19. July 2007
The term’s been popping up a LOT lately, so I thought I’d give a few links to pages worth reading (there’s not much point me re-doing it, it’s already done so well)
Steve from Rising Tide Newcastle has written a clean coal fact sheet, with a lot of good stuff about carbon capture and storage. Check it out, and leave comments if you want.
There’s also a good piece on the HCEC website, showing that coal will probably run out before “clean coal” is even viable, at least in the Hunter.
There’s some good arguments at mindfully.org, by Vivian Stockman, from the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.
Of course, Greenpeace has a good shot at it too, with their myths and facts sheet.
There’s hundreds more out there. if you find any good ones, or ones that point out something that the above articles have missed, leave a comment with a link.
19. July 2007
We didn’t hear much about it on the east coast, but the Greens just became the New Labour. No, they haven’t sold out on Uranium yet, but they’re on their way! One of WA Senator Rachel Siewert’s staffer’s went to a protest at Julie Bishop (Lib/Nat Minister for Science), and the protest got violent. That is, the cops whacked people with battons, and pepper sprayed them, and a protester threw a rock. And the Greens dutifully stood up for the oppressed and apologised to the cops, and sacked the staffer who went to the protest. News.com.au’s WA branch has a piece on the article, but I don’t want to promote that shit. The West Australian had a reasonable front page piece on it on Saturday that I’ve just seen, unfortunately it’s not on their website.
Not only did Siewert sack her staffer, but Bob Brown stepped in, and fucking agreed with her. COME ON you fools! Protesters, being the front line of a diverse movement, pushing the boundaries of issues that you agree with, and get beaten up by a bunch of thugs that have been completely bought out by the establishment and are intent on defending, with violence, the worst parts of the capitalist system – the bits you want to change (I know you’ve always been too soft to actually tackle capitalism head on). These thugs are actually allowed to be violent – they carry deadly weapons at all times, for fuck’s sake. And you take it out on the protesters. Way to support the movement. I think I just lost all respect for Bob Brown, it’s unfortunate that such a misguided fool is the face of the Greens.
18. July 2007
Just listening to radio national news/current affairs, and this piece about the Geelong ford factory shutdown/worker layoffs and the newsreader says, roughly:
“The Factory’s manager admitted today that the decision was a hard one, given the impact it would have on Geelong”
ONE word in that really gets me riled up. It’s the word “admitted”. Let’s get something straight here. Companies don’t admit messages like that. They workshop them.
Ford doesn’t give a fuck about Geelong, any more than it cares about anything apart from profit. Companies don’t work for places, they work for money, and, infact, that’s not just an economic choice they make – they are legally bound to to provide profits to their shareholders.
But they DO know that people care about people, even if companies don’t. They also know that people buy cars. And if people don’t like Ford because they think Ford are capo scum, then they won’t buy ford cars (Heh. If people really looked hard, they’d realise that all car companies are capo scum, and wouldn’t buy cars). So Ford has to make it clear that they’re sorry, very sorry, we didn’t want to, but the Market (God) forced us to! no, really!
What the fuck happened to the ABC? It used to be highly intellectual, I’m sure to the point where it could see through this crap, but apparently not any more. It’s a pity. Might be time for some Pirate Radio in Oz.