A series of workshops is commencing in Sydney this weekend that deal with some of the most pressing issues of our time: globalization, surveillance and privacy, and genetic modification. Well worth attending. The flyer below has all the details.



Time at Hand workshop flyer

Big Lies of Science

Just recently came across a brilliant article, posted on the Activist Teacher blog site of Denis G Rancourt, Ph.D.. I think it sums up pretty well, what’s wrong with science and medicine today. The article is simply entitled Some Big Lies of Science.  Denis Rancourt was a tenured professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Trained as a physicist and practising environmental science, he has published over 100 articles, ran an internationally recognised laboratory and developed popular activism courses.  He was defender of student and Palestinian rights and a critic of the University administration. In 2009 he was fired for his dissidence.

The following are a number of quotes from his article and will give you a taste of what he’s about:

On the teaching and practice of economics –

…the enterprise of economics became devoted to masking the lie about money. Bad lending practice, price fixing and monopolistic controls were the main threats to the natural justice of a free market, and occurred only as errors in a mostly self-regulating system that could be moderated via adjustments of interest rates and other “safeguards.” Meanwhile no mainstream economic theory makes any mention of the fact that money itself is created wholesale in a fractional reserve banking system owned by secret private interests given a licence to fabricate and deliver debt that must be paid back (with interest) from the real economy, thereby continuously concentrating ownership and power over all local and regional economies.”

On modern medicine –

We’ve all heard some MD (medical doctor) interviewed on the radio gratuitously make the bold proposal that life expectancy has increased thanks to modern medicine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Life expectancy has increased in First World countries thanks to a historical absence of civil and territorial wars, better and more accessible food, less work and non-work accidents, and better overall living and working conditions. The single strongest indicator of personal health within and between countries is economy status, irrespective of access to medical technology and pharmaceuticals.”

These bone heads routinely apply unproven “recommended treatments” and prescribe dangerous drugs for everything from high blood pressure from a sedentary lifestyle and bad nutrition, to apathy at school, to anxiety in public places, to post-adolescence erectile function, to non-conventional sleep patterns, and to all the side effects from the latter drugs. In professional yet nonetheless remarkable reversals of logic, doctors prescribe drugs to remove symptoms that are risk indicators rather than address the causes of the risks, thereby only adding to the assault on the body.

On the banning of CFCs and the Ozone layer –

“A Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded in 1995 for a laboratory demonstration that CFCs could deplete ozone in simulated atmospheric conditions. In 2007 it was shown that the latter work may have been seriously flawed by overestimating the depletion rate by an order of magnitude, thereby invalidating the proposed mechanism for CFC-driven ozone depletion. Not to mention that any laboratory experiment is somewhat different from the actual upper atmosphere… Is the Nobel tainted by media and special interest lobbying? It gets better. It turns out that the Dupont replacement refrigerant is, not surprisingly, not as inert as was Freon. As a result it corrodes refrigerator cycle components at a much faster rate. Where home refrigerators and freezers lasted forever, they now burn out in eight years or so. This has caused catastrophic increases in major appliance contributions to land fill sites across North America”

And finally…

It’s not about limited resources. [“The amount of money spent on pet food in the US and Europe each year equals the additional amount needed to provide basic food and health care for all the people in poor countries, with a sizeable amount left over.” (UN Human Development Report, 1999)] It’s about exploitation, oppression, racism, power, and greed. Economic, human, and animal justice brings economic sustainability which in turn is always based on renewable practices. Recognizing the basic rights of native people automatically moderates resource extraction and preserves natural habitats. Not permitting imperialist wars and interventions automatically quenches nation-scale exploitation. True democratic control over monetary policy goes a long way in removing debt-based extortion.”

Check out Denis Rancourt’s blog at: http://activistteacher.blogspot.com

Till next time



The BP Oil Spill and the root of our problems

I think this is an interesting 10 minute video, that should get you thinking. Some will call it conspiracy theory. A conspiracy is hidden. There is nothing hidden about this disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, nor about the root causes of the problem. The REAL problem is that people don’t want to know about it.

The video talks about our banking system. Personally I think it goes deeper. As long as our ‘culture’, our philosophy is totally dominated by the dollar, we will never have good health, good food, peace and security or a clean and environmentally sustainable world.

Sure, people need to make money to make a living, but do we have to do it at the expense of someone else? Can’t we feed people good nourishing food that sustains the grower and distributor at the same time? I believe we can. The same goes with health. We can cure people of illnesses such as cancer and still sustain our doctors, alternative therapists, healers, shamans or whatever. Our current profit-driven medical paradigm is generally a win-lose scenario. Shareholders and corporations get rich, while the average person continues to suffer or die from diseases when there’s no need. Let’s turn it around folks. Please pass this video file around, which by the way I found on Iggy Makaravich’s blog – What’s all this, then?

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