A little truth to dilute the poisonous lies being spread in the US.
Canadian Doctors for Medicare hosted a celebration of Medicare in
Canada. The speakers included Roy Romanow, former Saskatchewan Premier
and Commissioner on Health Care in Canada. They tell Americans that
Canadian universal health care works and encourage Americans to
implement a single payer universal health care systems.
How can individuals assist the transition? Support the small, local alternative, even if it entails inconvenience. And often it will. The big, mainstream standbys (big banks, chain stores etc.) are often subsidized in hidden ways to make them more convenient, and to make them seem to the individual consumer to be more economical. According to dominant theory, bigness implies an "economy of scale" through mass production and bulk purchasing. But the real costs of added transportation resulting from centralized production and control (including extra pollution and its cascading environmental effects) are rarely factored into the accounting. Also we must learn always to question the ideology of efficiency, since many human needs and interests are only degraded by its ruthless, myopic calculus (should one, after all, strive to be an "efficient" parent, giving a minimum of love for a maximum of obedience?).
So much of significance is happening in the Amazon basin, especially regarding the indigenous people as well as mining operations - and often the clash between the two.
Documentary film: Justicia Now! tells the story of 30,000 rainforest-dwelling Ecuadoreans who organized to bring the largest environmental class-action lawsuit in history against Chevron/Texaco for oil contamination of their territory.
From this month's Muselettter by Richard Heinberg:
We have entered a new economic era in which the former rules no longer
apply. Low interest rates and government spending no longer translate
to incentives for borrowing and job production. Cheap energy won't
appear just because there is demand for it. Substitutes for essential
resources will in most cases not be found. Overall, the economy will
continue to shrink in fits and starts until it can be maintained by the
energy and material resources that Earth can supply on an ongoing basis.
As the holiday season enters full swing, Survival International today names three destinations holidaymakers should avoid:
• Barefoot Resort, South Andaman Island, India • Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana • ‘First contact’ expeditions, West Papua
Barefoot India has established a tourist resort near the edge of the reserve created to protect the Jarawa
tribe. The resort puts one of the world’s most recently-contacted
tribes at risk from swine flu and other diseases to which they are
likely to have little immunity.
The Botswana government is
promoting the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as a tourist destination,
and is allowing a safari company to build a lodge that will use large
amounts of water. But it refuses to allow the Bushmen to use a single water borehole inside the reserve.
to meet isolated tribes in West Papua, Indonesia – including one
offered by American ‘adventurer’ Kelly Woolford to an area where tribes
supposedly ‘have had no contact with the outside world’ – could, if
true, have catastrophic consequences.
Stephen Corry said today, ‘Responsible tourists should keep well away
from areas where uncontacted or recently-contacted tribes live. There
are numerous cases where at least half of a tribe has died from disease
soon after their first contact with outsiders.
‘Many of the
Kalahari Bushmen would welcome tourism on their own terms. But
promoting tourism while the Bushmen go thirsty is a slap in the face.
Visitors will be sipping cocktails in the bar while the Bushmen living
nearby are forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to access water.
nothing wrong with tourists visiting tribal peoples who have been in
routine contact with outsiders for some time, but only if the tribal
people want them to, have proper control over where they go and what
they do, and get a fair share of the profit. Unfortunately, this hardly