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Climate Crisis

This is an extremely important contribution to the most extremely important and urgent conversation we need to have now.

The video is 40 minutes long. It is urgent that we listen what Dr. Peter Carter has to say, that we continue the conversation and make sure that it is continued in all forums we have access to. In addition to ensuring that this becomes the predominant conversation, we all neeed to push for systemic change, that is change at government and international levels. This is not a change that individuals, or companies or communities can make, there are things we can do at these levels but there need to be huge political changes, disengaging governments from dependency on and support of the fossil fuel industries and their obsession with environmentally destructive economic growth.

Climate change cannot be reversed and there will be disasterous consequences. As Peter Carter indicates there are disasterous consequences happening now. The question is can climate change be slowed and can we ameliorate the consequences. I don’t know the answer to that and I don’t believe anyone does. There is no question that we will suffer hugely. The question is will we survive. Will the planet survive. We don’t know if it is possible to survive given the unprecedented challenge, we do know without a shadow of a doubt that unless we make changes on an unprecedented scale life on this planet will not persist beyond the end of this century.

These are a few of the points made by Carter in the video with some supporting links:

1. Yearly increase in atmospheric co2 is unprecedented in Earth history. That is geological history not human history. https://climate.nasa.gov/…/graphic-the-relentless-rise…/

2. All indicators for climate change increasing.
https://www.climaterealityproject.org/…/10-indicators…

3. More heatwaves, forest fires, droughts are inevitable. Most food producing regions will see decline in crop yields. This is absolute social chaos.
https://www.nbcnews.com/…/extreme-heat-wildfires…
and
https://www.independent.co.uk/…/land-degradation…
and
https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change

4. We are wiping out life in this planet at a terrible rate. The yearly rate of species extinction is more than 1000 times greater than the natural background rate.
https://www.theguardian.com/…/earths-sixth-mass…

5. The planet is already drastically different from the one older people grew up in.
https://www.theguardian.com/…/50-years-climate-change…
and
https://www.vox.com/…/16767152/arctic-sea-ice-extent-chart

6. Catastrophic climate change is now unavoidable.
http://nymag.com/…/un-says-climate-genocide-coming-but…

7. We have lost half of the Great Barrier Reef.
https://www.barrierreef.org/…/the-threats/climate-change?

8. The Paris Agreement December 2015 was an agreement to do nothing. The climate justice groups had it right. Friends of the Earth International described the Agreement as a sham. Nothing in the agreement was legally binding. The US under Obama said that it could not be binding as the Republicans could stop it being ratified. The entire world is being deceived.
https://friendsoftheearth.uk/…/paris-agreement-will-it…

9 The planet is being fracked to death. It is global suicide. We need to stop subsidising the fossil fuel industry. trillions of dollars a year subsidise fossile fuel industries. We are paying for our own death. There is no allowable amount of carbon we can still burn
https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change/fracking

November

I post to Facebook almost every day. Sometimes I post thoughts that occur to me at that particular moment, sometimes they are spurred by a headline I’ve just read somewhere on the web and I will share a link to the article that I may or may not have fully read. Sharing an article never means that I endorse, even temporarily, what is stated in the article or the viewpoint of the author. It just means that at that moment I find it interesting. I’m not trying to proselystize for the point of view expressed. If I want to do that I will explicitly endorse that point of view – it will be clear what is my point of view and what is not.

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Suspended

On September 20th after receiving a shocking letter from the Labour Party I posted the following to Facebook:

I wrote that :

Anyone who know me would know that I would immediately, notwithstanding any contrary advice, share this communication on social media. Anyone who knows me would know that this makes me extremely angry. I don’t like me when I’m angry. I do not like being in situations that make me angry and I am considering cancelling my membership of the Labour Party. I did not join this organisation to have my legitimate freedoms of expression curtailed.


I joined in order to make common cause with those I believe are working for the wellbeing of the people of this country and everything I have expressed on social media and elsewhere has been consistent with that purpose, and has been reasoned, courteous and non-threatening. I cannot say the same of the attached communication.


I understand that this is not the fault of the many good people in the Labour Party who a fighting to change it for the better. I understand that the purpose of this kind of thing is to drive from the Party those who want to support positive change. However I have no intention of submitting myself to the indignity of any ‘disciplinary procedure’ and unless an apology is forthcoming by the end of this month I will save all concerned the bother of such a procedure by cancelling my membership.


I will continue to support the efforts of Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters to establish social justice in this country and gererally to strive for a just and peaceful world.
I addition to posting this here on my own page I will post this to the Newham Labour Forum but will understand if it is not published as it may be perceived as breaking rules.

I later wrote that:

… having slept on it, I now understand that, while everything I said above is true and the points are important, this situation is not particularly important to me unless I choose to give it importance and be stressed or insulted by it. To give it importance, to be stressed, to demand apologies etc would simply be a symptom of my own sense of self importance and colluding in giving the petty machinations of others more importance than they deserve. I am not standing for any office in the Labour Party so these sanctions have no particular effect on me. I am no longer in a huff and will not leave the party in a huff. What’s important is to work with people like you Tina who really want to make positive changes for our society, nation and world. I will continue to do that.

Today on my return for a ten day holiday abroad I found a letter from the Governance and Legal Unit of the Labour Party:

The letter had appended to it 14 Facebook posts made by me between November 2012 and April 2019. It suggests that these posts, which it terms my ‘conduct on social media’, may be in breach of ‘rule 2.1.8.’ (which it does not quote or explain in the letter). It asks essentially that I justify each of these posts without saying what they think is wrong with the posts.

These are the posts:

In an article by Gilad Atzmon published on 19th June, the Jewish Labour leader. Ed Miliband is quoted as saying at a…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's not just about winning elections … it's more important than that.

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Sunday, August 23, 2015

In this interesting article Gilad Atzmon argues that 'political correctness' operates as a form of intellectual…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Thursday, November 1, 2018

I have to agree with most of what Gilad Atzmon says in this article but I disagree with his assessment of Jeremy Corbyn….

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Saturday, April 30, 2016

This talk by Gilad Atzmon is really interesting. Atzmon is commonly condemned as being antisemitic and a 'self hating…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Friday, May 27, 2016

Here's a link to an interesting article that argues intelligently that terrorism and the chaos in the Middle East are…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Zionism is to Judaism as Wahabbism is to Islam.

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Profound. Zionism is not Judaism. It is a separate creed that is political rather than spiritual. Perhaps it bears a relationship to Judaism that is similar to the relationship between Wahaabism and Islam.

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Is the world moving towards World War Three? A nuclear war? Someone recommended a video where David Icke, interviewed by…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Almost everything K said was utterly true and utterly contrary to how we actually think and act.

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Friday, May 16, 2014

Some stuff on David Icke's site related to the Savile Paedophiles in high places scandal and citing Channel Four News

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Saturday, November 17, 2012

Whether Labour members should have a right to question Holocaust orthodoxy does not seem to be the relevant issue for…

Posted by Gavin Sealey on Monday, October 1, 2018

These are the questions that the GLULP asks relating to the first four items:

It seems that the GLULP finds sharing posts from Gilad Atzmon particularly problematic. Evidently I have shared a number of Atzmon’s posts over a period of seven years. I do not intend to justify the sharing of these posts or of other posts since I am not aware that sharing his posts and/or discussing them is a crime. The same arument goes for the other items that the GLULP has cited. The reason that I share articles by Atzmon is the same reason that I share articles / posts / arguments written by anyone, it is because I find them interesting and thought provoking. What is asserted in these posts may or may not be true or may or may not be well argued or evidenced but I do not believe that they are in themselves hostile or derogatory to any individual or group of individuals though they may be critical of the behaviour of individuals or groups or nations. I do not necessarily share the views of anyone whose arguments and perspectives I present in a post

I have emailed GLULP today as follows:

Re. Your Letter sent 21 October 2019

REF: L1380465
Case No: CN:- 3641

Please note that I have been out of the country since 19th October and have returned just today. I wil respond when I have had time to read your letter properly.

Having read the letter I do not intend to answer the detailed questions that it asks beyond what I have stated above with regard to my motivations. I have more important, more urgent and more interesting tasks to undertake at this time. I believe that the same will be true of the Labour Party in general.

People reading this are free to judge whether my ‘conduct on social media’ is deserving of condemnation or commendation or neither.

Extinction Rebellion Occupy Trafalgar Square 10.10.19

I put this together very quickly from my photos and vids after coming back from Trafalgar Square. Love and respect for the occupiers. We need to explore ways in which we can take political, individual and community responsility for tackling the climate crisis and the skewed political and corporate cultures that are destroying the planet and the human solidarity of the people on it.

The Countdown

50 days ago I resolved to do something personally useful while waiting for Brexit so I began a modest exercise and diet regime to regain some fitness. So far I’ve lost 10 lbs and am now 13 st 2 lb. I can push myself to 35 push-ups, do 5 chin-ups and run 5 minutes without stopping. I walk an average of 6000 steps per day, practice the Tai Chi short form every day and can touch my toes. This will not impress anyone who is themselves reasonably fit but it may impress those who have known my recent condition and physical laziness.

I look forward to stepping up my pace and improving over the next 49 days.

We must all do what we can to survive Brexit. Reducing dependency on food might help.

9/11 – Eighteen Years Later

Our intuitive conclusion that the collapse of WT7 was the consequence of a controlled demolition has surely been confirmed by the research evidence from the University of Alaska. Although this happened 18 years ago the implications are enormous as it suggests a criminal conspiracy the scale of whose execution and concealment have been unprecedented.

Freedom of Thought is For All

“..prospective students of Eton are then asked to imagine they are the prime minister and write a speech to explain how they would convince the public that they did the right thing.”

The full question reads:

The year is 2040. There have been riots in the streets of London after Britain has run out of petrol because of an oil crisis in the Middle East. Protesters have attacked public buildings. Several policemen have died. Consequently, the Government has deployed the Army to curb the protests. After two days the protests have been stopped but twenty-five protesters have been killed by the Army.

You are the Prime Minister. Write the script for a speech to be broadcast to the nation in which you explain why employing the Army against violent protesters was the only option available to you and one which was both necessary and moral.

https://www.indy100.com/article/eton-college-entrance-exam-question-army-killing-protesters-private-school-9090156?

Some people seem upset by this.

There are doubtless very many things wrong with this school but getting students to think about ethical and political decisions and decision making through presenting hypothetical situations, or examining real situations, is not one of those things. Questions like this should be part of the general education of students in all schools.

Twenty Years Later …


More than twenty years ago – in November 1998 according to data from the photo – this is a picture of an extraordinary group of young people I worked with in Newham. While I am mostly retired now I still do work with children from time to time.

This week the wife of the young man standing farthest left brought their two children to the ‘Making Worlds and Games’ course I am running at Redbridge Library. I expect to see Rizwan later in the week.

The Immortalists

The Immortalists

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Immortalists follows the life path of four siblings from 1969 to the near present. Gifted or cursed with the foreknowledge of the dates of their deaths, their natures and choices and perhaps this knowledge move them forward towards their destiny. The book reflects engagingly on living and death and is in places quite profound.

It touches on the experience of being Jewish American and the experience of being a gay man and offers insights into those worlds that I do not know. Its journey through the past half century brought back echoes from my own journey. But beyond such particularities Chloe Benjamin gives us characters whose real feeling, failings, victories and defeats and lives resonate with our own humanness.

I would, of course, definitely recommend this as an engaging and reflective good read.





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JohnSun

Delusional, but amusing in its absurdity. Promising a ‘golden age’ is like promising to ‘Make Britain Great Again’ only without the connotation that under a Johnson reign Britain would only become as great as it ever was instead of becoming greater that it has ever been.

Instinctively, I suspect, feel, that underneath the arrogance, greed, gaucheness and stupidity of Donald Trump and Theresa May are buried vulnerabilities and remnants of conscience that make them hesitate at the brink of true evil whereas underneath Boris Johnson’s arrogance, greed, surface affability and wit it is arrogance all the way down to a bedrock of pristine amorality. He will not have a trace of sympathy for anyone and I instinctively have not the slightest sympathy for him.

The Lansman Equation

Jon Lansman posts on Twitter that “People who support the campaign to deny or diminish the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party need to read what this fellow supporter has to say about “Zionism” https://t.co/dpq83QNGc2”

First, it is wrong to describe challenging the narrative that there is widespread antisemitism within the Labour Party and that Chris Williamson has said anything antisemitic as a ‘campaign to deny or diminish the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party’

Second it is grossly insulting and ludricous to describe the cretin who posted a Jew blaming, Holocaust denying, racist, anti-communist, anti-socialist far right piece of garbage as in any way a ‘fellow supporter’ of any Labour Party member.

The anonymous tweeter that Lansman cites accuses Jews of “lobby[ing] for mass immigration, miscegenation and cultural marxism in every country on earth.” How could anyone in their right mind make the equation that Lansman does?

Still, this is an example of what genuine antisemitism, racism and clear hate speech looks like. And this will grow while Lansman and his fellow travellers turn all their efforts to destroying Corbyn and his supporters.

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