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SANTA CLAUS BAILOUT

. . . . . . . .an awesome spoof of the recent 25 billion$ auto bailout hearings in washington,dc

NEW ROADS=NEW POLLUTION

Climate Impacts
The transportation sector is the second-largest and fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Reducing these emissions is a critical part of combating global climate change. So far, reducing emissions from the transportation sector has focused mainly on lowering the carbon content fuels and making vehicles more efficient. However, if we do not reduce the amount of driving that we do, these benefits could be negated. In order to substantially reduce transportation emissions, we must stop building the infrastructure that encourages more driving.

More Highways Lead to More Global Warming
. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . Highway construction causes greenhouse gas emissions, not only during construction and maintenance, but well after the highway has been built. In order to assess the global warming impact of a highway, the full “life-cycle” emissions must be taken into account, including emissions from mining and transporting the materials…

SADLY I WAS RIGHT

. . ..ON DEC 23,WHILE WE IN TORONTO CANADA WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A COLD,SNOWY WINDY WINTER STORM . .I MADE A PREDICTION THAT WE WILL HAVE WARM SPRINGLIKE WEATHER IN A FEW DAYS . . . .SADLY I WAS RIGHT AS THE WARM WEATHER IS NOW HERE . . . .50 DEGREES F . . . .I SAY SADLY BECAUSE THIS IS NOT NORMAL . . . . . MOST PEOPLE READING THIS BLOG PROBABLY HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED A NORMAL WINTER DUE TO THEIR AGE . . . BUT ASK ANY OLD SENIOR CITIZEN AND FIND OUT WHAT WEATHER USED TO BE LIKE . . . ONCE THE FIRST SNOW FELL IN EARLY DECEMBER,THE COLD AND WIND AND BLIZZARDS WOULD LOCK INTO PLACE WITH NO LET UP UNTIL MARCH 21 APPROXIMETLY . . . .THIS APPEARS TO BE THE NEW REALITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE. . . .COLD . . .WARM . . .COLD . . .WARM . .THROUGHOUT THE WINTER.

CHRISTMAS CARTOON

. . . . .A CHRISTMAS STORY WITH A MESSAGE ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING . . . .YES . . .I . . .KNOW . . .ITS...FRIGID COLD SOMEWHERE AND THE SNOW IS 6 FEET DEEP SOMEWHERE . . . .BUT WAIT A FEW DAYS IT'LL BE SPRINGTIME WEATHER . .IN DECEMBER OR JANUARY . . .AKA: CLIMATE CHANGE(MY PREDICTION)

950 MILLION CARS

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. . . . .AND COUNTING . . . . THATS HOW MANY CARS THERE ARE .ON PLANET EARTH . . .AND THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY AND GULLABILITY . . . . OF PEOPLE IN GENERAL AND THE GOV'TS OF CANADA AND USA IN PARTICULAR . .. . . .THE CAR MAKERS WILL CONTINUE TO . . . MAKE MORE CARS . .. . .BILLIONS OF $ HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO THESE COMPANIES TO KEEP THEM AFLOAT . . . .WE HAVE BEEN WARNED OF . . . . . DIRE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES . . . .1,000'S UNEMPLOYED IF . .THE BAILOUT WAS NOT GIVEN . . ..THESE WARNINGS COMPLETELY IGNORES . . . . .THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES PREDICTED TO THE EARTHS ENVIRONMENT IF WE CONTINUE SUPPORTING THESE PLANET DESTROYING INDUSTRIES. . . ."ROAD TO EXTINCTION"(PHOTO: RECENT RALLY CITY SQUARE TORONTO,CANADA)

DINOSAUR ECONOMY

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. . . .IT SEEMS THE PRESENT LEADERS IN CANADA STILL BELIEVE IN DINOSAUR ECONOMICS . . .RECENT STATEMENTS BY THE FINANCE MINISTER CONFIRM THAT LOWER INTEREST RATES AND DEFICIT SPENDING IS THEIR WAY OF TACKLING THE FINANCIAL MELTDOWN . . ..THIS WORNOUT RECIPE COMPLETELY IGNORES THE GREEN ECONOMY. . . .ONE OF HIS RECENTLY APPOINTED ADVISORS IS A FORMER USED/NEW CAR SALESMAN. . ..GO FIGURE. . . . note:the above photo is from a recent city hall rally in toronto,canada.

4 WHEELS=C02

. . . . . .IN ANY LANGUAGE . . .4 WHEEL DRIVE = MORE CARBON DIOXIDE.

GREEK RIOTS-DAY I3

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Riot police clashed with rock-throwing demonstrators in central Athens on Thursday, sending Christmas shoppers and people in cafes running for cover. Frightened parents scooped up their children from a Christmas carousel in the city's main square and fled.

The protesters broke away from a peaceful rally and hurled rocks and firebombs at police and buildings near parliament, overturned a car and set fire to trash bins. They also splashed police with red paint. . . .THURSDAY DECEMBER 18-2008

DINOSAUR ECONOMICS

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Fed on Tuesday announced that it was reducing its target for the federal funds rate to between zero and 0.25 percent, down from 1 percent, a level that was already the lowest target rate in a half century.

And the central bank pledged to use "all available tools" to fight the current downturn. It said it was likely that rates would be kept at "exceptionally low levels" for some time to come. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. ."forever grow the economy with limited depleted resources" ..my quote ...the above statement by the federal reserve of USA to cut interest rate yet again so that people can buy more SUVS and big ticket appliances houses,etc shows how inept the present gov't in canada and USA is.Deficit spending and low interest rate for consumer loans is DINASOUR ECONOMICS . . . . .LOOK AT THE ABOVE PHOTO AT A RECENT RALLY AT CITY HALL SQUARE TORONTO,CANADA . . . . .THAT BIG SIGN SAYS IT ALL....."A RACE TO E…

autos media blitz

THERE SEEMS TO BE A MEDIA BLITZ GOING ON AT THE PRESENT TIME WARNING OF DIRE CONSEQUENCES IF ..AN AUTO INDUSTRY BAILOUT WAS NOT IMPLEMENTED . . . .I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THAT NOTION . . . .IF ANY THING IT SHOULD BE A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO CHART A NEW PATH FOR THE HUMAN RACE TO GET OFF THIS DINASAUR AUTO INDUSTRY BANDWAGON . . .AND START . .RIGHT AWAY ..FOR A NEW VISION THAT PROTECTS AND NOT . .DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT .. . .I...PERSONALLY LAST WEEKEND MET A MAN WHO SPENT OVER 20 YEARS ON A THE REMOTE ARCTIC ISLAND(BAFFIN)..AND HE CONFIRMED THAT OVER HIS TIME THERE WAS DEFINITELY GLOBAL WARMING TAKING PLACE. . . . .WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE AUTO INDUSTRY ? . . . .EVERYTHING . . . .IT IS RESPONSIBLE ..FOR ..A HUGE AMOUNT OF HUMAN ACTIVITY THAT CAUSES CLIMATE CHANGE.

BAILOUT SECRETS

Legislators with investments in Big Three automakers
By Ed Brayton 12/9/08 7:21 AM
FoxBusiness looks at data from Open Secrets that reveals that many legislators working on an auto bailout package have investments, some of them for a significant amount of money, in one or more of the Big Three automakers. The largest investment by far: Rep. John Dingell of Michigan.

Dingell reported on his most recent disclosure statements that his investment in General Motors has a value between $650,003 and $1,350,000 (legislators only have to report ranges, not specific amounts). His wife Debbie is the executive director for public affairs for GM.

No one else in Congress comes close to being that heavily invested in any of the three major American auto companies. Twelve members of Congress have investments in GM, nine Republicans and three Democrats, but only Dingell holds more than $30,000 worth.

Fifteen legislators have investments in Ford — eleven Republicans and four Democrats — but none report m…

GREEK RIOTS

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. . . .RIOTS CONTINUE FOR THE THIRD DAY IN GREECE AFTER THE SHOOTING BY POLICE OF A 15 YEAR OLD BOY. . . .FUNERAL FOR THE BOY WILL BE ON TUESDAY.

EVEN UNIONS OPPOSE BAILOUT

Washington, D.C. – As Congress mulls whether or not to spend anywhere from $15 to $34 billion in taxpayer money to bailout Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, a new ATI-News/Zogby poll shows a clear majority of Americans, including union employees, oppose such a bailout.
The poll, which was conducted Nov. 25 through Dec.1 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus two percentage points, asked likely voters:


“Congress is considering using tax dollars to give a total of $25 billion to the Big Three U.S. auto manufacturers, Ford, General Motors (GM) and Chrysler, in order to keep the companies solvent. Some believe they should go into bankruptcy so they can restructure to produce few models, have less dealers, allow them to close unnecessary manufacturing facilities, and have investors demand management changes and reduced benefits for all employees. Do you think Congress should approve or deny a bailout for the Big Three?”


Surprisingly, 57.5 percent of self-declared union members think Cong…

BICYCLE FACTORY BAILOUT

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.>>>.WHY NOT . . ? . . . THINK OF WHAT 25 BILLION DOLLARS COULD DO TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION AND CONSTANT GRIDLOCK ON THE CITY HIGHWAYS . . . . .AND IT WILL BE CARBON FREE . . . .A BICYLE FACTORY IN OSHAWA OR WINDSOR . . . . WOULD BE ABLE TO HIRE THE LAID OFF AUTO WORKERS . . . SINCE OTTAWA AND QUEENS PARK ARE CONSIDERING BAILOUT BILLIONS FOR THE AUTO SECTOR . . . .THEY SHOULD ALSO THROW SOME MONEY AT ECO-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT. . . .MY OPINION. . . .ABOVE PHOTO LAST SUMMER TORONTO CANADA.(bicycle in front of limosine)

CAR SALES DROP 37% UK

AUTO NEWS EUROPE DEC 4-2008


The UK is the latest European market to report a steep plunge in new-car sales in November.

Car sales in the UK fell 36.8 percent to 100,333 units compared with a year earlier, the country's industry body said Thursday.

The drop was bigger than expected and the biggest fall since June 1980, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

UK car sales in first 11 months are down 10.7 percent to 2,023,104. . . . . .EVEN THOUGH AUTO SALES ARE DOWN . . . . . .THE REMAINING 900,000,000 CARS . . . .ON PLANET EARTH CAN AND STILL DO A LOT OF DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT . . . . . . . . .
HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT A CAR . .?? . . .EASY . . . .JUST DO IT . . .LIFE WILL BE MORE ENJOYABLE AND THE EARTH CAN BREATHE EASIER

INDIA/RUSSIA DEAL

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, has arrived in New Delhi for talks on joint defence and civil nuclear projects.

The two countries signed an agreement on Friday allowing Russia to build four nuclear reactors in southern India.

Both are expected to approve other defence deals during the Russian leader's three-day visit.

Before arriving in New Delhi, Medvedev said that Russia might also lease nuclear-powered submarines to India as part of a drive to deepen defence ties.

The deal comes after India signed earlier this year a nuclear pact with the US, giving New Delhi access to civilian nuclear fuel and technology on the international market for the first time in three decades.

Overturning a US ban on nuclear trade instituted after India first tested an atomic device in 1974, the US pact provides India with access to nuclear fuel, reactors and technology to generate power for its 1.1bn plus people. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I AM MYSTIFIED AND DISAPPOINTED BY RECENT ACTIONS BY RUS…

AUTO "AID"FROM CANADA ?

$1.6-billion in financial aid from the people of Canada to save 8,000 jobs . . . . That works out to $200,000 per job. INSANE !. . . . . .. . . . . THIS . . . . BAILOUT . . .IS . . . REQUESTED BY CHRYSLER OF CANADA . . . .A . .U.S. . . .PRIVATELY OWNED . . .COMPANY . . .WITH CANADIAN . . . . BRANCH PLANTS . . . .NOTE:OUT OF THE BIG THREE AUTO MAKERS . . .THIS IS THE SMALLER BAILOUT . . . .NEGOTIATIONS ARE STILL GOING IN . . .WASHINGTON . . .AND ALSO IN CANADA . . .REGARDING . . .IF . . .AND . .OR HOW MUCH . .THE FINAL BAILOUT . . .WILL BE . . . .ESTIMATES . . .SO . .FAR . .IN THE USA . .INDICATE THAT 34 BILLION $ WILL BE NECESSARY TO SAVE THE AUTO MAKERS.

RE:AUTO BAILOUT

No company deserves a safety net in a capitalistic system. If they are too fat to walk the tightrope, they need to quit the circus.

AUTO BAILOUT

IN A NEWS ITEM ON RADIO THIS MORNING . . .. . . .NONE OTHER THAN BILL GATES FROM MICROSOFT . . . . . .IS ASKING THE SAME QUESTION AS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS . . . .WHY BAILOUT THE AUTO INDUSTRY ??? . . .HE ASKS THAT SINCE PRIVATE LENDERS . . . . .WILL NOT LEND TO THE "BIG THREE" FROM DETROIT . . . . . . . WHY SHOULD HARD EARNED TAXPAYERS DOLLARS BE SACRIFICED ? ?. . . .I AGREE . . .WHOLEHEARTEDLY. . . .WITH THE FOUNDER OF MICROSOFT.

61% OPPOSE AUTO BAILOUT

A national poll suggests that six in 10 Americans oppose using taxpayer money to help the ailing major U.S. auto companies.


Auto industry executives testify before Congress.

Sixty-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey out Wednesday are dead set against the federal government providing billions of dollars in assistance for the automakers, with 36 percent favoring such a bailout.

The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, also indicates that a majority of Americans, 53 percent, don't think government assistance for the automakers will help the U.S. economy.

"Only 15 percent say that they would be immediately affected if the auto companies went bankrupt," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Seven in 10 say that a bailout would be unfair to American taxpayers . . . . . . . . . . THIS JUST IN :DECEMBER 3-2008 . . . . . .USA OPINION POLL

BEST ECONOMIC PLAN-08

BY FAR THE BEST ECONOMIC PLAN . . . . . .FOR THE REALITY OF THE PRESENT GLOBAL FININANCAL MESS . . . .IS A TAX . . . ON CARBON DIOXIDE . . .IN SIMPLE WORDS . . .A TAX ON WHAT YOU BURN . . .NOT WHAT YOU EARN AS WE DO NOW WITH INCOME . TAX. . . . .WHICH TAXES YOUR WAGES. . . . . .THE AUTO BAILOUT . . .IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF . . . . . . THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT OF WHICH WE ALL DEPEND . . .ITS NEGATIVE INFLUENCE . . . . . . . . ON AIR,LAND AND WATER IS WELL KNOWN. . . .THE INDUSTRY IS . . . .NOT SUSTAINABLE AND SHOULD NOT . .BE BAILED OUT BY TAXPAYERS . . . . . IN A ECONOMIC MELTDOWN. .. . . A CARBON TAX WOULD REPLACE THE INCOME TAX . . . . . .AND PROVIDE AN INCOME FOR GOV.T . ..SERVICES.

GREEN CARS DON'T EXIST

THE IDEA THAT A HYBRID MOTOR VEHICLE IS ECO FRIENDLY IS . . . . ..NOT . .TRUE .. . . .THE HYBRIDS REQUIRE A VERY LARGE RECHARCHABLE BATTERY . . ..WHICH IS MADE UP OF TOXIC CHEMICALS , , ,HARD TO RECYCLE OR DISPOSE OF, . . .ALSO IT STILL NEEDS THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF ROADS AND EXPENSIVE BRIDGES . . . .THESE ROADS ARE MADE OF PAVEMENT . .WHICH NEEDS CRUDE OIL ..AS A MAIN INGREDIENT. . . .AND IT STILL NEEDS . .GASOLINE . . . . .SOME HAVE SUGGESTED ELECTRIC MOTOR VEHICLES AS ECO-FRIENDLY . . ..WRONG. . . .. .EACH . . ELECTRIC CAR HAS TO BE CHARGED OVERNIGHT . . .TO FUNCTION THE NEXT DAY . . .IMAGINE . .IF WE SWITCHED TO ELECTRIC AUTOS AND 100,000 CARS WERE PLUGGED INTO ELECTRIC SOCKETS THROUGH THE COUNTRY . . . .WHERE . . WOULD THE EXTRA ELECTRICITY COME FROM ?? . .IT WOULD COME FROM . . .DIRTY,VERY EXPENSIVE NUCLEAR . .OR . . DIRTY,DIRTY,EXPENSIVE COAL . . ..DO WE WANT THAT ?? . ..NO . .SO WE(CANADA/USA) . . SHOULD REJECT . . .THE . .BAILOUT . . OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY . . .THE LAI…

HOW 2 GET 25 BILLION $

Call in the scriptwriters. Ad men. A comedian or two. A Shakespearean mouthpiece plus two of the countries best used car salesmen and a good looking talking head. Preferably a babe. That oughta work. . . . . NOTE:. . .IN. . .THE . . .NEXT FEW DAYS . . .THE BIG 3 DINOSAURS FROM DETROIT WILL BE . . .APPLYING FOR A . . 25 BILLION DOLLAR . . ..BAILOUT . ...FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY ..FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE GOV'TS . . .IN CANADA AND THE USA .

INDIA

. . . . .CONDOLENSES.. .TO .FAMILIES ..IN THE COUNTRY OF INDIA . ..FOR THE MANY INNOCENT LIVES LOST IN THE VIOLENCE IN THE CITY OF MUMBAI . . . . .MANY GREAT THINGS WERE CREATED IN . . .INDIA . .INCLUDING . . .GREEN LIFESTYLE . .THAT CANADA , , ,CANNOT EVEN COME CLOSE . . .TO . . . .BUT . .IN THIS DSYFUNCTIONAL WORLD WE ALL LIVE IN THEY ARE NOT IMMUNE TO . . THE DARK SIDE O HUMAN BEHAVIOUR . . .OR . .SOME . .OF ..THE . . .INFLUENCES , . .FOISTED UPON THEM BY . . THE SO CALLED WESTERN . .SOCIETY . . .LIKE . .CARS . . .TV . . .ETC . . . .I . .AM . .NOT . .PROUD OF . .SOME OF THE EXPORTS . .OF . . OUR . . SYSTEM . . .AND WITH ..GODS HELP WILL TRY TO CHANGE THAT IN THE FUTURE. . . .I . .KNOW . .ALSO THERE IS A LOT OF COURAGEOUS PEOPLE IN INDIA . . .WHO ARE ALSO . .FIGHTING THE SAME BATTLES . .AS . . .A . .LOT . .OF . .SIMILAR . . .MINDED . .PEOPLE . . .IN . .NORTH AMERICA. . .I ..HOPE..SOME DAY . .THESE BATTLES WILL UNITE INSTEAD OF DESTROY.

BUY NOTHING DAY11-29-08

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. . . . . . THE CURE IS WORSE THAN THE DISEASE . . . ..PRESENT LEADERS IN THE USA AND CANADA WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE . . . . .THAT INCREASED SPENDING WILL CURE THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC PROBLEMS . . .I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE . . . .IN THE VERY SHORT TERM . . .IT MAY , ,BUT THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE DONE TO THE ENVIRONMENT . . . . .. WOULD MAKE . . . . THE FINANCIAL MELTDOWN SEEM LIKE A PICNIC . . . .BUYING CARS OR APPLIANCES OR WHATEVER IS NOT. .A . .SOLUTION . .FOR THE AILING . .ECONOMY .BUT IT MOST DEFINITELY IS THE PROBLEM . . . .ESPECIALLY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. . . .MY ADVICE . .BUY . . .ONLY AS A LAST. . .RESORT

"CHANGE"OVERDUE CANADA

NOTHING IN THE PRESENT GOV'T IN CANADA . . . . REPRESENTS A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER . . . . ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL . . .FOR THE OLD LINE . . .ESTABLISHMENT PARTIES . . ...THE RECENT IDEA OF DISMANTLING THE 2$ PER VOTE SUBSIDY . . . . .. TO THE SMALLER POLITICAL PARTIES . . .IS . .AN . . EXELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO . ..TO DEFEAT . .THE GOV.T . .AT ITS OWN . .GAME . . .BY VOTING AGAINST THE MEASURE . .IN A NON CONFIDENCE VOTE NEXT MONDAY . .. .THIS WOULD ALLOW A COALITION GOV;T TO BE FORMED. . . . . .EITHER . . .BY . . .LIBERALS AND NDP . . .OR LIBERALS AND BLOC FROM QUEBEC . . . OR BETTER STILL A COALITION OF GREENS . . .NDP . . . .BLOC . . .AND LIBERALS .. . . . . .THEY EASILY HAVE ENOUGH SEATS . . . . . . IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO FORM THE NEXT GOV'T . . . . . .WITHOUT HAVING AN . . .IMMEDIATE ELECTION . . . . CANADA . . . .DESERVES . . . A . . ."CHANGE IN THESE TURBULENT TIMES"

INDIAN NAVY SINKS THAI SHIP

The owner of a Thai fishing trawler has said the Indian navy sank it off Somalia's coast last week after wrongly assuming it was a pirate "mother ship".

Wicharn Sirichaiekawat said the Indian frigate had attacked the Ekawat Nava 5 while it was being hijacked by pirates.

He said one of the crew had been found alive after six days in the Gulf of Aden, but that another 14 were missing. . . .NEWS ITEM FROM BBC,nov25-08

BIG 3 BAILOUT

. . . .AUTO MAKERS HAVE , , UNTIL DEC 2 . . . . . . TO SUBMIT A PLAN TO U.S. CONGRESS . . . . SHOWING HOW THE 25 BILLION $ BAILOUT MONEY WILL BE USED . . . . . . .THE ARRIVAL OF . . . . THE 3 CEO'S IN LUXURY JETS . . .SHOULD . . GIVE . .SOME CLUES . .HOW THEY WILL SPEND THE MONEY . . .ALSO . .THE RECENT HISTORY . .OF THE AUTO . .INDUSTRY . . AND . THEIR OBSESSION ,..WITH . .GAZ . .GUZZING SUV'S . .IS ANOTHER CLUE ON HOW THEY WILL SPEND THE 25 BILLION TAXPAYER CASH. . . . .IMAGINE ALL THE GOOD THAT CAN BE DONE . . . . . . IF THE MONEY WAS GIVEN TO CONSERVATION GROUPS . .TO PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT. . . .AND . . FORESTALL . .CLIMATE CHANGE . . .WHICH . ..COME TO THINK OF IT WAS . . PARTLY CAUSED BY THE VERY INDUSTRY . . .WHICH SEEKS THE 25 BILLION$. . . . . .$25,000,000,000.00.

EU BAILOUT UNLIKELY

European rivals have called for $50bn in soft loans, with General Motors' German unit Opel struggling for survival, but the European commission has said any aid would have to be targeted and temporary.

Kroes said countries would simply export their problems to their neighbours by handing out poorly considered subsidies, and the EU had existing mechanisms that could help big car manufacturers.

"R&D aid or environment aid, for example, would have the double benefit of helping the industry and helping address the problem of climate change," she said.

Cutting emissions from cars is an important part of ambitious EU goals of curbing overall carbon dioxide output by a fifth by 2020. . . SOME. ..MULTINATIONAL AUTO COMPANIES HAVE HEADQUARTERS IN EUROPE.

EU OPPOSES BAILOUT

EU opposes car subsidies race


Kroes urged governments to avoid 'the costly trap' of a subsidy race [AFP]



Europe's competition commissioner has cautioned Germany and France against starting a race with the US to subsidise the car industry.

Car manufacturers around the world have said that the economic fallout from the financial crisis is taking its toll on sales, leading to job cuts.

"I ask all governments to avoid the costly trap of a subsidy race," Neelie Kroes, the European Union competition commissioner, said in a speech on Friday. . ..NEWS ITEM--ALJAZEERA.NOV 22-08

"We have all heard calls, particularly in France, Germany and the United States, for support to be given to the car industry.

"All governments have to resist that."

25 BILLION 2 SAVE PLANET

A LOT OF TALK RECENTLY ABOUT BAILOUT FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY . . . . .HOW ..ABOUT 25 . .BILLION FOR CONSERVATION GROUPS TO SAVE THE PLANET .. . .INSTEAD OF GIVING IT TO GROUPS THAT DESTROY.

BIG 3 AUTO ?

WHILE IT IS TRUE . . . . . . . THAT THE BIG 3 AUTO COMPANIES G.M. . . .FORD . . . .CHRYLSLER . . .RIGHTLY . . . DESERVE . . .MOST . .OF. .THE . .RECENT . . .CRITICISM . . .ABOUT . .THEIR . . . 25 . . .OR. . .50 . . .BILLION . .DOLLAR . .TAXPAYER-FUNDED BAILOUT . . . LET US NOT FORGET . . . . GERMANY . . .AND . .JAPAN . .KOREA . . . THEY ALSO ARE GUILTY OF . . PRODUCING . ..EARTH DESTROYING . .CARS .THE FACT THAT THE ARE . . .SMALLER,BETTER ? QUALITY AND . . . . MORE FUEL EFFICIENT STILL DOES NOT NEGATE . . . . . THE FACT OF THEIR . . . . DESTRUCTIVE EFFECT ON PLANET EARTH. . . .THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO BUILD SUCH VEHICLES . . . . . .WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE HYBRID . . .IS . .STILL . .VERY DAMAGING TO THE ENVIRONMENT .. .EVERY VEHICLE REGARDLESS OF SIZE . . . . . . . NEEDS PAVED ROADS TO DRIVE ON AND PARKING SPACES . . .TREES ARE BULLDOZED INTO THE GROUND . . . . . . . THROUGH FORESTS TO MAKE WAY FOR THEM . . . .SO . . .DON'T . .FORGET . .IMPORTS . . .THEY ARE JUST AS…

NO AUTO BAILOUT

THE AUTO MAKERS "PRODUCT" IS DESTROYING THE PLANET . . . . .THE US CONGRESS HAS DELAYED THEIR DECISION . . . . .TO BAILOUT THE AUTO . .INDUSTRY UNTIL . . .FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER . .AND THEY ARE HOPING . .. . .PEOPLE WILL FORGET ALL ABOUT IT . . . . .AT THEIR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY . . .AND . .THEN SNEAK PASSAGE OF THE BAILOUT . . . . .SAY . . .NO . . .TO . . . BAILOUT . . . SAVE . .THE PLANET.

ANTI COAL RALLY

3 AUTO AMIGOS

The auto industry in u.s.and canada is dying... let them go into backruptcy.
Then maybe the unions will buy them out (at book market price after bankruptcy) it will only cost about $2 billion... much better deal than having the tax payers foot a $25 billion bill.

The union can then decide who will run it (no more 8-digit salaries) and what they will manufacture.

My suggestion is that they re-tool to produce wind turbine generators, solar electrical equipment... and/or even bicycles. . . .note:the big three auto-makers ceo's . . .arrived . .in washington . . in . .luxury . .corporate . .jets . . to . .beg . .for . . .25 . .billion . .dollars from the taxpayers . . .a little ironic . .i . .think.

SAY NO TO BAILOUT

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. . . . . .THE AUTOMOBILE IS A DYSFUNCTIONAL PRODUCT . . . . .90 PERCENT OF THE VEHICLES ON OUR STREETS AND HIGHWAYS . . . .CARRY ONLY ONE PERSON,THE DRIVER .. . . .IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME . . .JUST STAND ON THE CORNER OF A STREET . . .AND COUNT . . . . . .TO GET FROM POINT . .A . . TO . .POINT B . . .WE . .USE . .A . .STEEL . .AND..PLASTIC . .GAS..GUZZLING . . .SMOG . . PRODUCING . . .EARTH. . . .DESTROYING . . .PEOPLE . . .KILLING . . .MACHINE . . .CALLED . . . THE . . ."AUTOMOBILE" . . . .WEIGHING 1 ..OR . .2 . .TONNES . . . .TO TRANSPORT . . .A. . .100 . . .OR . . .200. .POUND . . .ADULT HUMAN . . BEING . . .THIS IS . .DYSFUNCTIONAL . . . . .AND.....THE AUTO . . INDUSTRY . . .WANTS . . .50 . . .BILLION . . MORE . . .DOLLARS . . .FROM . . .TAXPAYERS ..TO BUILD MORE OF THESE . . . WHEELED MOTORIZED . . . . . MONSTERS . . .GIVE . . .ME . .A . .BREAK.

900 MILLION CARS

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. . . . THATS HOW MANY CARS ARE NOW CRISCROSSING PLANET EARTH . . . . .900 MILLION CARS . ?? AND AT PRESENT TIME . .THE AUTO INDUSTRY . . .IS BUSY IN WASHINGTON ,USA . .BEGGING FOR 25 OR 50 BILLION MORE DOLLARS . . . . . FROM THE TAXPAYERS SO THAT THEY CAN BUILD MORE CARS .?? . . .REGARDLESS . OF THE DAMAGE . .THAT CARS . .HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO DO TO THE ENVIRONMENT . . . .WHAT . .ABOUT . . SPENDING . .50 . .BILLION . .DOLLARS . .TO . .BUILD A GREEN ECONOMY ? . . .DO . . .WE . .NEED . .MORE . . .CARS ??. . .THE ANSWER IS . . .NO. . .NO . ..NYET . . .NEIN . . .NON . . . PERIOD.

POLAND POLLUTION

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Konin, Poland — Our team at the Climate Rescue Station in Poland joined 400 local people who live close to an open coal mine for a mass demonstration. Seven mayors from nearby villages and towns, which are facing destruction because of the mine's expansion, also attended.

Our Climate Rescue Station - a four-storey-tall planet Earth - is sitting on the edge of the vast open pit mine in opposition to the expansion of coal-fired power plants, in Poland and the world. The station contains exhibitions and information about coal and its impacts, and visitors can learn such suprising facts as this: one third of CO2 pollution comes from coal, making it the single biggest cause of climate change. . . . . . . . . . . .STORY AND PICTURE COURTESY OF GREENPEACE . . . . .

Poland uses coal for over 90 percent of its electricity production, more than double the world average, and is a major contributor to global warming. Poland is one of the top 20 states in the world for CO2 emissions.

BUY NOTHING DAY

. . . . .FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 . . .IS . .BUY NOTHING . . .DAY . . .JOIN THE CELEBRATION . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .re: recession

isn't it scary how dependent our economic system is (or how dependent we've been conditioned to believe it is) on continous material acquisiton and spending, depsite the environmental and social consequences.

G.M."MOLE" IN GOV'T

. . . .Congressman John Dingell has used his powerful position as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to protect the auto industry. He represents a district in Michigan, so this should come as no surprise. What does come as a surprise is that his wife is a high-powered executive at General Motors (now seeking a billion dollar bailout) and a descendant of the Fisher Brothers, one of the pioneering car families of Detroit whose corporation was absorbed by General Motors decades ago. The New York Time s mentions this in passing and focuses instead on the battle between Dingell and Waxman for chairmanship of the committee. Naturally…

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This is a major conflict of interest that should have been widely publicized years ago ........ . . . . .SNEAKY WAY TO GET GOV'T BAILOUT MONEY . . . .ALL...IN THE FAMILY.

BAILOUT WORKERS

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. . . . .NOT. .THE AUTO INDUSTRY . . . . .WE . . DON'T NEED . . .MORE EARTH DESTROYING . . GAS . ..GUZZLING . . .CARS . . . .BILLIONS OF DOLLARS . .FROM THE GOVERNMENT . . .AKA. . ..TAXPAYER . . .SHOULD BE GIVEN . .TO THE WORKERS . . . . .INSTEAD OF . . THE DINASOUR . .CAR INDUSTRY . . . . .AND ANY SPARE CASH . . .THE GOVERNMENT . . HAS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO . . .SMALL ECO FRIENDLY BUSINESS . . .IT IS A FACT THAT SMALL BUSINESSES EMPLOY MORE PEOPLE. . . . .note:the above photo is from a smog choked . .traffic . .bottleneck somewhere in china

AUTO BAILOUT BATTLE

US auto bailout battle intensifies


Republicans say ordinary taxpayers should not be made to pay for bailing out the auto industry [EPA]

The senate is scheduled to begin debating emergency legislation on Monday to help General Motors Corp, Ford Motor Co, and Chrysler LLC as part of a special post-election session to deal with the economic crisis. . . . . . . . .THE AUTO MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IS A DINASOUR . . . . AND SHOULD NOT BE BAILED OUT . . . . .INSTEAD THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THE GOV'T. HAS. . . ALLOCATED TO THE INDUSTRY . . . .SHOULD BE USED TO COMPENSATE THE WORKERS . . . . .SO THAT THEY WILL NOT NEEDLESSLY SUFFER. .IN THEIR TRANSITION TO THE MANY GREEN JOBS . . . . . THAT WILL BE CREATED . . . .IN THE NEW ECO FRIENDLY ECONOMY OF THE FUTURE .

RECIPE 4 DISASTER

'We will do what we have to, to contribute to boosting global demand' . . . . . .THIS STATEMENT BY HARPER IN THE TORONTO STAR SHOWS HOW COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH from REALITY IS THE PRESENT PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA . . . .such a statement is contrary to protecting the earths environment . . . . . . . .BUY . . .BUY . . . BUY . . . . . .SPEND . . SPEND . . .SPEND . . .SEEMS TO BE THE MANTRA OF THIS OLD WORN OUT ESTABLISHMENT . . . . INSTEAD OF BUILDING A NEW ECOnomy BASED ON SAVING THE PLANET AND CREATING REAL GREEN JOBS.

BROWN CLOUDS ?

AS IF THE WORLD DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT,REPORTS OF LARGE BROWN CLOUDS FORMING MOSTLY OVER ASIA BUT COVERING OTHER AREAS FROM THE PERSIAN GULF TO CHINA,IN NEWS ITEMS RECENTLY FROM UNITED NATIONS AND BY AL JAZEERA NEWS MEDIA. . . . .ORIGINS OF THESE CLOUDS ACCORDING TO SCIENTISTS IS BY HUMAN ACTIVITY,SUCH AS CAR AND TRUCK EXHAUSTS AND ANY BURNING OF FOSSIL FUELS LIKE GAS,DEISEL COAL ETC.ETC. . . .FOREST FIRES IN CALIFORNIA AT THE PRESENT TIME WILL ADD TO THE PROBLEM IN NORTH AMERICA AS WELL.

2 KINDS OF PEOPLE

THERE ARE 2 KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD . . .THOSE THAT WANT TO SAVE THE PLANET . . . . . . AND THOSE THAT DESTROY IT . . . . .EITHER THROUGH . . . ..IGNORANCE OR GREED . . . . . . . OR SIMPLY TO SURVIVE IN A DYSFUNCTIONAL SOCIETY . . .WHATEVER THEIR REASONS THE RESULT IS CONTINUING DESTRUCTION . . . .WE HOPE THAT SOMEDAY SOON . . . . . . MORE WILL JOIN THE SAVE THE PLANET CLUB.

GREEN JOBS GALORE

. . . . .WHEREVER YOU LIVE ON THIS PLANET THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATING JOBS THAT ARE FRIENDLY TO THE ENVIRONMENT . .INSTEAD OF THE OLD LINE JOBS THAT DESTROY THE ECOLOGY . .for example in internet jobs that negate travel to far off places by use of computer communication technology.in food,shelter,clothing and land and water there are countless jobs in preparing the world for the new economy . . .another example in home heating,new methods for staying warm without the use of fossil fuels . . how ? ? multi-layer clothing is one way to keep warm in the coldest winter . . .why heat up a monster home , design a new insulated wearable suit.infinite solutions are available to overcome the stagnant economy we are now in, . . .food that is nutritious,(research jobs)and doesn;t need cooking . . .another potential career for inventive people . . .a . .new retail model that uses talents of local crafts and/or local veg or fruit produce instead of importing from far away places . . .jobs…

NU ECONOMY 101

IN THE OLD ECONOMIC MODELS ADAPTED BY MOST NATIONS,PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO BUY,BUY,BUY. . . . . . . .AS A MATTER OF FACT 2/3 OF U.S. AND PROBABLY CANADA'S ECONOMY IS DEPENDANT ON CONSUMER SPENDING . . . .PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED BY MIS-GUIDED BANKS AND GOVERNMENTS (BY LOW INTEREST RATES.ETC.) TO BUY MORE CARS . . .APPLIANCES . . .TOYS . .. UNNECESSARY ITEMS . . .THIS POLICY IS ILL CONCEIVED AND DETRIMENTAL TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OF THE PLANET OF WHICH WE ALL DEPEND. . . . . .MY OPINION . . ..BUY . .NOTHING . .UN LESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY . . . .FORGET ABOUT THE OLD LINE THINKING. . . .I . . .HOPE ..BARAK . ..OBAMA . . .WILL . . ."CHANGE" THIS ..CONSUMER BUYING MADNESS . . .IF . .HE . .DOES . . .I . .WILL SUPPORT HIM . . . .A "GREEN" ECONOMY . . IS THE ECONOMY OF THE FUTURE.

WORST CAR SALES

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - The auto industry on Monday posted its worst monthly U.S. sales tally in 25 years, with General Motors Corp. leading a barrage of sobering reports from car makers struggling to attract buyers in the deepening credit crisis. . . . . . . .IN THIS NEWS ITEM FROM MARKET WATCH SAN FRANCISCO,NOV 3-2008 . . .CAR SALES FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER -08 WERE DOWN FROM 20 TO 50 PERCENT FROM PREVIOUS TIMES ON ALL MODELS INCLUDING IMPORTS.

20 BILLION DOLLARS LOST

DURING THE PAST WEEK IN STOCK MARKET TRANSACTIONS IN EUROPE,20 BILLION DOLLARS WAS LOST BY COMPANIES BIDDING ON VOLKESWAGEN SHARES IN A COMPLICATED TRADING ARRANGEMENT INVOLVING ALSO PORSCHE AUTO IN ITALY . . . .AT ONE POINT LAST WEEK SHARES IN VW WERE SELLING AT OVER 1000 DOLLARS EACH . . . . .VOLKESWAGEN..NOW FACES EXPULSION FROM PUBLIC TRADING IF THE PROBLEM IS NOT RECTIFIED THIS WEEK.

MELAMINE

. . . . MOSCOW, November 1 (RIA Novosti) - Chinese manufacturers of animal feed will face tougher inspections following the discovery of melamine-tainted eggs in China, the country's agriculture ministry said on Saturday.

Food safety officials in Hong Kong reported last week that they had found melamine in eggs produced in the northeastern port city of Dalian and in the central Hubei province.

The melamine level of 3.1 milligrams per kg was well above the permitted level of 2.5 milligrams per kg. Further checks revealed that melamine-tainted eggs were also being sold in the eastern Zhejiang province.

It is believed that the melamine contamination of eggs could be caused by tainted poultry feed

"The ministry will tighten its supervision of the feed industry and crack down on producers who add melamine to their products," the China Daily newspaper quoted an agriculture ministry official as saying.

Lat year, melamine was found in wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate ex…

FACTORY FARMS

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THIS IS A PHOTO OF A VERY LARGE FOOD DEPOT IN BEIJING,CHINA WHERE 1,000'S OF DOZENS OF EGGS ARE STORED PRIOR TO SHIPPING TO DISTRIBUTERS. . . . . .PRESENTLY THE CHEMICAL MELAMINE HAS BEEN DETECTED IN EGGS ORIGINATING IN 3 COUNTIES IN CHINA. . . .IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS THERE WERE REPORTS OF MELAMINE IN DAIRY PRODUCTS AS WELL. . . . .IT IS MY OPINION THAT FACTORY FARMING METHODS CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROBLEM . . . .IT IS TIME TO SWITCH TO A NEW MORE VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE . . . WE . .HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE . . . .SO LETS DO . .IT.

AUTO-HOLICS

DEFINITION:PEOPLE WHO OWN,LEASE OR DRIVE A CAR . . . .UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE OVER 900 MILLION AUTOHOLICS ON PLANET EARTH,UNFORTUNATE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT,HEALTH FRESH AIR AND WATER SINCE ALL THESE THINGS ARE IMPACTED NEGATIVELY BY THESE MOTORIZED MONSTERS . . . . .THINK ABOUT IT . . . .TO GET FROM POINT A . .TO . .POINT B . .YOU USE A 2 TON PLASTIC AND STEEL GAS GUZZLING AUTOMOBILE . . . .I CALL THAT DYSFUNCTIONAL . . . .AND IF YOU . .DO . .THAT . . .YOU ARE AN . . . AUTO-HOLIC . . .GET WELL SOON.

W.M.D.= CARS

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THIS PICTURE OF A BOTTLENECKED ROADWAY IN CHINA IS TYPICAL OF HUNDREDS OF CITIES AROUND THE WORLD. . . . .WHAT YOU SEE IS IN REALITY "WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION" FOISTED UPON THIS PLANET EARTH BY THE AUTO INDUSTRY . . . . . .WHO KNEW ??

ELECTION-DYSFUNCTION?

Election reform advocates say millions of votes were lost in the recent federal election because the voting system is unfair.
Our electoral system is dysfunctional. When a 850,000 votes elects 27 Conservatives MPs in Alberta and a million votes across Canada doesn't elect a single Green the system needs to be changed. 58% of Canadians believe we should have at least one Green in the House of Commons.

The NDP won 1,000,000 votes more than the Bloc but has 13 fewer seats.

And it's not just the Greens or NDP that are penalized by this system the biggest disandvantaged are the quarter million Conservative voters in Toronto who didn't elect a single MP and the quarter million Conservative voters in Montreal who didn't elect a single MP -- so the two largest cities in Canada go completely unrepresented in the Government.

DIRTY EXPENSIVE NUCLEAR

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. . . .YET ITS FULL SPEED AHEAD IN THE USA ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW NUCLEAR REACTORS FOR POWER GENERATION...BOTH MCCAIN AND OBAMA HAVE STATED THAT THEY WILL ALLOW MORE SO CALLED "CLEAN" ENERGY NUCLEAR TO BE BUILT. . . .WHERE IS THE RATIONALE ?..FOR A CONTRARY OPINION ON NUCLEAR AND CARBON DIOXIDE AND POLLUTION GO TO WWW.PEAKOIL.ORG.AU . . .AN AUSTRALIAN WEBSITE THAT DESCRIBES IN DETAIL THE PROCESS OF BUILDING THE REACTORS FROM THE MINING TO THE END PRODUCT (ENERGY). . . . MINING URANIUM IS A HUGE POLLUTION CREATOR AND SHOULD NOT..BE IGNORED WHEN TALKING ABOUT SO CALLED CLEAN ENERGY.

BANK BAIL OUT--WHY ?

MY OPINION :BOTH USA AND CANADIAN GOVERNMENTS BAILED OUT THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS THIS PAST WEEK . ..WHY ? I BELIEVE THE REAL REASON WAS TO RESCUE THE AUTO INDUSTRY WHICH IS IN DIRE STRAITS. . .BY USING TAXPAYERS MONEY TO SUPPORT BAD LOANS ON REAL ESTATE MORTGAGES,THE GOV'T AUTOMATICALLY BAILS OUT THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS . . . . . . IN NEW CAR LOANS . . . . WHICH IN MOST CASES ARE OBTAINED THROUGH THE EQUITY IN REAL ESTATE..BY DOING THIS THE GOVT'T IS SADLY MIS INFORMED BY THEIR ADVISERS. . . . . .THEY ARE ACTUALLY PROPPING UP A FAILED OBSOLETE INDUSTRY . . .WHICH WILL STILL CONTINUE TO FAIL.

ENERGY PLAN ONTARIO

HERE IN ONTARIO THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH UNCONTROLLED DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY . . ..THE SOLUTION (?)BY THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO INCREASE SUPPLY BY BUILDING MORE DIRTY,EXPENSIVE AND UNECESSARY NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS . . .THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FROM AN ECONOMIC POINT OF VIEW OR ECOLOGICALLY . . . .WHAT I PROPOSE IS THAT EVERY HOUSE AND /OR APT.IN ONTARIO REDUCE THEIR DEMAND BY LEGISLATION. . ..MAKE IT MANDITORY THAT ALL ELECTRIC POWER PANELS BE REFITTED BY A LOWER CAPACITY CIRCUIT BREAKER. . . .THIS WOULD REQUIRE QUALIFIED ELECTRICIANS . . .TO REPLACE EXISTING 200 AMPERE MAIN BREAKERS WITH LOWER ONES (EXAMPLE=100 OR BETTER STILL 60 AMPERE) . . .THE NET EFFECT WOULD PROVIDE 1,000'S OF JOBS PLUS A GUARANTEED REDUCTION IN DEMAND FOR ELECTRIC ENERGY THUS ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR NEW NUCLEAR SUPPLY . . . .IT IS PRACTICAL AND DOABLE. AND IN TURN HELP IN CREATING "GREEN JOBS" TO REPLACE THE REDUNDANT JOBS LOST IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY.

FACTORY FISHING FLEET

Bering Sea, United States — The world’s largest food fishery is on the verge of collapse. Pollock, used to make McDonald’s fish sandwiches, frozen fish sticks, fish and chips, and imitation crabmeat, have had a population decrease of 50 percent since last year.

The dwindling fish populations are largely due to the enormous amounts of fish being removed from Alaska’s Bering Sea. Factory trawlers take over a million tonnes of pollock out of the ocean each year. The fish can’t reproduce and recover as quickly as they are being fished. . . . .Note : . . . for a complete report on this important fishery go to www.greenpeace.org

"green collar"jobs

"GREEN-COLLAR" JOBS

AN ABUNDANCE OF GREEN COLLAR JOBS ARE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN ONTARIO . . . .THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR PEOPLE IN ALL KINDS OF ECO-FRIENDLY TRADES..IN CONSTRUCTION,MANUFACTURING (BIKE FACTORIES- -WHY NOT ?) IN RETAIL SHOPS WITH ECOLOGY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES,IN MEDICAL PROFESSIONS TO WEAN AWAY THE UN HEALTHY AND DESTRUCTIVE LIFESTYLE OF OUR PRESENT GENERATION AND MOST IMPORTANT IN A NEW EDUCATION SYSTEM TO PRIORITIZE THE PRESERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ALL ITS RAMIFICATIONS . . . . .THE EMPHASIS ON SO CALLED BLUE COLLAR JOBS MUST CHANGE AS MOST OF THE PRESENT MANUFACTURING JOBS ARE UN SUSTAINABLE AND THEIR "PRODUCTS" ARE DEPENDANT ON DEPLETING RESOURCES AND ARE ALSO VERY DESTRUCTIVE TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OF PLANET EARTH.........IF YOU AGREE WITH THE ABOVE ANALYSIS PLEASE MAKE IT A PRIORITY ISSUE IN THE PRESENT ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN BOTH THE USA AND CANADA ...THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT ISSUES OF OUR TIMES .

STRATEGIC VOTING IS FOR SUCKERS

STRATEGIC VOTING IS FOR SUCKERS
Every election some party tries to steal your vote with a "strategic vote" scam. They will prey on your fears and anxieties by proclaiming that fabricated disaster scenario "A" can ONLY be avoided by casting a vote for party "B". Typically, the perpetrators of this scam have a long established history of corruption, inaction and deception and are seeking yet another chance to let you down.

Smart and informed voters refuse to relinquish their vote to this simplistic ruse. Instead, they vote according to their convictions; they vote with heart and they walk home feeling good about their choice. Adept voters know that voting for a party they distrust to get rid of a party they dislike is not smart strategy; they know that genuine change cannot happen by supporting the same old entrenched and corrupt parties.

CLIMATE POLL (RU)

Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research
Russians Say Global Warming Happening
October 04, 2008
(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - More people in Russia believe that climate change is a reality now, according to a poll by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. 51 per cent of respondents say global warming is already happening, up six points since May 2007.

Additionally, 57 per cent of respondents say the phenomenon is the result of human activity.

The term global warming refers to an increase of the Earth’s average temperature. Some theories say that climate change might be the result of human-generated carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. In 2007, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report which states that global warming has been "very likely"—or 90 per cent certain—caused by humans burning fossil fuels
NOW THAT THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THE PROBLEM LETS HOPE THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE JOIN THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT IN THE REST OF …

WEAPONS (W.M.D.)

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WE FOUND THEM . . . WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION . . . SURPRISE / / /SURPRISE . . . .THEY ARE LOCATED IN EVERY PARKING SPOT,GARAGE AND HIGHWAY ON PLANET EARTH . .THEY ARE THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE ON EARTH TO THE ENVIRONMENT,TO HEALTH, CLIMATE , RAINFORESTS,ETC.ETC.ETC. . . .IT IS WHAT MAKES US SUCH A DYSFUNCTIONAL SOCIETY . . . . .I'M TALKING ABOUT CARS,MOTOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL THINK ABOUT IT . .ALL THE RESOURCES AND ENERGY THAT GO INTO THE MAKING OF A CAR . ..A TRULY INEFFICIENT METHOD OF TRANSPORT . . . .NEXT TIME YOU ARE WAITING TO CROSS AN INTER SECTION . . .COUNT THE CARS PASSING BY WITH ONLY ONE PASSENGER . . .MY OWN COUNT EQUALS ..90 PERCENT..TO MOVE AN INDIVIDUAL FROM POINT A TO POINT B . .YOU USE A METAL AND PLASTIC GAS GUZZLIN SMOG PRODUCING MOTORIZED MONSTER WEIGHING OVER 3000 POUNDS . . .A...30 TO 1 . .RATIO ...ASSUMING THE DRIVER WEIGHS 100 POUNDS . . .THAT IS DYSFUNCTIONAL AND TO THINK THERE ARE NOW OVER 900 MILLION SUCH VEHICLES IN THE WORLD ....WEAPONS OF …

NUCLEAR ENERGY MYTH

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But despite the enthusiasm for nuclear energy's status as a low-carbon technology, the greenhouse gas emissions of nuclear power are still being debated. While it's understood that an operating nuclear power plant has near-zero carbon emissions (the only outputs are heat and radioactive waste), it's the other steps involved in the provision of nuclear energy that can increase its carbon footprint. Nuclear plants have to be constructed, uranium has to be mined, processed and transported, waste has to be stored, and eventually the plant has to be decommissioned. All these actions produce carbon emissions. . . . .FOR A COMPLETE REPORT ON THE FINDING OF A EUROPEAN STUDY SEPTEMBER 25-2008 . ..PLEASE GO TO WWW.NATURE.COM/CLIMATE.

good news

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DETROIT -- U.S. auto sales reached a 15-year low with a double-digit decline in September as tightening credit and a financial system in crisis appeared to overwhelm any optimism about moderating gas prices.

Sales of cars and light trucks fell 27% to 964,873 last month, down from 1.31 million a year earlier, according to Autodata Corp. The seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate was 12.5 million units down from 16.19 million in September 2007, the research firm said.


Associated Press
Car makers are trying to pare inventory in a weak market.
At the Paris Auto Show, Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally and General Motors Corp. Chief Operating Officer Fritz Henderson expressed pessimism about the outlook for 2009, saying sales were likely to be as low as the current year.

Most jarring for the industry may have been the severe drop for Japanese auto makers, widely considered the strongest players in the U.S. market, especially in the small-car segment. Hobbled by a weak truck and SU…

BEIJING BATTLES SMOG

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Thousands of new cars hit Beijing's streets every day [GALLO/GETTY]


Authorities in Beijing have reinstated some of the traffic rules that were used during the Olympic games to clean up the city's air pollution and ease the Chinese capital's chronic road congestion.

Starting from Wednesday, officials said 30 per cent of government vehicles would be taken off Beijing's streets.

Later this month, all cars will be banned from roads one weekday per week, depending on the final number on their registration plates.

Government vehicles are said to account for about 10 per cent of the city's more than three million cars and vans.

Tough restrictions on car usage during the August Olympics helped dramatically improve Beijing's air quality, taking pollution levels down to their lowest level in 10 years.

The measures had limited private motorists to driving on alternate days, removing more than a million of the city's 3.3 million vehicles from the streets each day. . . NOTE:…

TURKEY NUCLEAR PLANS

Turkey — Just two days after the arrest of 37 activists from Greenpeace and Global Action Group protesting against nuclear energy in Turkey, there has been a victory. For months, the Energy Ministry of Turkey has been intent on selecting a supplier for its first nuclear energy plant. The plant would have been the first of a number the Turkish government says it wants to build. Instead, plans have been stopped dead in their tracks. It turns out energy companies just aren’t that interested in the risk of a new nuclear energy plant. . . .NOTE :NEWS ITEM COURTESY GREENPEACE.SEPT- 25-2008

WHERE"YOUR MONEY"GOES

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The Detroit 3 are pushing hard for $50 billion in low interest loans to keep factories running, build new ones and create alternative powertrains. Presidential candidate Barak Obama has already endorsed $50 billion in loans and Republican nominee John McCain has signed on for $25 billion in loans already guaranteed in the 2007 energy bill. If Ralph Nader were elected to office (won't happen), he would be against such a loan. Nader told a group of supporters in the Detroit area that "tax payers should not be played for a sucker," and that decades of bad decisions by automakers means that no such government assistance is deserved. . . . . .I WOULD VOTE FOR RALPH NADER IF I COULD . . . . .GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR UNSUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIES THAT PRODUCE PRODUCTS THAT DESTROY THE ENVIRONMENT IS TRULY UNDESERVED. . . .I WOULD RATHER SEE THE $50 BILLION INVESTED IN "GREEN COLLAR" JOBS THAT PRESERVES THE ENVIRONMENT NOT "BLUE COLLAR" JOBS THAT DO THE OPPOSITE.

first carbon auctions

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. . ..ACCORDING TO THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR THE FIRST CARBON OFFSET AUCTION IS TAKING PLACE IN THE USA TODAY.THE AUCTION IS A PROCESS WHERE COMPANIES CAN BUY PERMITS IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO POLLUTE.. . . .THE ABOVE PHOTO IS FROM A NEW ENGLAND POWER PLANT.

MONTREAL UNVEILS BIKE SHARE

SUNDAY,SEPTEMBER 21-2008

The city joins Paris, Barcelona, and Lyon with the installation of its own public bike system, named Bixi, making 2,400 bicycles available to the public at more than 300 locations across six Montreal boroughs.

Starting next spring, residents will be able to borrow bicycles from one station and drop them off at another.

"You grab it, you ride it, you bring it back," Montreal's mayor Gerald Tremblay told The Canadian Press. "It will become an emblem for Montreal."

Bixi may be a more health-friendly means of transportation, but it's also environmentally friendly. The bikes, which were made in Quebec, are composed entirely of recycled aluminum and the parking stations run on solar power.

The entire operation cost $15 million and was paid for by Stationnement de Montreal, a company that manages the city's on-street parking.
The organization hopes that membership fees will pay for the programs start-up and operating costs.

Memberships …

SOEUL CAR FREE DAY

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On Sept. 22, the City Hall and civic groups will hold campaigns to encourage the use of public transportation.

To encourage people’s participation in car-free day, buses and subways will be free during the morning commute hours. Only buses will be allowed on Jongno while Cheonggyechonro will be closed off to all traffic. . . . . . .HAPPY . . .CAR . . FREE . . .DAY . . .SOEUL.

KOREA KAR FREE DAY

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. . . . . . . .IN SOEUL,SOUTH KOREA,TODAY . . . .STREETS THAT ARE NORMALLY BOTTLENECKED WITH TRAFFIC WERE EMPTY,THE AIR WAS CLEANER AND BREATHABLE . . . . . . . . . . . .
WHY ? BECAUSE IT WAS WORLD CAR FREE DAY , , , ,CELEBRATED IN HUNDREDS OF CITIES AROUND THE WORLD .

CAR-FREE-DAY MONTREAL

Car-Free Day: It's more than just symbolism, city officials say
Downtown closed tomorrow. Wide participation in annual street party can demonstrate demand for better transit
MICHELLE LALONDE, The Gazette
Published: 16 hours ago
Tomorrow is Car-Free Day and for the sixth year in a row, Montreal's downtown core will be closed to automobile traffic for much of the day.

The perimeter remains the same as most previous years, but a long list of official and unofficial events promises to add to the festive atmosphere that has been building from year to year at this event.

Car-Free Day seeks to promote the use of public transit and pollution-free forms of transportation. . . . .HAPPY..CAR..FREE..DAY..MO..REAL.(MONDAY SEPT 22-2008)

FREE RIDES TRANSIT 9-22

Free rides on Peterborough Transit Monday for Car-Free Day
Posted By ANDREA HOUSTON/Examiner Staff Writer
Posted 22 hours ago


To mark the third annual Car-Free Day in Peterborough, the city is waiving all transit fees and Peterborough Green-Up is planning a party on the street.

“Transit is free for the entire day throughout the city,” said Peterborough Green-Up's Donald Fraser. “Anyone in the community can go from point A to point B to point C to point Z all day long for free.”

There will also be a parking spot party on Water Street between Charlotte and Simcoe streets, across the street from Galaxy Cinemas, he said.

“We are taking over a bunch of parking spots on Water Street,” Fraser said. “In those metered spots we will have several events going on for anyone who is downtown commuting or shopping car-free.”

The Peterborough Community Bike Shop will be offering bike maintenance lessons, there will be a corn roast, live music, cake and presentations from Green-Up, he said.

“It will …

"GREEN-COLLAR" JOBS

AN ABUNDANCE OF GREEN COLLAR JOBS ARE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN ONTARIO . . . .THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR PEOPLE IN ALL KINDS OF ECO-FRIENDLY TRADES..IN CONSTRUCTION,MANUFACTURING (BIKE FACTORIES- -WHY NOT ?) IN RETAIL SHOPS WITH ECOLOGY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES,IN MEDICAL PROFESSIONS TO WEAN AWAY THE UN HEALTHY AND DESTRUCTIVE LIFESTYLE OF OUR PRESENT GENERATION AND MOST IMPORTANT IN A NEW EDUCATION SYSTEM TO PRIORITIZE THE PRESERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ALL ITS RAMIFICATIONS . . . . .THE EMPHASIS ON SO CALLED BLUE COLLAR JOBS MUST CHANGE AS MOST OF THE PRESENT MANUFACTURING JOBS ARE UN SUSTAINABLE AND THEIR "PRODUCTS" ARE DEPENDANT ON DEPLETING RESOURCES AND ARE ALSO VERY DESTRUCTIVE TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OF PLANET EARTH.........IF YOU AGREE WITH THE ABOVE ANALYSIS PLEASE MAKE IT A PRIORITY ISSUE IN THE PRESENT ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN BOTH THE USA AND CANADA ...THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT ISSUES OF OUR TIMES.

1000 WORDS

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. . . .ONE PICTURE IS WORTH 1000 WORDS.......REMINDER: SEPT 22 IS WORLD CAR FREE DAY

LETTER FROM A 12 YEAR OLD

Emily Says: +0September 15th, 2007 at 11:04 am I AM ONLY 12 YEARS OLD, AND I HATE TAKING THE CAR, WHY IS THE WORLD SO LAZY, I WISH THAT THEY WOULD TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THEMSELVES. THEY ALL SAY THAT THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING, POLLUTION ECT, THEY ALL THINK THERE NOT THE ONES WITH THE CARBON PROBLEM BUT I THINK THEY SHOULD CHECK AGAIN. REMEBER WHEN YOU LEFT THE COMPUTOR ON STANDBY FOR AND HOUR, DO YOU REMEBER TAKING THE CAR TO SCHOOL WHEN ITS 5 MINUETS AWAY. THINK ABOUT IT, DO YOU REALLY FEEL THAT STRONGLY TO GLOBAL WARMING OR IS THAT JUST AND ACT, TO MAKE YOUR SELF FEEL GOOD. DO YOU WANT TO PROVIDE A GOOD FUTURE TO CHILDREN LIKE ME, REALLY. I THINK PERSONLY THAT NO CARS SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN TOWN CENTRES IT WOULD REDUCE CARBON ENERGY , IT WOULD SAVE LIVES , IT WOULD HELP THE FUTURE, IT WOULD ENCORAGE MORE TO CYCLE DUE TO IT BEING MORE SAFE. THE ONLY CARS AROUND SHOULD BE EMERGENCY VECHILES AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT. I ALSO THINK THAT CYCLING PATHS SHOULD BE BIGGER.THE EXPECT YO…

TELL "THEM" WHAT U WANT

Tell them what you want, what you really really want!
by Ian Hanington - 16 hours agoCanada's manufacturing industry is going through a rough time. So what ideas have the politicians who are courting your votes come up with? More money. But, more money for what? Well, there's $80 million here to keep American car companies building gas guzzlers in our country, $100 million there to train people to manufacture more of ... what, exactly?

Instead of putting tax dollars into struggling industries so that they can keep people working to produce more of the same, can't we use a little imagination? Sure, give the car makers money if they use it to develop energy-efficient vehicles. But think also of what we could accomplish if we were to invest in transforming our manufacturing sector to develop and produce renewable-energy technologies, to create environmentally sound and sustainable products and industries. Why not invest in more research to find better ways to do things?

Yes, it …

humanized streets

The theme, "humanized street", points to the trend in city renovations, of city roads in particular, in recent years.

On that day from 7 in the morning until 7 in the evening, cities are encouraged to set aside a particular section of a street or road and make it open only to pedestrians, public buses, taxis and cyclists. If possible, some cities may keep all their streets or roads during the 12 hours closed to cars.

This activity is meant to let residents feel how nice a street can be without the flow of speeding cars. Even those who drive cars will get to know how long queues of motor vehicles make urban streets an unwelcome space for urban dwellers.

Thirty years back when the country was nicknamed the "kingdom of bicycles", almost all streets or roads had lanes for cyclists. They were flanked by trees on both sides, which would protect cyclists from the scorching sun in the summer and keep them safe from the possibility of being knocked down by motor…

WHAT'S WRONG TTC ?

WHAT'S WRONG WITH TTC ? WITH CAR FREE DAY COMING IN 10 DAYS TIME STILL NO HINT OF FREE BUS AND SUBWAY SERVICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH WORLD CAR FREE DAY 9-22. .YOU WOULD THINK THAT A PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM IN CANADA'S LARGEST CITY WOULD WELCOME AN OPPORTUNITY SUCH AS THIS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO USE TRANSIT AND SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT..COULD IT BE THAT OVER HALF OF THE BUS DRIVERS DRIVE GAS GUZZLING SUVS AND LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY ? .JUST ASKING . .THERE MUST BE A VALID REASON...ALTHOUGH ..I..CAN'T THINK OF ANY.

auto free day vienna

..........this event shows the amount of creativity and enjoyment that can be had on car free day(auto frierer)..it took place on sept 22-2007 in Vienna,Austria.

CAR FREE DAY USA

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . .LOOK........NO...SMOG..!!..WORLD CAR FREE DAY SEPT..22..JOIN THE CELEBRATION.,AND ENJOY A NEW,GREEN LIFESTYLE...WITHOUT...CARS..AT LEAST FOR ONE DAY AND MAYBE FOREVER... HOPEFULLY.

ELECTION LOGO

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. . . . . . .SINCE THERE IS AN ELECTION IN BOTH CANADA AND THE USA THIS FALL (2008) I THINK ITS TIMELY TO INCLUDE A LOGO ON THIS BLOG THAT TACKLES A MUTUAL PROBLEM IN NORTH AMERICA

AUTOHOLICS.ANONYMOUS

Hi, my name is Jane and I'm an autoholic."

Welcome. We are glad you have made it here. You or a loved one has succumbed to the seemingly warm embrace of the automobile, only to find that you cannot live without it. It's okay. The signs were slow in coming. First, you drove to work. Then you took the kids to school instead of putting them on the school bus. Do you drive to the gym? You are a car addict.

But you are not alone. We offer the support of other 'recovering autoholics' to guide you on your path to finding your two feet again. No, responsibility for our current mess - noise and pollution, death and injury, auto-blight and urban sprawl - does not rest chiefly on the shoulders of you, the individual driver. You are the victim of a powerful and self-serving transport industry that has taken advantage of our natural desire to sit. Take back your feet, put one in front of the other and turn your back on the peddlers of the automotive drug. Join us. Become happier…

NO CAR PLEDGE

The Car Free Days Pledge
Every mile you drive your car releases one pound of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere increasing global warming. North America, with almost one car per driving age citizen, releases the most greenhouse gas of any nation. The good news is that you can do something about it. By stopping driving or driving less, you reduce the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. And a change in your driving habits influences others. You lead by example.

Please pledge four or more car free days per month, or as many days per month as you can. For those of us living in urban areas with public transportation and destinations in walking or biking distance, this is relatively easy. For those in remote areas, it can be more challenging. . . . .JUST . .DO . . .IT . . . . . . .. . . . . . .EVERY YEAR . . .ON SEPT 22 .. . . PEOPLE IN CITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD CELEBRATE CAR FREE DAY IN THEIR COMMUNITY . . . . .WHY . .NOT . . .JOIN . .IN . . .THE . . . CELEBRATION ?

TATA FACTORY,INDIA

There has been no work at the Tata factory since Friday due to the indefinite siege led by the Trinamool Congress, which is demanding the return of 400 acres taken for the project from farmers 'unwilling' to part with their holdings. . . . . . .LARGE AREAS OF TREES ARE BEING BULLDOZED TO MAKE WAY FOR A BIGGER CAR FACTORY IN INDIA.

SEATTLE(NO CAR DAY)

SEATTLE - The city's second "car-free Sunday" - this time in the Rainier Valley - went a lot more smoothly than the debut event a week ago.

Last week's event didn't go quite as planned. Dozens of local drivers were ticketed and towed - and the city ended up paying the towing fees and turning the tickets into warnings.

But this time, the city made phone calls, beforehand, to people who live and work along Rainier Avenue South - warning them to clear the roads.

So by the time the city shut down the street to traffic, between Orcas and Alaska streets, there was only one car on the road - a toy one being driven by an enthusiastic youngster. No one gave him a ticket.

The car-free day is part of Mayor Greg Nickels' campaign, to "give your car the summer off." City leaders are trying to encourage people to get out and walk, ride their bikes or use other ways of getting around.

This Sunday, along Rainier Avenue South, local businesses and families saw the closur…

KUMMING,CHINA(NO CAR)

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In 2007, Kunming, China joined over 100 cities around the country for a “No Car Day” (无车日). One year later, Kunming has upped the ante by instituting a “No Car Day” on the last Saturday of every month.

On “No Car Day” private cars are not allowed to drive within the first ring of the city - but taxis, buses, bikes, and motorcycles are. Policemen enforce the ban on driving and citizens seem receptive to the idea of less congested streets and cleaner air. . . . . . . . . . . . .THIS . .IDEA . .OF . .NO CAR . .DAY . . .MAY . .TURN . .OUT TO BE CHINAS GREATEST . .EXPORT .. .

Known as the “Spring City” because of its good weather and greenery, Kunming has extra incentive to promote public transportation through environmentally friendly campaigns in order to maintain its allure for tourists.

NO CAR DAY(CHINA-08)

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China Car Free Day September 22, 2008

China, the entire country, will have a car free day on September 22, 2008. China plans to ban cars from streets in 108 cities in its first ``No Car Day'' on Sept. 22, part of an effort to promote environmental protection and ease congestion in the world's second-largest auto market. Streets in areas of Beijing, Shanghai and other cities will be open only to pedestrians, bicycles, taxis and buses from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the Ministry of Construction. Sept. 22 is World Carfree Day, a United Nations-backed global campaign. About 4.37 million new vehicles began using China's roads in the first half as economic growth makes cars and trucks affordable to more people. Growth in traffic helped China surpass the U.S. as the world's largest carbon-dioxide emitter last year. ‘No Car Day' will cut 3,000 tons of emissions and save 33 million liters of gasoline. . . . . .IF JUST ONE CAR FREE DAY IN CHINA CUTS THIS MUCH EMISSIO…

WORLD CAR FREE DAY

Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our car-dominated society.

2008 should be no different.

But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to "normal" life. When people get out of their cars, they should stay out of their cars. It is up to us, it is up to our cities, and our governments to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.

Let World Carfree Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year.

As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.

So take the time, browse the links and resources provided on google, and join in on…

BUDAPEST BICYCLISTS (07)

. . . . . . . . .. THOUSANDS OF CYCLISTS CELEBRATED WORLD CAR FREE DAY AT THIS "CRITICAL MASS"RALLY IN BUDAPEST HUNGARY ON SEPTEMBER 22-2007 . . . .

HYBRID HYPE

. . . IF YOU LISTEN TO SOME OF THE POLITICIANS IN THE PRESENT ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN THE USA AND CANADA YOU MIGHT GET THE IMPRESSION THAT THE HYBRID CAR WILL SAVE THE PLANET . . . . .THIS NOTION IS COMPLETELY FALSE . ...THE "H-CAR" STILL NEEDS GASOLINE AND ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE (ROADS MADE OUT OF ASPHALT(CRUDE OIL PRODUCT) AND TONS OF ENERGY TO PRODUCE AND MAINTAIN SUCH A VEHICLE . .SO DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE NO MATTER HOW THE SPIN DOCTORS SUGAR COAT IT.

carfreeday toronto

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The City of Toronto Official Plan
envisions a city where walking and cycling help to relieve congestion, improve air quality and encourage healthy living.Yet less than 2% of the City of
Toronto transportation budget is dedicated to walking and cycling infrastructure.
Toronto City Council needs to treat active transportation as a serious form of transportation that is just as important as cars, trucks and public transit. . . . .THIS MONDAY (SEPT22)IS INTERNATIONAL CAR FREE DAY . . . .JOIN IN THE COMMUNITY STREET FESTIVALS IN YOUR AREA . . .CHECK OUT "CAR FREE DAY"ON GOOGLE FOR MORE INFO.

guelph by-election

. . . . . . . . . . . ."why vote green" LET ME COUNT THE WAYS . . . .SEE THE ATTACHED YOUTUBE VIDEO

WAR OVER OIL

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In two short weeks, Georgia has redefined the relationship between Russia and the West and created a vastly different global dynamic.

For many people, this war was never really just about territory or ideology, it was about influence over a vital energy corridor to the West.

Georgia is home to one of the world's most important pieces of infrastructure, a pipeline which carries oil from the Caspian Sea to Europe.

Construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline began in 2003 and was completed in 2005.

Even then Georgians knew it would probably make this country much more important to the rest of the world.

The BTC pipeline is the second-longest oil pipeline in the world, carrying 1.2 million barrels of crude every day on a journey from the Caspian Sea, straight through to the Mediterranean.

It stretches from Baku in Azerbaijan, through Georgia, passing very close to the capital Tbilisi and then travelling on to the Turkish coastline where the oil is shipped to hungry western market…

bottled water BAN

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TORONTO (CBC) - City councillors in London, Ont., have voted to ban the sale of bottled water on city premises despite protests from the beverage industry.

The 15-3 vote late Monday came after heated debate in the municipality on the role of bottled water at city facilities such as city-owned buildings, arenas and community centres. Municipal officials have maintained that tap water costs about an eighth of a cent per litre while bottled water can range anywhere from 30 cents to $4 a bottle.


Environmentalists have said they are concerned by the amount of energy it takes to transport the bottles, as well as the waste produced by them, particularly when most areas of Canada have safe water supplies.

. .note:one of the reasons for the ban is to reduce the amount of plastic bottles going to landfill sites in Ontario and Michigan,and also to prevent birds and animal species from ingesting them as in the above photo.

CAR FREE WEEK ?

China welcomes car-free week


2007年09月18日 01:24 Shenzhen Daily


An array of activities was held in 108 cities including Shenzhen to mark the car-free week initiated by the Ministry of Construction, which began Sunday and ends Sept. 22. The week is designed to increase public awareness about energy saving and environmental protection. Urban residents are urged to take public transport, ride bicycles or walk instead of driving during the week.

1 Students from Tianjin Institute of Physical Education ride man-powered vehicles at a ceremony to mark the beginning of the car-free week Sunday.

2 A bride and groom wave to guests from a bus during their wedding ceremony in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province on Sunday.

3 Residents ride bicycles to welcome car-free week in Hefei, Anhui Province on Sunday.

4 Government officials sign a board to show their support for the car-free week in Shenzhen on Sunday.

5 Participants of a bicycle-riding event read materials promoting the car-free week in Tai…

CAR FREE (CHINA)

周一, 2008年8月18日
去私家车免费

每9月22日,来自世界各地的聚在一起,在街头,路口,和邻里座,以提醒世人,我们没有接受我们的汽车占主导地位的社会。

2008年应该没有什么不同。

但是我们不希望只是一天的庆祝活动,然后返回到“正常”的生活。当人们走出他们的车,他们应留出他们的汽车。这是美国,这是达到我们的城市,和我们的政府,帮助建立永久性的变化,以有利于行人,骑自行车,和其他人谁不开车。

让世界汽车免费天是一个展示如何我们的城市看起来可能会像,感觉,和健全的一样,没有车…一年365天。

随着气候升温,世界carfree天是完美的时间来考虑热小康这个星球,并把它放在城市规划者和政治家给予优先考虑骑自行车,步行和公共交通,而不是向汽车。

因此,采取的时间,浏览的联系和提供的资源,组织和参加在对庆祝活动!

GO-CAR-FREE

Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets, intersections, and neighbourhood blocks to remind the world that we don't have to accept our CAR DOMINATED SOCIETY.

2008 should be no different.

But we do not want just one day of celebration and then a return to "normal" life. When people get out of their cars, they should stay out of their cars. IT IS UP TO US, IT IS UP TO OUR CITIES, AND OUR GOVERNMENTS to help create permanent change to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, and other people who do not drive cars.

Let WORLD CAR FREE DAY be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year.

As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put it on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.

So take the time, browse the links and resources provided, and join in on the cele…

CAR FREE DAY

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. . . . . . . . . .SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21-2008, 10AM TO 2PM MISSISSAUGUA,AND MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22-2008,10 AM TO 2 PM,TORONTO,ONTARIO,CANADA . . WILL CELEBRATE CAR-FREE DAY ALONG WITH HUNDREDS OF CITIES AROUND THE WORLD . . .CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL REGION TO FIND OUT MORE INFO ABOUT THIS INTERNATIONAL EVENT OR GOOGLE IT ON THE INTERNET.

SOGGY SUMMER

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. . . . . . . . . EVEN THOUGH THIS PHOTO SHOWS A BRIGHT SQUASH BLOSSOMING INTO FRUITION IT HAS BEEN A VERY SOGGY RAINY SUMMER . . . IN FACT THE RAINFALL FOR THE MONTHS OF JUNE,JULY AND AUGUST(SO FAR STILL VERY WET)2008 HAS BROKEN ALL PREVIOUS RECORDS FOR AMOUNT OF RAIN. ..THE GOOD THING ABOUT THIS WEATHER IS VERY LITTLE SMOG SINCE IT IS ALSO COOLER WITH THE LARGE AMOUNT OF CLOUDS.

CARBON TAX NOW

THE SOONER THE BETTER . . . . TAX THE POLLUTERS

PIPELINE (GEORGIA)

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Although there has been widespread coverage in the American media of the tragic events unfolding in South Ossetia, essential background information about the conflict has often been omitted. First and foremost, nearly all of the articles avoid calling Georgia's action on Aug. 7 what it was - a clear act of military aggression by Georgia directed against the residents of South Ossetia and the Russian peacekeepers deployed in the region.


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On Conflict in Georgia / Follow the pipeline . . . .it goes from the Caspian sea overland through Georgia to a terminal in Turkey. . . ..millions of tons of crude oil and gas are shipped annually by this route . . . . .ONE BILLION MOTOR VEHICLES ON PLANET EARTH IS DROOLING TO GET THIS OIL . . .REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE KILLED OR HOW MUCH DAMAGE IS DONE TO THE ENVIRONMENT . . .WOULD IT NOT MAKE SENSE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF GAS GUZZLING CARS AND REDUCE DEMAND ?? NO O O O THAT'S TOO SIMPLE . . .I…

WAR :THE FACTS

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RE : WAR IN GEORGIA . . . .Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline route through that country carries 5 MILLION TONS PER YEAR to the outside world from one of the richest oil reserves in the world from the Caspian Sea . . . . .MOST OF THAT SUPPLY IS USED TO FILL THE GAS TANKS OF ONE BILLION CARS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD . . . .PERIOD....next time you fill up the gas tank in your car . . .remember that people are being killed in Georgia,Iraq and Afghanistan so that you can live your energy guzzling lifestyle with these motorized monsters called cars. . . . . . .HOW DYSFUNCTIONAL IS A CAR .?? . . .LAST WEEK WHILE I WAS WAITING FOR A BUS I TOOK AN UNOFFICIAL SURVEY OF CARS THAT WERE PASSING BY THE BUS STOP.ROUGHLY NINETY PERCENT OF THE CARS HAD ONLY ONE PASSENGER(THE DRIVER). . .IMAGINE. .TO TRANSPORT A 100 POUND HUMAN BEING CAR DRIVERS USE AN EARTH DESTROYING BEHEMOTH WEIGHING APPROX. 3000 POUNDS .WHATEVER HAPPENED TO EFFICIENCY ??

CLIMATE WARS

Does a war comparison sound dramatic? In April 2007, Margaret Beckett, then foreign secretary, gave a largely overlooked lecture called Climate Change: The Gathering Storm. ""It was a time when Churchill, perceiving the dangers that lay ahead, struggled to mobilize the political will and industrial energy of the British Empire to meet those dangers. He did so often in the face of strong opposition,"" she said.

""Climate change is the gathering storm of our generation. And the implications - should we fail to act - could be no less dire: and perhaps even more so.""

In terms of what is possible in times of economic stress and isolation, Cuba provides an even more embarrassing example to show up our national tardiness.

In a single year in 2006 Cuba rolled-out a nationwide scheme replacing inefficient incandescent lightbulbs with low-energy alternatives. Prior to that, at the end of the cold war, after losing access to cheap Soviet oil, it switched …

HIGHWAY 401 TORONTO

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. . . . . .AS A RESULT OF A PROPANE EXPLOSION NEAR THE 401 HIGHWAY IN TORONTO,CANADA . . . .THIS SECTION OF THE BUSY ROAD IS CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT 11 MILES.

KILLER CARS

Three Die on Bulgarian Roads Overnight


10 August 2008, Sunday

A total of 21 serious traffic accidents have occurred in Bulgaria over the last 24 hours claiming the lives of 3 people and sending 23 to the hospitals with injuries, according to the Interior Ministry's press-center.

3 of the injured are in critical condition.

Since the beginning of August 32 people total have died on the Bulgarian roads and 273 have been injured. The number of traffic accidents in August has reached 220.

The number of traffic accidents since the beginning of the year has reached 4640 with 597 people dead and 5786 injured.

The summer months of July, August and September are usually the deadliest with most accidents occurring in August compared to any other month of the year. . . . . . . .THIS IS AN ITEM FROM A NEWSPAPER IN SOFIA BULGARIA,AUGUST 10-2008
. . . . .IF YOU NEED MORE REASONS TO NOT BUY A CARTHIS SHOULD BE IT . . . . .THERE IS MORE DEATHS OCCURING ON THE ROADS THAN IN MOST WARS.

CLIMATE (FINAL 100 MONTHS)

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The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere today, the most prevalent greenhouse gas, is the highest it has been for the past 650,000 years. In the space of just 250 years, as a result of the coal-fired Industrial Revolution, and changes to land use such as the growth of cities and the felling of forests, we have released, cumulatively, more than 1,800bn tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. Currently, approximately 1,000 tonnes of CO2 are released into the Earth's atmosphere every second, DUE TO HUMAN ACTIVITY. Greenhouse gases trap incoming solar radiation, warming the atmosphere. When these gases accumulate beyond a certain level - often termed a "tipping point" - global warming will accelerate, potentially beyond control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .FOR MORE INFO ON THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE . . . . ^^^ http://www.onehundredmonths.org ^^^. . . .THE FINAL COUNTDOWN