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NOVEMBER 2004

November 26 - turmoil here and in the world

Turmoil as the site gets a facelift. Haven't had so much time lately, possibly because I write a lot on boards! It's lonely here on the hill, I like to discuss with others too.

Forecasts are starting to come in for 2050 as scientists wrestle with the data and try to come up with the probable outcomes of global warming. The estimates get worse and worse because few have been willing to embrace what's happening, a common human habit; head in the sand. Even the Pentagon are taking it seriously now, especially as Asia looks like suffering worst than most and the prospect of hundreds of millions of environnmental refugees from flooded lands wanting to come into America is an issue affecting security. Europe will have its own problems. http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/28300/story.htm

An inquest jury verdict of unlawful killing of a [black] man who died in police custody has been overturned by high court judges, presumably disciples of the morally bancrupt old shit Lord Denning, good riddance, who asserted publicly that it was better that innocent people languish in prison for years than the criminal justice system is brought into disrepute. Thus doing more in one stupid statement to bring the law into disrepute than any number of successful appeals of victims of police fit-ups.

Bird flu is most likely source of the next flu pandemic, the question being when?

http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/28297/story.htm

Current government legislation represents the latest creep towards the police state, led by the knee-jerk authoritarian Blunkett. Removal of the right to jury trial, imprisonment without trial, compulsory Identity Cards and the specific laws aimed at animal rights protesters are serious attacks on civil rights and liberty and everyone should be concerned. I hope the ID card will become like the poll tax and unite diverse sections of the population into opposition to the constant tendency of politicians to grab more power over the rest us. The release from 'unatributable government sources' of information on a plot to blow up Canary Wharf at the same time as the legislation is released seems to me to be a not very hidden attempt to make it more palatable. It's been universally rubbished and the security forces have said they know nothing about such a plot, which was, apparently, foiled by them. Spin spin spin.

The situation in Faluja is appalling and it seems like a dream to be watching this on our TV screens. A city more or less destroyed, thousands more killed, civilians buried in destroyed houses, children dying of disease, no clean water. Many Americans are deeply ashamed and destraught. It's up to everyone else in the world to reassure them, we don't group them together with the ones responsible. If it takes this disgrace to unite all the good people in the world against the US military junta's tyranny, then it may not be in vain.

More views from the hill soooooon. Keep your fingers crossed I can master css as the future blog and everything else depends on it.

Before I go, have a look at http://www.upsizethis.org/forum/ where some amazing characters argue, curse, joke and debate. For a good idea of what's being debated across the world - UK, US, Oz, Canada, France, Germany, China, it's not to be missed. Perhaps we're seeing the coming together of the global brain, synapse by synapse.

Thursday 18 November 2004 - America is sorry

The situation in Faluja is appalling and it seems like a dream to be watching this on our TV screens. A city more or less destroyed, thousands more killed, civilians buried in destroyed houses, children dying of disease, no clean water. Many Americans are deeply ashamed and destraught. It's up to everyone else in the world to reassure them, we don't group them together with the ones responsible.

So my advice is to go to http://www.sorryeverybody.com/ and click on the picture after reading the text, and then see all the good Americans. It's a strangely moving and at the same time funny experience, tears and laughter.

Thursday 11 November 2004 - mean-spirited to the last

The graceless reaction to Yasser Arafat's death by the cadaverous Israeil foreign minister is typical of the mean-minded Israeli attitude to a man who, for all his faults, united the Palestinians and gave them a sense of nationhood. The war-criminal Sharon wouldn't even speak his name. They will have to deal with people much more violent than Arafat if they don't mend their ways and behave less like nazis. Doubtless his imprisonment by aerial confining to a compound has been a contributory factor to his deteriorating health and resultant death, so they got their own way in the end.

See that two US helicopters have been shot down in Faluja which they describe as 75% under their control. The scum who fly these death machines have had some of their own treatment. How does it feel?

Norway stills behaves in its sick way, not content with the world condemning its killing of seals and whales, they are now offering tourist trips to shoot at seals from boats. Are they trying to wind people up? If this ever happened the suffering of seals would be horrendous; groups of amateurs firing wildly from a rocking boat would never be clean kills, thus resulting in manu seals dieing protracted and painful deaths. As all Norway has to offer the rest of the world is fish and bad taste knitted sweaters, it's difficult to see how one could boycot them, but there must be a way to affect them financially, apparently the only thing that means anything to these unspeakable shits.

Wednesday 10 November 2004 - they just don't get it

Rising global temperatures will melt areas of the Arctic this century, making them more accessible for oil and natural gas drilling, a report prepared by the United States and seven other nations said. It predicts that over the next 100 years, global warming could increase Arctic annual average temperatures 5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit over land and by up to 13 degrees over water. Warmer temperatures could raise global sea levels by as much as 3 feet. Such a change would threaten coastal cities, change growing patterns for vegetation and destroy habitats for some wildlife, but an energy-starved world would have new areas for oil and gas exploration, according to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report.

'Offshore oil exploration and production are likely to benefit from less extensive and thinner sea ice, although equipment will have to be designed to withstand increased wave forces and ice movement,' the report said. So that's alright then.

'The thawing of permafrost, on which buildings, pipelines, airfields and coastal installations supporting oil and gas development are located, is very likely to adversely affect these structures and increase the cost of maintaining them,' the report said. In other worlds, they'll all sink. http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/28072/story.htm

 


 

 


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