Privitisation taken a step too far

How do people come to these conclusions:

“Ofcom argues that putting spectrum on the open market is the only way to make sure it is used to its full potential.”

>From Paul Frindle (in a discussion about DRM):

“The problem seems to be that you cannot allow society to drift into a free for all economically driven anarchy and then hope to moderate it by

increasingly draconian and unsustainable restrictions.

So much of our recent social and economic doctrine has gone this way. For instance, increasingly governments have realised that short term gains are to be made by ‘de-regulating’ services and creating private/public sector partnerships that spawn monopolies – then try to moderate their excesses with watchdogs and ombudsmen services. It is always better to steer the ship with intent, rather than letting it drift where it will – and struggling to correct its course periodically by force.

Once we are overloaded with ‘corrective laws’ and the morals have been allowed to drift, it is no longer possible to moderate society without dire strife.”

give this man a medal and then put him in charge of absolutely everything … maybe … :O)


Where Are the Bees?

This is actually a pretty worrying event happening in the US. The Honeybee population is being decimated by something as yet unidentified. It also seems to be a cyclical thing that happens every now and again but not with this kind of fevour or consistency. Basically honeybees are so amazingly important to the entire food chain that this could really bring about some significant food problems in the future.

“Individual beekeepers are really taking a beating,” UM entomologist Jerry Bromenshenk said. “A guy down in Oklahoma lost 80 percent of his 13,000 colonies in the last month. In Florida, there are a whole lot of people facing 40, 60 and 80 percent losses. That’s huge.”


Manor Park Allotments

You may have already heard of this campaign – Manor Park Allotments in
Hackney are 100 years old. Many people here don’t have their own
gardens, just these well established and wildlife rich allotments. Sign
the petition to encourage their incorporation into the Olympic stadium
designs for 2012. Currently there are ear marked to be bulldozed 🙁

With enough support they may be saved!