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The truth about denial

I commend The Bulletin/Newsweek for The truth about denial.

…Since the late 1980s, this well-coordinated, well-funded campaign by contrarian scientists, free-market think tanks and industry has created a paralyzing fog of doubt around climate change. Through advertisements, op-eds, lobbying and media attention, greenhouse doubters (they hate being called deniers) argued first that the world is not warming; measurements indicating otherwise are flawed, they said. Then they claimed that any warming is natural, not caused by human activities. Now they contend that the looming warming will be minuscule and harmless. “They patterned what they did after the tobacco industry,” says former senator Tim Wirth, who spearheaded environmental issues as an under secretary of State in the Clinton administration. “Both figured, sow enough doubt, call the science uncertain and in dispute. That’s had a huge impact on both the public and Congress.”
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Written by Neil

August 11, 2007 at 9:18 am

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Sad but true: the Right is unspeakable but the Left is unelectable

That’s my view, anyway, and has been for years, sorry to say. I despise the present Howard government with a passion, though I try in my commentary (except when in need of a good rant) to give them their due when they do something worthy, which, not quite yet having achieved Evil Empire status, they sometimes do, and there are decent individuals in the government — most of them retiring at the coming election (Bruce Baird, for one) or embattled and marginalised by the reign of the Great Grey Garden Gnome of Kirribilli House, the dreaded Magoo, the Prince of Babbittry.

But the Left don’t get it, to paraphrase Jim Wallis. Squabbling among themselves for the moral high ground or the correct definition of Utopia (just like the seventeenth century Puritans from whom they are descended) they attract minimal support from the majority of people, even if much of their collective wisdom is far sounder than that available from the other side. So I think Kevin Rudd is a breath of fresh air, personally. So long as his own Left don’t get all territorial on him and shoot him down from his own rearguard, cheesed off because he doesn’t make the appropriate noises or perform the appropriate rituals.

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Written by Neil

August 4, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Three uplifting stories

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald tells the story of Zainab Kaabi, seen below at Sydney University.


It is also a story of ESL teacher Dorothy Hoddinott, one of the shapers of the new HSC ESL English course, someone I am proud to say I have met. It is a story of dedication and of the magnificent things that do happen in NSW public education. I offer this as a counterpoint to Miranda.
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The HSC English moanings of Miranda…

…and her mate Barry Spurr.

From the esoteric mind of a Latin Mass Catholic HSC crib writer and a right-wing Catholic newspaper columnist comes this “objective” analysis of the 2009–2012 NSW HSC prescribed texts. Honestly, the parent who complained on my English/ESL site that “the HSC English curriculum is a load of s**t and I wonder – and I think many parents would wonder – how the study of English degenerated into mere literary criticism*” should, logically, praise the new list, if Miranda is giving it fair representation — but of course she is not.

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Three hot issues

No pun intended in the first case…

Hot issue 1: Climate change

I received a lovely email after commenting on another blog which had been (I thought) unduly impressed by that rather scurrilous documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle. Consequently I have updated and expanded the post to which I have been directing people from that little box at the top of the sidebar, and renamed it: Miranda asks a question or two about climate change. You may read the email there now along with some of the best scientific, as distinct from political or ideological, arguments against The Great Global Warming Swindle that I have been able to find. They are not hard to find. Indeed I am amazed that people like Miranda Devine and Tim Blair still think there is a debate! It is of course true that human activity is not the sole cause of climate change, but it is clear that it has been a very significant factor in the past half century and will be an even more significant factor in the future, but even more to the point, this is a factor about which something may be done. Sceptics (and you perhaps) will be amused by the ally I have found on the question: Margaret Thatcher… I got the heads up on that one from an interview with James Lovelock of Gaia fame on ABC Radio National the other day.

Comments on that post have been re-opened for a short period, say a month.

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Cold water for the Great Intervention

I have an ongoing page on recent developments in Aboriginal policy and the Northern Territory in which you may see I lend qualified support, as it seems do most Australians, to aspects of Howard and Brough’s activities. But that support is not without cynicism and doubt. Think uranium just for a start…

Yesterday I mentioned Bruce’s post on the Bennelong Society, and the evidence that there really is a deep agenda to wind back Indigenous Land Rights. That, I fear to say, is not a matter of speculation: it is true. That is a very real aim, quite capable of existing cheek by jowl with genuine concern for the welfare of children I might add, behind government thinking. There is never a great gap between government thinking and the thoughts of the Blessed Miranda of Sydney, and she has already pronounced them (June 24, 2007) giving her version of Indigenous history thus:
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Written by Neil

July 11, 2007 at 9:24 am

Climate change

Lovely irony, ABC! Running Bolivian Meltdown tonight on Foreign Correspondent and The Great Global Warming Swindle on Thursday… And do visit that link where you will learn from Sir John Houghton, a top meteorologist and former Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Oxford University, why that “controversial” exercise is wrong on just about every scientific point it makes.

Meanwhile, in Bolivia, as we are seeing tonight:
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Written by Neil

July 10, 2007 at 9:38 pm