Month: August 2016

On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright | Ben Saul | Opinion | The Guardian

This week’s conciliation talks in The Hague give Australia a new chance to do the right thing by East Timor to help it secure its future

Source: On Timor, Australia looks like it’s denying an impoverished neighbour its birthright | Ben Saul | Opinion | The Guardian

Cheap and green energy ‘golden age’ under threat from Government tinkering, industry warns | Environment | The Independent

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The prospect of a ‘golden age’ of cheap and green energy is being put at risk by constant Government tinkering that is driving away investors, the industry has warned. In an interview with The Independent, Lawrence Slade, the chief executive of Energy UK, highlighted 10 different changes over the past year or so that he said were undermining confidence in the sector.

Source: Cheap and green energy ‘golden age’ under threat from Government tinkering, industry warns | Environment | The Independent

Anatomy of a lie: Justifying the unthinkable. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“It’s often been observed that the first casualty of war is the truth. But that’s a lie, too, in its way. The reality is that, for most wars to begin, the truth has to have been sacrificed a long time in advance.” – L. Neil Smith A lie of omission occurs when an important fact…

Source: Anatomy of a lie: Justifying the unthinkable. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Muslims fear backlash if Eid al-Adha falls on 9/11 this year | Americas | News | The Independent

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Muslims in America are preparing themsleves for the possibillity that their holiest holiday, Eid al-Adha – the feast of the sacrifice – could fall on 11 September this year, the 15th anniversary of al-Qaeda attacks on New York and the Pentagon. Tensions are already high during a febrile election year and some fear the coincidence could provoke a backlash against America’s Muslim population.

Source: Muslims fear backlash if Eid al-Adha falls on 9/11 this year | Americas | News | The Independent

End These Childish Antics Now! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Much has been said about the divisive nature of a plebiscite to decide the question of same-sex marriage. Much has been said about the simplicity of a parliamentary vote. Politics is a cruel animal when it comes to delivering on divisive issues. It reduces otherwise intelligent people to the level of school children misbehaving in…

Source: End These Childish Antics Now! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Jumpy Europe jumping to conclusion that every violent incident an act of terrorism’ — RT Op-Edge

Europeans are understandably anxious about the ongoing terrorist threat across the continent, so when something explosive happens, people are quick to conclude that another bomb has gone off, says Annie Machon, former MI5 agent.

Source: ‘Jumpy Europe jumping to conclusion that every violent incident an act of terrorism’ — RT Op-Edge

US police chiefs visit Israel to learn counter-terrorism techniques – Israel News – Jerusalem Post| Exporting State Terror

Among the delegation were chiefs of the Orlando, Florida and San Bernadino, California, police departments, who recently witnessed unprecedented terrorist attacks in their cities.

Source: US police chiefs visit Israel to learn counter-terrorism techniques – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Israel’s true flaws – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Tracie Aylmer I’m the type of person who believes in humanity and humanism. The idea of fascism within today’s world disgusts me enough to try to do everything I can to change whatever I can. Today, I saw an ‘explanation’ of a video. The propaganda related to the video scared me. One of the…

Source: Israel’s true flaws – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Battle For Bulga: Rio Tinto Prepares To Crush Another Tiny Town, This Time In Australia – New Matilda

The mining giant’s history of destruction spans much of the globe, but you don’t have to travel the seas to see it. Bulga, just north of Sydney is one of the latest casualties. Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, however, won’t get to see it – she’s been punted by Rio Tinto from a ‘community tour’ ofMore

Source: Battle For Bulga: Rio Tinto Prepares To Crush Another Tiny Town, This Time In Australia – New Matilda

Police brutality against Blacks: ‘Changes in the air thanks to videotape & social media’ — RT Op-Edge

Black Americans have had problems with police brutality in each generation. The difference now is the introduction of technologies that allow victims to pursue justice in a court of law, said Roland Martin, host and Managing Editor of TV One’s ‘News One Now’.

Source: Police brutality against Blacks: ‘Changes in the air thanks to videotape & social media’ — RT Op-Edge

War ‘Has Become a Permanent Condition’ for the United States – Truthdig

At the annual Veterans For Peace convention, speakers including filmmaker Oliver Stone, historian Andrew Bracevich and journalist Ann Jones discussed public relation campaigns in support of war and the struggles American veterans face.

Source: War ‘Has Become a Permanent Condition’ for the United States – Truthdig

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The tragically powerful story behind the lone German who refused to give Hitler the Nazi salute | Europe | News | The Independent

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Adopted by the Nazi Party in the 1930s, Hitler’s infamous “sieg heil” (meaning “hail victory”) salute was mandatory for all German citizens as a demonstration of loyalty to the Führer, his party, and his nation. August Landmesser, the lone German refusing to raise a stiff right arm amid Hitler’s presence at a 1936 rally, had been a loyal Nazi. Landmesser joined the Nazi Party in 1931 and began to work his way up the ranks of what would become the only legal political affiliation in the country.

Source: The tragically powerful story behind the lone German who refused to give Hitler the Nazi salute | Europe | News | The Independent

A journey in grief: my daughter Mia, killed in a hostel 10,000 miles from home | The Independent|Even a grieving mother has time to tell Andrew Bolt and Rowan Dean they are not only wrong but Islamophobic hate mongers

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Mia Ayliffe-Chung is the 21-year-old British backpacker who was stabbed to death in Australia last Tuesday at the hostel she was staying in.  Mia, from Wirksworth in Derbyshire, was working on a farm in Queensland in order to fulfil requirements for her Australian visa.  In the coming week, Mia’s mother, Rosie Ayliffe, will write a daily blog in The Independent as she prepares to travel to Australia and collect her daughter’s ashes.

Source: A journey in grief: my daughter Mia, killed in a hostel 10,000 miles from home | People | News | The Independent

IDF releases conscientious objector after 67 days in prison | +972 Magazine

Omri Baranes sat in military prison for 67 days for refusing to join the Israeli army. After spending 67 days in military prison, Israeli conscientious objector Omri Baranes was officially released from IDF service on Thursday. Baranes, from the city of Rosh HaAyin in central Israel, was recognized by an IDF committee as a pacifist and was thus released on conscientious grounds. The conscientious objectors committee originally reject her request, leading Baranes to refuse to serve in the army and sit in prison. [tmwinpost] According to the IDF conscientious objectors who oppose all forms of violence or service in any army…

Source: IDF releases conscientious objector after 67 days in prison | +972 Magazine

Day to Day Politics: Abbott tells Turnbull how to govern. Seriously. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sunday 28 August 2016 Before Tony Abbott came along Australia had never elected a Prime Minister so ignorant of technology, so ill informed of science, so oblivious of the needs and aspirations of women, and so ideologically out of touch with a modern pluralist society. Both his party and the electorate witnessed his dreadful leadership…

Source: Day to Day Politics: Abbott tells Turnbull how to govern. Seriously. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Taxed Nots. Who are they and what should we do with them? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When the Government chooses not to participate in active job creation, the expectation on people seeking employment to engage in active participation welfare programs, is unfair, burdensome, stigmatising, demoralising and counterproductive.  Mutual Obligation under the Keating Government was developed based on the notion that the Government would also commit to job creation and increase vocational training. This is not the case…

Source: The Taxed Nots. Who are they and what should we do with them? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

#CloseTheCamps rallies across Australia call for Nauru and Manus centres to shut | Australia news | The Guardian

Protesters in Melbourne on Saturday 27 August 2016 calling for immigration detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island to close. Thousands of protesters gathered in cities across Australia calling for an end to Australia’s offshore detention regime in the wake of the publication of the Nauru files.

Refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru and Manus Island should be brought to Australia, say activists who organised nationwide protests

Source: #CloseTheCamps rallies across Australia call for Nauru and Manus centres to shut | Australia news | The Guardian

ASIO asks for detention powers without warrant from judge|

ASIO has proposed scrapping the need for judge-approved warrants to detain and question Australians for up to a week without charge in terrorism investigations, in a watering down of safeguards that has alarmed lawyers and rights advocates.

Source: ASIO asks for detention powers without warrant from judge

How to lie with Statisics.| Andrew Bolt’s Threat

The invasion of Germany continues: 250,000 more

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Bolt’s Threat 
“This is going to end very badly”

Bolt’s predictions last year were  that  1mill plus refugees invaded Germany . He reduced that to 600,000, the official numbers in his latest and recent blogs, simply because the official data showed the 1 million figure was obvious bullshit. However he’s back again saying  the 2015 number  was a million  400,000 more than the official figure why, for impact alone.

How disappointed is he that this year’s estimate is only  250 – 300 k a little over  the 220,000  of Australia’s immigration intake. Germany is  a country with X4 times our population so comparatively the  600,000  input in 2015 is 33% proportionately less than us. Consequently the truth in fact is not as bad as it seems” .

 With aging populations small towns in Germany are crying out for immigrants to replace their dying populations. Like Shepparton in Australia they are only too grateful for newcomers who have integrated exceptionally well when welcomed. You can’t rely on Andrew Bolt for any truth in  news can you! He’s the Arthur Daley of media selling truth without wheels no without an engine. 

Immigrants in Sweden are beginning to get homesick and apparently leaving the EU in greater numbers  something Bolt doesn’t tell you, which indicates they never arrived for economic opportunity alone. Bolt’s greatest argument was these people were economic refugees. In fact the poorest remain in camps outside the EU. These people are in fact  home sick. So Andrew Bolt not only exaggerating the numbers but he isn’t even  attempting to quote nett  annual numbers. He’s simply putting in numbers to feed his imaginary story to whip up fear. Incoming refugee numbers are dropping and outgoing are increasing which simply says if the wars the West began stop Bolt’s Muslim invasion is little more than a right wing fantasy. Nigel Farage Bolt’s not he is however worse and more like Trump even a bigger liar supported by News Corp.  Who is also all  biggest media support of all three.

Aboriginal people feel pressured to lose values, culture to be successful, study says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A new report suggests Aboriginal people are facing enormous pressure to lose their traditional culture in order to be successful in Australia.

Source: Aboriginal people feel pressured to lose values, culture to be successful, study says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Federal police raids over NBN leak should ring alarm bells for journalists | Australia news | The Guardian

The ‘official secrets’ offence has been invoked in the case of a Labor staffer and his source, not for serious espionage but for disclosing embarrassing documents

Source: Federal police raids over NBN leak should ring alarm bells for journalists | Australia news | The Guardian

Changing the whitewash channel on Australian television – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

People of non-Anglo backgrounds are vastly underrepresented in Australian TV, a new study shows.

Source: Changing the whitewash channel on Australian television – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘My culture means everything to me’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Meet the Gadhu dancers from Bermagui Public School, who are keeping the spirit and culture of the Yuin people alive on the far south coast of New South Wales.

Source: ‘My culture means everything to me’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Leigh Sales interviews NT Chief Head Kicker Adam Giles on the eve of his demise

ABC 7.30’s Leigh Sales and film crew travel to the NT to witness Chief Minister Adam Giles hurtle down the slippery slope to oblivion at this Saturday’s election. Richard Koser was there.

Source: Leigh Sales interviews NT Chief Head Kicker Adam Giles on the eve of his demise

Politicians’ anti-immigrant rhetoric fuelled post-Brexit hate crime spike, United Nations says | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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British politicians’ “divisive, anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric” during the EU referendum campaign fuelled a surge in hate crimes immediately following the vote, a United Nations body has said. BBC News reports that the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said it was “seriously concerned” that British politicians whipped up hatred and then “failed to condemn” racist abuse during the campaign.

Source: Politicians’ anti-immigrant rhetoric fuelled post-Brexit hate crime spike, United Nations says | UK Politics | News | The Independent

A piece of string, a banana, and a cassowary walk into Scott Morrison’s bar | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

In Scott’s bar and grill, we serve everyone except pieces of string and poor people, or as we call them now, the “taxed-not”

Source: A piece of string, a banana, and a cassowary walk into Scott Morrison’s bar | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Finland tests giving every citizen a universal basic income | Business News | News | The Independent

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Finland is pushing ahead with a plan to test the effects of paying a basic income as it seeks to protect state finances and move more people into the labour market. The Social Insurance Institution of Finland, known as Kela, will be responsible for carrying out the experiment that would start in 2017 and include 2,000 randomly selected welfare recipients, according to a statement released on Thursday. The level of basic income would be €560 euros per month (£480) tax free, and mandatory for those picked.

Source: Finland tests giving every citizen a universal basic income | Business News | News | The Independent