Sorry Day

24 03 2013

Sorry Day





“I love a sunflower”

5 06 2012

It’s a phrase from the song “Sowing the seeds of love” by Tears for Fears.

And I’ve bought it up because I’ve been thinking about C02 and the average persons frustration with wanting to do *something* about it… yes, planting a tree is all well and good, but a lot of us don’t have the room, and trees also take so long to grow.

But sunflowers can grow really big, in just a few months, and have massive gas absorbing leaves and beautiful cheery flowers which remind us of the sun and it’s effect upon the Earth.

What if we all got together in early spring and planted as many sunflowers as we can?

In our garden, on the nature strip, on abandoned land… everywhere.

And suddenly had all this green, and all those beautiful flowers.

Is that a thought?

Wolfie!





Little monster

7 04 2012

“It’s harmless” was the mantra for religion, it was the bottom line in this family for the reasons for marching kids off to sunday school.

Except it wasn’t harmless.

I lacked a lot of self confidence, and I found religion made it all the more difficult for me, and with the bullies I endured at school, did I really need one extra reason to feel ashamed of myself, or lesser than I felt that I was?

Undoing what religion did to my mind, took years. and mind you, I was never all that religious either… but it was here, in the home, sort of hiding in corners.

Now and then it would sort of leap out at me at unexpected times, or drift past like an almost unnoticed fart.

To untie all those knots and crawl ever so slowly out of that took time.

I didn’t spring out of bed one morning and run down the street in my undies, yelling that I was an atheist.

And with that personal experience, I can’t expect anyone else to either, although what tends to take others days, takes years with me, or seems to.

I suppose because I’ve had to do so much on my own, and never had a mentor or guide to show me the way.

If religion was harmless, then it wouldn’t be getting in the way of making decisions about big issues, such as climate change, same sex marriage and birth control. but it does get in the way.

And playing with the notion that God exists but Climate Change doesn’t is simply playing with fire, and that’s dangerous to us all.





Weather or not

24 03 2011

So climate change might be happening, and perhaps there’s something we can do about it, but some people don’t want any part of it and deny the lot, which strikes me as odd… what’s the worst that can happen?

I’m seeing it like this.

Say that you live out in the bush somewhere, and there’s a road leading down to your house from the top of a hill, and you’re inside, reading the paper at your kitchen table, when suddenly the kid from the next property, darts into your house, screaming for you to get out, because there’s a logging truck which seems to have lost control, hurtling towards your home.

You have two choices.

Grab something precious, and get out quick, or tell the kid he’s an idiot and just sit there.

If the truck is really coming, then you’ve been warned and you’ll survive, even if your house doesn’t, and the kid is a hero, all good.

If there’s no truck, you can give the kid a kick up the bum for crying wolf *cough*, and go back to reading the paper, although with a slightly bruised ego.

Now by my calculations, that works out as 100% possibility of survival.

If you remained inside the house and there was no out of control truck hurtling towards your home with a full load of dead trees, then you were right, the kid was an idiot and you’re fine.

But if there was a truck, you’ve found yourself in heaven for grumpy humans who won’t listen to a warning when they’re given one. *twists your ear*

A quick calculation says that being a denier gives you a 50% chance of survival.

Listening to the climate change scientists isn’t going to matter much, yeah ok, you may have to pay a bit more in tax… but you can’t spend money if the planet goes down the gurgler, make sense?

Wolfie!





Heat Denied.

8 01 2011

Original post by Brendan, A Member of the ABC Science Matters Mailing List.

Meanwhile in Science 201 we look at the evolution of global warming
denialists:

Stage 1: (Pre-Cambrium) The earth is not warming, to think otherwise
will cause job losses and destroy the economy.

Stage 2: (Ordovician) Ok, maybe the earth is warming, but it’s perfectly
natural and not caused by human activity, to think otherwise will cause
job losses and destroy the economy.

Stage 3: (Devonian) Ok, maybe this warming is caused by us, but there is
nothing we can do about it, to think otherwise will cause job losses and
destroy the economy.

Stage 4: (Carboniferous) Ok, maybe we can do something, let’s trust
industry to solve the problem, governments should not be involved, to
think otherwise will cause job losses and destroy the economy.

Stage 5: (Permian) Ok, maybe governments should be involved, but
industry should set the price on carbon, to think otherwise will cause
job losses and destroy the economy.

Stage 6: (Triassic) Ok, maybe government should set the price on carbon,
but big polluters should be subsidised by taxpayers to protect profits,
CEO salaries and investor dividends, to think otherwise will cause job
losses and destroy the economy.

Stage 7: (Cretaceous) Ok, maybe profits, CEOs and investors should not
be protected species, but Governments should not promote alternate
energy production …. to think otherwise will cause job losses and
destroy the economy.

There are obviously several stages after this, but I’ll stop for the
sake of brevity.

So next time you read a post by a denialist, or read an article in the
business news by a billionaire opposed to a mining tax, think about
where they might be on this evolutionary scale.

Yours Warmly,

brendan