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Printers, light bulbs, iPods, ant-growth and planned obsolescence.


The Lightbulb Conspiracy

Whatever happened to the everlasting lightbulb? This is the story of companies that engineer their products to fail.

There once was a time when consumer goods were built to last. Then, in the 1920’s, a group of businessmen realised that the longer their product lasted, the less money they made, thus ‘planned obsolescence’ was born, and manufacturers have been engineering products to fail ever since.

The current throwaway climate – where the latest technology is outdated after a year and electronics are cheaper to replace than to repair – is the basis for economic growth. But infinite consumption is unsustainable with finite resources. With the economy crumbling and consumers becoming increasingly resistant to the practice, has planned obsolescence reached the end of its own life?

Combining investigative research and rare archive footage with analysis by those working on ways to save both the economy and the environment, this documentary charts the creation of ‘engineering to fail’, its rise to prominence and its recent fall from grace.

Vid from: http://youtu.be/uXt9HT50X1c

See also: https://www.facebook.com/TheLightBulbConspiracy

and: http://www.zodiakrights.com/Programme.aspx?id=6193

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North Korean film exposes Western Propaganda


Well worth viewing. Nice to see an ‘outsider’s’ way of looking at us..

From: http://youtu.be/Dw-p84oWW84

” On a trip to visit family in Seoul in April, I was approached by a man and a woman who claimed to be North Korean defectors. They requested a meeting the following day to hand over a film that needed to be translated, and I agreed to meet with them. They presented me with a DVD disc that recently came into their possession via the recent arrival of a defector into their group. They asked me to translate the film and “make sure the world saw it” and an agreement was made to protect their identities (and mine). Despite my concerns about what I was viewing when I returned home, I proceeded to translate and post the film on You Tube because of the film’s extraordinary content. I have made public my belief that this film was never intended for a domestic audience in the DPRK. Instead, I believe the ‘defectors’ specifically targeted me because of my reputation as a translator and interpreter. Furthermore, I now believe these people work for the DPRK. The fact that I have continued to translate and post the film in spite of this belief does not make me complicit in their intention to spread their ideology. I chose to keep posting this film because – regardless of who made it – I believe people should see it for the issues it raises, and I stand by my right to keep sharing and discussing this film.

Sabine

If you have questions for me or want to discuss the content further, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Propagandafilm/427263763965283

 

Royal Park Community Consortium: Meeting 2012-04-24


 

From: http://rpcc.comze.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/RoyalParkSchool?sk=wall

I am supporter of The Royal Park Community Consortium (RPCC). We’re a group of local (Leeds) residents who have been trying to get the Leeds City Council to hand over a disused school to the local community for a clearly-defined community & business centre.

As you’d expect, The Parasites That Be have, not only tried to drag their feet in the process, but actively tried to allow the building to rot to such an extent that it would have needed to be demolished – thereby justifying the sale of the land to developer(s) for even more flats and yet another supermarket.

The local community (which off course includes students) together with the University Student Unions have made it very clear that we do not need or want the council’s offerings. We want and need a community facility. We will pay for it. We will carry out the works. We will run it.

The next meeting will be held on:

Thur 24th May at 7.00pm in All Hallows Church Hall, on Regent Terrace

” Royal Park Community Consortium remains in dialogue with Leeds city council and is trying to acquire the redundant school building and accomplish a community led refurbishment to use the building as a Hyde Park community asset. The group will be looking out for individuals and firms to help accomplish this in a “Big Society” effort. A team of volunteers are planning to contact tradesmen willing to offer some time to give to the project and various firms who would be willing to donate materials to get the project accepted by our Labour led city council.

It is probable that large timbers will be needed to repair the roof along with lead to replace the missing strips taken some 3 years ago. To get the building water and wind proof is the first objective so windows will also be a priority then to re-establish the ground and first floors. When all that is safe the insides can be tackled and gradually brought back into use. Because of the water damage and vandalism that has taken place all sorts of building materials, timber, cable, plaster, plumbing items will be needed and of course the tradesmen to guide the process.

There is a caretakers house that, after inspection, should be able to be brought back into use in 8 weeks or so as it is mostly in reasonable condition. The house might be used as the centre of operations or let out to give the site mores security should the project be sanctioned by the council.

Once we have a list of offers and materials the group will make out a plan and present it to the council for their consideration.

The big question is ~ What can you pledge?”

The Pledge form:

Company limited by Guarantee No. 6929678

RPCC ~ Charity No.1144373

The Big Royal Park School Community

Refurbishment Challenge

Royal Park Community Consortium remains in dialogue with Leeds city council and is trying to acquire the redundant school building and accomplish a community led refurbishment to have the building as a Hyde Park community asset.

We are asking for pledges of Materials and Time to support this. The project requires all sorts of building materials, timber; cable, plaster etc and the tradesmen to guide the process.

What can you pledge

Time? Number of Hours ………………………. Days ………………….

TICK here~ Per Week ……. Per Month ……… Total amount ……

Trade ……………………….

Name/Contact ……………………….……………………….……………………….

Material (or Value) Eg. …….……………………….……………………….

Company Name ……………………….

Name/Contact ……………………….……………………….……………………….

Royal Park Community Consortium

 

 

10 Reasons why the Olympics is something worth protesting against


From: http://www.protestlondon2012.com/10reasons.html

  1. THE OLYMPICS WILL SHOW OFF OUR CITY TO THE WORLD. But it doesn’t. The Olympic Marathon had its route moved to Pall Mall because Tower Hamlets, the poorest borough in London, doesn’t quite make the right impression.

  2. THE OLYMPICS WILL BENEFIT LONDONERS WITH JOBS. It depends. Not people affected by the Games – only 25% of the Olympics workforce are from the five Olympic boroughs. However, Atos Origin, who run the volunteering scheme, are generating colossal profits from contracts. They’re less charitable to their workforce, who won’t get a penny for their time and energy.

  3. THE OLYMPICS WILL BENEFIT LOCAL BUSINESS. When the Athlete’s Village is turned into homes it will become part of the Stratford City development, now wholly owned by Westfield (after they bought out the other shareholders). Residents can look forward to having their environment controlled at the whim of a corporation whose reason for being is to sell stuff. Local business doesn’t really stand a chance in the long run.

  4. THE OLYMPICS WILL CREATE MORE HOUSING. Yes, if you can afford them! The rest of the site is being given over to homes is being developed by the Mayoral Development Company, Olympic Park Legacy Company. They promise 11,000 new homes, and 35% of them will be affordable. Only 675 of them will be social housing though, so if you’re on the list in Newham get ready to wait. The average wait is around 10 years. Previous Olympic cities, like Barcelona, Sydney and Seoul, have seen huge rises in property prices, forcing local families out of their neighbourhoods. This is already happening in London and thanks to confidentially agreements with the London Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) you won’t hear about it in the media.

  5. THE OLYMPICS WILL CREATE MORE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. Well, not quite. Huge swathes of London roads will become dedicated ‘VIP lanes’ during the Games. Thousands will struggle to get to work for the whole 10 weeks. There has been little word on how much the public will have to be in fare increases in future years. The DLR extension is finished but the new (old) platforms at Stratford International have been rebuilt out of wood. The cable car (officially the Emirates Air Line) that goes from not-quite-the-o2 to not-quite-the-ExCeL centre might be finished by the time the games happen. Nobody wants to say if it’ll be ready or not. But at least it’s only costing the taxpayer £24million in exchange for Emirates to get their logo on tube maps for the next decade

  6. THE OLYMPICS WILL MAKE THE CITY A SAFER PLACE TO BE. Well, yes, they are sending in the army and putting missiles on tops of peoples homes, then forgetting to guard them. You’ll be monitored the whole time by hundreds of security personnel, CTV and flying drones developed for use in Afghanistan. Stratford is set to be the guinea pig for yet more oppressive surveillance tactics. Studies show that CCTV does little to reduce crime, but a lot to create a climate of fear. The police also have a new temporary police station built on Wanstead Flats. Although planning permission was only sought for a temporary structure, its been constructed as a permanent building – stealing a large chunk of public green space enjoyed by local residents for centuries.

  7. THE OLYMPICS WILL BE THE GREENEST GAMES EVER. Not quite. The Olympic Park is built on a former landfill site. Excavations have disturbed buried toxic chemicals, spreading them into the land. Radioactive thorium from an old watch factory has also seeped into the water table. DOW Chemical, the company that bought Union Carbide (responsible for the as yet to be cleaned up Bhopal disaster) are major sponsors. Plus BP is the Olympics official sustainability partner. Their involvement in the Tar Sands is a glowing indicator of their lack of commitment to ecological sustainability and social justice.

  8. THE OLYMPICS IS AN INVESTMENT IN LONDON’S FUTURE. We’ll it is quite an investment. £9.3bn, according to the Olympics Quarterly Economic Report in May 2011. The original estimate in 2005? £2.4bn according to the Labour government. The most recent figure doesn’t include costs associated with the acquisition of land, remediation, government departments and quango spending. 10% of the cost for the Olympics will come from Londoner’s taxes and 67% from national taxes.

  9. THE OLYMPICS WILL PROMOTE DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH. We’ll it will certainly be promoting many things through its corporate sponsorship deals. LOCOG are interested in protecting their benevolent sponsors but seem to have little interest in anyone else’s freedom of speech or expression, even handing out ASBO’s to anyone opposing the games. Their crack team of branding Police will be enforcing laws expecially drawn up for the olympics which are far more stringent than any other copywrite law. With everything from an “Official chocolate bar of the Olympic Games” through to banning anyone using the words “olympics’, “2012”, “Summer Games” “Twenty Twelve” and many more, the games is more than anything an experiment in extending corporate control of social life.

  10. THE OLYMPICS WILL INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION. It will but the International Olympics Committee isn’t only interested in inspiring future athletes. It’s going for the gold and hoping to inspire as many people as possible to buy more stuff. It’s not quite clear what kind of future taxpayers are being asked to invest in. It seems to be one that favours a particular London vista – Pall Mall, oppression, privatization and the erosion of public space.

We’re not opposed to the sports events, and we’re all in favour of having a big party – but only if everyone’s invited.

See also http://www.boycottlondon2012.co.uk/ and https://counterolympicsnetwork.wordpress.com/

 

The Illusion of Choice


From: http://www.businessinsider.com/these-10-corporations-control-almost-everything-you-buy-2012-4#ixzz1tGHXVOhg

These 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy

A chart we found on Reddit.com today shows that most products we buy are controlled by just a few companies. It’s called “The Illusion of Choice.”

Ever wonder why you can’t get a Coke at Taco Bell? It’s because Yum! Brands was created as a spin-off of Pepsi–and has a lifetime contract with the soda-maker.

Unilever produces everything from Dove soap to Klondike bars. Nestle has a big stake in L’Oreal, which features everything from cosmetics to Diesel designer jeans.

Despite a wide array of brands to choose from, it all comes back to the big guys.

 

Bisphenol-A BPA: Exposed


From: http://experimentalvaccines.org/2012/04/19/93-of-americans-have-plastic-in-their-blood-urine-bisphenol-a-bpa/

Video from: http://youtu.be/v3i7vMluVj4

Would you believe that 93% of Americans have “Plastic” in their blood and Urine? How about if I told you that 42% of the rivers tested in America turned up positive for Bisphenol-A or BPA a man made epoxy resin used in the production of most all consumer plastic goods sold in America. These goods include things we use on a daily basis; money, water, food, clothes, toothbrushes, DVD & CD’s, eyeglasses and food containers. The BPA Chemical leaches out of these products and into your system. The worst of it comes from microwaved foods and heated beverages like baby formula. Let’s take a look at what our government regulatory agencies have to say about Bisphenol-A and its effects on both our environment and our bodies.

 

Greek debtmocracy


Greece has been deliberately bankrupted and is now the poor man of Europe – an warning to the other countries and an excuse for greater integration.

From: http://youtu.be/v1g-rr_dFq4

My notes:

  1. Banks pay for election candidates to get elected.
  2. One of them gets elected. The prime minister (president, premier, etc.) is now in temporary control of their country.
  3. Bank blackmails and/or threatens and/or bribes the prime minister (president, premier, etc.) to take out on loans (= principal + interest) using his/her county’s assets as collateral. The people are happy – there’s jobs, infrastructure, £s in your pocket to buy shiny things.
  4. These loans have (or not) to be paid back by the populace, not the prime minister.
  5. Later, another election.
  6. Go back to beginning.
  7. Eventually the country can’t even afford the interest payment on these debts.
  8. Time to call in the bailiffs.
  9. Country’s assets are stripped.
  10. Live miserably ever after.

 
 
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