A List of Environmental and Telecommunications Events and Issues

January 23 to January 30, 1998

Published, Edited and Written by George Mokray for
Information Ecologies
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Saturday, January 24

8:30 am - 4 pm
Keys to Empowering Youth
Rhonda Patton and Jen Kelly
contact 253-0742 or rlpatton@mit.edu
MIT Building 10, Room 105

Monday, January 26

10 am
Energy - an Environmental Problem and a Development Solution: US R & D Programs
John Ahearne
MIT Building NW 17, Room 218

10:30 am
The Future of Telecommunications
Jerry Hausman
contact 253-2644 or jhausman@mit.edu
MIT Building E51, Room 31

11 am
Where Does Plasma Science and Fusion Energy Fit in the National Agenda?
Tobin Smith
MIT Building NW 17, Room 218

11:30 am
RIS: Give Your Wrist a Break!
David Diamond
contact ciam@med.mit.edu
MIT Building 1, Room 135

12 pm
Preliminary Results: Eat Well and Keep Moving: A Health Promotion Program in Urban Elementary Schools
Lilian Cheung and Steven Gortmaker
Harvard School of Public Health, Building 2, Room 202, Boston

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
Heredity and the Environment in the Origin of Cancer
Karl Kelsey, Harvard School of Public Health
contact Ann Backus at432-3327
Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Ave, Building 1, Room 1301, Boston

1 pm - 2:30 pm
Who Are the American Elites?
Peter Temin
contact 253-3126 or ptemin@mit.edu
MIT Building E51, Room 372

2:30 pm
How to Save a Million Dollars
James Pterba
contact 253-6673 or poterba@mit.edu
MIT Building E51, Room 315

3 pm
Environmentally Induced Degradation of Composite Materials
Hugh McManus
contact 253-2279 or mas@mit.edu
MIT Building 33, Room 206

4 pm
Living in the Past: Developmental Regulatory Mechanisms and the Evolution of Body Plans and Body Parts
Sean Carroll, Univ of WI
Harvard, Science Center, Lecture Hall B

8 pm
Disarticulating Disney: Notes on Post-Industrial Capitalism and New Gay Identities
Ann Pellegrini, Harvard
Harvard, Barker Center, Room 133

Tuesday, January 27

System Dynamics 101
contact 253-1574 or nlux@mit.edu
Classes through Friday, always a good introduction to the concepts and principles with a lecture by Jay Forrester on the subject Friday morning.

Bafa - a cross-cultural simulation
Cristina Gordy
contact 253-8930 or gordy@mtl.mit.edu
MIT Building 34, Room 401A/B

9 am to 5 pm
Equity, Design, and Implementation: The Annual Workshop in the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies in Developing Areas (SPURS)
contact 253-5915 or nvdeleon@mit.edu
MIT Building 10, Room 401
Editorial Comment: SPURS takes mid-career people from all over the world for advanced studies in their fields. These presentations are from those students and each one is about an hour long and based on practical experience tempered by academic discipline. Good stuff internationally.

10:30 am - 12 pm
Teaching on the Web
David Wallace
contact 253-9419 or madavila@mit.edu
MIT Building 6, Room 120

12 pm
Learning to Fly: The Development and evolution of Insect Wings
Sean Carroll, Univ of WI
Harvard, Fairchild Biochemistry Building, Lecture Hall

1 pm
From the Origin of the Universe to the Origin of Life
Claude Canizares
contact 253-7501 or crc@space.mit.edu
MIT Building 4, Room 370

1 pm - 3 pm
Regional Disparity in China: Technology, Energy, Environment, and Health
Karen Polenske
contact 255-9108 or duangjai@mit.edu
MIT Building 5, Room 232

2:30 pm - 4 pm
Social Security Reform
Peter Diamond
contact 253-3363 or pdiamond@mit.edu
MIT Building E51, Room 145

3 pm - 5 pm
Environment, Water, and Climate Change
Rafael Bras
Pretending to Save the Planet: US Firms and Voluntary Codes of Practice
Jennifer Nash
contact 253-3726, voelker@mit.edu, 255-6269, or lnichols@mit.edu
MIT Building 1, Room 390

3:30 pm - 5 pm
Substance Use and Abuse
William Kenyle and Ronald Fleming
contact ciam@med.mit.edu
MIT Building 1, Room 190

6 pm
Programming the 3Com Palm Pilot
Mark Eichin
contact 253-7788 or eichin@mit.edu
MIT Building 3, Room 133

6:45 pm
Computer Organizations of NE: panel discussion on "What I Need to Know to Purchase a Computer"
Please RSVP Roger A. Kahan (kahan@rak-1.com)
Computer Escape, 83 North Main St, Randolph

8 pm
Sick and Twisted Animation
contact 255-1769 or stephane@mit.edu
MIT Building 6, Room 120

Wednesday, January 28

9 am to 5 pm
Equity, Design, and Implementation: The Annual Workshop in the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies in Developing Areas (SPURS)
contact 253-5915 or nvdeleon@mit.edu
MIT Building 10, Room 401

10 am
The Environmental Cost of Building (or Not Building) the Three Gorges Project in China
Elfatih Eltahir
contact 253-6596 or eltahir@mit.edu
MIT Building 48, Room 316

10:30 am
Are We Having More Fun? - issues of work and leisure
Dora Costa
contact 253-2989 or costa@mit.edu
MIT Building E51, Room 372

12 pm
Non-Ionizing Radiation and Consumer Products
Donald Haes
contact ciam@med.mit.edu
MIT Building 1, Room 135

Butterflies, Zebras, and Fairy Tales: New Patterns Evolve When Old Genes Learn New Tricks
Sean Carroll, Univ of WI
Harvard, Fairchild Biochemistry Building, Lecture Hall

12 pm - 1:30 pm
Time Management
William Kennedy
contact ciam@med.mit.edu
MIT Building 1, Room 190

1 pm - 3 pm
Learning About China by Computer: The Long Bow/ MIT Digital Archive of China
Peter Perdue
contact 253-2064 or pcperdue@mit.edu
MIT Building 56, Room 114

3 pm - 5 pm
Simple Chinese Characters
Julie Sussman
contact (781)646-6825 or jems@alum.mit.edu
MIT Building 24, Room 121
Editorial Comment: Chinese is a fun language. Chinese characters are an entirely different way of looking at written language. I remember when I realized that the poet Wang Wei was making visual puns through the characters in some of his poems. Beautiful.

7 pm - 9 pm
China, Japan, United States: What's the Real Story?
Charlie Radin, Boston Globe; Philip Cunningham, Harvard; Tomoe Odahara, Harvard
contact 258-8208 or japanprogram@mit.edu
MIT Building E51, Room 095

Thursday, January 29

9:30 am
Decommissioning Nuclear Facilities
Andrew Kadak
contact 253-0166 or Kadak@mit.edu

10 am
How to Get the Most From Training
Jeff Pankin
contact 253-4135 or pankin@mit.edu
MIT Building 4, Room 145

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles; Robotics in the Ocean Environment
Chrys Chryssostowidis contact chrys@deslab.mit.edu
MIT Building E38, Room 300

12 pm
Pseudo-Gap and Superconducting Quasiparticles in Underdoped Cuprates (Condensed Matter)
Patrick Lee, MIT
Harvard, Pierce Hall, Room 100F

12:30 pm
The Health Status of Afghan Women Under the Taliban Rule Zieba Shorish-Shamley, Womens' Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan
contact 432-4311
Harvard School of Public Health, Bagnoud Building, Room G-12, Boston

1 pm
Micro - The Right Size for a Ceramic Gas Turbine
S Mark Spearing
contact 253-2279 or mas@mit.edu
MIT Building 33, Room 206

2 pm - 5 pm
Modeling for Sustainable Development
contact 253-1574 or nlux@mit.edu
MIT Building E51, Room 345 (Tang Auditorium)
Editorial Comment: Part of the System Dynamics 101 course.

2:30 pm - 4 pm
Navigating the Data Maze
Heather McMullen and Lisa Horowitz
contact 253-0863 or hmcmulle@mit.edu
MIT Building E53, Room 220

3:30 pm
Contraception in the 90s
Annie Lau
contact ciam@med.mit.edu
MIT Building 1, Room 150

4 pm
Grand Reopening of Virtually Wired
contact 542-5555 or http://www.vw.org
19 Temple Place, Boston
Editorial Comment: Virtually Wired is back up and running at our new place, an office building renovated by Action for Boston Community Development, the major community development organization in Boston and an organization which has yet to find a way to get us email from behind its firewall. From noon to 4 pm, VW will be open for free.

Secrets to Successful Study Skills
Elizabeth Cogliano
contact 253-6786 or cogliano@mit.edu
MIT Building 10, Room 10

4 pm - 6 pm
Educating the Public About Science Journalism
John Bendit, Technology Review; Tom Paulson, Seattle Post- Intelligencer; David Baron, NPR
contact hannahb@mit.edu
MIT Building 2, Room 190
Editorial Comment: At the beginning of December, I received an email from the Loka Institute (loka@amherst.edu or http://www.amherst.edu/~loka) mourning the changes in the _Technology Review_. Langdon Winner (winner@rpi.edu) reported that there has been a radical shake-up in the Review's staff and all four regular columnists (including Langdon) have been dropped. "Evidently, the new editor is pledged to emphasize 'innovation' as compared to 'policy.'" The fear is that a magazine which once addressed the whys and wherefores of technology will now become a cheerleader for any latest new thing. This event may be the perfect place to raise these issues.

4:30 pm
Incorporating Concerns for Equity in Economic Evaluations of Health Care Programs
Erik Nord, National Institute of Pulbic Health, Norway
Harvard, Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow St

4:30 pm - 6 pm
Japanese Air and Water Warriors: Videos of the International Birdman Competitions and the Human- and Solar-Powered Boat Races
contact 253-5121 or dgwilson@mit.edu
MIT Building 1, Room 390

5 pm
The Politics of Nature and the Uses of History
Peder Anker, Conevery Bolton, Alix Cooper, and Charles Rubin
Harvard, Barker Center, Room 133

Friday, January 30

12 pm - 2 pm
Breezes and Bicycles - tunnels under cities with huge fans to blow bicyclists and bladers where they want to go
MIT Building 5, Room 134

12:30 pm
Politics, Culture and Family Planning in Indonesia
Terry Hull, Australian National Univ, Canberra
Harvard, Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow St

1 pm
Anxiety and Stress
Marcia Yousik
contact 253-1316 or ciam@med.mit.edu
MIT Building 1, Room 150

Catachresis, Quantum Mechanics, and the Letter from Lacan
Henry Krips, Univ of Pittsburgh
Harvard, Science Center, Room 226

3:30 pm
China Current Events Workshop: The Month in Review
Joseph Fewsmith and Gwendolyn Stewart
Harvard, Coolidge Hall, Room 3

Saturday, January 31

7 pm
Dancing with the Left: Benefit for Latinos for Social Change = comida, musica (food, music) BYOB
contact http://www.igc.org/lacasa/latinos.html
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plan
Tickets $10.00 Students/Unemp. $5.00
Editorial Comment: Spontaneous Celebrations organizes the annual Wake the Earth Festival in JP in May, always a great occasion.

Sources for Listings:
MIT _Tech Talk_ :
Harvard _Gazette_ :
Harvard Environmental Resources On-Line:
MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs calendar:
Earth Day Network international/national listings:
Earth Day Greater Boston calendar:

act-ma the Massachusetts activists mailing list:
subscribe by emailing majordomo@igc.apc.org, leaving the subject line blank and typing "subscribe act-ma" as the message

Peace and Justice Events Hotline at (617)787-6809

Computer Organizations of NE (CONE):
Boston Webmasters Guild

Community Technology Center Network

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Spring Courses from HEN (and One Job)

Editorial Comment: When I started "A List..." I thought that it would be great to have one place that collected all the public lecture information from all the colleges and universities in the Boston area. Then I found it was a little beyond my own means. Harvard Environmental Network (HEN) is working toward the same idea. Here is their rundown of upcoming courses of interest at Harvard, Tufts, and BU. I have attended lectures by Bob Pojasek, Adil Najam, and Robert Stavins. All of them are fine teachers and long-time thinkers about environmental, ecological, and economic issues. Thanks to Harvard Environmental Network (to subscribe to HEN, email listproc@environment.harvard.edu and write the message "subscribe HEN-L ," or http://environment.harvard.edu) for their work.

Principles of Pollution Prevention - New Approaches to Environmental Management
School: Harvard School of Public Health (Course number EH 270cd.)
Instructors: Robert B. Pojasek and John J. Spengler
Times: Monday and Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m.
For more information: contact KumKum_Dilwali@harvard.edu
Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students with a methodological approach to process characterization, problem solving and decision making. By learning how to use well-established, structured analysis tools in a sequential fashion, the students will be able to adapt a systems approach to a variety of different issues they may face in their career. The focus of the course will be on commercial and industrial processes that utilize energy, water, hazardous materials, and other resources. By using a process mapping technique that is widely used in business process re-engineering, students will learn to characterize any process. Problem solving tools will be utilized to learn how to prevent the use and subsequent loss of hazardous materials in these processes. Energy, water and other valuable resources will also be covered in the course. This approach will lead to actions that will help lower the risk to workers, the community, and the environment. Students will learn how the systems approach is used by companies to transition to cleaner production. They can use this approach in industrial ecology, design for environment, life cycle analysis, sustainable development and other emergent techniques.

Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy
School: Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Course number ENR-551y/Econ 2690hf.)
Instructors: Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman and guest lecturers
Time: Wednesday, 4-5:30 p.m.
Place: Room 332
For more information: contact Professor Stavins at 617-495-1820 or Joanna Veltri at 617-495-8833
Topics: Long-Term Environmental Policy and Formation of Intergenerational Time Preferences. Modeling Land-Use Decisions with Aggregate Data. Capital Vintage, Efficiency, and Environmental Regulation. Economics and Environmental Quality: The View from EPA. Prices vs. Quantities Revisited: The Case of Climate Change. Muddling Through Regulatory Reform: Analysis and Innovation in the Administrative Process. Economics and Environmental Quality: The View from DOE. The Cost-Effectiveness of Alternative Instruments for Environmental Protection in a Second-Best Setting. A Model of the Environmental and Economic Sustainability of the Global System.

Ecology Based Policy Making
School: Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy (Course number UEP294E.)
Instructor: Sarah Michaels
Eligibility: Open to all graduate students and to senior undergraduate students with the instructor's permission.
Time: Mondays 8:30-11 a.m.
Place: 97 Talbot Ave, Medford
For more information: contact 617-627-3394 or smichael@emerald.tufts.edu
Description: Ecosystem management is today's dominant paradigm for conceptualizing how to manage natural resources. This approach places an emphasis on maintaining biological diversity and stressing ecological function and balance. Ideally, policy choices made within this framework are guided by public concern about environmental health, cumulative effects and long-term sustainability of ecological relationships. Thinking about ecology based policy making raises a number of questions addressed in this course. What does policy which recognizes that the biogeophysical environment cannot be compromised indefinitely look like. What is the interplay between ecological factors and other factors in environmental policy making? Can policy be a means to reconnect people with nature. Class topics include: biodiversity, landscape ecology, watershed management, bioregionalism, protected natural areas, parks & wilderness, laws & partnerships for protecting ecosystems, roles of science & scientists in ecoystem management.

Current Issues in International Environmental Affairs Graduate Seminar School: Boston University, Department of International Relations, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University
Instructor: Adil Najam
Eligibility note: Harvard students cannot cross-register at Boston University
For more information: contact 617-353-8910 or anajam@bu.edu or http://WEB.bu.edu/anajam/anajam.html

Eastern Research Group (ERG) is an award-winning research and consulting firm with offices in the Boston, Washington DC, and Research Triangle Park areas. ERG specializes in environmental consulting for the federal government in such fields as economics, engineering, public health, computer science, and education. ERG will be recruiting for the following positions in the second round of Harvard recruiting: Environmental Engineer; Environmental Scientist; Public Health Specialist/Risk Assessor; Economic/Regulatory Analyst; Environmental Writers; Editor/Writer.
Contact Rob Hyman at rhyman@erg.com or http://www.erg.com for detailed information.

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P2Energy and Hazmit Mailing Lists

Editorial Comment: Jennifer Hill (execdirector@nben.org) alerted me to a new listserv on pollution prevention and energy conservation. Jennifer is with the Northeast Business Environmental Network (http://www.nben.org) and "NBEN is a nonpolitical forum for businesses, government agencies, and environmental groups who support environmental excellence as a competitive advantage" based in Lawrence, MA. I wonder how many environmental groups are actually meeting with local businesses these days.

To: LISTSERVER NPPR <NPPR@great-lakes.net>,
LISTSERVER P2TECH <p2tech@great-lakes.net>
Reply-To: nppr@great-lakes.net
The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable invites you to join the new P2 Energy listserver !!
P2 ENERGY will serve as a discussion forum for those who are interested in topics related to pollution prevention and energy efficiency. P2 ENERGY was a collaborative effort between the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable and the U.S. EPA's Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Division with outreach assistance from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

If you would like to subscribe to the listserver please send your request to Tyrone Foster (tyronefoster@compuserve.com) at the Roundtable office. Thank you,

Tyrone Foster

Editorial Comment: Marshall T. Spriggs (mtspriggs@igc.apc.org) emailed me about another new listserv devoted to hazard mitigation. Tom is as long-time community and environmental activist who is currently undercover in a prestigious business education institution. He writes his own occasional "Notes from Cafe Fiasko" and you can email him if you wish to know more about that idiosyncratic enterprise.

From: "mitigation.com" <mitigate@mitigation.com>
Subject: NEW: HAZMIT


HAZMIT is a moderated discussion list for the global hazard mitigation community. The list is in English and covers both natural and technological disasters.

Archives of HAZMIT mail messages are available. To obtain information on how to access the HAZMIT mailing list archives send the command
archive help

in either the SUBJECT or the BODY of an e-mail message to

To subscribe, send the following command in either the SUBJECT or the BODY of an e-mail message to HAZMIT-REQUEST@MITIGATION.COM


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Shundahai Network

Editorial Comment: Shundahai Network (shundahai@radix.net) sent me the following. Nuclear power plants are closing around New England but the waste has to go somewhere. Shundahai represents the people who live where that somewhere is supposed to be. We have 250,000 years to look after the plutonium we've produced. Prayer and ritual purification won't hurt.

To our friends from around the world,
Greetings during this new year time. We are proud to announce the beginning of a Shundahai Network E-mail news and alert list. This service will provide a short note, sent monthly, with action alerts and Shundahai Network updates. Shundahai Network was formed at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site in 1994, by a council of long-term nuclear disarmament activists, at the request of Corbin Harney, a Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader.

You can find out more about us by visiting our web page at

We have obtained your addresses from receiving requests and networking on the internet. If you would like to continue to receive SHUNDAHAI NETWORK E-NEWS, you do not need to do anything. We promise that your address will not be shared with any other organizations. You will receive important information that will allow you to participate in the peace and justice movement more effectively. (Please note, that this is not a newsgroup or discussion list server.)

If you would like to be removed from our list please send a blank message with "Remove" in the subject heading and we will immediately remove your name from our list.

If you are living in Las Vegas, NV or the Southwest United States and would like to be included in our local emergency response e-mail alert list please let us know.

We want to be a resource for people around the world that want to get involved from their own homes so please send in your comments and suggestions. We want to hear from you!

SHUNDAHAI NETWORK E-NEWS #1 will be sent out around the end of January and contain information on

-The campaign to stop the next round of subcritical nuclear weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site.
-The Western Shoshone struggle for stewardship over their traditional lands.
-Efforts to stop nuclear waste transportation and dumping at the Nevada Test Site and Yucca Mountain.
-Traditional Dineh Elders resisting relocation at Big Mountain on the Navajo Reservation due to coal and uranium mining.
-The growing grassroots movement to stop the proposed nuclear dumps at Ward Valley, CA and Sierra Blanca, TX as well as stop the temporary highlevel nuclear waste storage facility on the Goshute Reservation in Utah.
-Information on the Shundahai Network End of the Year Report.
-Calendar of upcoming demonstrations, spiritual gatherings and events from around the world.
-News from the international nuclear Abolition 2000 movement For now........Mark your Calendars and join us in Nevada for
April 10-13, Nevada Test Site

Healing Global Wounds is an alliance of organizations and individuals working to break the nuclear chain, and restore sustainable living practices on the Earth. The camp will be located on Western Shoshone lands at the gates of the Nevada Test Site.

You can experience the beautiful desert, join in an incredibly rich and culturally diverse community of people from all over the world, learn about nuclear and indigenous land rights issues, participate in traditional Native ceremonies from America, Australia, Taiwan and other regions... and if so called, join us in nonviolent direct action to shut the Nevada Nuclear Test Site down and reclaim Shoshone land.

The gathering will include:
Fri, April 10th: Communications skills training for multi-cultural work; Sat, April 11th: Informational workshops about nuclear issues and indigenous rights; Indigenous Delegations from Taiwan and Australia Easter Sun 12th: Site specific non-violence training and action planning; Mon, April 13th: Nonviolent Occupation and prayer circle at the entrance to the Nevada Test Site. Reclaim Western Shoshone Lands from the DOE (Department of Energy) and Shut the Test Site Down!

Multi-faith ceremonies will take place throughout the weekend. Corbin Harney, Western Shoshone spiritual leader, will lead daily sunrise ceremonies and Sweat Lodges. Nevada Desert Experience will hold a Good Friday service,and participate in an Easter morning Circle of Rebirth ceremony at the gates of the Test Site.

Meals, local potable water and sanitation facilities will be provided.

A $25 share of costs donation is suggested ($20 if paid by March 1st). Limited motel accommodations are available nearby for those unable to camp in desert conditions.

For more information about past Healing Global Wounds visit
http://www.shundahai.org/HGW/index.html or http://www.scruz.net/~hgw/

To receive a complete email HGW information packet please send a request to reinard@shundahai.org

We hope that your past year has been filled with many learnings and successes. We hope that the next year will continue to bring us closer together in this growing diverse community of action and prayer to bring peace and justice to all.

To read about some of the nonviolent direct actions we have helped organize this year please visit:

To find out about current nuclear weapons, nuclear waste and Native land rights action alerts, please visit:

To read some of the current media articles about nuclear issues please visit:

To read the past two editions of SHUNDAHAI NETWORK NEWS, please visit:

To view our links page to other organizations please visit:

For those of you without access to the Web:

Shundahai Network was formed at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site in 1994, by a council of long-term nuclear disarmament activists, at the request of Corbin Harney, a Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader. For three years we were based in Washington DC forming a working relationship with organizations and activists from around the world before returning to Nevada where we have focused on organizing events and nonviolent direct actions to shut down the Nevada Test Site and stop nuclear weapons development and nuclear waste dumping.

Our volunteer staff work on a wide range of community outreach, education and public action campaigns. Shundahai Network has evolved into an international network bridging the gap between the environmental, peace and justice and indigenous land rights communities. We work closely with grassroots groups to train activists in community organizing and the use of nonviolent direct action to generate public awareness and apply political pressure to break the nuclear chain.

"Peace and Harmony with all Creation"
*Breaking the Nuclear Chain*

5007 Elmhurst Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89108-1304
ph(702)647-3095 Fax: (702)647-9385 Email: shundahai@radix.net

"It's in our backyard...its in our front yard.
This nuclear contamination is shortening all life.
Were going to have to unite as a people and say no more!
We, the people, are going to have to put our thoughts
together to save our planet here.
We only have One Water...One Air...One Mother Earth."
Corbin Harney, Newe (Western Shoshone) Spiritual Leader;
Founder and Executive Director, Shundahai Network
Shundahai Network is part of the international Nuclear Abolition 2000 Network

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The Begging Bowl

Editorial Comment: I heard about the Global Resource Bank awhile ago and finally visited the Webpage this week. I'm still not quite sure how this is supposed to work but it looks like each of us is being credited with $15000 per year for the next 20 years. "A List..." could always use a little of that working capital.

Global Resource Bank

National Money
People invented money to simplify trade. Now, its creation by banks is subject to interest. Its issue by governments is subject to unequal distribution, taxes and inflation. And, its standard of value is national production associated with the destruction of ecosystems. Subjecting our medium of exchange to debt, depreciation and unsustainable production is irrational. Global Resource Bank money is better.

GRB Money
The GRB freely issues and clears the transfer of electronic global dollars that measure the economic value of ecosystem production. The standard of value in global dollars is the life-supporting value of ecosystem production. The Bank earns its shareholder's income and pays for shareholder communications.

GRB Shareholders
Everyone owns one share in the Bank as a birthright. Together the shareholders claim ownership of the environment outside national jurisdiction. To open the Global Resource Bank Account the shareholders appraise the ecosystem production capacity of this environment in global dollars. The Bank issues global dollars from the GRB Account to the shareholder's as their medium of exchange. Shareholder's define sustainable development as growth in ecosystem production. The interdependence of global dollars and ecosystem production establishes a free standing ecological economy.

The Current Bank
Free solar energy powers the commonwealth of ecosystems that make most of the products that sustain life on Earth. This includes the photosynthesis of sugar and starch, the synthesis of protein, and the cycles of fresh water and oxygen in the oceans. The shareholders appraise the natural production capacity of these ecosystems at six thousand trillion global dollars. Created by the shareholders this money capitalizes the GRB Account. The amount equals one million global dollars in natural capital for each of six billion shareholders. From the GRB Account the Bank issues global dollars to Shareholder Accounts, the Shareholder Communications Account, and the Capital Exchange Account. A maintenance charge on Shareholder and Commercial Accounts earns the Bank income. The Bank divides most of its income equally among Shareholder Accounts. Shareholders invest part of their income in ecosystem production. The rest goes to the Shareholder Communications Account.

Shareholder Communications
The GRB is a democratic financial institution that follows shareholder direction. The Bank averages shareholder choices to appraise the value of the current bank, adjust bank income distribution rates, and count the number of shareholders who vote for the Bank's manager and amendments to the Bank's Charter.

The United People of Earth Charter the Global Resource Bank to Earn Income by Assuming Responsibility for Earth's Ecosystem.

1.SHAREHOLDERS own one nontransferable share of the Bank as a birthright.
2.ACCESS to the Bank is by electronic communication.
3.THE GLOBAL RESOURCE BANK owned by the Shareholders is the natural environment outside national jurisdiction. To open the Global Resource Bank Account, we the Shareholders value the ecosystem production capacity of this environment at 6,000 trillion electronic global dollars. Global dollars have the same purchasing power as 1997 United States dollars.
4.SHAREHOLDER CAPITAL of 15,000 dollars a year is issued from the GRB Account to Shareholder Accounts. This issue begins with shareholder registration and continues for twenty consecutive years.
5.COMMUNICATION CAPITAL of 500 trillion dollars is issued from the GRB Account to the Shareholder Communications Account. This money is to pay for starting shareholder communications.
6.EXCHANGE CAPITAL of 500 trillion dollars is issued from the GRB Account to the Capital Exchange Account. This money is exchanged for other currencies, the current public debt and other ecosystems.
7.BANK INCOME comes from a maintenance charge on Shareholder and Commercial Accounts. This money is deposited in the Bank Income Account. The Bank automatically exchanges global dollars between the Bank Income Account and the GRB Account to keep the working capital per shareholder at the chartered amount.
8.SHAREHOLDER INCOME is 90% of Bank Income. This money is divided equally between fully capitalized Shareholder Accounts. Ten percent of Shareholder Income is budgeted for investments in ecosystems. Upon death the balance in Shareholder Accounts reverts to the GRB Account.
9.COMMUNICATION INCOME is 10% of Bank Income. This money is deposited in the Shareholder Communications Account to pay for ongoing shareholder communications.
10.THE CURRENT BANK is valued at the average amount estimated by the Shareholders. The current Bank Income distribution rates are the average rates that result from shareholder choices. The Current Bank includes the chartered Bank's value and distribution rates for non replying Shareholders.
11.THE BANK MANAGER is hired by the majority of Shareholders. The manager sets the maintenance charge on Shareholder and Commercial Accounts. The manager is responsible for expenditures from the Shareholder Communications and Capital Exchange Accounts, and operating the Bank according to the Charter.
12.AMENDMENTS to these Articles of Association are approved by the majority of Shareholders. Guardians of Shareholders have proxy rights.

GRB ACCOUNT $6,000,000,000,000,000
SHAREHOLDER ACCTS. (6 billion) 1,800,000,000,000,000
COMMUNICATION ACCT. 500,000,000,000,000
CAPITAL EXCHANGE ACCT. 500,000,000,000,000
GRB ACCOUNT BAL. (after 20 yrs.) $3,200,000,000,000,000

How The Bank Works
The GRB is the transparent clearinghouse for real time global dollar transfers. For six billion shareholders the total distribution of working capital over 20 years is $2,800 trillion. The amount of working capital per shareholders is $466,666.66

Example: $2,800 trillion multiplied by a .3% monthly account maintenance charge (3.6% per year) earns the Bank yearly income of $100.8 trillion. The Bank's net income is plus or minus $100.8 trillion because of the interchange of global dollars between the Bank Income Account and GRB Account. This interchange automatically maintains the purchasing power of global dollars by keeping the working capital per shareholder constant at $466,666.66 each. Ninety percent of $100.8 trillion earns each of six billion shareholders $15,120 a year. Ten percent of this amount ($1,512 a year) is budgeted for shareholders to invest in their choice of ecosystem production. For six billion shareholders this comes to a yearly investment in ecosystems of $9.07 trillion. The remaining 10% of Bank Income ($10.0 trillion) is deposited in the Shareholder Communications Account to pay for ongoing shareholder communications. The chartered $500 trillion in the Shareholder Communications Account pays communication providers for starting communications. The chartered $500 trillion in the Capital Exchange Account is exchanged for other currencies, the current public debt and ecosystems inside national jurisdiction. The $3,200 trillion balance in the GRB Account is used primarily for capitalizing shareholder accounts above the initial six billion.

Development Plan
The development plan for the GRB is to register shareholders in the Alpha Bank. Millions of shareholders have access to the current trial transfer of alpha global dollars. Alpha shareholders are developing a Beta Bank that will:
1. Pay communication providers for shareholder communications.
2. Introduce global dollars as a commercial currency. The Bank's commercial directory guides shareholders to businesses that accept global dollars.
3. Exchange global dollars in the Capital Exchange Account for ecosystems inside national jurisdiction. We are talking with Ecomex a company that controls one million hectares of Brazilian rain forest about buying their property for global dollars. normann@alanet.com.br
4. Exchange global dollars for national currencies and the public debt.
5. Inform the financial service industry that it can earn income by creating products in global dollar denominations. It can supply global dollar savings, loan, insurance, stocks, bonds, trust and mutual funds etc. through its commercial accounts at the Bank.
6. Invite the European Union, North American Free Trade countries, the South American Regional Trade Pact countries and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation countries to use global dollars as their regional currency.
7. Define global dollars to the World Trade Organization and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development as free flowing international capital.
8. Describe global dollars as a community currency that enables trade between Local Exchange Transfer Systems.
9. Inform environmentalists that global dollars change environmental needs to environmental demands.
10. Announce that 75% of the shareholders are financially empowered women and children.
11. Tell children that they can pay for the education of their guardian's choice.
12. Declare that shareholder income eliminates poverty driven population growth.
13. Alert elderly people that they are income earning shareholders.
14. Animate the life-sustaining value of ecosystem production.
15. Show the markets the cash flow.
16. Broadcast: http://www.globalresourcebank.com

In the emerging information economy technology is replacing obsolete labor. In the Bank's ecological economy global dollars replace obsolete capital. On Earth the creation of life is subject to the production of ecosystems. In the Bank the creation of global dollars that measure the economic value of ecosystem production is subject to the wisdom of the shareholders.

The Bank's Articles of Association are modeled after the interdependent self organizing relationships found in nature. To achieve a prosperous global society shareholder relationships are based on the value of ecosystems, open communications and universal income. As a registered shareholder in the GRB you contribute to the success of all life on Earth.

You, your family and friends are cordially invited to register in the current trial transfer of global dollars by the Alpha Bank.

Everyone finds $15,000 alpha global dollars in their account when they register in the Alpha Bank. Multiple accounts can be registered at the same E-mail address. To transfer money out of an account after registration you must sign the account in. To see how the current Alpha Bank works transfer global dollars between alpha accounts. Please send your ideas and comments to the acting manager. Shareholders who participate in these trials earn 5,000 beta dollars from the Shareholder Communications Account. The GRB will start the beta accounts of alpha shareholders with 20,000 beta global dollars. We look forward to your registration.

To begin please Register.
Thank you,
John Pozzi, Acting GRB Manager: jpozzi@worldnet.att.net

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