Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hugh Masekela “Stimela” ( Jazzanova Remix )

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Protest in London (Photos & Videos) March 26th

The following videos were filmed by Alina Nixdorf:

Must it end here?

Scary Sea Creature

 

 

Lurpak Go Home

Annoying advert

These days I cannot cycle across London without giant advertizing  boards getting up in my grill, hawking Lurpak butter. The posters shamelessly try to link a mass butter product with the complex and rich well-being benefits of cooking. Be happy, buy Lurpak and cook.

The one problem with this cheery narrative is that Lurpak butter  is shipped across a sea to get here releasing unnecessary and dangerous green house gasses into our unbalanced atmosphere. Why are we creating this risk when we have great local butter, produced skillfully within these lands? The only butter I will buy is local butter. So Lurpak get your big, dangerous, stupid adverts out of my face and stick to selling your Danish butter to the Danes.

Another annoying advert

This is just getting boring

Earth 2 Jay Kay

Earth to Jay Kay… Come in Jay Kay!

[NOTE TO READER: for some reason (possibly their revolutionary content) the great eco-corporate Sony has deemed these videos to be restricted access (nice move Sony, you assholes). To get the full effect open the tunes in a new window.  : )  ]

The first CD album I ever bought was Emergency on Planet Earth the debut album of Jamiroquai. I was blown away, not just by the wicked tunes and musical groove but by the uncompromising, switched-on message. Undoubtably this album had a profound impact on my 13-year-old mind. There is an emergency on planet earth and these dudes have made a whole album about it!

Remember how good this one is:

Yeah baby! But wait a second… check out this mother… it’s even better!

This was in 1993! This cat was way ahead of his time! But then something went terribly wrong…

Jay Kay post ‘success’

After becoming a multimillionaire popstar, Jay Kay was lured to the Darkside. In particular he became fascinated with the power of long dead organisms, released with fury in the internal combustion engines of his supercars. The fossil fuel fumes must have done something to his brain because since then he is often seen  in London, off his nut, getting noticed for all the wrong reasons.

Jay Kay in a new Ferrari Source: http://bit.ly/eoue8X

Jay Kay's £180k Lamborghini Diablo SE30 ultra-rare 'Anniversary' edition after a smash

Jay Kay scrapping on a night out in London (Source: http://bit.ly/fxqiJs)

Jay Kay gets nailed by the dreaded 'biker cops'. Source: http://bit.ly/gAAbN

Jay Kay… what happened? Come back to planet earth! We need you now more than ever!

Didgin’ Out

Coolest opening of any tune? Didgin’ Out (I used to repeat the first 5 seconds repeatedly)

For more sweet eco tunes… check out: http://ecohustler.co.uk/top-10-eco-tunes-of-all-time-ever-for-now/

Nuclear risks and renewable alternatives

A person who is believed to be have been contaminated with radiation, wrapped with a blanket, is carried to ambulance at a radiation treatment center in Nihonmatsu city in Fukushima prefecture on March 13, 2011. (Credit: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Right now our thoughts and prayers are with the brave Japanese people as they struggle to deal with the terrible aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and now the nuclear threat. This is also a time to reflect on the risks posed by nuclear power generation and to ask if we should continue with this massive investment. Might our money be better spent on renewable energy?

This letter featrured in The Guardian, Wednesday 16 March 2011:

The assessment in your editorial (15 March) that “the balance of the rational argument could conceivably be more in favour of nuclear [power] in a month’s time” is not just premature but ignores a number of important factors. Most worryingly, terrorists will have seen the devastation, disruption and fear that can be caused by an attack on a reactor’s cooling system, which presents a much easier target for them than the containment vessel surrounding the core.

Secondly, your claim that the renewable alternatives are “illusions” is at variance with the facts. Germany has installed more wind power capacity than the entire current UK nuclear capacity, and is adding to it at a rate equivalent to more than one new reactor a year. Furthermore, in 2009 alone Germany installed solar photovoltaic systems with capacity equivalent to approximately four nuclear reactors, and it looks like the 2010 figures will be much higher.

The coalition should reverse Labour’s dangerous decision to go for new nuclear build and use the money saved, firstly to strengthen our current nuclear facilities against terrorist attack, secondly to solve the long-term nuclear waste problem and thirdly to support renewables.

Emeritus Professor Keith Barnham

Anti-nuclear protest on April 25, 2006 in Seoul, South Korea.

The case against nuclear

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-nuclear_movement)

Anti-nuclear critics see nuclear power as a dangerous, expensive way to boil water to generate electricity. Opponents of nuclear power have raised a number of related concerns:

  • Nuclear accidents: a concern that the core of a nuclear power plant could overheat and melt down, releasing radioactivity.
  • Radioactive waste disposal: a concern that nuclear power results in large amounts of radioactive waste, some of which remains dangerous for very long periods.
  • Nuclear proliferation: a concern that the facilities and expertise to produce nuclear power can be readily adapted to produce nuclear weapons.
  • High cost: a concern that nuclear power plants are very expensive.
  • Nuclear terrorism: a concern that nuclear facilities could be targeted by terrorists or criminals.
  • Curtailed Civil liberties: a concern that the risk of nuclear accidents, proliferation and terrorism may be used to justify restraints on citizen rights.

A nuclear free world is possible… it is up to us!

Democracy on the streets… of America!

Wisconsin Protests, Madison Saturday, Feb. 26 Andy Manis/AP

Around the world, ripples of defiance are resonating and turning into something bigger. People are waking up to the big scam. It isn’t people in far off lands that we should be fighting. They have the same problem; a degenerate global economy run by unscrupulous, billionaire bastards.

The people who run our economies our driven literally insane with greed. Like Gaddafi and Mubarak and Putin and Berlusconi, they are not happy with 10 million dollars it has to be 10 billion. When they collapsed the economy they didn’t bow out with dignity and let us fix it. They then enacted ‘the biggest heist in history’. The tax payer’s bailout of the banking system took billions from ordinary people and gave it back to the sinister puppet-masters who are not just accumaulating grotesque amounts of wealth; they also own the corporations that are consuming the biosphere.

It has all just kicked off in Wisconsin USA where the Republican governer has attempted to remove collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. This is the last straw and people have now been on the streets for two weeks. Below is the inspirational speech delivered at Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, March 5, 2011  by Michael Moore.

People around the world are waking up to the fact that together we have far more power then the twisted money men. Even taking into account their vast, sick arsenals. Osborne, Cameron, Clegg… brace yourselves… your time is coming and don’t be so sure the police will be as eager to use their batons when they realize you sold them down the river… just like everyone else.

Videos via Misty Oldland

Cameron’s Mission of Hope to the Middle East

Source: http://www.private-eye.co.uk/

Macka B – Hole In The Atmosphere / Dub (Buppie Culture 1989 ARILP 048)