Monday, 20 April 2015


Here's where the President is traveling for the very first time this Wednesday:
Where the President is going
That's the Everglades -- one of our country's most unique and treasured landscapes. But Wednesday's trip is about more than touring an iconic National Park on Earth Day. Here's why:
The Everglades are flat, and they border a rising ocean. As the sea levels rise, the shorelines erode, and that salty water travels inland, threatening the aquifers supplying fresh drinking water to Floridians. That doesn't just destroy a beautiful and unique national landscape. It threatens an $82 billion state tourism economy, and drinking water for more than 7 million Americans -- more than a third of Florida's population.
This Earth Day, we're far beyond a debate about climate change's existence. We're focused on mitigating its very real effects here at home, preparing our communities where its impacts are already being felt, and leading an international effort for action. And the President has already acted in big ways. Over the last eight years, the United States has cut more carbon pollution than any other country, while creating 12.1 million private-sector jobs over 61 months; setting aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history; and releasing a Clean Power Plan to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants -- the single-biggest source of carbon pollution in the U.S.
And the President is continuing to act. Recently, he joined the Surgeon General for a powerful conversation about the real impacts of climate change on the health of our families, and this week he will be showing how tackling climate change means protecting our local businesses and economies. Taking on this issue means preventing more asthma attacks and premature deaths, billions in revenue loss, and the potential disappearance of natural habitats for our wildlife.
So we'll be spending the week showing exactly what we're doing to tackle one of our country's greatest challenges. On Monday, the White House will issue a Presidential Proclamation highlighting the impact of national parks on our local economies. On Tuesday, we'll announce four landscapes throughout the country where we'll focus our conservation and climate resilience efforts. Later in the week, we'll announce how we're investing millions in new funding to protect those parks, as well as new actions the Department of Agriculture will take in partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest land owners to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions.
That's our part. Here's what you can do: Make this real for your friends, family, and the people who follow you on social media. Because we all have a place like the Everglades -- a place we feel personally connected to and invested in. This week, there's something we can do to change the way people think about climate change by connecting it to the spaces we love and our local communities.
Share yours here, and then share it with your friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #ActOnClimate.
For me, one of those places is Acadia National Park -- where you can enjoy islands, mountains, oceans, and beaches in one place. Acadia also attracts more than 2 million visits each year, providing a major boost to the local economy. I want to make sure my daughter can enjoy Acadia the way I've enjoyed it. I want her kids to be able to enjoy it, too. It's a place I'm willing to fight to protect. Share yours right now (and if you need to find one, you can do that here).

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Thursday, 9 April 2015


The UK is holding national elections on 7th May - to choose a Party to form a new government. There are less than 30 days to go; Parliament has been dissolved; the 650 Members of Parliament (MPs) are members no more, they have given up their "seats" and must get re-elected to continue receiving their £70,000 per year salaries and their right to sleep soundly on "the back benches" for another 5 years.


The Parties in order of probable size, who are offering the voters of Britain (constituents) their best men and women as Candidates, are The Tories or Conservatives, The Labour Party or Socialists, The Liberal Democrats (Lib-Dems), The Scottish National Party (SNP), Plaid Cymru Prn. Cumri (Welsh Nationalists), the Democratic Unionist Party (Northern Ireland), UK Independence Party (UKIP), who want us to quit Europe, The Green Party - and 4 or 5 other small Parties with  one or two MPs. The Monster Raving Loony Party always field some candidates, but none ever win a seat.

UKIP "Quit Europe" have been making most noise but have only 1 MP. The 3rd largest party, The Lib-Dems, have been in the ruling coalition  with the Tories and reneged on all their pledges - so they are expected to be wiped out. The Scottish National Party wants an independent Scotland; it has won several seats from Labour and is expected to take all Labour's seats (about 40) in Scotland. With the Labour vote thus split - the Tories ("We are in awful debt and must enforce CUTS and AUSTERITY on the unwashed poor") are likely to be the biggest Party - but without a majority (326 seats). So... we end up with a "Hung Parliament" with the Parties scrapping with each other over every issue - for the next 5 years.

The election fever spins on a few axis. First, the Tory's austerity and national debt - which, despite all the puff and wind and pain of the past 5 years, they have managed to double, not reduce as promised. But, they want a mandate TO FINISH THE JOB. Labour is blamed for the massive debt (£1 trillion) they left after 3 terms in office - the fact that it was The Bankers who caused the debt (2008/09 meltdown) is buried in deep Tory PR - so Labour also vow to TACKLE THE DEBT by punishing the poor but they will also SAVE THE NHS (national health service) from the greedy business privatization aims, US style, of the Tories. This leads us into who will pay? And so into TAXATION. This tax debate coincides with several major UK and international scandals about tax-evasion.

So, for the first time in history - UK MPs are coming out and talking openly about the tax and capital siphoned out of the UK since Thatcher (1980). Some are even vaguely aware  of how much UK cash and assets has been hidden in tax havens (about £2 trillion) and a handful of the rudest of them, suffering election fever, are raising the anti-social suggestion that a little of the offshore tax might be repatriated - starting with the reversal of the tax-free 18th century rights of a strange class of UK aristocrats The Non-Doms. But, just as in Greece, nobody in the UK, neither bankers nor top economists can figure out HOW MUCH offshore tax might be collected - to help reduce the UK's immense debts. So the tax-evasion issue is likely to buried again for another 1,000 years of unfathomable "complexity" - not least because our Prime Minister's dad buried his ill or well gotten gains in Panama and other tax-havens. We will just have to punish the poor - again.

Britain holds its breath. I advise you non-Brits to breathe easy and wait and see.

Tired of The Parties? Lets do it differently.