It is Man's intelligence that sets the species apart from the other animals and gives him power to change the environment, yet many of Man's actions are prompted by short-term desires, selfishness, superstition or emotion rather than clear-thinking and intelligence; sadly, this is greatly to the detriment of the planet.
This world could be a good world, a sane world, fair, just, moral. Why is it not? Apathy, selfishness, delusion and ignorance. The drive to get power and money are forms of selfishness. Religion is delusion. The short-sightedness that stops the world dealing with the climate change problem and causes governments to make decisions that make no sense in the long-term is either due to ignorance or corruption – which is, of course, a form of selfishness.
The belief that one is absolutely right or has access to infallible knowledge – whether it be in the Bible, Koran, Mein Kampf, or anywhere else – is a very dangerous thing, and such people can do, and have done, great harm; the belief in infallibility is perhaps the worst form of ignorance. Doubt and scepticism are crucial. I have developed many ideas and opinions on these pages since I started writing them in 2001, but all are open to change. I'm very nearly sure that the Earth is round, about equally sure that there is no God and that we do not have immortal souls, but I admit that I may be wrong.
Most of us hold delusions, I continually try to check that my opinions and beliefs are based on evidence. The important thing is to not believe anything without sufficient justifying evidence, and the converse, to not fail to believe whatever the evidence indicates to be fact. I try to live by that.
Truth, ethics, ethical government, and care for our environment are fundamental needs. The alternative to developing an entirely sustainable way of interacting with our environment is a collapse such as those that history has recorded in civilisations that have disappeared – because their peoples didn't live sustainably.
If you want justice – not just for yourself, but big justice – you have to fight for it continuously. If you choose the alternative, apathy, don't complain about injustice; and remember that it is often those who govern, whether legally and constitutionally, or by default, through the power they wield over the govenors, who are the greatest enemies of the common man. Those who govern like to cast outsiders as the enemy, this is often a smoke-screen, xenophobia diverts the attention of the plebs from the real problems, which are often much closer to home.
In 2014 it seems to me, as an Australian, that the most valuable thing that I can do is to try to get action to reduce my county's criminally high rate of greenhouse gas emission.
This site was written in Australia from an Australian perspective.
(For US citizens – Australia is not to be
confused with Austria; it is a predominantly English speaking [well, a
form of English anyway] large island nation [almost as big as your own
country!] on the bottom side of the world.
I am not an admirer of the USA.)
|Subject||Why is it important?|
|The end of coal||The coal industry, one of the main causes of disastrous climate change and ocean acidification, is mortally damaged, financially and practically.|
|Why accept climate science||Presenting, in a very simple form, a number of arguments showing why everyone should accept that climate change is happening and is caused by mankind.|
|Debunking the immortal soul concept||The concept of an immortal soul is ridiculous. If there is no immortal soul, most religions become meaningless. If religions go, society will have to adopt ethics (rather than myth and superstition) as a basis for acceptable behaviour.|
|Wind power in Australia||Unabated climate change will be a huge disaster for the whole planet. If we are to slow climate change then we must stop burning fossil fuels. If we are to stop burning fossil fuels we must replace them with renewables. Wind power is one of the main potential sources of 'clean' energy, but it has been dishonestly maligned by unscrupulous people who have reasons to not want to see wind farms being built. This page is the base for a large set of pages that attempt to give the facts on many aspects of wind power in Australia and in general.|
|Wind energy opposition||Debunking some of the more prominent people and organizations that are spreading lies about wind power, particularly in Australia.|
|Australia is exporting death||Australia's biggest export is coal and the burning of coal is responsible for millions of deaths each year due to air pollution (and of course it is one of the main causes of climate change and ocean acidification). This is a diabolically cruel and unethical industry.|
|Off-grid, or not?||It is becoming increasingly financially attractive to install solar PV and batteries and go off-grid. There are selfish reasons to do so, and a very good altruistic reason not to.|
|Major threatened disasters compared||This page compares various big disasters such as earthquakes, pandemics, hurricanes, nuclear war and terrorist attacks. It shows that climate change is the worst of the lot.|
|Ethics||One thing many of my pages have in common is that they are pressing for a more ethical society.|
|Clean-up||The dumping of rubbish on roadsides has much in common with the dumping of waste gasses into the atmosphere.|
|Jottings||Short comments on many subjects, a number of which I believe to be important. Since there are many subjects on one page it is not readily found on Net searches.|
|Subject||What is it about?|
|Some energy units, definitions and conversions||Units of power and energy. How does power relate to energy? How much energy is there in a given amount of fuel? How much energy is released by a given amount of falling water? Metric system multipliers. Etcetera.|
|Electricity generation methods: pros and cons||A look at most common methods used for generating electricity (and a few novel methods) and an objective listing of the good and bad points of each.|
|Wind power problems||Wind power does have problems, but they are fewer and less serious than the opponents of wind power would have us believe. This page gives the facts.|
|Abortion: ethical and practical aspects||I'm not sure why this page is so popular, but if it brings some rationality into this very emotive subject that has to be a good thing.|
|Reducing evaporation losses from farm dams||In many farm dams in warmer climates evaporation can cause the loss of most of the water in storage in a single summer. Reducing these losses is very important.|
|Divining/dowsing/ witching||How credible is it that someone could walk across a bit of ground and 'sense' when water beneath the surface (remembering that there is groundwater almost everywhere) is in some formation that would freely release the water to a well drilled vertically below that point?|
|Wind turbine noise||How much noise do wind turbines make? The facts.|
|Crossing the Nullarbor||Images along the Eyre Highway, between Mandurah, Western Australia and Crystal Brook, South Australia|
Loss of mangroves