Archive for April, 2014
“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”
The big problem we face is – we are all geared to turn on each other. Take your average working environment – one manager and 5 people fighting for his or her position. (sport) (racialism) (gender) (age) all have their means of dividing us, and it is no coincidence.
You see most people can not see past the scraps at the end of the table – we are like hungry animals in a general sense.
The only way i can see us freeing ourselves from a lifetime of debt slavery is a GLOBAL world war. So the BIG decision is would you rather live like cattle or try and survive in an Armageddon type of environment?
LIVE on your knees or DIE on your feet – easy enough decision for most people – becomes very difficult to make once we start baring children.
Good luck to those of you who have been cursed with a fruitful understanding of the TRUTH for it will now forever haunt you…
The Worldwide Wave of Action is about to get a HUGE BOOST!!
On today’s organizing call we will unveil the new #WaveOfAction organizing network / online platform. Forget about Facebook and all those digital plantation social media companies that suppress activism and sell your private information to the highest bidder. We have our own network now, and it’s being developed specifically for people who are Being the Change.
We already have a bunch of critical tools built into the site, and in collaboration with activists around the world we are going to develop many more in an open-sourced, co-creative way.
If you haven’t already registered to be on our organizing calls, RSVP here to be on today’s call.
The call starts soon, at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT.
The first hour will feature a recap from the inspiring Cowboy Indian Alliance, Reject & Protect, Stop the Keystone XL Wave of Acton that swept through DC and set up an encampment by the White House. We will also recap Earth Day actions, give updates on May Day organizing and Fight for the Future will talk about what we can do to free the internet from NSA surveillance.
The second hour will be dedicated to the new organizing network and open questions.
We are incredibly excited to unleash this new platform, it’s exactly what we need!!
Talk to you at 1 EST,
I am writing to you to ask you to participate in Focus Ireland’s current campaign – to make housing and homelessness an issue in the local election campaign.
Frist I want to thank you for participating in previous Focus Ireland campaigns, and agreeing to be contacted on new campaign issues. We have had some notable successes – on the Constitutional Convention recommending a Right to Housing, on Aftercare and on a new target to end long-term homelessness.
Now we need your support again as Ireland is facing a worsening housing and homeless problem and Focus Ireland believes it is vital these issues are put firmly on the agenda for the local elections. You can participate in the campaign here .
Focus Ireland is currently seeing a lot more people and families becoming homeless – and remaining trapped in this situation – despite all our efforts to support them to s ecure a home. This is due to the fact that there is a severe shortage of housing options available for them.
Many of the families and people coming to our services have never had any experience of homeless and never imagined that it could happen to them.
With rising instances of home repossession, reduced stock in the private rental market, a lack of social housing options and increasing rent, those in vulnerable housing situations are more at risk than ever.
In the face of this, homeless services have seen cuts in funding every year. We are asking people who care about homelessness to vote for candidates who will put a stop to these cuts, and refuse to vote for local budgets that include further cut backs.
But how will you know which way candidates will vote on this issue? We are asking everyone who cares about homelessness to contact all the candidates to ask them to sign a pledge that they will protect the homeless budget. The Focus Ireland pledge seeks to ensure there are adequate services for people who are homeless until we see a reduction in the numbers of people who are homeless.
Please now take two minutes to play your part to support the most vulnerable in our society.
You can send a pre-written letter to candidates in your area by clicking here or by going to http://www.focusireland.ie/get-involved/take-action
Thanking you in advance,
Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms by Pella Holmberg and Hans Marklund is a great resource for any wild food forager. This week we’re featuring a review and giveaway of this handy little book. While no book can take the place of an experienced guide, this pocket guide should provide you with the information you need to forage safely for mushroom varieties that are new to you. Fall is typically prime season for many mushroom varieties, so I am looking forward to taking this book out with me more later this year. I shared it with my neighbor last week, and if the weather cooperates this fall (you need rain for mushrooms, and it’s been a dry summer), we’re going to go investigating in their woods to see what we can find.
How The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms is Organized
The book begins with an introduction and discussion of what exactly mushrooms are and where they are likely to be found. It then continues with a thorough explanation of proper picking, cleaning and preparation. The authors also note that mushrooms contain fiber, important minerals, antioxidants and vitamins B and D in significant amounts. Not bad for a “free” food. This book focuses on varieties that are suitable for cooking (edible varieties), but also gives mention to potentially inedible look-alikes, if any. Given that the authors hail from northern Europe, so too are the mushroom varieties featured in the book generally found in northern forests.
Each mushroom is categorized from 1 to 4, with 1 being the easiest to identify with only edible mushrooms that look similar, to 4 being those that are edible but could be confused with poisonous lookalikes. You can stick with the #1 mushrooms (or beginner mushrooms) when you are just starting out and nervous about your identification skills.
In the interest of thoroughness, the authors also offer a detailed description of the potential symptoms of mushrooms poisoning. Stay safe, folks.
The bulk of the book is filled with two page spreads of52 edible mushrooms featuring detailed photos of the mushrooms in studio conditions, including cross sections, and photos of the mushroom in its natural habitat. Each entry provides a description with distinguishing features, a guide to preparing and preserving, and a description and photo of look-alike mushrooms.
I particularly appreciate the extremely detailed photography with horizontal and vertical cross sections of the mushrooms. As anyone who has done any amount of foraging can tell you, good photos make or break a guide book. These qualify as good photos.
full article at source: http://www.commonsensehome.com/pocket-guide-to-wild-mushrooms/
MCDONALD’S GRÜNE SCHMINKE
Vor ein paar Jahren wechselte die Fast-Food-Kette den Hintergrund für das Unternehmenslogo von Rot auf Grün – als Bekenntnis und Respekt vor der Umwelt, wie es hieß. Ein bisschen Schminke reicht allerdings nicht aus, um die Umwelt zu schützen. Sie kann auch dazu dienen, den einen oder anderen schmutzigen Fleck in der Produktionskette zu vertuschen.
Einer dieser hässlichen Flecke kommt jetzt zum Vorschein. Denn der Burger-Riese will wieder Gentechnik im Geflügelfutter einsetzen. Geflügelmäster wie Wiesenhof und Co hatten im Februar angekündigt gentechnisch veränderte Soja ab sofort ins Futter zu mischen und damit eine seit 14 Jahren bestehende Selbstverpflichtung aufzugeben.
source and full article here: https://www.greenpeace.de/themen/mcdonalds-gruene-schminke
“Can people even begin to understand the impact of cutting the voted
expenditure of Government departments and agencies on social
protection, health services and so on by between 25 and 30 per cent in
one year to close this gap between income and expenditure. Because
that’s what we are talking about,”
said Minister Brian Hayes.
By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh
So now you have it from the horse’s mouth: This is the plan these puppets of the troika have in store for the people of Ireland cuts across the board of 25 to 30 %
Vote these traitors out of office while we still can!
‘EVERY idiot who gets fired in the industry shows up as a consultant somewhere. Shoot the consultants . . .”
The speaker was Michael O’Leary, delivering a typically robust rebuke to his hosts, Anglo Irish Bank, at a business breakfast in 2005.
The Ryanair chief has survived all business crises because he has stuck to his convictions. Among them is a contempt for consultants and other parasites. Meanwhile Anglo, part of the dreaded consultancy culture, has sunk into oblivion. O’Leary is a genius who derides the bogus art that passes for “consultancy” in Ireland. Even in his present (hopefully temporary) “cuddly” condition, his philosophy remains unchanged. Sadly its presentation is less entertaining than it was before his handlers tried to transform him into a human being.
Last week, O’Leary’s hostility to parasites was again vindicated. Consultants all over Ireland should be blushing. Sinn Fein finance spokesman Pearse Doherty extracted a highly embarrassing report from the Department of Finance. It revealed that consultants Merrill Lynch – “expert” advisers to the Irish government – had predicted in 2008 that the bailout of Irish banks would cost a mere €16.4bn.
Merrill Lynch, world-renowned for its prescience, globally dubbed as “professional” financial advisers without peer, had boobed big time by undershooting the final tally by a whopping €47bn. It was on such flawed advice that the former Fianna Fail government made mighty decisions at a crucial time in the financial collapse.
Merrill Lynch walked away from the crisis totally unembarrassed, but greatly enriched. Last week Doherty was at pains to point out that the US magicians had been paid no less than €7.3m by the Irish government for banking advice in 2008 and 2009.
A babe in arms would have done better than Merrill Lynch. Professor Morgan Kelly had already loudly warned of the huge cost of a looming banking collapse. He would probably have done the consultancy for 10 grand. But the choice of Merrill was symptomatic of a terminal disease that we suffer in Ireland.
The link between Ireland and Merrill appears to have been initiated after Irish American Daniel Tully landed on the board of the NTMA’s National Pensions Reserve Fund in 2001. In 2003 he assisted in bringing Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to Connecticut where Bertie received an honorary degree.
Fianna Fail liked Merrill. The firm was awarded the plum post as global co-ordinator for the Eircom flotation in 1999, when it divided the €74m fees with AIB. It picked up other government gigs in the following years.
Merrill was not insensitive to the influence of its reports on government fortunes. In March 2008, before the banking collapse, one of its eager young men, analyst Philip Ingram, reported that Anglo Irish Bank was in trouble over property lending. After Anglo exerted pressure the report was sanitised.
Relations between the Irish government and Merrill were good. They understood each other. Naturally enough, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan turned to his US friends as a crutch in his hour of need. They provided it. On the eve of the bank guarantee the Secretary of the Department of Finance, Kevin Cardiff, received an email from a Merrill Lynch adviser claiming that “all of the Irish banks are profitable and well-capitalised”. The adviser did warn that “liquidity” might dry up in a matter of days. Solvency was not an issue.
full article at source: http://www.shaneross.ie/the-gravy-train-for-consultants-and-auditors-rolls-on/
By David Mc Williams
This week’s column comes to you from a very warm and sunny Istanbul, where I am working, for my sins. This is one of the world’s great cities and everywhere there is the evidence that this place has been at the centre of the world for close to 2,000 years, stretching down the ages from the Roman Eastern Empire to the centre of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans were eventually deposed and replaced by Ataturk and his extraordinary secular vision in the early 20th century, who fashioned the new Republic out of the twin ingredients of science and nationalism. Now this secular republic is under threat by the renewed religious fever of Islamists in the government of Tayyip Erdogan.
Over the years the city has been home to Jews, Greeks, Slavs, Armenians and Georgians, as well as the Muslim Turk population. It has been one of the three great Muslim Caliphates, the centre of the flourishing sophistication of the Christian Orthodox Church at a time when Rome was home to barbarians, and it was also the site of Judaism’s finest synagogues.
full article at source: http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2014/04/28/the-threat-from-the-east