Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

27 November 2008

Scientist suspended for speaking out

The Council for "Scientific" and Industrial Research (CSIR) has gagged and suspended a researcher who's warning that South Africa has used 98% of its "spare" water capacity and is headed for social turmoil if nothing is done to protect our water supply.

No one knows for sure, but it looks like he has caused some political turmoil among the haves of South Africa ... criticism is not good for them just before an election ... so now they are trying to shut him up.

I'm neither surprised nor amazed by this. People who speak out against the destruction being wrought on our beloved planet, by industry and their lapdog politicians are always gagged, brutalised and sometimes murdered - the world over.

Anti-dam activists in China have lost their lives speaking out against mega-industrial projects. Earth firsters in the US are defined as "terrorists" and many of them are sitting behind bars as I write: Daniel McGowan, Jeffrey Luers and others ... Indian environmentalists like Sunita Narain have had their families threatened and physically assaulted.

So today I pay tribute to Dr Anthony Turton for speaking up and speaking out. Isn't it amazing how short sighted people are, choosing political expediency over the future survival of their children and grandchildren?

Here is a fact or two for consideration:
  • we live on a finite planet, with finite "resources"
  • south africa's rivers and streams are highly polluted and at some point their dilution capacity will be compromised - there will be no way to treat them and clean the water for consumption
  • look north at the cholera epidemic, that is how quickly a country can collapse into chaos
WAKE UP! Stop suppressing the truth dammit!

21 November 2008

Apocolypse now?

You may not need to write your last will and testament after all. Now a group of pessimistic scientists from the U.S., the UK and France say humanity has reached the point of no return and has little hope of continuing life on Earth. More ...

A new study published by The Open Atmospheric Science Journal says the concentration of CO2 in the planet’s atmosphere has reached the point at which irreversible changes to climate start. Even if the concentration of carbon dioxide is lowered from its current level in record time, the catastrophic effects will still occur. The scientists give us about 30 years till the end of the planet to which humans are adapted.

11 November 2008

Trolls forever

Beware the trolls, for they have magical powers and even when they have been turned to stone, they may still send a shiver down your spine!


"In one Swedish changeling tale, the troll child grows up at a farm while the human child grows up among the trolls. Everyone advises the human mother to brutalize the changeling so that the trolls would change children once more. However, the woman refuses to treat the innocent but maladapted troll child cruelly and persists in treating it as if it were her own. Eventually, the husband decides to leave his wife, as he can no longer support living with the troll child. His distraught wife allows him to leave her, because she can not abandon an innocent child, although it is a troll. When the husband has walked a distance into the forest, he meets his own son who tells him that he is free from the trolls. Every time someone tried to be cruel to the troll, his troll mother was about to treat the human child in the same manner, but when his mother sacrificed what was dearest to her, her husband, the trolls realized that they had no power over her and had to release the human child." enwikipedia