Hunt Sabs & Anti-Fascist Network announce affiliation

The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) is pleased to announce its affiliation to the Anti-fascist network (AFN).

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The HSA has always had a policy of inclusion, welcoming anyone into our ranks regardless of race, creed, gender, religion or sexuality, and has been forced over the years to confront and exclude people who have been proved to be racist or fascist. Our active members have for years been the subject of racist (and sexist) abuse from the hunting community which only highlights that our struggle to end hunting also promotes a more ethical attitude to both humans and animals.

Both the HSA and AFN promote a policy of confronting those engaged in racism and hunting respectively, on the streets and in the countryside. To not only stop such activities continuing but also to highlight them to the wider public. While other organisations hide their heads in their hands, hoping that a few leaflets or email shots will make the problems go away, we are clear that the only way to end both hunting and racism is confront it head on, so those who partake of such actions and attitudes are clear that we will oppose them until they stop.

For any further enquiries please contact our Press Officer here.

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Bristol Hunt Saboteurs fully endorse the affiliation of the two organisations and would like to take the opportunity to show our support for the work of the local AFN group, Bristol Antifascists. They have a new website which you can find here – https://network23.org/bristolantifascists/

The Gas Girls

 In 1918, Avonmouth was the centre of Britain’s chemical warfare industry with two factories making & filling shells with deadly mustard gas. The factories employed hundreds of local women & girls. There were hundreds of accidents, nearly 3,000 casualties & several deaths.

‘Gas Girls’ tells the untold story of the women who worked in the factories. The show was researched & devised by 20 local people and directed by ACTA directors, Neil Beddow & Ingrid Jones. 

June Tour dates.

10,11 & 12 June Avonmouth Community Centre @ 7pm.
16  June    Wickham Theatre (UoB) Cantocks Close, Woodland Road @ 7pm.
21   June   Withywood Community Centre 3pm and 7pm.
24   June    Orchard School, Horfield @ 7pm.

All tickets are £3 available online from www.acta-bristol.com

Till The Boys Come Home

A screening at the Watershed on Saturday May 10th of a film made for TV documenting a remarkable venture – a re-enactment of the oral history of the impact of the First World War on the people of Midsomer Norton and Radstock, performed by their descendants. This award-winning drama/documentary features war veteran Harry Patch, is narrated by Paul McGann, produced by Lee Cox and directed by Colin Thomas. Colin Thomas will introduce the screening

Date: Saturday May 10th

Time: 10.30am

Admission £5.50, concessions £4.

Full details on Watershed website here

It will be followed in the afternoon by a screening of the Blackadder Goes Fourth series, set in the trenches, with a panel discussion afterwards.

Full details on Watershed website here

Bir aşırılık bilançosu: 2013’te iklim değişimi

Not: Bu yazı, Climate and Capitalism sitesinde 24 Mart 2014 tarihinde yayınlanan Climate change drove extreme weather in 2013 başlıklı makalenin çevirisidir.

Dünya Meteoroloji Örgütü onayladı: Küresel ısınma dur durak bilmiyor. Kaydedilen en sıcak 14 yılın 13’ü 21. yüzyılda gerçekleşti ve geçtiğimiz üç on yıllık dönemin her biri bir öncekinden daha sıcaktı.wmo_1130

2013 yılı bir kez daha kuraklık, sıcak hava dalgaları, su baskınları ve tropik kasırgaların gezegenin dört bir yanında hem insanlar hem de eşyalar üzerinde yıkıcı etkiler gösterdi, diyor Dünya Meteoroloji Örgütü’nün yaptığı İklimin Durumu Hakkında Yıllık Açıklama.

Rapor, uzun vadeli küresel ısınma trendini sürdüren 2013’ün kayıt altındaki en sıcak yıllar içinde altıncı sırayı 2007 senesiyle paylaştığını teyit ediyor. Rapor, bölgesel ve ülke bazlı sıcaklıkların ve aşırı hava olaylarının bir dökümünü sunmanın yanı sıra, buz örtüsünün, okyanus ısınmasının, deniz seviyelerindeki artışın ve sera gazı konsantrasyonlarının detaylarını da veriyor – hepsi de değişen iklimimizin birbiriyle bağlantılı ve tutarlı göstergeleri.

Kayıt altındaki on dört en sıcak yılın on üçü 21. yüzyılda gerçekleşti ve geçtiğimiz üç on yıllık dönemin her biri bir öncekinden daha sıcaktı: 2001-2010 dönemi kaydedilen en sıcak on yıllık dönem oldu. 2013 yılında ortalama küresel toprak ve okyanus yüzey sıcaklığı 14.5 °C oldu, yani 1961-1990 ortalamasının 0.50°C üstünde ve 2001-2010 dönemi ortalamasının da 0.03 °C üstünde.

Güney Yarımküre’nin birçok bölgesi özellikle sıcaktı: Avustralya tarihinin en sıcak yılını yaşarken Arjantin en sıcak ikinci yılını geçirdi.

Dünya Meteoroloji Örgütü Genel Sekreteri Michal Jarraud şunları söyledi:

“Volkanik patlamalar veya El Niño ve La Niña gibi doğal olarak gerçekleşen olaylar daima iklimimize katkıda bulunmuş, sıcaklıkları etkilemiş, kuraklık ve su baskını gibi afetlere yol açmıştır. Ancak 2013 yılındaki aşırı hava olaylarının birçoğu, insan kaynaklı iklim değişiminin sonucunda bekleyeceklerimizle tutarlıdır. Daha çok yağış gördük, daha yoğun sıcaklar gördük ve deniz seviyesi artışına bağlı olarak, fırtınaların ve kıyı bölgelerdeki sellerin verdiği zararlarda ciddi artış gördük – Filipinler’deki Haiyan tayfununun trajik biçimde gösterdiği gibi.

“Küresel ısınma dur durak bilmiyor. Okyanuslarımızın ısınması hızını arttırdı ve daha derinlere ulaştı. Sera gazlarının tuttuğu enerji fazlasının yüzde 90’dan fazlası okyanuslarda hapsediliyor. Bu sera gazları rekor seviyelere ulaştı. Yani, atmosferimiz ve okyanuslarımız asırlar boyunca ısınmaya devam edecek. Fizik kanunları pazarlık kabul etmiyor.

“Hava tahminleri (fırtınalar ve başka tehlikeler de dâhil) son yıllarda çok daha hünerli hale geldi. Ekim ayında, modern kayıtlar tutulduğundan beri Hindistan’ı vuran en büyük ikinci kasırga olan Phailin kasırgasında görüldüğü üzere, daha iyi tahminler ulusal direnç inşa etmek ve barınak sağlamak üzere hükümetin etkin çalışmasıyla birleştiğinde ölümleri büyük ölçüde azaltıyor. Hazırlıklarımızı ve erken uyarı sistemlerimizi güçlendirmeye ve afet riski azaltımında çoklu-tehlike yaklaşımını benimsemeye devam etmeliyiz.”

İklimin Durumu Raporu ayrıca Avustralya’da 2013 yılındaki rekor sıcaklıklarla ilgili bir vaka analizi de içeriyor. Melbourne Üniversitesi’ndeki ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science’tan [Avustralya Araştırma Konseyi, İklim Sistemi Biliminde Uzmanlık Merkezi] bilim insanlarının çalışması, en gelişkin dokuz küresel iklim modeli kullandı ve Avustralya’da yazın gerçekleşen aşırı sıcaklıkların olasılığındaki değişimin insan etkilerine bağlı olup olmadığını inceledi. Araştırma şu sonuca vardı:

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Birleşmiş Milletler IPCC AR5 raporundan.

“İnsan faktörünü içeren ve içermeyen iklim modellerini kıyasladığımızda görüyoruz ki Avustralya’da 2012/13 yazında gerçekleşen rekor sıcaklıkların gerçekleşme ihtimali, iklime insan kaynaklı etkiler hesaba katıldığında beş katına çıkıyor ve ısı hapseden gazlara insan katkısı olmasa 2013 yılında sıcaklık rekorunun kırılması neredeyse imkansızdı. Bunlar, kimi aşırı hava olaylarının iklim değişimi sebebiyle daha muhtemel hale geldiğini gösteriyor.”

WMO’nun açıklaması uluslararası ölçüde güvenilir bilgi kaynağı olarak kabul ediliyor. Açıklama, 2013’ün önemli iklim olaylarının altını çiziyor:

  • Toprak kaymasına sebep olan, tarihteki en güçlü fırtınalardan Haiyan (Yolanda) Tayfunu Filipinler’in merkezi bölgelerini harap etti.
  • Güney Yarımküre’de karanın üstündeki yüzey hava sıcaklıklar çok yüksekti ve sıcak hava dalgaları yaşandı; Avustralya yıllık rekor sıcaklık yaşadı, Arjantin en sıcak ikinci yılını yaşadı, Yeni Zelanda ise en sıcak üçüncü yılını geçirdi.
  • Soğuk kutup havası Avrupa’nın bir kısmına ve ABD’nin güneydoğusuna aniden düştü.
  • Angola, Botswana ve Namibya aşırı kuraklıklar yaşadı.
  • Şiddetli Muson yağmurları Hindistan-Nepal sınırında şiddetli su baskınlarına yol açtı.
  • Şiddetli yağmurlar Çin’in kuzeydoğusunu ve Rusya Federasyonu’nun doğusunu etkiledi.
  • Şiddetli yağmurlar ve sel baskınları Sudan ve Somali’yi etkiledi.
  • Büyük bir kuraklık Çin’in güneyini etkiledi.
  • Brezilya’nın kuzeydoğusu, son 50 yılın en kötü kuraklığını yaşadı.
  • Gelmiş geçmiş en geniş tornado, ABD’nin Oklahoma eyaletinde El Reno’yu vurdu.
  • Aşırı yağışlar Avrupa’nın Alpler bölgesinde, Avusturya’da, Çek Cumhuriyeti’nde, Almanya’da, Polonya’da ve İsviçre’de şiddetli su baskınlarına yol açtı.
  • İsrail, Ürdün ve Suriye, eşi benzeri görülmemiş kar yağışlarıyla karşılaştı.
  • Atmosferdeki sera gazı konsantrasyonları rekor seviyelere ulaştı.
  • Küresel okyanuslar yeni rekor seviyelere yükseldi.
  • Antarktika deniz buzu miktarı günlük maksimum rekoruna ulaştı.

Açıklama bölgesel trendlerle ilgili derinlikli analizler sunuyor. WMO böylece bölgesel ve ulusal düzeyde iklim değişkenliği ve değişimine uyum sağlanması için daha çok veri sağlamayı amaçlıyor. Açıklama, 23 Mart Dünya Meteoroloji Günü sebebiyle yapılan etkinlikler dahilinde yayınlandı.

Friendly fire from Chief Petty Office Nil Latham

Right you ‘orrible lot

Potential Marking Boycott (Action short of a strike) from 28 April 2014

I am writing to threaten you over potential industrial action at the University, ahead of an agreement to proceed. The proposed assessment boycott could have a very serious impact on the management, including our ability to impose our will on you all. We want to take every possible step to protect my reputation as a KU bruiser.

You may be aware that the University College Union (UCU) is asking its members, a bunch of academic nancys, to take further industrial action in response to the 2013/14 sector final pay offer of 1 per cent (it’s all you deserve). It wouldn’t be allowed in the forces. If action goes ahead, you lot’ll sit on your arses and boycott marking, course work assignments and examinations, commencing on 28 April 2014.

In case you’re dumb enough to do this, I am writing to all academic staff to ensure that, whilst you’d be better off continuing to work normally, anyone who is considering participating in the action is aware of the consequences of doing so – ie you’re stuffed sunshine. We appreciate that not all academic staff are trade union members, or will be involved in this action, but we need to write to the entire shower as we are not provided with the names of UCU members. Anyone got a list they can let me have?

If you decide to take part in the continuous ‘action short of a strike’ (ARSE) and do not fulfil all the requirements of your contract, you will not be entitled to any of your contractual pay. Which means you won’t get paid nothing, zilch, sweet FA, you get me? This applies from the date you commence partial performance of your contract, until the end of action. You’ll also be forced to take cold baths and be keel-hauled. This may be either because you have informed us of your participation in ARSE, or because we decide that for ourselves, or we don’t like the look of your face.

If you intend to take part in the action, I would ask you to declare via the link below https://www.staffnobble.com/s/ARSE2014  no later than Monday 28 April 2014.

Please note, if you take part in the assessment boycott but undertake other duties, you’ll be working for free, which you all bloody well should do anyway. The University is under no obligation to pay you for any work done during the period in which you participate in this industrial action

If, at a later stage, you change your position or resume working normally, please notify your Head of School/manager immediately and in writing, so that we can arrange for your salary to be reinstated from that point, if you haven’t already been sacked.

If you are a member of a pension scheme, you lose out there too. Ha ha, serves you right.

I wish to emphasise that the approach outlined in this letter has been determined because we think our staff are a load of crap and we’re scared what the papers might say. Employee relations? Don’t make me laugh! This approach is being taken by the vast majority of HE institutions that would be affected by this potential industrial action. It is not intended to exacerbate the situation, but is part of a clear and consistent sector response to attempt to crush the will out of the overpaid and underworked staff that try to make management life hell. I very much hope that the national discussions will resolve the dispute before 28 April, but if they don’t it’s a good excuse to weed out a few.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact the Job Centre.

Yours sincerely

Chief Petty Officer Nil Latham

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Neoliberisation) and University Hitman

 

Tales from the riverbank (April) – the VC’s newsletter before tidying for public consumption

April Newsletter from the VC

We do some things very well…

  • Top of the bullying league tables. More staff complaints about the bullying attitude of management than ever. Staff survey condemns aggressive management.
  • Disguise our true intentions: Guardian HEI of the Year for our Equality and Diversity project integrating Equality and Diversity thinking into the Academic Promotion and Progression reform. Fooled them!
  • Bullshit and cliche award: Association of Graduate Recruitment Best Preparation for Work Strategy for the approach to re-brand to KU Talent, aligning with a key language used by employers and moving away from the older ‘Careers’ label (no one has a career anymore).

We continue to enervate, for example closing down schools and sacking staff, making them think they’re going to be sacked.

What successes we have are down to the hard work of many of you and I would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication by demoting you and reducing your pay, and sacking you of course. I think you are showing that the hard decisions we have made are the wrong ones and that together we are starting to reposition Kingston and ruin its reputation.

One of the purposes of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is to treat depression. By now many of you will have that. We can apply CBT to Kingston to imagine what it will be, and how it will feel. Kingston is going to be a managerially successful university which changes staff lives for the worse. However, it will not compromise on quality. Kingston will offer students from a diverse range of backgrounds as good an experience as they would get anywhere, oh except for the huge staff-student ratio, and the lack of facilities, low morale, the rubbish IT, the thuggish leadership, etc. That means learning informed and enriched by research (no I don’t know what that means either) and the best quality pedagogy. The professional services, like KU Redundant, will be an inspiration for other universities.

Kingston will be a university which attracts talented academics because it will support them in furthering their careers (ho ho!). That doesn’t mean you. All the local rubbish is on its way out. However, they will need to fit the Kingston ethos and work long hours on low grades and being part of a sweatshop institution.

This flannel is set out in Led by Learning, just one of the meaningless buzzwords I’ve come up with, and the steps that we have taken in shrivelling the University, getting rid of students, destroying academic career pathways, changing the resource allocation (more money for management, less for everyone else) and investing in IS/IT and the estate, not that you would notice. We have made enormous steps as the failures show. However, there is still a way to go. Alongside courses which produce the best student outcomes in terms of satisfaction and employability, alongside areas with blunt edge research and professional development, we have courses that are amongst the poorest performers in the country, with unhappy students and poor external academic engagement, based on arbitrary figures. So these are for the chop, just to encourage you to do better. Surveying has already gone, despite there being no case. All resistance to change is useless. We have a strategy, Led by Learning, which is waffle. There are some in the University who think that this is the wrong path but I do not care what you think. You are just resistant to seeing the University go downhill and losing their jobs.

I recognise that we are making the lot of everyone intolerable – that’s the idea. Kingston has slid down the league tables since I took over, become less attractive to students and staff, and fails to support students who will benefit from an academically rigorous environment. We will be expecting academic staff to jump through assorted hoops which we call “professional development”, although this will not improve the quality of what they do, by gaining the appropriate level of accreditation with the Higher Education Academy. So that I can swell my head more I have submitted my application. Filling in the form was mainly a case of telling them I’m the VC and I have been made a Principal Fellow of the HEA. Piss easy! I will now expect my senior colleagues to do the same – ask them if they have! Give them your name.

The majority of you see the behind the reasoning on what we are doing; improving the remuneration of the management so that we can secure our future in an increasingly difficult and competitive environment before moving on to our next nice little earner. The work that you are doing would producing significant change if we let you. Those of you who are still opposed to the change need to recognise that you will be silenced, one way or another. Of course there should be debate and discussion about the detail and the tactics, but if I hear anything I don’t like I will be coming after you. The University Board of Governors will not help you, they are in my pocket. Kingston is having to go through changes that good universities would not dream of doing.

You might find this newsletter threatening. It is meant to be. We will be successful and will create one of the country’s most immolated and wretched universities.

Jools

 

Call out to oppose UKIP’s Nigel Farage in Bath

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage will be speaking at a public meeting in Bath at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29th April at ‘The Forum’,1a Forum Buildings, St James Parade, Bath, BA1 1UG
UKIP has used xenophobia, racism and disillusionment with the main political parties to cynically build support for their bigoted, rightwing, pro austerity Party. We call upon all anti racists and anti cuts activists to join us in a demonstration at The Forum starting at 6.30pm on 29th April

Directions here: 

Don and out – Donny 1 Reading 3

SAMBAAAAAA.

Told you didn’t I? Definite promotion now.

Alfie Le Fondre took one of his dives and from then on we didn’t look back. It was so easy Pearce was doing step overs. Either that or he didn’t know what the bleedn’ ‘ell to do and didn’t want to pass to Pog.

He obviously forgot what a great player that fat Russian oaf  is. And even Atkins almost made sense afterwards.

Majeski is getting his ticket ready for Wembley (I might sit next to him) and the players we’ve got are suddenly getting excited. Former useless halfwits like Wayne Bridges,  Gordon Obita and Chris Grunter are suddenly world beaters.

Now they really need to listen to me so I’m going to gag that dimwit boy of mine Charlie on Saturday and I’ll give him a slap if he tries coming out with any of his nonsense. The lads need to hear my advice so if you’re reading this Dave the Dipstick or you Fake Geordie (he’s an ugly looking git) shut your gobs on Saturday and listen to me.

And the rest of you who all know nothing about football. Shut up on Saturday and listen to me. Then it’s play off semi final first leg at home on the Thursday or the Friday. Hope it’s Friday, then I can stay out and celebrate with the boys. Even if they are a right bunch of herberts.

And if one of you lot gives me any jip, I’ll dump Charlie on you.

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