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2016-02-05 10:20:41 (27 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2016/jaw-dropping-csiro-job-cuts-to-gut

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2016-02-04 02:36:51 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Funny... But true!

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2016-01-30 12:21:36 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

Mystery explained.

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2016-02-06 09:53:56 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

No argument from me.

Senator Dastyari names his Corporate Club 10 of unhinged power and influence.___No argument from me.

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2016-02-05 11:00:01 (26 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – the international tribunal that adjudicates and decides whether governments comply with their human rights obligations – has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden.

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – the international tribunal that adjudicates and decides whether governments comply with their human rights obligations – has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden.___

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2016-02-05 10:20:41 (27 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2016/jaw-dropping-csiro-job-cuts-to-gut

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2016/jaw-dropping-csiro-job-cuts-to-gut___

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2016-02-05 10:02:41 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Climate science has been dealt another devastating body-blow with hundreds of staff cuts at the CSIRO. Share to show your support for our scientists.

Climate science has been dealt another devastating body-blow with hundreds of staff cuts at the CSIRO. Share to show your support for our scientists.___

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2016-02-05 06:46:19 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

John Quiggin on the lack of change in Canberra. Yes, they are still a pack of arseholes and despite it being five months since the coup, their policies are essentially unchanged from the Abbott era.

Abbott without the attitude
Nearly five months after Malcolm Turnbull became PM, it’s finally possible to get a clear view on the big question of what the change means. Has the shift from Tony Abbott has led to a real change in policy approach, centred on growth and innovation? Or is it merely cosmetic, amounting to the end of the tribalist rhetoric and gesture politics that eventually cost Abbott his job.

Based on recent developments, the case for “merely cosmetic” seems overwhelming. Turnbull’s rhetoric about innovation is starkly at odds with the reality of:

* massive job cuts in CSIRO, focused on climate change. The fact that the new entrepreneurial CEO isfloggin... more »

John Quiggin on the lack of change in Canberra. Yes, they are still a pack of arseholes and despite it being five months since the coup, their policies are essentially unchanged from the Abbott era.

Abbott without the attitude
Nearly five months after Malcolm Turnbull became PM, it’s finally possible to get a clear view on the big question of what the change means. Has the shift from Tony Abbott has led to a real change in policy approach, centred on growth and innovation? Or is it merely cosmetic, amounting to the end of the tribalist rhetoric and gesture politics that eventually cost Abbott his job.

Based on recent developments, the case for “merely cosmetic” seems overwhelming. Turnbull’s rhetoric about innovation is starkly at odds with the reality of:

* massive job cuts in CSIRO, focused on climate change. The fact that the new entrepreneurial CEO is flogging the dead horse of coal to diesel adds insult to injury; and

* the $5 billion Northern Australia infrastructure fund, a boondoggle based on mid-20th century rhetoric about “unlocking the North”. It was pushed by Abbott as a sop to the Institute of Public Affairs, who underwent a sudden conversion to the cause of publicly subsidised dam projects a little while ago. The political imperative has gone but the money still flows, it seems.

The picture is just as bad on other issues. Turnbull is going ahead with the $160 millikon plebiscite on equal marriage, even though its leading backers, who only pushed it as a delaying tactic, have announced they won’t be bound by the result. Turnbull should have taken these statements as releasing him from any commitments to the anti-equality right, and allowed a free (in both senses of the word) vote in Parliament instead.

On climate change, the rhetoric in Paris sounded OK, but there has been no action to speak of. Turnbull hasn’t even committed to maintaining the Renewable Energy Target, let alone increasing it as he will need to do in the absence of an effective carbon price.

I imagine the appearance of improvement will last long enough to secure an election win for Turnbull. But, unless he starts delivering some change, the reality will become evident before long.___

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2016-02-04 22:55:26 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

A pretty worthwhile interview despite the packaging.

Via +Brenda Schouten-Beckett​

A pretty worthwhile interview despite the packaging.

Via +Brenda Schouten-Beckett​___

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2016-02-04 21:51:34 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe

The lizard brain of Tony Abbott still rules this country. Conservatives hate science and conservative governments hate data. They want to run things along ideological lines and without incumbrances such as "reality" and "evidence".

The government is determined pursue its path of ignoring climate change and this will have ruinous consequences in the coming decades. They abolished the only price signal for carbon emissions and gave the greenlight to Carmichael mega coal mine, one of the most damaging fossil fuel projects on the planet. Now they are gutting the only institution in the country that can can measure and model the changes happening to our climate.

Turnbull is a fraud and a huckster. He has conned Australia's middle class but his policy settings and priorities are exactly the same... more »

Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe

The lizard brain of Tony Abbott still rules this country. Conservatives hate science and conservative governments hate data. They want to run things along ideological lines and without incumbrances such as "reality" and "evidence".

The government is determined pursue its path of ignoring climate change and this will have ruinous consequences in the coming decades. They abolished the only price signal for carbon emissions and gave the greenlight to Carmichael mega coal mine, one of the most damaging fossil fuel projects on the planet. Now they are gutting the only institution in the country that can can measure and model the changes happening to our climate.

Turnbull is a fraud and a huckster. He has conned Australia's middle class but his policy settings and priorities are exactly the same as Tony Abbott's.

We really need to kick these bastards out.___

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2016-02-04 10:02:49 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Trump’s campaign lacked the voter-targeting and turnout capabilities to translate a 7-point polling lead in Iowa into a win in Monday’s Iowa caucuses, and his disappointing second-place finishhinted at potential trouble for him in upcoming states that should otherwise be more favorable.

Cruz and Rubio’s campaigns ran circles around Trump’s bare-bones operation, which gambled that Trump’s star appeal could overpower modern organizing tactics, and relied instead on big rallies, an outlandish social media presence, a flashy endorsement from Sarah Palin and a late advertising blitz to try to get supporters to the polls.


Trump’s campaign lacked the voter-targeting and turnout capabilities to translate a 7-point polling lead in Iowa into a win in Monday’s Iowa caucuses, and his disappointing second-place finishhinted at potential trouble for him in upcoming states that should otherwise be more favorable.

Cruz and Rubio’s campaigns ran circles around Trump’s bare-bones operation, which gambled that Trump’s star appeal could overpower modern organizing tactics, and relied instead on big rallies, an outlandish social media presence, a flashy endorsement from Sarah Palin and a late advertising blitz to try to get supporters to the polls.
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2016-02-04 09:07:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

As expected, when denialism fails and climate change become undeniable, the thieves and liars move on to the next phase of obstruction: adaptation. We can't have a carbon price so let's just see how we can make do with a dessicated and destroyed planet.

Our moronic Government are screwing around with the CSIRO again..
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CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall said the changes would see the organisation move away from measuring and monitoring climate change, to instead focus on how to adapt to it.

How to adapt to it?
How about putting some effort into looking how to wind back the clock a bit?  
Climate change is a fact, no matter what these two arseholes in the photograph suggest, and not even attempting to do something about it is a waste.
But, then again, nothing surprises me about how this mob of rednecks run the place.


I shared this to my "Great Southern Land" collection while it's still great.. at the rate our idiot Government are going I'll be renaming it to just "down under" very shortly___As expected, when denialism fails and climate change become undeniable, the thieves and liars move on to the next phase of obstruction: adaptation. We can't have a carbon price so let's just see how we can make do with a dessicated and destroyed planet.

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2016-02-04 02:36:51 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Seems to be a thing people are doing with their obituaries: http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/e834ff463c/the-dead-hate-trump

Via +Lars Fosdal​

Funny... But true!___Seems to be a thing people are doing with their obituaries: http://www.funnyordie.com/articles/e834ff463c/the-dead-hate-trump

Via +Lars Fosdal​

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2016-02-03 23:42:26 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

This is a statue of Laocoön and his sons battling with the serpent named Diaeresis.

This is a statue of Laocoön and his sons battling with the serpent named Diaeresis.___

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2016-02-03 23:39:42 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Oh, Diaeresis, you suck. 

Oh, Diaeresis, you suck. ___

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2016-02-03 23:33:06 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Those scoundrels!

___Those scoundrels!

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2016-02-02 21:26:50 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

I'm guessing that the Democrats will be pretty happy with this result.

___I'm guessing that the Democrats will be pretty happy with this result.

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2016-02-02 21:11:21 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Bernie Bros and Hillary Goons battle it out on the internet and yet only the former get called out by the opionistas in the media. The journos complain that they only get nasty comments and abuse from Bernie supporters and that is because they are all uniquely beastly and misogynistic (and weirdly socialistic).

It doesn't seem to occur to many of these luminaries that what they are experiencing is not a phenomenon exclusive to Bernie supporters but a thing generally known as "the Internet" and that their generally pro-Hillary stance affects the kind of abusive feedback they get from online anonymous strangers.

It may come as a surprise to them that many Hillary supporters in fact act in exactly the same obnoxious fashion. In my experience they tend to think it is their duty to counteract the "lies" told about their favourite establishment candidate. Some have... more »

"When people with vested interests disagree about politics online, they will be rude and abusive to each other, use unacceptable language, and try to shout down their opponents. When people with vested interests disagree about politics in the real world, thousands of people end up dead. This isn't a facile comparison: here, the whole point of the constant earnest bleating about the first type of disagreement is to drown out any discussion of the second."___Bernie Bros and Hillary Goons battle it out on the internet and yet only the former get called out by the opionistas in the media. The journos complain that they only get nasty comments and abuse from Bernie supporters and that is because they are all uniquely beastly and misogynistic (and weirdly socialistic).

It doesn't seem to occur to many of these luminaries that what they are experiencing is not a phenomenon exclusive to Bernie supporters but a thing generally known as "the Internet" and that their generally pro-Hillary stance affects the kind of abusive feedback they get from online anonymous strangers.

It may come as a surprise to them that many Hillary supporters in fact act in exactly the same obnoxious fashion. In my experience they tend to think it is their duty to counteract the "lies" told about their favourite establishment candidate. Some have suggested, in an attempt to shut down all discussion on the matter, that criticising Hillary's record is "doing the Republicans' bidding" and so on.

Of course any sensible assessment of the noise of political discussion is that it is made up of all personality types, some of whom are obnoxious and abusive but most of whom are merely exercising their democratic rights to discuss and support their preferred candidate. This phenomenon apparently makes many of the dummkopfs in the media uncomfortable.

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2016-02-01 11:34:18 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Thomas Jefferson gave away his own daughter as a wedding present.

"Slaves were, to slavers, worth more than everything else they could imagine combined."___Thomas Jefferson gave away his own daughter as a wedding present.

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2016-02-01 09:15:40 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Elevated Roads Encroaching Farmhouses Chongqing, China
The Caiyuanba Bridge is an arch bridge which crosses the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China. Completed in 2007, the arch spans 420 metres (1,380 ft) ranking among the longest arch bridges in the world. The bridges carries 6 lanes of traffic and two track of Chongqing Rail Transit Line 3 between the Nan'an District south of the Yangtze River and the Yuzhong District to the north. 

Elevated Roads Encroaching Farmhouses Chongqing, China
The Caiyuanba Bridge is an arch bridge which crosses the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China. Completed in 2007, the arch spans 420 metres (1,380 ft) ranking among the longest arch bridges in the world. The bridges carries 6 lanes of traffic and two track of Chongqing Rail Transit Line 3 between the Nan'an District south of the Yangtze River and the Yuzhong District to the north. ___

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2016-02-01 09:04:28 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Apparently Chairman Mao's poo didn't impress Stalin.

Apparently Chairman Mao's poo didn't impress Stalin.___

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2016-02-01 08:58:24 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Oh well, back to DC then.

But to be fair Bruce Wayne strikes me as a bit of a Rand Paul supporter. It's an understandable thing when your only superpower is money.

Oh well, back to DC then.

But to be fair Bruce Wayne strikes me as a bit of a Rand Paul supporter. It's an understandable thing when your only superpower is money.___

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2016-02-01 02:46:33 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

A classic of the genre.

___A classic of the genre.

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2016-02-01 02:35:22 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

nerd

That was hilarious___nerd

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2016-01-31 11:14:08 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

#politicalcorrectness   #sexism   #racism   #homophobia   #misogyny   #bigotry  

#politicalcorrectness   #sexism   #racism   #homophobia   #misogyny   #bigotry  ___

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2016-01-31 10:55:02 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

I was addicted to ice in my school days,
but it looked a bit different back then.

I was addicted to ice in my school days,
but it looked a bit different back then.___

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2016-01-31 10:42:01 (16 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

I heard about this on the news today in reference to a case of what the media called "mechanical doping". Awesome, let the arms race begin!

Via +John Poteet​

Motor Doping at Worlds

The first motor in a Pro race bike was caught in the wild today....___I heard about this on the news today in reference to a case of what the media called "mechanical doping". Awesome, let the arms race begin!

Via +John Poteet​

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2016-01-31 00:46:17 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

The coolest thing about early microcomputers was the power to make stuff happen on your television set. Stuff that wasn't part of a broadcast and or scheduled in a program guide.

It was a glimpse of the future.

___The coolest thing about early microcomputers was the power to make stuff happen on your television set. Stuff that wasn't part of a broadcast and or scheduled in a program guide.

It was a glimpse of the future.

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2016-01-30 22:50:31 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Not sure about the proposed solution but as usual the analysis of the problem seems right.

Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, gives a #TED talk entitled "Capitalism will eat democracy -- unless we speak up" in which he proposes a radical libertarian Marxist Keynesian solution to the fundamental problems of our economic systems. He would introduce an international currency administered by the IMF in which all international trade would be conducted, and would democratize ownership of the means and profits of production, essentially doing away with capitalist fat cats altogether.___Not sure about the proposed solution but as usual the analysis of the problem seems right.

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2016-01-30 13:21:23 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Climate change deniers, get fucked. Seriously.

via +Uche Eke 

Climate change deniers, get fucked. Seriously.

via +Uche Eke ___

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2016-01-30 12:21:36 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

Mystery explained.

Mystery explained.___

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2016-01-30 12:21:06 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

The Southern Autumn is coming soon. Never hurts to be prepared.

Via +Ivan Pierre​

The Southern Autumn is coming soon. Never hurts to be prepared.

Via +Ivan Pierre​___

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2016-01-30 11:10:39 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Contact between Polynesians and South Americans in pre-Columbian times has been postulated before. An important traditional food crop in the Pacific is the sweet potato and this is thought to have entered the Polynesian diet in pre-Columbian times.

This genetic study appears to confirm that Polynesians reciprocated by introducing the coconut to South America. It also brings to light the entire global history of coconut domestication and trading.

The niu vai variety which comes from South East Asia really rocks.

Domestication of coconut took place twice.
DNA studies on coconut samples from around the world show two centres of domestication, one in South Asia (Kerala, Lakshadweep and Sri Lanka) and another in south east Asian islands. And current distribution of coconut tells the story of human migrations including a precolumbian migration of Austronasian people from southeast Asia to the west coast of South America. Via +Sahas Barve___Contact between Polynesians and South Americans in pre-Columbian times has been postulated before. An important traditional food crop in the Pacific is the sweet potato and this is thought to have entered the Polynesian diet in pre-Columbian times.

This genetic study appears to confirm that Polynesians reciprocated by introducing the coconut to South America. It also brings to light the entire global history of coconut domestication and trading.

The niu vai variety which comes from South East Asia really rocks.

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2016-01-30 10:48:17 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Not exactly known for his sense of humour.

“I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

Not exactly known for his sense of humour.

“I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”___

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2016-01-30 09:26:14 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

There's a product recall for Apple plug adapters you should probably know about.

There's a product recall for Apple plug adapters you should probably know about.___

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2016-01-30 09:24:46 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

No really.

https://www.apple.com/support/ac-wallplug-adapter/

A #BadTimeStory... Good night y'all... ;-)___No really.

https://www.apple.com/support/ac-wallplug-adapter/

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2016-01-30 09:19:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Via +Emlyn O'Regan​

___Via +Emlyn O'Regan​

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2016-01-30 06:52:22 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-30 06:47:54 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

These pampered billionaires are disgusting people. Prince Andrew's pedo chum was an associate of Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

These pampered billionaires are disgusting people. Prince Andrew's pedo chum was an associate of Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.___

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2016-01-29 22:52:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Cockney Trump dubbed by Peter Serafinowicz.

Via +David Megginson​​

Cockney Trump dubbed by Peter Serafinowicz.

Via +David Megginson​​___

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2016-01-29 22:50:38 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Posh Trump dubbed by Peter Serafinowicz.

Posh Trump dubbed by Peter Serafinowicz.___

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2016-01-29 22:48:11 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Posh Trump dubbed by Peter Serafinowicz.

Via +David Megginson​​

Posh Trump dubbed by Peter Serafinowicz.

Via +David Megginson​​___

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2016-01-29 07:01:50 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Hehe...genius ;-)

Hehe...genius ;-)___

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2016-01-29 05:48:01 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-28 12:38:48 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

via +Brady McKenzie

#auspol
#notpp
#stoptpp___via +Brady McKenzie

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2016-01-28 11:43:48 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

The Turnbull government is agile and innovative when it comes to dodging its responsibilities.

Mr Hunt had previously praised the Yale index, telling the ABC TV 7.30 program last November that it was "the most credible, scientifically-based, hard data-based analysis in the world".

... and the back peddling will come in 3 .... 2......1.......___The Turnbull government is agile and innovative when it comes to dodging its responsibilities.

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2016-01-28 11:25:37 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Oh my. So that's what all the fuss is about.

Oh my. So that's what all the fuss is about.___

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2016-01-28 10:26:09 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

1000 years of protected old growth forest burning in Tasmania - a tragedy. Because people fought so hard to protect those dwindling ecosystems, and now climate change is a reality, and the old growth is literally going up in smoke.

#Australia #Tasmania #oldgrowth #forest #bushfire #environment #climatechange

1000 years of protected old growth forest burning in Tasmania - a tragedy. Because people fought so hard to protect those dwindling ecosystems, and now climate change is a reality, and the old growth is literally going up in smoke.

#Australia #Tasmania #oldgrowth #forest #bushfire #environment #climatechange___

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2016-01-27 23:01:28 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Zuck tweeting about Facebook researchers being close to beating Go needs to be put into context.

Zuck tweeting about Facebook researchers being close to beating Go needs to be put into context.___

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2016-01-27 22:46:40 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

A First World nation with Third World ambitions
Once again the Republicans demonstrate that "government is the problem".
Republican government to be specific.

Via +Lisa Chabot​​​​

Letter from Michael Moore

Do Not Send Us Bottles Of Water. Instead, Join Us In A Revolt.
A Letter From Michael Moore

Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made by the Governor of Michigan. The offer is much appreciated by those who are suffering through this and who have not drank a glass of unpoisoned water since April of 2014.

Unfortunately, the honest answer to your offer of help is, sadly, you can’t.

You can't help.

The reason you can’t help is that you cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has been inflicted upon every single child in Flint. The damage is permanent. There is no medicine you can send, no doctor or scientist who has any way to undo the harm done to thousands of babies, toddlers and children (not to mention their parents). They are ruined for life, and someone needs to tell you the truth about that. They will, forever, suffer from various neurological impediments, their IQs will be lowered by at least 20 points, they will not do as well in school and, by the time they reach adolescence, they will exhibit various behavioral problems that will land a number of them in trouble, and some of them in jail.

That is what we know about the history of lead poisoning when you inflict it upon a child. It is a life sentence. In Flint, they’ve already ingested it for these two years, and the toll has already been taken on their developing brains. No check you write, no truckloads of Fiji Water or Poland Spring, will bring their innocence or their health back to normal. It’s done. And it was done knowingly, enacted by a political decision from a Governor and a political party charged by the majority of Michigan’s citizens who elected them to cut taxes for the rich, take over majority-black cities by replacing the elected mayors and city councils, cut costs, cut services, cut more taxes for the rich, increase taxes on retired teachers and public employees and, ultimately, try to decimate their one line of defense against all this, this thing we used to call a union.

The amount of generosity since the national media finally started to cover this story has been tremendous. Pearl Jam sent 100,000 bottles of water. The next day the Detroit Lions showed up with a truck and 100,000 bottles of water. Yesterday, Puff Daddy and Mark Wahlberg donated 1,000,000 bottles of water! Unbelievably amazing. They acknowledged it’s a very short-term fix, and that it is. Flint has 102,000 residents, each in need of an average of 50 gallons of water a day for cooking, bathing, washing clothes, doing the dishes, and drinking (I’m not counting toilet flushes, watering plants or washing the car). But 100,000 bottles of water is enough for just one bottle per person – in other words, just enough to cover brushing one’s teeth for one day. You would have to send 200 bottles a day, per person, to cover what the average American (we are Americans in Flint) needs each day. That’s 102,000 citizens times 200 bottles of water – which equals 20.4 million 16oz. bottles of water per day, every day, for the next year or two until this problem is fixed (oh, and we’ll need to find a landfill in Flint big enough for all those hundreds of millions of plastic water bottles, thus degrading the local environment even further). Anybody want to pony up for that? Because THAT is the reality.

This is a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. There is not a terrorist organization on Earth that has yet to figure out how to poison 100,000 people every day for two years – and get away with it. That took a Governor who subscribes to an American political ideology hell-bent on widening the income inequality gap and conducting various versions of voter and electoral suppression against people of color and the poor. It was those actions that led Michigan’s Republican Governor to try out his economic and racial experiment in Flint (and please don’t tell me this has nothing to do with race or class; he has removed the mayors of a number of black cities. This, and the water crisis in Flint, never would have been visited upon the residents of Bloomfield Hills or Grosse Pointe -- and everyone here knows that). We have now seen the ultimate disastrous consequences of late-20th century, neo-conservative, trickle down public policy. That word “trickle,” a water-based metaphor, was used to justify this economic theory -- well, it’s no longer a metaphor, is it? Because now we’re talking about how actual water has been used to institute these twisted economic beliefs in destroying the lives of the black and the poor in Flint, Michigan.

So, do you still want to help? Really help? Because what we need in Flint – and across the country – right now, tonight, is a nonviolent army of people who are willing to stand up for this nation, and go to bat for the forgotten of Flint.

Here’s what you and I need to do:

Demand the removal and arrest of Rick Snyder, the Governor of Michigan. When the police have an "active shooter" situation in a building, they must first stop the shooter before they can bring aid to the victims. The perp who allowed the poisoning to continue once he knew something was wrong -- and his minions who cooked the evidence so the public and the feds wouldn't find out – must be removed from office ASAP. Whether it's via resignation, recall or prosecution, this must happen now because he is still refusing to take the aggressive and immediate action needed. His office, as recently as this past Thursday, was claiming the EPA had no legal authority to tell him what to do. You know the EPA -- that federal agency every Republican politician wants eliminated? Governor Snyder is not going to obey the law. He has covered up the crime, and I submit he has committed an act of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter. Last month I posted a meme of me holding a pair of handcuffs with the hashtag  #ArrestGovSnyder :


It went viral, so I posted a petition (link) to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to arrest the Governor – and asking President Obama to send help to Flint immediately. As each day brought a new revelation of the Governor's corruption or incompetence, and with Rachel Maddow on a nightly tear, the momentum built. MoveOn.org and Democracy For America joined me in circulating our petition. We are now on our way to having a half-million signatures! Then Bernie Sanders became the first candidate to call for the Governor’s removal. That same day, President Obama issued his first emergency order for Flint. The next night, Hillary Clinton fiercely called out the racist actions of the Governor.

You want to help? Sign the petition – and get everyone you know to sign it. Now. Another half-million signatures could become the tipping point we need. All eyes are on Flint.

Make the State of Michigan pay for the disaster that the State of Michigan created. The Governor wants the President to declare Flint a federal disaster zone and have him send federal money to fix the problem. Not so fast. All relief aid for Flint currently coming from the federal government to Michigan is going through the Governor's office to disburse. That is literally paying the fox to fix the chicken coop he destroyed. As a Michigan resident and voter, I think that the people who elected Governor Snyder must show some of that personal responsibility they’re always lecturing about to the poor. The majority of my fellow Michiganders wanted this kind of government (they elected him twice), so now they should have to pay for it. This year the state treasury posted nearly a $600 million surplus. There is also another $600 million in the state’s “rainy day fund”. That’s $1.2 billion – just about what Flint’s congressman, Dan Kildee, estimates it will cost to replace the water infrastructure and care for the thousands of poisoned children throughout their growing years.

And before there is any talk of federal tax dollars being used (and, yes, they will be needed), the state legislature must remove the billion-dollars’ worth of tax cuts the Snyder administration gave the wealthy when he took office. That will go a long way to helping not just Flint but Michigan’s other destitute cities and school districts.

The Federal Government must then be placed in charge. The State government cannot be trusted to get this right. So, instead of declaring a federal disaster zone, President Obama must declare the same version of martial law that Governor Snyder declared over the cities of Flint and Detroit. He must step in and appoint a federal emergency manager in the state capitol to direct the resources of both the state and federal government in saving Flint. This means immediately sending in FEMA in full force. It means sending in the CDC to determine the true extent of not just the lead poisoning in the water, but also the latest outbreak that has been discovered in Flint – a tenfold increase in the number of Flint people who’ve contracted Legionnaires Disease. There have now been 87 cases since the switch to the Flint River water, and ten people have died. The local hospital has also noted sharp increases in a half-dozen other toxins found in people’s bodies. We need the CDC. The EPA must take over the testing of the water, and the Army Corps of Engineers must be sent in to begin replacing the underground pipes. Like the levees in New Orleans, this will be a massive undertaking. If it is turned over to for-profit businesses, it will take a decade and cost billions. This needs to happen right now and Obama must be in charge.

Evacuate any and all Flint residents who want to leave now. They’ve suffered long enough and, until the water is truly safe, no one should have to stay there who doesn’t want to. The state and FEMA should move people into nearby white townships that are still hooked up to Lake Huron water.

For those who choose to stay in Flint, FEMA must create a temporary water system in each home. One idea that has been suggested is to deliver two 55-gallon drums to every home in Flint. Each day water trucks will arrive to fill them with fresh clean glacial water from Lake Huron. The drums will have taps attached to them. People can’t be expected to carry jugs of water from buildings that are miles away.

In the end, we will need to create a new economy and bring new employment to this town that created the middle class, that elected the first black mayor, and that believed in and created the American Dream. They deserved more than to be poisoned by their own Governor -- a Governor who thought that, because the people in the town were politically weak, he could get away with this unnoticed and without a fight. He figured wrong.

A crime against humanity has been committed against the people of Flint, making them refugees in their own homes. Tell me honestly: if you were living in Flint right now, and you learned that your children had been drinking lead-filled water for two years, and then you discovered that the Governor knew this and the state lied about it – tell me, just how fast would your head be spinning? With your children now poisoned, and with the poisoning continuing… is the word “nonviolence” dominating your thoughts right now? Are you absolutely, stunningly amazed how peaceful the people in Flint have remained? Are you curious how much longer that can last? I hope it does. If you want to help Flint, sign the petition, demand that the federal government take action, and then get involved yourself, wherever you live, so that this doesn’t happen to you – and so that the people we elect know they can no longer break the law as they rule by fiat or indifference. We deserve much better than this.

For a better world,
Michael Moore

http://michaelmoore.com/DontSendBottledWater

#ArrestGovSnyder  ___A First World nation with Third World ambitions
Once again the Republicans demonstrate that "government is the problem".
Republican government to be specific.

Via +Lisa Chabot​​​​

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2016-01-27 07:58:22 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

It's complicated. Everything you think you know is wrong but so is its opposite. Some GOP operatives relish a Sanders nomination because they think it will be a cakewalk. Others want Hillary for precisely the same reason. 

It's complicated. Everything you think you know is wrong but so is its opposite. Some GOP operatives relish a Sanders nomination because they think it will be a cakewalk. Others want Hillary for precisely the same reason. ___

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2016-01-26 13:32:31 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Makes perfect sense.

This is Mark Zuckerberg's closet!

No, really. Zuck took a photo of his closet and posted it on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10102616790362931&set=a.529237706231.2034669.4&type=3&theater

#facebook #zuckerberg___Makes perfect sense.

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2016-01-25 11:50:00 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

"It is my contention that Trump’s success occurs not because of a significant social radicalisation to the Right but because of discontent with the representative political system among Republican voters — and voters in general."

"It is my contention that Trump’s success occurs not because of a significant social radicalisation to the Right but because of discontent with the representative political system among Republican voters — and voters in general."___

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