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Catholic Church ‘hiding behind the law’ over historic abuse compensation claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man who was raped and beaten by priests and brothers as a 12-year-old says he felt like a beggar when he asked the Catholic Church for money to pay for medical bills for treatment of the mental and physical illness he suffered as a result of his abuse.Russell Clark is just one of many survivors of abuse who signed deeds of release, which prevent them from taking further legal action or requesting more compensation.

Source: Catholic Church ‘hiding behind the law’ over historic abuse compensation claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech

Almost as bad is the claim that ’99 per cent of scientists believe’ as if scientific truth is determined by votes rather than facts.”Votes? What votes?Abbott seemed to be suggesting that the 97 percent consensus (the 99 was a mistake by Abbott, it’s actually 97) was based on some bogus poll.Wrong.There was never any poll of scared scientists who pretended to be in furious agreement about climate change lest they be branded as heretics. In fact, the paper which first identified the 97 percent consensus was a 2013 survey of the scientific literature that was already out there.And what 97 percent of that scientific literature effectively said was: it’s happening and we’re causing it.

Source: The Saddest, Wrongest ‘Fact’ In Tony Abbott’s Climate Speech

‘The S-word’: how young Americans fell in love with socialism | US news | The Guardian

“My politics were to the left of the Democratic party but I didn’t realise there was an entire ideology, an entire movement that was there. It had never occurred to me,” said Katbi. “Bernie was my introduction to the concept of democratic socialism. It’s not like I associated it with the cold war. It was a new concept to me completely. That was the case for a lot of millennials, which is why the movement has grown so much.”

Source: ‘The S-word’: how young Americans fell in love with socialism | US news | The Guardian

The Project’s Waleed Aly decries how Las Vegas mass shooting has become ‘incredibly ordinary’

The Project’s Waleed Aly has given a scathing assessment of Donald Trump’s response to the Las Vegas shooting, calling the US “a nation in denial”.

Source: The Project’s Waleed Aly decries how Las Vegas mass shooting has become ‘incredibly ordinary’

Wild scenes as Tigers fans celebrate in Richmond into the early hours

Police used capsicum spray on rowdy Richmond fans on Saturday night after the Tiger Army celebrated into the early hours following their historic premiership win – with footage on social media showing fans jumping on cars, burning Crows’ scarves and climbing buildings.

However they Arrested Dylan Voller trying to protect his mum from men in uniform for a legal protest

Source: Wild scenes as Tigers fans celebrate in Richmond into the early hours

Fact check: Was Lachlan Macquarie a mass murderer who ordered the genocide of Indigenous people? – Fact Check – ABC News

Was Lachlan Macquarie a “mass murderer who ordered the genocide of Indigenous people” as academic Bronwyn Carlson claims?

Source: Fact check: Was Lachlan Macquarie a mass murderer who ordered the genocide of Indigenous people? – Fact Check – ABC News

The story of Yagan’s head is a shameful reminder of colonialism’s legacy | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

Exactly two decades ago Britain officially handed over to a delegation of Western Australian Noongar people the head of Yagan, an Aboriginal warrior murdered on the Swan River near Perth in 1833.

Source: The story of Yagan’s head is a shameful reminder of colonialism’s legacy | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

Trump’s Deal With Democrats Gives Proof To Fans And Critics Alike | HuffPost

But the notion that the president’s move was somehow good for Republicans as a whole or even Trump personally brought open laughter from Trump’s GOP critics, who said it actually proves that his “dealmaking” prowess has always been a scam.“He’s as reliable as a rattlesnake,” said Florida Republican consultant Rick Wilson, who added that Trump has now empowered Democrats to win their positions on any number of issues, from tax policy to health care. “You gave the Democrats a gun to your head. These guys are now hostage to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.”

Source: Trump’s Deal With Democrats Gives Proof To Fans And Critics Alike | HuffPost

In an era of dire climate records the US and South Asia floods won’t be the last | US news | The Guardian

From the US to India and China, human impact on the climate is likely to have made droughts and storms more severe – and the trend is only set to continue

Source: In an era of dire climate records the US and South Asia floods won’t be the last | US news | The Guardian

Payday lenders: The dark truth is that we need them, but it doesn’t have to be this way – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Millions of Australians have relied on payday loans with eye-watering interest rates to get out of an emergency, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Source: Payday lenders: The dark truth is that we need them, but it doesn’t have to be this way – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump Blamed the Violence in Charlottesville ‘On Many Sides.’ Republicans Must Reject That. | The Nation

But to equate the champions of equal justice under law with the vile racists who march beneath the banners of slaveholders and segregationists is beyond defense.At a moment when the country needed a president to speak with moral authority, Trump failed the test. Miserably.

Source: Trump Blamed the Violence in Charlottesville ‘On Many Sides.’ Republicans Must Reject That. | The Nation

Peter Dutton abandons detention centre secrecy rules amid High Court challenge

The Turnbull government has quietly abandoned strict secrecy provisions governing Australia’s immigration detention system.

Source: Peter Dutton abandons detention centre secrecy rules amid High Court challenge

‘It’s US baby, and I’m not proud of it – Afghanistan is world’s biggest drug dealer’ — RT Op-Edge

American counternarcotics policy in Afghanistan has been senseless, as growing opium poppies remains the only source of income that keeps rural areas alive. Meanwhile millions of US dollars pumped into the country end up in the pockets of warlords experts say.

Source: ‘It’s US baby, and I’m not proud of it – Afghanistan is world’s biggest drug dealer’ — RT Op-Edge