Monday 16th of December 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2019-12-07 13:20

The federal government has released new data that suggests the Morrison government is on track to meet the emissions reduction target it set at the Paris climate conference, but only by including an accounting loophole.

The emissions projections report suggests Australia will better its 2030 emissions target, a 26%-28% cut below 2005 levels, by 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Emissions are expected to be about 16% lower than 2005 by 2030 but the government plans to use controversial “carryover credits” from the Kyoto protocol.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/07/coalition-claims-it-will-meet-paris-climate-targets-but-only-by-using-accounting-loophole

 

So what is planned after 2030? BUGGER ALL ! NOTHING ! NADA! ZIP !  This is called stupidity, hypocritical dumb-ass accounting from deceitful idiots in nappies. So, thanks to the CARBON TAX which was not a tax but a price on carbon that reduced Aussie CO2 emissions under Gillard, this government of ningnong-scumologists are going to get credits for GROWING Australian CO2 emissions !!! How good is that???? Loonies !...

 

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2019-12-07 12:58

Shortly after the federal election, I had a conversation with a figure at the very centre of the Government. 

As we raked over where the election had left the political conversation, I noted the Prime Minister's repeated emphasis on getting on with delivering services to Australians in his public statements.

Did this suggest that a politician so driven by marketing memes had detected a weariness with the ideological wars of politics among disconnected voters, and recognised political self-interest in shaping both the Government's message, and its agenda, around the basics of government service delivery?

Did this mean the Government might abandon some of its ideological warfare against institutions?

"Don't be ridiculous," this person snorted. "If anything, this Government is more ideologically driven than Abbott. They want to win the culture wars they see in education, in the public service, in all of our institutions, and they'll come for the ABC too, of course. There will be a big cleanout at the top of the public service, but Morrison will wait for a while to do that. They believe the Left has been winning the war for the last 20 years and are determined to turn the tables. Morrison will just be craftier about the way he goes about it."

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-07/scott-morrison-australian-public-sector-sidelined-for-ministers/11775144

 

 

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This is why Lambie should NOT GIVE ANYTHING TO THIS TURDY-Scum government (lambie deserves the brickbats... ). Nothing. 

by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2019-12-07 07:18

 

From Paula Matthewson

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Instead of hurling outrage and disappointment at the Senator, causing her to stubbornly dig in, we should redouble our efforts to expand her understanding of the issues that face Australia, and the best ways to solve them.

Better awareness of such solutions would then equip Senator Lambie to inform and change the minds of the voters who listen to her.

Who better than an imperfect, authentic politician with the hide of an elephant to start the repairs on our broken politics?

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/12/06/paula-matthewson-jacqui-lambie/

 

Scumroulade is a salesman. Lambie versus the PM? A lamb to the slaughterhouse via paradise promised... National interest, national security, national hubris will be the pins used by Scumbum to prick that "elephant" hide which is no thicker than a baby's bum skin with a rash. Authentic politician? 

Many of these doctors were involved in the Senate inquiry into the repeal bill. Of the 84 submissions, 82 argued against the repeal. There is a reason the medical profession was united in support of medevac.

This is the crux of the matter. Humanitarianism should trump any "authentic politician" being conned by the present cocky government under the leadeship of a second-hand clapped-out car yard salesman (apologies to honest second-hand clapped-out car yard salespersons).

Lambie deserves the brickbats, as we know she can do better. No point giving a student a 10 out ten for a bad effort, because we want her to feel loved... Wake up. SOME PEOPLE WILL DIE.

 


by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2019-12-07 06:48

By Lucy Komisar

Two years after I wrote the first exposé of fraudster William Browder and his Magnitsky hoax published in the West, by the investigative website 100Reporters, and after growing social media and some alternative media reports about his fabrications, a major western publication, the German Der Spiegel, has run a story by Benjamin Bidder, a reporter posted to Russia for seven years, who exposes Browder as a fraud and his Magnitsky story as a fake.

The lead by Bidder says: 

When the US imposes sanctions for human rights violations, they invoke the case of one prisoner allegedly murdered in Russia. They are based on the reports of the investor Bill Browder. Is the West taken in by a fraudster?”

Yes, and he proves it.


Read more:

https://off-guardian.org/2019/12/06/the-der-spiegel-expose-of-bill-browder/

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What is extraordinary is that the lawmakers in the US were taken by Bill Browder to pass an act in Congress, the Magnitsky Act, based on a pack of lies. It's most likely there were some "accomplices" in the "intelligence services" in order to help Browder and Congress bash Russia as is the current fashion, by "not investigating" Browder as they should have.

 

Browder should be in prison.

by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2019-12-07 05:49
The Vatican reportedly made some questionable and head-scratching investments, including in real estate, lifestyle products, and R-rated and franchise film ventures, through a fund in which they hold a majority stake in.

The Italian daily Corriere della Sera released an investigative report this week detailing some of the more head-scratching investments the Vatican has recently made through the Malta-based Centurion Global Fund, including $1.1 million — or about three percent of the total production budget — put into ‘Rocketman’, a film containing explicit gay sex scenes.

Sera reports that Centurion Global Fund – a Malta based firm with two thirds of its capital entrusted by the Vatican – invested in things like the biopic and Lapo Elkann’s eyewear and lifestyle products company. The money came from worldwide Peter’s Pence collections, a charitable fund for the poor. 

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/475240-vatican-invested-elton-john-gay/

 

 

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See also:

"There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate.
Daphne Caruana Galizia on Oct. 16, 2017, in her last blog entry, posted 24 minutes before her murder.

It's tempting to ask Corinne Vella how she avoided going crazy in the last two years. It is one thing, after all, to lose your sister to a hit job -- to learn that she was murdered in cold blood by a car bomb. But it is quite another to live with the conviction that neither the police, nor the country's government nor public prosecutors seem to have much of an interest in getting to the bottom of the crime.

 

 

Read more:

https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/galizia-murder-investigation-shows-deep-corruption-in-malta-a-1300088.html

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 17:00

The Coalition's decision to repeal a law that secures healthcare rights for refugees is astoundingly cruel, writes Binoy Kampmark.

“WE HAVE Cabinet ministers in here like lemmings coming in here to vote for a Bill we haven’t seen.”  These words from Labor Senator Penny Wong was pointed and relevant to one of the darker chapters in Australian political history. And there have been a few. The Medevac legislation, a necessary law to combat the needlessly cruel state of affairs for asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, is no more. 

Passed in the last sitting week of 2018, it privileged medical opinion in determining the need for emergency medical treatment over political expediency. That did not, as often misrepresented by the Morrison government, remove ministerial discretion altogether. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton could still block transfers, as he had done.

 

Read more:

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-repeal-of-medevac-legislation-sets-an-ugly-precedent,13383

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 16:12

pink sun

5:00 the sun has gone pink, the sky is murky orange and the air is suffocating...

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 14:40

Jetstar ground crews and baggage handlers across the country have voted to strike in the weeks leading up to Christmas and beyond.

The decision was taken after airline operators rejected their demands for better employment conditions.

These included 30 guaranteed hours of work per week and increases in current wages, which the Transport Workers’ Union says are among the lowest rates in the industry.

The final decision on whether Jetstar pilots also will take industrial action in a bid for better pay and conditions will be announced on Friday afternoon.

The ballot for pilots voting to strike closes at noon on Friday after being open for a week.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/dec/06/jetstar-ground-crews-to-strike-in-lead-up-to-christmas-over-pay-and-conditions

 

 

Cartoon at top by Cathy Wilcox... Gus is too lazy (actually having a chronic bronchitis flare up due to the smoke)...

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 14:17


how good is that?...

Sometimes, the medical profession and governments are on the same page. Examples are public health initiatives like immunisation programs or bowel cancer and cervical screening programs, when medical expertise informs policy.

This week we sadly saw the opposite, an ugly clash between medical ethics and political expedience.

On one side, there were 13 medical colleges, the Australian Medical Association and thousands of doctors who were arguing passionately to keep the medevac process in place.

On the other side, a government hell-bent on repealing a piece of legislation that gave doctors the ability to carry out our professional oath to do no harm, and to put the patient’s needs at the forefront of decisions about medical care.

When I heard about the repeal of the medevac legislation, I felt a mixture of emotions, but mainly a profound sense of sadness. This repeal signals a return to the government’s unambiguously cruel and inhumane policy in the treatment of a small cohort of people seeking asylum. These are among the most vulnerable people on the planet.

The decision to repeal medevac is an absolute violation of Australia’s obligations under international law to provide these refugees with safe asylum and medical care. It also strikes at the heart of our medical training and ethical principles.

Before medevac, medical treatment of refugees in offshore detention was often delayed until conditions were life threatening and even then, human rights lawyers were often forced to fight for their transfer in the courts. Before medevac, 12 people died in offshore detention.

Usually cloaked in secrecy, the dire situation on Nauru and Manus Island began to emerge in late 2018. Brave whistleblowers, risking a jail sentence for speaking out, told us of the intolerable conditions in Australian offshore refugee facilities.

When the medevac legislation was passed, the government made no apparent attempt to set up a process to honour the new law. It was left to a group of doctors who came to be known as the Merg (Medical Evacuation Response Group) to set up an urgent triaging and assessment system. It was essential that this process was to be a robust and as credible as possible. Many of these doctors were involved in the Senate inquiry into the repeal bill. Of the 84 submissions, 82 argued against the repeal. There is a reason the medical profession was united in support of medevac. It fulfilled one of the most basic of medical ethics – to provide medical care based on need and without discrimination.


Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/06/to-those-stuck-in-offshore-detention-we-will-keep-fighting-for-you-the-medevac-repeal-is-not-the-end