Bank Secrecy, Britain's second empire.
"The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire" is a documentary on the dominant role of "the City of London" in global Banking Secrecy.
Bank Secrecy is probably the greatest, but scarcely mentioned, threat to global society and in fact the planet itself. It is the gateway to corruption on the highest level, which then allows other forms of organized crime, maffias and illegal trafficking that destabalize global society:
- Trafficking of Weapons
generally known as the biggest business in the world, it pobably maintains all the wars around the world, either declared or non-declared, the cause of the endless flow of immigrants to Europa amongst other.
- Trafficking of Drugs
maintains the world's drug-cartels like those in Mexico destabilzing all of south-America and ruining millions of lives of young people in Europa and all over the world.
- Trafficking of People
Done by international mafias which covers from, again, trafficking of immigrants by the thousands to trafficking of women for prostitution and trafficking of children or even organs.
- Trafficking of animals
Specially the exotic animals that generally are already on the edge of extinction. In this sense, Bank Secrecy and (political) corruption are in fact the greatest threat to bio-diversity and survival of nature. This extends to illegal deforestation and polution.
The so-called global financial 'crisis'
According to the documentary:
"We can end taxhaven and financial secrecy jurisdictions. Here are 5 steps to put and end to them:"
- Stop public councils from issuing public contracts to companies operating out of tax havens.
- Create public registries of beneficial owners of companies, trusts and foundations.
- Introduce full transparency of deals and secret agreements between companies and governments.
- Introduce public country by country reporting by multinational companies.
- Introduce automatic information exchange between all countries.
The question is who these "we" are. It seems it refers to politicians and political legislation. But since Bank Secrecy and corruption involve politicians in the first place, this route gives little hope, although Europa should be at least a bit better off than other regions of the world. However, simply observing how fearcefully the Netherlands, Luxembourg or Ireland defend their internationally recognized, and by some very appreciated, positions as tax havens, makes it clear there is a long way to go before politics and politicians take true actions against more serious Bank Secrecy.
Possibly only we, the people, are willing to truly fight this disease and we should find creative and intelligent ways do so ourselves, bottom-up, as in fact should be European politics anyway. How to break this priority European and Global problem also needs common sense and creativity.Goto full page >>>
Do you know Europa as community of people?
One thing is the EU as a political entity, that you may like more or less, or not like at all.
But how about Europa in a non-political sense, in fact, as a community? Our continent enjoys a rich diversity of peoples, cultures and languages. How well do you know the community of people within this political union you are living in?
To start with, how much interaction do you have with other europeans in your daily life?
- Which European countries have you ever visited?
- Have you ever lived, worked and/or studied in any of them? (say, a year or more)
- From our rich offer in languages which one(s) do you speak?
- And, very important, from which countries do you have friends or maybe even (had) a love?
It may seem a long list, but you can skip your own country and the countries that don't apply.
(the countries are subdivided in blocks of decreasing EU commitment (open borders, use of Euro), within that ordered by year of entry and then alphabetically - source 1, source 2)
The essence is not the market, life is.
How important is education for a better Europa?
In his popular TED talk "Do schools kill creativity?" Sir Ken Robinson questions the validity of the modern education and schooling system for the future. An entertaining but at the same time profound talk that makes you think.
I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity.
Our education system all over the world came into being to meet de needs of industrialism. It has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth when we search for a particular commodity. And for the future it won't serve us.
We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we're educating our children.
We have to see our creative capacities for the richness they are and see our children for the hope that they are. And our task is to educate their whole being so they can face this future. Our job is to help them make something of it.
Some decades ago Finland radically moved away from this globalized education system with astonishing results.Goto full page >>>
Ecocide: the missing 5th crime against Peace?
Up till now, without an Ecocide law, big industry has been and still is practically free to destroy nature, the climate and the Earth without any limit or consequences.
However an additional initiative has been taken, also by Polly Higgins, to accelerate the process of turning ecocide into the fifth international crime against peace that is now missing. Mission LifeForce offers all the people in the world the chance to be part of it and support it for life in less than getting a hamburger menu, both in time and expenses. At the same time it increases the legal backup of the front-line activists in case they get arrested. Those who are interested in preserving a healthy planet as our natural living environment can become an "Earth Protector", officially and legally recognized in almost all countries of the world.
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Sexual liberty, a human right?
Should Europa adopt the educational system from Finland?
The Fibonacci sequence
Urgenda wins climate case against Dutch state.
Quantum theory - entanglement
Quantum physics stands at the base of all existence. It implies matter, space, energy and possibly vibration and maybe even time and reality. Until some hundred years ago life was simple and all matter was supposed to be build out of atoms. They were thought to be the smallest undividable parts of matter as if they were tiny marbles.
Now (since the beginning of the 20th century) the atom itself is known to consist of quarks. And quarks at their turn might consist of even smaller and more weird stuff called strings, which would be no more than just a kind of vibrational substance that might present itself as matter or energy or even "nothing". At these tiny levels normal, intuitive and understandable (Newtonian) laws of physics do not apply anymore. Everything at this level is 'weird', a mistery and frequently incomprehensible.
Some of these weird characteristics of subatomic particles:
- they can be at two or more places at the same time
- they can go through solid objects
- they can, seemingly, go backwards in time and change the past
- they react to conscious observation
- they can be linked and "communicate" instantly over any distance (entanglement)
All these caracteristics were first theorized through mathematical equations and then confirmed over and over again in scientific experiments.Goto full page >>>