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  1. Today March 25th 2013, Prof Sir John Boddington gave his closing remarks at the end of his tenure as government chief scientific adviser.

    The direst of warnings to hear in the midst of this Arctic spell of weather, was that more of these drought/flood/freeze/bake extremes are in store for us all over the globe.

    We are now 'reaping the whirlwind' of the excess consumption back in the late eighties, twenty five years ago, when the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere ballooned up, again literally and metaphorically. The weather system takes a quarter of a century to show affect.  So there we have it. 

    His message is that governments across the globe need to act seriously NOW otherwise this see-sawing of extreme weather events will continue and become out of our control. 

    The point of no return will pass, the tipping point will slip past unnoticed by all except scientific advisers, and our younger generations to come will inherit a wreck of a planet.

    Perhaps we have passed the point of no return already?

    Politicians, most of whom have no science knowledge, who have only the next election as their motivation, will fail us all.

    Fiddling about arguing about windmills /nuclear/fracking/oil/hydro/drilling in the Arctic, is frankly fiddling while Rome burns.  Again close to the literal...the globe burns in this case.

    A simple message needs to become our mantra...consume less, insulate more, have only two children. Enough already!

    What can we each do to contribute to the reverse of this trend to distruction?

  2. The Audacity of Hope is the title of Obama's book telling of the struggles of black American people towards equality, which in many ways still continues.

    I wonder if he can look Palestinians in the eye and tell them to have the audacity of hope to have equal treatment instead of the apartheid separation they live under today in their own lands.

    The audacity of hope not to have their children taken off and interrogated, not knowing when they'll be back.

    The audacity of hope that their occupied stolen land and water springs can be given back to them, The audacity of hope to farm their olives and dates...

    Well Mr Obama..can they hope?

    No of course they can't.  You are too held in thrall to the arms industry giant which pours weapons into Israel to keep harassing the Palestinians, to sustain the illegal occupation.

    It is not enough to orate Mr Obama, though you do it so eloquently.  Oration does not get anything done. It tends to talk of hope, and to raise hopes and so we are back to the 'audacity of hope' which you are not allowing  the Palestinians to have.

    The US is supporting ethnic cleansing by foul means like spraying excrement over demonstrators.  Of course Egypt did that to stop the use of the tunnels out of Gaza. And by daily harrassment of women in their homes, taking young kids off to interrogate, innumerable checkpoints to negotiate to get to their own farmland and once there, harrassment by aggressive settlers.

    The land of the free? Who are you USA?  'Free' if you are a Zionist supported, apartheid if you are a Palestinian.

    Shame on you Obama! You so disappoint.


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