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Article d'Indépendance des Chercheurs  :


http://science21.blogs.courrierinternational.com/archive/2011/03/09/cnrs-et-rgpp-i.html

CNRS et RGPP (I)

 

Le 9 mars, le compte rendu du Conseil des Ministres diffuse entre autres une communication sur la Révision Générale des Politiques Publiques (RGPP) faisant état de la présentation d'un rapport d'étape. En même temps, le site officiel de la RGPP publie notamment un rapport intitulé « RGPP : 5e Conseil de modernisation des politiques publiques » où François Baroin proclame d'emblée : « Plus de trois ans après son lancement, la RGPP est pleinement inscrite dans le paysage de l’administration ». A quel prix, et avec quels objectifs ? S'agissant des établissements publics à caractère scientifique et technologique (EPST) français comme le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), cette politique de sabrage semble devoir conduire à la disparition ou la « compression » d'importants services. Une telle opération sert-elle l'intérêt général ? Loin en apparence du CNRS et de la France, un article du New York Times paru dans la série « Smarter Than You Think » et intitulé « Smarter Than You Think. Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software » répercute une « logique de rentabilité » qui, au fond, n'est pas si éloignée de celle de la RGPP. Mais une telle présentation des problèmes et des réalités est-elle vraiment objective ? Plus que de la recherche d'une quelconque efficacité, en dehors des bénéfices des grands actionnaires, il semble bien s'agir dans la pratique d'un pas de plus dans les processus d'asservissement du travail intellectuel et de liquidation des services offerts à la population. Le 9 mars, Acteurs publics emploie le titre : « Modernisation de l’État. Les opérateurs toujours dans le collimateur ». De quelle prétendue « modernisation » nous parle-t-on ? Le CNRS et les autres EPST sont des opérateurs de l'Etat. Quelles seront les conséquences réelles de cette politique pour la recherche publique ? Le silence récurrent des directions syndicales sur la « managérisation » de la « gestion des chercheurs » depuis 2006-2007 a affaibli la résistance collective et encouragé ce type de stratégie, au point de se solder par des résultats catastrophiques dont tous les personnels font à présent les frais.

 

[la suite, sur le lien http://science21.blogs.courrierinternational.com/archive/2011/03/09/cnrs-et-rgpp-i.html ]

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11 mars 2011 5 11 /03 /mars /2011 06:43

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to limit global warming pollution.

 

 

Dear folks,

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to limit global warming pollution from big fossil fuel industries like power plants and petroleum refineries. These industries alone account for about 40% of the global warming pollution in the U.S. -- making them the two largest sources of emissions.

Here's where you come in. The EPA is charged with developing rules called New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that will protect public health, reduce the pollution that causes climate change, and send a signal to polluters that they need to invest in clean energy technologies.

It's crucial that the EPA sticks to its schedule and develops strong rules. Between now and March 18, the EPA is accepting comments on their plans. They will definitely be receiving comments from the coal, gas and oil industries. Make sure they hear from you, too.

http://acp.repoweramerica.org/contact-the-epa

These rules are common sense. The EPA was created to understand our impact on our environment and protect the health of our people. An overwhelming majority of scientists are united in their understanding of the effects of global warming pollution and the EPA is charged with developing rules based on that science. Yet strong special interest groups are working to derail that process.

The EPA needs to hear that you support their efforts to limit global warming pollution from these industries. That's why you need to encourage the EPA to issue strong New Source Performance Standards without delay.

The science is clear: Climate change is happening. Unfortunately, big polluters will make big profits if they mislead the American public about that fact. We need you to counteract and counterbalance their money and their voice by sending a comment to the EPA today.

Fill out the form below, and we'll deliver your comment to the EPA before the March 18 deadline:

http://acp.repoweramerica.org/contact-the-epa

Thanks,

Christina Simeone
Policy Director
Repower America

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11 mars 2011 5 11 /03 /mars /2011 06:26

Chers tous,

 

en 2007 et 2008, dans l'Etat de l'Orissa en Inde, pretextant une attaque contre leurs pretres qui n'a pas encore ete elucidee, des extremismes hindous ont attaques et tuer des chretiens par milliers.

 

http://www.zenit.org/article-25740?l=french

 

Il est clair qu'il n'a jamais ete dans la mentalite des chretiens d'utiliser la violence contre qui que ce soit.

 

Il y a donc des gens qui ont monte cet attentat contre des pretres indous afin d'exciter ces gens qui se disent religieux et fondamentalistes, pour provoquer cette violence inter-religieuse. 

 

J'invite ici les indous a condamner severement ces fous qui, au nom de leur religion, s'en prenent a des gens sans defense.

 

Quelle religion peut-elle s'appeler une religion si elle admet la violence, et cela concerne meme les groupes extremistes ou dissidents. Il est temps que les moderes neutralisent les violents dans leurs rangs.

 

J'invite aussi la justice et le gouvernement indien a faire la lumiere sur cette affaire et a mettre en prison ceux qui on organise l'attaque contre les pretres indous et ensuite a condamner tous ces gens qui ont attaques les villages chretiens ou les familles chretiennes. Il importe d'en faire un cas exemplaire afin de redonner la chance a ces indiens catholiques de vivre en paix et de reprendre confiance en leur pays.

 

Il appartient aux Etats a assurer la securite de leurs citoyens quels qu'ils soient.

 

J'invite les chretiens a continuer le travail d'Amour commence car comme le disait St-Francois, la ou il y a la violence que je mette la paix.

 

Et nous, posons-nous la question, comment pouvons-nous leur veniren aide ? Une lettre au premier ministre indien serait certe bienvenue.

 

Luc Rolland

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10 mars 2011 4 10 /03 /mars /2011 11:03

Chers tous,

 

Reporters sans frontieres soutient Wikileaks.

 

http://fr.rsf.org/page-wikileaks.html

 

Ce message est tres important car il montre la valeur du travail offert par Wikileaks.

 

"Wikileaks began on Sunday November 28th publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into US Government foreign activities."

 

Comme le demontre bien Michael Moore dans le film "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11", le gouvernement etats-unien entretien de relations tres conflictuelles avec les pays du monde entier au point que nous devons les mettre sous jaute surveillance et se premunir contre leurs actions dangereuses.

 

De tout temps, comme nous le montre Maupassant dans ses ecrits, il y a eu le double jeu du pouvoir en place avec le journalisme, d'une cote, on cherche a controler les medias pour le pouvoir de manipuler les masses, de l'autre cote, on  aime bien faire chanter les elus.  

 

Mais, en utilisant les journalistes, les politiciens doivent donner de l'information et ils risquent fort de s'exposer et de reveler leurs propres activites illicites ou meme complots 

ou assez souvent se voir exposes par d'autres collectionnant des dossiers sur le compte de leurs adversaires.

 

Mais au fond, la securite des citoyens passe necessairement par les indiscretions journalistiques car toute verite devra un jour etre revelees.

 

Voici un resume en anglais de ce que constitue Wikileaks:

http://wikileaks.rsf.org/cablegate.html

 

Non seulement doit-on les appuyer mais leurs donner de l'information, des moyens et notre voie.

De plus, ils doivent aussi obtenir le protection de leurs sources qui risques de retrouver en porte-a-faux avec les autorites qui ne se generont pas de les rendre silencieux par la prison et parfois par des methodes peu reluisantes des services secrets.

 

Il faudrait souligner le courage des informateurs, une fois qu'ils sont decouverts et qu'ils obtiennent un appuis populaire qui empecherait a nos gouvernements de les liquider ou de les punir meme surtout quand l'information revelees permet alors de decouvrir d'importants scandales.

 

Il faudrait les eriger en heros de la liberte.

 

LHR

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10 mars 2011 4 10 /03 /mars /2011 10:46

Dear folks,

 

a couple of weeks ago the Turkish government voted two very interesting laws concerning the health care system.

 

Context:

Turkey has a two speed system. One public (called devlet) system which is overwelmed and one private system which proliferates.

The Turkish public system ressembles UK's NHS system.

You have to go to a public health care center near you home. The system is zoned.

The public system is completely croweded and overwhelmed by demands, especially by poor people (being numerous in Turkey) who cannot afford neither to pay doctor's fees or even insurance fees.

 

The private system (called ozel) contains a large number of hospitals offering a large variety of health services against payment, like in the USA. Now, most insurance companies offer very variable and complex health care packages. This is a jungle and anything goes and it is not rare to see people going to tribunals to settle dishonest insurance companies refusing to reimburse services. Another problem is that insurance coverage may not cover some of the health services. Like in the USA, insurance companies may stop insuring any person on the account of risks. 

 

Moreover, the recent scheme going on is that doctors use the public service to fetch patient for their private clinics.The public system is overcroweded with needs which take very long to be answered. Doctors exploit this situation through dramatization and offer faster services to patient in the private sector. In the middle class, people, full of fear, accept to pay the large fees involved and often need to contract a loan to do so.

 

This two speed situation has created a huge health care problem in Turkey and lot of people suffer from insufficient health services. This situation is essentially the corruption of the health car system.

 

The actual government responded with two very subtle and efficient laws to bring that scam to an end.

 

Firstly, any public doctor cannot have a private activity.

 

Secondly, the private hospitals having emergency services are forces to accept any patient for free and they get reimbursed through a special government fund.

 

These two laws are very courageous and show how you can simply solve corruption.

 

We hope that they give means to enforce and that the penalties be very severe.

 

Bests

 

LHR

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9 mars 2011 3 09 /03 /mars /2011 09:19

Chers tous,

nous avons ici un sujet tres important : le liberte de la presse en Turquie.

 

Dear all,

 

we have here an issue which increasingly becoming important in Turkey.

 

Here is the world press freedom index:

http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2010,1034.html

 

Luc

 

Thousands Protest Detentions of Turkish Journalists

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/world/europe/05turkey.html

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Quand je pense qu'il y a encore des gens pour nous dire que les droits de l'homme, c'est "ethno centré", relatif, c'est occidental, etc. ...

 

Selon notre culture ou notre civilisation, il y aurait differentes approches aux questions politiques.Voyons dont !

 

Comme nous le dit si bien le philosophe Luc Ferry, il y a dans le coeur de l'homme les memes valeurs essentielles qui forment un tout moral. Ce tout moral est sensiblement le meme partout et se reduit au decalogue de la Bible.

 

Quand on essaie de reflechir certaines attitudes politiques au Moyen-Orient, on nous raconte que ce n'est pas dans le culture. Comme si la corruption etait une chose se trouvant essentiellement dans la culture de certains pays.

 

Pretexter la difference culturelle pour ne pas se pencher sur un changement de politique, c'est un peu comme manger tres mal, le savoir et refuser de se remettre en cause donc de changer d'habitude de vie qui pourrait l'ameliorer. C'est profondement pervers et malhonnete.

 

Car il est la le probleme en politique, les gens au pouvoir abuse d'une situation qui les avantages. Pas question que ca change. Voila la reponse quis e cache derriere ces idees. Quand au Canada on me dit que ce n'est pas dans la culture dutiliser le train, que les gens sont trop attaches a leur voiture, cela signifie au fond que notre interlocuteur n'est pas a faire un effort. Bref, on prefere rester dans sa petite mediocrite, plus rassurtant, que de faire un changement menant vers un peu d'inconnu, plus risque, meme en sachant que cela pourrait ameliorer notre vie.

 

Les peuples du Moyen-Orient sont dans cette culture car ils savent que l'oppression n'est pas tres loin. Une culture de la terreur nourrit par de nombreuses annees de gouvernement violents terrorisant une popullation en desir de mieux vivre. C'est la raison de cette culture du conformisme et du conservatisme. Je raconte ce que le chef veut entendre pour eviter d'etre en difficulte.

 

Alors, pas suprenant que les droits de l'homme et encore moins ceux de la femme ne soient a la mode. Trop risque.

 

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Engineering for Change Needs You!

BY KATHY KOWALENKO

 

After several years of defining its humanitarian role by developing a number of diverse projects, IEEE is partnering with ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) on the Engineering for Change project, to build a community of engineering and technology professionals, designers, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and community advocates to solve humanitarian problems. The joint E4C initiative is charged with developing technical, locally appropriate, and sustainable solutions to humanitarian challenges.

 

“IEEE and ASME were simultaneously working on new approaches to humanitarian engineering as another way to engage members,” says Matt Loeb, staff executive for IEEE Corporate Strategy and Communications, the area that is overseeing the initiative. “Together with EWB-USA, our organizations recognized the value of joining forces rather than competing.”

 

“In discussions with ASME and EWB-USA, we found greater strength in the collaboration of our organizations as partners,” adds Bill Walsh, the 2010 IEEE Humanitarian Committee co-chair. “We complement each other in terms of capabilities and infrastructure, which were always challenges when going it alone. We now present a coordinated effort not only to be better equipped to implement our projects but also to attract funding for our efforts.”

 

“The scope of these challenges is far greater than any one organization can address independently,” says Noha El-Ghobashy, ASME’s director of technical programming and development and president of E4C. “IEEE, along with EWB-USA, are ideal partners for ASME for addressing multidisciplinary challenges. The depth of IEEE’s commitment to innovation and excellence in engineering, along with its global reach, provides us all with wonderful opportunities to leverage our collective resources to advance this critically important initiative.”

For its part, EWB-USA, a nonprofit humanitarian organization, gets more volunteers to help to carry out its mission of designing and implementing sustainable engineering projects around the world.

 

ONE-STOP SITE

 

A key component of the program is the Engineering for Change website, launched in January. It is a repository of reference information on seven key areas of interest: water, energy, health, agriculture, sanitation, structures for housing, and information systems. In each of the seven categories are case studies, news articles, publications, blogs from nongovernmental agencies, upcoming conferences, tools, and other references. The site is aimed at members of the three organizations, but anyone can use it. A low-bandwidth version is in the works to involve people in places where Internet access is difficult.

 

The site offers ways for individuals and communities to get involved. By clicking on the E4C Resources tab on the home page, you can offer your assistance on the bulletin board. If your community needs help with a project, you can post information about it there. If you’re looking to lend a helping hand with an ongoing project, check out the Solutions Library.

 

You can search for projects in your region or area of expertise. And the Workspace section lets registered users discuss new ideas with others, share technical information, and provide feedback on new concepts.

Under the Learning Center tab are engineering design principles as well as a list of publications and on-campus and online training programs with a humanitarian bent.

 

“This site, and the collaboration it brings together, is much more robust than anything IEEE has ever done in this area,” Walsh says. “Our most important resources are our capabilities as engineers and scientists. I encourage members to register at E4C and create a profile so we can build a repository of those who are expert in an area and match them with the needs of a community.”

 

THE FUTURE

 

E4C is also working with the academic community and college students by pursuing partnerships with MIT, Stanford University, Villanova University, the University of California at Berkeley, and other institutions. The partnerships are expected to include a commitment from the schools to use the E4C site as part of their curricula or to assign a challenge from the site for students to solve. E4C is also trying to arrange partnerships with other professional and technical organizations, as well as NGOs such as the Peace Corps, UNESCO, and UNICEF.

 

“IEEE has an opportunity to be bold and lead in the humanitarian area—which is what our members, especially our younger members, want,” Walsh says. “I believe that engagement in E4C, as individuals and groups at all levels within IEEE, will prove to be a very successful endeavor for our organization.”

 

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The Beauty of Mathematics !
Just the math part is very nice and elegant, the end is even deeper...

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321
1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111
9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888
Brilliant, isn’t it?
And look at this symmetry:
1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321
Mind Boggling….

Here’s a little mathematical formula that can code letters as well as numbers:
We can also call that base 26.
If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
Then:
H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
And:
K-N-O-W-L-E- D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%
But:
A-T-T-I-T-U- D-E
1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%
THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:
L-O-V-E-O-F- G-O-D
12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%
Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:
While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will
get you there, It’s the Love of God that will put you over the top!
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Dear folks,

 

during the period of July 2006 until July 2008, my family and I moved to Lancaster.

 

We were often flying out of Liverpool Airport, called John Lennon since ti was conveniently located and offered services of airliners like Easy jet and Ryan Air which helped democratise flying in Europe.

 

But we can ask ourselves if this airport diserves to keep its name since it does live up to the humanist and generous virtues of the famous poet musician.

 

Lets see and incident which examplifies how these people behave.

 

Couple of months passed and suddenly we saw some machines appearing with an advertisement stating:

"What are two pounds for your safety ?"

 

The first answer that comes to your worried mind, especially for people afraid of flying, "well that is nothing".

They were announcing that soon everyone would have to pay a special tax for their safety.

 

Altough this tax seemed very cheap, we all know that this tax adds up tp a long list of sur-taxes which started to appear.

 

Then, I started to ask myself why do we have to pay this new fee at the airport ? 

Does that mean that the airport is actually not taking care of my safety ?

Why not paying the fee would put my family's life at risk ?

Many questions started to rush in my brain and then I REALIZE SOMETHING WAS REALLY NOT CORRECT THERE.

 

Moreover, we were moving away from efficiency. My wish is to keep simple and I just want to book a flight and pay one fee wich covers everything and then the airline company is the one to redistribute every penny to the city, state, shareholders, etc. I do not even care about how much goes to the government or the mayors or the company shareholders; I juts want to pay a good price (not necessarily the cheapest) and I want to have good service (paying cheap is not a good reason to compromise service and safety), that is all.

 

I wrote a letter to Liverpool Airport authorities, Easy Jet, the Liverpool mayor and the UK governement complaining that I cannot accept this idea since this raised the issue that our safety was not properly addressed. I was not the only one doing so, no doubt, since a couple of months later, the signs were removed.

 

Then, the machines were not removed and they were converted into speedy-boarding tax machines.

 

They did extensive changes into the the safety barriers to allow that speedy-boarding to happen. They have spent millions to allow for those rushing passenger to access the airplanes faster and with less screening at the safety barriers.

 

Not only do we wind-up with less safety then before because rich people can reach the airplanes faster

but by doing so the airport have confirmed what they were after : just more money from the people which were stressed by less efficiency in the normal passage.

 

That is really what is behind the safety craze made by control freaks that we live in today, just a scam to steal more money from people and also to a way to remove some of our liberties which anyone is ready to compromise without thinking with some kind of chronical lobotomia when the word safety is pronounced.

 

Finally, I can ask myself, if we do not live in a world which is instrumenting safety with a second agenda in mind.

All those fears are created so they can fetch more money and to apply more control on the honest and genuine citizen.

 

Bests

 

Luc

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