Saturday, February 16, 2008

new houses for old lies

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Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson floats his "war room" idea Monday at the United Nations. With him on the podium are actress Daryl Hannah and U.N. General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim./ Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic stands under a model of a spaceship unveiled at a news conference January 23, 2008 in New York City. Branson hopes the spaceship will be the first to ferry paying passengers into space on a regular schedule. Branson's Virgin Galactic is one of several commercial enterprises currently competing to offer flights to space. Looking to commence the program latter this year, about 200 people have already signed up for the rides, which cost about $200,000 per person.

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Michael R. Bloomberg (R), New York City Mayor, speaks with Pamela Flaherty (L), Senior Vice President for Global Community Relations at Citigroup before the opening session of the United Nations climate change debate on February 11, 2008 at UN headquarters in New York.

UNITED NATIONS - How's this for an idea: an "environmental war room" to lead the world's efforts to find a fix for global warming. Virgin CEO and British billionaire Richard Branson offered that idea up while addressing the start of a U.N. debate on climate change, saying it would be run by a world figure in global warming and could serve as "a tool for the U.N." to ferret out good ideas and calculate each nation's costs. "The 'war room' will be independent of politics," Branson said. "But in the end it will need the United Nations, governments and other organizations to help make sure implementation happens."
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ranson outlined the idea at a press conference Monday with U.N. General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and actress Daryl Hannah, and then again at a luncheon for the delegates attending the two-day debate.
The need for developing nations and the world's cities to take over the lead on the fight against global warming was a common refrain among diplomats, mayors and business leaders — though they recognized it will take the inclusion of the United States and China, the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, to fix the problem. The General Assembly is trying to shape overall U.N. policy on climate change, including how nations can adapt to a warmer world, and to generate support for the U.N.-led negotiations that are intended to craft a new climate treaty by 2009.
Cities are ready to lead the change
with national governments and international organizations, said Letizia Moratti, the mayor of Milan, Italy."It's time for all national leaders to stand up, and be honest and responsible about the cost of climate change for future generations and for ourselves," Moratti said. Nearly 100 countries have signed up to speak at the debate, and 20 were sending ministers. "Climate is interwoven into every aspect of development," said Tim Wirth, president of the U.N. Foundation, a private group that supports the world body's work....participants — including the European Union and the United Nations — praised what they saw as a new willingness by the United States to discuss possible solutions.Link(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23129533/)

at the same time we read: "
SPAIN WILL BE HOME TO THE
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS.

• "The Institute is one of the proposals included in the National Plan for the Alliance of Civilizations and will be created under the auspices of the United Nations University.

Eleventh of February, 2008. Today, Representatives of the Spanish government and the United Nations University addressed the creation of the International Institute of the Alliance of Civilizations for the occasion of Mr. Konrad Osterwalder´s visit to Madrid.

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Mr. Osterwalder is the Rector of the United Nations University. This International Institute will act as a Center for investigation and research for the development of a project focused around four central areas: education as an instrument for promoting democratic values; youth and youth movements; migration issues and the different strategies presented on a regional, national and international level; and the media and understanding of the global reality.

The Institute is currently embarking on its final phase of development. It will be located in Spain and will be integrated into the network of Centers of the United Nations University. In January, Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, presented a National Plan during the Alliance of Civilizations Forum. With the aforementioned Plan, the government proposes to incorporate the Institute’s goals on a national level and incorporate them into both foreign policies and domestic policies....The Alliance of Civilizations is currently comprised of 85 countries and international organizations, continuously furthering its global presence.link

And we have:

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"VELTRONI: WITH UN AND POPE FOR 'UNITED RELIGION'

(AGI) - Rome, Feb. 14 - A place where religions can meet and talk. The idea is of Walter Veltroni and the place of course Rome. Veltroni talked about this idea in the Palladium Theatre in his goodbye to the press. "I have discussed the idea to make Rome a place where a building could be constructed that would be called 'United Religion' with the Secretary-general of the UN and the Pope; it would be a place for all religions in the world. I would like to see this idea carried out and to see this place of exchange between several religions".
http://www.agi.it/italy/news/200802141444-pol-ren0056-art.html

Surpise, surpise mayor Veltroni and the AoC have not just good connections and is good friend with Zapatero, he sits also on the socalled "Support committee" of the "Europe book prize", - together with AoC-chief Sampaio, -the group which decides which books have a chance for the prize:
(Source: wikipedia:)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe_Book_Prize

"Europe Book Prize seeks to promote European values, and to contribute to European citizens' better understanding of the European Union as a cultural entity. For its first edition, this award will constitute the final touch of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome celebrations in 2007. The European Book Prize intends to reward the work that best conveys a vision of the Europe of tomorrow."

The European Book Prize has a Support Committee which has the responsibility to guarantee the moral authority of the Prize. This committee is responsible for producing a short-list of candidate books and works while the final decision is made by a Jury. The president of the Support Committee also presides over the Jury. The supporting committee comprises distinguished personalities who has proven commitment to the construction of a unified Europe. The President of the Supporting Committee for 2007 was Jacques DELORS, former President of the European Commission.

The eleven members of the Committee:

(a) Mr. Jean DANIEL, founding director of the Nouvel Observateur (France),

(b) Etienne DAVIGNON, former Vice-President of the European Commission (Belgium),

(c) Dimitris DIMITRIADIS, President of the Economic and Social Council of Europe (Greece),

(d) Paavo Tapio LIPPONEN, Prime Minister of Finland, 1995 to 2003 (Finland),

(e) Denis MAC SHANE, Minister of European Affairs, 2002 to 2005, Member of the House of Commons (UK),

(f) Pierre MAUROY, former Prime Minister, Member of the Consulting Board of the city of Lille since 2001 (France),

(g) Hans-Gert POTTERING, President of the European Parliament (Germany),

(h) Jorge Sampaio, former President of the Republic of Portugal (Portugal),

(i) Peter D. SUTHERLAND, President of the European Policy Center, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, former European Commissioner, and former Director-General of the WTO and of the GATT (Ireland),

(j) Walter VELTRONI , Mayor of Rome since 1996 (Italy),

(k) Vaira VIKE FREIBERGA, President of the Republic of Latvia from 1999 to July 2007.

The first new Europe Book Prize was awarded t Belgium's caretaker prime minister Guy Verhofstad for his short book 'United States of Europe'. The prize money is 20 000 Euro. The short book is a summing up of the condition the EU 'idea' consequent to the 'No votes' on the European Constitution , in referendums held in 2005 in France and the Netherlands. In this book the author enunciates his case forcefully for a stronger federal approach to the economic and political challenges the EU member states will face in the future.

Winner of first Europe Book Prize
Winner of first Europe Book Prize
While receiving the reward Verhofstadt said, "When I wrote this book, I in fact meant it as a provocation against all those who didn't want the European Constitution. Fortunately, in the end a solution was found with the treaty, that was approved."

stay tuned!

farmer

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder whose world view will reign at this high and exalted:
“(AGI) - Rome, Feb. 14 - A place where religions can meet and talk. The idea is of Walter Veltroni and the place of course Rome. Veltroni talked about this idea in the Palladium Theatre in his goodbye to the press. "I have discussed the idea to make Rome a place where a building could be constructed that would be called 'United Religion' with the Secretary-general of the UN and the Pope; it would be a place for all religions in the world. I would like to see this idea carried out and to see this place of exchange between several religions"?
May be multiculturalism will reign! My guess is that the best we’ll see will be one blue eye and one brown. Geyer writes of this challenge as is embodied by the Anglican Archbishop.
Though Geyer is left of Noonan, and I find both wanting, they have in common probative minds, and are word-smiths to content with. This article defends our culture in a way that many of us have missed; too bad she may not be aware of the heads that rolled when the French revolution turned on those who founded it.
http://www.uexpress.com/georgieannegeyer/
Georgie Anne Geyer’s 02/14/2008 Try this exurb:
ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOP TRIPS ON MULTICULTURALISM
“Many commentators and bloggers were seeing a man at the apex of British society, which gave us the basis for the most advanced domestic and international law in human history. They were seeing their very own "spiritual leader" effectively say that their supreme system of laws was worth little more than a system in which accused adulterers are stoned to death, where women have virtually no rights and in whose countries Christianity is not permitted to be practiced at all.”

Anonymous said...

The U.N. University Center (see "Contacts") issued the following report (2001). Note the study "urges overhaul of U.N., IMF, World Bank," and references "much needed changes in global governance."

(Also note "sovereignty" as the very first part of the url, as if to blatantly state the ultimate aim of U.N.U., undermining national sovereignty.)

http://tinyurl.com/34v24f
or,
http://www.sovereignty.net/center/unu-report.html

For more info. on the U.N. University, see contents under the last subheading, near the end of the document.

Blessings,

nony

Anonymous said...

Apologies to the Sovereignty International org. According to Wikipedia:

"It (SI) regards the theory of global warming as part of a media and United Nations conspiracy, saying:

'The media and the UN have conspired to orchestrate the most comprehensive propaganda campaign since Joseph Goebbels tried to prepare the world for Hitler's brand of global governance.' [1]
SI also highlight what was said by scientists in the 1970s 'In the 1970s ... scientists predicted that the increase of carbon dioxide would cause a new ice age' [2]."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereignty_International

Apparently, their posting of the U.N.U. report was an attempt to raise a "red flag."

Blessings,

nony

Anonymous said...

Nony, a little diamond in the rough. Note what has been coming to fruition concerning international taxation.

“1) Full or partial independent U.N. financing to "loosen the reins of political control now exercised by the powerful member-states" and "ease the pressures on the United Nations that have been attributable to resource constraints." The financing issue "is less about money and more about political control," the study says, calling for "some version of the Tobin tax, say on international foreign exchange transactions or stock market transactions, and some charges on the use of the global commons, are possible means of such independent financing."

Anonymous said...

The main thing is that there
was a Hollywood movie star
there. Everyone knows how
wise they all are. I mean, can
you imagine how smart a
person has to be to play
"let's pretend" in an
intellectual tour-de-force
such as Mermaid ?

Where would we be without
Hollywoods' steady hand of
wisdom and guidance ?

Yours,
Paul

Anonymous said...

I suppose it's too much to expect Branson to see the irony in his calling for an environmental war room less than 3 weeks after he announces plans to shuttle the world's richest ego centrists on $200,000 joy rides into space. How much of carbon footprint do you think those will leave? hehe