Index

1   Editorial:

This issue is being produced a month later than in previous years. This change will continue for the foreseeable future, i.e. all will be in the months previously omitted. This still gives 6 issues a year, but they will in future start with a February issue.

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A good introduction to the C&C proposals for a carbon-based international currency and its probable impacts on global politics, economies and justice is to be found at www.feasta.org/documents/moneyecology/moneyproposals.htm

— and a talk delivered to the US TREASURY on 4th December, 2003, worth a look:

THE LOST SCIENCE OF MONEY - A SOLUTION TO THE STATES’ FISCAL CRISES at www.monetary.org/treasurytalk

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Number of photos in the January/February issue of Coastal Living that showed coastal wildlife (seabirds, crustaceans, turtles, or other fauna) 1. Number of photos in the same issue showing golf courses 61.

Amount of water it would take, per day, to support 4.7 billion people at the UN daily minimum 2.5 billion gallons. Amount of water used, per day, to irrigate the world’s golf courses 2.5 billion gallons.

Number of golf courses in Japan before World War I 23. Number in operation or soon to open in 2004 3,030.

Average amount of pesticides used per acre, per year, on golf courses 18 pounds. Average amount of pesticides used, per acre, per year, in agriculture 2.7 pounds.

Amount of water used by 60,000 villagers in Thailand, on average, per day 6,500 cubic meters. Amount of water used by one golf course in Thailand, on average, per day 6,500 cubic meters.

Current area of the wetlands of the Colorado River Delta, which now receives just 0.1 percent of the river water that once flowed through it 150,000 acres. Area that could be covered to a depth of 2 feet with water drawn from the Colorado River by the city of Las Vegas, which uses much of that allotment to water its more than 60 golf courses 150,000 acres.

Sources: Water usage: Chris Reuther, Know Your Environment, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1999; National Golf Foundation; State of the World 2004; Japan: “Japan Golf courses and Deforestation,” TED Case #282, 2003; Pesticides: “EcoMall: A Greener Golf Course, 2004;” Thailand: U.K. Sports Turf Research Institute; Colorado River: Environmental Defense; Las Vegas: Associated Press.

—from the Worldwatch Institute magazine for March/April: see www.worldwatch.org/pubs/mag/mos/

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For a bit of light relief, found on the Net:

An Imagined Interchange

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, “If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.”

In response, General Motors issued a press release stating: “If GM had kept up with technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation” warning light.

7. The air-bag system would ask, “Are You Sure” before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You’d have to push the “start” button to turn the engine off.

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