Sorry for my absence

Broken tooth

I was recently bedridden with a cold and then overtaken by severe dental pain which has taken almost a week to diagnose, during which the pain relief escalated from the usual Panadol (or Tylenol for some) to an alarming though welcome familiarity with morphine. It will be a couple of days before the body returns to normal.

The dental adventure was unpleasant, presenting levels of deep pain beyond my previous experience. The strong drugs induced a sleepy, mental fog so thinking and writing became more difficult than usual.

I’ll be back shortly.

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Karen Bridgman

I wondered where you had gone!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Have you heard the news that Julia Gillard has said “No price on carbon in Aus before 2012?”

We look sillier and sillier by the day.

Richard Treadgold

Thanks, Karen.

No, I hadn’t heard that news, but it is good.

I agree that we look silly, though there must be hundreds of thousands who think we look sensible — and there must be a reason they think that. Or have they been fooled into thinking “there is a reason for me to think that”?

There is a question which would uncover the truth of this. It is simply: “what’s the reason to think that we’re dangerously warming the climate?”

But you are one of the warriors. I don’t think that you need reminding of this question.


This little speech by John Key has re-emerged a few times. Worth repeating Particularly noteworthy is his use of the word “hoax” JOHN KEY (National—Helensville) : I rise on behalf of the National Party to give the good news to the people of New Zealand—that is, the Climate Change Response Amendment Bill is a load of rubbish and the National Party will not be supporting it, for very, very good reasons indeed. I want to start off with a broad-ranging discussion, if I may, around the Kyoto Protocol and the absolutely nonsensical road that this Government is taking New Zealand down. I know we have a Prime Minister who is very confident, and all the rest of it, but maybe she would like to step out of her office on the 9th floor and realise which planet she is on. She is on the same planet, she may be surprised to learn, as India, China— Hon Ken Shirley: And Mugabe. JOHN KEY: And Mugabe, yes—and a lot of other countries out there that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol. And why would they not, because they have absolutely no requirements on them, whatsoever. Yet… Read more »

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