…and this is why blogs and social media are necessary in the media world


(It is worth clicking through – message from the horse’s mouth).

As far as a I am aware, Lord Monckton is NOT in fact a climate scientist.  From what I can make out on google, he is a somewhat inbred, rich British aristocrat with a background in journalism (a noted profession where facts can be masterfully distorted to skew the truth) who values monetary wealth over the over human rights. …. or the survival of the planet. 
….and by virtue of like-minded individuals with a lion’s share of our news media (Hi Gina), he (and his cronies) have the power to sway the truth within the media.

I am a scientist.  Albeit not a climate scientist.  I am an ecologist with a speciality in Australian ecosystems and native flora.  I am aware that we scientists rarely produce definitive facts and argue quite strongly amongst ourselves …. but while we may debate the particulars, it seems over 98% of scientists that matter (ie climate change scientists with credible and valued scientific backgrounds) agree that climate change is real and has a human cause (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/06/04/1003187107).

Why then, do journalists and capitalists like Monckton persist in skewing the view of most experts?  The obvious reason is to make money.  Why does Gina Rinehart (Hi Gina) want control of Fairfax?  To control the truth and by doing so, to control the way the masses vote …. which leads to voting for a party whose leader’s view on science seems to be similar to Monckton’s …. that it can be ignored or skewed to fit their purpose. … which ultimately leads to people like Monckton and Rinehart making more money.

To me, this is why blogs, twitter, facebook and other social media sites are of paramount importance:  the truth can filter through to the masses and bypass media spin doctors. 

Perhaps I have a simplistic view, but if I have learned nothing else in life, its that its often the simplistic view which holds true.




Pulling myself out of my own funk.

I have not been very happy lately.

No real reason (aside from the obvious dead-husband / life is fucked thing.

…and as I’ve done before in times of stress, I turned to Pinterest.

…and I pin things that I think are funny or creative or yummy or fun or sarcastic or just plain awesome.

….and I while away an hour or so just looking at beauty and dreaming.

…and I think I have managed to pull myself out of the funk I have been in since death-week at the start of March:

  1. My Year 1s and I created the most amazing canvas for the school art show.  Ours is by far the best.  The inspiration came from a pinterest board on kid’s art.
  2.  I brushed up my photography skills and took some kick-arse portraits of a friend’s children during the week.  …and for once I was able to get that tricky back-lit light RIGHT due to a few tips I found a link to from a Pinterest pin – Huzzah!
  3. I made brownies from a recipe I found on Pinterest.  (kinda sabotaged my weight loss for the week though so will have to look into that).
  4. …and my garden is looking great due to pure inspiration I gleaned from looking at photos of garden pron on Pinterest.

I’m touching wood as I type, but barring having the Universe rain shit on me for a while ….. I think I am emerging from my apathy towards life.

No promises, but I hope it continues to work…..
Art canvas continued on 365 Project
(apologies for the crap photo – school camera with approximately .5 of a second to get the shot and on auto setting … will try to get a decent one on my camera later).