For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere - the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. Both spacecraft carry with them a 12-inch (30 cm) golden phonograph record that contains pictures and sounds of Earth, along with symbolic directions…

Fake News

The New York Times produced a three-part film series, “Operation InfeKtion” on Russian dis-information campaigns and the current world of 'fake-news'.

Today that trade has exploded into a data industrial complex. Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency.

Tim Cook

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks

Christopher Hitchens

Five “The last five Septembers (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) rank as the five warmest on record” — Terry Hughes (@ProfTerryHughes) October 17, 2018 Let's be clear September 2018 and year to date were 4th hottest on record for the globe. The 10 warmest September global land and ocean surface temperatures have occurred since 2003 The last five…


Cross-Roads. After attending a 2016 public lecture at Lab-14 co-hosted by the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, the Climate Institute and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, I mused [pessimistically] that 1.5 or 2 degrees no longer seemed a choice. The IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C has just been released today. In essence, zero net emissions by…

IPCC Overshoot [2018]

Tomorrow [8th of October] is not just another Monday. The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 48) is convening from 1-5 October 2018, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Consider the state of current general policy response to a warming planet and those that offer 'opinion' or 'identity' as a generational policy vector. We should take Hitch's…


Even if I do say so myself! August 5th 2004 - A Senator Obama addresses the Democratic Convention... I suggested he would be the next Democratic President! Here [2004] and here [2009]

Fuel for Thought

On July 11 2008, I referenced the CSIRO, Australia's leading scientific and industrial reasearch organisation, which had just published its "Fuel for Thought" paper which was a direct result of the November 2007 'Future Fuels Forum". I also referenced a as speech by John Hofmeister, then President of Shell Oil, USA, speaking about Shell's position on energy conservation and Global…