Chile’s ex-chief negotiator drops a bombshell on TPPA | Scoop News

Chile’s ex-chief negotiator drops a bombshell on TPPA | Scoop News.

‘Here is an insider who knows the texts. Rodrigo Contreras has sat in the negotiating room for several years and tried to get the US and others to back off their most damaging demands. He now believes the current direction of the TPPA poses a threat to his country’s economic and social development’.

‘The evidence continues to mount against this agreement every day. New Zealand cannot continue to negotiate the TPPA under the shroud of secrecy. With many chapters nearing closure, it is way past the time to release what is on the table so we can evaluate and debate its implications’, Kelsey said.
*For an English translation see: The New Chessboard – English Translation of Rodrigo Contreras 

Oped: Schooling minister Lukaszuk

To Thomas Lukaszuk:

Hello minister Lukaszuk. We’ve never met. I’m president of the Alberta College of Art and Design faculty association. I hope you don’t mind, but I thought I might help out with this whole post-secondary budget problem.

You seem a little confused, what with the constantly changing information coming out of your office, and let me tell you I am too. So let’s figure this thing out together.

You might not be aware that your request for an across-the-board salary freeze, including faculty salaries, in a letter of April 18 to the college’s board of governors, undermines the principle of collective bargaining as supported by provincial legislation.

My faculty association’s job is to negotiate a settlement with the board of governors you appointed, not to listen to your requests and just agree. Then again, you didn’t make the request to me.

In fact, to my knowledge, while you seem content to make decisions about my livelihood, you’ve never met with faculty representatives in this province.

Your reported suggestion that “teaching loads could also be on the table” — which I assume is code for indirect layoffs — is also puzzling, since I don’t recall you being invited to the bargaining table to begin with. You might be surprised to learn how much teaching loads vary among schools and programs.

via Oped: Schooling minister Lukaszuk.

Resources minister touting Keystone in U.S. slams climate scientist – The Globe and Mail

n a post-speech question-and-answer session at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the minister dropped his usual carefully measured tone to decry leading climate-change scientist James Hansen, recently retired from NASA. Developing the oil sands, Mr. Hansen has said, would mean “there is no hope of keeping carbon concentrations below 500 (parts per million), a level that would, as earth’s history shows, leave our children a climate system that is out of their control.”

The minister said such doom and gloom predictions were “exaggerated rhetoric,” that “doesn’t do the (environmentalists’) cause any good.”

“Frankly, it’s nonsense,” Mr. Oliver said, adding that Mr. Hansen “should be ashamed.”

via Resources minister touting Keystone in U.S. slams climate scientist – The Globe and Mail.

 

Frankly, its nonsense?? He knows better than the World Bank also?

Money Morning – US Facing Financial Armagedon?

The work of this team of scientists, economists, and geopolitical analysts has garnered so much attention, they were brought in front of the United Nations, UK Parliament, and numerous Fortune 500 companies to share much of their findings. Click on the short video above to see the eerie pattern.

Another member of this team, Chris Martenson, a global economic trend forecaster, former VP of a Fortune 300, and an internationally recognized expert on the dangers of exponential growth in the economy, explained their findings further:

“We found an identical pattern in our debt, total credit market, and money supply that guarantees they’re going to fail,” Martenson said. “This pattern is nearly the same as in any pyramid scheme, one that escalates exponentially fast before it collapses. Governments around the globe are chiefly responsible.”

“And what’s really disturbing about these findings is that the pattern isn’t limited to our economy. We found the same catastrophic pattern in our energy, food, and water systems as well.”

According to Martenson, these systems could all implode at the same time.

“Food, water, energy, money. Everything.”

Dr. Kent Moors, one of the world’s leading energy analysts, who advices 16 world governments on energy matters and who currently serves on two State Department task forces on energy, also voiced concerns over what he and his colleagues uncovered.

“Most frightening of all is how this exact same pattern keeps appearing in virtually every system critical to our society and way of life,” Dr. Moors stated.

via Money Morning.

Gutting Our Universities and Repeating the Depression? Reimer and Macleod in Today’s Journal | Arts Squared

Gutting Our Universities and Repeating the Depression? Reimer and Macleod in Today’s Journal | Arts Squared.

Behind the tragedy of drastic  cost-cutting measures can be glimpsed another tragedy – the replacement of the traditional role of the university as the social conscience of the nation with a much more focused role as the servant of  finance and industry.

In these times of enormous transition, as we struggle with the realities of capitalism’s abject failure to achieve human and planetary wellbeing, the need for alternative modes of thinking and innovation has never been greater.

The task of universities is to foster the freedom to explore all avenues, to search for truth and possibility in the myriad of alternatives available to us, not to narrowly confine the pursuits of research to the needs of industry. Yet that is precisely the outcome of  the promise to align the work of research and teaching towards economic needs combined with the determination of government to mandate teaching and research to specific programs. One of the most pernicious results will be the closing of the doors to the needs of all people, returning higher education to its early historical place as the prerogative of the elite.

Its hard to imagine a more foolish, nay foolhardy, and morally empty response to crisis.

The Happiness Initiative: The Serious Business of Well-Being | Solutions

The Happiness Initiative: The Serious Business of Well-Being | Solutions.

Another good article from Solutions, an online journal well worth adding to your reading list.

Bhutan figures prominently here, of course, as it did in a recent series of high-level meetings attended by Edmonton economist and advisor to governments, Mark Anielski, author of ‘The Economics of Happiness.Discovering Genuine Wealth’. More to come.

Green versus Gray: Nature’s Solutions to Infrastructure Demands | Solutions

Green versus Gray: Nature’s Solutions to Infrastructure Demands | Solutions.

As someone who is still having trouble with many of the current articulations of the ‘green economy’, and ‘nature capital’ (a term that I confess makes me cringe) I found this to be particularly useful as an example of cost benefit analysis of using ‘green infrastructure.

Climate Economics: The State of the Art » TripleCrisis

Climate Economics: The State of the Art » TripleCrisis.

Supported by the recent World Bank report, this book refutes arguments that a more than 2 degree increase in global warming is manageable and that equilibrium will be regained.

It isn’t and it wont.