Friday, October 31, 2003

""In school we put lots of emphasis on academic acheivment as a means to economic success, resulting in happiness." - ???

"School should be a more embracing, social experience for children, with education less directed to private ambition and competition and more
towards rounded, personal development." 1

1. Green Party Press Release, 14 April, 2004.
"Winning an argument doesn't always mean you've won hearts and minds" - Unknown

Thursday, October 30, 2003

"The only trouble with paradise is that everybody wants a piece of it.” -Unknown
"We say that blood is thicker than water; but it’s not in the Church. It is water, the water of baptism which is thicker than blood, binding us together as members one of another in a fellowship that goes beyond natural ties." - The Rev. Dr Colin Morris
"...the division of the world between, the haves and the have nots, has never been greater. What makes the world a more dangerous place, is that for the first time in human history, the have-nots, are aware of the full extent of their deprivation, and are increasingly reluctant to accept huge disparities in life’s opportunities

There are many reasons for these inequalities, like prohibitive tariffs and subsidies. Agricultural subsidies in the developed world, are for example, a staggering 850 million dollars a day. Arms exports further enrich the West at the expense of poorer nations, fuelling debilitating conflicts with equally impoverished neighbours.

Today, wars, oppression and economic instability in seemingly distant lands, create economic and refugee problems for the affluent and more secure west. And even this security is now threatened by hatreds that know no border, and terrorism that parasitically grows and thrives on social and political injustice.

Self- interest then, dictates that we redouble our efforts to move to a fairer world. But it would be wrong to look at self- interest alone. The world’s great religions have long reminded us to look in a more enlightened way to the needs of our neighbours and to our common identity." - Indarjit Singh

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

"A staggering 98 tons of prehistoric, buried plant material is required to produce each gallon of gasoline we burn in our cars, SUVs, trucks and other vehicles." -University of Utah, Bad Mileage

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Yesterdays news is todays history.

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Voluntary codes are a bad idea. As they are never enforced.

Laws are a better idea as they can be enforced.

Independant monitoring of orgs is essential.
Corporate sponsorship in areas relating to health is a very bad idea.

Permaculture

Current farming methods are minning the soil.

We don't get uncovered soil in nature.

Breast is best

According t the UN childrens fund, reversing the decline in breast feeding could save 1.5 million lives every year.

A bottle fed baby is up to 25 times more likely to die from diarrhoea where water supplies are unsafe.

Boycott Nestle who are the market leader in formulated baby milk and promote it in unethically.

Nestle are trying to get fair trade status for a new product. Do you realise most of Green and Blacks chocolate isn't fair trade? Brands have one good product (Ribena tooth kind) and try to transfer its positive attributes/image onto other unsound products.
The green dictionary is being hi-jacked by non green orgs.

WTO

The main aim of the WTO is free trade. It should be sustainable development.

The WTO is free trade with corporate protectionism.

The WTO should report to a new environmental org, and UN human rights org.

WTO non-descrimination levels the playing field between uneven players.

WTO does have the ability to be democratic.

WTO should be reformed. However the WTO gets alot of its funding from the richer nations, so if the poor countires get the reforms that they want the rich countries may drop out.

Peace clause is set to expire. You can then campaign against other countries policies eg Common Agricultural policy and USA Farm Bill.

Countries don't trade any more. Transnationals do.
If you say something enough times then you'l believe it.
PR doesn't equal actions.
If you don't understand something, then you apply experiances that you've previously had to the situation in an attempt to understand it. ie I don't understand why all of these people have come to this demonstration. I've bribed people to do things before, so they've probably been bribed.
Do people working for unethical companies believe that they are doing a bad thing?

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

"An uninformed public in a democracy is a sure-fire way to end up with no democracy at all" - Unknown

Monday, October 20, 2003

"The lottery is a tax on fools and the desperate" - James

Alternatively it is a tax on the greedy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

All aboard the road to hell - abridged from the times

The increase in the mobility of the average Briton conceals a growing gap between the mobility-haves and have-nots.

As the number of cars increase there will be more metal in motion making it more dangerous for those not in cars.

As people become more mobile the world becomes full of strangers.

Cars are replacing functional walking, meaning people are getting less exercise and there are less people in pedestrian areas making them less secure.

Less walking means less socializing with your neighbors reducing levels of community.

Policing will become more Orwellian, dependent on CCTV and databases of personal information. This is an in-escapable cost of increased mobility. The alternative is an ineffectual police force.

As we spread ourselves ever wider in our social and economic activities the scope of government must expand in order to keep up with the growing magnitude of problems that require governing. Political authority migrates up the hierachy from town hall to Whitehall, to Brussels and ultimately to unaccountable institutions such as the World Bank and the World Trade organization. But trust in increasingly remote and unaccountable institutions diminishes, and the likelihood of individual votes having impact becomes defeated by scale, so fewer people vote.

We need a change in transport policy from the contradictory congestion charges and widening of roads.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Driving a Ferari on public roads is like wearing you best suit for a game of footy.
Start your day by burning the toast. Then your day can only get better.

How to fund Pensions

You can either get people to pay for their own pensions, or get one generation to pay for another generations pension.

The later only works if you continue to raise or lower the retirement age so the pension claiming group remains the same size relative to the working group. If you don't do this then, as the number of people claiming their pension grows so does the burden on the people working (and paying taxes) to support the pension claiming group.

With the former poor people will come off worse, as they cannot afford to put much into their pension, because they need that money to survive.

A combination of the two is probably the best idea then?

Why not work until you can't in a reqarding job. Reduce the working week and increase holiday. Get rid of a retirement age. Combine this with a citizens income.

As a population ages it becomes less capable of supporting itself.
"Don't argue that something is bad, as this puts people onto the defensive, and kills the argument. Instead argue that something else is better. This opens up the argument more" - Oly

Why is living in the uk so expensive compared to developing countries such as India and China - to be done

Monday, October 13, 2003

"The right path and the easy path are rarely one and the same" - Ted Kulongoski

Friday, October 10, 2003

"Ignorance is bliss, but forewarned is forearmed." - Unknown
"Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never harm me." - Unknown

Thursday, October 09, 2003

The 20th centuary will be known for the conflict between capitaism and communism. The 21st centuary will be known for the conflict between capitalism and sustainable development" - Morley fund management SRI team
"Freedom and slavery are mental states" - Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, October 06, 2003

The main political parties

The main aim of Labour, Lib Dems and the Conservatives is to gain power and hold onto it.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

"Struggle is what gives life meaning, not victory" -Unknown
A person is the sum of all the preivous people that they have encountered.
Put your mind in a different place.

Just because something doesn't feel normal doesn't make it bad.
To love your country is nationalism, to love your country enough to fight for it is patriotism. To love your country enough to round up the foreigners into death camps in order to purify your race is facism.
How can a society based on freedom protect itself with out sacrificing freedom?
It doesn't matter how well something suceeds, its how well it fails.
"Every person has 2 reasons for doing something, the one that sounds good and the real reason." - J P Morgan
You cannot judge people by your standards, you have to judge them by their standards.
"All problems can be solved through death" - Stalin
I am trapped in my mind.
Enjoy the journey, because the journey is life.
"Eat organic and die healthy" - Unknown
Close your eyes and you could be anywhere.

1984

He who controls the past controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future.

Slavery is freedom.

If I believe I flew and you believe you saw me fly, did I fly?

Turn the other cheek.
Life is a very simple thing. You are born, you grow, you procreate, and you die. Why do humans make it so complicated.
In the long term, you cannot force people to do, or not do something. You have to educate them and let them choose.
Hate war and you are no different from the war mongers.
Travel is a viscious circle, the more you travel the more you need to travel.
"As a human being you have a right to your feelings whatever they are." - Unknown

Is living at home with your parents/family the solution to travel problems? - to be done

There should be a division between church and state.
At 5.30am on July 16, 1945, at the Alamangordo bombing range in New Mexico, J Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atom bomb, watched the expanding fireball of Trinity, the first nuclear test. "I am becomine Death, the shatterer of worlds," he said, quoting the Lord Shiva's words in the ancient sacred Hindu text the Bhagavad-Gita.

Friday, October 03, 2003

"Muslims are the new communists" (- Zaid Shakir). They are the new generic enemy.
The day I stop learning is the day I die.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

"If you don't start a bad habbit then you don't have to give it up" - unknown

GM food - Good or Bad?

"Farm-scale trials conducted over the last three years show GM crops pose asignificant threat to biodiversity, decimating insect populations and impacting entire food chains, it emerged today." - Green party news release