Thursday 27th of November 2014

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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-11-27 10:02

 

Erdogan accused the US of being "rude" for pressuring it to help save the ISIL-besieged Syrian town of Kobane, which is within sight of the Turkish border.

"Why is somebody coming to this region from 12,000km away?" Erdogan said during an address to a group of businessmen in Ankara, in a clear reference to the US.

"I want you to know that we are against impertinence, recklessness and endless demands," he said.

Biden offended Erdogan last month by suggesting his policies in Syria had helped encourage the rise of the ISIL, a slight that prompted the Turkish president to warn his relationship with the US vice president could be "history".

Washington is pressing Ankara for the use of the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey so US fighter jets can launch assaults on ISIL.

But Turkey has refused to bow to the pressure, setting several conditions for playing a greater role in the coalition.

"They looked on as the tyrant [President Bashar] al-Assad massacred 300,000 people. They remained silent in the face of Assad's barbarism and now they are now staging a 'conscience show' through Kobane," Erdogan said.

"We will resolve our problems not with the help of a 'superior mind' but with the help of our people."

Biden wrapped up a three-day visit to Turkey on Sunday without a breakthrough on military co-operation over the Syrian crisis.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2014/11/erdogan-slams-us-impertinence-over-kobane-2014112611202071572.html

 

See toon at top

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-11-27 08:21

Scientists are warning polar bears in the Arctic could face starvation by the end of the century if sea ice keeps shrinking.

Sea ice projections for the Canadian Arctic Archipelago show global warming could reduce the icy periods polar bears need to hunt and breed each year.

The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is known as the "last ice area" and was thought to be a long-term safe haven for the polar bear.

But researchers said the findings were an early warning sign for the potential impacts of climate change on other Arctic species too.

Dr Andrew Derocher from Canada's University of Alberta said the region's icy conditions were crucial for polar bears, but sea ice projections in the area were not positive.

He said the ice models showed the animals could starve if climate change continued on its current trajectory, as it would not only impact upon the bears, but also their prey.

read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-27/polar-bears-could-face-starvation-by-end-of-century/5920802

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-11-27 08:14

The Abbott government may bypass the Senate to introduce the $7 Medicare co-payment after conceding the key budget policy would not pass the parliament. Follow it live...

 

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2014/nov/27/medicare-co-payment-could-bypass-senate-politics-live

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-11-27 06:51

You wonder why voters wouldn't trust the Abbott government to run a fair competitive tender for construction of new submarines, let alone a Defence Department facing critical issues relating to costs and a culture of abuse?

Defence Minister David Johnston is hardly displaying the qualities needed to oversee the subs decision, let alone his department.

Senator Johnston has embarrassed Australia's defence forces, potentially undermined national security and lost the confidence of South Australians by saying he didn't trust the government-owned ASC - formerly the Australian Submarine Corporation - to build a canoe.

ASC is involved in building three air warfare destroyers for the navy and maintains the Collins class submarines.

Perhaps such a "rhetorical flourish" - his words and those of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, not ours - could be excused if it were an isolated embarrassment.

But the minister's performance has been substandard.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/defence-deserves-better-than-minister-david-johnston-20141126-11u0j3.html

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Just highlighting this minister as substandard is a bit short of the mark, but fair. The ENTIRE ABBOTT REGIME CABINET has been substandard, infantile, stupid, idiotic, bombastic and petty. It's TIME to get rid of them all...

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-11-27 05:38

 

The love-in with Pope Francis is over; or at least it is as far as this Catholic feminist is concerned. On Tuesday he addressed the European parliament in Strasbourg, 27 years after a speech there by his predecessor John Paul II. That was an historic occasion, and this week’s speech was widely touted as something similar: a groundbreaking moment for the pontiff to lay out his stall on Europe and its political direction.

First came entirely laudable entreaties: European politicians, he said, should pull together a united response to assist the boatloads of impoverished and miserable people who come in search of a new life, rather than leaving them to drown on the high seas. There should be more jobs, and better conditions for workers. Europe was failing in these respects, and he wanted it to pull its socks up.

So far, so very good indeed. But then came his massive faux pas. Speaking of the need for Europe to be invigorated, he described the continent as a “grandmother, no longer fertile and vibrant”, and went on to say it risked “slowly losing its own soul”.

read more: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/26/pope-francis-europe-grandmothers-slur-catholic-church

 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-11-26 19:27

 

The Federal Government is abandoning a centrepiece of its May budget, the $7 GP co-payment.

It is one of several measures swept up in what Prime Minister Tony Abbott is calling "a barnacle-clearing" exercise to remove policies slowing the Government's momentum through its second year in office.

Sources have told ABC that the Coalition was "willing to go back to the drawing board".

The Government had not introduced legislation to enact the co-payment in the Lower House as it did not have sufficient support to pass the Senate.

The Coalition was also expected to make further changes to its $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme, a signature policy for Mr Abbott.

The policy would pay new mothers their full salary for six months.

Mr Abbott had already watered down the scheme, lowering the maximum possible payment from $75,000 to $50,000.

Further changes were now in the works.

Government sources denied the scheme was one of the "barnacles" mentioned, but they had foreshadowed "further refinement".

read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-26/gp-copayment-back-to-drawing-board/5918890

 

And to think that Tony Turdy made an international meal out of his now "abandoned" co-payment... But fear more, be vigilant until all the real dust is settled. Turdy has a few more tricks up his sleeves to make your life more miserable anyway... He wont relent... And should he become "reasonable" kick him in the guts anyway at the next election, because no matter what, HE LIES AND LIES AND LIES...

 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-11-26 18:52

 

Defence Minister David Johnston has been censured by the Senate over comments in which he said he would not trust an Adelaide-based submarine-building firm to "build a canoe".

The comments yesterday prompted criticism from workers and the Opposition, as well as several figures in the Government, including frontbencher Jamie Briggs, who described them as "wrong".

The Labor-led censure of Senator Johnston passed 37 votes to 31 with support from the Greens and crossbench senators.

Opposition Senate Leader Penny Wong, who moved the motion, said Senator Johnston should be censured for "undermining confidence" in Australian Defence Force (ADF) capability and "threatening the integrity" of plans to build new submarines.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-26/tony-abbott-defends-david-johnston-over-submarine-remarks/5919590

 

Do these ministers who believe they are stand-up comics know what they are doing? The emphatic response is NO ! They are full of embarrassing carelessness, unknowingness and ratshit right wing windbaggery while parading like rednecks full of regrets because they set their own arse on fire by their own ineptitude... 

 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-11-26 15:58

 

The safety of construction sites across Sydney has been questioned after a crane on a site where a worker died was found to have breached safety standards.

Crane driver Martin Hawes, 66, died while working on a Leighton Constructions site on the Pacific Highway in North Sydney.

He suffered massive head injuries after falling down at least one ladder inside a crane shaft.

Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Uunion NSW secretary Brian Parker said the union was concerned about the safety of cranes for workers on building sites across Sydney.

"There's a possibility that if you fall, you may go through the next section," Mr Parker told 702 ABC Sydney.

"We're very concerned about issues relating to cranes right across Sydney."

The union said inspection showed the crane, which belongs to a contractor, did not meet national safety standards.

"The ladder access to the crane was around 240mm in width," Mr Parker said.

"The standards say it should be no less than 300mm.

"We've also found that in the spot the fall took place, there is a possibility that he could have fallen through two sections of the crane after falling through a manhole."

read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-26/union-says-crane-breached-safety-standards/5919176

 

See picture of another crane at top...

 

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2014-11-26 15:35

 

 

Current record holder is the Shanghai Maglev, also known as the Transrapid, which has a top speed of 430km/h. It achieves this phenomenal speed by using an electromagnetic field to glide above the track, eliminating the drag caused by wheels.

The train operates between Shanghai and the city's Pudong International Airport, a distance of 30.5 kilometres, which it covers in eight minutes for an average speed of 228 km/h.

http://www.traveller.com.au/whats-the-worlds-fastest-passenger-train-11hr1v

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read article at top where the Maglev is mentioned: The Chinese information is that the train takes only a bit more than 7 minutes to do the 30 kms... not 8 minutes. Its record is 510 km/h top speed.