ECOCIDE

                        ENTER: CYNTHIA, QUEEN of the HUNT, SPIRIT of SEPSIS On 20th April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a British Petroleum oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded, killing eleven workers and unleashing an oil leak of volcanic proportions five thousand feet below the […]

SEEING and BELIEVING

I first observed it in Amsterdam, relaxing in friend’s motorboat as we pottered around town and out into the countryside south of the city. All afternoon, lying back in the bow, I watched plane after plane laying down white trails in a blue sky — trails which twisted like ribbons, ruffled at the edges, spread out […]

THE REAL ENEMY

On the POSSIBILITY and DESIRABILITY of PEACE In 1967, a book was published by Dial Press which purported to be the report of a secret government commission, leaked by one of its members. Entitled The Report from Iron Mountain – On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace, the book exposes the kind of thinking, cold, […]

SOMETHING’S HAPPENING

SOMETHING’S HAPPENING In late 2011, I was walking through rainforest in the hills above Chiang Dao in northern Thailand with about a hundred twelve-year-old children and a handful of teachers. The forest was quiet, apart from the whooping and chattering of kids happy to be away with their friends for a few days. The guide […]

The LOGIC of CLIMATE CHANGE

The Appeal to Ignorance When confronted by new information which clashes with their previous assumptions, people do their best to resolve the contradiction. By ‘do their best’, I do not mean to patronise. In criticizing the thinking of those who accept the theory of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change (CACC), I am criticizing myself, or at […]