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Bonus Joules: Gods of Energy

Thursday, 11 May 2006, 11:59 am | Dave McArthur

(In which Chapter Bonus Joules explores how our current image of the nature of energy came to rule human consciousness and who made the rules.) Bonus Joules asks the Minister of Energy the Big Scientific Question More >>

Bonus Joules: Suffocating Images

Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 3:18 pm | Dave McArthur

New Zealand – land of the long white cloud. Or should that read land of the long dark shroud. Our Parliament is cloaked in ignorance, confusion, obscuration and pure nastiness and the statistics of our carbon emissions form a pall over the nation. ... More >>

Bonus Joules: Heated Ups and Downs

Monday, 20 February 2006, 10:40 am | Dave McArthur

I did find it a strange experience becoming a cartoon; even if it is a cartoon I drew myself some years ago. However there I was, living, being the cartoon. It felt a bit spooky and rather hilarious. The occasion: The NZ Association for Environmental ... More >>

Bonus Joules: The Cartoon Perfectimo

Monday, 14 November 2005, 1:55 pm | Dave McArthur

Today is the funeral of Rod Donald, co leader of the NZ Green Party, profound patriot and outspoken advocate for the dispossessed and for Fair Trade. I have just heard his coffin will be taken to Christchurch cathedral in a bus. Trees are being planted ... More >>

Bonus Joules: Holey Leaks!

Wednesday, 2 November 2005, 12:29 am | Dave McArthur

This blog nearly wasn’t. I just about lost hope, cashed up, bought a passport, jumped on a plane and spent the rest of my days lazing on some (raised, sheltered) Pacific atoll that you see in the travel ads. The flame of hope did flicker low in me for ... More >>

Bonus Joules: The Holey Ozone Layer

Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 3:19 pm | Dave McArthur

The votes are in and counted. The NZ Labour Party led by Helen Clark has the priority right to attempt to form a new government. The political options are being scoped. Around the world, oil continues to be pumped from the ground and rumours are it is ... More >>

Bonus Joules: The Zone of Ozone

Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 2:23 pm | Dave McArthur

My heart is not really in this blog as I start to write (Sunday 11 September 2005). I am watching my country take humans ever closer to war, chaos and misery. It is now less than a week to our elections and everyone is looking at the signposts around ... More >>

Bonus Joules: White is Black

Thursday, 14 July 2005, 2:03 pm | Dave McArthur

Aaaaagh!!! Oh fool me!*#* I am the very idiot the wise man warned me about. The basket is empty. All my eggs are scrambled and have evaporated into the ether. Yes, I did not heed the advice I gave last blog regarding the benefits of precautionary strategies. ... More >>

Bonus Joules: When Is A Hole Not A Hole?

Thursday, 7 July 2005, 2:56 pm | Dave McArthur

Hurray. So New Zealand has suddenly lost a billion dollars ‘value’ because of our expenditure of our carbon credits. Yesterday we had half a billion dollars in credits. Today we are a carbon debtor by half a billion dollars. Great. I never could understand ... More >>

Bonus Joules: Is EECA a Black Hole?

Monday, 27 June 2005, 11:45 am | Dave McArthur

Do I hear right? I turn the shower onto cold blast to check my senses are working OK. Have I just heard Don Brash, leader of the New Zealand National Party, the nation’s top polling party, saying, “Greens hate cars and electricity”? If so, roll on the ... More >>

Bonus Joules: Is EECA A Nuclear Reactor?

Thursday, 9 June 2005, 7:45 pm | Dave McArthur

Policy launch: Greens offer brighter thinking on energy . So reads the media release this week. Strange. Why does the world suddenly dim down and lose its sparkle? Have we suddenly blown a galactic fuse or something? Time to get the Energy Gobbledygook ... More >>

Bonus Joules: EECA In A Vacuum

Tuesday, 31 May 2005, 2:26 pm | Dave McArthur

Nightmare No 1: The sky is crashing on you. The earth is breaking open. Your house is chasing you down the street. Nightmare No 1: You are trapped in a metal coffin with windows hurling through a foreign land. A massive truck looms at you…. More >>

B. Joules: EECA's struggle to Save the Impossible

Tuesday, 24 May 2005, 11:22 am | Dave McArthur

A quick quiz to energize you: Quiz Q No 1: When did EECA last impact on your awareness? This year? Last year? 2003? 2002? 2001? Not this century? Hands up those who recall last noticing its existence in 2003 (and then back in 2001). Don’t worry. You are ... More >>

Bonus Joules: Confusion or Concussion?

Thursday, 12 May 2005, 1:28 pm | Dave McArthur

Have you ever suddenly seen through a massive con? If you are like me, you don’t know whether to rage against the perpetrator, to be depressed by your ignorance or to laugh at your own gullibility. More >>

Bonus Joules: A Major Encounter

Friday, 6 May 2005, 2:57 pm | Dave McArthur

“What does living in Lala land mean?” This question is put to me this week by a friend from India. I answer with a string of expressions: It means you are away with the fairies. Out of your tree. You don’t have your feet on the ground. You are out ... More >>

Bonus Joules: New Zealand Heroes

Friday, 22 April 2005, 3:08 pm | Dave McArthur

Banned from me old alma mater. Yes, no room on the Ship of Knowledge for me. Left sitting in the gutter in the cold outside the warm, cosy Home of Education. And they made it sound so wonderful: More >>

Bonus Joules: Energy Babble

Friday, 15 April 2005, 11:37 am | Dave McArthur

They say the darkest hour comes before the dawn. Well it sure has been dark of late. Maybe there are now glimmerings of dawn. This week the unbelievable happened and Don Brash announced they are going to alter their “mad” Electricity Reforms of the ... More >>

Bonus Joules: Great Ideas

Tuesday, 5 April 2005, 4:29 pm | Dave McArthur

“At the heart of this assessment is a stark warning”. So said the 45-member Board of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report last week. More >>

Bonus Joules: First Impressions

Thursday, 31 March 2005, 11:52 am | Dave McArthur

"Market forces determine pay rates." So reads the headlines in the Wellington Dominion Post (5 Feb 05). The local investment guru is pronouncing on why the average wage in New Zealand is lagging behind other indicators in an "expanding economy". More >>





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