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Stop the evictions and demolition of the Sweets Way estate…!

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I was sent a petition to sign today from change.org, about people being evicted from their homes. These people have done nothing wrong apart from not being rich!

Homes before profit (c) radicalhousingnetwork.org

Homes before profit (c) radicalhousingnetwork.org

Barnet council want them out so ‘Annington’ one of our largest property developers can build nice new homes for those well deserving rich, who clearly have more need to be in London. This is just disgusting people who have made a live there but are being kicked out of their homes and communities, the lucky ones have been rehoused, but a long way away some having to make an hour bus journey to attend school. Where is the compassion? The care? Our government are lining the palms of the corporations and it’s sickening what lows they will go to to do this!

These people need homes! (c)http://socialistworker.co.uk

These people need homes!
(c) http://socialistworker.co.uk

Please sign this today, we must stand against this greed!

SIGN HERE !

Iraq war re-start explained

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mjh333:

I just had to reblog this post from ‘Dear Kitty. Some blog‘. This just says it all about the current middle east situation. The mind boggles as to how this actually comes about. I know obviously how it does, through corruption, greed and oil but it still astounds me. When written it out like this you have to just laugh really as the shear craziness of the world today!

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

Letter to the editor of the Daily Mail in BritainFrom daily The Independent in Britain:

If you’re still confused about what’s going on in the Middle East, look no further than Aubrey Bailey from Fleet, Hampshire.

She wrote in to the Daily Mail on September 5 to shed some light on the complex system of alliances and conflicts that exist between the West, states in the Middle East and jihadist groups like Isis.

The United States airstrikes, supposed to stop terrorism, according to this report in British daily The Guardian, have actually strenghtened terrorism by reconciling ISIS with the official al-Qaida branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.

The [British] government is using deception to convince us to back the latest bombing campaign in Iraq, writes IAN SINCLAIR: here.

On Sunday, the Conservative/Liberal-Democrat [British] government announced more troops will be sent back to Iraq. This followed the briefing earlier this month that a new British naval base…

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Their dying from the cold !!!

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Today I woke up cold… But I was able to put the heating on! 
Admittedly I have to think about when I turn on the heating to keep the cost of the bills down. I however am lucky, I have two jobs with a third in the pipeline, all be it a ‘Zero hour contract’ and below living wage, but beggars can’t be choosers . But our older generation who can’t work, with their pension and income being cut like butter can’t afford to adapt to these massive bills. I’m in my thirties and have a constant worry about rising bills and low income, Thankfully I have a supportive network around me and the ability to earn money pensioners don’t! If they don’t pay the bills they die and they do every SEVEN MINUTES! We need this issues address! We need out homes better insulated! Help these people our, wise elders! 
AVAAZ are doing just that… join me and them, get our future government to help the people not the energy companies pockets!

Dying from the cold… Is this right? (c) Avaaz

From AVAAZ – “Every seven minutes an elderly person dies because they live in a home that just can’t keep the heat in. These aren’t lazy people who can’t be bothered to ‘put a jumper on’. These are poor pensioners in homes so cold that some spent Christmas Day in bed. But we can draw a line in the sand at the end of this winter and put an end to cold home deaths.

We have one of the worst housing stocks in Europe — our homes are so poorly insulated that they are leaking heat into the sky! But with the general election just around the corner we can finally get all major parties to commit to solving this cold homes crisis by increasing the energy efficiency of low-income homes.

None of the political parties will make spending commitments unless they are sure the public want it. When enough of us sign, we will take out ads across Westminster to make sure no MP misses our call to end the cold homes crisis.”

Elections and the potential to make a movement grow… it’s 2015!

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I’ve not written a post since October, mainly due to working, studying and trying to run a home with the hectic joys of Christmas squeezed in for added time consumption. Now don’t get me wrong, i’m no Scrooge, Christmas was great, just not the joy it was 25 years ago. New year, well it turned out to be quite a good night actually. I hope you all had a cracking one yourselves and a very good 2015 to you! Which neatly brings us on to the subject of this post, Elections and the potential to make a movement grow… it’s 2015!  As in previous years (2013, 2014) I want to write a little post on my reflections for the previous year and projections for the present.

So are you sitting comfortably?… then I shall begin; … Ok this is about the third rewrite of this post, it’s tricky to sum up this year. On the surface things in the UK have got worse much worse! If I wrote everything, which I have been doing in previous drafts it turns this post into a long rant about societies downfall. In a basic summary our government are run by the corporations (as we know)  and the corporations want their profit and privatisation is taking over and the general public are really suffering.

Nhs not for sale

One way to describe how things are is by going back to the early 90’s when a certain game was on the PC, where you built and ran your own city (you’ll know the one if you’re the wrong side of 30). When your city was struggling you had to cut funding on the emergency service and transportation etc. Now when you cut the transportation departments funding roads started to deteriorate and people complained and moved out. I remember thinking how bad things must be to get to this level that not only you couldn’t afford to pay the emergency services and provide healthcare but you could not even keep the roads functioning, I thought it was a bit unrealistic that things would get so bad that roads started crumbling, but that reality is here, I was wrong. I mean in many of our cities today the roads are a disgrace, and as a person who cycles I know! I often have to weave around a monster pot hole to save my wheels from buckling, even when in a car you sometimes feel the crunch of your suspension dropping into a hole and thats just the surface of the problems.

Avoiding 'Pot holes'

Avoiding ‘Pot holes’ (c) Bikes.org.uk

I have contact with councillors and some of the red tape they have to go through to even get something looked at is astounding. At a meeting recently it was basically said that a group ‘Economic Development or Growth’ something or rather decided what they wanted for a city, told the government and then the council were basically forced to comply. This results in a projection of housing needs, proven to be highly over estimated having to be fulfilled resulting in property developers going to the council and saying we need houses, we want to build here, do it! How? Why? Who the hell is on this board? You ask… really! … of course it our friendly corporation bosses and local businessmen (to think of a polite name) who else! So even the local councils don’t really have a chance against the fat cats so were all knee-deep in sticky, smelly corruption!

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So are there positives this seems all very negative! Yes is the short answer! People are seeing this corruption and talking about it, even some of the media is openly calling it corruption and exposing it. The movement is growing, it’s taking it’s sweet time but it’s growing. I continually see and hear of people doing amazing things and developing fantastic schemes and changing the world in their own way! More and more people I speak to are commenting on the greed and unsustainable living we are forced into. People want change, we just need to come together and make it happen! With the elections coming up this is the perfect opportunity. In past year people haven’t voted or had voted tactically, this needs to stop, everyone must vote and vote with their beliefs or were going to end with the same corruption.

There are people with a following joining the movement and promoting it, which is great! People such as Russell Brand who has a great philosophy in general, although I have to say I disagree with his campaign not to vote. Don’t get me wrong I fully support his ethic and no one is ever going to agree on every single point and we need to connect on the ones we do. This not voting idea would be great if it had a chance of working, but it would unfortunately mean that only the elite would vote and win again! What we should be doing is encouraging people to vote for parties that promote equality and sustainability (and there are some, mentioning no names… Green… oops). In my opinion if you don’t vote you can’t really say the system doesn’t work, I know it’s unfair and not representative but if we concentrate our energies on increasing votes for those who want to change it we might have more success!

If we have a few people with their foot in the door the can a least hold it open for the masses! 

The power is shifting and the corporations know it, the movement is growing the the 99% are finding their voice! 

Have a great 2015 !!!

Give Frank a Break…

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When I was living in Australia I signed up for many campaigns, sometimes I just can’t help myself, I see a good looking petition thats heading in the direction of Sustainability or Equality (preferably both, i’m not fussy though) and i’m there. So I am now on many email lists, of which I try, and pretty much have removed myself from. Now don’t get me wrong I support a good cause but I get so many, one I have kept is the ‘Australian Marine Conservation Society‘ as I really admire and support the work they do. Which in a round about way brings to this post “Give Frank a Break…”: I was sent this email by the ‘Australian Marine Conservation Society‘ and although a very serious message it really made me chuckle, I think humour can really make people pay attention. I really believe in saving our oceans as a big priority as they are the veins of our planet and if they get too polluted and damaged we are all stuffed as I said in my posts ‘Overfishing is destroying out oceans, were losing Nemo…!‘ & ‘Mission Ocean… Urgent!!!‘. So watch and enjoy! Before though just a little background from them: ‘ Plastic pollution travels easily from land to sea. Once in the ocean, it slowly breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces which are eaten by animals at the bottom of our food chains. Larger pieces of plastic floating at the surface are readily mistaken for food by seabirds and turtles, while plastic bags and fishing lines can wrap around marine life and kill them. Throughout the world, around one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed every year by plastics, either entangled and strangled or choked and starved. Unlike naturally-based paper or glass, plastic never truly goes away; it just breaks down into smaller pieces. That means that every piece of plastic you and I have ever used is still around today. The vast majority of the plastics in our seas come from our urban areas, from our streets. This is a global problem, with a truly local solution!’
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Money Is Not Real…

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Many people know, but are to wrapped up in the bubble to realise, that money is controlling us all. We urgently need to change our systems if we are going to live sustainably, and stop being slaves to money. Groups like  Positive Money, which I have written about before in my post ‘How to sort out the economy…‘, are trying to get this message across. Until the general public realise the system we have is completely wrong, we can’t move forward into a more sustainable and equal world for everyone!

The video in question comes from Alan Watts, the British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker. He explains the illusion we have of money and how it’s controlling everything, when it need control nothing!

“The machines were supposed to liberate humanity. Instead they enslaved us. More and more useless things had to be produced and purchased, for the system to keep running… and enslaving us”

“The public has to be provided with the means of purchasing what the machines produce” he says. In our times it is known as massive, unrelenting credit card debt. The more we work just for money, and believe in paper money, the worse it is.”

So watch the video and see what you think and pass it on, enjoy:

Save monarch butterflies, petition

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mjh333:

When I saw this clip I just had to reblog it!

I don’t normally reblog as I like to produce my own thoughts and words, but sometimes important causes means I feel obliged. Butterflies are a amazing creatures that lights up any face when they see them. They’re a sign or summer and new healthy pastures, well they are to me anyway. We need to get them on the endangered list and save them,  summers won’t be the same without the majestic and amazingly vibrant colours.

 

So sign today and save the Monarch butterfly !

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video is called Amazing Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly.

From eNature.com in the USA:

Save Monarch Butterflies Sign Our Petition To Help Protect This Iconic Species! Take action today!
Monarch

Their fluttering migration covers wide swaths of North America. But now their populations are crashing.

Please sign our petition encouraging measures to protect our remaining Monarchs!

Dear Friend,

Monarch butterflies urgently need your help. This iconic, orange-and-black beauty was once common in backyards across the country… but its population has plummeted by 90 percent from the 20-year average.

You can help protect our Monarch butterflies by signing this petition!

Monarch

These delicate creatures weigh less than a gram, but every year they travel thousands of miles — from Canada down to Mexico — in an incredible, multigenerational migration. Generations of schoolchildren have learned about metamorphosis by watching monarch caterpillars transform into butterflies.

But the milkweed that monarchs depend on for survival is…

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