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CYCLIST TRADITION

THOUSANDS OF CYCLISTS AT THE START OF A CALVACADE OF BIKES ALONG YONGE STREET,TORONTO....MONDAY MAY 25,2009...THIS HAS BECOME A TRADITION FOR THE CITY IN ITS 20TH YEAR....DESTINATION ? FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT CITY HALL....A GOOD TRADITION.

THORP NUCLEAR (UK)

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. . . . . It should also be noted that Thorp's reprocessed fuel does not reduce in any way the total amount of radioactive waste the UK has to deal with. Meanwhile, in Finland a reactor similar to the ones EDF wants to build at Sizewell and Hinkley is three years late and 50% over budget. And in France a second new reactor is already nine months late and 20% over budget. It is difficult to comprehend why any government would want to trust this failed industry yet again.

We should be launching a local energy revolution to tackle climate change and fuel poverty. A policy based on decentralised energy would be cheaper, create more jobs, and could be implemented in time to meet our climate change commitments without creating dangerous waste and threatening nuclear weapons proliferation.

. . . . . ABOVE NEWS EXERPT FROM GUARDIAN (UK) MAY 21-2009.....SIMILAR CONCERNS ARE HAPPENING IN ONTARIO AT THE MOMENT RE: NUCLEAR PLANT CONSTRUCTION TO THE TUNE OF 26 BILLION TO THIS INDUSTRY COURTE…

ROADS 4 PEOPLE

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. . . . . .NOT CARS . . THE AGE OF THE AUTOMOBILE IS SINKING FAST . . . . .ITS ABOUT TIME .....FOR SO LONG NOW PAVED ROADS SEEM TO HAVE BECOME THE EXCLUSIVE PRESERVE OF CARS/TRUCKS.......WHY ?....WE ALL PAY TAXES ,PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS ALSO PAY BUT GET VERY LITTLE IN RETURN......TAKE BACK SOME OF THE STREETS AND MAKE THE CITIES MORE PEOPLE FRIENDLY. . . .MY OPINION. . . .(PICTURE SHOWS A CYCLING EVENT IN CHINA ON EARTH DAY)

THE SACRED CAR

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. . . . . . . THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWS A MAJOR HIGHWAY IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO,ONTARIO,CANADA MAY 10,2009.
. . . . . .IN THE PICTURE THE HIGHWAY WAS USED TO STAGE A PEACEFUL PROTEST BY THE COURAGEOUS TAMIL COMMUNITY IN TORONTO AGAINST THE VIOLENCE THAT WAS HAPPENING IN SRI LANKA WHERE MANY OF TAMILS HAVE THEIR FAMILY AND RELATIVES . . . .SADLY A PART OF THE TORONTO COMMUNITY STILL WORSHIPS THE AUTOMOBILE MUCH LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES MAY WORSHIP THE COW . . . .AND THEY CRITICIZE THE RALLYS AS A THREAT TO THEIR BELOVED AUTOMOBILES ALL THE WHILE SEEMINGLY OBLIVIOUS TO THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE CAR CULTURE TO THE ENVIRONMENT . . . .AND OBLIVIOUS OF THE VIOLENCE IN FAR OFF SRI LANKA.

TORONTO TAMILS

. . . . . . . .THIS VIDEO CLIP FROM TORONTO,ONTARIO CANADA DATED MAY 10-2009

car

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. . . . .IN THE DESERT outside Las Vegas, a blaze of orange flames heats the Nevada night, lighting the way for police and firefighters. These first responders are not surprised by what they find -another SUV being consumed in a ball of arson fire. In recent weeks, such images have made the news, with CBS asking: Why are people across the country destroying such beloved and essential objects? . . . . . . . . .IN THE NEWS TOYOTA LOSES ANOTHER 6 BILLION DOLLARS I'VE LOST TRACK OF ALL THE LOSSES THAT OCCUR IN THE CAR INDUSTRY LATELY . . . . . .THE ABOVE IMAGE OF A CAR IN A GARBAGE CAN COURTESY OF THE BOSTON GLOBE NEWSPAPER.

GERMAN N-REACTOR SHUT

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. . . . . . Germany blocks Vattenfall Brunsbuettel reactor plan
Reuters - ‎May 5, 2009‎
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's environment ministry denied approval for nuclear operator Vattenfall Europe to keep its Brunsbuettel reactor open longer ... . . .FOR VARIOUS SAFETY AND TECHNICAL GLITCHES THIS NUCLEAR POWER REACTOR IN GERMANY IS BLOCKED FROM FURTHER OPERATION.....GOOD NEWS ..SINCE THESE REACTORS ARE NOT CLEAN AND GREEN AS CLAIMED BY THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY...RADIOACTIVE WASTE ,STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION AND URANIUM MINING WHICH IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY FOR REACTOR OPERATION ARE VERY HEAVY EMMITERS OF CO2....1,000 TONNES OF WASTE SOIL OR TAILINGS ARE DISCARDED IN THE MINING OF URANIUM ALONG WITH HORRENDOUS AMOUNTS OF CO2 FROM HEAVY EQUIPMENT.

USA CAR SALES DOWN

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. . . . .FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2009 US NEW CAR SALES WERE DOWN AS MUCH AS 48 PERCENT FOR CHRYSLER WHILE THE OTHER MAKES INCLUDING IMPORTS FROM JAPAN,KOREA AND EUROPE WERE DOWN AN AVERAGE OF 35 PERCENT COMPARED TO APRIL 2008.

carbon tax & nuclear

. . . . . . .JUST TO INFORM PEOPLE ABOUT WHATS ON THE HORIZON REGARDS NUCLEAR INDUSTRY ..THEY FALSELY claim that it is a clean industry completely ignoring the extreme levels of pollution in the mining of uranium.FOR EVERY TONNE OF URANIUM THERE IS 1000 TONNES OF MINE TAILINGS OR WASTE SOIL THAT IS DISCARDED IN HUGE HILLS AROUND THE MINE SITE.TREES,TOPSOIL AND EVERY LIVING THING IN A WIDE AREA ARE BULLDOZED INTO THE GROUND TO MAKE WAY FOR A URANIUM MINE..OPEN PIT IS THE PREFERRED METHOD OF EXTRACTION...THE DEPTH OF THE MINE IS SIMILAR TO THE TAR SANDS PROJECT IN ALBERTA.FOR MORE INFO ON THE TAR SANDS MINING REFER TO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE MARCH 2009 ISSUE.WITH PANORAMIC PICTURES OF THE PROJECT AND ITS HORRIFIC EFFECT ON THE ENVIRONMENT....AN ELECTRIC LAWNMOWER IS THOUGHT TO BE A CLEAN WAY TO CUT GRASS ...NO VISIBLE POLLUTION ....HOWEVER IN A DISTANT LOCATION ELECTRICITY FOR THAT LAWN MOWER IS GENERATED IN A DIRTY COAL BURNING PLANT OR NUCLEAR REACTOR WHICH IN TURN CAUSES POLLUT…