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  • The New Jacobin Elite

    06/24/2009 11:20:11 PM PDT · by Avoiding_Sulla · 56 replies · 2,050+ views
    The New American ^ | Wednesday, 24 June 2009 | William F. Jasper
    The New Jacobin Elite | Print | Written by William F. Jasper    Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:00 The Socialist Party of Great Britain is celebrating the reissuing of Peter Taaffe’s book, The Masses Arise: The Great French Revolution 1789 -1815. “Its republication by Socialist Publications, in time for the 220th anniversary of this great event in July 2009, is extremely timely,” says the party’s website. A different page on the party’s site promoting the same book instructs readers: “An understanding of the French Revolution remains crucial for all revolutionaries. Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky studied it intensely to gain an...
  • Sustainability: just another excuse for a UN power grab?

    04/27/2009 6:14:53 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 259+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 04/27/09 | Taylor Dinerman
    At the regular meeting of the UNs Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) in Vienna last February, Frances Ambassador Franois-Xavier Deniau suggested that the UN consider a proposal to establish, as a regular agenda item, a multi-year workplan intended to look at ideas on possible recommendations and mechanisms that could contribute to keeping outer space safe and secure for the long term.
  • Earth population 'exceeds limits'

    03/31/2009 12:43:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 100 replies · 2,005+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | March 31, 2009 | Steven Duke
    There are already too many people living on Planet Earth, according to one of most influential science advisors in the US government. Nina Fedoroff told the BBC One Planet programme that humans had exceeded the Earth's "limits of sustainability". Dr Fedoroff has been the science and technology advisor to the US secretary of state since 2007, initially working with Condoleezza Rice. Under the new Obama administration, she now advises Hillary Clinton. "We need to continue to decrease the growth rate of the global population; the planet can't support many more people," Dr Fedoroff said, stressing the need for humans to...
  • Britain 'must set population limit to safeguard national security' say experts

    01/05/2009 7:36:41 AM PST · by BGHater · 29 replies · 913+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 05 Jan 2009 | Daily Mail
    Britain must set a maximum population level if it is to avoid destroying the environment and putting national security at risk, say experts. The Optimum Population Trust has written to ministers calling for a policy of 'zero net migration' - matching numbers allowed into Britain each year to numbers leaving. The UK's population is projected to increase from 60 to 70million over the next 20 years, and to 85million by 2081. The trust, a panel of academics and environmentalists, says achieving zero net migration would cut Britain's population in 2081 to 57million. Mass immigration 'feeds through into rising greenhouse gas...
  • The Green Tree has Red Roots: The Sustainability Scam on Campus

    11/20/2008 1:20:14 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 14 replies · 685+ views
    The Independent Institute ^ | 11/18/08 | Jonathan Bean
    Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks [Greens], even bringing gifts. On college campuses, the far Left rarely engages in open debate on the issues of the day. Why debate the other side when you can charge students to support the causes you embrace? The key is dressing your agenda with warm and fuzzy terms like diversity, inclusion, andmost recentlyGreen initiatives promoting sustainability. [Green in the generic sense, not the Green Party] Troy fell to the ruse of a Trojan Horse and the analogy is apt in the case of sustainability and its third...
  • China tells rich nations to change lifestyle

    11/06/2008 11:28:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies · 1,089+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 7, 2008 | Chris Buckley and Emma Graham-Harrison
    BEIJING, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said rich nations must abandon their "unsustainable lifestyle" to fight global warming and give more help to poor nations bearing the brunt of worsening droughts and rising sea levels. Wen made the demand on Friday, opening a conference to promote his government's call for developed nations to fund a massive expansion in greenhouse gas-cutting technology to China and other developing countries. China is now widely believed to be the biggest emitter of the greenhouse gases from industry, power plants and vehicles that are lifting global temperatures. But Wen threw the focus...
  • Sustainability can be a warm, fuzzy word that invites tyranny

    10/12/2008 5:17:27 PM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies · 629+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | October 11, 2008 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    Today's socially conscious student finds it tough to keep up with all the latest buzzwords. He wants to be for "social justice" and against "institutional racism." He's keen to be seen as an "environmentalist," a "multiculturalist" and an "anti-imperialist." The list, so to speak, goes on. Wouldn't life be simpler if all the correct labels could be captured in just one word? That magic word is here, and it's taking college campuses by storm. The abracadabra bon mot is "sustainability." In Minnesota, you'll find talk of sustainability at institutions ranging from public giants such as the University of Minnesota to...
  • The Worst Campus Codeword

    05/01/2008 12:25:14 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 26 replies · 185+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 30, 2008 | John Leo
    The academic left is fond of buzzwords that sound harmless but function in a highly ideological way. Many schools of education and social work require students to have a good "disposition." In practice this means that conservatives need not apply, as highly publicized attempts to penalize right-wing students at Brooklyn College and Washington State University revealed. "Social justice" is an even more useful codeword. Who can oppose it? But some schools made the mistake of spelling out that it means advocacy for causes of the left, including support for gay marriage and adoption, also opposition to "institutional racism," heterosexism, classism...
  • Climate change 'may put world at war'

    04/23/2008 6:03:36 AM PDT · by Puppage · 58 replies · 57+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 04/23/08 | Puppage
    Climate change could cause global conflicts as large as the two world wars but lasting for centuries unless the problem is controlled, a leading defence think tank has warned. The Royal United Services Institute said a tenfold increase in research spending, comparable to the amount spent on the Apollo space programme, will be needed if the world is to avoid the worst effects of changing temperatures. However the group said the world's response to the threats posed by climate change, such as rising sea levels and migration, had so far been "slow and inadequate," because nations had failed to prepare...
  • Cracks in the core of sustainability

    04/16/2008 6:41:56 AM PDT · by cartan · 7 replies · 111+ views
    Financial Post ^ | 2008-04-15 | Peter Foster
    Is the non-principle of “sustainability” about to collapse under the weight of its own mushy contradictions? News this week from the seemingly unrelated areas of biofuels and health policy provide some hope. Sustainability has been smuggled into the policy lexicon as an Orwellian dumber-down of debate. Who would promote unsustainability? It has become the weasel word and policy tic of our time. Corporate chieftains, politicians, consultants and public intellectuals all bow the knee before this founding concept of environmental Newspeak. Its origins as a subversive political principle lay in the United Nations’ Brundtland report, which coined “sustainable development” as a...
  • Brown to host world leaders at 'progressive' summit (about globalisation, 'progressive' governance)

    04/04/2008 10:43:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 126+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/08 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to host a summit of some 20 world leaders and key figures to discuss "progressive" governance, after a conference on the issue in London Friday, officials said. South African President Thabo Mbeki, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and former US president Bill Clinton are among participants at the summit of broadly centre-left leaders outside London on Saturday, said Downing Street. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy and national leaders from Australia, Chile, Cyprus, Ghana, Italy, Liberia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway and Slovakia are also scheduled, according...
  • The Story of Stuff

    03/31/2008 6:57:06 PM PDT · by Shirerwasright · 46 replies · 2,416+ views
    The Tides Foundation ^ | Unknown | Anne Leonard
    What is the Story of Stuff? From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all...
  • Toasting Raul, the next Gorbachev

    03/22/2008 11:10:32 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies · 368+ views ^ | March 22, 2008 | Peter Foster
    Cuban President Raul Castro's recently revealed economic "reforms" brought to mind two quite unrelated characters: Lewis Carroll's White Queen, and an old Cuban exile acquaintance of mine named Ignacio. President Raul, the sprightly 76-year-old who was "elected" to the presidency of Cuba on February 24, thus replacing his ailing octogenarian brother, Fidel, is reportedly planning to grant his enslaved nation access to more consumer goods. Citing "the improved availability of electricity," the new Maximum Leader will offer for sale computers, DVD players, pressure cookers and microwave ovens. However, air conditioners are not to be made available until next year, and...
  • Illegal immigration is bad for the environment

    01/17/2008 6:08:41 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 584+ views ^ | Legal Citizens
    Legal migration to the U.S. can be controlled, is necessary for our future growth, and its welcomed by all Americans. Its effects can be managed, and we can slowly adapt to newcomers and constantly assess our growing needs and the effect they will have on our resources. But illegal immigration is by its nature uncontrolled, explosive and dangerous to our environment. Here are Five Reasons Why: 1. Explosive Population Growth Is Not Sustainable Illegal Immigration at the current rate is not sustainable. How many people can the United States support? We stand at 300 million (plus 12-20 million here illegally.)...
  • The Environmentalists Are Wrong

    08/25/2002 9:10:35 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 64 replies · 1,003+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 08/26/2002 | BJORN LOMBORG
    COPENHAGENWith the opening today of the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, we will be hearing a great deal about both concepts: sustainability and development. Traditionally, the developed nations of the West have shown greater concern for environmental sustainability, while the third world countries have a stronger desire for economic development. At big environmental gatherings, it is usually the priorities of the first world that carry the day. The challenge in Johannesburg will be whether we are ready to put development ahead of sustainability. If the United States leads the way, the world may finally find the...
  • Learn from the fall of Rome, US warned

    08/13/2007 5:35:11 PM PDT · by Sir_Humphrey · 75 replies · 2,267+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 14, 2007 | By Jeremy Grant
    The US government is on a burning platform of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action is not taken soon, the countrys top government inspector has warned. David Walker, comptroller general of the US, issued the unusually downbeat assessment of his countrys future in a report that lays out what he called chilling long-term simulations. These include dramatic tax rises, slashed government services and the large-scale dumping by foreign governments of holdings of US debt. Drawing parallels with the end of the Roman empire, Mr Walker warned...
  • Al Gore's Live Earth Vs Africa [Global Warming Envirowacko Smackdown!]

    07/16/2007 1:35:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 1,344+ views
    All Africa ^ | July 13, 2007 | Kofi Bentil
    FEW people in Africa would get to see Al Gore and his troupe of rock-star ecologists strutting their stuff last weekend - because most have neither television nor electricity. That's just as well, because they would be aghast at LiveEarth's bizarre message. In Africa, we have much more serious things to worry about than climate change. Indeed, if they achieve their objective, the concerts will have done harm to the people of Africa. Britain's former Secretary of State for the Environment, David Miliband, recently said that the rest of the world cannot aspire to the UK's standard of living because:...
  • Africa's Zimbabwe Problem

    05/30/2007 12:12:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 466+ views
    NRO ^ | May 24, 2007 | Brett D. Schaefer and Marian L. Tupy
    Zimbabwe was recently elected to chair the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), to the dismay of human-rights groups and nations, like the United States, that would like the United Nations to take its responsibilities seriously. This election is more than a travesty; it is a cruel demonstration of disregard for the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe on the part of the U.N. and those African countries that helped Zimbabwe to the chairmanship. The United Nations defines sustainable development as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own...
  • The UN's latest

    05/14/2007 8:30:57 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies · 462+ views
    National Post ^ | 2007-05-14 | (editorial page)
    Jan. 20, 2003 was a day of shame for the United Nations. That was the date when Libya, a North African dictatorship with an appalling human rights record, was picked to chair the United Nations Human Rights Commission. For the UN's critics, Libya's selection symbolized the utterly amoral nature of the world body. May 11, 2007 was another such day of infamy for the UN. On that day -- last Friday -- it was announced that Zimbabwe had been picked to head the UN's commission on Sustainable Development. Like many UN posts, this one is selected on a regional basis....
  • UN calls climate debate 'over'

    05/11/2007 12:17:33 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 111 replies · 1,952+ views ^ | May. 10, 2007
    UNITED NATIONS May. 10 (UPI) -- A former chief of the U.N. World Health Organization who also is a former prime minister of Norway and a medical doctor has declared an end to the climate-change debate. Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, one of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's three new special envoys on climate change, also headed up the 1987 U.N. World Commission on Environment and Development where the concept of sustainable development was first floated. "This discussion is behind us. It's over," she told reporters. "The diagnosis is clear, the science is unequivocal -- it's completely immoral, even, to question now,...