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  Issue No 82 Official Organ of LaborNet 20 December 2000  




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Why Nader Vote was not Wasted

Prior to the US Election I tried to implore people to vote for Ralph Nader, for several reasons but mainly because of his Green commitments.

The Earth is 4.5 Billion years old give or take a month. We accept this because scientists tell us so. Scientists and pundits, in the hundreds, also inform us that this planet, our Earth, is doomed and will not last much more than to the end of this century.

Why can we not accept that?

Why can we not accept that we are in the preliminary motions of the greatest extinction of animal life since the wiping out of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago?

The well-respected World Wide Fund for Nature has recently told the planet's press that at the present rate of resource depletion, it has only 75 years before Mother Nature moves into another era that does NOT include Humankind.

The famous and well-respected wildlife campaigners report that in the last 40 years CO2 emissions produced by burning fossil fuels has tripled. In addition, that in the last 30 years Humans, that is we, has wiped out over 30% of the natural world. Moreover, their studies show that within a lifetime, us, that is 99% of the world's population will have to look for somewhere else to live. Our current rate of consumption is eroding the very fabric or our home world. The report, paid for by the WWF, is the most comprehensive analysis of the 'Global Ending Syndrome' thus far produced.

Nevertheless, what can be done? The Internet site, the Sahara Supposition is a paper in which we as people of the World try to stop the 'Global Ending Syndrome' (GES). It is now not enough to say just 'Global Warming' or Rainforest Depletion. This almost inevitability, the end of Man, on a global level, will happen. The Sahara Supposition involves a huge project proposal to terra-form and utilise the Sahara Desert to try balance up and stop the present carnage. It is a proposal for a new world order, that asks the victims of GES, to stand together so that our descendants will see the third millennium and not just be some artefact for some passing alien in a million years time to look over.

Thank You

Roy G Symonds

Dear Red brother,


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In this issue
*  Interview: Being Michael Costa
Labor Council�s secretary on the 2KY sell-off, the Olympics and his plans for the future.
*  Unions: Millennial Milestones
In a year of highs, some trade union stories stuck in the collective consciousness. Here's ten of the best.
*  International: Eric Lee's Year in Review
The editor of Labourstart looks back on the global issues that mobilized labour in the past 12 months.
*  Organising: Dispatches from the Field
Despite the 'Botsmanesque' critiques which have been levelled at Organising, it would be hard to deny that the year 2000 has seen more and more unions in NSW latch onto the approach - at least in principle anyway.
*  Economics: Who Gets Gold??
At the end of this Olympic year, Sydney Uni's Frank Stilwell charts the winners and losers in the new sport of redistribution of income.
*  Politics: Election 2000: The Winner is Gridlock
In the last in his series on the US Federal Election Campaign, Michael Gadiel, our roving reporter, gladly signs off.
*  Satire: Chaser Launches Book
In the great tradition of repackaging old material to cash in on Christmas, the team from The Chaser & Silly 2000 has produced its first book.
*  Review: Cultural Wasteland
The spotlight was on Australian culture in 2000. But was it a missed opportunity, asks Peter Zangari.

»  Mad Monk's Secret Union Past
»  New Life for Trades Hall
»  Top Cop is Our Organiser of the Year
»  All We Want for Christmas
»  Summer for Social Justice
»  Unions Return to Mosh Pit
»  Unions Head West
»  Big Bastard Censors Dissidents
»  South Coast Labor President Steps Down
»  As a Died in the Wool Westie Steps Up
»  Dying Workers' Asbestos Plea
»  Workers at Centre of Turn Of the Century
»  Truth about S11 Starting to Come Out

»  The Soapbox
»  The Locker Room
»  Trades Hall
»  Tool Shed

Letters to the editor
»  The Greatest Team Ever?
»  ABC Online Did Strike
»  Why Nader Vote was not Wasted
»  John Scrooge's Christmas Gift

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