Archive for April, 2009

BBC Newsight Blog Post: Will They Ever Listen?

Prince Charles gave publicity to the work of the New Economics Foundation that global systems would crash on the climate change models only in 100 months.These were based on climate only analysis on the economic forecasts before the crash.

To get out of the recession Governments, are borrowing from this future to increase consumption.

We have to look at a whole system model not just climate and include pollution, species extinction, ( eg bees pollinate our crops and earthworms ensure fertile soil), social and political chaos etc, as well as the climate only scenarios.

This brings the extinction horizon of 100 months given by HRH much closer.

Then you had the increased destabilization, created by politicians by increasing economic consumption and growth on the planets ecological systems, and the extinction horizon moves even closer.

HRH figure then becomes potentially 43 months. With large scale human deaths and social chaos there will not be enough to maintain nuclear and toxic chemical facilities. Poisoning of the biosphere and extinction of all higher life forms for 100 million years.

It was discussed last year in Paul Mason’s blog that the economist Galbraith consider Government’s in the 29 depression reacted to the problems that had already occurred and made the situation worst.

Hawkeye Pierce introduced Pro Jay Forrester, an influence of mine, who said in complex systems very often the outcome is the opposite than that was intended.

ie by trying to stabilize the economy you destabilise the planets bio sphere and ecosystem. Extinction of all higher life forms.

Please allow a team to run the planet for the next 3 or 4 year who know what they are doing. The politicians can have it back once the mess is sorted out.

Let them run the planet with the opposite values than be proposed now ie increasing economic growth. Let them use love, wisdom, compassion, respect for all life and the journey of creation.

If know one else wants to take on the responsibility I’ll co-ordinate the team. I love this planet and all life that is part of it and don’t want to see a 4,500 billion year journey end in the next few years.

Celtic Lion


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Electris Cars and Us

Read the original form the BBC Newsnight site. It’s better in context.

Makes sense now.

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Threats to Zimbabwean Wildlife and Us

A Nobel Prize winner phoned me up to say this was an outstanding analysis. Ahead of it’s time. Read the original from our sister blog.

Perhaps the time is now.

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Scottish Sun, Animals and A Better Tomorrow

I had a pleasant surprise this morning when I got my Scottish Sun. Front page was a campaign by reporter David Goodwin to improve animal welfare in Scotland in conjunction with the Scottish Society for the Protection of Animals.

Mr Goodwin makes an interesting point relating cruelty to animals and violence to children. Now I like animals just because they are animals, a life force to be respected in their own right. But I would like to take The Scottish Sun’s premise slightly further and tie a few points together.

Regular readers of the blog might know I ended up as a General Foreman on Europe’s largest civil engineering project, £1 million per day-that’s £30 a second at peak. I applied for a mystery job to set up a construction site. Roads, access, fences, power, telecoms, car parks, accommodation, offices etc etc.

Having set the site up I thought my job was over until I was summoned to see the newly arrived works manager who had taken over the project. Suddenly I was supervising 1000 men and 100 trucks a day. One of the things in construction is HSEQ. Health-Safety-Environment-Quality.

There are pyramids of numbers in construction. For every death, there will be so many serious accidents and so many more reportable accidents. Cuts, bashes, minor burns etc. These all go into the accident book. At this time, 2003, this was being extended to include awareness of potential hazards. Not accidents but things that could cause them.

The philosophy was that by recording these large numbers, the raising of awareness would reduce the number of accidents, serious accidents and ultimately deaths as the pyramid was ascended.

Though I love animals for being animals. I catch wasps and insects inside the house and release them outside so they don’t suffer. I watch out for worms, centipedes and other creatures when landscape gardening, moving them out of danger to previously prepared habitats for safety. As for dogs, there is much on this site about them.

But beyond that, respect and compassion for animals and all life has a similar affect as reporting potential hazards on a construction site. Respect for animals doesn’t just play a part in protecting  children. It leads to respect for all life, the environment and ultimately each other.

The Scottish Sun has the potential, if they run their campaign effectively, of doing more to improve society than all the laws and initiatives  all the politicians will ever come up with. Why? because they are establishing a solid base of the pyramid on which society is built.

This respect for life was what I tried to establish when DEFRA asked me to contribute to a UN Environment and Development report. This was the foundation for the agenda of the 2005 G8 in Perthshire, climate change and Africa and the climate change/ terrorism risk assessment that Al Gore quoted when told of his Nobel Prize.

(Original source for agenda of 2005 G8)

The Sun’s campaign, Europe’s largest civil engineering project (it ran weeks ahead of schedule and £millions under budget), the agenda for the 2005 G8 -all have a coherent theme. The establishment of a solid base of respect in the pyramid of life.

Congratulations to the Scottish Sun for doing something real and meaningful.

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Goodbye to Lovely Gillie

Sadly Gillie the Bearded Collie has died. He was on eof the dogs I went with to the Bearded Collies Show at Alva. He is one of the dogs on the herding Beardie site, whose link is on our information page.


My over riding memory of Gillie was walking into the hall  a few months ago. Gillie was asleep sprawled out on the the floor, people having to step over him. Brilliant. Gillie was just so laid back.Gillie was the first dog I had ever been with at the end of a lead since my best friend Ruskin died. Gillie and me just got on straight away. I remember Lyn went to check her Tombola tickets, me and Gillie walked, stopped and ran up and down the hall.

 My thoughts are also with his best friend Flynn the Sheltie. They were a double act. Flynn and Gillie were just different aspects of one personality. He has lost his best friend, the other half of what he is.

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