The Degrowth Movement has been around since the financial collapse in 2008 (something that happens on a regularly). If something is out of balance, it oscillates, and if the wrong measure are taken to correct it, it just gets worse, till it finally breaks. This is what our economic and financial system is, badly out of balance and it is driving climate change, inequality and poverty.
In the UK we had the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) which Labour set-up, but basically ignored! The Conservatives, stopped funding it, and the English Green Party, also ignored a report published by the SDC; ‘Recession must make us question relentless pursuit of growth‘!
via The Hope at the Heart of the Apocalyptic #ClimateChange Report #auspol #nswpol #qldpol #StopAdani #EndCoal #TheDrum #QandA End #Capitalism
Reminds me a bit, of the days construction companies blacklisted people, who they thought were involved in trade union and health & safety action. Spread the net wide, ensuring you get as many people as possible, to silence the majority. Just as with the totally inhuman and unjust welfare sanctions, our legal system is becoming more and more a tool for the rich and corporations to keep people in their place.
via Drilling companies accused of harassment by women named in protest injunctions
As with the Kinder Scout mass trespass the authorities are trying to scare people from demonstrating against ‘fracking’. The mass trespass, changed the course of history in England, lets hope, the sacrifice of the four men sentenced, will bring about an end of oil and gas exploitation in the UK. Leading to a meaningful approach to climate change and not just hot air!
via Breaking: anti-fracking protesters become first environmental campaigners to be jailed since 1932
Shraga Stern is a Charedi (Orthodox) Jewish activist who helped to coordinate a letter signed by thirty-four leading rabbis of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations in London in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and condemning ‘irresponsible’ smears against him. 367 more words
via Charedi Jewish protest organiser receiving threats — The SKWAWKBOX
Manchester’s MPs and Manchester City Council seem to be missing from the list, but that is too be expected from the Blairites!
via Who’s saying what on government plans to fast-track fracking?
In Rosyth Dockyard, Fife, Scotland, are the decommissioned nuclear submarines of the Royal Navy. Dreadnought, the four Polaris nuclear missile submarines, Conqueror and Vanguard, surrounded by barbed wire and regularly monitored. That was some time ago and there may be more now in the basin, slowly rotting away, with the nuclear reactors still intact inside them. They need to be kept in the water, to keep the nuclear reactors cool, as they still produce heat. I have no idea, what radioactivity goes into the basin, then the Forth from these hulks. They have been sitting there for decades and yet, the UK Government wants to built more nuclear submarines? Even the so-called peacenik Jeremy Corbyn, wants to renew the Trident nuclear ballistic missile submarine fleet! When will this stupidity ever end?
via NS (Nuclear Ship) Savannah, First Commercial Nuclear-Powered Cargo Vessel, Designed And Used To Dump Liquid Nuclear Waste Into Ocean
But this all begs the question, is the UK media fit for purpose? Let’s face it some publications can be ever so slightly biased.
There is a superb ad for the ‘Guardian’ out there at the moment, forming a part of its open journalism campaign. See: ‘Guardian’ open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert – video .
The ad takes a news story, in this case the arrest of three little pigs, who are accused of killing a wolf that they claimed tried to blow their house down. And the ad focuses on different aspects of the story: the rights of owners to protect their home, the revelation that the wolf had asthma, and thus could not possibly have posed a threat, and the further revelation that the pigs were in fact instigating an insurance fraud, and finally that they were driven to desperation by the unreasonable behaviour of their bank.
Alas, the ad tells a story about the media, which may or may not be appropriate when applied to the ‘Guardian’, but it is far from an accurate portrayal of the wider media.
The purpose of good media should be to inform, illuminate ideas and stimulate the mind. For much of the UK’s media, the priority seems to be to promote hate, exaggerate bias, aggravate intolerance and to titillate our baser instincts.
An article from the Share Centre about the UK’s media.