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Melbourne 2008: Life in a destruction zone

Word is that Melbourne is getting its 1 million more ten years early and that the Vic Government is in a panic because it has no idea how many permanent new guests have taken up its foolhardy invitations to come and stay. Who the hell is responsible?

Victorian Government, developers take aim at Devilbend wildlife habitat

Victorian State MP, Neale Burgess, warns public of Gavin Jennings anti-wildlife habitat Bill for voting today in Victorian Parliament

What you can do: Contact Johan Scheffer (johan.scheffer[at]parliament.vic.gov.au) and demand that the bill to be put to Parliament on Thu 26 June be amended to make Devilbend a nature conservation reserve.

Romanticism and fossil-fuel societies

Sheila Newman writes that it is not so much the myth of the noble savage as the myth of the noble capitalist citizen.

Insight program's take on Labor Shortage

Insight program shows limited perspective on problems surrounding labour supply in Australia.

See also : Transcript of Insight program of 17 Jun 08 Labour Pains

Help save West Australian black cockatoo from extinction

University of West Australia may bulldoze 36 hectares rare bushland in Perth city centre, threatening rare black cockatoo restoration program. Wildlife warriors request urgent reinforcement to stop this ecologically depraved and, in editorial view of oil peak and gas crisis, economically senseless plan.

Poet pens a plea to stop population push - new book due out


“The UN Population Fund regards 1.1 per cent population growth as too high in Asia,” says Mark O'Connor, author of forthcoming book, Overloaded Australia, "Yet Australia’s annual population growth is 1.5 per cent."

Australian Truck owners get political about fuel costs

Australia's truck-owners warn nation to stock up on supplies before they shut two thirds of them down if the government fails to meet their demands by midnight, 27 July 2008.

Campaign Says U.S. Population Growth Devours Open Space, Destroys Wildlife Habitat

American environmentalists very concerned by US population growth. Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) and allied groups launch new ad campaign about environmental devastation caused by U.S. population growth.

Nation-building on the nose; infrastructure stocks nose-dive

Trends evoke the spectre for some and the hope for others that Peak oil may put an end to Rudd's 'nation building' and the whole infrastructure nightmare

Peak oil prices cause South Australian Farmers to call for 'fair market forces'

South Australian Farmers call urgently for fair market forces so that producers can earn a fair return for their effort and ensure their future viability in face of "peak oil prices".

See also French Farmer Youth fight petroleum hikes: riot police and Orwellian Waterworks: big-agribusiness and Victorian Gov

Cause for alarm - Australia's population growth and the irresponsibility of those who drive it

If Australians starve and more become homeless due to their population having overshot petroleum, water and food production resources, how will the politicians, media and lobbyists who actively drove this situation be held responsible? Critique of Tim Colebatch article, "Population grows at record rate" (Age, 6/6/2008)

Peak Oil: India, Australia, London - it's a short road to poverty for many

India: Oil prices to increase by 11%; Diesel goes up by 9%; Cooking gas goes up by 17%
Australia: Almost 20% of workers would face ruin within the week if they lost their jobs
London: 10,000 to 40,000 workers in financial industries face job loss this year

Oil Peak Europe: France "We need a Marshall Plan."

Nicolas Hulot: “France needs a Marshall Plan, at the level of France and Europe, to orientate massively our investments in our economies for this transition, and for mutual cooperation."

Is the human race running a fever?

Governments have stolen the word 'sustainability' and made it mean 'economic business as usual'. More objective definition of sustainable, however, suggests that our vast populations and range of economic activities cannot last for long. And the economic signs aren't good either.

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.

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