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Down's Estate at Seaford Wetlands - Public Meeting Thursday, June 26

7:00pm Thur, 26 June 2014, Public Meeting: Seaford Community Centre Meeting Room. The Down's Estate is the former farm owned by Harry Down a famous whip and saddlemaker who had a store on Nepean Highway in Frankston. It is located on Wells Rd Seaford, opposite the motorcycle club track. Representatives from the different groups will be talking at this meeting about the proposals for the area around the house site of the former Down's Farm (approximately 3 hectares of the 20 hectare site). See inside for details.

Anti-spy hardware: Russia to Swap Intel and AMD computer processors for local technology

Intel is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers. Because of suspicions that Intel chips facilitate US spy-ware, like many other countries, Russia is seeking a way around this.

Article of 22 June 2014 by Tony Cartalucci, previously published on the Land Destroyer Report and LocalOrg.

22 June, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - Russia's ITAR-TASS News Agency reported in an article titled, "Russia wants to replace US computer chips with local processors" that:

Russia's Industry and Trade Ministry plans to replace US microchips Intel and AMD, used in government's computers, with domestically-produced micro processor Baikal in a project worth dozens of millions of dollars, business daily Kommersant reported Thursday.

Peak Mining talk by Simon Michaux

Former career mining professional Simon Michaux gives a public lecture in Adelaide describing the onset of 'peak mining' and its various implications for natural resource management. A significant and comprehensive update to the field. Governments will be watching this one and trying to ignore it.

A world in total denial by Hans Brunner

"Every time I hear or read the word 'sustainable', for instance, in 'sustainable growth', 'sustainable living' and 'sustainable economy', I feel that we are being cheated and lured into false security." Article by Hans Brunner

Fiona’s Message to All Celebrities

An ecological, rather than a business profit mindset requires thinking beyond commerce and money-making and focusing on the biological parameters that keep civilisations in existence.

'Sustainable' has become abused corporate greenwash, so bring back ye old 'Triple Bottom Line'

The once rather wholesome term 'sustainable' has become misappropriated and abused by the Corporate Sector - aka 'big business' and 'corporatised government'. The term has been bandied around by those employed with communications degrees (aka 'spin doctors') to mean anything they want it to mean.

So in order to drag the Corporate Sector to social and environmental accountability, it is preferable to instead use the once popular but clearer term 'Triple Bottom Line' - a 1990s term which seems to have been conveniently forgotten.

Australia's search for another food bowl


Almost the entire Basin had been explored and occupied by Europeans within 50 years of the crossing of the Great Dividing Range. The development of a European way of life resulted in
unintentional degradation of many of the Basin’s natural resources. There have been warnings of impending disaster for the Murray–Darling Basin for more than a decade, but here near the mouth it is suddenly real and shockingly rapid. Inflows to the Murray system remain at record lows. The removal of water for last summer’s irrigation, coupled with evaporation, has seen lake levels plummet. The search for another food bowl is on!

There is really only one kind of sustainability

(Ed. The subject of this article may seem hackneyed, but it is well worth reading.) The word "sustainable" or "sustainability" has been rendered meaningless and oxymoronic by its attachment to the most invasive development proposals and economic activity. But authentic sustainability does not lend itself to semantic pluralism. It can only mean the viablility of the whole, not its constituent parts. There is really only one kind of sustainability.

Australia's population nightmare

Runaway, immigration-fueled population growth threatens to destroy Australia's environment, culture and quality of life. Yet Prime Minister Kevin Rudd thinks it's "great."

See also: "How the growth lobby threatens Australia's future" of 24 Jan 09, "Australia 'sleepwalking' into population disaster", ABC News, 18 Sep 09, "Population boom 'a recipe for tragedy'", The Australian, 18 Sep 09.

Jared Diamond on Australia’s overpopulation problem

Perhaps the single most astonishing, ridiculously contradictory set of public policies we face, is the left hand of government promoting reduced greenhouse emissions, conservation of diminishing freshwater, soil fertility and other declining natural resources, while the right hand promotes rapid population growth through high immigration. Is this a classic example of the left hand not knowing (or wanting to know) what the right hand is up to?

In the following article, originally published in the Winter 2008 issue of The Independent Australian magazine, Dr John O'Connor draws attention to Professor Jared Diamond's book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive and the chapter in it specifically on Australia and its overpopulation woes.

Tim Holding, Minister for Water and Tourism, didn't learn much from his brush with death recently!

(Historical Thompson River when full; Wikipedia Commons)
It seems that some of our leaders can't join the dots and draw conclusions! An extra 10 billion litres of water will be drawn out of the Thomson River to supply Melbourne each year until Victoria's desalination plant is up and running.

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John Quiggin's failure to grasp the resources shortage crisis

On 5 June 2006 Social Democratic economist Professor John Quiggin stated “Most natural resources have actually become cheaper, but even in cases where prices have risen, such as that of oil, the economic impact has been marginal, relative to the long-run trend of increasing income.” Here is how I responded.

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The challenges of powering down

Why free markets don't have a chance in hell of saving us from the current crises.

See also Mike Stasse interviewed on U-tube, John Quiggin's failure to grasp the resources shortage crisis

Wayburn contra Hanson

Both Jay Hanson and Tom Wayburn have submitted plans for political change to mitigate the worst effects of Peak Oil and save the world from Dieoff. Some time ago when they were friends, they both agreed to "die with their boots on" - as the saying goes. Since then, Jay has expelled Tom from some of his groups and Tom has resigned from the rest. This post deals with their differences and why Wayburn considers Hanson's plan infeasible as a permanent solution unless it evolves into Wayburn's plan.

This post can be viewed at http://dematerialism.net/hanson.htm where all references are hyperlinked in the text, and at http://candobetter.org/node/199, the Peak Oil Politics forum, under a slightly different title.

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