Originally posted on The Australian Independent Media Network:
The Guardian has judged him as ‘’politically incorrect to the point of dementia’’
New Statesman said. Abbott represents ‘’politics at its most crass, exploitative and disturbing’’
UK Labour MP Paul Flynn called him ‘’a bigoted airhead’’
The LA Times called itself ‘’scandalised by his prejudices’’
The Sydney Morning Herald said ‘’Tony Abbott had plumbed new lows in government decency’’
Le Monde thinks he is ‘’sexist and vulgar’’
The influential Huffington Post said ‘’he is simply an idiot’’
In the midst of the New South Wales Premiers resignation a reporter asked a seemingly legitimate question about corruption on the conservative side of politics in that state. The Prime Ministers reaction was indeed unbefitting of the highest office in the land. His anger at the mere suggestion of corruption from his side of politics was palpable. Lest we forget.
But then his ability to feign indignation is only surpassed by that of…
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Originally posted on robertscribbler:
(Very powerful Kelvin Wave still moving eastward even as it begins to sink in off the coast of South America. Image source: NOAA.)
Likelihood for a significant El Nino later this year continued to increase as the most powerful Kelvin Wave on record continued its progress into the Eastern Equatorial Pacific. According NOAA’s recent April 13 assessment, the massive slug of anomalously hot Pacific subsurface waters continued to surge eastward, to deepen the 20 C isotherm and to spread out on or just below the surface.
NOAA’s most recent CPC report finds, in a bald refutation to assertions by climate change deniers, that:
A significant downwelling oceanic Kelvin wave that was initiated in January greatly increased the oceanic heat content to the largest March value in the historical record back to 1979 and produced large positive subsurface temperature anomalies across the central and eastern Pacific.
Extraordinary temperature departures in…
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Originally posted on New Anthropocene:
Countries that accept the science… well, that rules Australia out. Apparently, climate change is “crap” in perhaps the most vulnerable country.
Originally posted on The Australian Independent Media Network:
Ok, there have been a lot of unfair remarks made about Mr Sinodinos. I can’t remember any of them specifically but I have a vague recollection that a number of people at a large dinner party were suggesting that he wasn’t fit to be Assistant Treasurer. At least I think it was a dinner party. There was food and wine and people were talking. Not wishing to appear greedy I refrained from eating and just concentrated on the wine. If I use the same standard that people are applying to Arthur, I’m not fit to be Assistant Treasurer either. Which is clearly nonsense because I have exactly the sort of skills Australia needs at the moment. I am good with money. It’s when I’m broke that I’m not so good. So if you want me to be good, just give me lots of money.
But I digress. We were talking…
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I’ve always been fascinated by the apparent hypocrisy of some Israeli people when it comes to the issue of racism. Personally I don’t subscribe to the whole “Jewish race” hypothesis. As far as I’m concerned, people are just people and Judaism is just another whacky religion. Anyway, Israel is always bleating on about the persecution of Jews by the Nazis, which was of course a horrible saga in recent human history, but what I don’t understand, is how some Israelis can bitch an moan about the persecution of their “race” on one hand but then proceed to persecute others? I’m not just talking about Palestinians here, but anyone who isn’t Jewish.
The video below was a real eye opener for me. Now, while it is extreme, pay close attention to the language being used. I’ve had a few major arguments with rightwing loonies here in Australia about our government’s appalling asylum seeker policies and some of the language used by those people are very similar to the language used by rightwingers in this video. My question is, is the Abbott government trying to stimulate the uber loony right wing elements of our society the way they have been in Israel?
Originally posted on 350 or bust:
Global weirding has begun. We still have time to act, but not an indefinite amount of time:
Produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia and funded by the UN Foundation. The data visualization summarises and visualizes several of the most significant statements in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent Fifth Assessment Report, (Working Group I summary for policymakers, the Physical Science Basis). In 2014, IPCC will publish summaries concerning societal impacts, mitigation and adaptation.
Originally posted on Climate, People & Organizations:
We find ourselves in an era of what we might call creative self-destruction. We’re destroying ourselves – it’s as simple as that.
Economic growth and exploiting nature’s resources have long gone hand-in-hand, but as repeated warnings from scientists and reports such as the latest from the IPCC tell us, they now constitute the most ill-fated of bedfellows. Climate change, the greatest threat of our time, is perhaps the definitive manifestation of the well-worn links between economic progress and devastation.
How can we allow this to happen? The sheer scale of the problem undoubtedly makes genuinely united efforts difficult, but there must be other fundamental reasons for the alarmingly limited reaction to the spectre of all-out ecological disaster.
The corporate world’s responses to climate change have a significant influence. Many might be more accurately described as narratives, or even…
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I have a fair idea what sort of society this government wants.
Originally posted on No Place For Sheep:
The recent directive from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
on the lack of freedom of speech
public servants have
as private citizens, includes the expectation that government employees will dob in colleagues they believe are criticising the government.
This report in the Guardian, linked above, begins with a declaration by Tony Abbott before he became PM:
There is no case, none, to limit debate about the performance of national leaders. The more powerful people are, the more important the presumption must be that less powerful people should be able to say exactly what they think of them.
I’m baffled as to why this noble sentiment isn’t applied to public servants. Engaging anonymously on social media is no protection for them, as is evidenced by the sacking of Immigration Department employee Michaela Banerji who tweeted critically of the department using a pseudonym, and lost her job.
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Originally posted on Deknarf: The Australia Blog:
The Western Australian voters have spoken (again) and the Senate re-election count drags its way slowly to a conclusion. The NO Coalition is busy saying that they weren’t surprised at the swing against them and it won’t make any difference to their policy settings (Oh yeh?). The Labor party, after putting a dope at the head of their Senate ticket, is busy telling everyone why they shouldn’t have done such a stupid thing and that they need to change (Oh Yeh?). And the winners? It looks like Palmer and his PUP’s as well as the Greens (OHHH YEH!) are celebrating the fact that the two major parties, blissfully uncaring about the views of the voter, shot themselves in the foot by showing their basic uncaringness and their massive monocular focus on themselves and their self-interest and ably assisted a couple more wild cards into the Senate from July 1. Two…
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