“The organisation that operates the Large Hadron Collider has set a date for the start of its science programme.”
“The remarkable remains of two ancient human-like creatures (hominids) have been found in South Africa.”
Homo sapien (today). “The industrial nations of the world and their governments have been swept forward by the pressure of invention, through a barrier they did not see, into a world they have not yet understood. As the resources of the earth become more depleted, populations more crowded and more deprived, the greater will be their effort to pass the problem on to the next generation. Self-deception will become more persuasive; optimism will take hold” Prof C.D.Darlington. Ref, ‘Lost Illusions’ Koestler, “The dream worlds of Capitalism and Socialism, as outdated as the Wars of The Roses.” Katherine Gun, “I’m just baffled that in the 21st century we as human beings are still dropping bombs on each other as a means to resolve issues.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharine_Gun
And “WikiLeaks has posted a video on its website which it claims shows the killing of civilians by the US military in Baghdad in 2007.” http://wikileaks.org/
And ‘The Hurt Locker’ (WikiLeaks video is more disturbing) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hurt_Locker
Nicholas Humphrey. http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/humphrey/amnesty.html
BBC 2 TV, Enemy of the State? “Twenty years on from the invention of the World Wide Web, Dr Aleks Krotoski looks at how it is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives. Joined by some of the Web’s biggest names – including the founders of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, and the web’s inventor – she explores how far the Web has lived up to its early promise. Here, Aleks charts how the Web is forging a new brand of politics, both in democracies and authoritarian regimes. With contributions from Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates, Aleks explores how interactive, unmediated sites like Twitter and YouTube have encouraged direct action and politicised young people in unprecedented numbers. Yet, at the same time, the Web’s openness enables hardline states to spy and censor, and extremists to threaten with networks of hate and crippling cyber attacks.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qsbvv
BBC Any Questions? How interesting are all their answers: showing how very little we have progressed socially, and why? Missing the ‘point’ in/our, with, ‘The Fear of Freedom’ Erich Fromm. (fear of being labelled to the 20th century; the past ‘dead ducks’ of the isms of capitalism, socialism, communism, so on…
Regime, and ‘Cultural Attitude Change’ USA and UK’ – ‘Barack Obama’ in the 21st Century! Who has got the responsibility? “I was reminded of something Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “That in a democracy, the most important office is the office of citizen”. Barack Obama ‘The Audacity Of Hope’.
The stultifying lack of humankind’s progress (Judeo-Christian – ethos’s, and morality: Schools – Institutions, UK) culturally, socially, and personally (learning) “Pope Benedict’s personal preacher has compared criticism of the pontiff and Church over child abuse to “collective violence” suffered by the Jews.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8601084.stm
Old World, New Powers http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rp41y
CES Catholic Education Service http://www.cesew.org.uk
Global Gullibility ‘For Dawkins, religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe “something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything”, and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust.’ http://www.stephen-greenspan.com/pdf/samplechapter.pdf
“Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference, which is, at least, half infidelity.” Edmund Burke (1728-1797)
Notes: (our money – ‘Taxpayers’) Money, everything i.e., education, infrastructure… – going to the ‘wrong place’ – ‘in the wrong circle’ – first. ‘The Enforcement of Deprivation’ / Imprisonment / Privations / Social Unrest / Wars
The only way to sort out a depression quickly
is to ‘throw cash directly at all
people’ (Keynesian Economics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keynesian_economics
USA’s 3% of annual GDP is not nearly enough: $1 given to –
unemployed / poor / lower class / small ethnic minority: not to be given to the middle, or upper class, where money is saved and badly distributed, if at all. Social security must be spent, not saved
, and is worth $1.60
to the countries overall
economy. It is only a return of 0.50$ to the 1$ to rescue a ‘Bank’, or ‘Other Finaancial Institution’; but without a Bank, or some of the Other Financial Institutions you will be a very stuck! This lesson to eradicate poverty and deprivation, obviously has not been learnt by the greedy,
or our governments (holding interest rates too high, for too long, example: ECB),
UK, and USA’s – ‘lack of health-care’ – with their worst records on… USA and UK having the worst inequality record, poverty (children) and deprivation – childhood pregnancies, prison populations, so on…”By the 1980’s, because of drastic changes in the economy, welfare could not be relied on to contain working-class discontent…Imprisonment, as a mode of controlling the poor, the “surplus population”, so on…Criminality created by the State (Media’s, negative hype and sale of news – State, propaganda and control). Controlling The Dangerous Class, so on…, throughout history, an appalling indictment; we need to look at “crime”, who defines it, (the Judeo-Christian, failed ethic and ethos’s – many Schools, Institutions, Government and Parliament, with dangerous dogmas and illusions of a mass
morality) and to what purpose, especially when the final result is the lack of decent conditions of life for the majority of the world’s people, and voraciously sumptuous consumption of earthly goods by small elites.” ‘Science, Materialism And The Study Of Culture’ Murphy and Margolis. When it
costs absolutely nothing to sort this out;
like some of the more advanced countries in the West – how appalling are all the ones who think
, or even worse, know
that they are the ‘best and the most powerful’, but are really the worst! Ref, ‘The Certainty Of Carl Jung And Others’ http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!676.entry
Amateurs in the Money Markets – Gordon Brown, Alastair Darling, UK Budget 2010 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/3269234/Hugh-Hendry-blames-short-selling-ban-for-stock-market-fall.html
(Industrialized Nations of the West, may cost at present 7,000$ extra per US household, for the payout of the few greedy bankers and bad banks. This is what the average household has lost on top, of what they may already have lost on pensions, savings, so on…! Ref, BofE, FSA, and ECB. Social and financial collapse of Europe 2009, “I don’t know what the bank was thinking about” a top banker – I know, “It was only
profit and bonus”. Ref, the vast
Legacy Debt) http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/nickrobinson/2009/02/it_was_balls.html
“History abounds with examples of really sick societies lasting for hundreds of years, but we do not wish to know about them, as it makes us feel uncomfortable”. “Did the over-45s ruin life for the rest of us?” The richest, most powerful generation that ever lived is embarking on a comfortable retirement. But why does it feel like they’ve pulled up the ladder with them?” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8593210.stm
And yes, sometimes, we take what might be called political action. For instance, just this week, our church and about 20 others around Louisville will ask our school officials and state courts to implement a program called “restorative justice.” The concept is that for many of our children, they get introduced early on to prison life for horrible mistakes they’ve made and actions they’ve committed. The problem is that, statistically, once that happens, these children will tend to become lifelong problems, with many repeat visits to prison and thus leading an unproductive life. Restorative justice is a way of intervening early to stop that cycle of a school-to-prison pipeline. I won’t go into the details here, because that’s not the point. The point is, we have researched an existing justice problem, one we know well because of our own families and friends, and found a positive, productive solution. In this case, that solution can only be implemented by schools and courts. We can believe that restorative justice is a good idea, but it is only a good idea if the powers that be implement it. And so we’ll take political action, asking our elected and court officials to implement a positive change for justice. http://paynehollow.blogspot.com/2010/03/justice.html
Dear Maurice, my very much loved and tolerant Father-in- Law, kind, generous, and tirelessly patient. Grandfather to Christopher and Amelia. He recognised their great need to be free, so that they could grow up in freedom. He will always remain in our thoughts. He loved ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, which was part of my own generation and culture, and watched the many new children’s films and TV programmes with Christopher and Amelia by his side.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are set forth.
Kahlil Gibran from ‘The Prophet’.
OOOO! There is a difference, and letting the side down! Monkeys pay more attention to females than to males, according to research. Scientists studying wild vervet monkeys in South Africa found that the animals were better able to learn a task when it was demonstrated by a female. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8571318.stm
Ref, Mothers are better at helping children with prep and homework; women are better teachers, but can be ‘toxic’ to boys. “Females are core group members with higher social status than males, and more knowledge about food resources in the home range,” explained Ms van de Waal. She said the results revealed valuable insights into “the evolution of traditions and culture in species living in stable groups, including humans”. “To our knowledge, [this is] the first experimental field evidence for social learning in primates,” she added. ‘Boys, brains and toxic lessons’ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/education/article3234354.ece
Feminism and Antiscience ‘Science, Materialism, And The Study Of Culture’, “The corpus of positivist-scientist theories about gender issues was impoverished when not counterfactual prior to the rise of feminism. Feminists, therefore, tended to identify science with androcentrism. They saw scientific theories as male concoctions designed to confuse and disempower women (Gross and Levitt 1994, 108ff.).”
DNA identifies new ancient human dubbed ‘X-woman’ – “Scientists have identified a previously unknown type of ancient human through analysis of DNA from a finger bone unearthed in a Siberian cave.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8583254.stm
“And nearly two decades after she famously tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on US television, singer Sinead O’Connor now has strong criticism to make of his successor Pope Benedict XVI. She has called his letter to the Catholics of Ireland about child abuse by clergy there “an insult not only to our intelligence, but to our faith and to our country”, and called on fellow Catholics to boycott Mass until there is a full investigation into the Vatican. Tonight, she joins us for a live debate on the programme.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/fromthewebteam/
A FULL English breakfast is good for your health. The fry-up – with bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding and beans – gives you a better start to the day than muesli or fruit, scientists say. Medics have long condemned the traditional meal – a favourite with truckers and builders – as bad for the heart. Among celebrity fans of the dish is Nadine Coyle, 24, from Girls Aloud, who says her “big weakness” is a good fry-up. And now a US team has discovered it has big health benefits. A fatty breakfast means people snack less during the day and will eat less at night. But those who eat sparsely in the morning are more likely to gorge on fatty foods in the evening, say experts from the University of Alabama. Scientists found fried breakfasts help prevent a condition called metabolic syndrome, which leads to obesity and heart attacks. And it found a fry-up before noon helps you maintain a normal metabolism. The researchers say we should stick to the old saying: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” Lead researcher Molly Bray revealed: “Nobody until now has undertaken the question of whether the timing of what you eat influences body weight. “And we have found it does.” She added: “If you want to efficiently respond to mixed meals across a day then a meal higher in fat in the morning is a good thing.” http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/128831/Fry-up-gets-expert-approval/ Science Times. New Respect for the Nap, a Pause That Refreshes By JANE E. BRODY “You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner, and no halfway measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That’s what I always do. Don’t think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That’s a foolish notion held by people who have no imaginations. You will be able to accomplish more. You get two days in one – well, at least one and a half.” Winston Churchill.
“Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man and writing an exact man.” Francis Bacon 1561-1626.