Articles Tagged "Peter C Glover"
Monday, April 30th 2012, 10:45 AM EDT
I read William Golding’s superb book Lord of the Flies as a kid. It had a lasting impact. Especially about how the thin veneer of civilization, democracy, liberty and prevailing morality can be swept away by a brutish elitist power grab. It’s the same philosophy that resorts to threats to life and limb, property destruction, public smears, vilifying dissent, curtailing free speech and imposing un-democratic regulatory ‘laws’ to get its way.
We tend to associate these hallmarks of totalitarian intolerance, vicious rhetoric and Luddite terrorism with brown-shirted National Socialism in Nazi Germany, red-book toting Communism or radical Islamism; movements alien to Judeo-Christian-rooted Western culture. But all the same kind of rhetoric, threats to dissent and the push to circumvent the normal democratic processes are all much closer to home among the green-shirts of burgeoning eco-fascism.
Tuesday, November 29th 2011, 8:11 AM EST
If you have a phobia about high concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) then you should avoid Durban, South Africa between November 28 and December 9. That’s where the world’s political and celebrity elites and assorted planet-savers are flying into this week - mostly in private jets - to prognosticate and pontificate over how the rest of us ought to stop running up ... er...high concentrations of carbon dioxide.
To what end? Well actually to parade their collective ignorance on a subject no one much understands, based on an agenda determined by assorted reports not written by the world's leading scientists and sponsored by a highly politicised organisation with a significant credibility problem.
All in all, Occupying Durban should prove entertaining.
The plot so far
Wednesday, July 20th 2011, 12:14 PM EDT
Wallis’s other PR firm, Chamy Media, provided “strategic communication advice and support” to the Metropolitan Police between October 2009 and September 2010 while the Met’s Deputy Director of Public affairs was on “extended sick leave”. According to a report in the London Evening Standard (Friday 15 July), Chamy Media was struck off the company's register in May this year for “failing to file any documents since it was set up in 2009”. No doubt part due to the fact that he was busy running the highly lucrative Outside Organisation.
What links Climategate and the News of the World phone hacking scandal? Try Thursday’s arrest of Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of the recently defunct UK tabloid, and the man hired by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson as his “personal media advisor”. The ‘relationship’ is currently the center of a media storm over potential collusion between the press and police. Wallis, however, also happens to be Managing Director of Outside Organisation, the same PR firm hired by the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU), a government-funded research group, tasked with carrying out “covert” activity after the leaked emails scandal broke.
Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 3:33 AM EST
What is it about most far left (and some far right) ‘hit’ groups? They seem to possess an almost congenital inability to remain focused on the issues and facts without resorting to ad hominen attacks, personal and motivational.
Having taken part in public square debates on numerous issues, I quickly grasped that, for many on the far liberal-left, Kant’s postmodern “subjectivity is truth” philosophy has become a way of thinking, a way of life. Thus the whole concept of absolute truth or hard facts doesn’t come easy. Best avoided then – allowing any verbal curmudgeon into the armoury in pursuit of an ideological agenda, regardless of facts.
Take Canada’s well-funded toxic campaigners DeSmogBlog. But first, let’s look at DeSmog in action in a recent attack on the oil and gas industry funded PR outfit Energy In Depth (EID).
Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 3:33 PM EDT
But the fact that a severe weather event had threatened the very capital of capitalism was not an opportunity to be spurned. Whether the media over-hyped the approaching menace or not is for others to decide. But as the upcoming weather ‘event’ was downgraded to a tropical storm, for quite a few in the mass media, if it was not to be apocalypse now, it could at least be the harbinger of climate apocalypse...er...sometime soon (again).
There was something faintly amusing about the rash of media reporters roaming the empty wet and windy streets of New York and Long Island last weekend. While directors back at base repeatedly ran the same shot of the wooden shed being tossed by waves off Long Island, for the frontline reporters, it must have felt like somebody had, quite literally, stolen their broadcasting thunder.
Monday, December 19th 2011, 5:29 AM EST
If you don’t believe Crichton was right, consider this. Our smartphones collate and spit out our diet of fast-news, while Twitter’s 140 characters provide much of our analysis. The 30-second sound-bite and 24/7 news is all we have time for, especially where the latest claims of transient science are concerned. Never has a generation been so vulnerable to superficial thought and, in consequence, the pro-activism of the propagandist social engineer; hence Crichton’s assessment. Step forward a pseudo-scientific movement with an agenda – and the very latest technology able to help them take advantage.
“The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda”. The late science writer Michael Crichton certainly put his finger on the spirit of our age.
Tuesday, April 12th 2011, 1:00 AM EDT
An insignificant representative sample you might think. Except it’s not the first time genuinely open debate – which we rarely get in the media – before a packed public audience on climate issues has delivered a ‘sceptic’ vote. In a 2007 public debate, organized in New York by Intelligence Squared, an audience considered the motion “Global Warming is Not a Crisis”. Pre-debate the vote taken showed only 30 percent agreed with the motion, 57 percent against with 13 percent undecided. Post-debate the percentages revealed around 46 percent now for the motion, 42 percent opposed and 12 percent undecided. It seems whenever hard facts are to the fore in genuine debate on global warming/climate issues alarmists lose. But then facts have always had a nasty habit of biting the alarmist bandwagon where it hurts most – in the intellect.
“The global warming hysteria is well and truly over. How do we know? Because all the relevant factors – polls, news coverage, government u-turns and a manifest lack of interest among policy makers – show a steep decline in public concern about climate change.” Dr Benny Peiser, director of the UK’s Global Warming Policy Foundation, was speaking for the motion ‘The Global Warming Concern is Over, Time for a Return to Sanity’ at a public debate hosted by the UK’s Spectator magazine at The Royal Geographic Society in March. The London audience having heard an evening of hard facts openly debated, duly voted 428 in favor of the motion, 214 against, 31 undecided.
Sunday, September 13th 2009, 2:07 PM EDT
You couldn't make it up even if you tried:
One day Energy Secretary Ed Milliband sets out his proposed expansion of the U.K.'s wind power-led alternative energy revolution; the next day, Vestas, the U.K.'s largest wind turbine manufacturer, shuts down a big part of its British operations citing "low demand" and public opposition to onshore wind farms.
Just bad luck or bad PR? Not quite. Simply another blatant example of the ongoing "disconnect" over energy between those suffering from WTS (Wishful Thinker Syndrome) and the hydrocarbon-fueled present and future energy realities.
In 2006, Germany's Angela Merkel was hailed as the "Green Chancellor" for promising to rid her country of coal and nuclear power in its bid to give a clean energy "world lead." Three years on and Merkel's government actively supports the construction of a new generation of 26 coal-fired power plants as well as keeping Germany's nuclear power stations open.
In addition she wants special protection for German heavy industry via free cap-and-trade permits. A powerful German industry, the need to remain competitive and a desire to work with the lights on all combined to help Ms. Merkel "reconnect."
Source Link: investors.com
Friday, October 21st 2011, 5:47 AM EDT
Top of the agenda for a rattled Cameron: how to cut soaring domestic energy bills. Top of the agenda for Huhne: preserving his carbon-cutting targets whatever the cost to domestic energy consumers. Granted, it must have been difficult to see and hear all that was going on given the two elephants in the room – green taxes and shale gas
Amazing. It’s no wonder Chris Huhne, the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) supremo has been dubbed Attila the Huhnatic. Hauled in to an emergency energy summit by David Cameron on rising energy bills, the CEO’s for the UK’s Big Six power companies found themselves at a meeting co-chaired by Cameron and Huhne. In the wake of September’s warning from his own energy advisors, Cameron needed to be seen to act to assuage the growing public anger. This was it.
Thursday, May 21st 2009, 7:57 AM EDT
"Curiouser and curiouser", said Alice. Not an unnatural response to the wholesale departure from reality she experienced at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. And we have precisely the same head-scratching response to the refusal of green ideologues to grasp the energy realities of our age, especially as they affect a realistic role for renewable energy sources.
The Green Gospel
If any group has set the agenda for Green-ism in our age, it is Greenpeace. In 2007 Greenpeace produced a film ‘The Convenient Solution', which succinctly put the case for renewable energy's ‘urgent' solution before the world. Introducing the film on their website Greenpeace makes this statement, "We all know that, to stop climate change, we need to stop burning fossil fuels". Within minutes of the film getting under way we are informed of the "unnecessary dependence on fossil fuels." What the Green gospel also says "we all know..." is that: mankind burning fossil fuels emits carbon dioxide, a ‘polluting' greenhouse gas that significantly contributes to (anthropogenic) global warming. Thus, if we don't quickly change our evil, fossil burning ways dire prognostications will soon befall us.