The Editor, The Sunday Star Times, Wellington
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.
Hello Dom Post,
The Editor, The Dom Post, Wellington
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.
16 March, 2020
Hon David Parker
Minister for the Environment
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 »
The Editor, The Listener, Auckland
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 »
The Editor, The Auckland Herald, Auckland
20 November, 2015
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?Posted: March 6, 2015
The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
03 March, 2015
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 »
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
The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
15 January, 2015
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 »
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.]
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 »