Renewable energy and resistance to change

-
coal electricity politics renewable energy solar wind

A country like Australia has boundless renewable energy resources in the form of wind, solar, geothermal and tidal to exploit and could easily be powered completely by renewable energy. We have a substantial hydroelectric dam system in the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme which was a massive nation building exercise that has served us well over the years. So why aren’t we harnessing all of this wonderful energy?  We also have a large amount of easily accessible coal and natural gas which can also b…

Read more

Happy Australia Day

-
politics

This Australia Day I woke early to help my son construct a Danish toy with components made in China, Mexico, Denmark and more. We watched an episode of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (the one where a plain, shy girl from the country didn’t get any attention or confidence until she went to the beach in a bikini) and then listened to some music via Pandora. He told me he liked “this music” when Cold Chisel came on, perhaps my proudest moment. Later I’ll make a cappuccino and contemplate life. I’ll try a…

Read more

Senator Conroy - the Internet is special

-
censorship filtering interent openinternet politics technology

In April 2010, Senator Conroy was quoted by Fairfax media (Sydney Morning Herald, The Age etc.) as asking "Why is the internet special?,"saying the net was "just a communication and distribution platform" (see article). Here are my reasons why I believe that the internet is special (and therefore a heavy handed approach to filtering content is unjustified). The internet simultaneously: hosts audio and video which can be broadcast or narrow cast acts like the postal system (with email replacing…

Read more

Would our environment have been better off with John Howard?

-
climate change environment politics

An interesting article from Ross Gittins in the Sydney Morning Herald that proposes Australia would have been better off environment wise if John Howard and the Coalition had won the last election. Sounds pretty radical but I read to the end because I usually find that Ross Gittins makes sense so I gave him the benefit of the doubt. It’s hard for me to admit but he might be right. Sadly KRudd is turning out to be a politician of convenience and when the going gets tough he doesn’t appear to have…

Read more

Senator Fielding also fails internet school

-
fail openinternet politics stupidity technology

According to this ABC News article, links to child pornography were posted on the website of Senator Steve Fielding of Family First. The website hosted a forum (under the link ‘Have Your Say’) where anyone can register as a user and then post comments. I’m unable to verify because the forum is now closed, but I suspect someone registered an account and spammed the site. Childish and puerile but hardly uncommon on the internet, particularly when you’re a politician who is very ‘pro family values’…

Read more