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Archive for May, 2010

Biodiversity Threat

May 22, 2010

The threat to human existence by our waton destruction and pollution of natural environments is more severe than the effects of climate change, says a UN economic report.

Economic exploitation is already leading us to ruin. What we are doing to nature is so much worse. As we cheer on the destruction of retirement funds by corporate speculation, do we fund the destruction of the world that we rely upon?

There is no certainty in a future when greed dictates. Nature will overgrow our paltry efforts at self organisation and impose a far more brutal environment that no longer supports human viability.

We either act within the laws of nature or continue to believe in our fictions that make it seem logical to overpopulate, destroy species and burn resources. Nature is blinking in our brightness, but we are so very doomed if we think we can exist without mother Earth.

Guardian


The consequences of global warming

May 16, 2010

What happens if we continue to pollute the atmophere?

The Great Energy Challenge


“The Exxon-Valez every four days”

May 14, 2010

The scale of the unnatural disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a horror. The responsibility of BP in drilling this hole in the seabed and then not managing the risk so as to prevent destruction of sea life for generations and use excuses like “the sea is very large” when they made record profits last year in a time of international recession deserves more scrutiny.

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Is the UK Democratic?

May 8, 2010

The world’s most democratic countries are not the United Kingdom or the United States of America. Both use outdated systems for democratic choice that do not grant equality to each vote, and allow entrenchment of a sitting government via the drawing of electoral boundaries.

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The Environment

May 3, 2010

The most serious issue facing the world today is more far reaching than the financial crises and worse than war. It is the serious threat we pose to ourselves through over-population and pollution of our environment.

The end days of the oil industry are brought into stark reality by the risk taken and inability to repair an oil well off the coast of America that threatens all sea life in the Gulf of Mexico. Rampant capitalism and growth entail mistakes and this one is huge. Failure to build into the cost of oil the risk it presents when drilling for it offshore results in “unexpected disaster”.

The entire problem of messing with nature without taking adequate measures to protect the environment are illustrated in this catastrophe. It brings the viability of the entire oil industry with its wars and pollution, also un-costed, into question.

Possibly more severe is the mysterious disappearance of honey bees. Why are they abandoning their hives? Instead of coming up with answers, there seems to be a hope the problem is temporary and will resolve itself, but it is not. It is getting more severe with each passing year and it threatens the crops of the world. Our trusted little friends who pollenate flowers are dying and it is being caused by something we have not noticed?

The “most likely” theory is some disease or parasite is at work, but logic indicates that it is just as likely that we are to blame. If for example, it is our genetic modification of crops causing the bees to stop recognising them, and they therefore simply end up starving themselves as they can no longer gather the right ingredients or are unable to produce enough royal jelly to make queens, then they would die externally to the hive. In fact the genetic modification of plant may be messing with the bees ability to navigate home as ancient reliable signals now appear like a colour blindness test with flashing lights.

Suddenly their life cycle, interrupted, no longer works. Our failure since 2006 to properly establish what is causing this may cause the most horrible food crisis in much of the world, and is therefore a horror far worse than oil wars or even marine pollution.

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Capitalism

May 2, 2010

The system we have lacks a genuine human philosophy. Capitalism is more of a mechanism to fund ventures than the best way for humanity to prosper. We ignore its horrible side effects.

We would do far better if banking was not such a highly rewarded pyramid scheme. Banks produce security. Politicians are remiss for backing fat horses.

Our present society lacks the heroic altruism and cooperation that carried us out of the wars, terrible epidemics and human crimes such as slavery.

Wealth is a pretence without genuine value. It is merely good fortune and it is a sadness that those who have it believe it motivates those who do not.