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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 »


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

 


Brent Efford’s reality, Mike Williams’ desperation on CBD transport

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

18/08/ 2020

Dear Editor:

I appreciate Brent Efford’s knowledge and courage discussing transport in the CBD.  But does he really think Mike Williams was serious in his letter about Lambton Quay and CBD transport? Read the rest of this entry »


Comment to Talk Wellington about TOD (transit oriented development)

The TOD article mentions ‘mass transit’ without defining it.  The conversation in Wellington is inadequate because of the term. Read the rest of this entry »


Covid-19 response submission

Submission of Richard Keller

COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill Read the rest of this entry »


Transmission Gully – version 5

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
08/06/2020

Now it’s the possibility of a Plan B for Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project, that of getting in different contractors for much of the remaining work. Read the rest of this entry »


Instagam and Amway reward systems examples of exponential marketing philosophy, as is refusal to address climate change

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland
29/05/2020

Verity Johnson’s ‘influencer’ (SST, 24/05) where you have to reach big numbers of followers before you start being rewarded with much cash is a mentality much like Amway where you have to be organizing many sellers (((who themselves organize sellers ((who org sellers (w o s),. . .))))) . . . before attaining much income yourself. Read the rest of this entry »


Transmission Gully – and yet again

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
29/05/2020

Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project is in the news again with a possibility of layoffs compounding a lack of specialist skills lost during the lockdown. Read the rest of this entry »


Transmission Gully (again)

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
22/05/2020

Wellington’s Transmission Gully (TG) roading project was apparently mooted as far back as the 70s when the question of sustainability of road building was ignored. Read the rest of this entry »