Blog on the
Blog by Dave McArthur 25 March 2010
of the Death Waves
Tonight I have joined over 2000 of our Capital City’s most educated folk in the Wellington Town Hall to experience the most sophisticated advertisement for jet travel I have experienced since Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. The promoter this time is to be Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, OM, PRS, Astronomer Royal, Master of Trinity College at Cambridge and president of the Royal Society in London.
Blog by Dave McArthur 28 December 2009
Fantastic on High
Copenhagen. The City of Babel. Rarely has that old fable had so much resonance. They came from all corners of the Earth and made much babel and then dispersed, even more confounded in their differences.
Blog by Dave McArthur 9 June 2009
with the Death Waves
Even the bloody school janitors have been warning them. Statements by our politicians, economists and journalists that “no one did or could have predicted our current economic malaise” are garbage. The truth is they were told it would happen and they did not want to know.
Blog by Dave McArthur 30 April 2009
Have you ever asked what we are really commemorating in New Zealand and Australia on ANZAC Day? I recently did and the answer I found has a shocking message for us.
Blog by Dave McArthur 23 March 2009
Planet of the Lost Trace Gases
Saturday night Earth Hour 2009 and my home will be a blaze of light, a symbol of harmony with the universe, a beacon of hope amidst the darkness, despondency and despair around me in Wellington City New Zealand in this hour. Here's some light on Earth Hour...
Blog by Dave McArthur 17 February 2009
"These are extraordinary times demanding extraordinary measures." This is not true if you understand simple physics, as I attempt to explain in my submission to our parliament on the fatally flawed NZ Emissions Trading Scheme.
Blog by Dave McArthur 8 December 2008
How do you communicate the nature of the environment to Environmental Educators? I find the enormity of the challenge is so great I find myself becoming quite inarticulate. Here is my story. Wellington harbour is a wondrous place...
matter of Air
Blog by Dave McArthur 18 November 2008
Change is the
characteristic state of our universes and yet for all the talk of change
with the elections in New Zealand and the USA I suspect many will soon
be left wondering why they feel short-changed – especially those who
voted for change.
Special Blog by Dave McArthur 28 October 2008
Prophecies of doom and hope - how to prove the doomsdayers wrong that we are now entered a deep and extended economic depression. Also included are samples of my archive letters to the New Zealand Prime Minister predicting the current economic malaise plus remedies.
Blog by Dave McArthur 6 October 2008
Well the votes
have been cast in New Zealand and the USA and people are about to
experience what they voted for. Many other innocent folk around the
world will suffer with us.
Sure people in our nations still have to go through the motions of voting at the ballot box in November but that can make little difference to the impact of our crucial votes. We have got what we voted for -Sarah Palin in the USA and John Key in New Zealand and all that goes with them. The non-conservatives have triumphed.
Blog by Dave McArthur 10 Sept 2008
Add a new word to
the list to express being shafted, Rogered*, screwed, ripped off,
cheated, done over, extorted etc. People could well soon be complaining
about being ETSed. And watch our carbon emissions rise in the process.
our Thermal Beings
Blog by Dave McArthur 24 August 2008
GREEN PARTY MUST RETAIN VALUES- REJECT EMISSIONS TRADING STRATEGY
The Green Party
should not touch the ETS with a barge pole. It should reject the ETS
because at best it is an extremely inefficient and high-risk strategy
and at worst it contains a fundamental and fatal psychological flaw that
guarantees misery long term. To be simplistic:
Blog by Dave McArthur 28 July 2008
This week the New Zealand Reserve Bank Governor declared war. In doing so he joined Central banks around the planet that are setting the stage for a catastrophic global war within a decade. Are we in 1933?
Blog by Dave McArthur 21 June 2008
Do many of our “climate” and “energy” experts not make sense to you? Here is a simple test to separate their science from their self-serving spiels.
Blog by Dave McArthur 6 June 2008
The fable of the Decarbonised Universe: Once upon a time, well about World Environment Day June 5 2008, there was this far away land in the great Southern Oceans. This land, known as Aotearoa or New Zealand, was inhabited by a gentle people, a loving people and they, like all the rest of the people in the world, were being threatened by a terrible monster, which they called Climate Change.
Blog by Dave McArthur 2 March 2008
I guess most readers will now be aware that we seem
to have entered a phase in which Earth’s surface temperature is
cooling down – some estimate the cooling down to be in the range of
0.65C to 0.75C this last year. Perhaps at last we can put the Carbon Trading
industry on ice.
Goggle at Google
Blog by Dave McArthur 14 February 2008
How nations use their electrical potential may determine if humanity survives. So do you know who controls that potential in your country?
and Junk Joules
Blog by Dave McArthur 26January 2008
White, rich and raring for a horrific world war. What’s with my fellow Anglo-Americans? Insane or just ignorant? If it’s the latter then here is a remedy... maybe we are just ignorant and it is our education system that is hopeless.
Blog by Dave McArthur 1 November 2007
You say three. I
say five. What makes a symbol come alive?
A small test, dear reader: How did you interpret that CO2_ symbol? It is not a common symbol. Did you figure my finger slipped on the key and you automatically corrected it to CO2… or CO2?
Blog by Dave McArthur 14 October 2007
If you sniff something rotten about this whole carbon trading frenzy, know you are not alone. And the deal last week between NZ’s self styled “carbon neutral” Meridian Energy and Rio Tinto added to the pong.
Near Collapse of Wellington City NZ
Let Wellington, Capital City of New Zealand, be a warning lesson to all. Learn from our example, treasure your city’s utility grids and its electrical potential so, unlike us, you can thrive in the Post Cheap Oil-Gas Age.
Home with Junk Joules
Blog by Dave McArthur 23 September 2007
The Environment Court’s rejection of the proposal to construct an eco-industrial complex on Te Raekaihau Point, Wellington, presents New Zealand with a wonderful opportunity to create a truly outstanding climate education resource.
Entering the Land of the Other
Blog by Dave McArthur 4 September 2007
Maybe you are one of those good caring folk who care passionately about the quality of life on planet Earth’s surface. If so, only begin this article if you commit to read it to its conclusion. Please.
Powers of Junk Joules
Blog by Dave McArthur 25 July 2007
still exist in a country where people can vote for their Members of
Parliament but those Members are powerless to manage critical
infrastructure. No? Then New Zealand is not a democracy. It’s just a
Joules, the Imagineer
Blog by Dave McArthur 14 July 2007
KiwiSaver = KiwiKiller and Carbon Polluter? As I deconstruct the hype this scary equation emerges complete with inflation and the end of universal superannuation. What’s a bloke to do?
to Eye with the Other
Blog by Dave McArthur 14 June 2007
Let us honour the life and death of Folole Muliaga by turning New Zealand into the leading world model of the intelligent uses of electricity. This is how it can happen.
....In order to create this monument celebrating Folole we need understand her place in history, in particular her place in the history of humans' use of electricity...
4 Minister of Energy Revealed
Blog by Dave McArthur 26 May 2007
It has been said that 10-12 year-old children form their cultures. So I would like every member of our Parliament to have to describe to our children how they see their roles as stewards of this planet and explain how carbon trading, carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality promotes qualities of stewardship in the children. I predict those MPs that retain a modicum of the science they were born with will be reduced to abject, confused silence.
4 Eye of the Unknown
Blog by Dave McArthur 3 May 2007
Dear Bryan Leyland. No, start again. Dear all the Bryan Leylands in New Zealand. And the world, for that matter. I believe you are making a massive error demolishing the Auckland Energy Community Trust, which owns most of Vector Ltd i.e. the utility grids of Auckland and Wellington cities. Your action will dwarf the disastrous fiascos of NZ Telecom and NZ Rail and will cost our nation dearly. Please, please reconsider.
4 No 8 The Energy Imagineers
Blog by Dave McArthur 17 April 2007
I am almost used to be the lone dissenter but really I am happier when agreeing with the people around me. Especially when it is with 120 “climate change believers” at Victoria University seminar in Wellington NZ on communicating “the climate change story”. They are probably all nice caring folk and that what makes the fact that most of them are massive deniers so concerning.
4 No 7 Dancing in the Dark
Blog by Dave McArthur Oct 30 2006
At last the BIG Moment! I reach the godhead, the controller of the universe, the definer of the potential of our existence, the New Zealand Minister of Energy. And the truth of it all? The answer resides in a banana.
4 No 6 Dark Measures
Blog by Dave McArthur Sept 12 2006
Recently a school janitor proposed a new principle
of energy. If correct it predicates the survival or demise of humanity.
Should we be concerned that the principle suggests Peter Jackson’s new
movie, the Dam Busters could be a damn buster? You decide.
4 No 5 Transfusing THE ECONOMY
Blog August 15 2006
Why do the eyes of sages twinkle with humour as they talk of the human condition? Do their insights reveal that our behaviour is inherently funny? What’s the grand joke? I recently caught a glimpse of what makes them chuckle about the human lot. Read on and smile. (The Grand Denial.)
4 No 4 THE ECONOMY Jitters
Blog July 14 2006
Could it be the British Conservative Party is about to put care back into Conservative? And is Labour about to put arduous, difficult and wearisome into Labour? And is the Green Movement about to go green about the gills? Check this new Conservative policy out:
4 No 3 At One yet Everywhere
BLOG 23 June 2006
Have you ever wondered why we have a Climate Change Office? I can understand the need for Climate Balance Research Centre or even a Climate Balance Protection Agency. But an office of climate change? It’s as weird as having an Energy Conservation Authority or a Minister of Energy or a Ministry of Existence. Existence is, energy is conserved and climate change happens. Its real! They are all real. As real as real can be.
4 No 2 A Higher Being in Cabinet
BLOG 2 June 2006
Good heavens! What’s going on here? This must be the famed serendipity I have heard tell of. Just when I was at my wits end as to how to start this very difficult message for the New Zealand Green Party and many Environmental Educators across the world, Bonus Joules arrives to help me in my moment of distress. So help me, it’s not a pretty story I have to tell.
4 No 1 Energy Rules!
Bonus Joules asks the Minister of Energy the Big Scientific Question
BLOG 5 May 2006
Hope. Where do you and I find hope? It’s a good question to ask as we sit here in New Zealand in the growing dark and deepening chill of autumn eating chocolate eggs and bunnies to celebrate the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Easter (from Eostre, the Teutonic goddess of dawn.) We don’t celebrate our own spring. Funny eh.
3 No 14 A Blanket Warning
BLOG 28 March 2006
New Zealand – land of the long white cloud. Or should that read land of the long dark shroud. Our Parliament is cloaked in ignorance, confusion, obscuration and pure nastiness and the statistics of our carbon emissions form a pall over the nation. The sacking of the Minister for Transport, Energy and Climate Affairs deepens the murk.
3 No 13 Sheep & Thermodynamics.
BLOG 28 February 2006
I do not know how to handle the prospect of March 2006. How does one react to the knowledge that we are planning to vaporise our fellow humans and send the cells of children suicidal using nuclear warfare? Yet this is the prospect we face as the White House plans to drop nuclear bombs on Iran to derail its attempts at creating an oil bourse.
Chapter 3 No
12 Holey Thermal confusion!
BLOG 13 February 2006
I did find it a strange experience becoming a cartoon; even if it is a cartoon I drew myself some years ago. However there I was, living, being the cartoon. It felt a bit spooky and rather hilarious. The occasion: The NZ Association for Environmental Education national conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Here is the cartoon:
Chapter 3 No
11 Nailing the Froth
BLOG 14 December 2005
Montreal: Kyoto negotiations and the Bush administration has been cast as the villains of the piece. Sure the White House demonstrates a blind stubbornness to confront the risk from Human-induced Climate Change. However maybe the real villains reside in our communities. Maybe they are agencies like the NZ Consumer’s Institute…
Chapter 3 No
10 Fashion Costs!!!
BLOG 1 December 2005
I awake to hear the ANZ bank’s chief economist, John McDermott on Nat Radio’s Morning Report. It seems an ANZ National Bank survey suggests “business confidence” has suddenly dropped to its lowest level since 1988. John is “very surprised” and wonders if business people know something they (the bankers) do not know about. I don’t know what they know either but readers of my blog will know I, a simpleton, predicted the present deterioration several months ago.
Chapter 3 No
9: Holey Fashions
BLOG 10 November 2005
Today is the funeral of Rod Donald, co leader of the NZ Green Party, profound patriot and outspoken advocate for the dispossessed and for Fair Trade. I have just heard his coffin will be taken to Christchurch cathedral in a bus. Trees are being planted the across the land in his memory. These are my thoughts on this day.
3.8 Flow or Fight with the Universe
BLOG 31 October 2005
This blog nearly wasn’t. I just about lost hope, cashed up, bought a passport, jumped on a plane and spent the rest of my days lazing on some (raised, sheltered) Pacific atoll that you see in the travel ads. The flame of hope did flicker low in me for a moment but here I am again. Just don’t fart near me.
3.7 The Holey Ozone Layer
BLOG 12 October 2005
The votes are in and counted. The NZ Labour Party led by Helen Clark has the priority right to attempt to form a new government. The political options are being scoped. Around the world, oil continues to be pumped from the ground and rumours are it is increasingly sour. Where are we going to find the ideas that help keep life sweet for us?
3.6 Zone Ozone of Danger
BLOG 15 September 2005
My heart is not really in this blog as I start to write (Sunday 11 September 2005). I am watching my country take humans ever closer to war, chaos and misery. It is now less than a week to our elections and everyone is looking at the signposts around them and not realising the ground they stand on is moving.
3.5 Greenhouse Deffects.
BLOG 29 August 2005
I recently did a survey of all the political parties in our Parliament. It seemed a timely thing to do as the 2005 elections draw near and we have to decide who is best fitted to take over at the steering wheel of the New Zealand. Our driver must understand weather conditions and be able to get the best from our fuel. The results are a surprise. Our politicians might be more capable drivers than our “energy experts”, climatologists and journalists/presenters.
BLOG 11 August 2005
Exponential OnEnergys ahead in New Zealand? That is the question the recent article Exponential Enrons Ahead inspires. And will the villains in the new horror drama be our oil companies dressed up in different guise ? Will you soon be billed by Mobil Vector or Shell PowerCo? Are we on a roller coaster ride to misery?
BLOG 22 July 2005
Am I a refugee in my own country? A refuge from its smog? From Radio NZ? From TVNZ? From its electricity industry? That was to be my question. No longer. Now I ask What the Bleep do I know!? Maybe I am my own refugee. I flee from my greater self?
3.2 The Matter of Metaphors
BLOG 12 July 2005
Aaaaagh!!! Oh fool me!*#* I am the very idiot the wise man warned me about. The basket is empty. All my eggs are scrambled and have evaporated into the ether. Yes, I did not heed the advice I gave last blog regarding the benefits of precautionary strategies. I am as stupid as those flogging off Vector Ltd.
3.1 Holy Unholey Holes.
BLOG 4 July 2005
Hurray. So New Zealand has suddenly lost a billion dollars ‘value’ because of our expenditure of our carbon credits. Yesterday we had half a billion dollars in credits. Today we are a carbon debtor by half a billion dollars. Great. I never could understand how carbon trading could work for us. Now it is time to start taking Kyoto seriously and making some real money out of it.
2.7 Is EECA a Black Hole?
BLOG 21 June 2005
2.6 Is EECA a Nuclear Reactor?
BLOG June 6 2005
2.5 EECA Faces Oblivion
BLOG May 28 2005
2.4 Conserving the Impossible
2.3 Concussfusion with EECA
BLOG May 11 2005
2.2 Hitting EECA
BLOG May 5 2005
2.1 The Home Leaving
BLOG April 25 2005 ANZAC
1.7 New Zealand Heroes
BLOG April 20 2005
1.6 Energy Babble
BLOG April 14 2005
1.5 Great Ideas
BLOG April 4 2005
1.4 First Impressions
BLOG March 30 2005
So reads the headlines in the Wellington Dominion Post (5 Feb 05). The local investment guru is pronouncing on why the average wage in New Zealand is lagging behind other indicators in an "expanding economy". I am cynical as I took the gentleman's advice a decade ago. As a result I now I have a mortgage and a much reduced lifestyle. This is not what disturbs me. No. What worries me is that if he is right about market forces, then human society faces catastrophic failure and vast misery. How different if it might have be if the headlines read:
Common Decency determines pay rates.
1.3 My Ancestors
2 Jan 2005
Life on the
Beloved Baring Heads
This guy gave me the courage to ask the questions I do of our images of how energy works.
Discover the Greatest Free Show above the Earth. Let this site nourish your soul.
I love the rhythms of these animations of Earth's climate.
Real unhelpful title but the site shows the body of knowledge a passionate and aware citizen can create.
An inspiring labour of love. A modern marvel.
New Articles and Additions
George Monbiot debate on "walled in" climate scientists.
the Bliss, which is Energy.
on the Big Rs
Carbon Trader Disease
Joy of Not Flying.
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Report on
Symbol Use Guide
to Bill "350" McKibben
NZ and the NZ Electricity Market
Star Times and the NZ Electricity Market
to the NZ Government Review of the Emissions Trading Scheme
The Emissions Trading Strategy puts us all at such high risk
Quick symbol by symbol way of
Peak Oil symbol
assumptions underpinning the
for Sustainable Human Beings
Sustainability Principle of Energy
Story of Denial
to NZ Minister of Energy/Climate Issues
Grand Denial -and a Great Acceptance.
Prototype WIKI definition bonusjoules-junkjoules measure of energy efficiency.
-2006 NZAEE National Conference
Wellington Marine Education Centre
(Deputy) Prime Minister Replies...
a Climate of Chaos
-Linking Poetry and Physics.
World Wildlife Fund
Letter to Amory Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute
NZ PowerSwitch -Switch-off
Into the Dark Ages