Friday, December 31, 2010


Paul Krugman analyzes the strange persistence of Neo-Liberal thought despite the total failure of Neo-liberal economics to deliver.

"How, after the experiences of the Clinton and Bush administrations — the first raised taxes and presided over spectacular job growth; the second cut taxes and presided over anemic growth even before the crisis"

Thursday, December 30, 2010

More on Solutions.


Tidal energy.  is attractive because it gives a predictable and constant energy source, unlike many other renewables.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

On Global warming and our children's future.


While we spend our time nit picking, we should never lose sight of the real problems.

1. Anthropogenic global warming. (Climate change).
2. The political and economic system which supports short term gain for a few people at the expense of our children's future.
3. The widening gap in income and power between most of the worlds people, and a few who have stolen most of the resources.

4. How we can ethically adjust resource use and human population to allow a sustainable and just society.

James Hansen on Climate change.

“Human-made climate change is a moral issue. It pits the rich and the powerful against the young and the unborn, against the defenseless and against nature.
“Climate change is a political issue. But politics fails when there is a revolving door between government and the fossil fuel-industrial complex.
“Climate change is a legal issue. The judiciary provides the possibility of holding our governments accountable for their duty to protect the public interest.”

Monday, December 27, 2010

More on Neo-liberal motivations.


The 9/11 nihilism of GOP senators - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

"Yet, this latest stunt, well, this one even shocked me. Senator McConnell’s boisterous brood decided that it was too expensive to fund healthcare for 9/11 first responders. That’s right, the guys and gals who ran into cascading buildings, brick bonfires and smoldering ash, many of whom - the ones lucky enough to get out alive - developed respiratory illness and cancer for their troubles".

Friday, December 24, 2010

Heroes amoungst us.


The people who really did make a difference in 2010.

The real heros of 2010.

At the end of 2010 We should remember all the heroes amongst us.
Bradley Manning who is in solitary confinement because he did not believe his country should hand over prisoners to torturers.
The aid convoy to Gaza who risked their lives knowing the Israeli reaction would be violent.

Closer to home. The Waihopai 3. Who remind us their are more important things than personal gain

People who are fighting oppression and authoritarian regimes all over the world.

To all of those who want to bring up their families in fairness and  peace.

Whatever your god my be/ or not. Best wishes for the season and the new year.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Perceptions of the Future.


China is busy spending their US dollars on land, coal, timber and other resources as quickly as they can while they are still worth something.

NZ is busy selling off resources for US dollars as fast as possible so we can buy more to join the money market casino.

I would not hold much hope for your retirement savings unless they are invested in future sustainable development industry and infrastructure within NZ.



The private sector has forgotten how to make business work.

The present business leaders and bankrollers are so bereft of ideas for new business they are trying to grab the natural monopolies and infrastructure owned by us.

Generations of Managers who are incapable of anything but cost cutting, asset stripping, firing money around and social destruction are turning their sights again to the public sector to make money.

The wealth they have already stolen off us is obviously not enough!

The people behind privatisation.

The usual suspects.