What needs to happen, if Greece is to remain in the eurozone in the longer term – they say (Bankers) – is for eurozone governments and the European Central Bank to write off a big slug of what they are owed.

“What needs to happen, if Greece is to remain in the eurozone in the longer term – they say (Bankers & German’s; paying off their longer term debts to humanity?)  – is for eurozone governments and the European Central Bank to write off a big slug of what they are owed” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/correspondents/robertpeston/  “The government (UK) still depends on London’s financial services industry for a big chunk of its tax revenues. And UK-based banks could face huge losses on the loans they have made to their continental counterparts” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18284747 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) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Ward

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 ChurchillI’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 aboutabolishing, 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 “We are tampering with Earth’s life-support systems. What is most dismaying is that the gap between what we could achieve and the political will to do so is growing dramatically larger. This is how civilisations end – like last week’s conference, not with a bang but with a whimper” http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428710.900-rio-summit-more-like-the-absolute-nadir.html

The Cats of Addaya (A small village on the Island of Minorca, Spain) On the 26th November at about 16.30, walking round the ‘pointer’ (outcrop of rock) with my dogs Lucy and Joey. I saw four young cats sitting at different places on the veranda of the house we call the Yacht Club. It immediately struck me, as I tried to prevent the dogs from chasing them that the cats that would survive this winter, are on average, those that by chance (or hereditary) are endowed with better faculties; sight, hearing; intelligence. That is to say – smart organisms survive, as Carl Sagan would put it. It is also to say that the truth of Darwinian evolution became a reality for me, and just not an idea that one has studied. But what is important, is the idea that struck me at the same time, was the importance of investigating whether in fact those tribes actions, cultures, peoples, or whatever you like to call them, posses certain basic evolutionary advantages, have in fact survived and will in future survive. What are those faculties and advantages? Surely, a study of history will reveal them and so on average, and in general terms, enable one to predict the future successful cultures actions. Notes, study men carefully, Darlington’s ‘Little Universe of Man’, as I think that he takes the same line. Study also Roberts, ‘The Triumph of the West’, for the same idea. Social character is determined by knowledge of the elite – elite determines action.”

At last (more than 150 yrs of ‘darkness’ and ‘drivel’ after Darwin) – “Last week the Department for Education published its draft primary National Curriculum for science, along with the announcement that evolution would be included for the first time. We were naturally delighted at this news, which represents the fulfilment of yet another aim of our ‘Teach evolution, not creationism’ campaign” BHA. But in ‘The Playground for Faith and Belief, UK, GB’ – ‘The War For Children’s Minds’ Stephen Law  – Problems, and a great big, ‘let down for children’ from the Cranks and Government, see, A Huxley on Cranks – “we vigorously challenge the unscientific certainty often claimed by scientists surrounding the so-called “Big Bang” and origins generally. We believe that no scientific theory provides – or ever will provide – a satisfactory explanation of origins, i.e. why the world appeared, and how nothing became something in the first place. We will teach evolution as an established scientific principle, as far as it goes. We will teach creation as a scientific theory and we will always affirm very clearly our position as Christians, i.e. that Christians believe that God’s creation of the world is not just a theory but a fact with eternal consequences for our planet and for every person who has ever lived on it. We will affirm that to believe in God’s creation of the world is an entirely respectable position scientifically and rationally” http://humanism.org.uk/news/view/1079

Web – 1 new result for [What shall we tell the children?] === What Shall We Tell Our Children Mr. President? | Matt Weidner … Martin Andelman asked a few months ago, “What Shall We Tell Our Children, Mr. President?” And I wonder, what will Amerika’s fathers say to their children? http://mattweidnerlaw.com/blog/tag/what-shall-we-tell-our-children-mr-president/

‘Get-real’, TED Talks – “Once a select forum of the great and good, the Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) conference now has millions of avid online fans. How did an elite ideas-sharing gathering go mainstream?” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18511696

“Scientists in Geneva reveal that they have discovered a particle consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18701196 And, “The BBC’s Pallab Ghosh talks to physicist Professor Stephen Hawking about the news of the discovery of a Higgs-like particle that has been announced at Cern” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18708626 “Professor Brian Cox reacted with delight to the news that physicists at Cern have discovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18708281 “Professor Cox told the BBC the discovery was a significant moment in the history of science and a vindication of the work carried out with the Large Hadron Collider.”

A way forward –  Synopsis, “Alice Bell argues that better engagement by scientists, rather than lessons in ‘scientific literacy’, is the solution to the lack of public understanding of science. She is frustrated how often this apparent panacea is rolled out as the solution to the problem. But on some controversial subjects the scientific evidence does not point in a single direction, she says. More than that, the specific bit of science needed to understand the subject at hand varies from issue to issue. Instead, scientists should work to provide structures where non-experts can learn about science as and when they become important to them. Four Thought is a series of talks which combine thought provoking ideas and engaging storytelling. Recorded in front of an audience at the RSA in London, speakers take to the stage to air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society. Producer: Giles Edwards. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01kbj39

Small-fry – “Comedian Jimmy Carr says he has “made a terrible error of judgement” over using a tax avoidance scheme. In a statement on his Twitter account, Mr Carr said he was no longer involved in the K2 tax shelter. Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday called Mr Carr’s use of the scheme “morally wrong” – How about this as main meal, and the ‘tip of an iceberg’, “The European Services Strategy Unit maintains a database of PFI projects and tracks changes. In June 2011 it stated that in excess of 90 PFI deals had been moved to the offshore tax havens of Jersey and Guernsey.  Why is this bad? Well, HSBC Infrastructure sold 33 projects to HICL Infrastructure and so £38m of profits only attracted £100,000 of UK tax” http://www.burntoak-partners.com/2012/05/29/pfippp-the-uk-scandal-worth-investigating/ And, Clearly the implication is that there will be some new measures announced by the Treasury in the coming weeks and months to try to boost UK growth. The Government is currently reviewing the PFI system, leaving the whole infrastructure sector in limbo – not helpful when you are reliant on big projects to try to yank Britain out of recession. So given all of the above, it is worth contemplating whether what all this portends is a domestic version of project bondswith a UK accent” http://web.orange.co.uk/article/news/cameron_finds_unlikely_economic_bedfellow And, Large Fry – “A global super-rich elite had at least $21 trillion (£13tn) hidden in secret tax
havens by the end of 2010, according to a major study” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18944097

‘Gone Viral’, Nigel Farge – a lot of uncomfortable, and no doubt, some very fat (living off the fat of the land) Euro bottoms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN_1mF-3JTI And,

Aristotle Square, Thessaloniki, and Trafalgar Square, London

“As the queues of jobless Greeks grow, more and more young people are moving abroad. It’s an exodus that’s particularly painful for Greek journalist Giorgos Christides. Hanging out with friends is becoming increasingly difficult for me. It seems my friends are fleeing Greece one by one, and the next time we see each other for a beer, our meeting place will probably be London’s Trafalgar rather than Thessaloniki’s Aristotle Square” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18542449 And, “What would John Maynard Keynes, one of the most influential economists of the 20th Century, have made of the current economic situation, ponders philosopher John Gray” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18923542

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is the story of a motorcycle journey across America, a meditation on values and the concept of Quality, and an allegorical tale of a man coming to terms with his past and with his young son. The narrator takes a cross-country motorcycle trip from Minnesota to California with his son Chris during which the maintenance of the motorcycle becomes an illustration of how to unify the cold, rational realm of technology (the ‘classical’) with the warm, imaginative realm of artistry (the ‘romantic’). As with the practice of Zen, the trick is to engage fully with the activity, to see and appreciate every detail, whether it’s hiking in the woods, writing an essay, or tightening the bike chain to ensure a smooth ride. The narrator wrestles both with the ghost of his past and with some of the most important philosophical questions of the 20th century. The book touched the zeitgeist of a whole generation in 1974 after being turned down by 121 publishers. It’s the biggest selling philosophy book ever with more than 5 million copies sold worldwide, has a huge online following – and has never been dramatized. Writer Peter Flannery (Our Friends in the North, George Gently, The Devil’s Whore) adapts his favourite book for radio, with James Purefoy (Rome, Injustice, Ironclad) playing the Dad/Narrator. Author: Robert M. Pirsig Dramatist: Peter FlanneryCast: Dad/Narrator/Phaedrus …… James Purefoy Chris …… Max Cazier John …… Sean Power Sylvia …… Lucy Newman-Williams Gennie …… Caitlin Thorburn Professor …… Paris Arrowsmith Students ……. Arts Ed, School of ActingOriginal music: Jon Nicholls Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore Producer: Melanie Harris A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01k1ljh

“Jun 2012 Sign calling religions ‘fairy stories’ is deemed potentially offensive. A statement issued by Lincolnshire Police regarding the implementation of the Public Order Act said that it was ‘balanced with a right to free speech and the key point is that the offence is committed if it is deemed that a reasonable person would find the content insulting.’ A statement issued by Lincolnshire Police regarding the implementation of the Public Order Act said that it was ‘balanced with a right to free speech and the key point is that the offence is committed if it is deemed that a reasonable person would find the content insulting.’ Commenting on the story, BHA Head of Public Affairs, Pavan Dhaliwal, said: ‘It seems extremely unlikely that any “reasonable person” would find Richards’ sign offensive, whether they agreed with it or not” http://www.humanism.org.uk/news/view/1054?utm_source=e-bulletin+subscribers&utm_campaign=80c746a20d-BHA_e_bulletin_2012_05_21&utm_medium=email

Oh dear, “Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King has said he is “pessimistic” about the short-term prospects for the global economy. He also said he had been struck by how much the situation had changed in the past six weeks. Sir Mervyn said he was particularly concerned about the worsening situation in Asia and other emerging markets. His comments followed official data showing the government borrowed more than expected in May. Excluding financial interventions such as bank bailouts, it borrowed £17.9bn, compared with £15.2bn in May 2011. A 7% fall in income tax receipts contributed to the rise in borrowing. Speaking at the Treasury committee, Sir Mervyn said the economic crisis had continued longer than he had expected, questioning the response of European authorities. “Over two years now we have seen the situation in the euro area get worse and the problem being pushed down the road,” he said. “There is just enormous uncertainty out there, I have no idea what is going to happen in the euro area” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18587254 And, “Bob Diamond is due to be grilled by MPs a day after resigning as Barclays chief executive in the wake of the inter-bank interest rate-fixing scandal” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18695191

“Construction of world’s biggest optical telescope has been approved by member states of the European Southern Observatory (Eso). 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. Pallab Ghosh reports” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18412440

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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! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ 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 http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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