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Nuclear power and THE CONSUMER SOCIETY – theme for June 2017

The American nuclear front group The Breakthrough Institute has recently been in South Australia, along with South Australia’s own favourite nuclear zealot, Ben Heard, and his own nuclear front group Bright New World.  They were touting  -the gospel of the need for endless, escalating use of electricity.  The is – apart from putting across the myths of  “nuclear waste solution” “climate change solution”, “clean energy and “cheap energy” –   the theme of how Australia can be a global moral leader in helping the under-developed nations, via New Nukes.

I think that’s the biggest flaw in their mythology – that the world needs to ever consume more :”goods” and more electricity –  presumably until human society decides to spread all that further – on Mars.

Endless economic growth,  endless producing of things, endless buying of things, endless energy use, endless creation of wastes – this is the way that we humans run our lives, and our planet.

But the planet can’t take it, and neither can we.

It seemed OK, when the Western world could exploit its own indigenous areas, and the “Third World” –    the mess made by digging things up, leaving wastes, throwing stuff away – all this could go into the land and waterways of remote “undeveloped” peoples.

But we’ve run out of “undeveloped” lands and peoples. Now it’s becoming the Asian, African, South American century. They’ve become the disciples of the Western religion of materialism – now also getting cars, big houses, wanting it all, wanting more stuff.

Where do we all put the poisonous end products of our “civilised” consumption?   Into the planet’s air, waterways, land and oceans.   As we poison our planet, we poison our own life support system.

There is an alternative lifestyle – an old-fashioned one – the CONSERVER SOCIETY. It is still practised by many indigenous peoples. We’d better learn from them – and fast!


May 21, 2017 - Posted by | Christina's themes


  1. Nice website. Came here to see if you had news on what is happening at Dai-ichi after the 7.3 earthquake, but found so much more. Thanks for introducing me to the “Conserver” society concepts. I’ve been thinking along these lines, and you have lots of good info about it. I think more and more people are starting to grow food and change their thoughts on consumption. As for me, I am working to have a relatively sustainable household and I barely buy anything. I am planting the seed in the minds of my friends, some of whom are noticing how much time, energy, and financial freedom I have now. It’s fun when someone asks for a paper towel in my house and stuff like that. Hoping they take these ideas home with them.

    Comment by Dean | December 9, 2012 | Reply

    • Good to see someone working on this global problem from a personal start.
      I know that big changes require organisation, collective action. But it only works when it comes from individuals making a start – truly “grass roots” is the way to go. It IS happening – let’s hope that it happens quickly!

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | December 9, 2012 | Reply

  2. ACTION:

    “Tell DOE: “Recycling” with radioactive materials is NOT acceptable!”

    Comment by Guest | December 22, 2012 | Reply

  3. Hello Christina, I want to give a massive thank you for this web site – it is up there with the very best anti-nuclear resources… THANK YOU!

    Comment by redbattro | December 24, 2012 | Reply

  4. If you are going to make completely stupid remarks about the US constitution you ought to read it first!

    So much for freedumb of speech! bleep.

    Piers Morgan for Auzzie PM.

    Comment by Richard Wilcox | December 28, 2012 | Reply

    • The *Second Amendment* (*Amendment II*) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

      In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions concerning the Second Amendment. In *District of Columbia v. Heller *, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia

      As passed by the Congress:

      A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

      As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:

      A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.[8]

      The original hand-written copy of the Bill of Rights, approved by the House and Senate, was prepared by scribe William Lambert and resides in the National Archives .

      On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 4:19 PM, nuclear-news

      Comment by Christina MacPherson | December 28, 2012 | Reply

  5. As I have pointed out in the post, the “Second Amendment” says nothing about the type of arms that a citizen may bear. By some logic, it might mean that any citizen can bear a small nuclear bomb.
    However, the reasonable interpretation is that the government may exclude more extreme types of weapons, such as assault rifles. And indeed the USA government has previously done so:

    The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB), or Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, was a subtitle of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a federal law in the United States that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms, so called “assault weapons”. The 10-year ban was passed by Congress on September 13, 1994, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton the same day. The ban only applied to weapons manufactured after the date of the ban’s enactment.
    The Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired on September 13, 2004, as part of the law’s sunset provision.

    Comment by Christina MacPherson | December 29, 2012 | Reply

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