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e-mail to Phil Tyford on the lost opportunity in Wellington to tackle climate change

31/10/2017

Mr Twyford,

“Aging infrastructure”?  The wire system is not that bad that you can make a mockery of the so-called move to electric buses.  The cost of keeping the electric system upgraded is offset by the cost of taking the wires down.

Here you have an opportunity to show leadership in the reduction of CO2 emissions and you FAIL.  I know you think that FAILing on climate change is what is expected of you but it is not good enough.

Sincerely,
Richard Keller
Wellington

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Four modes of local residential transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

02 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

Transport is Wellington’s most important issue these days. The transport system needs to be re-invented to prepare for a sustainable future.  It should be no different for Island Bay. Read the rest of this entry »


The Elephant in the Room by A.C.Stark (WordPress UK)

Reposting by permission from A.C. Stark WordPress account: Read the rest of this entry »


David Slack and ‘for any damn reason’ to vote

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

31 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

David Slack (27 Aug) says that “ . . . you can vote for whatever reason you like. . . It doesn’t have to make any sense at all”. Analysts and speech writers like Slack have thought that a good rational argument was their best friend, but now know that that was “Wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »


Trump is scamming us on energy technology

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

7 June, 2017

Dear Editor:

Picking up on a comment here and there from Donald Trump, and reading between the lines of some others, it is possible to see the scammer at work here. Read the rest of this entry »


Continuing response to Brian Easton

Brian,

Yes psychology is involved, but your reference to a response being ‘unlocked’ is a good observation which should be a catalyst to look more broadly than psychology.  To understand the Trump, Brexit, etc phenomina requires a sociological look.  Individuals need to be understood in a sociological sense as well as a psychological sense.  This type of effect should be expected to be more prominant in times of fundamental change and fast change which we are in today.

I recently saw an academic role I’ve never heard of which may be useful for looking at this sociological, or cultural, angle:   sociocutural anthropologist

What do you think?


Conspiracy theory accusations are growing, version 2

The Editor,  The Listener,  Private Bag 92512,  Wellesley St.,  Auckland 1141

18 April, 2017

Dear Editor,

Attempts to denigrate critics with the accusation of ‘conspiracy theory’ are growing. Not that it is an unknown tactic; in fact it is time honoured.  Read the rest of this entry »