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Another Week of GW News, September 6, 2009

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Another week of Climate Disruption News

September 6, 2009



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My first novel Water was published in Canada May, 2007. The American release was in October. An Introductionto the novel is available, along with the Unpublished Forewordand the Launch Talk. An overview of my writing is available here.

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“If we lost just 1 percent of the carbon in permafrost today, we’d be close to a year’s contributions from industrial sources. I don’t think policymakers have woken up to this. It’s not in their risk assessments.” -Chris Burn, Carleton University

Comments

  1. #1 BAllanJ
    September 7, 2009

    That’s not a sip…. that’s the whole firehose, isn’t it.

  2. #2 doug l
    September 7, 2009

    That image of “mother nature” is beautiful and fine example of the human imagination to see things that are evocative. I suggest those are tears of joy on learning that yet another boreal growing season has passed without killing frosts wiping out our crops and causing mass famine and death to the many people here on earth that love her. Where would we be without some kind of warming to counterbalance the inevitable plunge back into a frozen world?

  3. #3 dhogaza
    September 8, 2009

    Where would we be without some kind of warming to counterbalance the inevitable plunge back into a frozen world?

    Personally I’m less concerned about an ice age thousands of years in the future than I am about the total disruption in the world economy that we’re facing in the next century due to AGW.

  4. #4 seks
    September 14, 2009

    That image of “mother nature” is beautiful and fine example of the human imagination to see things that are evocative. I suggest those are tears of joy on learning that yet another boreal growing season has passed without killing frosts wiping out our crops and causing mass famine and death to the many people here on earth that love her. Where would we be without some kind of warming to counterbalance the inevitable plunge back into a frozen world??

  5. #5 crakar14
    September 14, 2009

    I wasn’t sure where to put this Coby, I suggest you have a topic titled “GW propaganda” as this is where this post should reside.

    I wait with much anticipation at Bob Geldofs latest attempt to resurrect his one hit wonder career as you can see below it should be a real hoot. This musical love in will rival the halcyon days of the 1960’s.

    “MIDNIGHT Oil’s hit song Beds are Burning is to be recorded by a group of 55 world celebrities, including British rock group Duran Duran and Irish singer/composer Bob Geldof, who have joined together to draw attention to the global warming crisis, organisers say.”

    w.w.w.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26074691-5005962,00.html

    Most of Midnight Oils songs were protest songs, for example “beds are burning” was written to highlight the plight of the Australian Aborigines, but here is Bob turning it into a song to combat the GW crisis. The lyrics of the song are as follows:

    Beds are burning

    Out where the river broke
    The bloodwood and the desert oak
    Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
    Steam in forty five degrees

    The time has come
    To say fair’s fair
    To pay the rent
    To pay our share

    The time has come
    A fact’s a fact
    It belongs to them
    Let’s give it back

    How can we dance when our earth is turning
    How do we sleep while our beds are burning
    Four wheels scare the cockatoos
    From Kintore East to Yuendemu
    The western desert lives and breathes
    In forty five degrees

    In fact I think Bob is onto something here, all of his previous attempts to reignite his career have failed but not now. You see once this little propaganda stunt has run its course and his whining voice grates on political nerves enough to stop AGW he can then go on to stop the production of nuclear power plants with this Midnight Oil song.

    Harrisburg

    The empire rings
    The umpire’s not laughing
    The President’s resented,
    The Ambassador’s a night club
    You cannot get it out
    It’s stuff you cannot taste or see
    It’s stuff you cannot smell
    It’s stuff that’s twenty times as hot
    As the hottest stuff in hell

    Harrisburg, oh Harrisburg
    The plant is melting down
    The people out in Harrisburg
    Are getting out of town
    And when the stuff gets in
    You cannot get it out

    The company said it would not blow
    The Government said it might
    Harrisburg, Oh Harrisburg
    I wonder who was right
    Who can leave it behind,
    The curtains are drawn
    There’s something I must say to you
    You cannot get it out

    But it does not end there, no sureee Bob his next little adventure can be to stop the US led Christian Crusades in the middle east with this Midnight Oil song.

    US Forces

    US Forces give the nod, it’s a setback for your country
    Bombs and trenches all in rows, bombs and threats still ask for more
    Divided world the CIA, who controls the issue
    You leave us with no time to talk, you can write your assessment

    Sing me songs of no denying, seems to me too many trying
    Waiting for the next big thing

    Will you know it when you see it, high risk children dogs of war
    Now market movements call the shots, business deals in parking lots
    Waiting for the meat of tomorrow

    Sing me songs…

    Everyone is too stoned to start emission
    People too scared to go to prison
    We’re unable to make decision
    Political party line don’t cross that floor
    L. Ron Hubbard can’t save your life
    Superboy takes a plutonium wife
    In the shadow of Ban The Bomb we live

    Sing me songs…

    Or if he finds this to sensitive for American ears maybe he can go around the world kicking out all the tin pot dictators he can find with this Midnight Oil song.

    When the Generals talk

    Up there on the platform
    He is speaking to the people
    The people are responding
    With clapping and a’cheering
    But the meaning of the message
    Not revealed to those assembled
    They’re taken for a ride
    Taken In his stride

    When the Generals talk
    You better listen to him
    When the Generals talk
    You better do what he say

    There’s a rumour in the ranking
    Someone’s talking insurrection
    So the General has a purge
    ‘Cos he wants to win elections
    With the certain satisfaction
    That the people are appeased
    Long live the revoluton
    The General’s very pleased

    Sitting on the fence both ears to the ground
    The fat cats still push the thin cats around

    And then his world wind tour of protest can end in all the countries that have nuclear weapons (this includes Israel) where he can perform this little Midnight Oil number.

    Put down that weapon

    Under the waterline
    No place to retire
    To another time
    The eyes of the world now turn

    And if we think about it
    And if we talk about it
    And if the skies go dark with rain
    Can you tell me will our freedom remain

    Put down that weapon or we’ll all be gone
    You can’t hide nowhere with the torchlight on
    And it happens to be an emergency
    Some things aren’t meant to be
    Some things don’t come for free

    Above the waterline
    Point the finger yeah point the bone
    It’s the harbour towns
    That the grey metal ships call home

    And if we think about it
    And if we talk about it
    And if the seas go boiling black
    Can you tell me what you’ll do about that

    Put down that weapon or we’ll all be gone
    I must know something to know it’s so wrong
    And it happens to be an emergency
    Some things aren’t meant to be
    Some things don’t come for free

    They keep talking about it
    They keep talking…

    Put down that weapon or we’ll all be gone
    You must be crazy if you think you’re strong

    Just a short note about Peter Garret, Garret was the lead singer of Midnight Oil and when the band broke up he went into politics, he was elected to parliament as a Greens minister on the back of his green credentials. However this did not last very long, Very quickly Peter sold his political soul and joined the Labor party where he is now the minister for the environment.

    So far Peter has given approval for a wood chip mill in Tasmania to chop down old growth forest (some of the oldest in the world).

    He has played a large role in overturning Labors “set in stone” two mine policy (uranium) and allowed a third mine to open, he played a large role in selling uranium to India who is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) but yet lambasts Iran who has signed.

    He has just given approval for the massive Gorgon gas and oil fields to be mined in the North West cape, he has a string of other similar anti green anti environment victories to his name. It is now fair to say that Garret is the (well one of many) laughing stocks of Australian politics.