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Aug 14, 2011

Some random but serious food for thought thoughts that have been running around my head (unfortunately not all environment related although they are indirectly... if we're busy with arms we have less attention for our duty of guardian of Creation; living in cities with limited greenery can make us go a bit funny, outside our natural [fitra] situation)

The UK Prime Minister, Mr Cameron says some youngsters grow up in "a culture that glorifies violence." ... while London hosts DSEi, the world's biggest arms fair in five weeks time (it "will be even bigger [than 2009]").


Highest estimated cost of riots in UK in past week: £100m
Tax avoidance by Vodafone: £6 billion
Tax spent on Libyan intervention: £1 billion
Tax avoidance in 2010 by richest people in the UK: £7 bllion
Tax payers bill for banking crisis: £131 billion
Tax money spent in Iraqi conflict: £4.5 billion
Tax money spent on Afghan conflict (up until 2007): £7 billion

Tax money to be spent on replacement of UK nuclear weapons £over 100bn

Total MP expenses bill (2007) £87.6m

UN emergency response requirements for Horn of Africa £2.5 billion (only half committed so far)


Norwegian killing 78 got so much more attention than news that collectively we're responsible for deaths of 30,000 kids who've died in Horn of Africa just in last 90 days (in a world of plenty there's nothing natural about starvation; global governance leads to unjust distribution and access to food)


Birmingham (UK) City Council leaders awarding themselves 37% payrise (from 37 to 51 MILLION GBP) while local services and community safety get a 78% budget CUT (from 55 to 13 million GBP)


Shell admits Nigeria oil spills and Shell fights spill near North Sea oil platform, but also Oil giant Shell profits jump 77%


What have we done to the world? What are we doing to the world?

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Posted: Sunday August 14, 2011, 7:24 am
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