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  1. http://web.mac.com/shelleywalsh/Site_8/Israel_Travelblog/Israel_Travelblog.html Not exactly big news that zionism isn't a religious movement. Click on Start to see where I'm coming from. I was planning to make some comments about recent events, but haven't yet got to it. See also http://www.mideastweb.org/ for a sensible view. As to the "three stooges", they were talking to AIPAC, and they want to get elected. What did you expect them to say?
  2. Now we see why she is only suspending her campaign. The media won't be so nice to him now that he is "nominated", and if he goes seriously down in the polls against McCain, the super delegates could still change their minds. Wouldn't that be a wild thing to happen. McCain's supporters really smash him up, totally ignoring Clinton, because she is "out", and by the convention in August it's looking like Obama won't even win his own state. The super delegates take emergencies measures at the convention. Clinton says, "Surprise, you thought you just had the little boy to deal with. Bring on the debates." And when they start shoveling dirt at her, she brings out the video of McCain himself saying that she would make a good president.
  3. Here's an interesting one for you. http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2008/06/03/088775.html
  4. I think it is also about Obama reassuring a group that may have doubts about him because of his name and the Islamic connection. They trust Clinton more, because of her past dealings with I-P, so she as a "friend of Israel" is assuring them that they can trust him. In other words, he is insisting too much, because he has something to prove.
  5. We just need to invite Hillary over if/when she concedes the nomination. http://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/energy/
  6. Anyone have any experience with or opinions about the WDM? http://www.wdm.org.uk/index.htm
  7. Pretty much all true, except that some actually are radical. Even Chomsky is against a boycott. If you read the small print of their policies you will find plenty of other examples. passionate is one thing, militant is quite another. Also sometimes serious problems require real commitment to solutions rather than knee-jerk scape-goating. Don't get me wrong. I think they have a lot of good ideas, and that it is good that they exist, because they make people think. There's just too much there that I can't put my name to, particularly in a town where I'm on my own in it. Leaning left is increasingly becoming an understatement, with it becoming a haven for disaffected Old Labour. You're welcome to take my place if you want, though. They're having a meeting tonight. They are desperate for someone to stand in the general election for them, so you might even get chosen to be their Warrington South PPC if you showed up. I told them that this was not a good way to establish good relations with the Lib Dems, but David was very determined, so if you've got ?500 or could help them raise it, you could probably stand for them. Meetings are held at 7:00 pm every 3rd Monday of the month in the back room of the Bull?s Head Public House on Church Street in Warrington. According to David, they are having a special one this evening as well, so you go girl!
  8. This most certainly wasn't true when I was there in 1990. Most of what you say is sadly true, though, but it's not the whole story. Look into the whole background of it all, and you will probably find some surprising things. I don't want to get into a lengthy who's fault was this, who's was that discussion, but I think it is better support the peace efforts than to take sides. What I also want to distance myself from in it is the influence of the hard left on the Green Party that was associated with the passing of the resolution in the first place. RESPECT friends of Derek Wall were behind it. These people give a bad name to environmentalism by only caring about it only as a means to take down capitalism. This makes them far more willing to find problems than solutions.
  9. That's certainly what I would do if I were in the government.
  10. Here's something for those who are uncertain. http://www.manpollo.org/
  11. For the Conservatives It looks like if we don't get our act together we will be behind even the US no matter which candidate gets elected.
  12. Would be pretty tight in a G-wiz, but Berlingo Electriques sometimes come up, which would do. There are quite popular on my EVUK mailing list. They are delivery vans, but people install back seats in them to turn them into family cars. They use NiCads, so have longer ranges than G-wiz's.
  13. I'm quite enjoying this. At least it keeps the value of my car up. http://shelleywalsh.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/meet-ellie/ You might want to check these out. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/_Cars__2006-REVA-G-WIZ-BLUE-Electric-car_W0QQitemZ200226793708QQadnZCarsQQadiZ3368QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item200226793708&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C65%3A7&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/_Cars__2006-REVA-G-WIZ-UNDER-100-MILES_W0QQitemZ150252398764QQadnZCarsQQadiZ3368QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item150252398764&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C65%3A7&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14 It will be interesting to see what they bid up to.
  14. Real environmentalist oppose biofuels. http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/biodiversity/news/call_for_biofuel_moratorium.html
  15. http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/programs/atmosphere-energy/climate-change/ten-myths.html#cc2 Take a look at Myth 2.
  16. You might also find this interesting. http://forums.cannabisculture.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1416046
  17. Sounds good. The environment is too important to be a partisan issue. I think of myself as fairly pragmatic as well. See http://shelleywalsh.wordpress.com/2008/05/24/simple-transport-solution/ . I've sent this to the transport minister and both shadow transport ministers as well as my MP and Jo Crotty. I plan to send it to your PPC as well when I find his email address.
  18. I don't know about that, but the meeting I was talking about was our next FoE meeting. Ian Marks is coming to it so that we can talk to him about a number of issues.
  19. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hot-Topic-Tackle-Global-Warming/dp/0747593957/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1211621246&sr=1-1 It answers essentially all the questions posed here. Not alarmist, in fact debunks some of the alarmist stuff. It's real, but solvable without going back to the middle ages. It is solvable by things we should be doing anyway even if it wasn't real. For example, proving that man caused global warming is a hoax won't make oil supplies last forever.
  20. How many are on the payrolls of the oil companies?
  21. This seems like an issue I might be able to convince our local Friends of the Earth to get involved in. We are already campaigning for a farmers market, which would seem to tie in well with this. We are making good progress on the farmers market. I talked to Brian Axcell, and he is supportive on it. We will be having the ear of Ian Marks at our next meeting. We have many other issues to discuss, but I will try to squeeze in some questions about allotments if I can.
  22. Less than a year. Not really. We're still friends. They just aren't ready to go anywhere with it. I only ever had a chance for the parish council anyway, and my disagreements with the national party would have not been relevant for it. I probably would have disowned the resolution at the very least. Sian Berry apparently hasn't, and some Jewish people in London weren't very happy about it. I only said they have the best green credentials, something pretty well recognized. But whatever party I join, I will always be at least as much of an independent as Paul is. And if the BNP were to infiltrate the Conservative party the way the hard left are infiltrating the Green Party, I certainly wouldn't think less of Paul if he switched parties because of it.
  23. At the present time, I think the Lib Dems are the best.
  24. I wasn't originally going to make an announcement about it, but with the coming of the following resolution I felt it was necessary to disassociate my name with them. News about it was on their website during the time I was busy campaigning, but I didn't have time to look at it thoroughly at that time. My final straw reason for leaving mentioned in my blog is related to being reminded of seeing it. See http://shelleywalsh.wordpress.com/ . Now that I have had the chance to read it more carefully, my suspicions of them are confirmed. I urge anyone who is thinking about supporting the Green Party to give some serious thought to whether you want to put your name to this sort of thing. I do not like Bush look to Israel as the realization of Abraham and Isaac, but you'd have to boycott a good portion of the world to justify this. You couldn't do that, of course, because they are supplying us with oil. Israel, a country the size of Wales with a population smaller than that of Greater London is a cheap coward's target. RIP08.1: Justice for the Palestinians (Originally passed Spring 2008 Conference) Conference believes that the plight of the Palestinians is an issue that is central to the ongoing instability and violence in the Middle East. A just and durable peace in the Middle East is impossible without a just resolution to the dispossession of the Palestinian people. Israel has for forty years illegally occupied the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights. Israel is in violation of dozens of UN Resolutions, including Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967, calling for Israeli withdrawal from the lands occupied in the Six Day War. There are more than 200 settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, all of them illegal under international law. Approximately 400,000 settlers live in the West Bank, including over 220,000 in Occupied East Jerusalem. Settlement areas, bypass roads and military areas account for more than 79% of the land in the West Bank. Israel?s confiscation of Palestinian land and appropriation of water resources constitutes a theft without compensation for Palestinians. Settlements consume more than 80% of the renewable water resources in the West Bank and Gaza. About one million Palestinians are citizens of a supposedly democratic Israel, but they are denied many rights of citizens, including the right to acquire land or property. 92 % of the land falls under the administration of the Jewish National Fund, and cannot be sold to non-Jews. As a result the Israeli Arabs who make up 19% of the population own only 4% of the land. Israeli law allows Palestinian areas to be designated ?state land.? In all, there are 38 statutes in force enabling the Israeli state to expropriate Palestinian land. In order to render already substantial facts on the ground? irreversible, the Apartheid Wall the Israeli Government is now building snakes deep into the West Bank to effectively annex the illegal settlement blocs into Israel. When finished, the separation zones could leave on the ?Israeli? side up to 60% of the West Bank. Therefore we resolve to: Work towards a just solution based on international law and an end to Israeli occupation of the Occupied Territories Demand that the blockade on all Occupied Palestinian Territories be lifted and freedom of movement guaranteed Campaign for the release all the elected Palestinian parliamentarians kidnapped by the Israeli Army Reiterate our call on Israel to allow Palestinians and their families to return to their former homes, or to compensate those unable or unwilling to return. Support the Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions made by more than 170 Palestinian civil society organizations and community groups. http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/rops/ropsip.html
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