1. Ebenezer Scrooge got a bad press
By David Rowe
December 22, 2006
Charles Dickens’s sentimental 1843 work, A Christmas Carol, delivered to the world a character who has come to embody mean-spiritedness. Ebenezer Scrooge is represented as a cruel, penny-pinching miser who exploited his workers and hated the soft heartedness, and interruption to capital accumulation, that Christmas celebrations entailed.
In fulminating to Fred, his hapless nephew, Scrooge demands, “What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ’em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you?”
After scary visitations by his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, Scrooge I is redeemed, coming across as the wettest of liberals in a burst of “We are the World”-style celebrity philanthropy as he is reborn as Scrooge II.
Read the completel article here: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=5311
2. Reports of a dying catchment ‘greatly exaggerated’
By Glen Kile
December 20, 2006
The impact of logging in Melbourne’s water catchments is topical, given the drought, but has been greatly exaggerated.
While it is true logging results in fast-growing regrowth that uses more water than mature forests, the fact that less than 0.2 per cent is harvested annually means the effect is small.
Overall, timber production for saw logs is only permitted within a 13 per cent portion of the total catchment area and this is planned for logging on an 80-year cycle.
Read the complete article here: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=5295
3. More info if we are to cotton on to water issues
By Michael Duffy
December 16, 2006
A fortnight ago I fulfilled a dream and visited the Macquarie Marshes, which are at the centre of a dispute over water in the Macquarie River valley.
It’s a reminder of the complexity of water issues, which include long-term weather trends. There was a dry period from 1890 (when records were first kept) to 1946, followed by a very wet period to 1978, and then another dry period that is continuing. So a lot of our perceptions of what the land “should” look like are based on memories and photos of the 30 years after World War II, which were actually quite unusual.
Read the complete article here: http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/more-info-if-we-are-to-cotton-on-to-water-issues/2006/12/15/1166162317474.html
4. The Truth about Greenpeace and Whaling
by Paul Watson
December 20, 2006
Enough is enough. The Greenpeace fraud about saving the whales must be exposed. For years, I have been tolerating their pretense of action and watching them rake in tremendous profits from whaling.
Greenpeace makes more money from anti-whaling than Norway and Iceland combined make from whaling. In both cases, the whales die and someone profits.
Read the complete article: http://www.seashepherd.org/editorials/editorial_061220_1.html