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UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee – Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report

UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee – Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report

At one extraordinary point, the report references the “Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act”, or RICO, the tough US laws drawn up to tackle the mob and organized crime.

A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook, The Guardian 18 February, 2019

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 18 February, 2019


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Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre – Cembalo Suites No. 1, 2, 3

Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre – Cembalo Suites No. 1, 2, 3

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 10 February, 2019

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Seas Of Years – Stairwell

Seas Of Years – Stairwell

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 7 February, 2019

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Hubris – Apocryphal Gravity

Hubris – Apocryphal Gravity

Malcolm D B Munro
Thrusday 7 February, 2019

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Así nació AAINJALA con 15O Tambore

Así nació AAINJALA con 15O Tambore

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 7 February, 2019

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Estas Tonne – The Song of the Golden Dragon

Estas Tonne – The Song of the Golden Dragon

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 7 February, 2019

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Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air

Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 7 February, 2019

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Concept: We Can Conserve


we conserve – WCCI

“Let’s ensure, for our great-grandchildren, our great-great-grandchildren, and those far beyond them, a planet on which life is possible.”

The organization must not be a US oriented one. The organization must not be exclusionary but secular and above and beyond the petty rivalry of nation states. The mission must have the means to be universal and appeal to all who have the will and commitment to support it’s aims.

It needs to be said from the outset that any organization is doomed to fail at launch, or soon after, should that organization not have clear aims and goals. Every baby is born through care and attention.

The aim is simple: We can, as individuals world wide, significantly help reduce global warming. We cannot devolve to others, our would be leaders, what is ultimately our responsibility. We are not talking of using paper instead of plastic, laudable though such efforts are. No, we are talking of individual efforts initiated at a community level where people take charge of our future on the planet in their own way and within their own ability, reduce impact of the perils we face. The pyramids were built by thousands, albeit by slaves. Ants build vast structures.

The answer is simple: There are millions, billions, of people upon the planet. The combined effort of even a fraction of those can have an enormous impact. Far more than any corporation or collection of them, or of any government. The lack effort of these latter, in some cases, borders on the criminal were the means to prosecute implemented.

The means are simple: To reduce the waste in our lifestyles. We need not be frugal nor penurious, but modest and practical in the means that we adopt to lead a less profligate and careless lifestyle. For example, in the number of vehicles we own, and even a modest reduction in their use will, multiplied across the globe, have a significant cumulative effect. The small will be made great through sheer numbers.

The name of the organization is, at this stage, a working name. The International means that the organization is the platform for daughter organizations which are organized on a regional, country and local level which collectively combine to pursue the aims and objectives of the parent organization.

The governance of the organization will be developed as the concept, the project, moves forward. To do this, best practices will be adopted from elsewhere. We are not going to reinvent the wheel.

The organization’s mission is to be supported by the wealthy of the world. By wealthy is meant relative to the poor, hungry, disenfranchised and dispossessed of the world.

There is no reason on this earth why such latter individuals should not join in the efforts spoken of here. But simply that their contribution will be different in kind. After all, the organization seeks to act to preserve their interests, as well as others, in what surely lies ahead in terms of global warming. It is you who are worst affected by the prospects of results of global warming. But the organization will gain value should any of you choose to participate. Minds and action are equal, hungry or not.

To those reading this, I say: Should you own your own home or rent it, have a job and have some sense of security, you are wealthy in these terms. You have the power and ability to conserve which  is what the organization is all about, guiding and harvesting those efforts.

The organization recognizes, and wishes to respond to, the call for action in an effort to halt and, perhaps, even reverse current trends which indicate the destruction and and annihilation of our home, this earth. This language might seem to be hyperbolic but it is not. The present prediction of ”… by 2030 such and such will happen,” or “… by 2050 the world will be …” lie too far into the future and, given the universal habit of procrastination, “… oh, we have plenty of time ,,,”, we will not act. More immediate dates and targets, more realistic ones, need to be adopted, at least by this organization.

The concept of  We Can Conserve imagines a nonprofit organization which acts as a magnet to draw to it those citizens, wherever they live on the planet, who wish to contribute, as citizens. to the reduction of global warming. Such citizens understand, and are rightly alarmed at, the prospect of our total self-destruction.

We Can Conserve International,org serves as a platform to provide information and guidance – and harvesting the results and effects of such efforts – as to how citizens, as individuals or locally organized groups, can make a significant difference in reducing, and even reversing, the trends we are currently witnessing in the destruction of fellow species, ice melting, and sea and ocean temperature rises, and the desertification of some parts of the world. Such citizens who are drawn to We Can Conserve International org are informed and alarmed at the prospect of what the data trends we are told of by scientists and concerned organizations, terms of the data, the scientific evidence which shows with absolute charity the perils we face., who are wish and are willing to lead or help lead the organization into the real world.

Global worming is not a matter of belief. The facts are too numerous and multifaceted to not be true. Hard scientific evidence is not theological. And the studies have been carried out over a large span of time. How much evidence do you need to know that we are the guilty party. Of course, were this not true, we would not have been, and largely still are, in denial.

Should we continue on our present course (see the references below) without effort to reverse it, we face a dire world which at some point, sooner than we presently predict, will result in the total destruction of all life on our planet.

We, those of us who wish to, can make a difference, a significant, if not profound, difference. Should individual and community groups act, then the possibility exists of billions of people all over the planet achieving what corporations and governments can never achieve. We can conserve without being frugal, without greatly affecting our present lifestyle however and whatever that is, with notable exceptions; the powerless, the hungry, the disposed and displaced, we can recognize that we are profligate, create vast amounts of waste without thought. Citizens, filling the recycle bins is not enough. Doing good with good intentions is futile. What is required is a change of heart, a fundamental recognition that, in the end, we are all species, we are inseparably part of all life forms. We are not superior. We suffer from hubris and are alone among our fellow species in our wanton self destruction. No other species acts as we do. We are out of kilter, possibly even, out of control.

­This is a launch document in preliminary draft form. The intent is to draw others who wish to have a hand in the formation of the organization so that its realization is not the result of a single person.

Those interested may contact the author through comment on his blog, Towards Better Democracy, malcolmdbmunrodotorg

Copyright the Author. Protected under the Copyright Laws of the United States. Unauthorized use constitutes theft.

Malcolm D B Munro
Tuesday 22 January, 2019

A few references

  1.  We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN\
  2.  Climate Change
  3. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC / Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  Date: 2018





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Sebastian Bach – Mass in B minor, BWV 232 1749

Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (1749)

i. Missa (Kyrie & Gloria) ii. Symbolum Nicenum (Credo) iii. Sanctus iv. Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Dona nobis pacem Céline Scheen, soprano I Yetzabel Arias, soprano II Pascal Bertin, countertenor Makoto Sakurada, tenor Stephan MacLeod, bassPascal Bertin, countertenor Makoto Sakurada, tenor Stephan MacLeod, bass La Capella Reial de Catalunya Le Concert des Nations Conductor: Jordi Savall Direction: Andy Sommer Recorded at the Abbaye de Fontfroide, Narbonne, July 19, 2011

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 20 January, 2019

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Steven Bell’s cartoon for today’s Guardian Newspaper

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Illustration: Steve Bell for the Guardian Wednesday 9 January,y, 2018 Copyright Steve Bell 2018/All Rights Reserved

This is a most curios political cartoon.

First, though, notice the speed at which it had been drawn and published. (

“This was the great political power struggle of our times – and ministers lost”

) The topic of, and depiction in, the cartoon are as a result of the Speaker of the House of Commons having made a ruling which overturned centuries old precedent in the UK Parliament’s Lower House. Bear in mind, that, as with Common Law in the UK, the United Kingdom does not have a written Constitution. Precedent is all, therefore.

What the cartoon shows is the Speaker of the House of Commons, in full dress which he does not normally wear, followed by the Clerks of the House.

All Speakers through time immortal have been preceded into and out of the House of Commons by the Mace. The Mace is symbolic of the Queen’s presence in Parliament, specifically the House of Commons, as the UK’s ruling Monarch. Business in the House cannot be conducted without its presence nor can laws be passed.

Her Majesty is represented in day to day actions by a Government, Her Majesty’s Government, composed of Ministers drawn the elected representatives of the voting population of Great Britain and Northern Island, at the head of which is the Prime Minister, which position is currently occupied by one Mrs Teresa May.

Instead of the Mace, which on a couple of occasions in recent times, has been made an instrument of debate, the current prime minister is being carried by the customary custodian of the Mace.

How many layers of meaning Bell intended to cover is not known and may never be. There are many. Let’s consider only a few.

The Speaker’s job is to mediate debate and attend to points of order. His role is symbolic, as attested to by the robes of office Bell furnishes him with.

He cannot vote and cannot speak outside his role of ensuring orderly conduct in the House.

In plain terms, the current PM is depicted here as having become Bervow’s (the current Speaker) hostage.  In doing so he is holding to ransom the Government of the day of which she is head.

Now, he is not doing this on his personal behalf but as representative of House Members, Ministers of the Crown and ordinary Members alike, hence his regnal garb.

What he is doing, in fact, is to hold the Queen, the UK’s constitutional monarch, hostage: Her Majesty’s Government rules at Her Majesty’s pleasure.

The significance of Bell’s depiction goes back to Runnymede, to that point in British history, where, for the first time –  and from that time onward – those whom the King ruled could contradict the Monarch and even disobey him, or her.

In other words, the Monarch of Britain no longer had absolute power over His or Her subjects, but ruled by consent.

Naturally, power, being power, always seeks to be in the hands of the more powerful. Successive monarchs, post Runnymede, have sought to wrest power back to allow them to make arbitrary decisions.

Over the centuries, power has devolved more and more to common people – hence the House of Commons. To ensure the perpetuity of this arrangement, enfranchisement – the ability to vote into power who you want to represent you in government, has been extended to all subjects of Great Britain over the age of 18, including, recently,, women.

What the present speaker did today in Parliament was to, through a departure from precedent, restore power to the Elected and away from the Crown. Or, put more correctly, the Balance of Power.

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 9 January, 2019





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