Friday, 16 February 2018

Part. 2 #WashingtonPost #FloridaSchoolShooting





Quote; "The stunning number swept across the Internet within minutes of the news Wednesday that, yet again, another young man with another semiautomatic rifle had rampaged through a school, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in South Florida.
The figure originated with Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit group, co-founded by Michael Bloomberg, that works to prevent gun violence and is most famous for its running tally of school shootings.
“This,” the organization tweeted at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday, “is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018.”
A tweet by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) including the claim had been liked more than 45,000 times by Thursday evening, and one from political analyst Jeff Greenfield had cracked 126,000. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted it, too, as did performers Cher and Alexander William and actors Misha Collins and Albert Brooks. News organizations — including MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Time, MSN, the BBC, the New York Daily News and HuffPost — also used the number in their coverage. By Wednesday night, the top suggested search after typing “18” into Google was “18 school shootings in 2018.”
It is a horrifying statistic. And it is wrong.
Everytown has long inflated its total by including incidents of gunfire that are not really school shootings. Take, for example, what it counted as the year’s first: On the afternoon of Jan. 3, a 31-year-old man who had parked outside a Michigan elementary school called police to say he was armed and suicidal. Several hours later, he killed himself. The school, however, had been closed for seven months. There were no teachers. There were no students.
Also listed on the organization’s site is an incident from Jan. 20, when at 1 a.m. a man was shot at a sorority event on the campus of Wake Forest University. A week later, as a basketball game was being played at a Michigan high school, someone fired several rounds from a gun in the parking lot. No one was injured, and it was past 8 p.m., well after classes had ended for the day, but Everytown still labeled it a school shooting.
Everytown explains on its website that it defines a school shooting as “any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds.”
Sarah Tofte, Everytown’s research director, calls the definition “crystal clear,” noting that “every time a gun is discharged on school grounds it shatters the sense of safety” for students, parents and the community.
She said she and her colleagues work to reiterate those parameters in their public messaging. But the organization’s tweets and Facebook posts seldom include that nuance. Just once in 2018, on Feb. 2, has the organization clearly explained its definition on Twitter. And Everytown rarely pushes its jarring totals on social media immediately after the more questionable shootings, as it does with those that are high-profile and undeniable, such as the Florida massacre or one from last month in Kentucky that left two students dead and at least 18 people injured.
After The Washington Post published this report, Everytown removed the Jan. 3 suicide outside the closed Michigan school.
The figures matter because gun-control activists use them as evidence in their fight for bans on assault weapons, stricter background checks and other legislation. Gun rights groups seize on the faults in the data to undermine those arguments and, similarly, present skewed figures of their own.

Gun violence is a crisis in the United States, especially for children, and a huge number — one that needs no exaggeration — have been affected by school shootings. An ongoing Washington Post analysis has found that more than 150,000 students attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools have experienced a shooting on campus since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. That figure, which comes from a review of online archives, state and federal enrollment figures and news stories, is a conservative calculation and does not include dozens of suicides, accidents and after-school assaults that have also exposed youths to gunfire.
Just five of Everytown’s 18 school shootings listed for 2018 happened during school hours and resulted in any physical injury. Three others appeared to be intentional shootings but did not hurt anyone. Two more involved guns — one carried by a school police officer and the other by a licensed peace officer who ran a college club — that were unintentionally fired and, again, led to no injuries. At least seven of Everytown’s 18 shootings took place outside normal school hours.
Shootings of any kind, of course, can be traumatic, regardless of whether they cause physical harm.
A month ago, for example, a group of college students were at a meeting of a criminal-justice club in Texas when a student accidentally fired a real gun, rather than a training weapon. The bullet went through a wall, then a window. Though no one was hurt, it left the student distraught.
Is that a school shooting, though? Yes, Everytown says.
“Since 2013,” the organization says on its website, “there have been nearly 300 school shootings in America — an average of about one a week.”
But since Everytown began its tracking, it has included these examples — in August 2013, a man shot on a Tennessee high school’s property at 2 a.m.; in December 2014, a man shot in his car late one night and discovered the next day in a Pennsylvania elementary school’s parking lot; in August 2015, a man who climbed atop the roof of an empty Texas school on a Sunday morning and fired sporadically; in January 2016, a man in an Indiana high school parking lot whose gun accidentally went off in his glove box, before any students had arrived on campus; in December 2017, two teens in Washington state who shot up a high school just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, when the building was otherwise empty.
In 2015, The Post’s Fact Checker awarded the group’s figures — invoked by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) — four Pinocchios for misleading methodology.
Another database, the Gun Violence Archive, defines school shootings in much narrower terms, considering only those that take place during school hours or extracurricular activities.
Yet many journalists rely on Everytown’s data. Post media critic Erik Wemple included the 18 figure in a column Wednesday night, and Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times’ podcast “The Daily,” used the number to punctuate the end of his Thursday show.

Much like trying to define a mass shooting, deciding what is and is not a school shooting can be difficult. Some obviously fit the common-sense definition: Last month, a teen in Texas opened fire in a school cafeteria, injuring a 15-year-old girl.
Others that Everytown includes on its list, though, are trickier to categorize.
About 6 p.m. Jan. 10, a bullet probably fired from off campus hit the window of a building at a college in Southern California. No one was hurt, but students could still have been frightened. Classes were canceled, rooms were locked down and police searched campus for the gunman, who was never found.
On Feb. 5, a police officer was sitting on a bench in a Minnesota school gym when a third-grader accidentally pulled the trigger of his holstered pistol, firing a round into the floor. None of the four students in the gym were injured, but, again, the incident was probably scary.

What is not in dispute is gun violence’s pervasiveness and its devastating impact on children. A recent study of World Health Organization data published in the American Journal of Medicine that found that, among high-income nations, 91 percent of children younger than 15 who were killed by bullets lived in the United States.
And the trends are only growing more dire.
On average, two dozen children are shot every day in the United States, and in 2016 more youths were killed by gunfire — 1,637 — than during any previous year this millennium." Go to: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/no-there-havent-been-18-school-shooting-in-2018-that-number-is-flat-wrong/2018/02/15/65b6cf72-1264-11e8-8ea1-c1d91fcec3fe_story.html?utm_term=.6d7f7be863aa

Nb. The Washington Post article leads with the an argument concerning the classification of acts of terror perpetrated on children not how such numbers simply don't compare to those of the rest of the world!

Quote; ""Hannah Arendt takes the proverbial expression of "the pursuit of happiness" in the United States Declaration of Independence - where pursuing "happiness" is considered an "inalienable right" - and offers a public reading of it, a reading that expands that happiness to include the freedom to participate in the public life. The revolutionary spirit must translate into the institutionalised forms of that public happiness. Public happiness is definitive to Arendt's very conception of politics.

Extending Thomas Jefferson's ideals, Hannah Arendt argues:

"If the ultimate end of revolution was freedom and the constitution of a public space where freedom could appear, then... no one could be called happy without his share of public happiness, that no one could be called free without his experience in public freedom, and that no one could be called happy or free without participating, and having a share, in public power."" Go to: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/06/20126187529252770.html

"This is why Jefferson advocated the ward system so strongly—it would have allowed every citizen to participate in the governance of the state, and thus, to be able to actually pursue public happiness. Today, not only is the “pursuit of happiness” understood exclusively as the pursuit of private happiness, but we have also forgotten the origins and the spirit of the American Revolution. That phoenix was reborn once from the ashes of the Dark Ages, and perhaps, as long as there are great minds like those of Arendt left to conceptualize and pursue it, will be reborn again." Go to: http://fadeyev.net/public-happiness/

Both of the articles above touch on the rumoured conspiracy that, "The pursuit of  happiness" the phrase that appears in The Declaration of Independence that is held in the National Archives Museum in Washington was not the original phraseology as it appeared in a preceding document. Arendt would I think agree that as the upshot of The American Revolution was to see the instigation of, "perpetual war" between the republic and democracy and if, "by their works shall ye now them" it would not be surprising to discover that an earlier more egalitarian drafting of The Declaration existed. The notion that the learned elders were incapable of extrapolating from both the British and French revolutions a more egalitarian (and enlightened?), conception of social well-being and social order seems most errant nonsense and is given no credence by the correspondence quoted in my previous post warning Washington of the influence of Illuminati, "free-marketeers" within the American Lodges. It has also been suggested that Washington and others were responsible for secreting the original document away from the centres of power and beyond-the-gaze of those who wanted its destruction. That we now see how America continually, "makes its war on its children" should also give credence to the notion that The New World never did truly sever its links with the old and simply instituted a dictatorial republican hierarchy for a monarchical one, that these same republicans should have been relying so heavily on our queen in order to maintain the status quo and further their own Socially Darwinist agenda in recent years also suggests that the full story of The American Revolution (and how it is not yet over), has been deliberately kept from the American people.


One may argue that the Democrats seem to have no place in the conspiracy but surely as they see democracy as being at odds with the republic they too have a stake? This unresolved conflict has resulted in suffering and death not only for America's own people but for the people of The World now also. It is clearly no-coincidence that this "exceptional" nation was the first to use nuclear weapons (and that on civilians), even now when there is debate about the recent possible use of tactical nuclear weapons on Yemen the truth is that if they were these munitions were undoubtedly manufactured and supplied by the "good old" U.S of A!" Posted by Ed. to "TLN" message board. 

Also see: #YemenNuclearStrike #TacticalNukes #UnofficialNuclearProliferation; "A serious look into the murky world of post Cold War nuclear politics and proliferation" go to: https://twitter.com/i/moments/879617300126732288

Part 1 of a Discussion concerning The #Illuminati and #Freemasonry in #America on the day of the 17th ("or was it the 18th?"), school shooting in the #US



"Illuminati are running the world: not mad, the idea of questioning hidden power elites is sane
Guardian Comment is Free LINK https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/14/illuminati-running-world-not-mad-idea-questioning-hidden-power-elites-sane Some below-the-line comments:
"Anyone who doesn't believe that the very rich and powerful are conspiring against the majority of us by buying influence with governments in order to keep corporate and personal taxes low, and regulation weak, is a fool."

"Guardian, why the need to link the loaded, nutty "illuminati" word into this mix?"

"Given that we know for certain that the world's richest people meet (not in secret, but in plain sight) with politicians once a year at Davos, it really isn't as big a stretch to conceive of interconnected, mutually-benefiting elites. Why obscure these facts by mockingly referring to "illuminants". What we can also be confident about is that inter-connected, moneyed monopolies don't give a stuff for the daily well-being of people or the planet."" Posted by Margo to The Lifeboat News ("TLN"), message board.



"It isn't "nutty" M ..they are! you cannot discount the historical validity of their existence or the predilection of powerful men to form themselves into "mystical" elites...Don't throw the baby out..they ain't that bright!" Posted by Gerard ("Arafel" editor/blog producer).


"It used to be considered relatively uncontroversial to point out the power hierarchy. Dunno exactly when it became controversial. Probably mid to late 90s, something like that. I mean do these people think we live in some sort of meritocracy. It's hard to see where this writer is coming from. His seems to be a view from nowhere. Nowhere where experience is to be had, that's for sure.
And he's a philosopher.
Didn't he read Plato?
It's all there in The Republic and The Laws." Posted by Paddy.


"Quote; "Freemasonry's real impact on America is richer and more significant than anything that entertainment or speculation would hold. As a radical thought movement that emerged from the Reformation, Freemasonry was the first widespread and well-connected organization to espouse religious toleration and liberty—principles that the fraternity helped spread through the American colonies.

It may seem anomalous for such liberal principles to arise from a clandestine brotherhood; but skullduggery was never Masonry's primary aim. In an age of religious conflict in 17th century Europe—when an individual caught running afoul of church strictures could suffer persecution or worse—Freemasons clung to secrecy less out of esoteric drama than political expedience. Freemasons believed in a search for religious truth as it existed in all civilizations, including those of a pre-Christian past, and they drew upon ancient and occult symbols, from pentagrams to luminescent eyeballs, as codes for ethical development and civic progress. Reactions from church authorities ranged from suspicion to hostility. European Masons had good reason to be discrete.

In a young America, Masonic ideals fully took flight—sometimes in unexpected ways. In Boston in 1775, Freemasonic officials who were part of a British garrison granted local freemen of color the right to affiliate as Masons under the banner of African Lodge No. 1. The African Lodge later became known as Prince Hall Masonry, so named for the order's founder, Prince Hall, a freed slave. Hall became the first African-American named a Grand Master. Despite the African Lodge's segregated status, Prince Hall Masonry was a bastion of abolitionism. Its leader affixed his name to some of the republic's earliest anti-slavery petitions in 1777 and 1778. As such, African Lodge No. 1 represented the first black-led abolitionist movement in American history.

Whatever its airs of mystery and images of skulls, pyramids, and all-seeing eyes, Freemasonry's most radical, even dangerous, idea was the encouragement of different faiths within a single nation. Early in his first term, Washington communicated these ideals in a letter to the congregation of a Rhode Island synagogue: "It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it was the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily, the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens..." In other words, in this new nation minority religions were not just guests at the table, but full householders.

Washington and other early American Freemasons rejected a European past in which one overarching authority regulated the exchange of ideas. And this outlook is found in one of the greatest symbols associated with Freemasonry: The eye-and-pyramid of the Great Seal of the United States, familiar today from the back of the dollar bill. The Great Seal's design began on July 4th, 1776, on an order from the Continental Congress and under the direction of Benjamin Franklin (another Freemason), Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. The Latin maxim that surrounds the unfinished pyramid—Annuit Coeptis Novus Ordo Seclorum—can be roughly, if poetically, translated as: "God Smiles on Our New Order of the Ages." It is Masonic philosophy to the core: The pyramid, or worldly achievement, is incomplete without the blessing of Providence. And this polity of man and God, as Masonry saw it, required a break with the religious order of the Old World and a renewed search for universal truth. In its symbols and ideas, Masonry conveyed a
sense that something new was being born in America: that the individual's conscience was beyond denominational affiliation or government command*." Go to: https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2009/09/14/masons-and-the-making-of-america
*Whoops..!

It's been said that Washington truly wanted to rid the American lodges of "Illuminati",
Quote; "It was some time since that a book fell into my hands entitled “Proofs of a Conspiracy &c. by John Robison,” which gives a full account of a Society of Freemasons, that distinguishes itself by the name of "Illuminati,” whose plan is to overturn all government and all religion, even natural; and who endeavour to eradicate every Idea of a Supreme Being, and distinguish man from beast by his shape only. A thought suggested itself to me, that some of the Lodges in the United States might have caught the infection, and might cooperate with the Illuminati or the Jacobine Club in France. Fauchet is mentioned by Robison as a zealous member: and who can doubt of Genet and Adet? Have not these their confidants in this country? They use the same expressions and are generally men of no religion. Upon serious reflection I was led to think that it might be within your power to prevent the horrid plan from corrupting the brethren of the English Lodge over which you preside.

I send you the “Proof of a Conspiracy &c.” which, I doubt not, will give you satisfaction and afford you matter for a train of ideas, that may operate to our national felicity. If, however, you have already perused the book, it will not, I trust, be disagreeable to you that I have presumed to address you with this letter and the book accompanying it. It proceeded from the sincerity of my heart and my ardent wishes for the common good.

May the Supreme Ruler of all Things continue you long with us in these perilous times: may he endow you with strength and wisdom to save our country in the threatening storms and gathering clouds of factions and commotions! and after you have completed his work on this terrene spot, may He bring you to the full possession of the glorious liberty of the children of god, is the hearty and most sincere wish of your excellency’s very humble and devoted servant

G. W. Snyder" Go to: https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0435

Where the "Illuminati" came from,
quote; "Born in 1748 in Ingolstadt, a city in the Electorate of Bavaria (now part of modern-day Germany), Weishaupt was a descendant of Jewish converts to Christianity. Orphaned at a young age, his scholarly uncle took care of his education, and enrolled him in a Jesuit school. After completing his studies, Weishaupt became a professor of natural and canon law at the University of Ingolstadt, married, and started a family. On the surface, it was a conventional enough career—until 1784 when the Bavarian state learned of his incendiary ideas.

A closer look at his upbringing, however, reveals that Weishaupt always had a restless mind. As a boy he was an avid reader, consuming books by the latest French Enlightenment philosophers in his uncle’s library. Bavaria at that time was deeply conservative and Catholic. Weishaupt was not the only one who believed that the monarchy and the church were repressing freedom of thought.

Convinced that religious ideas were no longer an adequate belief system to govern modern societies, he decided to find another form of “illumination,” a set of ideas and practices that could be applied to radically change the way European states were run.

Freemasonry was steadily expanding throughout Europe in this period, offering attractive alternatives to freethinkers. Weishaupt initially thought of joining a lodge. Disillusioned with many of the Freemasons’ ideas, however, he became absorbed in books dealing with such esoteric themes as the Mysteries of the Seven Sages of Memphis and the Kabbala, and decided to found a new secret society of his own." Go to: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2016/07-08/profile-adam-weishaupt-illuminati-secret-society/

Ideas (if they do indeed contain any rationale), persist far longer than their instigators, the Illuminati cannot (and must not), simply be dismissed. There is little doubt in my mind that the conflict between The Freemasons and The Illuminati still goes on especially in America. These are powerful and influential people, people who must fill their lives with something and rely on a binding other than the mere brute struggle for capital that would have them tearing each other's throats out on a daily basis, such is; "bad for business Luigi" there has to be a "code"." Posted by Gerard. 


Also see; ""Grey Flag": #AlGoreisms and Such #Charlottseville #NWO #Trump" go to: http://www.arafel.co.uk/2017/08/grey-flag-algoreisms-and-such.htm,"American "Justice" re: #Ferguson." go to: http://www.arafel.co.uk/2014/11/american-justice-re-ferguson.html & "The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down!" go to: http://www.arafel.co.uk/2015/06/the-night-they-drove-old-dixie-down.html

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Greenfield Site Development in Britain: #GovtPolicy #MilitaryInvolvement #TheCampaignfortheProtectionofRuralEngland

Thank you to Mary for the following posts (and for extending her sympathies to me concerning the loss of the Hatch Farm heath-land -see prev. blog post-), to The Lifeboat News message board, quote;

"It is happening everywhere. Locally, a Surrey County Council care home was closed (one of seven that they they staffed and ran and then closed) and the site was flogged off to Linden Homes (Tory donors). A few years back, Agent Cameron opened another development of theirs locally where the MAFF HQ had been closed and the large site flogged off for 'little box' development built so close together, you can reach out and touch the neighbouring wall. The care home site now contains 23 'luxury executive homes' under construction. The cheapest is over £925,000! Elsewhere, Army land at Longcross on heathland, near to the M3, previously used for ranges and training was decommissioned and sold to Crest Nicholson, again for 'stunning (they love that word) executive homes. The photos showed them with brand new cars parked on their forecourts. All crammed in and the slums of the future. The same is happening at Bordon and Whitehill on a much larger scale. New roads have been put in. The mantra is to run down the military land and bases and flog off the land. If you look at the website of M3LEP, you will see that it is a 'local enterprise partnership.' They have been set up all over the country. Trumpeting it out loud; https://www.enterprisem3.org.uk/ This is the board. See the representatives there from HM's Army, from Crest Nicholson and from all the local councils and county councils with others from BT, IT companies and universities. The councils give the strategic planning permissions of course. Cosy isn't it?

The board: https://www.enterprisem3.org.uk/the-board It includes: Browne, Colonel Simon Deputy Commander 11th Infantry Brigade Simon is Deputy Commander of 11th Infantry Brigade championing the Army’s presence and operational role in South East England as well as leading the Army’s strategic engagement in East Africa. He is a member of the civil military partnership boards for Kent, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, West Sussex and East Sussex. He chairs the regional employer engagement board to assure public/private partnership engagement and to deliver corporate and community covenant obligations. Simon as a Royal Anglian is an infantry officer and currently one of the Regiment’s 2 Deputy Colonels. He has extensive operational experience in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has held posts at the Strategic level in the MOD, in the old Defence Procurement Agency, worked for the Head of Human Resources for the Army and been responsible for the Army’s outreach and civil engagement at a national level. He has also spent considerable time working in education, having held 2 positions on the staff at the United Kingdom’s Defence Academy in Shrivenham. He has received public recognition for his service in Northern Ireland where he was Mentioned in Despatches, in Afghanistan where he was made an MBE and Iraq where he was made an OBE.' There's a clever colonel. "


"Solent LEP (Local |Enterprise Partnership) Its chair is practiced in the art of real estate development. There are five councillors from local and county councils including the leaders of Portsmouth and Southampton city councils. Remember they provide the planning permissions. The Vice Chancellor of Southampton Univ. Sir Christopher Snowden, is there too. He was previously at Surrey Univ and is now receiving £424,000pa. Nice. Do we read or hear anything about these almost secret set ups on the local or national MSM or from the news channel providers or the decisions they are making? No. Creeping fascism. Solen LEP is based at Lakeside North Harbour Portsmouth. https://solentlep.org.uk/contact-us/ Nice aerial photo. Does it include your heathland? Solent LEP‏ @solentlep Is the organisation behind much of the economic planning for the #Solent, our vision is to bring sustainable #growth, #investment and high-skilled #jobs to the region. Learn more about our ambitions here: http://bit.ly/2C2ILVH Open the biographies. Quite telling to see where they come from and the power they possess."

Arafel; I was confirmed in my suspicions rather than having them further aroused when I saw the presence of a former military man in the rogue's gallery, who better to provide "logistical Support" for such invasive tactics? Our local councils may be able to deny assent for greenfield developments but they have no control over their overall budget so the land is acquired "by other means" by central government. After the second world war Churchill rewarded the Special Operation Executive with jobs in the city laundering money (for MI6 who would no longer tolerate the "SoE's" existence), but they were employed fighting her majesty's enemies, how things have changed!  

Quote; "The shake-up of England's planning laws is likely to result in more development on greenfield sites, but this will not happen without the approval of local communities, according to the government department responsible for the reforms. The national planning policy framework, a consultation document published three weeks ago, has provoked consternation in the ranks of the National Trust and the Council for the Protection of Rural England. The campaign groups claim the framework dispenses with the previous government's emphasis that developers should build primarily on brownfield, urban sites rather than greenfield sites at the edge of the countryside. There have been claims this will result in developers "cherry-picking" greenfield sites as local authorities are instructed to develop ambitious five-year housebuilding plans." Go to: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2011/aug/27/councils-greenfield-sites-planning-proposals for full article.


Quote; "England faces a housing crisis. We agree there is a need to deliver more homes, but it is essential that these homes are the right types of homes and are in the right places. In rural areas, there is a particular need to protect existing affordable housing and increase stock in areas with high housing need. In these areas there is only 8% affordable housing stock, compared with 20% in urban areas. Due to the scale of the housing crisis and the high profit margins associated with developing greenfield sites, there is increasing pressure to build large houses in the countryside at the peripheries of existing settlements, with less scope for affordable homes. Weak planning policy increasingly allows this to happen, even in areas that are meant to be protected from development, such as Green Belt. The English housing market is currently dominated by a few large-scale developers. The business model of many of these developers is based around developing market housing on greenfield sites at a slow rate in order to maximise profit margins. It is clear that to solve the housing crisis, we need much more new building by other players such as small and medium-sized house builders, local authorities and individuals who want to build their own home. We also need more sensitive design. We’re concerned that national housebuilders continue to rely on standard, off the shelf designs with little interest in local building styles or character. We are keen to find out more about both good and bad practice. Policy measures can also be taken to facilitate development on brownfield sites, such as stronger funding structures for remediation." Go to: http://www.cpre.org.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-planning/housing/the-issues for full article.


Quote; "Tens of thousands of new homes in greenfield areas in England will be given automatic planning permission amid fears that communities will have inappropriate developments forced on them. Ministers have quietly given developers the right to be granted "planning in principle" in areas that are earmarked for new housing schemes. Rural campaigners said the new powers will restrict the rights of council planning officers to ensure that the design, density, size and location of homes is in keeping with local areas. Shaun Spiers, chief executive of the Campaign to protect Rural England, said: "The country needs more house building, but the way to achieve this is through well-planned developments that win public consent. Imposing development without local democratic oversight is a recipe for discord."" Go to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/greenpolitics/planning/11968830/Tens-of-thousands-of-new-homes-in-greenfield-areas-to-get-automatic-planning-permission.html for full article.

Protect South Hampshire's Countryside; Petition: https://www.change.org/p/protect-south-hampshire-s-countryside?recruiter=118703745&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_message.nafta_milestone_share_ask_victory.control



Also see; "The New Builds are Coming":
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05wgbwd

Quote; "The residents who were willing to talk on camera felt hostile toward the potential incomers. One of them, Edward Reily Collins, suggested that they would have “nowhere to go and play so they’ll go and smash up someone’s car”." Go to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/01/31/new-builds-coming-battle-countryside-no-answers-given-britains/

Thursday, 8 February 2018

#HatchFarm #Heathland: West End Village, Eastleigh Borough Council, #GreenfieldSites #NatureReserves


I posted this on the evening of the 7th February, 2018 to; "The Lifeboat News" message board, quote; "..

I just got a very nasty shock..The Hatch Farm Heathland site has GONE
 
I've rarely seen such an act of wanton vandalism...the heath-land simply must have been a nature reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a combination of such (italicised edit Arafel. Ed.), ..but it seems no, went for a walk this evening and the whole lot has gone...a large acreage it was too..greenfield site....I kid you not they put the notification of change of public footpath route in the middle of the area (no real path), not quite fully iron-fenced-off (you know that temporary stuff that looks so naff?), ...so you have to skirt around half a meter or so on a gradient between it and the woodland..keeping your eyes pointing skyward nearly all the time..literally on a slope where once there was an overland route. 
 The butterfly display last year was staggering. It connected The Hatch Gdns. and park land via St. Barbe Baker Road* no less...it's gone, no shrubs, no bushes looks like The Somme...Not uncontroversial either from what I discover now...



Quote: "They fear the cumulative impact of this on Swaythling Road and Botley Road, the main road between West End and Hedge End.

Ben Blowers, chairman of the 40-strong Hatch Farm Preservation Association, said this was a loss of open space in an increasingly urbanised area.

He also highlighted fears about water running off this site in previous years causing problems and that this will get worse if it is built on.

Nearby resident Sabrina Touzel said the development would have a “seriously detrimental impact on West End and the privacy of many existing residents” and that the resulting traffic would be “horrendous”.

She added: “We will lose an important open space that many local people and families enjoy and which supports a range of wildlife.

“The traffic from this site if built will add to the overburdened major A27.”

Residents also expressed concern that the site was owned by Eastleigh Borough Council and yet it was the planning authority deciding the outcome.

Tim Willcocks, assistant director of land and new homes at developer Radian Homes said it had worked with the council on its plans and consulted the public extensively and the design had evolved, “where possible” in response to people’s views.

“The development at Hatch Farm will provide much needed new housing, including affordable housing for local people and public open space, and we look forward to continuing to work with the local community,” he added.

The council did not respond to a request for comment.

Councillors will decide at a meeting at the Hedge End 2000 Centre at 7pm." Go to: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/environment/14324903.Last_ditch_bid_to_stop_dozens_of_homes_being_built_on_countryside/
Also see comments.



*When 91 Year old Richard St Barbe Baker made his way to Adelaide in 1981, he was renowned around the world as an inspiring visionary devoted to improving the planet. An advocate of the ‘think globally, act locally’ philosophy decades before it became a well known catch cry, he was founder of the international Men of the Trees (MoTT) movement, and planter of countless trees. St Barbe travelled the globe spreading his vision of a world where peace and the conservation of the environment were paramount.
Probably his largest single challenge was the concept of gradually reclaiming the Sahara Desert through the strategic planting of trees. This idea took shape after a 25,000-mile expedition around the desert (through 24 countries), which he undertook with a team in 1952-3.
Ultimately, there were MoTT chapters in over 100 countries including ours here in South Australia. Men of the Trees organisations still exist in WA, NSW and Queensland.
By some estimates, organisations St. Barbe Baker founded or assisted have been responsible for planting at least 26 trillion trees internationally." Go to: https://www.treesforlife.org.au/about/our-history/richard-st-barbe-baker

Madness...you're destroying the natural space
between all the buildings how is that a nice environment even for the idiots who will undoubtedly live there?! It had the lot folks all the wildlife you could imagine; foxes, badgers, deer (all of which "drift out" from the surrounding woodland),, raptors, owls a tremendous ornithological, entomological and botanical treasure-trove in-fact (italicised edits Arafel. Ed.), and the NIMBYs are worried about traffic flow!?!?! Does anyone care??? This was a "rubber-stamp" job if ever I saw one....very, very upsetting...ouch...wow...  

 98 homes they're building, some on the far side from the footpath are already nearly finished..Radian..Welling and Eastleigh Borough Council are the names to conjure with..Big area untouched for what looks like at least a hundred years..proper heath-land not scrub...
 
Re: I just got a very nasty shock..The Hatch Farm Heathland site has GONE 

Posted by Ian M
Sorry to hear Gerard, sounds horrible. Criminal really for heath-land to be destroyed like that, especially given its scarcity, declined to 1/6 of its total UK area in 1800 - http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-1432 Also immeasurably important to have an open, natural space like that in an urban setting. Its loss will compound the poverty of the children growing up in the area and lower everybody's quality of life. Vandalism like you say.





"Children of Dune" Main Title; House Atreides: BrianTyler



Wednesday, 31 January 2018

"A Bridge Over Troubled Water"? Why does our foreign secretary want an alternative route?: #Eurotunnel #Brexit


 

I spent some years in a "semi-fugue" state (the second a time I've been "out there", A few scares since -and it's always there "hovering"-, but no long term immersion in that "other" world), during the nineteen nineties ("nuff said" right now no-names-no-pack-drill), and had an number of strange or unusual encounters during this time. One notable encounter was when a good female friend took me to meet an engineer architect who was at that time living in a top-floor flat in a Herbert Collins designed (see pic, unfortunately I couldn't find one of this far more Art Nouveau set of apartments -unusual for Collins because of their height -, I'm not sure but very possibly his only three-four floor development), block in Portswood Southampton.

I was having problems communicating (a very notable and usual component of the experience), but on more academic subjects I could still be coherent. We talked about his work decommissioning nuclear reactors and also the plans he knew of to build a bridge across the Straits of Gibraltar. Standing on the roof of the block we all four (his partner was also there), looked over to Southampton water with our breath taken by both the view and the notion of the bridge that would be required (and as he intimated at the time the politics would have to be right for a bridge across the Mediterranean to be considered and as we know they haven't been since). The thought of a bridge across The Channel sprang immediately to my mind (unsurprisingly as I have never liked the "Chunnel" esp. as it was necessary to desecrate/destroy one of the only neolithic-bronze age sites in the region to do so -and "not withstanding" the deaths which occurred during its construction-), I had written a poem about it some years earlier (this and other issues like the Iran-Iraq war), that I submitted to a competition (it was slated!). Since then I have watched events and news concerning the Tunnel with both interest and considerable concern.
"Eurotunnel" doesn't belong to we Brits anymore, its been sold-off, hardly a flagship project and although rarely of benefit to any but the middle and upper income groups we still intend to put all the HS2 eggs in its basket.

Quote; "Two Canadian pension funds are to pay a higher-than-expected £2.1bn for the right to run the UK’s only dedicated high-speed rail line, in the first significant privatisation of the new coalition government.
Philip Hammond, transport secretary, described the sale of a 30-year concession for High Speed One to Borealis Infrastructure and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, announced on Friday, as “great news for taxpayers and rail passengers alike”."...
Go to: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/be77b8d4-e8cc-11df-a383-00144feab49a.html#axzz34F7WsF2F

"Quote; ""Recently, an earthquake occurred along the English Channel
coast, with its epicentre at Folkestone in Kent, at
8.28 a.m. (local time) on 28 April 2007. The local earthquake
magnitude was estimated by the British Geological Survey
as 4.2ML (Walker and Musson, 2007) and no discernible
affect was reported on the sea. However, worryingly, a local
news outlet reported that coastal residents on feeling the
tremor “started rushing out from their houses and on to the
beach for safety” (Kent News, 2007)! This highlights the
need to assess the threat from tsunami and associated hazards
in Britain and, if appropriate, raise public awareness of
the potential hazards."

from http://dyscovery.newport.ac.uk/

According to "The Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Organisation" (go to.... http://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/8/587/2008/nhess-8-587-2008.pdf ), siesmic events either in or on either side of The Channel are historically far from rare! " Go to http://gkhales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/has-integrity-of-channel-tunnel-always.html"...

"Quote; "Geological profile along the tunnel as constructed. For most of its length the tunnel bores through a chalk marl stratum (layer)*
Successful tunnelling required a sound understanding of the topography and geology and the selection of the best rock strata through which to tunnel. The geology generally consists of northeasterly dipping Cretaceous strata, part of the northern limb of the Wealden-Boulonnais dome. Characteristics include:"...  

 
"Quote; "Turkey’s New Undersea Tunnel Is Built to Resist Earthquakes
How engineers made a train tunnel that connects two continents

When designing the tunnel, engineers had to take into account its proximity to the active North Anatolian Fault, which lies about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away. Activity along this 930-mile (1,500-kilometer) fault system resulted in a devastating 7.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey in 1999, killing tens of thousands of people.
"The earthquake hazard really drove the design of the project," said Joseph Wartman, a civil engineering professor at the University of Washington in Seattle who was not involved with the project but has studied its progress due to his work on earthquake-resistant design. The tunnel's engineers had to account for the possibility of earthquakes of magnitudes as large as 7.5, he said. "It's about as challenging as it gets for tunnel design."
Earthquake safety determined the sizing of the tunnel and a lot of the design details, Wartman said. "This project really posed some significant challenges to the designers. It's really pushing the boundaries of underground construction in a seismically active area."
Although earthquakes can cause a lot of shaking, that's not as much of a concern with underground tunnels, Wartman said. "They're actually some of the safest places to be, because the level of shaking is lower below the ground compared to the surface." He explained that this is due to the mechanics by which the seismic waves propagate across the ground.
"It may not be particularly intuitive that something deep is actually safer, but that's the case in this situation," he said.
Turning Solid Ground Into Liquid
The real concern during an earthquake is a phenomenon known as liquefaction, which can temporarily soften the soil surrounding the tunnel, effectively turning that soil into a liquid, Wartman said. "The soil is no longer supporting the tunnel, it's trying to dislodge it, and it can actually cause tunnels to float up," he said.
"We have seen many cases where below-ground structures such as gasoline tanks float up to the surface in an earthquake."
Jonathan Stewart, a civil engineering professor at the University of California, Los Angeles also pointed to liquefaction as a major concern for the Marmaray project, especially given the massive liquefaction observed during the 1999 earthquake in Turkey. "That's probably the single biggest threat,"
*said Stewart, who was not involved with the tunnel's design.

*Italics mine. Could liquifaction (or similar "non-impactive" stress), be a problem with regard to The Eurotunnel's structure?

Suspended Tunneling
 
Quote; "The concept of submerged floating tunnels is based on well-known technology applied to floating bridges and offshore structures, but the construction is mostly similar to that of immersed tunnels: One way is to build the tube in sections in a dry dock; then float these to the construction site and sink them into place, while sealed; and, when the sections are fixed to each other, the seals are broken. Another possibility is to build the sections unsealed, and after welding them together, pump the water out.
The ballast used is calculated so that the structure has approximate hydrostatic equilibrium (that is, the tunnel is roughly the same overall density as water), whereas immersed tube tunnels are ballasted more to weight them down to the sea bed. This, of course, means that a submerged floating tunnel must be anchored to the ground or to the water surface to keep it in place (which of these depends on which side of the equilibrium point the tunnel is). "...

"What concerns me greatly is that at the same time as The Oil Industry's baby was (possibly), pensioned off in 2010 the geological report which was produced ("pay-per-view" only), appears to have vanished.

Quote; "Channel tunnel
Ten workers died during the construction of the Channel tunnel between 1987 and 1993, most of them in the first few months during the boring of the tunnel. The Channel tunnel was a joint venture between British and French construction firms. The vast majority of the work was carried out by the British, and eight out of the 10 dead were British workers." Go to http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/thirteen-workers-die-as-safety-standards-are-ignored-in-race-to-build-olympic-sites-558698.html

I have now located a link to the British Geological Society's report on a prev. thread (I was unable to locate it via any current search engine), the report is still "pay-per-view" only but you will note that it was first published in 1997. I was given to understand that an update had indeed been undertaken, I shall check with the BGS....Go to: http://egsp.lyellcollection.org/content/12/1/327.full.pdf

"Eurostar rail stake touted for sale by UK government"
go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29588412

Winchester earthquake: Tremor felt in Hampshire

Quote; "An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 has been recorded in Hampshire, the British Geological Survey has confirmed.
Postings on social media reported buildings in the Winchester area shaking following a tremor shortly after 18:30 GMT.
A police spokeswoman said no injuries or serious damage had been reported.
Matthew Emery, from South Wonston, near Winchester described the experience as "almost as if Concorde had flown over".
The British Geological Survey (Bgs) reported a tremor at a depth of 3km (1.9miles) at Headbourne Worthy, just north east of Winchester.
BGS Seismologist David Galloway said the UK experienced about 10 quakes of such a size each year which were "usually quite widely felt around the area"..
""the whole bed was visibly shaking" as well as one who said the earthquake sounded "like a bus" crashing "into the neighbours house at speed".
Hampshire Constabulary said it had initially received lots of calls from concerned residents in the Kingsworthy area following reports of something which "felt like an explosion which shook their houses".
Residents also took to social media to describe what happened.
Rowland Rees tweeted: "Quake felt in Crawley, Winchester. Whole house shook for a few seconds!"
And Jen Gupta said in a tweet: "Our house in Winchester just shook enough to rattle glasses in the cupboard, accompanied by a boom sound."
Rachel Cristofoli, in Kings Worthy, said: "Everyone felt it and came outside to see what was going on. It lasted about 5 seconds, but the houses all shook from top to bottom."
Brook Ethridge, barmaid at the South Wonston Social Club, said: "About half past six, I was sitting reading my book and all the glasses started shaking. It sounded like someone had driven into the back of the club."
Go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-31009707
For full article." From; "Was a Dangerous Eurotunnel "Pensioned Off"" go to:  http://www.arafel.co.uk/2014/06/was-dangerous-eurotunnel-pensioned-off.html
 
The Tunnel was closed some Christmases ago due to "fissures" (their word), in the rails (strange word to use? I'm no expert). Now our foreign secretary wants to build a bridge. Does he know something we don't? Was this yet another example of the man's "humour"? You see it has also occurred to me that in no-wise would the tunnel authorities and politicians want the notion of a compromised tunnel to filter into the public domain, after all if one even thought there could be a problem "down there" one would most likely eschew using the crossing for a cheaper, less stressful and possibly safer alternative, it would surely only be necessary for this notion to gain traction for the tunnel to become financially nonviable and unsustainable (I believe maintenance costs are high and that such is required rather more than was planned or than is common knowledge), personally I would rather (if given no other alternative and knowing just how dangerous it can be), swim the channel than cross it underground. What do you know Boris? Are you seriously suggesting we use and maintain both?!

Sorry to be the bearer but I am obliged..Caveat emptor sweethearts, I will never use Eurotunnel of my own volition...ever...

The above article represents the few snippets I could find sorry it is not more definitive. 


When I aired my concerns both on The Lifeboat News message board and on Twitter following following Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments to french President Emmanuel Machron during a recent visit it met with some skepticism however both the mainstream media  (MSM), and alternative sources do not seem appraised of any problems regarding the Eurotunnel and consequently did not factor in the possibility that both Mr.Johnson and M.Macron may have been indulging in a "softening-up" exercise to prepare the ground (quite literally), for the eventual closing of the Eurotunnel route. Clearly a bridge across the channel would be an immense undertaking, one comment I received on Twitter was: "One gust of wind and it will be shut! Remember this is the English Channel we are talking about here!!" Possibly but could the road not be enclosed?