“The 135th and final space shuttle mission has lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-14077893
“For £621 billion you could provide education, clean water and basic healthcare for millions of people around the world. That’s why the analysis we just released (which appeared in today’s Financial Times) is so shocking: never-before-seen data exposing plans by world leaders to spend $1 trillion (£621 billion) on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years. In the UK, we will spend an estimated £2.8 billion on nukes next year while budgets for essential services like education, health and clean energy are cut. Enough is enough. It’s time to remind our leaders what really matters. This week, at the Global Zero summit in London, activists from around the world will announce a new campaign with a simple message—if you have to cut the budget, start with nukes, not the things that we desperately need. We have four days before the press conference announcing the campaign’s official launch to show massive international support for this idea. Will you take one minute to tell the world’s leader’s to cut nukes, not schools, jobs and health services: http://cutnukes.globalzero.org/ The young (British); who are now disenfranchised, and are left in a limbo land through unemployment, or lack of any serious financial help; should be employed in the great art (Arab Spring) of throwing this incompetent government with its politicians out of power – ”Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has urged UK businesses to “give a chance” to unemployed young Britons, rather than relying on foreign workers” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13984512 And, “Warren Buffett famously called them “weapons of mass destruction“, and policymakers damned them for their part in the 2008 crash” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13961625 ”But in Britain and elsewhere, complex financial derivatives are once again thriving” – MP’s say an auditor’s report which found the Ministry of Defence lost track of assets worth £6.3bn is “alarming” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14018288 Silly-Billies – “The National Audit Office has expressed deep concern about changes to the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers made in the 2010 defence review”.
“Horn of Africa drought: ‘A vision of hell’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14078074
News – 2 new results for [progressive family sex philosophy] or family and sexuality. Closing the book on open marriage – Washington Post – from some progressive family scholars. Family sociologist Judith Stacey signaled her basic agreement with Savage’s philosophy in the Times profile: … <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/closing-the-book-on-open-marriage/2011/07/11/gIQAdDVg8H_blog.html> News === Web – 1 new result for [What shall we tell the children?] === What shall we tell the children … – Google Livres
The pages of this book illustrate that as instruments of socialization and sites of ideological discourse textbooks are powerful artefacts in introducing … http://books.google.com/books?id=1K4vcexzA3QC&hl=fr&source=gbs_similarbooks_r&cad=2 And http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 The (selection of) The National Curriculum in an increasingly fractured society, GB, UK.
“The US space agency says its Dawn probe should go into orbit around the Asteroid Vesta early on Saturday (GMT)” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14160135 Next, “Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft has returned some remarkable new imagery of the asteroid Vesta, now that it is safely in orbit around the 530km-wide rock” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14195373
“More than a fifth of all households in the UK were affected by fuel poverty in 2009, government figures have shown” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14151032 And ” Bonuses of up to £20,000 will reportedly be awarded to more than 1,000 senior Whitehall civil servants” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14148687
http://www.qi.com/ Q I: Fact of the day “Aborigines, whose culture reaches back to the last Ice Age, can name and locate mountains that have been under the sea for 8,000 years. If the Aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilisation would presumably flunk it. STANLEY GARN (1922-2007) US Anthropologist” And, more fun, ‘pastafarian’ – ref, search blog. “A self-confessed atheist, Mr Alm says he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a light-hearted, US-based faith whose members call themselves pastafarians. An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as “religious headgear” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14135523
How tough are you, more beastly, comes to mind? Human History Recorded In A Single Genome “European and Chinese populations both suffered a severe bottleneck 10,000 to 60,000 years ago” http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128214.600-human-history-recorded-in-a-single-genome.html + fighting off two other species of Homo (African situation was milder) https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=a18bf3fcc5e126a2&id=A18BF3FCC5E126A2%214555#!/view.aspx?cid=A18BF3FCC5E126A2&resid=A18BF3FCC5E126A2%214555 “Your words are saying far more than you think” http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128211.600-kiki-or-bouba-in-search-of-languages-missing-link.html And, http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature10231.html
“Poets, singers and ecological activists share their favourite Tagore verse at a festival at Dartington Hall in Devon to mark the 150th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature in 1913 for his collection Geetanjali (“The Song Offerings”). He wrote more than 1,000 poems and 2000 songs and his work has been translated into all the major languages of the world. UNESCO has declared 2011 as the Year of Tagore and his life and work are being celebrated at events throughout the world. This programme comes from the recent Tagore Festival in Dartington Hall, the centre for poetry, music, arts and crafts in Devon that was founded at the suggestion of Tagore himself. We hear from poets such as William Radice (whose new translation of Geetanjali has just been published), Ketaki Kushari Dyson and former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, singers Debashish and Rohini Raychaudhuri, environmentalist Jonathon Porritt and internationalists such as Clare Short and Satish Kumar, Artistic Director of the Festival who is a devotee of Tagore’s ecological teachings as well as his poetry”. Producer: Mukti Jain Campion. A Culture Wise production for BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012kn27
The Border Agency is charged with preventing drugs, weapons and would-be illegal immigrants from getting to the UK. But three years after being created, the Agency has been accused by MPs of failing to enforce immigration rules. Faced with cuts to its budget and the loss of around one-fifth of its staff over the next four years, the Agency is looking to new technology to improve its effectiveness. But with delays to the e-borders project and problems with existing computer systems, Morland Sanders investigates whether the strategy will work. Border error let activist into UK, “The banned activist Sheikh Raed Salah entered the UK after details from a multi-million pound security system were passed to the wrong Heathrow terminal, the BBC is told” Read David Lewis’s article on the BBC news website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012fdwj 2.5 Million lorries enter the UK every year! https://charleslizzy.wordpress.com/2008/03/16/potholes-in-roads-uk-department-of-transport-winter-weather-uk-patheticness/
Rip Germany (the German’s) off, and scrap your Euro (Euro too high for too long & it’s buggering up our £ on our holidays) “Who will pull out of the euro first? Ireland, Spain or Italy? It might sound a bit far fetched to some people but actions speak louder than words. In Germany, savers are drawing money out of the bank and demanding that the euro notes are German euro notes. Is this a sign that some Europeans are starting to worry about the validity of their currency” http://www.moneyweek.com/investments/who-will-pull-out-of-the-euro-first “Germany is firmly opposed to any solution that could imply open-ended transfers to feckless southerners; so are several other northern European countries, not least because guaranteeing others may raise their own borrowing costs. It is not a pleasant option. But the alternative could be the end of the euro. That is the horrible lesson of this week”. http://www.economist.com/node/18958397 And, “A record number of 10,000 people have turned out for the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival and rally in Dorset” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-14176797 ‘When times should be better for all people, than ever it was in the past’ (the virus of austerity)!
What is yours? “The “political brand” is somewhat like the personal philosophy in that every political organisation has a “brand” in much the same way that every individual has a personal philosophy (although few of us realise that we do)” Peter W. Wickham, Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES). Try it,https://charleslizzy.wordpress.com/2006/01/12/notes-on-man-and-cosmology-for-students-of-astro-navigation/ And, Am I Normal? – “Attraction and feelings of desire drive our libidos, but Vivienne Parry asks what is “normal”. “Sex drive is influenced by many things, such as stress, relationship problems, work and being overweight, not to mention having young children. So it’s not surprising that about 40% of the population report having a low libido at some time in their lives, while ten per cent of women and about five per cent of men report low sexual desire lasting over six months. Whether this is a problem depends on the individual and their partner, if they have one. Vivienne Parry discovers that “normal” is highly subjective, with some people who claim to be completely asexual and others who, like poet John Betjeman, regret not having had more sex in their lives. So should we worry about a diminished love life or are we too influenced by a sexualised society?” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012l2yz
“BBC science coverage is of “high quality and significant quantity”, an independent review has found. But the report, by genetics professor Steve Jones, said the BBC “must make a distinction between well-established fact and opinion” (opinion = pandering to: propaganda, religious belief, superstition, so on…) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14218989
“Space shuttle Atlantis has landed back on Earth, bringing to a close America’s 30-year orbiter programme” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14220423