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22-05-2010 02:46"In the process, however, most of our easily accessible onshore oil and gas reservoirs have been depleted, leaving only less accessible reserves in offshore areas, Alaska, and the melting Arctic. To ensure a continued supply of hydrocarbons -- and the continued prosperity of the giant energy companies -- successive administrations have promoted the exploitation of these extreme energy options with a striking disregard for the resulting dangers. By their very nature, such efforts involve an ever increasing risk of human and environmental catastrophe -- something that has been far too little acknowledged."
21-05-2010 23:03We are volunteers at a completely volunteer-run vegan café in Hackney called Pogo.
At the moment we are looking for volunteers to help in the café - whether doing shifts or fixing things.
A recently published report by Gerry McCartney et al in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2010; 340: c2369) has cast serious doubt on the potential health benefit ‘legacy’ of the Commonwealth Games 2014.
Their report analysed fifty-four studies assessing the health and socioeconomic impacts of major multi-sport events on the host population between 1978 and 2008.
“Our review found insufficient evidence to confirm or refute expectations about the health or socioeconomic benefits for the host population of previous major multi-sport events. Benefits from future events—such as the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in London or the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow—cannot be expected to occur automatically”.
“There is a lack of evidence on the impacts of major multi-sport events on the host population, and until decision makers include robust, long term evaluations as part of their design and implementation of events, it is unclear how the costs can be justified in terms of host population benefits”.
The Scottish Government commissioned the report, but when they saw that the results didn’t conform to the outcome they wanted, they refused to publish or own it. You can read the full text below and make up your mind about the findings:
21-05-2010 18:17FOR SELF-ORGANISATION & ANTI-CAPITALIST RESISTANCE
Glasgow University lecturers have been threatened with forced redundancies. Over 80 jobs are at risk. This is despite the university's budget being very healthy, so this cost-cutting exercise is completely unnecessary. Students demonstrated in support of the staff on Thursday 20th May and to protest that the education cuts will affect their studies. A petition was handed into the principal and it was agreed to have talks early in June.
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEkf5n1AcU4 for the march and a few speeches including one by staff.
SOOT is busy preparing our events for the Old Town Festival which starts on 14th June.
The full programme is now out and can be dowloaded from the Scottish Storytelling Centre website. Copies of the programme are also available in many of the venues and other community centres and libraries.
Please support this campaign by sending emails and faxes to the new Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP Secretary of State for the Home Office
UNITY calls for an immediate moratorium on the detention of all children by the UK Border Agency and not just the end of detention of children in Scotland.
21-05-2010 14:22The 3rd edition of our summer camp at Highbury Farm in the beautiful Wye valley taking place between the 11th and 13th June and this year entitled Tech Tools for Activists Camp.
adelayde writes BarnCamp 2010 is two days of workshops on topics ranging from renewable energy to foraging for food to citizen journalism to using free software for activism, up to three nights of camping, open space sessions, evening entertainment, great food on a beautiful farm co-op high in the Wye Valley.
Brought to you by HacktionLab, the third edition of our summer camp at Highbury Farm in the beautiful Wye valley is taking place between the 11th and 13th June and this year entitled BarnCamp. It'll feature two days of workshops, demos, discussions and practical, how-to sessions looking at how technology can be useful (and dangerous) for campaigners, community activists and general trouble makers. We have limited places so please book your place on-line today the cost is just £25* when you book and pay in advance and includes food, camping, entertainment and all workshops and open space barncamp sessions. In the evening there will be both indoor and fireside entertainment, and plenty of time to meet people, and chill.
BarnCamp 2010 is a hacklab-style event where we make it happen ourselves, you may well be roped in to help with some aspect of organising. We have a mailing list for those who want to get more involved in the running of BarnCamp. To get in touch, please join the list, or email one of the organisers at barncamp [at] hacktivista [dot] net
* The st is £25 when you pay in advance, £35 on the gate. Please note that you still need to book you place before coming even if you with to pay on the gate.
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Scottish Borders celebrates World Environment Day
The Green Fork
A new group, “The Green Fork –Scottish Borders”, focusing on healthy, low-carbon food will be launched with a free talk and workshop on World Environment Day, Saturday 5th June at the Tweedbank Community Centre, Tweedbank from 12noon-2pm. There will be free compassionate-living guides focusing on ethical and compassionate living in Tweedbank and lots more free literature to be taken away!
The event is designed to introduce everyone to a more ethical lifestyle, with free food and tips on how to make simple and practical changes that can have a real impact on your own health and the health of the environment. There will be an emphasis on local and community based initiatives that everyone who is interested in reducing their carbon footprint by eating healthily and locally can get involved with. Ongoing support will be offered through a local “meetup” group.
Whilst many people are now concerned about climate change and choose energy efficient light bulbs, drive hybrid cars and install solar panels, etc we ignore a simple step we can take every day, changing our food habits. A key aim of the event is to raise awareness of the disastrous effect of a meat-based diet on the climate and calls on the Scottish Government to take immediate steps to recognize and reduce the impact of the livestock industry on our environment.
Donna Hanson, co-ordinator of the campaign in the Borders, said, ‘According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO), the livestock and meat industry accounts for 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. That is more than comes from the world’s entire transportation sector. So a change in our eating habits can make a contribution to necessary reductions of emissions. A plant-based, wholefood diet is the single most effective step anyone can take to reduce animal suffering, improve your health and protect the planet. Such a diet has been scientifically shown to reduce, and in some cases even reverse, diseases like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, obesity and other auto-immune diseases And the food is wonderful, too! What other diet can offer so much?”
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place
Funding for this event has been provided by Animal Aid
21-05-2010 10:28The following article is an entry that appeared on Wikipedia. Within the last 24 hours a major "edit war" broke out and it appeared, at least to me, that the information was being suppressed. The article goes into depth about a field of espionage that employs a technology known as "silent sound" or "Synthetic telepathy". If you're interested in high tech espionage, this makes for a very good read.
21-05-2010 02:57Today, a selfless, dedicated and uncompromising Irish Republican political prisoner, Liam Hannaway, lies unbowed in a cold and unforgiving British gaol cell, as he enters his 35th day on Hunger Strike whilst being incarcerated at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s pleasure at Maghaberry Gaol, located in occupied Irish territory that is known as the State of Northern Ireland. During the recent history of Ireland’s quest for ‘Unity’, this ultimate act of Irish Republican defiance against Britain’s colonial Prison regime in the North has already been presided over by this current British monarch and by a Conservative government in Westminster! – The 1981 Hunger Strike- Lest We Forget!
21-05-2010 02:38plus interview with Glen Vowles of the Green Party
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Dialect - Bullingdon Club thug/toffs in Britain's new government
apologies for lack of credits and item listings this week
credits are at 59:00 on the mp3