BBC 2 Series 1
Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain host three days of live stargazing featuring epic images from observatories around the globe http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wnvpf
BBC 1 Series Congo 3/6 David Attenborough journeys to the heart of Africa, which is covered in dense rainforest http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010jc6p/episodes/guide
The 1,067 signatories include 13 bishops http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20996369 And, https://charleslizzy.com/2006/12/29/watch-sex-crimes-and-the-vatican-on-google-video/ And, “Adults and children, including a boy of eight, were abused by Jimmy Savile, a report detailing allegations over 50 years has revealed. Police and the NSPCC outlined offences by the late presenter at venues including 13 hospitals and a hospice. Some 214 crimes were recorded across 28 police force areas, including 34 of rape or penetration, the report said” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20981611 Sex and Drugs https://charleslizzy.com/2006/01/17/smacking-beating-and-drugging-children-private-schools-and-sexual-abuse-church-schools-faith-schools-childcare-institutions-uk/ Sordid – “A group of nine men ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_views_on_slavery ) targeted vulnerable young girls in Oxford and subjected them to depraved sexual abuse, the Old Bailey has heard. The men, eight from Oxford and one from Berkshire, are accused of being involved in a child sex-trafficking ring involving six girls. Between them the defendants face 51 counts including rape and trafficking. They deny the charges which relate to girls aged between 11 and 15 and cover a period from 2004 to 2012″ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-21027681
‘Love, Sex and God’ – “The only thing we can do is to hazard a hypothesis, to create a mythological figure, call it Human Personality, and hope that circumstances will not, by destroying us, prove our imaginative guesswork too hopelessly wrong. But myth for myth, Human Personality is preferable to God. We do at least know something of Human Personality, whereas of God we know nothing and, knowing nothing, are at liberty to invent as freely as we like. If men had always tried to deal with the problem of love in terms of known human rather than of grotesquely imagined divine interests, there would have been less making of eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake, less persecution of sinners, less burning and imprisoning of the heretics of unnatural love, less Grundyism, less Comstockery, and, at the same time, less dirty Don-Juanism, less of that curiously malignant and vengeful love-making so characteristic of the debauchee under a Christian dispensation. Reacting against the absurdities of the old mythology, the young have run into absurdities no less inordinate at the other end of the scale. A sordid and ignoble realism offers no resistance to the sexual impulse, which now spends itself purposelessly, without producing love, or even, in the long run, amusement, without enhancing vitality or quickening and deepening the rhythms of living. Only a new mythology of nature, such as, in modern times, Blake, Robert Burns, and Lawrence have defined it, an untranscendental and (relatively speaking) realistic mythology of Energy, Life, and Human Personality, will provide, it seems to me, the inward resistances necessary to turn sexual impulse into love, and provide them in a form which the critical intelligence of post-Nietzschean youth can respect. By means of such a conception a new fashion in love may be created, a mode more beautiful and convenient, more healthful and elegant, than any seen among men since the days of remote and pagan antiquity”- ‘Do What You Will’ (1929) Aldous Huxley.
“Australia experienced a wave of migration from India about 4,000 years ago, a genetic study suggests. It was thought the continent had been largely isolated after the first humans arrived about 40,000 years ago until the Europeans moved in in the 1800s. But DNA from Aboriginal Australians revealed there had been some movement from India during this period. The researchers believe the Indian migrants may have introduced the dingo to Australia. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they say that the fossil record suggests the wild dogs arrived in Australia at around the same time. They also suggest that Indians may have brought stone tools called microliths to their new home” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21016700
“Textbooks might have to be re-written when it comes to some of the earliest creatures, a study suggests. Researchers have found that our understanding of the anatomy of the first four-legged animals is wrong. New 3D models of fossil remains show that previous renderings of the position of the beasts’ backbones were actually back-to-front. The findings, published in the journal Nature, may even change our thinking on how the spine evolved” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20987289
“Algeria, a gateway between Africa and Europe, has been battered by violence over the past half-century. More than a million Algerians were killed in the fight for independence from France in 1962, and the country has recently emerged from a brutal internal conflict that followed scrapped elections in 1992. The Sahara desert covers more than four-fifths of the land. Oil and gas reserves were discovered there in the 1950s, but most Algerians live along the northern coast. The country supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe and energy exports are the backbone of the economy. Algeria was originally inhabited by Berbers until the Arabs conquered North Africa in the 7th century. Based mainly in the mountainous regions, the Berbers resisted the spread of Arab influence, managing to preserve much of their language and culture. They make up some 30% of the population” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14118852 Niall Ferguson – ‘He would not admit civilization (to the fourth edition of his dictionary), but only civility. With great deference to him, I thought civilization, from to civilize, better in the sense opposed to barbarity, than civility’ – James Boswell. Or, ‘All definitions of civilization…belong to a conjunction which goes: ‘I am civilized, you belong to a culture, he is a barbarian’ – Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. Ref, Arab Spring (African – consequences) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_equality
“A new venture is joining the effort to extract mineral resources on asteroids. The announcement of plans by Deep Space Industries to exploit the rare metals present in the space rocks turns asteroid mining into a two-horse race. The other venture, Planetary Resources, went public with its proposals last year. Advocates of asteroid mining hope it could turn into a trillion-dollar business, but some scientists are highly sceptical of the idea. Deep Space Industries wants to send a fleet of asteroid-prospecting spacecraft out into the Solar System to hunt for resources” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21144769
“The Liberal Democrats have “condemned” their MP David Ward for his “use of language” in a statement about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, issued ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day. While it was essential to remember the Holocaust as “one of the most horrific examples of man’s inhumanity to man”, he said, “should we not also remember when there are examples of atrocities being committed in the present?” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21194991
“This is the chart that struck me most forcibly, both for what it tells us about the debts of the private sector, in particular the private finance sector; but also because of what the Treasury chose not to tell us: that the public debt to GDP ratio is tiny compared to private sector debt to GDP ratio.” ANN PETTIFOR, DIRECTOR OF PRIME ECONOMICS http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-16090055 Why the economic policy of the Coalition Government UK, GB, (Con – Lib – pact) is based on ideological bigotry that is fueling inequality and great suffering to many.
We did it, at last! Public opposition to plans to sell off forests forced the government to withdraw its proposals. Not too good, “There are in excess of 1,000 publicly owned forests in England, covering an estimated 258,000 hectares. The Public Forest Estate (PFE) accounts for 18% of English woodlands, and covers about 9% of the nation – one of the lowest percentages in Europe” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21275432 And, “Who Owns Britain” http://www.amazon.co.uk/Owns-Britain-Ireland-Kevin-Cahill/dp/1841953105/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3