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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

 

 


Time to release mosque murderer’s ‘manifesto’ for examination

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
29/03/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Now that the mosque murderer, Brenton Tarrant, has pleaded guilty, and the Dom Post has reprinted an Australian article (originally August, 2019) it is time for us all to examine the so-called ‘manifesto’ which he posted at the time of the attacks.

Much is made of the Identitarian nature of his philosophy which is very much culture based. We need to be aware of the similarities of white supremacy in Identitarianism with the colonialism which has been so much a part of the cultural history of New Zealand. But we must not let that put us off a recognition that culture is an important part of who we are as individuals.
Sometimes we are not aware of the influences emerging from our historical / cultural background (or backgrounds). In times of great change and fast change like we are in today, cultural insights can pop up out of our subconscious and surprize us, even terrify us. We must have humility and bravery to confront them. In this case, what is it in Tarrant’s manifesto which the authorities don’t trust us to exhibit bravery and humility about?

Sincerely,
Richard Keller


Nuclear Free needs Phase Two

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
06/02/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Paul Moon of AUT has insightfully argued (DomPost , 05/02) that Treaty Settlements are only monitary and a second phase of reconciliation is now required to address the continuing and underappreciated suffering and shame which followed the confiscation losses. Read the rest of this entry »


War as policy; war on the planet

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland
05/01/2020

Assassination of an official of a sovereign nation is clearly an act of war. But with the invasion of Iraq in 2003, on the pretence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction with no evidence of such, it became clear that war was being groomed as a normal course of relations between peoples. Read the rest of this entry »


Post Truth is a cultural not generational phenomenon

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
24 November, 2019

Dear Editor:

A lot of intergenerational snipping currently in the papers after Green MP Chloe Swarbrick flicked ‘OK Boomer’ at parliament the other day. It is good climate change got some publicity but the Post Truth Era where denial has become mainstream is not primarily generational in origin, but rather cultural.

The exploitative ideology toward the eco-sphere goes hundreds of years back, perhaps thousands. How many generations is that? Whether boomers or millennials, or any other, we all share that heritage. No generation is immune from that influence.

On a mostly subconscious level our culture is working through a momentous decision whether to change fundamentally, adjusting to the new realities of a warming world, or to mostly stay the same and take our chances. It may be fun to watch boomers and millennials snip at each other, but it is a distraction from our real task of examining ‘who we are’.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller


Shane Jones and New Zealand First are not ‘transformative’

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland
07 October, 2019

Dear Editor:

So Shane Jones tries to hijack the so-called ‘transformative’ label of the current government with his Northland port proposal just after the climate strike success has laid out the most important transformative requirement for the government, in fact for our nation and our culture. 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 »


They are Elected Desperadoes

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland
25 September, 2019

Hello The Listener,

We have worldwide School Strike for Climate events and at the same time the advent of worldwide Elected Desperadoes distinguished as climate change deniers.   Although their climate politics clashes, they together illustrate the intensity of this global moment in human history. Read the rest of this entry »


Climate genocide? Nuclear genocide?

The Editor, The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland
27 August, 2019

Alison Cole (“Genocide by climate . . ., 25/08”) reaches into our cultural subconscious to fathom ‘who we are’ and that enables her to express the depth of the climate emergency as possible genocide. As such Ms Coles’ analysis is a welcome creative offering. Read the rest of this entry »


Need to look deeper Cambridge Analytica

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland
29 July, 2019

London Times columnist Hugo Rifkind (21/07) in his review of the new Netflix documentary, The Great Hack, struggles to understand how Cambridge Analytica (CA) managed to use billions of Facebook data items on Brits and Yanks to change the results of the Trump and Brexit elections. Read the rest of this entry »