my dog is now tired, i might just let it lie down over here.

Do As I Say Not As I Do (a term that has its origins in the hypocrisy of preachers).

Anyone wanting to look into the background of Extinction Rebellion and its main man Julian Roger Hallam could do worse than look into the shambles that seems to have been “Fox Housing Co-operative” by the end of 2012.

For context Isabel Lovelock seems to be Hallam’s partner. She appears alongside him on many directorships and shareholdings.

My first suspicion was that the commentary of Fox Co-op Ltd on the facebook page (below) was Julian/Roger. But it’s probably one of the guys on the other side, bitter after the court case where the judge obviously sided with Julian/Roger & Isabel and evicted those who were actually living at the co-op housing site (Julian/Roger & Isabel having moved out years before). There is also a small matter of mortgages looking like they might have been raised against this co-op property around 2004-2007 by Julian/Roger & Isabel to fund his rather unimpressive organic food company (Organics to Go (West) Limited). So after watching his training video and seeing this debacle played out over various sites I have to say that Julian/Roger is pretty unimpressive and somewhat of a pillock into the bargain (Adrian would be a better leader of XR it has to be said). Despite some writing indicating otherwise (and appearing to be written by some alter ego) it therefore surely is obvious that there’s literally no chance of Julian Roger Hallam leading anything at this stage or being a genuine agent of system change. A useful fool for the corporates is all he surely is. Something that the division of XR called XR Business which is supported by companies like Unilever (responsible for a large proportion of your supermarket shopping) also indicates. There is a term that covers this sort of behaviour and it’s not ‘System Change’ but rather ‘Greenwashing’ something that James Shaw co-leader of the NZ/Aotearoa Green Party also knows a lot about (via his UK agency ‘Future Considerations’).

Oh and watch your pockets in Julian/Roger’s vicinity, or he’ll empty them.

If anyone from the former co-op passes by you should really ask Roger/Julian and Isabel what happened to half the assets of that former co-operative, as they seem to have disappeared in a puff of smoke sometime around the end of 2012 (you may also like to check out the mortgages of his organics company).

Pssst here….

https://mutuals.fca.org.uk/Search/Search?searchLink=true&page=2&SocietyId=29202&SearchTerm=29202

Facebook, Isabell & Fox Ltd ‘answering Adrian Krakiewicz. Isabel Lovelock is on the original mortgage document for Fox Co-op (1999) along with Julian Roger Hallam. She also shares directorship and shareholding with him on many other companies.

One could ask Isabel here what ‘hippy’ ever placed their trust in the establishment?

And for context – the Fox Farm Blog. Obviously not Isabel or Roger.

http://foxhousingcoop.blogspot.com/

As per that blog Roger and Isabel (and one other) seem to be attempting to turn the co-op into a landlord/tenant arrangement (with themselves as landlords) after leaving the co-op. This would be in keeping with any new arrangements that they’d made with the HSBC of course, as the HSBC is not exactly a supporter of capitalist alternatives.

There’s a lot to be said for ‘hunches’ it has to be said. This group (XR) gave me reasons for concern from the start even if only the local version. After but the most cursory of investigation it is now my view that they are nothing other than an astroturfing organisation at origin. But if you like your protest corporate approved well then don’t let me stop you becoming a part of them.

One of the odd things about this though is that XR policy is indicating that the establishment has lost their transgender raised (not all trans etc) war on democracy. This is a good sign and let’s hope, or rather demand, that it takes hold here in Aotearoa as well as this will place them on the back foot as well as placing them in opposition to their large sponsors and their sick fantasies of ‘smart’ cities, facebook enabled surveillance states and neutered cyborg warriors with multicoloured weapons.

One last thing. No genuine activist, or activist group in this case, has (a) gmail account(s) as their main email address (that counts for all the MPs in Aotearoa who support this feature of the surveillance state as well). XR uses these extensively as do Climate Change Otepoti, Auckland Peace Action and various other clowns (come on down Jack) playing at being activists in this domain.

The Shock of the Anthropocene

This book by Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz is one of my favourite books. Unlike books in the anglosphere by people who claim to climate activism this one really gets to the heart of the problem. Maybe it’s because they’re French. Anyway it covers capitalism, religion, which they accurately identify as enabling capitalism and the corporate actors. This is part of their conclusion;

““The less that the science of the Anthropocene pretends to stand above the world,” they write, “the more solid and fruitful it will be, and the less the seductive concept of the Anthropocene will risk serving as a legitimizing philosophy for an oligarchic geopower.” Such a perspective would surely be liberating for both humans and the Earth.”

Unlike Tim Naish (my last blog post) I think that we need more democracy rather than less. So Tim, pull your head in.

Here’s a review of ‘The Shock of the Anthropocene”.

https://systemchangenotclimatechange.org/article/shock-anthropocene-earth-history-and-us-christophe-bonneuil-and-jean-baptiste-fressoz

Extinction Rebellion LLC

Well I can’t say that this surprises me in the least.

Corporates for XR
credit: Jeremy Legget

Nor this;

Roger Hallam disses the politically active.
Credit for the heads up: wrongkindofgreen.org

There is actually a key point at about 1:02.13. Roger (or is that Julian?) talks about the bottom group being a 1000 times bigger than the other two groups and then goes on to describe that group as the 1% who want to get things done but are not political (this last claim a lie in my view, rather than naivety). If one was generous you might call it an accidental Freudian slip. I’m not going to be generous though, I think he did mean to talk about the 1%. The 1,000 times bigger being the capital that they have. He then defines the middle group, the problem for his movement, as being ‘extreme vegan’ or ‘extreme hard left’ and when someone mentions the hard right states that ‘no [they’re not the problem]*’. Let’s not muck around here, Hallam is part of the problem. Therefore so is Extinction Rebellion.

(Julian) Roger Hallam airs his approval of the 1%, disses vegans, the left and glosses past the right.

* [] brackets are often used in archaeology and biblical research to describe text that has been lost from the original document. I’ve co-opted them here as intent was obvious.

Sources

Wrong Kind of Green – anti-corporate.

Jeremy Leggett – happy to be corporate.

More on the threat to democracy of ‘climate emergencies’.

There have been a couple of articles that I’ve seen lately that are a real cause for concern. The first is that ~415 billionaires who apparently claim to control half of the worlds available funds have demanded of various governments that they act on climate change. Naturally these men of privilege will want some geoengineering for their benefit when what the world really needs is to stop all attempts to terrorform (yes terror not terra) the planet and this would be to everyone’s benefit (even theirs). I doubt that they think that though (update – if I’ve found the right group well then they’re not even doing that, they’re just trying to talk up gas & oil companies).

The second article was in the Otago Daily Times today and quotes an Australian professor who states that ‘Climate Emergency’ declarations are a trojan horse for abrogating democratic rights. I have not been able to find this online so I may have to cycle down to the supermarket to get a copy of the print edition. In the meantime here’s something along the same lines from the Eureka (from memory it tends to the left despite apparently being a Jesuit publication) magazine in Australia.

‘Climate emergency’ endangers democracy

The Martial law consequences of declaring a (state of) ‘Climate Emergency”

This applies as much to social media, in the anglophone countries especially, as much as to the States themselves. I’m going to quote because I couldn’t say it better myself and it should be clear from the two quotes I give what the real deal behind declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ is;

“A state of exception (German: Ausnahmezustand) is a concept in the legal theory of Carl Schmitt, similar to a state of emergency, but based in the sovereign’s ability to transcend the rule of law in the name of the public good.” (Wikipedia)

“In February 2014, John Kerry presented climate change, along with other threats such as epidemics and terrorism, as ‘perhaps the worlds’ most fearsome weapon of mass destruction’. In the age of ‘global environmental governance’, the logic of warfare, of total control of the planet in the name of a state of exception, seems indeed to have made its return in the face of the possibly violent consequences of global ecological disturbance, fuelling new geopolitical cleavages. Though seemingly different, projects such as geoengineering, UN-REDD (the official acronym for the programme of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) mechanisms that insert forests into a global carbon market, dreams of terraforming, etc., proceed from the same logic of emergency (‘climate emergency’), if not that of a ‘state of exception’: they manufacture a global nature system that is no longer a commons regulated by collective debate, practices and rights, but one ‘whose exclusive access is strictly regulated as a function of the rights, subject to emergency circumstances, to alter, pilot and optimize the whole of the planet and its atmosphere’.”

Bonneuil, Fressoz, trans. Fernbach (2016) ‘The Shock of the Anthropocene’.

DCC declares climate emergency

I spoke at this Dunedin City Council meeting along with Jennifer Shulzitski of Extinction Rebellion, Sue Novell from the Seniors’ Action Network Group, some students from Northeast Valley School and a person from a South Dunedin focused group whose name escapes me for the moment.

I spoke against declaring a climate emergency as my feeling is that these declarations are token and potentially a threat to democratic rights. Jack Brazil from Climate Change Otepoti et al was there in a Tutu because natch he’s treating this issue seriously (in support obvs). The Tutu will of course bring this issue to the attention of the general public who will quite clearly laud him for his fashion sense and wonder at how they should address climate change. Or not. Various others of these groups were there as well including Abe from Logan Park High School, mentioned on this blog previously for his rather pathetic performance at the School climate event in the Octagon a few weeks ago. I’m not currently on talking terms with these supposed climate activist brethren of mine, so only looks and smirks were exchanged. In fact I think Jack Brazil makes a point of ignoring me. I’m perfectly fine with that, we might be of different generations but I feel that I probably share my view of his activism with plenty of his peers. In related news one of the councilors is alleged to have mentioned the term ‘hand shandy’.

Jennifer’s speech bought nothing new to the table but was delivered with a smirk that irritated at least one person (no not me) and I thought that her answer to Lee Vandervis’ question was unnecessarily sarcastic. In fact it was rude and counter productive. Lee gets a lot of attention but in my view he is smart enough to realize at some stage soon that he’s been wrong on the climate change issue. In fact he probably already has, it’s just that he wants to be Mayor and he figures there’s still votes in denial. Rumour is that he drives an electric car, like Jennifer (she told us she did…), and has solar panels on his roof but I’m not sure of the validity of those claims. The final vote was 9-5, meaning of course that Vandervis was not a lone wolf here.

Jennifer seems to be the Otago Daily Time’s (ODT) favourite climate change ‘warrior’ from this meeting as no other speakers get a mention in its hallowed pages either before or after (save the primary school kids) and they called her a geologist as well in an attempt to raise her up on this issue I guess. She actually said that she was a biologist and nobody at the meeting could have missed that distinction. The ODT still hasn’t made this correction. Interesting though that Extinction Rebellion seems to have the official approval. So much for the Rebellion.

The others who spoke all made better points than Jennifer. Sue Novell (Seniors action group) was quite strong and made several good points. I don’t necessarily agree with separating action by generation but nevertheless her content was solid and she delivered it well. The South Dunedin group spokesperson was also fine. And so too were the students who were the only other ones to get a mention in the ODT and were also where the Climate deniers concentrated their focus.

I wasn’t terribly happy with my own speech, I stood rather than sat and this impacted on audibility because although I lifted the microphone up it still didn’t work apparently. I got a reaction (laughter) from the Council when I mentioned the ridiculousness of building the new hospital at sea level. But I don’t think too many councilors were happy with my speech by the end. I figure I probably got through too much that was rather close to home. But generally I’d give myself a pass mark for content, despite its barbs, and I’d give myself a ‘needs work’ mark for delivery. My excuse is that I didn’t have much time to prepare (about 4-5 hours) after noticing the public submission part only the previous day and that its my first time speaking in public for a little while. And that probably made me a little defensive in style.

This is the text of the speech that I made. Yes it reflects that it needed more work, and that starts right in the first point about electric cars – not being the answer – which would have been reworded with a bit more time;

Hi my name is Richard Seager, I have recently completed post-graduate study at the Geography Department at Otago focusing on the Arctic and climate change. I grew up on a dairy farm and have a small business background, through thick and thin. I apologise in advance for any holes in my presentation, I only started on it yesterday.

First let me go over what should be happening.

* electric cars are not the problem, cars are. There are close to 1 billion of them on the planet. Currently only 2.2% of new cars are electric and 70 millon + new cars are manufactured each year. There will be supply chain issues if the world only changes to electric cars. So we need to (re)institute public transport. Back this up with cycling infrastructure and encouraging people to walk. Don’t waste time doing this and replacing this form of travel with public transport or you’ll be competing with everyone else on the planet for the rolling stock. I do not see cost in a society that has almost one car per person being an issue. It’s just a matter of organization.

  • Block cars from the central city and extend this outwards quickly.
  • Build medium density accommodation which will better justify the public transport.
  • extend the cycle paths, right now I cycle down Hillside Road daily and I frequently have to dodge cars as there is no cycle path there. Some of the cycle paths that do exist are good, some not so good.
  • Move the hospital above sea level. This is an asset that is supposed to last many decades but is currently being proposed for a site that is barely above sea level. For a contrast the CALIFORNIAN state government now recommends that local planners adopt a risk-averse approach to permitting developments such as hospitals and housing — facilities with low “adaptive capacity” — in areas that have even little chance of flooding in the coming decades.
  • We all know about South Dunedin, most of which is less than 1 metre above sea level. It is sinking while the oceans are rising. We need to start withdrawing now.
  • forget the Opera House development on the foreshore, there are better uses for this money and it’s 30 years too late.
  • support local food initiatives. Food can contribute greatly to CO2 emissions.

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Now lets move on to the case against declaring a climate emergency in Dunedin.

Renee Gerlich, a writer on feminist issues based in Wellington, recently suggested that such declarations paved the way for anti-democratic forces. I have done enough history to see that these forces are never far away from us and their systems for some reason always rely on their own self selection. But science is against them as more brains on anything always results in better decisons.

I also don’t think that anybody who has their eyes open is missing these anti-democratic forces sudden and recent appearance here in NZ. Women’s right to democratic decisionmaking re their own spaces, including prisons and sport, is in the process of being removed. If allowed to continue everyone elses democratic rights will soon follow.

Groups such as Peace Action Auckland or Wellington Peace Action have indulged in several very badly thought out actions in the last few years including planting fake bombs in a movie theatre and draping large unapproved distractionary signs over motorway bridges. They’re now amongst the chief supporters of declaring such ‘Climate Emergencies’ which should give everyone else pause for thought. The last thing we need here in NZ is the “Valerie Morse climate forum for woke blokes”.

More locally recent changes at the DCC regarding containment of supposed abusive correspondence when robust views are exactly what is needed right now is also another sign of this encroachment on democracy. I’m sure that there are adequate means to address such abuse if it does happen. Appointing someone, or worse having someone else appoint that person, to the role of deciding which emails get through is though a step well beyond the pale.

Adding two unelected representatives of Kai Tahu to the Otago Regional council is also concerning as although a case for inclusion of local Maori could be made (much along the line of Maori seats in Parliament) they should still be elected to these positions.

Bascally a declaration of intent is useless if not followed up. We have very real examples of these in the IPCC conferences that we have had since 1995. In this timeframe total gigatonnes of CO2 emissions have increased by about 70%. In fact many believe the real figure is closer to 50 gigatonnes per year which would in effect be a doubling of emissions in that timeframe.

Ireland was very recently only the second country to declare a climate emergency after the UK. Various Canadian municipalities have also declared such emergencies. Meanwhile the extraction of oil in the Albertan tarsands and the takeover of the proposed pipeline to Burnaby in the Vancouver region to deliver this oil to East Asia and elsewhere is strongly supported by the Trudeau government. In Ireland declaring a climate emergency was supported by the government and most opposition parties after an amendment was passed but the Irish government continues to stymie the bill put forward by Bríd Smith (of Solidarity/People Before Profit), that would effectively keep the carbon in the ground. It is a bill that calls for the amendment of the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act (1960) placing limits in the Irish jurisdiction until the measurement of C02 at Mauna Loa in Hawaii is back down to 350 ppm. It’s current status is that it is more or less vetoed by the Government using somewhat underhand tactics. So much for their ‘climate emergency’.

I will quote some reactions to the news of the declaration of the Climate Emergency in Ireland.

“! Chair of the Climate Action Committee, Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton, welcomed the outcome as “an important statement” but added “now we need action.” (Irish activists are unconvinced that Hildegarde will do anything of the sort)

Greta Thunberg (I like Greta and have been a supporter of hers from the start, but we cannot rely on the young only to get ius out of this mess) “Great news from Ireland!! Who is next? And remember: #ClimateEmergency means leaving fossil fuels in the ground.”

This is what BridSmithherself has to say on the topic on Twitter
@RichardbrutonTDtells#energyIrelandmy#ClimateEmergencybillispremature:ipcc says we have 11years for radical far reaching action, CO2 levels are at 415ppm and the artic permafrost is melting. When is right time? When globe hits 2, 3 or 4 degree temp rise?

&

“A plan to increase Agricultural emisisons, put 1 million private EVs on the road, & is wholly dependent on private finance & firms for renewable energies No vision for public transport or plan on how ordinary people could retro fit their homes?” #ClimatePlan2019 @ExtinctRebelsIE

Therefore here we are reminded of the Austrian/ Russian group OMV which is planning to drill off the coast of Otago later this year. Russia sees permafrost melt and retreat of Arctic Sea Ice (something that I wrote on last year for my postgraduate degree) as an opportunity. And it is rapidly happening. It is likely that we will see the end of Arctic Summer ice in the next decade, most likely sooner rather than later in that decade, and winter ice won’t be far away as it relies on multi- year sea-ice and that disappears as soon as the summer sea-ice disappears. It is a big task for Russian enviromentalists to stop such extraction occuring. And it is our task to stop them here.

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Just to make a note on CO2 levels. There is considerable drag in the impacts of current CO2 levels. What we have now won’t have its full impact for decades which is why rising sea levels are such a concern. Currently the level at Mauna Loa in Hawaii the station most often referenced and chosen for its distance from industrial output, is around 415 ppm which is up 15ppm in just 4 years, 350ppm was reached in the 1980s. Pre industrial level was about 280ppm. Sea levels have been up to 20 metres higher on levels lower than today’s. For those interested there is a NZ station at Baring Head on the south coast of the North Island and the levels of CO2 measured there are similar to the levels at Mauna Loa.

Only about 3.4% of the world’s energy use is currently generated sustainably. Far less than 1% of the emissions from the other 96.6 % of this energy use is then extracted or stored via CCS.

At a presentation I attended at Paris in 2015 as part of the IPCC conference (COP21) there (I was a visitor rather than an official guest) one of the three presenting on Carbon Capture & Storage (widely referred to as CCS) presentation said, despite displeasure indicated from his two colleagues, that after 10 years or more of pushing this in Europe there was very little to show for it, one rather unsuccessful installation, in Canada, being almost the only exception. His conclusion, expressed with some dismay at its opposite still holding court even amongst his two colleagues it seemed, was that the best CCS by far was to leave it in the ground. Since then of course things have rapidly deterioated and CCS is still mostly pie in the sky technology.
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Back to a ‘Climate Emergency’ declaration.

“Some environmentalists, including Adam McGibbon, a fossil fuel divestment campaigner, have expressed concern that declaring a climate

emergency could become “tokenistic” and “meaningless” if it is not accompanied by immediate and strong action. Re Scotland, McGibbon argued the declaration of a climate emergency could not go hand-in-hand with the welcoming of new fossil fuels extraction in the North Sea.”

Here is what he has said about it on Twitter !

@BP_PLC: “We are investing in renewable energy” 100% of the advertising is about renewable energy, but only 1% of the spending (the same could be said of CCS).

“This is my fear with the whole “climate emergency” push to get these motions thorough local government – a lot of it looks useless. No consistent key demand beyond “declare an emergency” allow spoliticians to get away with looking like they are taking a ction when they aren’t.”

“@NicolaSturgeon declares a ‘climate emergency’, but unless this means halting the insane cheerleading of more and more oil and gas finds in Scottish waters, it will mean absolutely nothing. #SNP2019”

In summary I believe that declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ is token at best and a trojan horse for anti-democratic forces at worst. It is concerning that it is supported by groups who have no intention of adjusting to a society that does not rely on fossil fuels. We should therefore move past words and focus instead on action while at the same time extending the democracy. As the saying goes, many hands make light work, except in this case it’s just as much a case of many minds.

The funders of transgender fascism.

A very good show on who is funding transgender. Pulling in the Pritzkers, Strykers, Soros, Gates and various others such as the neocons. From the North American based Womens Liberation Radio News.

Lesbians feminists take transgender funders to task.

You won’t hear these guys on RNZ, due to the role of State in supporting this billionaire funded ‘movement’ (a rather apt word..). Therefore the use of the term ‘fascism’ above is quite valid (see definition below). And as per this show these billionaires are spreading their money wide but they seem to have a particular focus on Canada, the United Kingdom & New Zealand which is not mentioned (as these women are focused on the United States).

One strategy to resist would be to make this very expensive for these billionaire fascists. But what a waste of capital in the era of climate change. More proof, along with climate change itself, that capitalism (and its fascist partner) are very inefficient and wasteful systems. As are these billionaires who undoubtedly, as a result of their lifestyles, knock out 1000s times more CO2 than the average American does (who themselves are far from saints on this issue).

Biblical quote, blocklist or hitlist?

There’s a block or hit list (transgender activists are often threatening violence) that has been uploaded to pastebin which has the following biblical quote “They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.” I’m on the list as well as 83 other NZrs who have dared to cross swords with these tyrants in drag.

The gist of this is that if you don’t fight this regressive ‘movement’ then you will be back in the middle ages in a flash of the eye.

As the quote says (with some liberties taken)

“First they came for somebody else’s children.”