Rough Sleeping Through A Plastic Mess.

A two part problem.

One of the problems with working to change society for the better, is that many of the decision makers only ever read other peoples reports, but never get to see just what goes on at a street level.

Well that’s what happens when you get an elitist educated set of politicians who never walk anywhere on a very regular basis.

One of the rough sleepers I talked with the other day told me that some of the money he begs for has to go towards buying bottled water.

This is a result of no public drinking fountains, which were one of the many public facilities which we used to have in many towns during an earlier era.

Is it any wonder that so many people wonder why they are surrounded by plastic waste, which is in turn compounded by the lack of recycling facilities?

Thus we all spend a lot of public money getting our pavements cleaned, and end up with more plastic waste which gets in to our rivers and so in to the sea.

A two part solution.

It would be better if ALL plastic bottles had a depot it on them.

Then those who are rough sleepers could make a little money by collecting the ones which have been thrown away on the streets.

Done in the right way it could be part of a self organised income scheme which would clean up our environment.

So it would be a win win scheme, especially as it would be self financing.

What we do urgently need are more public drinking fountains,

It all seems so simple.

Access to clean drinking water is a basic Human Right.

It is not just another commodity to be bought or sold.

NHS Failure – Shingles Vaccinations

Like many of my generation I had Chickenpox as a child, but am being forced to wait until 70 before the NHS will help protect me against Shingles.

Shingles is a very painful medical condition which effects individuals who have previously had chickenpox.

It is recommended that anyone over 60 receives the Shingles Vaccination

Yet the NHS will only give it to anyone who is over 70.

It is not an academic question for me, because my father had Shingles, as have a number of my friends and comrades. A number of them being under 70 years old.

At the same time the NHS is restricting the Chickenpox vaccine.

This is the excuse they use.

It’s time that the NHS should automatically give a Shingles vaccination to any adult who has ever had chickenpox.

A list of Campaigns For A Better World – All Of Which Were Targeted by Spycops

 

This is a list which illustrates just what kind of campaigns and publications were targeted by spycops.

Many of them are campaigns which I have worked with or within over the years, while others have been ones which various of my friends have been involved in.

What should always be kept in mind is that all of these campaigns have either been working to stop social injustices, clean up the environment, promote peace, stop cruelty to animals, or work towards making this a better world.

LIST OF PROGRESSIVE GROUPS AND CAMPAIGNS KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN TARGETED BY SPYCOPS 1968-2018

[Updated by the Undercover Research Group, 23.4.2018]

121 Bookshop/Centre Brixton
Action to Abolish the Grand National
Activist Tat Collective
Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp
All London March Against Racist Police Frame-up and Murder
Anarchist Communist Federation
anarchist groups
Animal Aid

Animal Liberation Front
Animal Liberation Front Supporters Group

Animal Liberation Investigation Unit
Animal Rights Coalition
Animal Rights Gatherings
Anti Apartheid Movement
Anti Nazi League
Anti-Fascist Action
Anti-G20 protests
Anti-GM campaigns
Anti-Metrix / RAF St Athan Defence Academy
Arkangel
Active Resistance to the Roots of War
Badgers Animal Rights
Banner Books
Bedford Animal Action
Big Flame
Big Green Gathering
Black Power movement
Blair Peach Campaign
Block the Base / Menwith Hill
Brian Douglas campaign
Brian Higgins Defence Commitee
British Communist Party
Brixton Hunt Sabs
Broadwater Farm Defence Campaign
Building Workers Group
Camp Bling
Camp for Climate Action
Campaign Against Climate Change
Campaign Against Fur Trade
Campaign Against Police Repression
Campaign Against the Arms Trade
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Cardiff Anarchist Network
Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army
Class War
Colin Roach Centre
Communist Party of England (Marxist-Leninist)
Consort Beagles campaign
Cowley Club
Dambusters Mobilising Committee
Delroy Lindo justice Campaign / Police Crimes Against Civilians
Direct Action Against War Now
Direct Action Movement
Disarm DSEi Arms Fair
Disobedience Against War
Dissent!
Earth First!
Earth First! Summer Gatherings
Eat Out Vegan Wales
Essex Hunt Sabs
European Social Forum
Fairford Anti-War Campaign and Coaches
Federation of Local Animal Rights Groups
Free Steve Lewis Campaign
Freedom
Freedom Press
Globalise Resistance
Greenham Common Women’s Camp
Gwent Anarchists
Hackney Community Defence Association
Hackney Hunt Saboteurs
Hackney Solidarity Group
Harry Stanley family campaign
Housmans Bookshop
Hunt Saboteurs
Independent Labour Party
Independent Working Class Association
International Marxists Group
International Socialists
Irish National Liberation Solidarity Front
Islington Animal Rights
JJ Fast Foods Strike
KTS Autonomous Centre
Lee House squat
Leeds anti-fascist group
Leeds Action for Radical Change
Legal Defence and Monitoring Group
Leyden Street Chicken Slaughter House campaign
Live animal exports at Shoreham, Brightlingsea & Coventry
London Animal Action
London Animal Rights Coalition
london anti fur groups
London Anti-Fur Campaign
London Boots Action Group
London Greenpeace
London Pacifist Action
McLibel Support Campaign
Milford Haven anti-LNG pipeline
Molesworth Peace Camp
Movement Against A Monarchy
Movement for Justice
No Borders / No Borders South Wales
No Platform / Antifa
No To NATO
No to NIRAH
Northampton Hunt Sabs
Norwich activists networks
Nottingham Anti-Fascist Alliance
Nottingham Group against Refugee Detention
Nottingham Hunt Saboteurs
NukeWatch
Operation Omega
Oscar Okoye justice campaign
Oxford Animal Protection
Oxford Animal Protection
Palestinian Solidarity Campaign
Partizans
Peace News
Peace Pledge Union
Peat Alert!
Pembrokeshire Anarchists
Poll Tax demonstrations
Radical Dairy Squat
Radical Routes network
Ratcliffe-on-Soar action
RATS
Reclaim the Streets
Red Action
Reinstate Steve Hedley Campaign
Republican Forum
Revolutionary Internationalist League
Revolutionary Socialist Students Federation
Rising Tide
Save Gorse Wood campaign / tendon protest camp
Save Newchurch GuineaPigs
Save the Hillgrove Cats
Save Titnore Woods / Protect Our Woodland
Saving Iceland (UK)
Sea Shepherd
Sengul Family Must Stay Campaign
Shark Protection League
Shoreham Live Export protests
Smash EDO campaign
Socialist Party
Socialist Workers Party
South London Animal Action / Aid
South London Animal Movement
South Wales Anarchists
SPEAK Campaigns / Stop Primate Experiments At Cambridge
Stephen Lawrence Justice campaign
Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty
Stop the ’70s Tour
Stop the War
Student fees campaigns
Sumac Centre Nottingham
Swansea Animal Rights
The Common Place social centre / Leeds Social Centre Ltd
Trapese
Trevor Monerville justice campaign / Family and Friends of Trevor Monerville Committee
Tri-Continental
Trident Ploughshares
Troops Out Movement
Uist Hedgehog Rescue
UK Action Medics
Climate Justice Action / Never Trust a Cop
Veggies Catering Nottingham
Vietnam Solidarity Campaign
War Resisters International
Wayne Douglas justice campaign
West London hunt sabs
WOMBLES
Women’s Liberation Front
Workers Revolutionary Party
Yorkshire CND
Young Haganah
Young Liberals
Youth Against Racism in Europe
Zapatista coffee distribution

Good Health, A Healthy Brain, and Good Connections.

They say that the only way to keep a healthy brain as one gets older is by lots of exercise. Well I do that by walking between 4 and 7 Kms each day.

They say one should also keep a healthy brain by constantly challenging it with new tasks & learning lots of new things. Well I’ve got that well and truly sorted.

They also say that one should get out and have a good social life. That gets much more tricky if a lot of ones closest or oldest friends are scattered around the world. That’s why I like trying to chat on line or by phone. It’s also because a lot of the campaigning work I do is via email, and that’s just not the same.

Plus a few good chats help to counter what might otherwise be a complete feeling of isolation.

[ This is also important in terms of supporting friends who live many miles away & who find it difficult to get out because of their medical condition. ]

These are all aspects of life which I’ve discovered work well for me since my retirement. They also counter the fact that one does not see or communicate with the same people each day at work.

All of which means that I always make such to visit the library & do my shopping on a daily basis. That also means that I’m always able to eat very fresh food.

There is also that aspect of ones life which people forget while young, and that is just how many of the friends one knew may be dead. While other people one may of lost contact with many years ago.

The other aspect of keeping ones brain active is my visiting new places, or revisiting places one has not been to in a long time. That’s known as learning or relearning how to get around various locations, especially as places one once known well do tend to change over the years.

I offer these thoughts as a way of showing just how my mind works.

Bagging Up The Plastic Rubbish.

The plastic problem – Up and until now.

There has been a lot of very worrying news stories of late about plastics in the oceans,

and the problems caused by plastic particulates.

Yet the only solutions to this which ever seem to be mentioned are recycling plastic bottles,

phasing out the use of plastic cups or cutlery, or getting groups of volunteers to go clean up their local beaches.

There has also been a lot of protests about the use of plastic packaging.

This goes hand in glove with trying to persuade the supermarkets to stop selling fruit and vegetables in plastic bags, netting, or containers, by selling them as loose items.

That matches in with the campaign to stop a lot of food waste from occurring.

On the plus side I have noted that some cafes and bars have switched from plastic to biodegradable straws.

The plastic problem – What else we can do.

If we are going to solve problem of all the plastic in the sea, then we need to do much more about this as a society.

One solution will be to switch from plastic to biodegradable rubbish bags. That will mean pushing for them to be made available in all the supermarkets at an affordable price. It would also help if these were to become available via each of the rubbish collecting local authorities.

Cleaning up the plastic pollution is going to take a while to do, but we can do something by trying to cut down the amount of plastics which currently land up inside of plastic rubbish sacks.

Spycops – We Still Need To Know.

The Undercover Policing Inquiry has now cost over Nine Million Pounds, but very little of the information we need to know has been released in to the public domain.

I’m what is known as a Core Participant in the Inquiry. That is because I was subjected to the activities of spycop Bob Lambert, who I knew as Bob Robinson.

Yet despite the fact that there were some 140 spycops since the Special Demonstration Squad [SDS] was set up in 1968, we still only know a few of who they were.

The inquiry has consistently refused to release most of their real or cover names. This is because many of the former spycops have claimed it would breach their rights under article 8 of the Human Rights act.

Err —- – –

Sir John Mitting who chairs the inquiry has also stated it would be wrong to give their names of many of them: –  because of their ages.

That is despite the fact that many spycops victims are of the same age or older than these perpitrators.

Thus these anonymity rulings take no account of the emotional damage and emotional stress that these spycops have caused, and continue to cause by their behaviour.

This has left all of the victims of these spycops questioning the way in which the inquiry is being conducted.

The Other List.

From the remarkably few cover names which have been released, and what has been discover by activists, we now know a few of the spycop names, and some of the groups or organisations they infiltrated.

Aside from the Greenpeace [ London ] group which I was involved within during the 1970s & 1980s, there are other groups, organisations, and periodicals which I knew, or worked with, which were infiltrated.

Over the years I must of meet a number of spycops, or been effected by their activities.

That is because I first became a peace activist at the end of 1968.

It has been admitted that there were circa 1000 groups and organisation which were infiltrated by spycops That includes groups, periodicals, and political parties, with a very divergent range of opinions.

We need to have this list, and know just which cover names were being used.

 

They Say It Can’t Be Done.

Really ? ! ! ?

I keep reading about just how difficult it will be to develop an ecologically sound social society.

Yet I also keep reading how it can be done.

So here are a few example to show what has been done so far.

Recycling.

Recycling in Denmark via the use of a Deposit system law.

Plastic Recycling in Japan

Better public transport in our city centres.

Here is what is going to be achived in Cambridge.

While the periodical TRAMWAYS & URBAN TRANSIT shows just what is being achieved throughout the world.

The pedestrianisation of our city centres.

Here is what is planned for Oxford St.

While here is what has been achieved in one Danish City.

It can and must be done.

Getting Out Of The Place.

 

Dr Ian Fairlie has just produced one of the most thought provoking articles which I have read in a long while.

Evacuations after Severe Nuclear Accidents

In it he examines: –

– The experience of evacuations during the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

– Whether lengthy evacuations from large cities are feasible?

&

– Some emergency plans for evacuations in North America.

Having read it I started to think about just what might happen if a major accident were to occur again at Windscale, which is now know as Sellafield.

Evacuation Routes

One of the presumptions which the planners make in their thinking is that everything will be fine, or up and running on the day.

Could it be that they presume that there are no blocked or impassible roads across Cumbria, track work on the railways, or the kind of flooding which occurred in the lake district during 2015 ?

The only railway line out of the area runs along the West Cumbrian coast, which includes a station at Sellafield.

So any railway evacuation from the area will be to the south via Barrow to Lancaster, or to the north and Carlisle via Whitehaven.

These are also the route which are used to take nukiller waste flasks to Sellafield. So any evacuation should include just what to do about these flasks, as they are not designed for long term storage of irradiated fuel rods.

Moving the sick.

Any evacuation from the area will entail moving patients in Whitehaven up to Carlisle or further afield.

Does the NHS have the capacity to move all these patients in a hurry, and are there enough ambulances to transport them ?

Given all the publicity about how hospital corridors are been used for patients waiting beds to be freed up before they are admitted, then we might land up with a shortage of hospital corridors to put them in.

Then there are all of the individuals who will need to be evacuated from Care Homes or Hospices in the region.

I wonder just where they might be sent ?

I’m left wondering just how many evacuation plans take in to accounts any of the above?

Yes it’s all questions, questions, and more questions, but that’s the easy part.

Getting answers and finding the right solutions is going to take some time.

False Solutions Or Joined Up Campaigning ?

Most of the greatest issues which we face can not be dealt with in isolation.

That is why we need to rethink how we approach many of the most urgent issues which endanger us all, and that means we do need to engage in joined up campaigning.

Here are just a few examples of how this might be achieved.

Plastic Ship Building

If we were to live in a society in which people thought more about our rubbish, then not only would a lot of our ecological problems be over, but in doing so we could solve many of our economic problems too.

Ship building & Barrow

Of course the other side of this is just how we clean up the oceans of all the plastic which is floating in it, Getting that done will require many specialist sea craft to scoop it all up. There are a number of designs for such craft. All we have to do is build them.

The other aspect of this is that the collected plastics can be recycled & that will mean less oil being drilled.

While the ship building industry can switch over their production away from that of building war ships.

Many is the time we get to hear that something needs to be done in order to create jobs, but the kind of jobs on offer, or which might be on offer, create more problems than they will ever solve.

For example in the arms trade.

What is needed is a some creative thinking in order to stop this kind of thing occurring.

Past Examples

An earlier example of what might be done is The Lucas plan, which came up with Road Rail Vehicles.

Yet for many politicians the priority is not so much looking to save our future, but to save something of the glories of a false past.

This is especially so with regards WW1, and how it is being used to encourage militarism.

Yet in Germany there are a number of memorials to the Unknown deserter, but no such memorial exists within the UK.

Although there is a Conscientious Objectors Commemorative Stone in Tavistock Square.

Future Examples

Other examples of what can and should be done include: –

– Planting more trees & creating new forests.

– Moving towards a better public transport system, with the creation of many more tram and railway lines.

– Stopping nukiller power via the use of wind and solar power.

Four Tales From The Money Tree

Tales From the Money Tree – Part 1.

Liverpool City Council is now spenting £11M to deal with Rough Sleepers. While the UK governmant looks at ways to help just one company which has a £1Billion set of debts.

Tales From the Money Tree – Part 2.

While the price of Bit Coins continues to take up space in the financial Press, it should be remembered how these virtual objects are made: – By creating more carbon emissions & thus contributing towards more global warming.

Tales From the Money Tree – Part 3.

At the same time there is a financial Crisis in the NHS, there are billions being spent on nukiller weapons and nukiller power.

Tales From the Money Tree – Part 4.

At the same time it is planned to spend £3.5 Billion [ plus ] on work to repair parliament, a ‘ Plastic bottle deposit return scheme could save England’s councils £35m a year’

Is it any wonder that many of us believe that most politicians suffer from Financial literacy?