Food prices at dangerous levels, says World Bank

“The World Bank says food prices are at “dangerous levels” and have pushed 44 million more people into poverty since last June.” A ‘Bonkers’ World of crooked regimes, countries and people – National Government, Local Government, Health Officials (some, Doctors and Consultants), CEO’s, The Royals, various Potentates, so on…, “Is there any chance that when it comes to bankers’ pay, there will start to be some kind of proper alignment between the rewards to senior employees and the fundamental performance of the business – or will top bankers’ pay continue to look as crazy to most people as the pay of Premier League footballers?”

“The US space shuttle Discovery has docked at the International Space Station. It has docked for the last time, as it is set to be retired after this mission and placed in a museum”

Unrest Index – “Bahrain troops ‘fire on crowds’ ”

“A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers”

Europe’s space freighter, Johannes Kepler, has been blasted into orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana.”

CERN announces LHC to run in 2012 31.01.2011 Geneva, 31 January 2011. CERN today announced that the LHC will run through to the end of 2012 with a short technical stop at the end of 2011. The beam energy for this period will be 3.5 TeV. This decision, taken by CERN management following the annual planning workshop held in Chamonix last week and a report delivered today by the laboratory’s machine advisory committee, gives the LHC’s experiments a good chance of finding new physics in the next two years, before the LHC goes into a long shutdown to prepare for higher energy running starting 2014″

‘Gutter Britain’ – “One in four people in the UK, aged between 18 and 24, claims to have experienced severe violence, sexual abuse or neglect as a child, says the children’s charity the NSPCC” “About 1.6m children in the UK are living in severe poverty, Save the Children says. The charity, which found the highest levels of child poverty in Manchester and Tower Hamlets, in London, said the figure was a “national scandal”

Lucky that she was not put in the Tower by the British people (with all the other, “big headed” politicians), “Home Secretary Theresa May condemns protest ‘thugs’ – “The home secretary has “utterly condemned” the behaviour of thugs who attacked police officers and smashed property in London on Saturday” Oh Dear! Our very own Gaddafi’s, Arab potentates or Saudi Royals, “Barclays has revealed it paid £113m in corporation tax to the UK in 2009, 2.4% of its £4.85bn annual profit” And, “Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has given details of the amount that it paid its top people in 2010. The bank announced that it paid a total of £375m to 323 people designated as “code” or key staff. RBS, 83%-owned by the taxpayer after a government bail-out in 2008, made a £1.67bn loss in 2010, after losses of £3.6bn in 2009 and £35bn in 2008. RBS has already disclosed that chief executive Stephen Hester received a pay package worth £7.7m for 2010″ We will take over their land, resources and wealth to exercise total control over them. We will deceive them into accepting laws that will steal the little freedom they will have. We will establish a monetary system that will imprison them forever, keeping them and their children in debt. When they shall band together, we shall accuse them of crimes and present a different story to the world for we shall own all the media. We will use our media to control the flow of information and their sentiment in our favor” ‘Thrills all round as Laws lays down the quangos’ – Quangoes of Religiosity, UK, GB. A land tax is 200 years overdue ‘A levy on what lies beneath our overpriced houses could reduce society’s inequalities’ Make better use of Your Space! Houses of Parliament & Buckingham Palace, to name only two of the most useless Spaces in the UK (with the useless people who frequent them or reside in them). “One of Paris’s main thoroughfares, the Champs-Elysees, has been covered in earth and turned into a huge green space in an event staged by young French farmers.” ‘Poundbury, Prince Charles’ most famous attempt at town planning sits quietly at one end of Dorchester. So quietly in fact, that we arrived there completely by accident. It isn’t signposted and doesn’t appear on any of the maps we were carrying, in an “if you have to ask you can’t afford it” kind of way.’ “The Prince of Wales’ private income increased by more than 4% last year but his taxpayer funding was almost halved, Clarence House accounts show. Private income from The Duchy of Cornwall amounted to more than £17.1m” ’Why the good folk of St Austell want to keep Charles out’ ’Peter Dunn finds that the Duchy of Cornwall is distressingly ruthless in pursuit of its property business’ – And, The contribution by the Duchy of Cornwall to the new swimming pool at Thomas Hardye School, seems so, very, very, small in comparison to the favoritism of the County Council (and its people – granting of planning permissions) towards this blatantly filthy rich Royal and his modern day henchmen. The problem of evil is that it refuses to stay in its box marked – evil. It keeps on coming out to play Mr Nice Guy, or at least – Mr Average. “Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has attacked the new coalition government as being a “loveless embrace” in her response to its first Queen’s Speech.” “Austerity is the new contagion, spreading across Europe. Today it enveloped Italy, with the government there telling the people to expect “heavy sacrifices”. In pictures: State Opening of Parliament, London, GB, UK. Who owns Britain? (USA & Europe – not you, for this large money matter)

Jacob Bronowski ‘The Complete Series’ (The Long Childhood)

‘Snouts In The Trough’  Fleeced!: How we've been betrayed by the politicians, bureaucrats and bankers - and how much they've cost us “A British aid worker who was shot dead in Afghanistan has been named as Dr Karen Woo, 36, from London.” And BBC Newsnight Slavoj Žižek “Žižek is a strong atheist. He supports the demolition of religion and said, “Churches should be turned into grain silos or palaces of culture.” However, this may also be taken as an example of his customary humour. He also said his views verge on Maoist lines. He believes the universalist aspect of Christianity should be secularized into militant egalitarianism, against pagan notion of destiny.” “Pensioners and the poorest households are amongst those that have been the worst hit by the recession, according to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the BBC” Stupid buggers – Nasty Party, UK (Conservative Party Coalition Government with the Lib Dems) “Tens of thousands of jobs in the UK will go as a result of a windfall tax on North Sea oil producers announced in the (UK) Budget (2011), the industry has warned” & Children missing from this Budget UNICEF

“Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has refused to stand down amid widespread anti-government protests which he said had tarnished the image of the country” “Anti-government protesters in the Libyan capital Tripoli have come under heavy gunfire, reports say, as state TV showed pictures of embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi addressing supporters” And, “The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Muammar Gaddafi’s Libyan regime for its attempts to put down an uprising” Note: for the first time, ever, – “The Libyan delegation at the UN had sent a letter to the Council backing measures to hold to account those responsible for armed attacks on Libyan civilians, including action through the International Criminal Court – which had been one of the main points of contention in the resolution. The Translators (Ancient Greece) – The only violence I predict will be in the imagination; Heracles went on. ‘Both men and women will be able to read and write, and will form guilds of learned translators who will edit and decipher the works of our contemporaries. And, as they translate the writings left by others, they will find out about the world before the reign of reason. Neither you nor I will see it, Crantor, but man is advancing towards Reason, not instinct.’ “The US defence department says it is repositioning forces in the Libya region as the West weighs potential intervention against Muammar Gaddafi” “US President Barack Obama has said Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi must obey the UN’s demands or face military action” “Yet again Libya has proved to be the most intractable of countries to understand, and Col Muammar Gaddafi the most unfathomable of leaders to predict. French military jet opens fire in Libya”

(Britain too embarrassed to fire first on Libya, with its own position, above – France a much more socially advanced nation; takes the lead) “Coalition countries attacking targets in Libya will not supply arms to anti-Gaddafi rebels, UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox has told the BBC”

“The proportion of 16-24-year-olds not in employment, education or training in England at the end of 2010 was up on previous years, official figures show” And, “The UK economy shrank by more than previously thought during the last three months of 2010, revised figures show”

“A controversial theory that challenges the existence of dark matter has been buoyed by studies of gas-rich galaxies”

A modern approach from, ‘Living In The End Times’ Slavoj Zizek – “Religious ideologists usually claim that, whether true or not, religion can make otherwise bad people to do good things; from recent experience, we should rather stick to Steve Weinberg’s claim that while without religion good people would do good things and bad people bad things, only religion can make good people do bad things.” From a fascinating book I am in the process of reading, ‘The Natural Navigator’ Tristan Gooley, favourably reviewed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes – “Colonel Richard Dod in his 1883 book, ‘33 Years Among Our Wild Indians’, noted, in a way that might cause riots if published today, ‘I have never yet seen an Indian who had mounted the ladder of human progress sufficiently far to have observed that there is one star which never perceptibly changes its place.’ The fact that so few people today are able to point out the North Star in the night sky proves that its place in popular awareness is not dictated by a mounting of ‘the ladder of human progress’, but rather by cultural priorities and necessity.” Back to Russell, “The examination system, and the fact that instruction is treated mainly as a training for a livelihood, leads the young to regard knowledge from a purely utilitarian point of view as the road to money, not as the gateway to wisdom.”

‘Great War’ is largely forgotten. Read more from this Tulsa World article at

“Professor Brian Cox reveals how the most fundamental scientific principles and laws explain not only the story of the universe, but the story of us all”

“Modern parents are under pressure with long working hours, childcare dilemmas and family break-ups. But what is the impact on children and what can be done about it?”

“Modern humans may have originated from southern Africa, an extensive genetic study has suggested. Data showed that hunter-gatherer populations in the region had the greatest degree of genetic diversity, which is an indicator of longevity. It says that the region was probably the best location for the origin of modern humans, challenging the view that we came from eastern Africa. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

At School – Teach your Teachers! (instead of the very confusing, and mostly quite ridiculous notion of, ‘the Spiritual’, in our Schools, GB, UK; leaving us way behind other poorer nations in many specific respects that could last for many generations; ignorance and boring science – Independent Schools Inspectorate and Ofsted, dinosaurian; outdated in thinking, so on…, “Andrew Marr with the physicists Brian Greene and Brian Cox explores the universe in all its wonder. And he attempts to understand our relation to parallel universes, which can be separated from us by enormous stretches of time and space, or hover just millimetres away. The science writer, Angela Saini, looks at why India is so successful in producing the next generation of doctors and scientists, in her book, Geek Nation. Producer: Katy Hickman. BRIAN COX “Gravity is the great architect of the universe”, so explains the physicist Brian Cox in his new television series, Wonders of the Universe. At the beginning of time, gravity drew matter together to forge the stars and sculpt the planets. Across the universe, it creates shape and structure, guides orbits and steers vast, complex galaxies through space. But, as Cox points out, gravity is also the great destroyer because, when the largest stars collapse, it crushes all matter out of existence to form black holes. With forays into black holes, neutron stars and the beauty of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, Brian Cox explores the vastness and mystery of the universe. Wonders of the Universe continues on Sunday 20 March on BBC2. Wonders of the Universe. BRIAN GREENE There was a time when ‘universe’ meant ‘all there is’, and the idea of more than one universe would have appeared a contradiction in terms. But many of the major developments in fundamental theoretical physics have led to the notion of a whole variety of parallel universes. The physicist Brian Greene in his latest book, The Hidden Reality, delves into the world of universes, from the quilted, to the bubble, to the holographic. In some, the parallel universes are separated from us by enormous stretches of time or space, in others, hovering just millimeters away. He argues that, although the subject is highly speculative, mathematics is central to these ideas and has the capacity to reveal surprising and hidden truths about the workings of the world. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos is published by Allen Lane. The Hidden Reality. ANGELA SAINI Around 1500 years ago India was one of the most advanced countries in science. Today the science journalist Angela Saini asks whether the country is undergoing a renaissance. From the Indian constitution which exhorts its citizens “to develop the scientific temper”, to the increasing investment in science education, India is on the verge of entering the scientific premier league. In her book, Geek Nation, Saini argues that the country possesses a strong culture of creativity and innovation, and both the government and the public are highly enthusiastic about science. In India the scientific and pseudo-scientific, the mainstream and the alternative, rub alongside each other, and Saini believes this gives scientists the freedom to explore the edges of what is believed to be possible. Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World is published by Hodder & Stoughton. Angela Saini” And, “It might seem like pouring water onto sand – almost literally – but the Gulf kingdom of Qatar is banking on a remarkable transformation in its fortunes. The small but fabulously wealthy state is using its hydrocarbon earnings to try to convert itself into a global knowledge hub”

“Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks website played a role in the falls of the Egyptian and Tunisian regimes, the site’s founder Julian Assange has told Cambridge students”

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond
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