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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

 

 


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

 

 


Environment Minister Parker must collect and publish CO2 emission reduction figures

16 March, 2020

Hon David Parker
Minister for the Environment
Parliament Buildings
Wellington

Hello Mr. Parker,

The actions taken to restrict travel to combat spread of the Coronavirus is unprecedented in New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »


Travel bans and CO2 emissions savings

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland
13/03/2020

Dear Editor:

While it’s understandable that health and safety has been at the fore in media coverage of the COVID-19 virus spread, it is curious that in discussing air travel bans no reports on the CO2 savings have appeared. Read the rest of this entry »


Deja Vu on West’s “war” response to violence

The Editor,  The Auckland Herald,  Auckland

20 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

ISIS seems to have picked the right target in France given the response by the French Prime Minister, “War!”, “We will destroy ISIS”.  This is precisely what ISIS wants; they know that war in the Middle East waged by outsiders, namely the West and Russia, is a great recruiting tool to their cause.  Read the rest of this entry »


Supporters of sending military trainers to Iraq know it will make things worse. Why support the deployment?

The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington

03 March, 2015

Dear Editor:

I will allow that those who support sending NZ military personnel as trainers to Iraq believe it is the right thing to do.  But I will not allow that many supporters think this action will diminish the threat of ISIS, help stabilize the region, improve the chances for establishing democracy in the Middle East, or enhance protection of NZ citizens.  Read the rest of this entry »


Peace Action Wellington (PAW) – Press release on Nats’ possible commitment of troops into Iraq

The link below is to ‘Scoop’:    “No Part of a Warmongers Club”

The text was written in a first draft form by Don Franks, emphasizing the ‘club’ comment by the PM.  Comments from the PAW meetings suggesting more emphasis on the anti-war message were integrated into the text by Val Morse.

 

No part of a warmongers club

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Cartoons or violence?

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

15 January, 2015

Dear Editor:

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has probably never received so much attention from French politicians.  But it is good to see the widespread support for a free press which has been expressed since the attack on the magazine’s staff.  “Keep drawing,” as DomPost cartoonist Tom Scott said. Read the rest of this entry »


Take on extremists with words not war

This is a repost from Keith Locke as found his website and published in the Herald  on 21 October, 2014.  (http://keithlocke.org.nz)

Countering the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq requires solutions that are mainly political, not military.

[On 21 October 2014 the NZ Herald carried my  opinion piece advocating that New Zealand provide humanitarian aid to Iraq and Syria, and not contribute to the US-led military campaign.]

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11345416

New Zealanders are right to be concerned about the rise of the Islamic State (Isis), but our best contribution would be to provide more humanitarian support, rather than play a military role. Read the rest of this entry »