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Archive for October 13th, 2009

Tell us what you fear, what you really really fear

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-10-13

The thing that scares Murdoch and the like into wanting to move web content behind a paywall is not the ABC, nor bloggers, nor aggregators.

What scares those moghuls most is firefox, or more accurately, the various browser add-ons that let you control what chews up your bandwidth, most notably AdBlock Plus.

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Rudd on climate: Cant not Kant

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-10-13

Most parliamentarians from the major parties, and most in positions of influence in our society, claim, if only for show, to either follow Christianity, or respect the moral teachings of its prophet.

When putting this in the context of their efforts on climate change, their hypocrisy is blatant, especially in the light of the more precise expression of the Golden Rule (the ethic of reciprocity), the Categorical Imperative:

Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.

If the entire world behaved like the average citizen of Australia or the US, had the same population growth rates, emitted the same greenhouse gases, used the same amount of water, what would be the consequences?  Why are our politicians wanting the majority of humans to produce greenhouse gases at a mere fraction of the per-capita rate of Australia and the US?

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