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Donald Trump has not been “the problem” – Version 2

The Editor, The Listener, Auckland

08/11/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Donald Trump has not been “the problem”.  Yes, unstable denier Trump is a dangerous person to have in such a powerful office.  But he is more of a symbol and a symptom of a deeper and wider malaise. 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

 

 


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

 

 


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 »


Email to Grant Robertson recommending David Slack’s recent article.

Grant Robertson

Minister of Finance

Hello Grant,

Did you see David Slack’s article this week?  I would recommend it to you as he speaks metaphorically about you and your long (to be, retrospectively as it was) career as finance minister.  It may seem unrealistic to extrapolate a continuous 25 year rein as Finance Minister in the context of New Zealand politics.  But the metaphor is applicable in the sense that the surrealistic denial which is characteristic of our present time, within your Labour government’s time, is bringing us to a time of critical decision making now.   Now!   Now will determine whether there can be much of a future, much of a real (non-surreal) future politics in New Zealand and the world.

Slack’s reference to the $30B (yes, ‘B’) which your government has yet to commit shows you have at least a chance to make decisions which can put us in the right direction.  Rod Oram has today mentioned three positive recent developments, not least of which is the closure of the Tiwai Aluminium smelter in the South.  Other opportunities exist and are necessary, such as….

.Funding transport options which trash the total domination of the personal motor car.

.funding a local recycling capability (which, because everyone has to put out the trash and recycling every week -every week!- would bring home the importance of personal national responsibility).

.developing restorative agriculture which would eliminate dairy farming based on feed lots, and encourage plant based diets as well.

There will be others.

Thanks,

Richard Keller

Wellington


Infrastructure spend reveals surreal NZ Politics

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland
04/02/2020

Dear Editor:

The surreal nature of New Zealand politics was on open display last week within the context of the Labour Party having continued its unnatural condescension to New Zealand First policy thus putting paid to its ‘transformational’ label. Read the rest of this entry »


Climate disagreements not generational, but cultural

The Editor
The Sunday Star Times
Auckland
26/11/2019

With all the chipping following Green MP Chloe Swarbrick’s “OK Boomer” comment we see again the climate debate playing out as a generational conflict. But in its deepest fundamentals it is not. Read the rest of this entry »


Greens cautious, not careless

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
08/11/ 2019

Dear Editor:

Peter Griffin (04/11) in his grumble about the Greens caution toward the new gene modification technologies compares it to the enthusiasm the Greens show toward climate science. But he ignores the differences between the two situations which is primarily ethical. Read the rest of this entry »


Letter to: Jacina Ardern, PM, about Extinction Rebellion

10 October, 2019

Jacinda Ardern,  Prime Minister
Parliament Buildings,  Wellington

Dear Prime Minister:

While this letter refers to climate, it is meant for you as PM; please don’t just forward this on to the Minister. (Staff: Please see that the PM reads this, thanks.) Read the rest of this entry »