Posts tagged Climate Change
Hurricane Abbott

I read this today and had to repost it as I believe it succinctly cuts through to the core of Tony Abbott, as to the low character of the man himself and the selfishness of his political ambitions.

Force of Abbott

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Periodically, a fact is so self-evident that to state it can make its obviousness seem startling. This, for example: There is no force in public life more destructive than Tony Abbott.

For almost a decade, since he first became opposition leader, Tony Abbott has held Australia to ransom. He has trashed four parliaments. None were better for his presence in them.

His solitary skill is damage. He has wrecked institutions, torn down careers. He has ridiculed the rule of law and coarsened the realm of debate. He has governed against minorities and indulged himself at the expense of duty.

In opposition, he was driven by entitlement, by a loon-eyed belief that he had been anointed to higher office. Here was a man whose mother believed he would be pope or prime minister. Ill discipline denied him the former and cost him the latter.

Having lost the leadership, Abbott is driven by revenge. He has no interest but himself. His anger is the anger of confusion. Abbott cannot reconcile that the world is not the way he imagined it to be, with him as prime minister and the country docile in its satisfaction. This confusion is greater than simple self-interest: it is driven by the fact Abbott never understood he was living in a contemporary society; he governed for a world that no longer existed, for a fantasy of the past. His leadership was always illusory. His default has always been treachery.

That one man could do so much damage is testament to his corrosive gift for harm. Here is the man who held back the country on climate action, who invented whole electoral edifices to deny marriage equality. Here is the man who weaponised a fear of refugees and later Muslims, who made citizenship a plaything, who fractured the community in the hope of leading its broken wreckage. Here is a man for whom truth is an abstract concept. The most honest thing to be said about him is that he has a working substitute for integrity.

A person of any dignity would resign the parliament. There is no room for him in it and he has nothing to offer if he stays. Each day he remains, he serves only as a lesson in the flaws of the human character. He is a study in male rage.

A byelection is always a fraught proposition, especially for a government in a state such as that which Malcolm Turnbull leads. There is always a risk that an independent might win and refuse the balance of power.

But the risk posed by electors is no match for the risk posed by Tony Abbott. This man is dangerous. He has nothing to lose, not dignity nor esteem. He stands for nothing and that makes him explosive.

The parliament cannot continue in this stalemate. The Liberal Party cannot continue to negotiate with a terrorist. That is what Tony Abbott has become. He has no care for the carnage he creates. He is not troubled by the damage, by the policy stasis, by the landmines he sets between what the country wants and what its leader is allowed to do.

Tony Abbott has never provided good government. He has spent almost a decade denying it. The only decent thing he has left to contribute is his resignation.

This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on Jul 8, 2017 as "Force of Abbott". Subscribe here.

I need you to watch this Movie and share it about...(Please)

I’ve posted this movie here on my site in the hope that maybe a few more people than the many  thousands who have already seen it, will multiply.  It’s my own small little way of helping. 


Other than that I’m writing letters to politicians - not to berate them, but to show them that there’s another, more profitable way to create jobs and revenue in building an economy based on renewable energy.

We need to get rid of Coal mining, Petrol driven cars etc and create more forests and restore degraded land so we can begin sucking the carbon out of our atmosphere and restore our environment to how it should be.
Otherwise, we’re going to kill this planet.

Help by watching and sharing. Read about the the Third Industrial Revolution - the book and Kindle Ebook are available by clicking the Amazon Link opposite.

Watch a video of Jeremy Rifkin talking about the Third Industrial Revolution here.

How to cope with Climate Change Deniers and not go to Jail and/or Hospital
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Out on my morning walk I came to realisation that really, there are no `Climate Sceptics'.  Just very scared people. Here's why I reckon this is so.

Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1800's we've been pumping pollution into the atmosphere in a big way. Factories have been building in number and for a long time and for the most part, increasing toxicity. Then the car was invented and there were more factories and people and cars. Just being stuck in peak hour traffic for a couple of hours in Sydney last week made me think exponentially how this is replicated every day and in even bigger numbers around the world. Just think of the huge populations of our city's around the world and the movement of those populations in cars and planes pumping Carbon Dioxide and other noxious gasses into the atmosphere. Now think of the decimation of forests that before industrialisation, soaked up our carbon dioxide and converted it to oxygen for us and our animal chums to breathe.

You can't ignore that over the last hundred or so years, thinking of this reality, that we can't possibly NOT have had an impact on the atmosphere, oceans and integrated environment. And the deniers, deep in the pits of their guts know this. But the scenario's predicted by scientist's, who they trust on most everything else that impacts on their lives, terrifies them. They are reacting in a similar way to someone who blocks a traumatic experience from being faced. They react by laughing or coming up with distractions. Anything to not face the truth, because to them, their particular mindset, which through no fault of their own is usually tied up with issues of low self esteem and thinking of themselves as ordinary, `what can I do?' folk, it's easier than acting upon the problem. 

To my mind a lot of it comes down to how many of us believe in God. A particular group of humans invented a god who they could credit or blame for everything that happened in their lives. I'm not saying that Christians, Jews and Muslims are to blame as Climate Sceptics and deniers, but the culture that we've grown up in for a couple of  thousands of years is, I think, responsible for a mindset of complacency and submission of thinking in larger terms of population and culture for how we react to a crisis. Especially one that is multi-generational and world wide. The Religious folk who do accept the science of Climate Change I would argue, are also those who've accepted that their god made man a steward of the planet and feel it is their duty to at least try to do something.

I'm coping with a few sceptics in my family and whatever logical argument or fact I quote from NASA or the Intergovernmental Panel set up by the UN is brushed off or laughed at and at worst, flat out denied. It's...frustrating. And it makes me sad, because I love these people and it causes me to think less of them which makes me feel bad for doing so. In my own way I guess they could argue that I'm coming up with a denial coping mechanism to deal with their denial coping mechanism and I would find that hard to deny.

So I guess what I'm saying is. Don't get angry or sanctimonious and sarcastic with those who are sceptical or deny the science that 97 or so percent of the worlds scientists who are professionally engaged in this area agree on.  Be patient and educate.  And push the anger and frustration into whatever small, cancerous ball you may nurture within yourself.