january d3sj meeting

From: geoffrey
Sent on: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 10:16 AM
Dr. Phil Machanick's December presentation (download available at
www.d3sj.org) conclusively demonstrated the robust evidence and science for
anthropogenic global warming. There is more evidence for anthropogenic
global warming than for tobacco causing lung cancer. Global warming deniers
tend to be of two sorts. Most are ignorant ideologues with no knowledge or
understanding of science. They are fools. Some however are deviously cunning
and use selective bias and misrepresentation to mislead the general public.
They are liars. Both sorts lack substance, are not amenable to logical
persuasion and are rightly condemned, exposed and ostracised as the morally
repugnant pariahs they are.


D3SJ* meeting 13 January 2010:

Microcredit, the alleviation of poverty and the provision of clean,
renewable energy

The miserable failure of the recent Copenhagen climate change conference
(chockfull of pious declarations but which achieved no binding agreements)
reinforces the view that we cannot depend on Big Government (as the proxy of
Big Business) to address the problems we face. The basic underlying problem
is the delusion of endless economic growth driven by endless fossil fuels,
which ignores (and externalises) adverse environmental consequences and
ignores looming energy constraints. A house of cards on the verge of
collapse.
This delusion is perpetrated by ideologically driven, morally bankrupt
economists and bean counters who have no understanding of facts or evidence
and who dispute well proven science. They capitalise on the ignorance and
complacency of the general public and the venality and opportunism of
politicians.
And yet, here and there we see rays of hope in unexpected corners of the
world. There are some economists who "get it" and who are important leaders
in our quest for a sustainable future. If greatness is determined by how
many poor people one has helped and given hope for the future, then the
economist Muhammad Yunus must surely rate as one of the greatest human
beings of all time. This soft spoken founder of the Grameen Bank of
Bangladesh has literally lifted millions of people out of poverty with his
microcredit initiatives. More recently he has employed engineers to deliver
modest renewable energy projects to poor villagers which have dramatically
transformed their lives for the better.
We will be show a videoclip of his energy initiatives at our January meeting
with perhaps another videoclip about the origins of microcredit, time
permitting.

Date & time: Wednesday 13 January 2010
5.30pm - biscuits, coffee/tea
6.00pm - presentations & discussion
7.00pm - meeting concludes - enthusiastic participants are encouraged to
continue discussion over dinner at another venue


Venue: Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Boardrooms, 134 Whitmore St (Swann Rd
end), Taringa. Go to reception (off upper car park) & signs will direct from
there.
Parking is available on site (upper car park- anywhere there is a space or
lower car parks in the non reserved spaces).There's also plenty of nearby
on-street parking (with no meters/time limit) at that time of day.


Who should attend: Any intelligent person interested in the common good.

Cost: FREE!


* Doctors and Scientists for Sustainability and Social Justice:
We invite participation from all members of the public who agree with the
medical and scientific principles that we should use evidence, reason and
fairness as the primary means to address the issues facing society


please visit www.d3sj.org for more information

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