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The four recommendations from the Burnham Inquiry will not be not the whole story.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

29/09/ 2020

Dear Editor:

The Peace Foundation’s International Affairs and Disarmament Committee (chaired by Richard Northey) has recommended that the government not wait until after the election to implement the four recommendations from the Burnham Inquiry.  Read the rest of this entry »


Tourism is not an essential service

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

25/09/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Tourism is not an essential service and has been overplayed in this country for decades.  Read the rest of this entry »


Tourism is not an essential service

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

23/09/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Tourism is not an essential service and has been overplayed in this country for decades.  Read the rest of this entry »


Threat to South will increase with release of Aucklanders

The Editor,  The Press,  Christchurch

16/09/2020

There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South.  The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South. Read the rest of this entry »


Denial of science is wider than you think

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Wellington

10/09/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Again we see reports of denial of health science at an American inspired church in Mt Roskill.  Remember Brownlee’s recent conspiracy theory type accusations against the motivations of the government’s approach to Covid-19?

Denial is more main stream than it may seem, the most important one being the denial of the massive changes required to combat climate change.

The denial is worse in the USA with accusations of the so-called “deep state” (what does that even mean?), where historical racism is denied as well as climate change and Covid.  Also, with the 9/11/01 anniversary upon us it is appropriate to note the science of high rise building collapse is still denied in the NIST ‘official’ explanation of how the World Trade Center Building #7 came down, as debunked in a recent study from The University of Alaska.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

 

 


Irony in move to Level One

There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South.  The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South.  100,000 plane tickets sold in Auckland in two hours after removal of the the need to distance on planes, trains, and busses is a startling change in movement of people which means a big change in the chance of the virus being carried around.  Look at how the virus went global so widely and so fast:  plane travel.   So called criticisms of government ‘fear mongering’ are actually open attempts by those critics to display their ignorance of the virus.  By now it is clear that the worlds of the humans and the viruses are different.  The unknowns about the spread, deadliness, and the long term effects, as well as the unknowns about vaccines, are still too potentially devastating.  As time goes by virus experts in the health field are learning more and their advice is paramount.  Interesting that Dr Bloomfield and PM Ardern have for the first time expressed differences of opinion during this phase.


Denial of science rampant globally, including New Zealand

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

07/09/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to Carole Naylor for taking public transport (from Papakowhai) and walking into town to shop, with appropriate consumer discipline.  Read the rest of this entry »


Note to Dom Post complaining of propaganda in the ‘This Day in History” section.

Hello Dom Post,

In Friday’s “Today in History” there is a bit of propaganda in the 2001 entry.  The three World Trade Center buildings that came down likely did not come down because of the fires generated by the planes.  A recent study from the University of Alaska shows Building #7 did not come down because of fires and of course it was not hit by a plane anyway.  Yet, all three buildings came down in the same way, directly onto its own ‘footprint’.  No other high rise buildings have come down in that way without controlled demolition, before or since, and these three (#1, 2, and 7) likely are no exception.
These original and continuing claims that the planes brought down the buildings are another example of a denial of science, seemingly more common today, as I have pointed out in recent letters to the editor.
Sincerely,
Richard Keller

Science denial apparent in many ways.

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

30/08/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Incredibly there is still wide conversation and support in NZ (Wellington!) for more roads even though one of the best known facts of public policy globally is that building more roads increases congestion.

But when you look at the longer and deeper cultural/historical period we have come to, where denial of the fundamental change required to address the worst of climate change is rampant, it may not be such a surprise.  This denial illustrates a distrust of science.  In NZ, we also see the health sciences distrusted in conspiracy theory type accusations against the motivations of the government’s approach to Covid-19.  The denial is worse in the USA with accusations of the so-called “deep state” (what does that even mean?).  More subtly, the science of high rise building collapse is still denied in the NIST ‘official’ explanation of how the World Trade Center Building #7 came down on 9/11/01, as revealed in a recent study from The University of Alaska.

These are all examples of science denial in this Post Truth Era.  We must look deeply into our larger cultural/historical context to understand the times and craft a courageous determination to make the fundamental changes required to address climate change.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

 

 


The hatred of the Greens is visceral

The Editor,  The DomPost,  Wellington

04/09/2020

New Zealand First has been the destroyer of many of the main promises of the Labour Party from the last election (Cap Gains Tax), but where have been the complaints and insults of Winston?  (Thanks to Sharon Murdock, Friday, for illustrating this reality, as she always manages to do.)  Contrast that to the wave of heat against Greens Co-Leader James Shaw for a comparatively minor offence.

Yes, the Green private school grant and loan was against Green Party policy, and yes, Shaw has been out of step with the party membership for some time.  But that doesn’t explain the vitriol from pundits and politicians. The visceral hatred of the Greens is always close to the surface.  The Greens have been right too many times in vocalizing the challenging (terrifying) changes necessary to move forward in a nuclear weapon filled, climate change world with growing inequality that they exist unforgiven.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller