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26-09-2014 10:16
Doomwatch is the best show around

31-05-2014 09:13
Missed you this week.. Happy Birthday Alex for Sunday. you misunderstood my text last week as I meanth a local broadcast audience. ie Local Bar or suchlike

04-11-2013 00:50
Fantastic first show Alex and great to hear Patrick Henningsen again

03-04-2013 21:37
Good guest this week. When is someone going to knock on the Royals' door???

20-03-2013 21:40
pass the parcel lol

Doomwatch 37 - Simon Welsh - Live at the Peterborough Beer Festival

Doomwatch 37 - Simon Welsh - Live at the Peterborough Beer Festival

Friday 22nd August 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm UK on Peterborough FM

You are invited to join host alex:g and Text Jockey Lexy Manning for the 37th edition of the radio show DOOMWATCH. But this time it's a little different - on Friday 22nd August we will be doing an 'outside broadcast' LIVE and direct from the Peterborough Beer Festival - feel free to come and meet the Doomwatch team and have a chat after the show! 6pm until 6.30pm will be live on the Music Stage, then 6.30pm to 7.30pm by the side of the music stage, and then from 7.30pm to 8.00pm we will be roaming.

Poet SIMON WELSH will be the special guest of Peterborough FM show DOOMWATCH at the Peterborough Beer Festival. Simon's work spans many concepts, from the magical and ridiculous, through the harsh stark truth behind 21st century society, to practical solutions to leading a whole and happy life. It is time to remember how powerful we are, and to give to the world what we want the world to give to us: joy, freedom, peace and chocolate.



Gates Foundation Funding Fingerprint Vaccination Programme

(Stephen Mayhew)  A Michigan State University professor is working on a fingerprint recognition method to track the vaccination schedules of infants and toddlers, which will boost immunization coverage and ultimately save the lives of children in developing countries, according to a report by Michigan State University Today.

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded study, Anil Jain and his team are hoping that the new tracking method it has developed will increase vaccination coverage of children in developing countries, where keeping track of a baby’s vaccine schedule on paper has been mostly ineffective.

“Paper documents are easily lost or destroyed,” said Jain. “Our initial study has shown that fingerprints of infants and toddlers have great potential to accurately record immunizations. You can lose a paper document, but not your fingerprints.”

The MSU researchers have been trialling an optical fingerprint reader at rural health facilities in Benin, West Africa, using the technology to scan the thumbs and index fingers of infants and toddlers. A schedule can then be generated from the biometric data and become an integral part of the vaccine registry system.

Once the electronic registry is established, health care workers need only to re-scan the child’s fingers to view the vaccination schedule to figure out who has been vaccinated, what diseases they have been scanned for, and when they will need any additional immunization shots.


Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week: A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week. This is a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers raising small numbers of animals.”

Previously backyard and urban farming were protected by Michigan’s Right to Farm Act but The Commission has ruled that the Right to Farm Act protections no longer apply to many homeowners who keep small amount of livestock. Kim White, who keeps chickens and rabbits, said, “They don’t want us little guys feeding ourselves. They want us to go all to the big farms. They want to do away with small farms and I believe that is what’s motivating it.”

The ruling will allow local governments to ban goats, chickens and beehives on any property where there are 13 homes within one eighth mile or a residence within 250 feet of the property.



Gardeners with sit-on lawnmowers face buying motor insurance

Gardeners who maintain their lawn with a sit-on lawnmower could soon face paying £100 a year for motor insurance under regulations being considered in Europe. Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, has been told that all owners of ride-on mowers may be forced to pay for the cover, even if the vehicle never leaves their garden. The issue stems from a European legal case involving a Slovenian man who was hurt after a ladder on which he was standing was hit by the trailer of a reversing tractor. Motor insurers refused to cover the claim because it took place on private property. The European Court of Justice, based in Luxembourg, is due to rule on the case next month but Mr McLoughlin had indicated he would fight any such change.



EU ban on powerful vacuum cleaners prompts anger and legal challenge

Consumers are being urged to buy powerful vacuum cleaners while they can after it emerged that some of the most powerful models on the market will disappear in September when a new EU rule comes into force. An EU energy label, to be introduced from 1 September, means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts.

The Which? consumer group said many of its Best Buy models had motor sizes that exceeded this, "so if you're in the market for a powerful vacuum, you should act quickly, before all of the models currently available sell out". The wattage will be limited to only 900 watts by 2017 – further restricting choice. Current cleaners typically boast an average of 1,800 watts. Which? warned that many of the models that appear in its Best Buy tables have motor sizes in excess of the new limit.



World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme 'complicit' in genocidal land grabs

The plight of Kenya's Sengwer people shows that carbon offsets generated by 'sustainable' forest management are empowering a corporate recolonisation of the South backed by the World Bank against its own guidelines, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indigenous forest peoples are at risk of genocide while corporations let rip.

Between 2000 and 2010, a total of 500 million acres of land in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean was acquired or negotiated under deals brokered on behalf of foreign governments or transnational corporations. Many such deals are geared toward growing crops or biofuels for export to richer, developed countries - with the consequence that small-holder farmers are displaced from their land and lose their livelihood while local communities go hungry.

The concentration of ownership of the world's farmland in the hands of powerful investors and corporations is rapidly accelerating, driven by resource scarcity and, thus, rising prices. According to a new report by the US land rights organisation Grain: "The powerful demands of food and energy industries are shifting farmland and water away from direct local food production to the production of commodities for industrial processing."

Less known factors, however, include 'conservation' and 'carbon offsetting'. In west Kenya, as the UK NGO Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) reported, over a thousand homes had been torched by the government's Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to forcibly evict the 15,000 strong Sengwer indigenous people from their ancestral homes in the Embobut forest and the Cherangany Hills.

Since 2007, successive Kenyan governments have threatened Sengwer communities in the Embobut forest with eviction. A deadline for residents to leave the forest expired in early January, prompting the most recent spate of violence.

The pretext for the eviction is that the indigenous Sengwer - labelled wrongly as "squatters" - are responsible for the accelerating degradation of the forest. Elsewhere in Kenya's Mount Elgon forest, however, the KFS' track record reveals a more complicated story. In 2010, the indigenous Ogiek were issued a deadline to relocate in the name of forest conservation and reforestation.

In February this year, Survival International reported that, like the Sengwer, the Ogiek continued to be violently evicted from their homes in violation of court orders, with reports of government officials and their supporters seizing their land.



Nestle/Gerber Won’t Listen: Boycott the Company Who Puts GMO Bt Toxins in Baby Food

Like many food producers supplying some of the most popular foods, some baby food companies, such as Purity Brands, are going GMO-free due to public demand. But other companies stuffed with the hot air of their own inflated CEO’s egos refuse – Nestlé International, the parent company of both Nestlé USA and Gerber baby foods – is adamant about using GMOs in their products. It looks like it’s time for another boycott.

Many parents in the U.S. and North America are unknowingly feeding their infants and small children Gerber Baby Foods which contain genetically modified corn and soy, both of which contain Bt toxins, a registered pesticide with the USFDA. If it was sold at Home Depot instead of your grocery store, it would require a label from the EPA that stated, “Pesticide” with a registration number. While Bt proteins can kill insects when they bite into the corn, the toxin is also absorbed into the entire plant – roots, stems, leaves, and fruit. If only parents knew, surely they wouldn’t ask their five month old to suck down a bottle of Bt poison.

Nestlé has received thousands of letters from concerned parents requesting that they remove GMOs from their baby formulas, but the company refuses. So, its time to stick it to Nestlé where it hurts and trigger another boycott. People are turning to other brands left and right when they find out what the company is really up to.

Bt toxins have been found to cause cell membrane death in human beings as well as other alarming health effects. GMO soy has been linked to infertility. Monsanto’s Bt toxins have even been found to kill human embryo cells. These genetically modified ingredients certainly should not be anywhere near a baby.


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