“I am the president of the youth of France,” he told the assembled crowd of tens of thousands of supporters. “You are a movement that is rising up throughout Europe,” he said http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17979913 – Great Britain, UK is ‘farting about’ – fart about or around a. to behave foolishly or aimlessly b. to waste time http://www.thefreedictionary.com/farting+about “David Cameron has promised to “focus on what matters” as he seeks to fight back from poor local election results” – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17979560 Farting, and tarting about, at a great cost (30% of UK families in fuel poverty – “Gas and electricity price rises at the end of last year are expected to have pushed 400,000 more households in England into fuel poverty” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18105800), like, the Bankers. Worse and worse – UK households saw their average take-home incomes drop by 3.1% in 2010-11, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18447386 “The UK’s trade deficit widened sharply in April to its highest level in almost seven years, largely thanks to a slump in car and chemical exports. Official figures showed the seasonally adjusted deficit was £4.4bn, compared with £3bn in March. The worsening deficit was driven by an 8.6% fall in overall exports, including a 6.8% drop in exports to other European Union nations. Analysts said it highlighted the continuing weakness in the UK economy” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18456161 “The Queen (dripping in diamonds) has set out the government’s plans for the year ahead in a speech to both Houses of Parliament” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17994738 “Ed Miliband has said the Queen’s Speech offers “no hope” to the unemployed and millions of people being squeezed by rising living costs” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18003322 Much worse to come, for you all, as before: “Personal disasters, economic failures, unemployment and war; govern man’s fate”. And, “The total lack of proportion in the whole exercise gives it a weird atmosphere of unreality, as though one had strayed into a science fiction narrative and landed on a planet, in which only fear and greed were institutionalised at a global level. A planet inhabited and ruled by anthropoids with only fossilized and vestigial intelligence and a hideous preoccupation with death”. ‘The Home of Man’ Barbara Ward (advisor to presidents)
“The ineptitude of government to grapple with the simplest of our social problems, buying a little (political time) time in the short-term” Carl Sagan. Beware, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery” Winston Churchill “I’ve always doubted that the socialists had a leg to stand on intellectually” Friedrich Hayek ‘The Road To Serfdom’ – According to Stephen Hawking ‘A Brief History Of Time’ – and he knows more about the Universe than you Priests and Politicians (or Teachers) are ever likely to know! “We inhabit a Universe with no edge in space, no beginning or end in time, and nothing for a Creator to do. So I suggest, we stop farting about with absurd religious beliefs and political quarrels, and get down to making Planet Earth a better place for the next generation to live on. For a start, how about – abolishing, poverty, ignorance, and war, everywhere: and then see how far we go from there” – “US President Barack Obama has announced a $3bn (£1.9bn) plan to boost food security and farm productivity in Africa, US officials say” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18119024 Vast problems, “With forests and fish stocks declining, water demand rising and lack of action on climate change, humanity’s path is anything but sustainable, the UN warns” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18339905 Population tipping point http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population The Global Environmental Outlook says, “Significant progress is seen on only four out of 90 environmental goals”. The UN Environment Programme (Unep) urges leaders to agree tough goals at this month’s Rio+20 summit. Meanwhile, a team of scientists warns that life on Earth may be on the way to an irreversible “tipping point”. But, “UN talks on sustainable development are encountering disputes, delays and diplomatic wrangling, days before world leaders arrive to sign a new agreement” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18455947
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8249411.stm ‘Additional to the animal urges of survival and copulation, there is curiosity and fear of the new, both inherited from our primate ancestors. In humans they are called neophilia (love of the new) and neophobia (fear of the new). The evidence is that neophobia is the stronger urge in humans than their cousins the apes’ – ref, ‘The Naked Ape’ Desmond Morris and ‘The Long Childhood’ (part of ‘The Ascent Of Man’ BBC) Bronowski http://www.berkeleydaily.org/issue/2009-11-19/article/34116?headline=What-Shall-We-Tell-the-Children– http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 “The health benefits of sex extend well beyond the bedroom. It turns out sex is good for you in ways you may never have imagined” http://www.webmd.boots.com/sex-relationships/guide/10-surprising-health-benefits-of-sex A start, “US President Barack Obama has ended months of hedging on the issue of gay marriage by saying he thinks same-sex couples should be able to wed” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18014102 And, “Catholic Education Service broke impartiality rules on the topic of gay marriage” http://t.co/DXe6AGDU ‘In the Playground for Faith and Belief’ -GB,UK, ref, ‘The War For Children’s Minds’ – Stephen Law. And, “The Australian sex worker Rachel Wooton – whose clients include people with disabilities – on why she’s fighting for the rights of disabled people” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jwdk4
“The social web and mobile technologies have accelerated the rate at which relationships develop, information is shared and influence takes hold. People now use social technology to help shape the world’s events and culture” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18013662 Ref, “Global interconnectedness is lethal for most of the unreasonable mass ideologies and religions, let us connect everyone, which is why they hate it so much in restrictive regimes” – ‘about’ luckyme0 – “Facebook shares ended their first day of trading at $38.23, barely above the company’s initial pricing of $38” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18115914
http://money.uk.msn.com/features/the-people-who-control-your-money?ocid=ukhotmail “A small number of individuals could make or break you with a single decision in a meeting room, bar, private members’ club or restaurant table in the UK’s capital city. Here we list the business people and public servants who have the nation in the palm of their hands” And,”Eleven people have been arrested after Occupy protesters pitched tents outside the Bank of England on a day of demonstrations in London. The arrests were made for public order offences, City of London Police said. Thousands of people staged rallies in cities including Athens, Moscow, New York, Barcelona and Madrid, where one of the city’s main squares has been occupied” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-18049010 And, ‘The Jubilee and Olympics UK, GB’ – “Writing in the Financial Times last October, former British Prime Minister John Major described a European scenario that seemed like the economic equivalent of Edward Munch’s “The Scream.” The southern states (inc, UK/GB) – must devalue their living standards and promote reforms to enhance efficiency. This will take years. Meanwhile, wages must fall, unemployment will rise and social unrest will increase. The severity of this medicine may not be bearable in a liberal democracy.” And when Major was prime minister, he was never one to exaggerate – http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/08/world/europe/europe-revolt/index.html ‘The Perfect Storm’ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/a-perfect-storm-for-fresh-riots-security-757335 “Labour’s Ed Balls has warned the world economy faces a “catastrophe” unless Germany abandons pressure on eurozone countries to cut public spending” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18136731 And, They (the young people) will have to fight, “IMF head Christine Lagarde has urged Greeks to pay taxes, saying she worries more about the plight of children in sub-Saharan Africa than the people of the crisis-hit European nation” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18216307 And, “Mr Tsipras, whose Syriza party is one of the two main contenders for the 17 June election, said: “The last thing we seek in Greece is her sympathy. Greek workers pay their taxes, which are unbearable. “For tax-evaders, she should turn to Pasok and New Democracy [previous coalition government partners] to explain to her why they haven’t touched the big money and have been chasing the simple worker for two years.” French minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told France’s Canal+ TV that Ms Lagarde should not have made the comments. “I find (her point of view) rather simplistic and stereotypical. I think that these days it shouldn’t be about trying to teach people a lesson,” she said http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18227230 French far-left politician Jean-Luc Melenchon even said Ms Lagarde should resign over the comments. “What gives her the right to speak in this manner to the Greeks?” he said in an interview with France 3 TV. A Greek fisherman, who is losing all his customers, says his, and the politicians of Europe, who have led to his downfall, should all be thrown in the sea; he said this on a BBC TV interview http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13361930
“A total of 954,000 young people were not in work, education or training in England in the first three months of this year, the latest figures show. Compared with this time last year, that is a rise of 29,000 and a record rise for that quarter. And compared with 2008, it is 143,000 higher. The statistics on young people classed as “Neet” (not in education, employment or training http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/14714) fluctuate during the year, peaking in late summer” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-18190012 And, “Part-time working hit another record. The ONS said the total number was 7.99 million between January and March, up 118,000 compared with the previous three month period between October and December”. “Those working part-time because they couldn’t find a full-time job was also the highest since records began in 1992 at 1.42 million, up 73,000 on the previous quarter. Of the 45,000 drop in unemployment, 42,000 were men and just 3,000 were women. “It’s still women and young people who are bearing the brunt of the recession,” said the Unison union general secretary Dave Prentis.” And, “Unemployment in the eurozone was 11% in April, unchanged from March, but still the highest since records began in 1995. A seasonally adjusted total of 17.4 million people were unemployed in the eurozone, up from 17.3 million” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18293200 Youth unemployment, or all unemployment, should be part of ‘The Living Wage’ that is inevitable and less costly – politicians and bankers have ruined our lives, and those of our children and their futures http://www.growthism.com/ bring back a Hippy-dom, or a vast love-in, “So, here’s a modest proposal that I think will satisfy everyone the length of the political spectrum: since we require defence against potential aggressors, let us all, collectively, be responsible for it. Yes, that’s right: Bring back National Service! The cry beloved of the ramrod-straight and the crew-cut is joined by me with all my bohemian heart. Old, young, female, male, straight, gay (all in, it could make it quite pleasant and if young enough), industrial chemists, lawyers and even party wonks – let us all do our bit and maintain a citizen army, as the Swiss do, numbering in the many millions” Will Self http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18038660 Search http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644491-christopher-hitchens-vanity-fair-feb-2012 ‘Pangloss insisted to Candide in the elder Voltaire’s masterpiece, that “everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds” – It doesn’t feel like that today. What it does feel like to me? – “Thomas Hardy writes powerfully in Jude the Obscure that children are everyone’s children. They do not belong to anyone but themselves and, beyond that, to all of us. Familial feelings are inevitably strong, but it is not impossible that the act of taking responsibility for one child can be tantamount or extend to taking responsibility for all. I have seen elsewhere words to the effect that the land belongs to the children and that we hold it in guardianship for them. What are we doing instead? Are we creating an underclass out of young people, the new poor, or the equivalent of miners under Thatcher’s regime – the enemy within? There has been enough of politicians and academics betraying their ideals and there has been enough talk on the subject. Young people need our revolutionary friendship, our support and our allegiance in finding a means of imagining a more optimistic future and combining to create it” http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=419644§ioncode=26 The Wage for Life = 1 new result for [progressive family philosophy] === Too Much Faith in Markets Denies Us the Good Life, Bloomberg, The Thatcher-Reagan philosophy also viewed increasing income inequality as … Working Less The simplest approach would be a progressive reduction in work … <http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-07/too-much-faith-in-markets-denies-us-the-good-life.html> And, https://charleslizzy.com/2009/01/26/obamarama-political-propaganda-the-fraudulent-promise-the-ordeal-of-desire/
I don’t think that the revolution will start from here (but you never know)? “The Prince of Wales has warned of the “catastrophic” consequences of inaction on issues such as climate change, at a UN sustainability conference in Brazil. Prince Charles said he had “watched in despair” at the slow pace of progress on the “critical issues of the day,” in a pre-recorded video address in Rio. He urged world leaders to adopt a more integrated approach to issues such as climate change and food security. Waiting for the worst to happen would be “too late to act at all”, he said” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18479724 “The Queen has taken part in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on the final day of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. She and other senior Royals have returned by carriage through cheering crowds to Buckingham Palace before the day ends with an RAF flypast. The Queen’s consort, Prince Philip, is absent from her side as he remains in hospital with a bladder infection” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18327711 “The dilemma is apparent, not real. The fact that religions have decayed during the past few generations does not mean that they are definitively dead. And the fact that many people are now without a religion does not mean that they are without some substitute for a religion; their religious feelings and intuitions may be rationalized in forms not immediately recognizable as religious” https://charleslizzy.com/2006/01/23/the-clarity-and-wit-of-aldous-huxley-bertrand-russell-and-hg-wells/ Or, ‘farting about’ again – “There is no doubt that the French are more interested in the British Royal Family than they are in other European royals,” said Marc Roche, London correspondent of Le Monde newspaper and the author of two books about the monarchy.
“It is as if the French had never recovered from chopping off the heads of their own royal family,” he said. “They don’t know much about the Queen, but they like the pomp and circumstance, they like the grandeur of the institution.” Many French people also see it as a reassuring constant in a changing world, said Mr Letranchant” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18329050
The head of the UN has said monitors trying to reach the Syrian village of Qubair, where 78 people are said to have been killed, were fired upon. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Ban Ki-moon condemned the reported massacre as “shocking and sickening”, and an “unspeakable barbarity”. “What is acknowledged is that, while the UN observer mission has been a success in terms of meeting its brief, the six-point plan has been a failure. And it’s clear the Syrian conflict has stopped looking like past Arab revolutions and is instead beginning to look much more like Bosnia when it began the slow slide into sectarian civil war” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18352281 What the Peace Makers and the New Zionists can learn from the book: ‘Desert Queen’ Janet Wallach (the life of Gertrude Bell) “Islam is the bond that unites the western and central parts of the continent, as it is the electric current by which the transmission of sentiment is effected, and its potency is increased by the fact that there is little or no sense of territorial nationality to counterbalance it. A Turk or a Persian does not speak of , “my country” in the way that an Englishman or a Frenchman thinks and speaks; his patriotism is confined to the town of which he is a native, or at most to the district in which that town lies. If you ask him what nationality he belongs he will reply : “I am a man of Isfahan,” or “I am a man of Konia,” as the case maybe, just as the Syrian will reply that he is a native of Damascus or Aleppo – I have already indicated that Syria is merely a geographical term corresponding to no national sentiment in the breasts of the inhabitants” https://charleslizzy.com/2009/01/10/israel-gaza-and-the-british-betrayal-of-the-arab-cause-palestine-west-bank/ On Israel – “We feel that the Arabs and Jews are cousins in race…[and] have suffered similar oppression at the hands of powers stronger than themselves… We Arabs, especially the educated amongst us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement… We will wish the Jews a hearty welcome here…People less informed and less responsible than our leaders and yours, ignoring the need for co-operation of the Arabs and Zionists, have been trying to exploit the local difficulties that must necessarily arise in Palestine in the early stages of our movements” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Bell And, https://charleslizzy.com/2009/01/26/obamarama-political-propaganda-the-fraudulent-promise-the-ordeal-of-desire/
“Construction of world’s biggest optical telescope has been approved. The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will have a primary mirror some 40m in diameter, and will be built on top of a mountain in Chile. Member states of the European Southern Observatory (Eso) organisation declared their support for the project on Monday at a meeting in Garching, Germany” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18396853
“The hunt for other intelligent civilisations has a new technique in its arsenal, but its first use has turned up no signs of alien broadcasts” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18288926
“The American SpaceX company’s Dragon cargo capsule has splashed down in the ocean off the California coast” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18273811
First Light – “One of Europe’s main contributions to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is built and ready to ship to the US. The images and scientific results that Hubble has returned have permeated popular culture. Webb pictures will be just as sharp but because the telescope will be looking at a different part of the spectrum, it will show us things that are totally new” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18006933 Dr Eric Smith, Nasa’s deputy programme director for James Webb, explains what the telescope can do. Search http://richarddawkins.net/articles/644491-christopher-hitchens-vanity-fair-feb-2012 .