Saturday, July 14, 2007

Save Darfur Multimedia Chat Room Multimedia Chat Room complete with enlightening presentations:

I spent a half hour learning more about Darfur. However, there appears to be little overall understanding of the origin of this Genocide: Islamic racial prejudice exercised through willing surrogates who willingly accept their support. Investigate on your own. The information is on the internet but hidden behind mounds of fluff.

Final note:

Since the periodic spells of drought inducing heat is a normal phenomena, the 'global warming' cannot be blamed. Hate exercised through the choices man makes is the culprit.

The cure is making effort to restore the original intention; family. That is family without man made boundaries of racism, religion, nationalism and so on. What do you think?

Saturday, May 05, 2007

dr eamer and i have different perspectives on how to save the world. his views concern things on a grander scale and mine are more about eating chocolate to save the silverback gorillas. essentially though we're both interested in the same thing. i have been inspired by this blog not particularly by the ideas (albeit their greatness!) but more by the belief that something can/should be done to make things better despite the magnitude of the problem. it's all about the possibilities right?
hope to see you again soon dr eamer. clear your head and get back on the horse. we've got work to do!!

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Hi folks,

Just a quick post to say that I'm going to shut down this blog in week or so. Not for negative reasons, mostly for positive ones. Everything flows, people change, and I don't think I'm the same person I was when I started this up. Plus I'm getting a bit tired of feeling like a hypocrite. And I'm inclined to agree with Michael Crichton (State of Fear) that ignorant benevolence (my own) often has the same outcome as malevolent intent. So until I get educated, the soap box goes back in the cupboard.

I hope to keep in touch with all the people I've met in the course of this project, it's been great interacting with you.

From now on I'm going to leave politics and science to the political scientists and do what I do best.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Thought for the Day

Talk show hosts have become the moral leaders of our generation.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Family Traditions

Hat tip: LGF In a stomach-turning video clip from Al Aqsa TV (the Hamas television station) broadcast on March 8, 2007, the children of female suicide bomber Rim Al-Riyashi talk happily about their mother’s act of mass murder. (Courtesy of MEMRI TV ) click on the link

I am speechless

Riverside Walk

Saturday was such a beautiful day I thought about taking my camera to get some shots of the river, but by the time the battery charged up I knew it would be too dark. I charged it up anyway with the hope that Sunday would be just as nice. It wasn't. But in other ways it was, with the chilly wind and overcast skies reminding me more of my home country, Scotland, than other times I could remember.

People imagine Tokyo doesn't have much to offer in the way of nature, but it's there if you know where to look. Sakaigawa ( meaning Border River ) is the naturally formed border running between Tokyo and Kanagawa, and for me, the stretch just east of the station has served as many a backdrop for stress-release runs or after-dinner strolls.

The river plays home to a surprisingly large number of bird species, even I, not exactly an avid bird-spotter, have enjoyed seeing the variety and colour of the creatures I share the local habitat with. Not that I could name many. Duck, pigeon, sea-gull, is about my limit. Same with plant life. But the soothing effects of just being out there, especially this time of year when things are coming out of hibernation - colours vivid, blossom scents vivifying - makes you feel good to be alive.

But unfortunately it isn't just flora, fauna and fish that gather along the river, but also gomius nautilus, also known as junk, garbage, rubbish. Who knows where it comes from, or how it manages to accumulate along such an otherwise soothing stretch of the country's heritage? Some things I've seen in there spark the imagination, others defy belief.

Why the river? I know it costs to have large rubbish taken away, but why dump things in the river? Isn't that what we have vacant lots for? Disused carparks? Do people think that when something is dumped in the river that it somehow disappears from human consciousness? That it will wash away the next time there's a heavy rain and all will be well again? It must be the psychological benefits of discarding the broken or no longer necessary over a fence to lower ground. It becomes someone else's problem.

Well I can see it, I can see it all too clearly.

I can't suggest any solutions. I don't know who is to blame, nor would gain any satisfaction from doing so. But perhaps if each town had an accessible free dumping ground, paid for out of our city taxes, where all the junk could be separated into recyclable, or at least raw materials for the making of something else, then people might be tempted use it. And council guys whose job it might be to periodically clear the rivers and ferry the garbage to such a processing plant. I understand the rivers are cleared out by the community occasionally, but I don't think it's often enough, especially judging by my own photos. Or it could be a useful project for local schools. What the hell, give the job to homeless guys if the council doesn't want to do it. Just a suggestion.

I love the river, always have done. Often wondered if it's something to do with the magnetic field the moving water creates that calms my soul, or just the rippling sounds, the wildlife, the sparkling light. I don't know.

But I am grateful.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Consumers Are Revolting

Consumers' revolt: Power to the people
Consumer militancy erupts as individuals join forces on the Internet to fight back against the state and big business
The Independent. Published: 23 February 2007
Copied from Peter's blog: 11 March 2007

A mass revolt has left the high street banks facing thousands of claims from customers seeking to claw back some of the £4.75bn levied annually on charges for overdrafts and bounced cheques. More than one million forms demanding refunds have been downloaded from a number of consumer websites. The banks are settling out of court, often paying £1,000 a time.

While average gas and electricity bills approached £1,000 last year, a record 4 million householders have dumped their supplier after an internet-led consumer campaign. British Gas admitted yesterday it lost 1.1m customers in just 12 months, and two weeks ago slashed gas bills by 17 per cent and electricity bills by 11 per cent. Other big suppliers, Powergen and npower, are expected to follow suit.

Road pricing
Plans for road pricing have faced massive public opposition spearheaded by an internet campaign. In just three months 1.8 million people have signed an online petition, linked to a new section of the Downing Street website, launched by a disgruntled motorist from Telford.

From Devon to Inverness, planning applications for superstores are being thwarted by residents' campaigns orchestrated on the internet. Tesco scrapped a superstore plan in Darlington last year following opposition and this week residents sank a Tesco plan for a £130m retail development in Tolworth, Surrey. Friends of the Earth is co-ordinating the protests across the country.

Air travel
"Green" travellers are boycotting air travel because of climate change. Campaigners have staged sit-ins at airports while hundreds of people have signed up to an online pledge set up by a veteran environmental campaigner. An estimated 3 per cent of people have stopped flying to help the environment, while 10 per cent are cutting back on flights.

A campaign launched by The Independent urging supermarkets to reduce excessive packaging has prompted a remarkable response. Supermarkets have had to defend their practices after thousands of readers emailed examples of environmentally damaging packaging. The campaign gained widespread public support - a day of action is planned later this year - and has been backed in an early day motion in the House of Commons.

Football tickets
Football fans fed up with paying £50 a time to watch games have joined forces online to put pressure on clubs to slash prices. Manchester City fans led a boycott of the club's match at Wigan in protest at the cost of tickets. Chelsea have announced a freeze on most ticket prices next year and Bolton promised a 10 per cent cut.

Post Offices
Government proposals to axe 2,500 post offices has prompted an organised revolt from pensioners and consumer groups across Britain. The Federation of Subpostmasters and a number of other organisations have launched online petitions opposing the plan, and a rally was staged in London on Tuesday to increase the pressure on the Government to save the post offices from closure.