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After 30 Years Studying Climate, Scientist Declares: “I’ve Never Been as Worried as I Am Today”

Environmental protesters take part in a Greenpeace-organized march to call for the political and economic reforms needed to combat climate change while the COP24 summit takes place in Katowice, Poland. (Photo: Martyn Aim/Getty Images)

And colleague says “global warming” no longer strong enough term. “Global heating is technically more correct because we are talking about changes in the energy balance of the planet.”

via After 30 Years Studying Climate, Scientist Declares: “I’ve Never Been as Worried as I Am Today”

‘You welcome them with hatred’: Malala’s disappointment at Australia

When asylum seekers looked to an affluent Australia for hope, it was disappointing to see some were treated with “hatred” and weren’t even allowed to set foot on its shores, said activist Malala Yousafzai.

Yet when the Taliban came for Ms Yousafzai’s family in Pakistan, her family was given sanctuary by friends, family, strangers, true to the country’s culture of welcoming those in need.

“Australia is a welcoming and warm country. And when you look at the immigration policies, they do not actually represent the people of Australia,” she said.

“[Refugees] want safety, they want homes, they want somebody to give them protection, and then suddenly you welcome them with hatred,” she said.

“You do not even allow them to land or step their feet on Australia,” she said referring to the offshore processing of asylum seekers. “So I think it is disappointing and I hope that the people of Australia do stand up for refugees and show their true human-side.”

via ‘You welcome them with hatred’: Malala’s disappointment at Australia

Trump says Cohen pleaded guilty ‘to embarrass the President’

Trump claimed that Cohen bore responsibility for any violations of criminal law but also asserted that Cohen “probably was not guilty” of even civil violations related to the payments to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels – a view at odds with that of many lawyers who specialise in campaign finance law.

“Those charges were just agreed to by him in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did,” Trump alleged.
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via Trump says Cohen pleaded guilty ‘to embarrass the President’

Brexit: Theresa May, British Prime Minister, survives no-confidence vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Big Loss for the Party Conservatives and Abbott’s mate Boris (ODT)

British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived the political battle of her life, successfully winning a vote of no confidence triggered by Conservative politicians.

via Brexit: Theresa May, British Prime Minister, survives no-confidence vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

ABC and SBS are not distorting media market, government inquiry finds

The government’s inquiry into whether the ABC and SBS are competing fairly with the private sector’s media operators has given a tick to the public broadcasters.

The report concluded: “Given their market shares, and other factors, this inquiry considers the National Broadcasters are not causing significant competitive distortions beyond the public interest”. But it did see the need for greater transparency from them.

The review arose from a 2017 deal between the government and Pauline Hanson to get One Nation support for media law changes which liberalised ownership rules. It has been chaired by Robert Kerr, formerly from the Productivity Commission. The report was released by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Wednesday.

The outcome will be disappointing to News Corp in particular which has been highly critical of the ABC’s expansion in online publishing. The former Fairfax organisation, now taken over by Nine, also complained about the competition eating into the market of commercial media groups.

via ABC and SBS are not distorting media market, government inquiry finds

Then They Came – Senselessly and Truly Friggin’ Unbelievably – For the Vietnamese

What fresh hell is this. In yet another mindlessly cruel, deeply racist, utterly pointless move aimed at – what?! distracting the masses from the dumpster fire engulfing him? flexing his psychotic muscle by trying to find more people of color he can traumatize? – the Trump administration (sic) wants to deport certain Vietnamese immigrants who may or may not have committed any crimes but they’re not quite white so really does it matter? According to The Atlantic, Trump et al – many suspect Nazi ghoul Stephen Miller – have unilaterally reinterpreted a 2008 agreement between Vietnam and the Bush-era U.S. that barred the deportation of any Vietnamese arriving here before 1995, when both sides reestablished diplomatic relations. Having once considered reversing the agreement, already deported a few people and then backing off, Trump now argues those Vietnamese are subject to immigration laws and eligible for deportation because what other havoc can he wreak?

via Then They Came – Senselessly and Truly Friggin’ Unbelievably – For the Vietnamese

May calls off Brexit vote amid fears it could topple her government

Theresa May has pulled the pin on Tuesday’s crucial Brexit vote, as it became clear she faced a big rebellion in Parliament against the Brexit withdrawal deal she made with the European Union.

The House of Commons was promised a “meaningful vote” on May’s final European Union divorce proposal. However that may not happen until next week, or even next year – and in the meantime May faces a fight for her political survival.

via May calls off Brexit vote amid fears it could topple her government

Oh the irony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So what would our ‘older gentleman’ have us do with his ‘very lovely ladies’ — send them back? If we are going to send immigrants back to where they came from, do we only send the 26% of the population who are first generation Australians away, in which case the UK immigrant is out too? Do we deport the 49% of first- and second-generation Australians which might be a problem if for example Mum comes from Ukraine and Dad comes from Russia? Do we send all immigrants away in which case Australia reverts to being a terra nullus of 60,000 or thereabouts years ago; or do we just agree that the ‘gentleman’ is a bigot rather than a gentleman and welcome the ladies from the Islamic community group while telling the bigot his rant is not welcome?

via Oh the irony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

VCE results, HSC results: A low ATAR doesn’t stop success

We focus on ATAR the media pays far more attention to these few examples rather than proving that they are not exceptions there’s a world of success out of schooling but not enough attention to why and not enough role models to guarantee more. (ODT) Why are Australian schools failing their students? Why are there so few mentor programs and so many expanding privatised businesses selling unprovided enthusiasm for learning? Message: a who you know society is not a Meritocracy.  (ODT)

VCE results, HSC results: A low ATAR doesn’t stop success

What’s Really Behind France’s Yellow Vest Protest? | The Nation

Yellow Vest Peaceful Protest

It’s not just about the fuel tax; it’s about anger at ever-increasing burdens on the working class.

Overseeing his very first budget as president, Macron rushed to repeal France’s wealth tax, which had applied only to those with over €1.3 million in assets. This is why the notion of justice fiscale, or “tax justice,” figures so prominently among Yellow Vest sympathizers: Why should ordinary people, they ask, be forced to fork over another couple hundred euros each month while the super-rich are rewarded simply for being super-rich?

via What’s Really Behind France’s Yellow Vest Protest? | The Nation

The Big Breather – why Australia’s economy now ranks outside the Top 20 – Michael West

The Big Breather – why Australia’s economy now ranks outside the Top 20

Where is Wayne Swan? (ODT)

Armed with the latest national accounts, Alan Austin reports the flip side of the coin, how Australia has fallen behind.

Australia’s economy was widely regarded as the world’s best-performed through the global financial crisis (GFC). It is now outside the world’s top twenty.

The Coalition has set new “worst-ever” records for underemployment, debt, retail sales, wages and infrastructure construction.

Wednesday’s national accounts for the 2018 third quarter from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) enable us to compare precisely where Australia’s economy ranked in the world five years ago with where it ranks now.

via The Big Breather – why Australia’s economy now ranks outside the Top 20 – Michael West

Trump is now an Unindicted Felon: US Att’y for Southern District of New York

The US Attorney’s office maintained that Cohen’s payoff to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougall in the days before the 2016 presidential election constituted an infraction against US election laws and that it was ordered by Donald J. Trump. It was illegal because it constituted an expenditure of funds to conceal a fact pertinent to the election from the public:

via Trump is now an Unindicted Felon: US Att’y for Southern District of New York

Great South Coast Economic Migration Project – Home

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The GSCEMP Welcome Weekend was a huge success with the visitors all showing great enthusiasm to relocate to the region. Eleven people, visiting from Melbourne and Sydney, were welcomed by the communities of Casterton and Hamilton over the two days. In the words from Gabriel from Melbourne:

‘I finally feel like I’m in Australia and it already feels like home.’

The weekend involved a guided bus tour of the towns, including visits to a hospital, school, dairy farm, aged care facility and homestays with local families in Casterton.

At the end of the weekend, it was clear that the visitors loved our region and plan to move as soon as they can. The project team will now assist the families to find jobs and suitable housing in order to move to the Great South Coast region in the coming months.

A huge thank-you to the Glenelg Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council, the Leadership Great South Coast project team and many local community members that assisted to make the weekend a success.
via Great South Coast Economic Migration Project – Home

‘I don’t believe that’: how a 17-year-old student stole the show on Q&A

Striking students defy PM to protest at inaction on climate change

Watch Fossil Fuel’s lobbyist News Corp’s Andrew Bolt and all you will see is the the voice of the reactionary right wing elders not just aloof but defiant and with tin ears broadcasting and mocking the young 17 year olds who are soon to be voters (ODT)

But the voice and face of the revolt on Monday night painted a different picture. Bellemo was no dill headed for a dole queue.
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Student activism has many precedents over decades, but in 2018 it resonated especially strongly. It’s been the year of the teenage revolt in the US after the Parkland school shooting in February, a tragedy that sent survivors out on a potent public campaign for gun control.

Their message: we may not yet be able to vote, but we do have a voice.

via ‘I don’t believe that’: how a 17-year-old student stole the show on Q&A

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be indicted on bribery charges, police say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting.

via Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be indicted on bribery charges, police say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

I’m not to be taken for granted’: Molan eyes Morrison intervention

NSW Liberal senator Jim Molan was relegated to an unwinnable spot on the party's ticket.

Everyone has Julia Banks on their lips but nobody is talking of James Molan’s threat. (ODT)

Senator Jim Molan has slammed the preselection process which saw him relegated to an unwinnable spot on the NSW Senate ticket and warned he is “not to be taken for granted” if Prime Minister Scott Morrison doesn’t intervene to save his political career.

Speaking on Perth radio on Sunday, Senator Molan said he had been courted by other parties, but would stick with the Liberal Party for now.

via I’m not to be taken for granted’: Molan eyes Morrison intervention

Liberal Party in turmoil over plan to save Craig Kelly through emergency powers

Liberal MP Craig Kelly could be saved from a preselection defeat under a divisive new plan.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has moved to save embattled backbencher Craig Kelly from being thrown out of Parliament in a risky intervention that will ignite a fresh war between the Liberal Party’s conservative and moderate forces.

Mr Kelly, a key ally of former prime minister Tony Abbott who helped engineer the demise of Malcolm Turnbull’s National Energy Guarantee, is facing certain defeat in a preselection challenge by Kent Johns in the safe southern Sydney seat of Hughes.

via Liberal Party in turmoil over plan to save Craig Kelly through emergency powers

Liberals descend into tribalism under the cover of ‘loyalty’

Anonymity of Liberal Party voices and the Press that’s the news andit smacks of little more than PR. (ODT)

And then there is the traitor-in-chief, Malcolm Turnbull. This week Turnbull reacted strongly on Twitter against a story published in The Australian. In it, an anonymous source asserted “his hands were all over” Banks’ defection. Turnbull mocked the idea as paranoid.

The same story also reported Turnbull was in contact, via text message, with his successor in Wentworth, independent Kerryn Phelps.

This was a cause for “concern” among Liberals who are angry at Turnbull being “unwilling to provide public backing to Liberal candidate Dave Sharma” during the Wentworth byelection. Never mind that Turnbull’s contact with Phelps was as part of a job handover, which shows he is doing the right thing by his former constituents. Who cares about those constituents now that they have voted the wrong way?

An anonymous Liberal was quoted as saying the contact between Phelps and Turnbull “speaks for itself and confirms everybody’s suspicions”, which is as conspiratorial as it gets.

via Liberals descend into tribalism under the cover of ‘loyalty’

Israel’s espionage crimes in Gaza and abroad | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli military censorship

Israeli media are subject to military censorship of details related to the 11 November incident and the specifics of the commando unit’s cover story, such as the name of the organization they were said to be working for, have not been published.

The name of the Israeli officer who was killed during the battle has been censored and Israeli outlets have referred to him as “Colonel M.” However, his name was revealed by publications out of censors’ reach as Mahmoud Kheireddine of the Sayeret Matkal elite reconnaissance unit.

Israel’s military censor has banned media from publishing the photos of the Israeli commandos after they were released by the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

via Israel’s espionage crimes in Gaza and abroad | The Electronic Intifada

Wages crisis threatens to cause a financial meltdown, killing a ‘fair go’ – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Man with bowl asks for more food, cartoon.

Low wages growth is undermining financial stability, curtailing economic growth, driving people into dangerous indebtedness, deepening inequality and undermining the Australian social compact built on the principle of a “fair go”.

via Wages crisis threatens to cause a financial meltdown, killing a ‘fair go’ – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Aboriginal Australia’s ‘mind-blowing’ struggle for a first treaty – BBC News

Aboriginal elder Gary Murray, pictured wearing traditional dress

Australia is the only Commonwealth country never to make a treaty with its indigenous peoples. Why has it proven so difficult? Kathy Marks looks at the vast challenges in Victoria alone – a state that is working towards a national first.

via Aboriginal Australia’s ‘mind-blowing’ struggle for a first treaty – BBC News

It’s ugly and unoriginal but there is a way Morrison could win

Illustration: John Shakespeare

It’s the mighty scare campaign. Modern campaigners, in the ongoing Orwellisation of the English language, prefer to call it a “strong truth” campaign. The scare campaign is unoriginal, it’s ugly, but, when it’s done well, effective. Even an unpopular leader at the head of a tired government can win with a good scare campaign.

via It’s ugly and unoriginal but there is a way Morrison could win

Trump grants troops guarding border authority to use ‘lethal force’ – report | US news | The Guardian

Soldiers install barbed wire fences on the banks of the Rio Grande in Laredo, Texas on 18 November.

Donald Trump has authorized US troops guarding the border against migrant caravans to use deadly force if necessary, it was reported on Wednesday.

via Trump grants troops guarding border authority to use ‘lethal force’ – report | US news | The Guardian

Lawyers warn Home Affairs bid to deport alleged criminals without trial threatens national security

Invitation for Criminal Tourism (ODT)

The peak legal body has warned Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton an attempt to deport alleged foreign criminals before trial would endanger national security and undermine natural justice.

The push by the Home Affairs department to allow unlawful non-citizens facing criminal charges to leave the country without facing court has also angered public prosecutors and attorneys-general.

via Lawyers warn Home Affairs bid to deport alleged criminals without trial threatens national security

How a climate change denier works – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Does Kelly follow Bolt or Bolt Follow Kelly? (ODT)

Kelly is engaged in an intense campaign of deliberate misinformation about climate change. Amongst articles from very dubious sources and lots more about weather at specific locations (as opposed to climate), he occasionally links to genuine research from credible organisations.

Invariably, when he does so, he will cherry pick one piece of data, or a sentence or two, and completely ignore the context, other results, and the actual conclusions from the research.

Craig declares in Trump-like capitals, ANOTHER PROPHECY BITES THE DUST : MORE SNOW, NOT LESS, and links to the following graph of Winter Northern Hemisphere Snow Extent from Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, a well-respected source.

Aside from not understanding the difference between weather and climate, the stuff Kelly posts at times is doctored.  Take the following graphic:

 

via How a climate change denier works – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott rejects warnings, urges Scott Morrison to move Israel embassy

Abbott was once declared the Pivot of the Pacific who turned out to be the Pillock. He’s stuck,a regressive in our inglorious and colonial past. (ODT)

Tony Abbott has urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to proceed with a controversial shift in policy on Israel despite a warning from Malaysia that the move could fuel terrorism and concerns from Indonesia over a $16.5 billion trade deal.

Mr Abbott said the “rhetorical backlash” from Muslim countries in Asia was always going to happen but that this should not stop Australia showing its support for Israel by moving the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

via Tony Abbott rejects warnings, urges Scott Morrison to move Israel embassy

Joint US-Australian naval base on Manus Island a ‘significant pushback’ against China’s Pacific ambitions – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mike Pence and Peter O'Neill sit on brown leather chairs, in discussion, in front of PNG and US flags.

Remember when Abbott was called the Pivot… he cut foreign aid and went to Europe and the Middle East (ODT)

Key points:

  • Analyst says the redeveloped naval base represents a pushback against Chinese ambitions in the region
  • US Vice President Mike Pence spoke about the ‘great connection’ between the US and PNG
  • The US, China and Australia have all been vying for influence in the Pacific

Plans to host US warships at a redeveloped naval base on Manus Island will undermine China’s plans to establish a military presence in the Pacific, says one analyst. Scott Morrison says PNG asked the US and Australia to get involved, as the countries vie for influence in the region.

Source: Joint US-Australian naval base on Manus Island a ‘significant pushback’ against China’s Pacific ambitions – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

China’s ‘artificial sun’ reaches 100 million degrees Celsius marking milestone for nuclear fusion

A moon, which replaces the globe in a light globe, hangs over Chengdu's cityscape.

“The benefit is simple in that it is very large-scale base load [continuous] energy production, with zero greenhouse gas emissions and no long-life radioactive waste.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-15/china-attempts-to-create-an-artificial-sun/10495536

Israel’s next elections will be about who is more violent to Palestinians

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announces his resignation following the ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, during a press conference in the Knesset, Jerusalem, November 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel appears to be going to early elections. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday announced that he is resigning from his post, and that his party, Yisrael Beytenu, will leave the ruling coalition over what he called Netanyahu’s “surrender to terrorism.” The surprise resignation came just a day after Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire, ending the most violent flare-up the Gaza border has seen since the 2014 war.

 

https://972mag.com/israel-goes-elections-will-much-violence-used-palestinians/138659/ 

 

Exploiting death: Scott Morrison, Pellegrini’s and Sisto Malaspina

As if on brilliant cue, Shire Ali, like Malaspina, had been a blessing, giving Morrison a chance to scold imams into a greater state of vigilance even as he extolled the inner Melburnian spirit.

Elevate the standing of the slain common man; berate the state of the corrupted accused. Shire Ali’s mental health was of little consequence to finding a suitably political description for him, one that could be marketed. “Of course issues of mental health and all these other things are important,” he told Network Ten, but the assailant “was a terrorist” with the blood of Islamic State coursing through him. “He was a radical extremist terrorist who took a knife to another Australian because he had been radicalised in this country.”

“We’ve been doing whatever we can in our capacity to eradicate extreme thoughts and potential acts of terror.”

The Australian National Imams Council secretary, Sheikh Moustapha, took issue with that stance, telling ABC Radio Melbourne that:

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/exploiting-death-scott-morrison-pellegrinis-and-sisto-malaspina,12098

Goldman Sachs is implicated in history’s largest financial con – but will it be held accountable? | The Independent

Tim Leissner (right), the senior Goldman banker on the ground in Malaysia pleaded guilty in New York to financial crimes related to 1MDB last week

Even by Wall Street standards of gouging customers this was one hell of a skim.

In 2012 and 2013, the Malaysian government was raising $6.5bn (£5bn) from investors to establish a sovereign wealth fund and finance various domestic infrastructure investment projects. And the cut for Goldman Sachs – the most prestigious investment bank in the world – for arranging the fundraising from the global capital markets? Ten per cent, or $600m.

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via Goldman Sachs is implicated in history’s largest financial con – but will it be held accountable? | The Independent

Midterms: Late results reveal Democrats ‘blue wave’ as party secures best election performance since 1974 | The Independent

The consensus on election night seemed clear: although Democrats regained the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, no blue wave had materialised.

A week later, the steady trickle of further gains in late results appear to reveal a far more positive picture for the party,

The Democrats have now picked up at least 32 seats in the House and are on course for four more, in addition to flipping seven governorships and eight state legislative chambers.

It means the overall results in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s presidency represent the Democrats’ best midterm performance since 1974, a vote which came in the wake of Watergate and Richard Nixon’s resignation.

via Midterms: Late results reveal Democrats ‘blue wave’ as party secures best election performance since 1974 | The Independent

Five days of fury: Inside Trump’s Paris temper, election woes and staff upheaval

“He’s just a bull carrying his own china shop with him wherever he travels the world,” presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said.

via Five days of fury: Inside Trump’s Paris temper, election woes and staff upheaval

Donald Trump ridicules Emmanuel Macron, blasts France’s performance in two world wars as relations sour – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Key points:

Trump the Diplomat from a distance

US President Donald Trump has attacked his French counterpart in a series of tweets just two days after returning from commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of World War I in Paris.

Mr Trump lashed out over Mr Macron’s suggestion Europe should build up militaries
He also complained about tariffs on US wine and attacked Mr Macron’s popularity
The complaints struck a nerve in France on the anniversary of the Paris terror attacks

via Donald Trump ridicules Emmanuel Macron, blasts France’s performance in two world wars as relations sour – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Dirty little secret: ‘Think tanks’ are among top culprits in media disinformation crisis — RT Op-ed

Dirty little secret: ‘Think tanks’ are among top culprits in media disinformation crisis

IPA AUSTRALIA (ODT)

Think tanks are increasingly taking advantage of tight news budgets to influence the press agenda in favour of their sponsors.

Decades ago, these outfits generally operated as policy advisories. Although, some were comfortably enumerated ‘retirement homes’ for distinguished public servants or intellectuals. However, in modern times, they have become indistinguishable from lobbying firms. With the budgets to match.
On the Russia (and broader Eastern European) beat, think tank influence is becoming increasingly dangerous and malign. And it’s leading to a crisis in journalistic standards which nobody wants to acknowledge.

via Dirty little secret: ‘Think tanks’ are among top culprits in media disinformation crisis — RT Op-ed

The link between terrorism and mental illness is complicated, and vilifying communities doesn’t help

Following another act of fatal violence in Melbourne’s CBD last Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed claims the perpetrator, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, had a mental illness. He said this was a “lame excuse”, saying he wanted imams and the Muslim community to pay greater attention to people at risk of radicalisation.

via The link between terrorism and mental illness is complicated, and vilifying communities doesn’t help

Reasons not to – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Continually fighting against things has drained both the government and the people. We need leaders who can explain why we should do things, not why we shouldn’t.

via Reasons not to – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Targeting Tony Abbott: inside the micro-campaigns to unseat the former PM | Australia news | The Guardian

There is a groundswell in Warringah and – worryingly for Abbott – the disparate groups are coordinating
If the posters popping up around Manly and sales of anti–Tony Abbott T-shirts are any gauge, the member for Warringah has a fight on his hands.

“There’s a huge amount of grassroots activity. Organisations are popping out of the ground everywhere. And we are finding each other,” says Louise Hislop, the convenor of Voices of Warringah.

Targeting Tony Abbott: inside the micro-campaigns to unseat the former PM | Australia news | The Guardian