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John Locke in Ellen Meiksins Wood's The Origin of Capitalism

It is amazing that so many of us accept that it is our lot to work for others and to pay rent. Was it always so or did this come about through sophistry?

George Soros on world recession, housing prices, oil prices - May lecture

George Soros: There is a "need to improve the quality of regulation. It is not enough to regulate the money supply; you also have to regulate credit."

Belconnen Kangaroo massacre


These healthy kangaroos, relaxed, uncrowded, in lush surroundings are all dead - order of Australian Capital Territory government.
Housing estates due to go up around the area. (Does anyone know which developers?)

See also: Australian Political Hypocrites Order "Final Solution" on Kangaroos on 20 May 08 by Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Kangaroo cull: necessary evil and the greater good of 27 May 08 by Adam Henry on Online Opinion with comments.

French housing market collapses

It is predicted that a new house will have to be on the market for a year before it sells now in France.

Australian politicians fiddle while Australian economy unravels

Australian politicians seem to be so far behind in comprehending the consequences of oil depletion that they need remedial schooling. And, with the corporate media in charge of informing the public, we are in deep political ****.

French Farmer Youth fight petroleum hikes: riot police

In Lille, France, about 40 youths calling themselves "Jeunes agriculteurs" (Young Farmers), pulled a tractor through the town on a rope to educate the public on the impact that petroleum hikes are having on food production and farmers. More robust simultaneous actions in other French towns came into conflict with police...also in Bulgaria. And all-night gas queues in Taiwan. See also Peak oil hits French fishing industry

Orwellian Waterworks: big-agribusiness and Victorian Gov

The Foodbowl group describes among its aims "To support the transition of small farming enterprises to world-competitive, sustainable agribusiness enterprises with a variety of models that maintain and enhance community cohesion." But were they invited? Were they asked? Apparently not.

Update, 2 June: Country Womens Association (CWA) Reject the North South Pipeline

What you can do: visit plugthepipe.com and join their mailing list.

Pet goat unites democratic protest in Frankston, Australia

Victor on tvConfused by bureaucracy, conflicted by development, and disorganised by new residential enclaves, local Frankston citizens find their voice in sticking up for a man and his goat in the face of bullying by-laws.

What you can do: visit freevictor.com and sign the petition.

No right to housing in the USA - Americans start to revolt

Evictions will put about two million people in the US on the streets this year, but finally Americans are fighting back. They are "meticulously vandalising" their houses before exiting, leaving the greedy banks with unsaleable properties.

Homeless may now sue state in France & Europe: Test Case

In the first test case an interim tribunal has found that a woman has the right to demand better housing from the State within a certain amount of time, failing the provision of which, she will be entitled to sue the State.

Belconnen Roos - Current herding method

Reports are coming thick and fast from the field in Canberra where a group of wildlife people are monitoring a grotesque debacle in an ill-advised kangaroo-culling exercise.

Victorian Biodiversity Green Paper signals Black Day for Biodiversity

Victorian Government’s Land and Biodiversity at a Time of Climate Change Green Paper accelerates damage in a land where human growth and development drive horrendous rate of extinctions, ignoring democratic protest ...

Debate on funding retirement in France

Raising the retirement age in France is impractical when people are being forcibly retired younger and younger.

Immigration lawyers exposed in mass immigration rort by brave union

US labour is beginning to fight back against years of repression and loss of workers' rights: Computer programmers ...

Good news! WTO negotiations may collapse as nations push for self-sufficiency.

I don’t know about you, but ‘global scare’ strikes me as a bit of a frivolous way to describe widespread starvation and food riots, whilst ensuring national self-sufficiency sounds to me like the right way to go.

Peak Oil hits French fishing industry - State subsidizes trawler-fuel

Industrialised fishing is not only no longer sustainable due to falling fish-stocks but now falling energy supply has priced it out of the free market.

Time to say hoor-roo to the Kangaroo Industries Association

If a farmer built a housing estate in his front paddock and chased all his stock out onto the road, would he count the pile of corpses and conclude that there had been more cows in his front paddock as a result? This is what the Kangaroo Industries Association of Victoria seems to be doing.

Roads to wildlife extinction: Vic Government, SEITA, Eastlink, in Victoria's South East


The Victorian Government, SEITA and Eastlink, are persevering in plans to bisect the Mornington Peninsula Biosphere and other crucial habitat for wildlife. If maintained, this route will ruin a proposed wildife corridor (.pdf) leading to and from the Peninsula Biosphere, of profound significance to the rest of Australia.

Wildlife Campaigner: "SEITA preferred Frankston bypass route will severely impact wildife"


Maryland Wilson, President of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council, stated yesterday that the Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority (SEITA) has failed to adequately address the concerns she raised on behalf of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council or the Coalition of Wildlife Corridors.

The deep intellectual, financial and political dishonesty of privatisation

'One of the most remarkable features of the ‘conservative turn’ experienced in the UK since 1980 is the paradoxical emergence of extensive re-regulation of economic activity in a period supposedly typified by drastic deregulation.'

see also: Why Privatisation is wrong

Why privatisation is wrong

In 2006 Justice Michael Kirby argued compellingly the case against privatisation which is now being forced upon the NSW electorate by the Iemma government with the aid of, amongst others, former Prime Minister Paul Keating, former NSW Labor Premier Bob Carr, former Victorian Liberal Premier Jeff Kennett and the Murdoch newsmedia.

See also: NSW electricity privatisation, democracy, government, The deep intellectual, financial and political dishonesty of privatisation

Melbourne Public Lecture - "How fast are we growing?" - low-down on stats by independent expert

How fast is Australia’s population really growing? How much of this growth is due to immigration? Have trends really changed dramatically? Did we need a baby bonus?

Speaker: 3pm-4pm, Sat 10 May, Melbourne meeting flyer (153K jpg)

Newspeak on the asset stripping of Australia

When you take a public asset without permission and give it to private individuals, that is not 'reform' it is theft. Taking something without the owners' permission is stealing.

Centro Properties Group Ex-chairman didn't see 'debt bombshell' coming

How could someone in charge of borrowing billions from banks, to deploy energy and resources for multi-million dollar developments, be so energy and resources naive that they did not see the energy-linked "debt bombshell" coming?

Exhibition documents erosion of childhood by overdevelopment and overpopulation

This really interesting exhibition testifies to the disappearance of accessible natural places for children, without consciously linking this to overpopulation and development.

ABC at it again!


ABC Breakfast Show host, Ross Solly, gives Property Council of Australia 20 minutes-plus free advertising at tax-payer expense to market industry hobby-horse.

Since when did our taxes go to fund the ABC as a national real-estate agent or an arm of the PCA?


Ross Solly

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