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To bring accountability to the democratic process I inform public debate by exposing issues avoided by main-stream media.

 

I believe the best weapon in the fight against corruption... Is the truth. Subsequently, every article I produce is backed up with verifiable evidence.

 

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Knowing how the world works may shock you but, with knowledge comes the power to drive change.

EDITORIAL

29th September 2020

One aspect of fossil fuel is about global warming. People with myopia, loss aversion and confirmation bias simply don’t get the looming threat of climate change, so let me explain: Greenhouse gasses, from burning fossil fuel, are like a blanket. The more we add the thicker the blanket and the hotter the earth becomes. The geologic record tells us there is a 130 metre sea-level fluctuation, on planet earth, depending on the volume of the global ice reservoir and that directly relates to temperature. 

At the beginning of the industrial revolution Co2 was 278 parts per million. By July 2020, it has reached a new record high of 415ppm with the world 1°C warmer and rising. Heat equates to energy and the more energy the more extreme weather events. From ice core samples, the last time Co2 levels were this high was in the late Pliocene era when sea levels were 20 meters higher than today and, global temperature was 3°C hotter. That's our future if we don't stop burning fossil fuel and even a child understands the science.

The other aspect of fossil fuel is about $$$ money. All those wars in the Middle East, all the death, all the destruction, all the refugees, are about control of oil and natural gas. Part of the U.S./China conflict is about control of the largest oil reserve on the planet: 297 billion barrels of oil in Venezuela. The military build-up in eastern China and their incursion into the South China Sea is about control of massive gas fields. (Google it) It’s not about freedom of navigation as postured by the U.S. & Australia and, drives our trade dispute with China.

We can kill two birds with one stone: (1) We can stop the climate crisis and rising oceans and (2) We can stop the oil wars, the conflict and the social division by cutting through the propaganda and removing the demand for fossil fuel. We can do this together by insisting our politicians promote a rapid transition to renewable clean energy. This is more than just political ideology and vested interests, this is about saving humanity, the natural world, our beautiful beaches and the future of your own family and, it doesn’t get any bigger than that.

For the full story and all the evidence read on...

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Net Zero - When zero equals everything

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Signs of the Apocalypse - The Gods are Angry

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Three Blind Mice & Fragile States

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Democracy Under Siege - Calling out Fascism

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Australian Democracy "Downgraded"

What the climate debate brings to light is that our democracy is not what it seems. Some of our elected representatives don’t put Australia and the Australian people first. They represent a small but powerful group of corporates and industrialists who feed off society and are in it for themselves. Don’t expect these types to advance the collective good or protect the natural world. As Australia’s democracy is downgraded from ‘open’ to ‘narrowed’. (SBS "The Feed" article)... Read more

Big Oil - Show Their Hand

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Big Oil v The Planet - The Evidence!

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Climate Talk - Open Discussion 

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Game of Thrones

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Letter to my Family

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Ice Melt & Rising Oceans

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Our Best Future

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Pie in the sky

Green house gasses trap energy from the sun and drive global warming. A one degree increase in global temperature equates to a 7% increase in atmospheric water vapour. Increased temperature and water vapour drives extremes in weather. As the worlds largest coal exporter, in aggregate, Australia is the source of at least 4.6% of total global carbon emissions. The only way out is to stop burning fossil fuels but, we have a major fight on our hands..... Read more

Climate change - "We will adapt" - LNP

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An uncertain future - Political madness

From the New York Times, the most dire of predictions: WASHINGTON — A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end.... Read more

Creating conflict

Flashback - What started out as a pathetic little grab for votes in the Wentworth By-election, by the Morrison LNP government, has now escalated to include threatening every Australian citizen and Australian trade. “Wentworth voters see embassy relocation as a targeted pitch to Jewish voters”. Which takes us back to religion being a political force.... Read more

Feeding the monster

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Murdoch strikes at democracy

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Who stole justice

I’m as deaf as a post but I hear the call “We want justice”. Here’s another little problem that haunts our precious society. Our adversarial legal system favours those with the most money. Like the LNP, it’s been manipulated and corrupted to favour corporates and the top end of town. The Law Society would have us believe that “justice system” and “legal system” are the same thing - They are not.... Read more

Testing the System

In pre-hearing, the conciliator advise that very few cases are ever won by the worker seeking justice in the FWC. My question to that was why? The corporate will win and they will go after you for costs and drive you into bankruptcy. My question to that was how? From this experience it comes down to unscrupulous defence lawyers and a manipulative magistrate favouring corporates. In other words protecting the guilty on behalf of the federal government - All proven with evidence on the court record... Read more

It's in the DNA

Passing alien would look down at the depleted and damaged earth and debate why we would developed the technologies that could power our advancing civilization then continue to burn fossil fuels and destroy ourselves? They would need to look no further than their own evolution to answer that question. We evolve beyond a certain point or we don’t..... Read more

Why don't we Listen

Collectively, what is wrong with us as a species - As pointed out in "It's in the DNA", greed is one driving force that can destroy us but, so can ignorance and our apparent lack of reasoning. To be in with a fighting chance, at survival, we need to understand where we come from. Reasonable-seeming people are often totally irrational.... Read more

What makes an Activist

Something happens in our lives and causes us to question what we know. We open our eyes and seek the truth. The more we uncover, the hungrier we are to understand how the world works. We discover a world driven by greed, corruption and deception. We read a lot and there is a capacity to see the big picture, put the greater good ahead of ourselves and be prepared to stand and fight for a better and fairer world.... Read more

Atmospheric CO2 Management

It is acknowledged that increased atmospheric CO2, as a result of burning fossil fuel, equates to increased global warming, extreme weather events, ice melt and sea-level rise. The objective then, would be to reduce our carbon emissions and, in support, extract CO2 from the atmosphere with an ongoing program of carbon capture & storage (CCS)... Read more PDF File

Additional Reading:

The end of the golden age of surfing: Half the world's beaches could vanish by 2100 researchers warn

 

Sea level rise will see 40pc of Australia's beaches lost: Predicts new study

 

The cost of extreme weather events: Floods declared 6th catastrophe by insurers in 6 months

 

Climate Change Performance Index: For Australia it's shameful

 

Hundreds of scientists issue stark warning: In a scathing open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison

 

It's so simple a child understands the science: Stop burning fossil fuel to stop global warming

 

Plan for sea level rise of up to 2.7 metres this century: There goes Australia's beaches and our way of life

 

Apocalyptic wildfires: May force a climate reckoning for Australia’s conservative leader

Cause for great concern: Australia ranked last in global assessment on climate action

 

Compound Costs: How Climate Change is Damaging Australia’s Economy

 

Climate Emergency Declared: LNP Government ignores 11,000 scientists

$ Cost of Climate Change: By Suburb in Australia

Gretta Thunberg: Why the right’s usual smears don’t work

Malcolm Turnbull: “The LNP Morrison government denying the science of climate change is just denying reality. You might as well deny gravity”.

Sign of the Times: Best and funniest signs from the creative kids of the climate strike

 

Omnicide: Who is responsible for the gravest of all crimes?

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