Our Final Century by Sir Martin Rees

11 11 2008

“Our Final Century” by Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal (one of Britain’s most honoured scientists)

“Technology is indistinguishable from magic” Arthur C. Clark.

“An isolated voice of reason adrift on an ocean of academic inertia.” Meegan

“Battlefield nukes under the control of lieutenant-colonels”

“Put nuclear power station targets underground. Unless the capability to design new viruses is matched by corresponding skills in designing and manufacturing vaccines targeted against them, we could find ourselves as vulnerable as the native Americans who succumbed to diseases brought by European settlers, to which they had no immunity.”

Heavens Gate cult – “actually castrated themselves.” http://www.wave.net/upg/gat/heavensgate.html.

The issue of nana robots replicating and turning all earth into to grey goo, could be 100 seconds, only.

James Watt Sec. of Interior USA fundamentalist believed in world soon ending and the rapture with – “when Christ swoops back to Earth and transports believers up to heaven.” The Left Behind books topped the US Best sellers.

“A culture where whistle blowing is rewarded.”

“Fewer than 10% of all the species that ever swam, crawled or flew are still on Earth today.”

“Before homo-sapiens came on the scene, about one species in a million became extinct; the rate now is closer to one species in a thousand.” As Robert May says, “We are burning the books before we we’ve learnt to read them.” Gregory Benford is about an urgent effort to get samples of the complete rain forest fauna as an “Insurance Policy.”

“During the Cuban Crisis: “A Russian submarine was targeted by depth charges from a US warship. This submarine carried a nuclear-armed torpedo, which could have been launched with the concurrence of three officers. Vasily Arkhipov, held out against the pressure to launch the torpedo …”  

“We seem to have been exposed to a higher risk than most people realised … than would have knowingly accepted.”

“Fifty million years ago, in the early Eocene geological era, there was still three times the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as today.” The temp was ‘15 degrees higher. Mangrove swamps and tropical forests in Southern England. 

The conveyer stopping could turn Ireland into Spitsbergen, Scandinavian forests into tundra and freeze the Baltic year round. 4 or 5 degree warmer could mitigate this!!???





Explorers Club

7 11 2008

Rita, a great pleasure. If you might pass this on.

I note the new Explorers Club imprint.

Some 20-years ago I was doing a book tour, which included New York’s ‘Live at Five’, NBC Today, Good Morning America and both radio (2-hours) and CNN ‘Live with Larry King.’ A standing room only lecture was delievered at the Club. John Bruno will remember! A portrait was painted at The Club. Excellent reviews throughout America.

Then it happened. Historic publisher Dodd, Mead went belly up … after 199-years! They in fact had published the Lewis & Clark expedition journals in the original!

The book was blown-up, and that was that.

Today, (just today) I signed a contract for an Italian translation. Title: The Longest Walk ‘The Record of Our World’s First Crossing of the Entire Americas.’

Historical links
As pertaining to the Americas, there are three others: the first crossing was made by Vasco Nunez de Balboa (1475 – 1517 (beheaded) / Atlantic to Pacific across the Isthmus of Panama at Darien. Francisco de Orellana – Pacific to Atlantic, over the Andes and rafting down the Amazon (1541). And Sir Alexander MacKenzie, Kt. – across North America, Canada’s Atlantic territories to the Pacific side of British Columbia. (1793) These three are the only antecedents with the journey I was privileged to make, though mine of course in more clement times and without a hint of ‘official’ support!

Greetings to all Fellow members.

Some of you may remember at ECAD 2006 where daughter Ayumi sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

My best wishes …
and thank you for the consideration.





Democracy Reaches the Kids!

7 11 2008

This is what I do, fight for every singe day of my life remaining. I have failed thus far to get this simple program taken seriously. It is highly uncommon that a reply or mere acknowledgement is ever received.

One continues …..

The Knockout Test: A New Idea.

A full alternative for the kids; those who don’t fit in, either academically-wise, nor socially-wise. It is called Democracy Reaches the Kids! and hooks unreachable kids back into education by focusing on them, each individual, each being different with different speeds of learning. First off is their all round health, then the health of the planet [Environment] That is all our futures, though theirs more than ours. The Culture of their country sure but of their neighbourhood, block and family even. Wonderful! All the family can play a key role in their child’s education. Communication in any language is encouraged but with a strong focus too on the mainstream language. Computer literacy is an increasing must. Social skills such as ‘manners make’th man.’ Then are their innate talents, and yes, even dreams in their real, non-academic world. All are given education validity, examined and recorded. It liberates teachers too. And casts back to the tax payer untold billions currently wasted under the false political mantra “For the children …”

Creativity

 My vision is to gather together kids who have been lost to education and use this bottom level group … one of whom none in education can doubt that they have “failed.” Bring them back. Use their natural enthusiasm, largely lost in modern education. All will be filmed and recorded to make the worldwide model. Local media will be sought to ensure the community are involved, fully appraised.

Education today has become a process that is consumed in testing, grading, etc. And even that is on a narrow range of subjects that have no traction what-so-ever to an angry, dangerous youth. The essence ofDemocracy Reaches the Kids! measures and judges what a youth can do; not block and in effect destroy that youth by what he cannot do.

 Just this October ’08, in Izmir, Turkey, I presented my peers, reviewed paper of a new way to get all maritime students and cadets vital ‘Maritime English.’ It is specified for worldwide. In connection I also created a new dictionary of Basic International English on ONE SHEET OF PAPER (A3) to help in getting a grip on the world language.

ADDRESS FOR THE REFUSER KIDS OF UK

There are a group of children in Great Britain who are called Refusers. You are not alone. In Japan some estimates say nearly one million, as you refuse. Kids, you swim in a sea of the most examined children in the world, and the B 52s of criticism fly over pretty much every day; yet you still refuse to go to school. Quite. This is now your alternative. It allows you to guide your own life, as YOU would, not THEM. I promise you. Maybe by some miracle you can see this. So run home and tell Mum and Dad, that there’s a guy in the snow. And THOSE who scorn you TODAY will one day see you different -for you will be heroes. 

ADDRESS TO THE SECRETARY OF EDUCATION OF THE U.S.A. 
 

Finally, I address the United States of America, directly to you Mr. Secretary of Education and the education/industrial/complex. You recognise this flag we march under. How would those harried giants who first carried it look at America, today?

Is it right that 25% of high school graduates do so functionally illiterate?

Is it right that 50% graduate physically unfit? And why do so many children suffer adult inset diabetes? And this right at the beginning of that great journey we call LIFE. This cannot be right, now can it? This is education’s manifest failure, the emperor with few clothes.

 Money – How much will ever be enough? This teacher dares to say that children need less money, not more money. You don’t believe me?  Well, your most feared agency – I speak of the INS (Immigration) – gave to this the only “extraordinary capacity” visa ever granted in basic education reform. It is called ‘Democracy Reaches the Kids!’ It is one of the 300 or so ideas, estimated per year by high panel, to be able to change America.

There is no country in the world that can change direction so quickly, here the US is without equal. If NOT and current trends continue; gated communities on the one hand, ROBOCOP land the rest. Education’s failure is doing this every day, and has produced an underclass of perhaps 40 millions. They who are excluded from the American Dream. If they cannot be allowed to follow their dreams, then they will surely lean to your worst nightmares. Many already do. The culture of the USA is part toxic, where FREEDOM has become licence, and ABUNDANCE has become, gluttony – from ‘Sea to Shining Sea’ And unless a child is well grounded and centred, then oh, how easily to be blown away.

Are US schools – these Emperors with Few clothes – dealing with this … in any real way at all?

Those of the so called underclass can be re engaged. You know, young Americans have the greatest dreams in all the world. DEMOCRACY can harness their dreams, but in their good time, and on their terms. Trust the kids – your younger American citizens – and it will be a 21st century lit by the smile of a multitude of Kids!

 If America leads then the world will surely follow for AMERICA IS THE HOPE OF THE WORLD. This is the next great historic challenge before you.

 Democracy Reaches the Kids! is in the direct spirit – and is inspired from – the most important revolution in history. It continues in that great spirit. Have you the vision of those who first served under that flag? Madison/Adams both/ Hamilton would have seized on it.

Can you seize the moment?

Can you CHANGE?

Democracy beseeches your considerations.

Finally, I do thank the USA for all the many, many great things that you have done, and continue to do for this World.

Thank YOU America..

Thank YOU.





Hi Daddio

4 11 2008

So you can write here, all the storm that’s in your mind, and the tale of two obatarians! -Ayumi