Monday, April 18, 2011 | Categories: Day 6 Blog
Outside of all you lovely David Foster Wallace obsessives out there (kidding!) begging for the new book, three stories on Saturday's program earned some additional perspective from our Day 6 listeners this weekend.
Here's a roundup of some thoughtful emails we received.
Tim Flannery: why is the environment MIA in the Canadian election?
"Canada has far less excuse for its neglect of environmental matters than many other countries that have suffered far worse in the economic downturn.
"Canadians are appallingly ignorant of what is going on environmentally in the world, and I often get the impression the media itself doesn't even know there is a major story here. Canadians don't even know there is anything to know. . . It is not 1950 any more though I often get the impression like Tim Flannery that I have gone back in time in Canada.
"Canada is decades behind nearly everybody else and is losing out badly in spite of the great potential existing in this country. Turning out the lights for one hour every year might have been cute in 1970 but it is pathetic in 2011."
"I was both surprised and not surprised when I heard that Tim Flannery was to appear on the most recent program. The 'not surprised' comes from my observation that the CBC acts as a pure propagandist for the 'global warming' hypothesis (usually not stressing that it is talking about <anthropogenic> global warming) while suppressing any of the many very persuasive arguments against AGW.
"The 'surprised' comes from my knowledge that Flannery was recently unable to state why CO2 emissions should be reduced (while his EC equivalent was unable to say how much a such a reduction would have).
"The following paragraph comes from a letter that I sent to the Telegraph-Journal this week:
There is zero scientific proof that CO2 has any more than a negligible effect on temperature. It is only unsupported belief. Tim Flannery, the Australian global warming poster-boy and Climate Commissioner, had to admit that ceasing ALL CO2 emissions would have no measurable impact on temperature for 1000 years, while Jill Duggan, the EC's National Expert on Carbon Markets and Climate Change, was forced to say that no one had ever determined how much it would cost to implement CO2 cuts nor what the supposed benefit would be.
"Flannery is a talking head with little knowledge behind him, as he has frequently exhibited. To continue quoting myself:
There is no coming 'climate catastrophe' and we do not need to worry about 'greenhouse gases'. We have been misled.
"For the same reason, it was pointless to interview Andy Bicklebaum and his condemnation of Canada as one of the worst environment offenders, and cited our very intelligent approach to the absurd Copenhagen conference as a negative. The negative was the conference itself, not our government's inaction (one of the supportable actions by the recent national government).
Ian L. McQueen
Climate Truth Initiative
The Yes Men prank G.E.... and many many other corporations
"Shocking that you would conduct an interview with this fraudster and not even bother to challenge him on the intended and unintended outcomes of his actions.
"This kind of smug stock manipulation results in hurting the little guy: the 75 year old couple who's hopes and security are pinned to blue chips like GE and who watched their life savings tumble with price of the stock. Shame on the Yes Men.
"Was this fraudster old enough to own a mutual fund or have an RRSP anywhere? I bet there's some GE in his own portfolio and if so, he should go to jail for price manipulation.
"The YES MEN pulled a similar stunt with Dow and Union Carbide in Bhopal. They committed a fraud that raised the hopes of thousands of victims of the Bhopal disaster who believed they would receive fair compensation from the company at last.... and then had to find out that it was a 'prank'. A PRANK? I call it a re-victimization of already victimized people. Shame on the Yes Men.
"Unless this guy you interviewed lives in a cave, has no computer, and rides a bicycle that he built himself, HE IS COMPLICIT as we all are. Pulling pranks gets us nowhere. These are not social activists... they are self-aggrandizing fraudsters. Social activists care about consequences and work to make the world a better place; they don't tell lies publicly.
Sun News Network: Why it's good for Canada, and Canadians.
"Just because the extreme right media repeatedly says that the mainstream media is to the left, does not make it so. I a fairly moderate lefty and my views are rarely represented in the mainstream media.
"Which demonstrates my second point. The way that Fox News works is that a bunch of people repeat an agreed upon fiction over and over and call it fact. After a while people begin to believe it. The outcome has been that half the population of the US believe that there were weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq], that the 9/11 bombers entered the US through Canada, that Fox is 'Fair and Balanced' and many other equally horrifying misconceptions that have lead to violence and destruction around the world.
"The other result has been a corruption of other media outlets to meet the demands of this population. This lead to the presidency of George W. Bush, when Fox declared him the winner of the 2000 election, and the other networks followed along so they wouldn't get scooped.
"Do we really want that in Canada, especially not during an election. I sincerely hope Canadians are smart enough to see that Sun News is neither 'Hard News' nor 'Straight Talk', but rather, like Fox news, fiction, opinion and spin."
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