Mum, Can I have a fiver PLEAASSSE!

I thought this was actually quite funny and pleasantly simple. But given how serious the cuts will have to be I’m not sure this innocent tone is quite right. Makes it feel too much like  your Mum telling you a story to make you feel better when you’ve grazed your knee.


Pricked up my ears during Gordon Brown’s speech to the Labour Party Conference last week when he referenced the fact that Britain is on course to meet its Kyoto commitments on reducing carbon emissions by 12.5% on 1990 levels by 2010. Aside from the fact that we will probably miss our commitment to the EU to reduce our emissions by 20% on 1990 levels by 2010 the whole thing is a bit of a sham. I can’t find the precise reference, but research at Surrey University has shown that  per-capita emissions in this country have actually increased on 1990 levels by 8% – the reduction in our national emissions hasn’t come because we have changed our behaviour – we’re just shifted the problem elsewhere (India, China etc).

I hope that Copenhagen will set some of these issues into sharp relief. The choice seems to be simple (a) do nothing and get used to reducing the world population to about 2bn or (b) do something about it. If the choice is (b) and we get binding multilateral commitments to reduce per capita emissions by about 95% in America and 80% in Europe (roughly what the developing world will be looking for if they are going to play ball) then you either place faith  (a) in markets, consumer behaviour/ethical consumption or (unrealistic) (b) amazing scientific innovations (they won’t come in time) or (c) heavy, invasive government regulation in all theatres of our lives.

Wish there was a mainstream politician in this country who was brave enough to talk about this stuff rather than pretending that we’re ‘doing our bit.’

Citizen Sane

Following on from yesterday’s wander into philosophy, a short detour into political philosophy via this animation from MachineOff, a Greek production house.

It’s a brief distillation of an essay (I think) by E.A.Rauter. I hadn’t heard of him before but a quick bit of internetting reveals he was a German teacher and journalist, who wrote about the effect of language and information. There seems to be very little about him or his work in English, which makes this video all the more of a find.

The video outlines Rauters’ thoughts on how information is used to construct  individuals sense of self and what this means for how we relate to the state and economy. It’s a bit longer than the average nub, but it’s thought-provoking stuff. It’s this kind of visualizing of an intellectual idea that formed our original idea of what a nub should be, so enjoy!

Take Pride

Charlie has linked to this video before, but I’ve been meaning to give it a full post for a little while as I think it deserves it.

In celebration of the Indian courts overturning the ban on homosexuality as violation of people’s basic rights, and today being Pride in London, here’s a fantastic nub featuring an excerpt of a Harvey Milk speech. It’s one of the best examples of the ‘animated speech’ you’ll see.

If you’re heading down, have a great Pride!

#1 Everyday Democracy

So here it is, our first featured nub. This is a video outlining the ideas of the think tank Demos’ pamphlet Everyday Democracy.

Okay, we should declare a vested interest at this point, as some of the Make Nubs team made this video last year, we will limit the self aggrandisement in this commentary.

As I wasn’t part of the team who made it however, I’m happy to say it’s great. Expect self effacing notes from the others in the comments section.