Month: February 2016

PCHR Weekly Report: Israeli troops kill 4 civilians, wound 21 this week. – International Middle East Media Center

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 18- 24 February 2016, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. The IMEMC is a media collective. We are independent journalists producing and distributing the authentic voices of the people. We are located in Beit Sahour, in the Occupied West Bank, and we welcome new volunteers and contributors. IMEMC is a media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide independent media coverage of Israel-Palestine.

Source: PCHR Weekly Report: Israeli troops kill 4 civilians, wound 21 this week. – International Middle East Media Center

PHOTOS: What it’s like to ‘commute’ through an Israeli army checkpoint

Thousands of Palestinians who have entry permits, along with residents of East Jerusalem cut off by the separation wall, must pass through the Israeli military’s Qalandiya checkpoint every morning and evening in order to go…

Source: PHOTOS: What it’s like to ‘commute’ through an Israeli army checkpoint | +972 Magazine

Californian Gas Leak Confirmed As The Largest In U.S. History | IFLScience

It belched methane into the sky over Los Angeles for 16 weeks straight until it was finally plugged on February 11. Now, a new study has confirmed what many thought was the case, that the Aliso Canyon gas well blowout was the largest methane leak in U.S. history, releasing over 90,000 tonnes (100,000 tons) of gas into the air.

Source: Californian Gas Leak Confirmed As The Largest In U.S. History | IFLScience

Government Surpluses Threaten Consumers’ Savings. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In politics today, there is too much misinformation associated with economics and too many opportunities for politicians to hoodwink people into believing something because it sounds right, rather than something else, which is right. If people understood the principle of the three sectoral balances, which is an accounting principle not a matter of opinion, they would…

Source: Government Surpluses Threaten Consumers’ Savings. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: Was Abbott right? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 28 February 20161 1 Who said this? ‘I am a reformer by nature, very much so’ ‘Everything, every single element, is on the table. And I know that always means that someone can then run a scare campaign, but I’m sorry, we’ve got to stop [this]. This is part of the political tradition I’m…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Was Abbott right? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia And China Don’t Have ‘Shared Set Of Values’: Abbott Pillock of the Pacific

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has hit out at China, saying Australia and the Asian superpower do not share common values, despite being closely linked by trade.Speaking in Japan overnight, Abb

Source: Australia And China Don’t Have ‘Shared Set Of Values’: Abbott

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Nearly half of Australia’s workforce at risk of computerisation and automation, CSIRO report finds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In 20 years, you will probably be a casual worker and your office will be shared with strangers … that is if a robot isn’t doing your job.

Source: Nearly half of Australia’s workforce at risk of computerisation and automation, CSIRO report finds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing. | Common Dreams | Breaking News Views for the Progressive Community

It may be hard to believe now, but in 1970 the protest song “War,” sung by Edwin Starr, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That was at the height of the Vietnam antiwar movement and the song, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, became something of a sensation.  Even so many years later, who could forget its famed chorus?

Source: War, What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing. | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Day to Day Politics: Tax reform cannot be done because the rich might suffer, – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Saturday 27 February 2016 Never in the history of this nation have corporations, rich individuals, and the Government that supports them, been so openly brazen. The Australian Tax system is absolutely riddled with rorts for corporations and the privileged. The Abbott/Turnbull Government has shown an insensitivity to the common good that goes beyond any thoughtful…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Tax reform cannot be done because the rich might suffer, – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott says he would have won election, defends ‘fundamentally fair’ budget –

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says he would have won this year’s election, while defending his 2014 budget.

Source: Tony Abbott says he would have won election, defends ‘fundamentally fair’ budget – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The WTO Just Ruled Against India’s Booming Solar Program | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

On the heels of the recent global summit in Paris to tackle climate disruption, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against an important piece of the climate solution puzzle: India’s ambitious program to create homegrown solar energy. The ruling shows that decades-old, over-reaching trade rules are out of sync with the global challenge to transition to 100 percent clean energy.

Source: The WTO Just Ruled Against India’s Booming Solar Program | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Uber’s Total Tax Bill Last Year Was Only … Wait, PUPPIES!

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Uber, the Silicon Valley tech giant valued at over $60 billion, paid an astonishingly low tax rate of just … hang on a second! Is that a little puppy? It is! Oh my god it’s so cute! Come and look at this. I’m going to die it’s so cute. Look how small he is. He’s so tiny! Come here you little thing.

Figures released from the Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance found that Uber’s tax as a percentage of its earnings was just. Stop it! No! They’re delivering puppies? What actual puppies? To workplaces? Fuck off! Let’s order one right now. That. Is. So. Adorable. This is too much!

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Uber, which employs 20,000 people in Australia, responded to the enquiry by saying. Who’s a good boy? Yes you are! Yes you are! Look at those little floppy ears. Where’s your ball? Who’s got your ball? Who’s got your ball? Come and have a cuddle.

63,756 Reasons Racism Is Still Alive in South Carolina | The Nation

Larrie Butler, a 90-year-old African-American man, was born in Calhoun County, South Carolina, at a time when the South was segregated during Jim Crow. He moved to Maryland after serving in the military and attending college, but returned to South Carolina in 2010.

Source: 63,756 Reasons Racism Is Still Alive in South Carolina | The Nation

The rape of East Timor ‘sounds like fun’ — RT Op-Edge

Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was executed and covered up. They also help us understand how and for whom the world is run.

Source: The rape of East Timor ‘sounds like fun’ — RT Op-Edge

Cutting Climate Science, Funding Fossil Fuels’ Growth: Welcome To The Age Of Innovation – New Matilda

Just weeks after we learned budget cuts to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will force the loss of 110 climate researchers at the agency, the Federal Government is funding a new ‘growth centre’ for the fossil fuel industry. Christopher Pyne, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, announced this week that the government willMore

Source: Cutting Climate Science, Funding Fossil Fuels’ Growth: Welcome To The Age Of Innovation – New Matilda

Incensed By Its Irrelevance, The Coalition’s Far Right Is Running Riot – New Matilda

ANALYSIS: The eruption of the Safe Schools crusade in the right-wing of the Liberal Party is the last thing Australia, or Malcolm Turnbull needs, writes Ben Eltham. On the face of it, you’d think a program that helps address bullying in high schools would be something all politicians would support. Adolescence is a wonderful butMore

Source: Incensed By Its Irrelevance, The Coalition’s Far Right Is Running Riot – New Matilda

A Government of Amateurs – » The Australian Independent Media Network

You have to laugh when you look at the economic record of this government. Either they just can’t win a trick or they really are economic imbeciles. I’m backing the latter because no one with an ounce of credibility could get it so wrong, so often. The latest faux pas has become evident in the…

Source: A Government of Amateurs – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: The Abbott/Turnbull Government – give credit where credit’s due – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Friday 26 February 2016 1 Its only fair, regardless of one’s political ideology to give credit where credit’s due. The Abbott/Turnbull government has done something truly remarkable. At the last election it accused the Labor party of being the worst financial managers in the country’s history. The budget was in crisis. Something had to be…

Source: Day to Day Politics: The Abbott/Turnbull Government – give credit where credit’s due – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Facebook Adds Cory Bernardi Emoticon To Its List Of New Reactions

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Facebook launched its new range of ‘Reactions’ around the world today, giving people the chance to label a post as ‘Sad’, ‘Wow’ or ‘Fucking Crazy’.

“Nothing says ‘Love’ like a heart, and nothing says ‘Fucking Crazy’ like a picture of Cory Bernardi’s little head,” a spokesperson for Facebook said today.

Facebook also revealed a number of Reactions that didn’t make the cut, including ‘Embarrassing’, ‘(Cough, cough!), ‘This doesn’t add up??’, and ‘Cute!!”

 

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The US Dollar Just Became the Official Currency of ISIS AnonHQ

 

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By John Vibes at theantimedia.org   It was reported this week that the terrorist group, ISIS, recently mandated U.S. dollars be the legal tender in their occupied territories. From now on, the U.S. dollar will be the only form of currency ISIS accepts for tax payments, fines, and …

Source: The US Dollar Just Became the Official Currency of ISIS AnonHQ

The Reverse Robin Hood: Tax ‘Reform’ In The Age Of Oligarchy – New Matilda

Liam McLoughlin is ‘calling bullsh *t’ on sustained government efforts to increase the gap between rich and poor.  I do not believe we are living in a democracy anymore. We are living in a plutocracy in Australia. That is, government by the wealthy in the interests of the wealthy. -Former Greens Leader Christine Milne. EconomicMore

Source: The Reverse Robin Hood: Tax ‘Reform’ In The Age Of Oligarchy – New Matilda

How To Overcome The Major Argument Behind Australia’s Refugee Policies – New Matilda

While Australian Border Force officers hover in hospital corridors waiting to spirit away infants into offshore detention, political leaders continue to argue that these egregious acts are somehow necessary. Sometimes the reason given is border security, prompting critics to ask whether the government fears an invasion of babies. More often, the mistreatment of these childrenMore

Source: How To Overcome The Major Argument Behind Australia’s Refugee Policies – New Matilda

Coalition MP Denies Existence Of Homophobia In Australia As NSW Parliament Apologises For Just That – New Matilda

 

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Today is a tale of two houses. In NSW’s Parliament House, MPs have gathered for an apology. In 1978, 500 people met in Sydney’s Taylor Square in support of gay rights, a watershed moment that gave birth to the city’s now iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and fuelled a political movement that helped wind-backMore

Source: Coalition MP Denies Existence Of Homophobia In Australia As NSW Parliament Apologises For Just That – New Matilda

March of the Wankpuffins – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition of schools dedicated to creating safe and inclusive learning environments for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families. The aim of the program is to prevent bullying. Hard to see what anyone could find problematic about that. Nobody wants kids bullied, right? Wrong.…

Source: March of the Wankpuffins – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Future is Flooded: Seas Rising Faster Than They Have In 28 Centuries | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

When it comes to swelling oceans that threaten coastal communities around the world, it’s bad, and it’s going to get worse. Sea levels are rising faster than they have in the last three millennia, and that rate continues to accelerate due to the burning of fossil fuels, according to new research published Monday.  “Our study is for sea level what the now well-confirmed famous ‘hockey stick’ diagram was for global temperature.”—Stefan Rahmstorf, Potsdam University

Source: The Future is Flooded: Seas Rising Faster Than They Have In 28 Centuries | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Fredo Suspends Campaign To Manage Greyhound Track

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MIAMI – (CT&P) – After a poor performance in Saturday’s South Carolina Republican primary, Jeb Bush suspended his campaign and told supporters that he would be headed back to Florida to help manage a greyhound track close to his home in Coral Gables.

Jeb, known affectionately as “Fredo” within the Bush crime family, said that he was looking forward to managing the track and making money for his mom Barbara, who recently took over the reins of the criminal empire from her husband George.

“I can handle things… I’m smart! Not like everybody says! Like, dumb! I’m smart… and I want respect!” said Jeb, as he trembled violently in front of a crowd of over 25 supporters. “I never really wanted to run for office. I just want a nice quiet job where I can count money and pet the doggies.”

“We had high hopes for Jeb ever since he was a little kid,” said the new Godmom Barbara, “but he just doesn’t have what it takes to be an international crime boss like his brother.”

Bush is expected to take over as manager of the Furry Friends Greyhound Track in Tamiami in early April after he returns from a brief “toughening up” trip out west under the supervision of Bush capo Richard “The Dick” Cheney.

White Lies And Black Lives: Malcolm Turnbull Just Widened The Credibility Gap – New Matilda

ANALYSIS: There’s a few simple reasons why yet another Close the Gap report chronicles endemic government failure. Amy McQuire explains why governments still don’t get it. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may not have the arrogance of the man he dethroned – he didn’t, for example, appoint himself ‘Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs’ despite failing toMore

Source: White Lies And Black Lives: Malcolm Turnbull Just Widened The Credibility Gap – New Matilda