“Finally, for the West in general and Europe in particular, the crisis of 2008 was created by the malfunctioning of market economies – the result was the state had to create support for their economies and this is the reason for rising sovereign debt (Greece, with a vast private and secret ‘Credit Default Swop’). But the cause of this malfunctioning is clearly what was thought of as lack of accountability of governments, but governments are accountable and this is what we are seeing today. What we are seeing is that, in order to pay back their debts, governments have far more accountability. However, they are addressing this accountability in the wrong way. It’s hard to see how massive austerity drives, which cuts demand and growth, can therefore be supported. Just look at Japan and learn from what happened there over the last 20 years of austerity, which is still biting. What these governments need is fast economic growth. Economic growth creates resources to address unemployment and poverty. This is the key to addressing issues in Europe and the West, and it is the indiscipline of governments that has failed the markets, not the markets themselves. Europe needs a better form of economic accountability and management of their economies, rather than austerities which decimate human lives and economic growth” Amartya Sen And, to finish off the Greek people, by gaining them years poverty and frustration, “The Greek government has indicated that it has secured sufficient backing for a debt swap deal that will enable it to avoid defaulting on its debts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17294865 And, debts http://thefinanser.co.uk/fsclub/speeches/
The Banks UK, “Bank lending is set to shrink this year for the first time since 2009, according to the Ernst & Young Item Club economic forecasting group” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16902598 Ref, ‘Cash Flight’ between countries – Companies, Corporations, Sovereign, and Private Wealth Funds – PIGS & the Arab Spring (cash flight and gold hoarding) Greece: “Who is being ‘bailed out?’ So, it’s always unpleasant for the country being rescued. And the “rescue” money often goes to bond investors rather than widows and orphans (the lower-income groups who would spend any money, kick starting an economy – Ref, Quantitive Easing failure of the Bank of England: Keynesian Economics; the way out of a Recession) – For Whom? “As expected, the Monetary Policy Committee have decided to keep policy where it is, with the extra £50bn cash injection agreed last month still under way and the official Bank Rate on hold at a mere 0.5%” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17279382
The citizens of the country are still probably better off, than if they had been cut off from the global economy overnight” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16985405 And, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/correspondents/stephanieflanders/ BBC Stephenie Flanders. And, “Accountability – we all know you cannot claim to be self-employed whilst working full-time for one employer, IR35 (enquiry), this criminal tax evasion, where back tax can be claimed by HM Revenue & Customs, Whitehall mandarins, Government and Local Government employees seem to be quite immune from this rule in the UK” “- “The comments follow reports that the Department of Health was paying the salaries of 25 senior staff direct to limited companies. This would have the likely effect of reducing their tax bills. BBC Newsnight recently revealed that the head of the Student Loans Company, Ed Lester, had not been added to the organisation’s payroll, but had instead been paid through a private firm” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17055574 And, (MoD) Ministry of Defence UK, “The bonuses have been paid since April last year and have seen more than 55,000 officials awarded extra payments for their performance (poor) – out of a payroll of 83,000 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9090668/Ministry-of-Defence-civil-servant-awarded-86000-bonus.html And, Taxpayers footing the bill for civil servants clothing compensation claims. A dossier has come to light detailing the sums employees can expect to be reimbursed for laddered tights and scruffy suits – The whistleblower told the paper, “My jaw hit the floor when I was told about all the perks I would be entitled to. There is no way you would get anything like this in the private sector – companies would go bust and the economy would collapse if you did” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/taxpayers-footing-the-bill-for-civil-servants-690345 Why can’t we (a low paid council worker) do this? Almost 100 permanent posts at local councils are being filled by people paid through limited companies, the BBC has learned” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17339374 Try getting support for an embryo business if over 60, and living in a country full of Government and Banking bull-shitters, all they want to do is screw us into the ground (with complications) – UK Parliamentary Budget 2012 – “Having heard the government preaching about UK production, I was flabbergasted to find there was no support, no grants, nothing” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-17365924 And, Again; Another one – “Welfare-to-work firm A4e knew of widespread potential fraud and systematic failures by management to control it, a leaked document suggests” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17476415 The National Health Service UK – Doctors will be in the next ‘big’ fraud, and maybe: it will be the only action availiable to them (to rip-off a miserly Government UK on behalf of their patients) – “Overall staff numbers fell by nearly 20,000 – 1.4% – to 1,350,000, but clinical professions such as GPs and consultants saw a rise in headcount. The biggest falls were seen in support and managerial posts – something that was expected because the overhaul of the NHS has led to thousands of staff leaving primary care trusts, the management bodies which are being abolished. Nonetheless, there are still a fifth more people working in the health service than in 2001. But unions believe the drop in nurse numbers is just the start. Peter Carter, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said the figures were “incredibly worrying” and the situation was only going to get worse. He added: “Despite the rhetoric, we know that frontline jobs are not being protected and NHS trusts must stop making cuts in a quick fix attempt to save money. “Put bluntly, the idea that cutting hundreds of jobs from a hospital will not affect the care of patients is ludicrous” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17458408
“Nothing to fear, but fear itself” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16992702
Mark Lowen BBC News, Athens
The political fallout from the austerity has begun with cabinet-level resignations. They are symbolically important, showing that solidarity with the cuts at a governmental level has been shaken. Increasingly, Greeks are questioning whether endless austerity is the right approach for tackling Greece’s financial woes, or whether a new, pro-growth strategy needs to be adopted. But in practice, the rebellion among coalition members is unlikely to be significant enough to sink the package of cuts in parliament on Sunday. The government still controls a large majority of MPs and the prime minister has warned that dissenters will be thrown out of office. The fear of bankruptcy is still what is driving this government to pursue its painful path, with the prime minister warning of a “catastrophe” unless Greece meets the conditions for its bailout. A default and potential exit from the Eurozone strikes fear into leaders here and throughout Europe” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing_to_Fear_But_Fear_Itself
School & Religious – Bigots, are the real unforgivable and todays thick’o bully killers: “Roger Crouch RIP – Publish Date: 29/11/2011 Anti-Bullying Campaigner and Stonewall Hero of the Year Roger Crouch passed away last night. The LGF’s Joanne Dunning talks about their inspirational meeting and the impact of his work; Roger’s wife Paola posted on facebook this morning, “The changes you have started, for young people everywhere, the work you have done against bullying will remain as a towering monument to you” http://www.lgf.org.uk/news-articles/-roger-crouch-rip/
New Horizons: “The world is losing its human dimension,” he says, “Self-propelling mega-machines, large-scale enterprises, faceless governments and other juggernauts of impersonal power represent the greatest threat to our present day world: Totalitarianism is no more than an extreme expression of this threat” – “Vaclav Havel, the Czech Republic’s first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule, has died at the age of 75” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16236393 And, Feb 3 2010 Reality Check https://charleslizzy.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/reality-check/
We thought, ‘that we were all alone’ – “Our new observations with Harps http://www.eso.org/sci/facilities/lasilla/instruments/harps/index.html mean that about 40% of all red dwarf stars have a super-Earth orbiting in the habitable zone where liquid water can exist on the surface of the planet,” said team leader Xavier Bonfils from the Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers de Grenoble, France. “Because red dwarfs are so common – there are about 160 billion of them in the Milky Way – this leads us to the astonishing result that there are tens of billions of these planets in our galaxy alone.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17532470
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a bandit, and want like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:11. Is this, what has driven man to destroy Earth and does so today? We had better learn and very fast, “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. And, “We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16964783
“To have a society of labourers, it is, of course, not necessary that every member actually be a labourer or worker, not even the emancipation of the working class and the enormous potential power, which majority rule accords to is decisive here, but only that all members consider whatever they do primarily, as a way to sustain their own lives and those of their families” – ‘The Human Condition’ Hannah Arendt – Ref, the Living Wage, or the ‘Wage for Life’! And, “Fast-food chain Burger King has become the latest firm to pull out of the government’s controversial work experience scheme for jobless people” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17163394
“Astronomers have created the world’s largest virtual optical telescope linking four telescopes in Chile, so that they operate as a single device” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16869022 And, “The Hubble space telescope has captured an image of a “barred spiral” galaxy that could help us better understand our own Milky Way” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16856812
“Is there or isn’t there a scientific consensus on climate change? First, and most obvious, is the absence of any evidence that it’s actually true. Certainly, since the “ClimateGate” affair there’s been criticism from within the scientific community about the practices of some climate scientists – but that’s very different from disputing their broad conclusions. A letter to the Financial Post newspaper in 2006 protesting against the “consensus” was signed by 67 scientists, another to the UN in 2009 was signed by 141, while the latest garnered just 16 – and was met by a riposte bearing 37 names. The numbers tell you precisely nothing of value. A second problem is the absence of clarity over which consensus we are talking about; consensus that the Earth is warming, consensus that greenhouse gas emissions are the main reason, or consensus that it’s a problem requiring urgent solution, to name but three? Warming waters and pH changes may threaten ocean life – but will projections come true? Thirdly, is the fact that it may not matter very much” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16906738 Richard Black. And, “The world’s oceans have already absorbed a third to a half of the CO2 produced by humans, principally by the burning of fossil fuels, over the past 200 years. This has resulted in a reduction of the pH of seawater by 0.1 units on the 14-point scale. If emissions of CO2 continue to rise as forecast, there could be another drop in pH up to perhaps 0.4 units by 2100. These are changes that are occurring far too fast for the oceans to correct naturally, said Dr Richard Feely with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) “Fifty-five million years ago when we had an event like this (and that took over 10,000 years to occur), it took the oceans over 125,000 years to recover, just to get the chemistry back to normal,” he told BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17088154 “It took two to 10 million years for the organisms to re-evolve, to get back into a normal situation. “So what we do over the next 100 years or 200 years can have implications for ocean ecosystems from tens of thousands to millions of years. That’s the implication of what we’re doing to the oceans right now!”
“How could I look my (children) grandchildren in the eye and say I did nothing”? asks David Attenborough. Experts predicting temperature rises throughout the century, entire ecosystems could be lost, and floods threaten. Attenborough speculates on these consequences of global warming and what we can do to avert them. Unsurprisingly, the onus is on all of us in the West to reduce our energy use.
“An eminent UK engineer is suggesting building cloud-whitening towers in the Faroe Islands as a “technical fix” for warming across the Arctic” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17400804
“The American space agency looks set to pull the plug on its joint missions to Mars with the European Space Agency” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16906740
“Europe’s new Vega rocket has been cleared to make its first flight” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16956324
=== News – 1 new result for [progressive family philosophy] === Progressive Catholics Are Not Hypocrites Honolulu Civil Beat I do not see progressive social views within a Catholic congregation as any … to control the number of beautiful children that we bring into our family. <http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2012/02/24/14977-progressive-catholics-are-not-hypocrites/> “Indeed, I argue that it is precisely because we feel tremendous responsibility for the well-being of our respective families that Catholics practice family planning – in this day and age it would be irresponsible for us to do otherwise. That does not make me or any of the 98% of Catholic families hypocrites, Bishop Silva. With all due respect, what it honestly means is that neither you nor the US Conference of Bishops know what you are talking about.”
Author: Piers Paul Reid
Fergus Stokes, a former priest turned humanist, said that, “Christians and other believers were trying to have it both ways. Either God has a hand in the fishbowl, in which case you can pray to him, or he doesn’t. Or, There is some kind of inbuilt desire to hang on to supernatural forces. More and more, religion is not working for people and supernatural explanations rarely help”.
Or ‘general religious nonsense; an incredible bad example to children and vulnerable adults’ – “When God’s word… is neglected, and when God’s law is ridiculed, despised, laughed at, the result can only be destruction and injustice.” Pope Benedict XV1. And because of this type of very poor logic and divisive ideology – ‘Keep Religion In The Churches. Not The Schools’. BBC Radio World Service, Reporting on Religion. 22/1/2006. RE in schools should be: Comparative Religions – Including : Humanism.
By David Ignatius, Published: February 2 BRUSSELS “Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has a lot on his mind these days, from cutting the defense budget to managing the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. But his biggest worry is the growing possibility that Israel will attack Iran over the next few months” –
“It is the fundamentalists every where who confuse the symbolism of religion (requiring constant re-interpretation) with the certainties attributed to science, and who thereby, transpose symbols into a false certainty, seeking moral and spiritual refuge in a reversion to tenets and premises, long since bereft of any useful significance. In the contemplation of all this, one arrives at the disturbing conception that the destiny of the monotheistic religions may have reached its apogee (climax). By separating good from evil, Heaven from Hell, and Creation from Destruction (organically, continuous and simultaneous), together with the apparently insoluble dilemma of a good, omnipotent god, being responsible for evil. Religions have unwittingly spelt out the basic premise for the progress of science. It is the inescapable presence of the nuclear bomb, proving the common denominator in the fusion of matter, and energy, which has finally vindicated the unitary claim of monotheism, in its own terrible terms. The bomb, with its menacing power, bids fair to become the new idol and is equivalent to the petrified fertility symbol, the lingam (penis – dick – phallus) in Hindu temples. The intrinsic oneness of both lingam and bomb containing in the lingam the numberless seeds of procreation (sex – guns of spring) and in the bomb the numberless atoms released into destruction, are very potent symbols. Here indeed are two facets. The beliefs preceding the monotheistic, generally referred to as pagan, and animist, with their worship of all life inherent in nature and man, and the other, the bomb, inimical to life, and yet, paradoxically, god like. Here indeed, are our two oneness’s, awaiting synthesis: meaning, the combination of components (domestic nuclear power to weapon capability) to make a connected whole = adulthood? Yehudi Menuhin, Article 1989 (Ref, age of make-believe; childhood; lack of education = virginity, of both man and woman.
*Personal / country / societies realisation of secularism, or being a secularist – humanist – atheist. No longer supported/guided by superstition; loss of their virginity = Middle East Nuclear Arms Race – “U.S. officials don’t think that Netanyahu has made a final decision to attack, and they note that top Israeli intelligence officials remain skeptical of the project. But senior Americans doubt that the Israelis are bluffing. They’re worrying about the guns of spring — and the unintended consequences” http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-israel-preparing-to-attack-iran/2012/02/02/gIQANjfTkQ_story.html
Are we destined to rely on drugs and pills at an increasingly young age to help us survive longer? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17390304
Potholes in Roads. UK. Department of Transport – Winter Weather UK – Patheticness. Posted on March 16, 2008by luckyme0 “There are so many potholes on our roads that it would take more than 11 years at the current rate to fill them in, and that is just England and Wales. Damage by overweight foreign lorries!”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7210472.stm No one wants to pay for this.
Switzerland – The last time I went there, a few years ago, they had an ATM and the armed border policeman said, “You go in there”. This was a very rusty Portacabin or Lorry Container and I certainly felt very hesitant, but with bad temper and guns outside – no choice! Inside was a modern ATM or an automatic payment system, where they give you (just) a green sticker to put on your vehicle windscreen for £45.00. Of course, it would be impossible to have this in the UK, for our foreign visiting cars and lorries: it would be far too easy to collect and administer! Wake up GB, and just do it! Ref, Robber Baron Cameron – “David Cameron has called for an “urgent” increase in private investment to improve England’s road network. He said tolls for new roads were one option, alongside attracting more money from pension funds (daft to buy one, if it goes on the roads) and other investors” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17423693
History and fascinating