improbable victory for you in a Southern state that helped give you your first term. This year, slightly less bright-eyed but nonetheless a believer, he was working on your campaign again when he died suddenly, a brilliant, energetic 29 year old, dead in his tracks. You know this. You called my parents. Your campaign, to my greatest appreciation and respect, brought grief counselors for his coworkers, dedicated a corner…

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Why the EU must dare to debate ‘degrowth’ « Feeding the habitesult of crisis in fuel, food and fina

At the UK’s Green Party Spring Conference 2011 in Cardiff, Tim Jackson,Prosperity without Growth’, spoke at a fringe meeting.  He spoke about how the Green Party should take this moment of financial turmoil, t o push the message for change, away from the failed economic models.  He said it would be tough, but telling the public the truth, that there would not be jobs for all, would ultimately bear fruit, for those brave enough to say it, how it is.  The Green Party, under Caroline Lucas, MP., failed to deliver the message for a different economic model.

Why the EU must dare to debate ‘degrowth’ « Feeding the habit.

Tim Jackson stated there are three aims:

  • Establishing the limits;
  • Fixing the economic model;
  • Changing the social logic.

Changing the social logic is something Annie Leonard and her Story of Stuff Project’, tried to do.

In a commentary by Pavan Sukhdev in ‘Prosperity without Growth’, states:

GDP growth does not capture many vital aspects of natural wealth and well-being such as changes in the quality of health, the extent of education and changes in the quality and quantity of our natural resources.

The ongoing economic crisis, itself a result of crisis in our fuel, food and finance, and at a parallel crisis in our ecological and climate commons, suggesting that both share a common cause: our failed economic model.

Tim Jackson does state there is a need for investing in jobs, assets and infrastructure:

  • retrofitting buildings with energy- and carbon-saving measures;
  • renewable energy technologies in particular the electricity grid;
  • public transport infrastructure.

If politicians do not start to send out the message for change, it will come about but it will be forced on people by events beyond human control.  Without change now, catastrophic climate change will force change.

 

 

Anonymous takes down over 9000 Israeli sites, wipes databases, leaks email addresses and passwords | Hang The Bankers | He Who Controls the Money Supply, Controls the World

It was announced on Friday, at the Support Gaza demonstration in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, that hackers were going to target Israel.

Anonymous takes down over 9000 Israeli sites, wipes databases, leaks email addresses and passwords | Hang The Bankers | He Who Controls the Money Supply, Controls the World.

EXCLUSIVE: Secret Tory steering committee working overtime to ready NHS for mass privatisation | A diary of deception and distortion

A blog about the privatisation of the National Health Service (NHS) by the present coalition.  But the author does point out that Labour are to blame for the financial crisis of the NHS.  And that Ed Milliband, if every elected, would only bring back the same disastrous Labour policies.  In the mean time, the Liberal-Democrats do not seem to have anything to stop this privatisation.  Unlike the rest of Europe, who have well funded health care services, the UK is following the USA route, where care is only for the rich.

EXCLUSIVE: Secret Tory steering committee working overtime to ready NHS for mass privatisation | A diary of deception and distortion.

And another article, this one from the Guardian newspaper, on how a few are profiting from the privatisation of the NHS:

Health care sell-off makes GPs millions 

 

Something we have been trying to tell Manchester City Council and Manchester Metropolitan University. But Manchester City Council is speeding up it’s campaign to built on green space, even prime arable land.

THE DIRT

A new research study by Professor Thomas Pugh at Lancaster University and other scientists in the UK has found that adding trees, bushes, innovative systems like green walls, or even ivy or other creeping vines, can cut street-level nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and microscopic particulate matter (PM), two of the worst forms of pollution, by eight times more than previously thought. Many urban streets have high levels of these types of pollution, far exceeding healthy amounts for humans.

According to Science Daily, previous research has said trees and other greenery can only improve urban air quality by around 5 percent. ASLA’s recent animation on the positive impact of urban forests on air pollution used U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Park Service-cited results, which pointed to around 10-13 percent improvement in air quality from major increases in urban greenery. 

The new study focused on better understanding the effects of adding greenery in the stagnant corridors of cities, what…

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