Monday, June 26, 2006

Street Art

This is a cool site.

I find that there is a definable difference between street art and's a fine line, and in the end, if unwanted, it can all be a nuisance, but this site has some impressive stuff.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Interesting website…….

After you go to the site go to this article:

The world we live in………

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I think I have a crush on Shelagh Rogers

OK, just joshing, but I LOVE her show. Sounds like Canada is such an amazing radio show and she is an incredible host. Wednesdays are the only day that I get to listen to the program, but she's always got someone fascinating on there and does a great job of reminding me why I love this counrty so much.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Gold Rush

The way that countries were raped for their resources during colonial times infuriates me and this is a modern example of the same thing with a rediculous disgrgard for socioeconomic impact and environmental destruction. Makes me sick.

In the Valle de San Felix, the purest water in Chile runs from 2 rivers, fed by 2 glaciers. Water is a most precious resource, and wars will be fought for it.

Indigenous farmers use the water, there is no unemployment, and they provide the second largest source of income for the area. Under the glaciers has been found a huge deposit of gold, silver and other minerals. To get at these, it would be necessary to break, to destroy the glaciers - something never conceived of in the history of the world - and to make 2 huge holes, each as big as a whole mountain, one for extraction and one for the mine's rubbish tip.

The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company is called Barrick Gold. The operation is planned by a multi-national company, one of whose members is George Bush Senior. The Chilean Government has approved the project to start this year, 2006.

The only reason it hasn't started yet is because the farmers have got a temporary stay of execution. If they destroy the glaciers, they will not just destroy the source of especially pure water, but they will permanently contaminate the 2 rivers so they will never again be fit for human or animal consumption because of the use of cyanide and sulphuric acid in the extraction process. Every last gram of gold will go abroad to the multinational company and not one will be left with the people whose land it is. They will only be left with the poisoned water and the resulting illnesses.

The farmers have been fighting a long time for their land, but have been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a ban from the Ministry of the Interior. Their only hope now of putting brakes on this project is to get help from international justice. The world must know what is happening in Chile. The only place to start changing the world is from here.

I have an email that asks to add your name to a petition to be sent to the Chilean government. I wonder whether something like that will be enough....

You can find more info on the project here