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who's side are YOU on?
just pisses me off.
Its embodies David Cameron really.
Why pick a place off teh coast of one of the most biologically and ecologically diverse places in the world
Could they not have researched somewhere slightly better
idea seems really wrong to me!!
"Russ George, the chief executive of Planktos, told the Telegraph: "How could this be illegal?""
"...the dumping of iron filings without a permit is illegal under US and international law."
i fucking hate humanity.
there's something pretty Gotham about the whole thing in eery arch villain kind of way
or even fat Tony from the Simpsons
"We are in the ecosystem restoration business. To portray us as money grubbing greedy capitalists is a perversion of the truth."
it could he horrible!
I was thinking about carbon offsetting in bed last night (as you do). I don't think I totally understand it. If a major corporation sends 1000 people a year on 4 or 5 business flights from London to New York, but then buys a big old chunk of the rainforest, does this make them carbon neutral?
Hmm. Someone please explain it in the language of a child to me?
quite a while ago I did live greenly unfortunately businesses hadnt yet seen opportunity to make money out of the concepts of 'green' issues......so the whole of 'non alternative' society made my life hell.....I worked and did not rely on hand outs because I wanted my voice to be one that was green caring and hard working......IU wasted my time as I found that because of what the media portrayed I was castigated.
I was ridiculed and snubbed and sidelined although I had a job and did not confront people, merely tried to move their points of view.......most people are locked into the greedy capitalist/cnsumerist value system and are reluctant to follow anyone leaving the bounds of media acepted values
One can therefore assume that when the only change that we have had is that the media now conceeds that green issues are good and that global warming (an idea that they have denied vehemently for years and years .....trying to crush and vilify and destroy anyone who did try to warn people about it)
is in fact reality.
that only lip service is being paid to this issue...................No one wants/wanted to accept that greed and increase of materials (which after all is what governments sell to us as a fop for not being fulfilled and free in other areas....we have to be wage slaves most of our working hours and accept some fob off of consumer electrical devices for our pastime as reward?????
Anyway the medja will refuse to advocate that bigger and more is not better so they have and never will accept that cutbacks are better.........I suspect they have ony agreed to agree to global warming being the truth because of the clever capitalist device of 'selling carbon credits' kind of meaning that no one has to cut back much......
I used to have no fridge, no television, no bath.....used to have baths in a bowl (you stand in it) gave up alcahol, meat etc.....yet i worked all the time......i was nice and generous to people and cooked lovely food for people, yet no one in normal society would ever have anything good to say about my attitude......they seemed to resent that i was in normal society......often saying, why dont i just go and join th crusty camps and give up working......yet their major objections in their stupid arguments about green acivists was always that they were lazy layabouts who got hand outs from the state from their tax's...............that is the nub of the problem.......people havnt changed underneath......the representation of what has to be done to be green has.....now you have to have a degree or masters in green subject to get a job.....which means that you will already be in financial debt and already more of a slave.
There are radical technical ideas that have come out of this modern academic switxhing on to green concept, yet it is unlikely that it will be possible or likely that governments or corporations will use the overall health of the planet as the yardstick for whether or not ideas are taken up/.........the ones that seem to have profit potential will be taken up....e.g. carbon offsetting firms dumping iron filings, so that executives can continue to fly business class............or the euro meps can continue to fly between strasbourg and brussels needlessly.
The whole concept of business travel and business hotels is mostly rubbish.......new tech enables people to do instant messaging, web based video conferencing and file sharing with web cams being dirt cheap. Most Marriot hotels and holiday inns and hiltons are packed to the rafters with business people from various companies all adding on to the cost marins of whtever their companies do and all the travel being pointless.
business travel should pretty much be banned
so should cheap flights.
The idea that its every britishers right to fly abroad three times a year- once to puke their guts up and watch strippers in prague, once to puke their guts up and get skin cancer in tenerife and once to get their teeth fixed in poland is fucking perverse
are not green at heart otherwise they would do something about businessz travel/hotels tomorrow
why are they expecting increases in air travel.......am i wrong in thinking that aviation fuel still attracts less duty/taxes than all other forms of petroleum base fuel?.......why? ...........i mean that question WHY? its actually a really big and important WHY? essentially it does show that most business/governments will be reluctant to do more green stuff than everyone has too if it disadvantages them against other businesses/po;litical parties...........the reason for this reliuctance is because consumer capitalism is aggresive and needlessly competative.........if some business or political party does something that is altruistic beyond what their competitors do then they are signing their own death warrent in some kind of way.............capitalist consumerism is not condusive to green issues or the planet or indeed social issues or the well being of humans or animals (because it is condusive only to money) Money is the one factor that all business reduces value to.......human life even will only be respected for a certain price.
but money often means humans end up doing anti human things, end up subjugating/trading most human values through money.
People should not "care to much for money" yet unfortunately they are forced to, by peer pressure by fellow enslaved humans.
True the economic enslavement we have appears benign allongside much more barbaric slavery, but this is the problem.......we can put up with this mild enslavement from day to day, we get pretty things in exchange for not having true freedom......we are more like pets.....pets of mammon.
Because we can put up with it we would be foolish to rebel agsainst it and put up with the consequent privations of being wild humans. Consequently this mild slavery is now sought all over the world...........the problem is with the whole world being pets to the same master of mild slave mammon there will no longer be any humans left capable of changing the direction of mammon if it is leading the whole human race to catastrophe by not being able to stop things that will cause catastrophe.
how does us switching off a light bulb help?
The west wont tell off china too much......because western markets depend on the chinese economic boom.......if the chinese economy goes flat then western stock exchanges go into recession, most traders dont want this......fund managers are maybe the biggest traders of all......fund managers have western individuals money (pensions, insurance, life assurances, savings etc)
So if your average joe in UK or US wants to stop china building powerstations then he should say (at the same time as all other US and UK joes)
"I would rather that my pension and savings and life assurance policies did much worse please .....so that we can save the planet"
also they should say
"I would like to increase the chance that I will be unemployed and therefore not be able to pay my excessive mortgage and therefore become homeless.......so that I can save the planet please"
because governments/national institutions/media/business and advertising all still cajole us ito being more materially and economically aspirational
make up for less material aspirations with increased cultural/creational and social/relational and personal fulfillment as aspirations
more creativity/cultural/social relationship aspirational people
so i just said a few things and said it garbled........please dont worry if i am unstructured.......sometimes there are too many things/points to say without worrying about structure..
nd im ranting because i hate the way that some organisations do things so i gotta rant to stop getting stressed
that's all I have to say on the matter.
You cannot leave everything up to money forces because things may be artificially cheap........e.g. brown rice = cheaper than brown rice......because of the size of sales..........this is obviously false economics overall in the long term as brown rice is healthier and needs less refining or bleaching or chemicals.........so if governements intevene they can change false economies due to CRAP consumer choices.
CRAP consumer choices are ones where people value superficiality over quality....this includes blemishes and packaging and can be extended outside of buying fruit or vegetables......it can equally apply to things such as people........tv and media cannot effectively portray peoples good inner qualities, oit therefore naturally focusses on the bland shallow packaging........yes everyone likes a pretty face but this has become obsessional for media led societies.......perfectly pretty people are encouraged to have surgical operations by irresponsible doctors at the end of this chain.
Governments SHOULD NOT tax individuals on their bulk of rubbish......instead the retailer who only sells stuff bubble/plastic wrapped should be taxed.....if all goods retailers are so taxed then it will be a level playing field............retailers such as Tesco and M&S have significant buying power and would soon be able to force their suppliers to package better.
Ditto air miles......if the retailers are taxed on excessive miles for foodstuffs.....sot that it is more economic to buy from close then they will buy from closer, which will mean that it will be worth growing food closer to home which means that scarce resources in kenya or whatever can grow food for kenya.
Intervention is necessary since governments were conmplicit in getting the world into the mess.
I was not willingly complicit, in fact 'THEY' actively discouraged me and others who wanted to be greener in previous years.
It is up to governments and big businesses to sort it out not say 'make individuals have to choose green things and hurt them even more if they dont' because it is a lie to suggest that past individuals actually demanded that consumerism went a certain way.......individuals were led/coerced/tricked into wanting things/buying things that they didnt necessarily want.
Business acknowledges the concept of 'creating a demand'
Advertising is one of the main reasons why our world may be doomed, as it creates false wants and dreams and associations and expectations thus making most humans much weaker and shallower and less able to form bonds with others..........by advertising i also include things like the guardians weekend lifestyle supplement
and now I need a little sit down for an hour or two before reading the second one. Or you could just summarise your opinions in one small paragraph for me. That'd be nice.