Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jim Wallace: Crusading Christian Lanced by Own Tweets

From my post for Global Voices about Jim Wallace's untimely tweet on ANZAC Day:
It’s not easy being an ‘expert’ commentator about both Christianity and all things military. Former commander of Australia’s SAS (Special Air Services) and the current managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby discovered the pitfalls this week. His tweet during the 25 April national ANZAC Day commemoration is certainly causing a storm.

...This seems to have been another example of that viral cyber disease: not thinking before you tweet. 
Australia: Crusading Christian Lanced by Own Tweets

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kimberley Coast: Save James Price Point

There is still time to save James Price Point near Broome. The Browse Basin gas project must locate its hub somewhere else.

Once it's gone, it's gone forever.

Bill McKibben Firing Up at Power Shift 2011

At Powershift 2011, Bill McKibben gave a fiery speech about the climate movement, and outlines thoughts on's campaigns for 2011.

"The science is the easy part of this. Grim but easy."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Climate Debate Hitting New Lows

Australian Council of Trade Unions President Ged Kearney posted about the carbon tax at the Punch this morning:

Climate change is real, and someone must pay

It is a reasoned argument whether you agree with it or not. At last count there were 435 comments. The majority were opposed to her position.

For those who value rationality and genuine debate, and have some degree of altruism, reading these responses would be a deeply depressing experience. Avoid it for your own sanity.

It was easy to identify with cosmic history (08:34am) who said:
Isn’t it weird that pretty much every single comment on here attacks the author? Where is the moderator? Are you checking their email addresses?

Its a bit hard to believe that there is no-one out there with any understanding of how a price on carbon (CO2 and other GHGs) will provide incentives for innovation & efficiencies. Where are people getting their information from? Andrew Bolt and the mining industry?
If only it were a PR conspiracy. Seems we live in parallel universes. Unfortunately they are colliding.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Twiggy Forrest Puts Up After Video Takedown

Twiggy Forrest fights back with online video. From Crikey:

Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) have stepped up efforts to counter the claims made in a controversial clip of a native title meeting held in Roebourne last month by releasing their own video online.

On a website set up specifically to host the new video, Fortescue claim “The True Yindjibarndi Story” is a response to a “misleading, heavily edited video” and say it is “important that the facts are told”.
Fortescue releases its own native title video

Thursday, April 14, 2011

FMG Great Native Title Swindle video

Fortescue Mining and Twiggy Forrest are trying to stop these videos:

FMG Great Native Title Swindle

Watch it while you can.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cures Not Cuts to Medical Research

Cures Not Cuts: Video of Melbourne's Rally for Medical Research on 12 April 2011.

For more info: Melbourne Rally for Medical Research

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Melbourne Rally for Medical Research

From Discoveries Need Dollars:

'a grassroots campaign aimed at telling the government that protecting medical research funding is an investment in the future health of Australians.

What’s at risk if the budget is cut?

* people’s access to future health benefits
* medical research jobs
* retaining Australia’s best scientists
* reducing Australia’s future health spend
* the long-term investment previous governments have made in large research programs'

Tuesday 12 April

Melbourne - State Library of Victoria 12.45 - 2.00 PM

Sydney - Belmore Park

Adelaide - Steps of Parliament house

Canberra - John Curtin School of Medical Research

Twitter Rally for Research - everywhere

Thursday 14 April

Perth - Forrest Place, Murray Street Mall


The life you save...

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Inconvenient Youth Speaking Out

From Slater Jewell-Kemker:

Re-inspire yourself with the latest installment of An Inconvenient Youth at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico- the inspiring people driving the youth climate movement- their frustrations and hopes, the dreams we all share.

Feel free to spread the message and send this on!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Clear Climate Communication a Non Starter?

Thanks to Benno Hansen at Th!nk3: Developing World for this gem:

Click on his name for more.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Climate Research with a Twist

More than a touch of irony if the rest of this project confirms these Climate Science research results:
A team of UC Berkeley physicists and statisticians that set out to challenge the scientific consensus on global warming is finding that its data-crunching effort is producing results nearly identical to those underlying the prevailing view.

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project was launched by physics professor Richard Muller, a longtime critic of government-led climate studies, to address what he called "the legitimate concerns" of skeptics who believe that global warming is exaggerated.
Critics' review unexpectedly supports scientific consensus on global warming LA Times 4 April 2011