controlling the debate?...
If you are an international jet-setter, you may have noticed that all the gang-planks, the access ramps and many of the corridors of international airports are sponsored by HSBC.
There are the same posters in Arabic, English or French depending on the city you've landed in and they will tell you the wonderful story of the future... The future is in good hands, the hands of the HSBC that in partnership with you will make the world prosper... Even the vegies that grow in your garden will be in partnership with HSBC... You will see your genetically manufactured turnip with a bio-engineered HSBC logo growing in the flesh. I made that last bit up...
Thus this morning I was interested to see an article in the Guardian about a report on Australia's bleak future in regard to global warming — a report that may have been instigated by HSBC... I respect the Guardian but I expected a link to the report and after a few hours of painstaking search I drew zip. The document may be an internal memo... I only found a mention of the 'report" — in an earlier mention on the 25 of September — on another website, where the usual anti-global-warming do-nothing-but-burn-the-witches crack-pots usually post the first comments — rabid comments. These crack-pots are always there, surveying the entire world websites that mention global warming, to swat anything that could stir the populacious punters to believe they have been swindled by the denialist shock jocks — which the punters of course have been.And this is part of the point... The point being that it appears there is a serious load of rich people who know that global warming is a serious threat to the planet.
Of course, I don't include the Liberals (Australian CONservatives) in this lot of serious geezers. The Liberals (Australian CONservatives) and their side-kick, the National clowns, are low-brow idiots who think we owe them. By and large I am prepared to believe their more fortunate serious overseas cousins consider them the gullible rightwingnut ruling class of a provincial colonial outpost at the edge of Antarctica.
The point is that all of these rich geezers abhor not being in charge of the loot, especially if the loot is under threat from global catastrophe, which they and their dynastical ancestors have inadvertently started, like someone throwing a cigarette that ends up burning Yellowstone national Park... They love carbon and are addicting to it — but they know it's killing us or will kill us...
Thus Banks like HSBC sponsor some nifty SERIOUS Climate Change outfits that expose the dangers of climate change and present PROPER solutions to reduce our emissions including you've guessed it CARBON PRICING... They know that carbon pricing needs to be "improved" but carbon pricing is there to be taken seriously by HSBC (and I believe by other banks).
So my simple question is, "WHY has the HSBC climate change outfit let the denialists run the high-side of the road in AUSTRALIA, while the HSBC HAD (HAS) THE CLOUT AND THE INFORMATION IN HAND to shut them up instantly with a single swat?..."
Good question if you ask me...
I know. We could suspect HSBC does not want to run foul of Mr Murdoch but really should HSBC and other banks decide to twist that goon's arm, Rupert would bend at the knees... He would tell ALL his anti-global-warming crapologists from Janet to Andrew to pack their wares forthwith. Uncle Rupe would go with the new mantra, "GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL and anthropogenic, HSBC told me so..."
So the same question pops up again... "WHY?" Here is my silly answer:
HSBC, like a lot of rich dudes, would see a lot of bucks coming from CONTROLLING the money flow. That is their CORE BUSINESS... THEY WANT TO ALSO CONTROL the money that is going to CONTROL the manufacturing of stuff like wind-mills, solar panels and of course CONTROL THE CARBON PRICING so that when it goes up, the banks make money and when it comes down, the banks also make money... Money, money, money.... THEY DO NOT WANT THE GREENS IN CHARGE OF telling you about the GLOBAL WARMING INFO AND the SOLUTIONS that may involve reduction of cash flow... The carrots have to belong to the BANKS. They want the process of managing global warming to be done by them, the banks...
Sarcastic?... Just slightly... The money men want to control the world's economy so they can profit from it, in WHATEVER shape or form... Whether it's carbon pricing or pork bellies, there is CASH TO BE MADE from our future — how bleak or charming it is.
So do you think that the Climate Change outfits supported by HSBC would have come and helped embattled Julia in regard to her "Carbon Pricing" (which they STRONGLY support) while idiot Tony was jumping like a mad man about his whatever direct-dicky-action... ?????
No... The reality here is PERVERSE... Well, this is only Gus' perverse GUESS on these events... The RICH geezers do not want the "other side" (Labor, Labour, the left, the commies, the Greenies) to control the agenda... There would be no money in the process. Or should there be money THE RICH WOULD NOT CONTROL IT... They would have to jump through hoops and regulations... RICH MEN don't like to be told to jump. They are the one who make people jump... Thus, now we see environmental protection being dismantled in this country, because the rich people need to invest, dig and make profit while the sun is still shining and global warming has not flooded Florida yet. Tomorrow is another day...
Thus as well as financing serious research and data collecting on global warming, some of these institution will let AND SPONSOR the uber-bonkers and the denialists spruik their anti-global-warming stuff so that the RICH dudes regain the control of the political agenda ON THEIR OWN TERMS...
This is the way they enter your brains, advertise on gang-planks, "borrow" (in the US, some of them steal) your money to play on the derivative casino and they control your miserable life by highjacking both sides of the debate.
Julia did not stand a chance. The RICH via Murdoch controlled Rudd to strut his ugly revenge and the RICH have Tony pissing non-stop in their pockets. Both men are fearful of god.
THE RICH ARE GOD.
I could be wrong here of course, but the succession of events in the Australian political landscape smells of tonnes of cash. Hopefully the rich will come to terms with the IPCC report and its implications and will kick Tony out... But they have unleashed the devil onto themselves. It might be harder to do because there is far more money to be sucked out of your pockets before whatever. You know the rest...
HSBC sponsorship of "gang-planks" in Dubai... Picture by a friend of Gus...