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Web links for 28th May 2010

28 May 2010, by in Web links

  • Brendan has a piece in today's New Statesman, arguing that public spending cuts are coming far too early: "The big prize is to secure wider European co-operation on this crisis. If EU leaders could find the courage to unveil a co-ordinated package with the goal of restimulating the European economy, while also addressing the trade imbalances that have caused so much of this difficulty, then we might avoid the really dark days ahead. … In an ideal world, the British government would be leading this more sensible approach. In reality, it is now determined to make the push in entirely the opposite direction. This means there is a now a heavy burden of obli­gation on the Labour Party, the unions and wider civil society, along with like-minded organisations across Europe, to do everything in their power to halt the headlong rush into needless austerity."

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  2. Ian Greenwood
    May 29th 2010, 11:15 am

    Far from modest cuts in public spending being objected to, we need to get our flows of money right

    We need to urgently recognise that the climate threat is real, that the energy transition need is urgent and that we can all do something about it

    We need to push Cameron and his cronies into getting some of the bank money created by those banks to flow directly to the materials needed to superinsulate.
    As new money comes about during house purchase it warrants a return for sensible energy detailing. Why not contact for a free or low-cost survey?

    We can get an energy bulb under existing houses (AND A HUGE ENERGY BULB UNDER LARGER BUILDINGS) FOR WARM FLOOR STORAGE if the exterior, including the foundations were to be super-insulated, aiming to halve energy costs and lessen to a quarter gas wastage
    THE SAME SYSTEM CAN BE USED FOR COOLING
    See also Value networks comment about this

    http://tinyurl.com/36sluc4

    Avoiding Cuts and Government Debt – use the Craft Hub model for Big Society – Crafty
    Far from modest cuts in public spending being objected to, we need to get our flows of money right and more efficiently. With it comes the confidence of an efficient and engaged society.

    We need to urgently recognise that the climate threat is real, that the energy transition need is urgent and that we can all do something about it.

    We need to push Cameron and his cronies into getting some of the bank money created by those banks to flow directly to the materials needed to superinsulate.
    As new money comes about during house purchase it warrants a return for sensible energy detailing and the materials to do the job.

    Why not contact for a free or low-cost survey with real information at around the cost of a meaningless HIP?

    Call Ian Greenwood on 0121 449 0278

    We can get an energy bulb under existing houses if the exterior, including the foundations were to be super-insulated. This enables low-temperature under-floor heat storage, aiming to halve energy costs and lessen to a quarter gas wastage.

    Government, business and community can be more efficient and a necessary lowering of the power of the Western currencies is under way. As our costs go up we must get more efficient. Exactly how it’s done has been shown by Ian, who saved enough to commit to a £3m job and return £1 million of it to the community – the MakeItZOne.

    See also Value networks comment about this – it builds on Ian’s earlier work with the Stern review, Office of Climate Change, Treasury and Bank of England. Here’s the link
    http://tinyurl.com/36sluc4 (about the MakeItZOne.org) and how it connects.

    Also the free video “Money as Debt” found “fascinating” by the ACCA a leading accounting body who dug out the shocking McKinsey statistic on bank rewards. (By focussing on bank induced debt: We as a society were gullible to borrow so much and drive up the price of property in a now-divided society. [A house, when purchased is worth a house-worth of money, when sold a house-worth comes back to the seller. All that changed was the value of the money.] Instead we can put divisions behind us – 2001 to 2010 can be hailed as a learning decade for the UK enabling progressive politics and economics spreading from a central location in the UK to worldwide. Make a short trip to Birmingham count and see our full-scale Low Carbon demonstrator and explanation of finance!

    We’ve all heard about Sick Building Syndrome, yet in this model we show how to get natural air-conditioning to work and sling the big gas boilers as well as the high-cost chilled air- conditioners and ducts. We are dumping most of the ducts.

    Sick People Syndrome is becoming more endemic (everywhere) in a fear-driven society. More people need to get trained in practical skill with real materials, real numbers. This can be easily done using craft. We will show how that can be done at a fraction of the cost of a school and at the same time improve those school results. The key is to simplify life, simplify finance and have more time and fun in real activities creating really valuable things beautiful, useful and durable. Less “aimlessness” and mindlessness and get youth back on track.

    We need direct government funding for this and help to get it. This avoids depriving other good causes. As an outstanding and spectacular success story this should be worthwhile for government to do, except local government is also under budgetary pressure. That is why we are looking for direct Treasury or Bank of England credit stabilisation money for these kind of projects to fast-track our solution and avoid deterioration of the building.

    Ian Greenwood 0121 449 0278
    Founder: MakeItZOne(s) STEERglobal and Greenwood Structures