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Archive for July 21st, 2009

More Revolutuon In Iran.

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As predicted the revolutionary spirit still continues within Iran.

The mighty theocracy with all of its repressive apparatus, the police, the army, the secret police, the Revolutionary guard and Basiji cannot stop it.

The fiddled presidential election broke the illusion that Ahmadinejad had a legitimate mandate. The subsequent repression, murder, imprisonment of protesters only reaffirmed that point.

The BBC’s reporting:

“Police clashed with hundreds of people marching despite a ban on public gatherings since the disputed election in June, Reuters news agency said.

The re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked widespread protests and allegations of vote-rigging.

Defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has continued to contest the result.

Mr Mousavi has issued statements opposing the election result, saying detention of protesters would not end opposition. “

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21/07/2009 at 22:57

More On Vestas

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The Times covers the occupation at Vestas:

Workers staging a sit-in at Britain’s only significant wind turbine factory to try to prevent its closure have accused managers of attempting to starve them out by blocking food supplies.

Last night, about 30 workers occupied the administrative block at the Vestas factory in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

The Times revealed last week that the factory was closing down its production line within hours of the Government making a pledge to build 10,000 wind turbines — a fivefold increase on the present number — by 2020. More than 600 people are due to be made redundant on July 30 — 525 in Newport and 100 at a related facility in Southampton.”

Let’s hope that they win. If they nationalise Vesta Blades as it would provide a quick and cheap solution, keeping people gainfully employed producing socially worthwhile products.

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21/07/2009 at 20:10

Stating The Bleeding Obvious.

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So the professions are restrictive, introverted and unwilling to open themselves up to competition?

An all too obvious statement, which could have been written long before this report was published, [PDF] but at least the report details part of the problem with some empirical facts.

Here’s a snippet:

“For the most recent generation surveyed (born in 1970) the rate of social mobility is very similar to that of the previous generation (born in 1958). Although there is some recent evidence that the UK may have reached the bottom of a long-running decline in social mobility, access to society’s top jobs and professions has become less, not more, socially representative over time. Although only 7% of the population attend independent schools, well over half of many professionals have done so. For example, 75% of judges, 70% of finance directors, 45% of top civil servants, and 32% of MPs were independently schooled.”

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21/07/2009 at 19:20

Engage Guest Post

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I forgot, I have a small guest post at Engage.

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21/07/2009 at 15:10

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Jacko And The Spittoon.

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The Spittoon has a fine sense of humour, and as with any major event or catastrophe you know who will get the blame. So it is with Michael Jackson’s death.

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21/07/2009 at 14:24

Build Your Own.

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The Apollo 11 landing was managed by a small on-board computer, here’s how to build a copy.



This is a fascinating site, To The Moon, by PBS. The origins of the Moon.

Update 2:
Here’s the actual code for those machines.

Update 3:
So how fast was the AGC? Here’s the answer.

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21/07/2009 at 01:12

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Save The World, Support The Vestas Occupation.

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Fossil fuels have had their day, they are finite and will eventually run out, which means the world will be without sufficient energy sources.

A good alternative is wind power.

It isn’t used as much as it should be and the incentives to install it seem rather low.

One company that actually did produce the necessary equipment was Vestas Blades UK.

It is due to close on the 31st July 2009.

Thankfully, the workers have taken matters into their own hands and are occupying the plant, not only to save jobs but to help the environment.

They deserve our support. They have a blog here and a list of planned events here.

Good luck to them!

Update: Another useful site is and their Facebook group.

Update 2: The Guardian covers it too.

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21/07/2009 at 00:03