Children, Capitalism, Family Values?
Updates on Alberta election, Kansas closes schools early, Gallup polls on unequal US wealth and on average work weeks over 40 hours, Über and markets, ignorance about USSR economy. Response to listeners on public subsidies to private profits. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on children and families in US capitalism.
Capitalism’s Other Side
Updates on May Day holiday, Baltimore uprising, Nepal earthquake/poverty, Varoufakis vs repression, and Bud Light pushing beer by endangering women. Response to listener’s questions on varieties of coops. Interview with Prof. Yahya Madra on Turkey, Capitalism, and Islam.
Updates on UK elections, crisis’s long-term effects, Kansas demonizes the poor, and the mustard-ketchup economic war. Responses to listeners on child-support economics and car production moving to Mexico. Major discussions: capitalism and war — a history, new stages of Cuban socialism and US Cuba-policy, the high stakes of Greece’s economic situation.
Title: Honest Economics
“Updates on Bernanke’s new big-bucks finance job, GM avoids billions in victims’ claims for faulty ignitions, Seattle capitalist raises all workers to minimum $70k/yr, Americans’ self-delusion on inequality, private profit trumps public policy, and anti-student-debt activism. Responses to listeners: impact on China if capitalism’s relocation stopped. Major discussions of economics of wages and prices, narrowness of economics education, and basic global economic development issue.”
Economic Change and Personal Life Crises
Updates on car parts industry, German courts cut Über, Russia’s economy grows despite sanctions, no recovery in declining teaching positions for new US PhDs in humanities, and huge Mexican strikes against Driscoll berries produced for US. Responses to listeners on (1) countries’ currency manipulations and (2) role of unions in workers’ coops. Interview Dr. Harriet Fraad, mental health counsellor, on how capitalism’s changes since 1970s have disrupted the personal lives of US men and women and creative solutions.
System Change: Then and Now
Updates on Trans-Pacific Partnership secrets, the Heinz-Kraft merger, the overly costly, underperforming US medical care system, fines for Graco selling faulty child car-seats, China’s real-estate bubble, and estate tax repeal by Republican House. Response to listener on property: private versus public. Major discussion of how system change happened in the past and and how in capitalism today.
“Economics of Corruption”
Updates on Yellen press conference,“Blockupy” protests in Europe against ECB and austerity, New York mayor DiBlasio signs bill for worker coops, and important fight over closing Sweet Briar college. Interview with veteran reporter Bob Hennelly on economics of US political corruption with special focus on his native New Jersey.
“Housing, Cities, Suburbs”
Updates on pizza politics, changing currency values, and tax-cutting politicians’ wild claims. Responses on workers coops’ competitiveness and on ‘unfree’ agricultural markets. Interview Walter South on economics of housing and dangerous economics of US cities and suburbs.
“Economic Decline and Growing Resistance”
Updates on taxis vs Über vs driver coops, an apology on Detroit, International Womens Day, and cutting workers’ compensation. Response to listeners on the economics of debts, past and present. Major discussions of (1) resisting economic decline: Minnesota governor, Emma Thompson and Pope Francis, (2) Wisconsin governor presides over economic decline, and (3) extremes of economic inequality.
Updates on Europeans’ struggles against austerity policies. Response to questions on how workers’ self-directed enterprises solve various problems (especially financing and different skill levels). In depth critical discussion of ‘free enterprise’ and the free enterprise system.
An interview with Brooke Larson about Latin America
continued discussion about United Kingdom General Election 2015, and Greek government.
United Kingdom General Election, 2015.
An interview with Jeff Faux about the American’s Economy
This week John Weeks discusses further the issue of Cuba with Elizabeth Dore talking about “Voices from the Cuban Street”
The photograph is of Elizabeth Dore and Regla Hernandez Gomez, one of the people she interviewed for her 10 year study of at
Attitudes of Cubans toward the revolution.
First of a new series of commentary on economic conditions and policy in the UK and beyond from John Weeks.John Weeks is a professor emeritus of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and author of The Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy. His recent policy work includes a supplemental unemployment program for the European Union and advising the central banks of Argentina and Zambia. More info on John at http://jweeks.org/
The new government has promised to scrap the Human Rights Act. It’s a huge blow not just to us here in the UK, but to everyone still fighting for these rights around the world.
This is one election pledge that we simply cannot allow the new government to fulfill.
The threat to scrap the Act and promise to replace it with a British Bill of Rights isn’t just wordplay. It could allow the government – and whoever is in power in the future – to pick and choose who can access rights in this country.
We’re being told that certain rights will be removed from ‘criminals and terrorists’. But taking rights away from anyone undermines your rights too — a fundamental principle of human rights is that they are universal, they apply to all humans.
It cannot be down to the whim of the politicians of the day to say who rights apply to and who they do not.
Until this election, you might have never heard of the Human Rights Act – but you’ll notice once it’s gone. It brings human rights home, enshrining them in UK law. Among many other things, the Act means the government, the police, local councils and other public authorities must respect our basic rights.
The Human Rights Act has protected us all for 15 years. Now, we must stand together and fight to save it.
We are perhaps best known for our work fighting human rights abuses in other countries. But we now face the biggest roll back of human rights ever seen in the UK. We have to fight for our rights at home to make sure we can continue to fight for rights abroad.
The US government just gave Shell the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic for oil, putting our climate and the ocean’s majestic wildlife under grave risk. But five unlikely local officials hold the key to the climate floodgates and can stop Shell from getting an important permit from the Seattle Port. Sign to call on them to make the right decision for our planet:
Five unlikely local officials hold the key to the climate floodgates. Before Shell can get to the Arctic, they need a key permit from the Port of Seattle, where Shell plans to launch the monster boats to the Arctic. It doesn’t look like Shell has a real backup, and the Port’s Commissioners are still deciding whether to give Shell the permit. That’s where we come in.
The Port of Seattle Commissioners are local figures who are not used to being under the global spotlight. If we build a million-strong call before the Shell rig arrives this week, we can encourage them them to make the most important decision in their lives and give Shell the answer our planet’s future depends on: Drilling in the Arctic? Shell No! Sign now and share widely:
Drilling the Arctic is extremely dangerous and far too hazardous for our fragile climate. The closest Coast Guard station is more than 1,000 miles away. If anything goes wrong, which Shell’s own plan says is likely, there would be literally nothing anyone could do about it.
But what’s even more incredible is that we’re even considering unlocking a whole new form of extreme oil that scientists say is 100% incompatible with maintaining the climate that humankind has known for our entire existence. Profits for Shell or the global climate — it should be an easy choice.
The momentum is building — public pressure from environmental activists helped encourage Seattle’s Mayor to insist that Shell needs this new permit. And two of the five Port Commissioners look likely to side with us and the planet, meaning we just need one more for a majority. But Shell will do everything in its power to make sure nothing stops their drilling, and only a global outcry can give the Port Commissioners the push needed to stop them. Click below to sign:
David, Mais, Emma, Mia, Andrew and the whole Avaaz team
Shell to resume Arctic drilling off Alaska as green groups warn of disaster (The Guardian)
U.S. Will Allow Drilling for Oil in Arctic Ocean (New York Times)
Frozen Future: Shell’s ongoing gamble in the US Arctic (Report, Oil Change International)
Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges (The Guardian)
Mayor: Port needs new permit to host Shell oil-drilling fleet (The Seattle Times)
Raising Paddles in Seattle to Ward Off an Oil Giant (New York Times)
What a concept for a pilot project. Can’t we change our roads into gigantic solar panels? Harvest energy from them? Get solar electricity from them, fed into the electricity grid and used for street lighting, traffic systems, households and electric cars?
A public-private partnership in the Netherlands has such a pilot project going on, in the form of sunlight on the road surfaces converted into electricity, in the form of a bike path. The project participants for SolaRoad want the world to know that this project so far is looking good. SolaRoad is in a pilot phase for a three-year period; The Associated Press said that this was a 3.5-million Euro project.
The first six months of the pilot phase were successful, according to a SolaRoad press release issued earlier this month. The energy yield was beyond their expectations. Spokesperson Sten de Wit said they were surprised to see the level of success so quickly. Case in point: “The bike road opened half a year ago and already generated over 3,000 kWh,” he said. “If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than the 70 kWh per square meter per year, which we predicted as an upper limit in the laboratory stage. We can therefore conclude that it was a successful first half year.”
The engineers behind the bike path design had to develop a solar road that could not only have requisite strength but also resist skids. SolaRoad has been described as a “living lab” of about 70 meters.
The cycle path is made up of concrete modules of 2.5 by 3.5 meters. Solar cells are fitted and protected by a centimeter-thick top layer of safety glass with a transparent, skid-resistant coating. The other lane does not have solar cells; it serves as a test area. SustainableBusiness.com said that, “While a flat solar panel is 30 percent less efficient than those at an angle or rooftop, there’s plenty of surface to make up for that.”
This living lab, however, has hit some issues along the way. Jon Fingas in Engadget wrote, “Things haven’t been going perfectly. The coating on the solar cells’ protective glass tends to peel off when the weather changes, for example, suggesting that the path could be expensive to maintain as-is.” (The press release said that at the end of December 2014 and in early Spring of 2015 a small section of the coating “delaminated.” Large temperature fluctuations can cause local delamination due to shrinkage in the coating, it noted. “Repairs have been made and the development of an improved top layer is now in an advanced stage.”) The AP report said the fluctuations caused part of it to peel off namely in early winter and early spring.
Fingas remarked that, as the project to last for another two and a half years, “SolaRoad believes that it’ll have plenty of time to iron out the kinks, and it’s confident enough that it plans to test its technology on small municipal roads in the future.”
SolaRoad officially opened in November 2014. Ubergizmo said about 150,000 cyclists have crossed the SolaRoad in the six months that it has gone live.
The AP report said SolaRoad’s public-private partnership includes the province of Noord-Holland, TNO, Ooms Civiel and Imtech.
Looking to the future, TNO project manager Wim ven der Poel said, “Using this energy to charge electric cars while they are driving over the road is a beautiful dream, which might become reality. SolaRoad acts as a step towards a closed ecosystem. From mobility through energy back to mobility – which makes the circle complete.”
Listen here to The Scrap of Lace — a murder mystery radio play read by Radio Free Brighton volunteers and work experience students from Downlands School.
A lecture and panel discussing the environment, hosted by Nina Emmet founder of FotoDocument and Pooran Desai, founder of Bioregional and One Planet Living. This lecture looks at some excellent photographic collections put together by the panel, centering on key environmental themes such as water usage, waste and recycling.
Held at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, three of the ten commissioned photographers, Thomas Ball, Sophie Gerrard and Murray Ballard, took part in the discussion about their One Planet City photo essays now installed in public spaces around Brighton & Hove. . The project was launched under the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 — core arts partner for the project Photoworks.
Howard Johns is the founder of Southern Solar Ltd, and has been installing solar hot water systems and other small scale renewable energy systems for over ten years. During this Power To The People speech, he talks about renewable energy, specifically Solar Power.
Councillors have approved a major regeneration scheme in central Brighton which will deliver hundreds of jobs and homes.
The planning committee today (September 17, 2014) agreed the Public-Private Partnership scheme by Cathedral (Brighton) Ltd, the University of Brighton and the city council to transform the one–hectare site off Circus Street.
The former municipal fruit and veg market would become a mixed-use scheme and ‘innovation quarter’, expected to create 400 jobs and inject £200m into the city’s economy over the next 10 years.
Permission includes 142 new homes, 20 per cent affordable.
New teaching and research facilities would be created for the University of Brighton, including a new library. Pressure would be taken off the city’s family homes by the inclusion of 450 units of student accommodation, say officials.
Alongside will be a new dance studio for South East Dance, expected to attract 70,000 visitors and users a year.
Workspaces would be aimed at start-up businesses, artists and larger companies. A modern office building, including over 3,000 sqm of flexible space would help growing creative and digital businesses remain and flourish in the city.
Permission includes restaurants or shops at ground floor level, around a new public square. Cathedral are promising a “new genre” of urban development with green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allotments for food growing — producing over 200kg of food per year for residents.
Developers have agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local transport and recreation provision and to use at least 20 per cent local labour for construction.
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Our Pledge to Save the NHS! What you can do now.…
Can you join us? Let us know if you can help out for a while at any of these stalls or if you plan to come to our meetings. We also have working groups for our Roll of Dishonour, Pledge to save the NHS, & SMS campaigns, if that is more your style. Let us know!
Sat 6 Sept
999 Call for the NHS –People’s #march4nhs Rally for end of march from Jarrow
Westminster London– details to follow
Tues 9 Sept
Health and Well Being Board
4pm Hove Town Hall
(lobby for SMS tbc)
Tues 9 Sept
Sussex Defend the NHS organising meet
7pm Brighthelm Centre
Wed 10 Sept
Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee
4pm Hove Town Hall
Tues 23 Sept
B&H Clinical Commissioning Group Board and AGM
2–4.30 & 4.30−6 Brighthelm Centre
Tues 14th Oct
Health and Wellbeing Board
4pm Hove Town Hall
Thurs 16th Oct
Policy and Resources Committee
4pm Hove Town Hall
Cupp Seminar: ‘The NHS Citizen’ with Simon Burall and Anthony Zacharzewski
1.30 — 2.30pm, Friday 10th October — A500 Checkland Building, Falmer campus
Simon and Anthony are part of a larger partnership developing NHS Citizen<http://www.nhscitizen.org.uk/>. A national system of public and patient engagement being developed to hold the Board of NHS England to account. While the system is national, most patients and citizens experience the health service at a local level. This seminar will explore how the system is being designed to work and will invite participants to draw on their experience, expertise and knowledge to help answer questions about whether and how such systems can plug into local spaces where citizens are already debating health and social care. Simon is the Director of Involve<http://www.involve.org.uk/> and Anthony is Director of Demsoc<http://www.demsoc.org/> and both are involved in numerous innovations to enhance civic participation.
This seminar is free and open to all but advance booking is required. Refreshments will be available.
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