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Thursday, 24 August

23:17

Japans Lobbying to export Fukushima produce "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

If we are to believe the Japanese government and the Fukushima local government all Fukushima produce are deliciously safe for consumption and safe to be exported, all having passed the strictest controls for the foreign consumers 100% safety..There is no left radiation, nor contamination in Fukushima Prefecture. Smile and you will remain safe and healthy!!!

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Fukushima food exports to Malaysia rise as radiation stigma fades

KUALA LUMPUR Fukushima Prefecture aims to export 100 tons of rice and 15 tons of peaches to Malaysia by next year, its governor said Wednesday, evidence of fading concern over the safety of food products from the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster.

In the aftermath of the earthquake and the nuclear plant incident, the agriculture sector suffered very much. We have to deal with negative rumor. But things are slowly recovering, Gov. Masao Uchibori said at a press conference in the Malaysian capital

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23:14

Fukushima ice wall facing doubts as project nears completion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Barrier will block only a fraction of groundwater contamination

0823N-Fukushima-Daiichi_article_main_imageWork has begun on the final 7 meters of an ice wall at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

TOKYO Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings began Tuesday the final phase of an underground ice wall around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant intended to reduce groundwater contamination, though experts warn the bold project could be much less effective than once hoped.

At 9 a.m., workers began activating a refrigeration system that will create the last 7 meters of a roughly 1.5km barrier of frozen earth around the plants reactor buildings, which were devastated by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns of March 2011. Masato Kino, an official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry supervising the cleanup, spoke cautiously at the occasion, noting that producing results is more important than the simple act of freezing that particular segment

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19:40

When the Police Knock on Your Door : Your Rights and Options: A Legal Guide and Poster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

If the police knock on your door

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.


Click the image above for downloadable PDF.

Say No, you cannot come in. I do not consent to a search.

Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.


Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that the phone numbers you have written out in your home may be discovered by police.


Do not sign anything you are given without seeking advice from a lawyer first.

Lying to police may result in criminal charges. The safest thing is to not engage with them at all.

Rehearse the phrases on this poster. That way, when the time comes, you will feel confident enough to deny them entry, access, and information.


If They Want to Conduct a Seach

Ask if they have a search warrant that is signed by a judge. It must be no more than ten days old. If they do not have a search warrant:

  • Sa...

11:47

Explainer: Marriage Equality Postal Plebiscite High Court Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Human Rights Law Centre has taken urgent legal action in the High Court on behalf of Australian Marriage Equality and Senator Janet Rice against the Australian Government to stop the marriage equality postal plebiscite.

We want marriage equality

All Australians should have the same opportunities for love, commitment and happiness. All Australians should be able to marry the person they love. We have been working closely with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) community for years to achieve marriage equality.

In 2014, we represented Australian Marriage Equality in a High Court case on ACTs marriage laws, and helped to convince the court to rule that the Australian Parliament has the power to pass laws to achieve marriage equality.

This is how marriage equality can be achieved in Australia with a simple vote right now by our elected Members of Parliament. The majority of the nation backs this straightforward reform. But the Coalition Government refuses to allow this vote to happen without a plebiscite first

We dont need a marriage equality plebiscite

A plebiscite is a vote by the public to decide a particular issue. Legally, we dont need a plebiscite to achieve marriage equality. But the Coalition Government decided that it wants to run a plebiscite on marriage equality. The decision to push for a plebiscite was a tactic by MPs opposed to marriage equality.

Parliament doesnt want a plebiscite

The Government twice asked the Parliament to approve laws to allow the plebiscite to happen. Twice the Parliament rejected these laws in August last year and again in August this year.

So whats the postal plebiscite?

Because Parliament refused to approve laws for a plebiscite, the Government has tried to sidestep Parliament by asking the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to run what the Government has called a postal plebiscite.

Postal plebiscite is unnecessary, divisive and harmful

11:25

The solar step: Our community is ours to change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

From renewables procrastination and fear to action, and even a guitar and beer

Guest in the sustainable studio on 23 August 2017 is Suzie Brown from Ocean Grove who is one of the founders of Reenergise Geelong and speaker at an exciting community renewable energy forum coming up on Sunday 27 August in Barwon Heads.

Prerecorded audio clips with Danish renewables mobiliser Sren Hermansen, who speaks about his experience with turning Sams into a carbon-free island community, and professor Mark Diesendorf from University of New South Wales who talks about how South Australia can reach 100 per cent renewables in the electricity grid.


Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 183 on 94.7 The Pulse:

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05:54

Yoda bat happy to be recognized as new species "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The character Yoda, the venerable Jedi Master from the Star Wars franchise, may have come from a galaxy far, far away, but his face seems to pop up a lot here on Earth. Earlier this year, two new species of tarsier were described by scientists. Tarsiers look so much like Yoda that they inspired an unconfirmed rumor that the character was based on the small but surprisingly capable creatures from the island nations of Southeast Asia. A new fruit bat species found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and described in the Records of the Australian Museum this month also resembles Yoda closely enough that it has actually been referred to simply as the Yoda bat at least until now. Since most remote Papuans have never seen Star Wars, I thought it fitting to use a local name: the Hamamas meaning happy tube-nosed fruit bat, Nancy Irwin, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of York in the UK and author of the study describing the species, said in a statement. Irwin explains why the happy moniker seemed an appropriate choice: The species is very difficult to tell apart from other tube-nosed bat species. Bat species often look similar to each other, but differ significantly in behaviour, feeding and history. Most of the morphological characteristics that separate this bat from other species are associated with a broader, rounder jaw which gives the appearance of a constant smile. The Hamamas (happy) tube-nosed

03:57

Cape Cod Shark Cull Lunacy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I am livid after reading the County Commissioner of Barnstables stupid shark cull proposal for Cape Cod. He has proposed what he calls a localized shark hazard mitigation strategy that would involve luring and killing sharks that lurk too close to the Capes popular swimming beaches. Tagging the sharks and studying them is all well and good, Ronald Beaty said by phone. But when the day comes an innocent child is eaten or maimed for life by the time somebody is killed by a shark here, its too late.

South Australia's Shark Cull has been widely ridiculed by Scientisits

South Australias Shark Cull has been widely ridiculed by Scientisits

Beatys language just wreaks of jaundiced PR spin. Terms like Innocent child maimed for life pulls at our heart strings. Then for sharks he portrays them as evil with terms like lurking too close to shore, as though the sharks shouldnt even be there. The trouble is this is just persuasive language that totally ignores the facts.

For example, since 1937 not a single person has been killed by shark attack in Massachusetts, yet over 20,000 people have died by murder or car accident. Each year in Massachusetts alone, around 26 people drown for goodness sake. And 10 people die by falling out of bed. If Beaty, a convicted felon I might add, is so worried about the lives of his constituents, perhaps he should be legislating on bed heights, guns, beach swimming and road safety, rather than going after the poor old sharks that have been falsely maligned ever since Jaws came out.

Beaty made a few other crazy statements as well. His proposal, he claimed, is modeled after the successful baited drum line techniques used in South Africa and Australia. This is more bullshit. The program in South Australia was a dismal failure, and has now been abandoned after their EPA ruled it never made the beaches any safer, while killing a large number of non-target animals.

And dont get me started on South Africas cull, which has been ridiculed by Scientists for decades. I witnessed it first hand last year and it is a disgrace They parade dead sharks in front of school groups and tourists, trying to justify their cull, but in reality the program has simply evolved into a cushy employment program that exploits animals, and benefits corrupt officials. There is no scientific evidence supporting the cull in South Africa or Australia, nor in Cape Cod.

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Wednesday, 23 August

20:06

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

China Slams US Sanctions on Firms
By Chu Daye
Global Times
Published: 2017/8/23 20:48:39

US ignores China's peninsula initiative

China has expressed strong opposition to unilateral sanctions by the US on Chinese companies and individuals for allegedly assisting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The US Treasury Department announced on Tuesday that it has listed 10 firms and six individuals from China and Russia for allegedly facilitating North Korea's weapons programs.

China is opposed to unilateral sanctions outside the UN Security Council's framework, especially countries which interfere in accordance with their own laws on Chinese firms and individuals, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday.

Hua said the US action will not help solve the problem and enhance mutual trust and cooperation with China, and urged the US to correct it.

Chinese experts said on Wednesday that the US sanctions are part of its belief that China is responsible for North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and that it would have a negative impact on bilateral trade.

Calls to Dandong Zhicheng Metallic Materials Company, JinHou International Holding Company, and Dandong Tianfu Trade Company, all identified by the US Treasury Department, went unanswered.

A person at Dandong Rich Earth Trading Company declined to comment.

L Chao, a researcher on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, said that the US action, which cites US law but is outside the UN framework, is utterly inappropriate and infringes on China's sovereignty.

"China's sanctions on North Korea are consistent with the Security Council's resolution. If Chinese companies and individuals violate the sanctions, it's the Chinese government's responsibility to act on them," L told the Global Times on Wednesday.

"If there were such violations, the US should inform the Chinese government through the UN. The US' 'long-arm jurisdiction' is unacceptable," L said.

Starting from August 15, China has banned imports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lea...

19:13

Leftists Respond To Charlottesville: A Field Guide For Anti-Fascist Organizing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including an attack by a neo-Nazi that resulted in 19 injuries and the death of Heather Heyer, brought into focus the danger of white supremacy. It reminded Americans of the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States.

It also catapulted resistance to white nationalism into the limelight, resistance which has taken many forms: Black Lives Matter; INCITE!; subdivisions of socialist organizations; Refuse Fascism, sponsored by Revolutionary Communist Party organization, and leftist parties like Workers World Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Each has worked tirelessly to resist not only physical displays of racism but systematic abuses perpetuated by the state.

I spoke to members of the Workers World Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Democratic Socialists of America, and Refuse Fascism about the ongoing struggle against a system that actively seeks to further marginalize a number of communities, and destroy a growing left movement. They outline not only what a leftist response to white supremacy should look like but also why white nationalist groups will not simply crumble and disappear if they are ignored.

Democratic Socialists of America Jewish Solidarity Caucus (JSC)

Lane Silberstein, 29-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and IfNotNow

Emily Lever, 24-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and the Socialist Feminist Working Group

Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence?

Silberstein: The JSC believes in self-defense, direct action, and materialist analysis. Howeverand this might be a dissatisfying answerthe JSC also comes together with liberal Jewish groups to form coalitions against fascism. The left will have to really think about when and how to organize alongside liberal groups, but not be afraid to call them to task. DSA is holding rallies with [International Socialist Organization], [Industrial Workers Of the World] and [Movement For Black Lives], et al, in attempts to unite the left; but JSC exists in part to radicalize liberal Jews and inform them of Jewish socialist history and praxis [which is enacting or putting theory into practice].

Lever: There is even more of a sense of urgency than there was before and a renewed understanding that the left needs to set aside ideological differences and pull together. DSA may be the largest socialist organization in the country, but 25,000 members is still tiny in the grand scheme of things.

The left needs to both grow, including by calling to action pr...

11:50

North Koreas angry response to Australia participating in USA- South Korea war games "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

North Korea fires back at suicidal Australia over war games http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/north-korea-fires-back-at-suicidal-australia-over-war-games/news-story/de1d5835b92982ee2eee237da4e2b7cf,   PRIMROSE RIORDAN, Political reporter, Canberra, @primroseriordan 22 Aug 17

North Korea has attacked Malcolm Turnbull for sending Australian Defence Force personnel to join US-led war games, describing it as a suicidal act.

After being singled out by the North Korean regime, the Prime Minister issued a statement late yesterday staring down threats against Australia.

North Korea has shown it has no regard for the welfare of its own population, no regard for the security and good relations with its neighbours and no regard for international law, he said.

We call on all countries to redouble their efforts, including through implementation of agreed UN Security Council resolutions, to bring North Korea to its senses and end its reckless and dangerous threats to the peace of our region and the world.

North Korea has warned Australia against further aggression in response to the governments commitment to the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian War Games, which began yesterday.

Not long after the Australian Prime Minister had stated that they would join in the aggressive moves of the US even referring to ANZUS which exists in name only the Australian military announced that they would dispatch their troops to the aggressive nuclear exercises of the US, said a spokesman from North Koreas Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This is a suicidal act of inviting disaster as it is an illustration of political immaturity unaware of the seriousness of the current situation.

Defence Minister Marise Payne sent more than two dozen ADF members to join the 10-day war games between the US and South Korea.

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11:46

By 2050 the number of climate migrants might reach one billion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate Migrants Might Reach One Billion by 2050 http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/08/climate-migrants-might-reach-one-billion-by-2050/, 

Although not yet based on definite scientific projections, the proven speed with which the process of climate change has been taking place, might lead to such a scenario by 2050. If so, 1 in 9 human beings would be on the move by then.

Migrants in Countries in Crisis: Guidelines

Currently, forecasts vary from 25 million to 1 billion environmental migrants by 2050, moving either within their countries or across borde...

11:43

Non nuclear production of medical radioisotopes st South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 85% of ANSTO Lucas Heights isotope production is for Technetium 99. This can also be made in a cyclotron by using electricity which makes NO Intermediate Level Waste & NO long lived LLW thereby negating a national radioactive dump facility
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11:34

Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Where theres mining there is no justice  http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/traditional-owners-fighting-adani-undeterred-by-qld-court-outcome/

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine  say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani  have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine.  The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says,

Where theres mining theres no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth.  We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing  our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.  We are not done yet. We will exhaust all legal avenues in our fight to for our rights and to protect our country.  We have further litigation challenging their fake land use agreement in the Court, with a hearing date set for March 2018.

There will be no surrender. , Mr Burragubba concluded.

Continue reading W&Js statement here:
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11:31

24 Million Now Impacted by Flooding in Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Heavens Continue to Unleash Their Fury on Southeast Asia 24 Million Now Impacted by Flooding as Hato Approaches https://robertscribbler.com/2017/08/23/the-heavens-continue-to-unleash-their-fury-on-southeast-asia-24-million-now-impacted-by-flooding-as-hato-approaches/

The far heavier rains of a warming world have fallen hard over Southeast Asia for nearly two months. In India and Nepal more than 18 million have been affected. But the floodwaters in these higher lands have combined into great torrents flooding downstream into Bangladesh. A country that is now witnessing its worst flood in 100 years as one-third of its low-lying land mass is covered by water.

The damage for such a poor country sitting at the forefront of a growing climate-change-based destruction from the recent extreme rain event has been tremendous. At least 115 people have died. Nearly six million have been impacted. The government has run out of medicine, water purification tablets, and temporary shelters for the hundreds of thousands of people displaced. More than 400,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed. Fully half a million hom...

11:28

Fear and loathing in Americas Environment Protection Agency (EPA) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

turning the agency into a hollow shell by whacking its budget, overturning rules based on bogus reports and keeping employees in the dark allows Pruitt and his allies to claim publicly that all they are doing is restricting the EPA to its original purpose, not demolishing it.

In fact, the damage that Pruitt is inflicting will take years to repair.

Scott Pruitts EPA Is Crazyland, Clean Technica , August 22nd, 2017 ..By Meteor Blades     Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton at The New York Times report that Pruitt has injected a sense of paranoia at the agency, making career employees feel as if they are the enemy. Those staffers say floors at EPA HQ are frequently locked, and if they wish to see Pruitt, they must have an escort. They are often told to leave their cellphones behind and not to take notes in meetings with him:

Mr. Pruitt, according to the employees, who requested anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs, often makes important phone calls from other offices rather than use the phone in his office, and he is accompanied, even at E.P.A. headquarters, by armed guards, the first head of the agency to ever request round-the-clock security.

A former Oklahoma attorney general who built his career suing the E.P.A., and whose LinkedIn profile still describes him as a leading advocate against the EPAs activist agenda, Mr. Pruitt has made it clear that he sees his mission to be dismantli...

11:24

23 August More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • Origin Energy faces three shareholder resolutions on climate
    Coordinated by environmental finance group Market Forces, shareholders in Origin Energy have filed a series of resolutions with the oil and gas major.

11:20

30MW battery to create renewables-based mini grid in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 http://reneweconomy.com.au/30mw-battery-to-create-renewables-based-mini-grid-in-south-australia-63304/, By Giles Parkinson on 23 August 2017 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says it is providing $12 million towards the $30 million cost of a major battery storage installation to be located on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and close to the Wattle Point wind farm.

The 30MW/8MWh large scale battery will deliver both network services and market services, and is the result of a lengthy study begun in 2014 called ESCRI (Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration) by local grid operator ElectraNet, Worley Parsons and AGL.

It is designed principally to provide fast frequency response and help balance the local network, but it will also help reduce congestion on the Heywood interconnector with Victoria, because its placement means more power can be transported over the line. This should relieve constraints imposed by the market operator.

It will also have the ability to island the local network pairing with the local 90MW Wattle Point wind farm and local rooftop solar PV as a local micro-grid to ensure grid security and so keep the lights on in case the network failures elsewhere in the state.

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11:17

23 August REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • BOC to collaborate with CSIRO on revolutionary $3.4m hydrogen project
    BOC will support CSIRO during its $3.4 million ammonia to hydrogen cracking and membrane purification project that is set to revolutionise the global supply chain for hydrogen.
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07:39

Why I Still have Faith in Ogeros New Management "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ive been following up on the internet situation ever since I started blogging and it saddens me to say that nothing much has changed ever since. Its been 7 years now and were still being promised fiber optics but in reality, internet is shit and if it wasnt for 3G/4G connections, half the country would have been running on a 2Mbps connection, if not less.

The MOTs 2020 plan that was announced with Minister Harb made us all believe change is coming. I remember I was so excited back then I wrote the blog post around 4AM from the hospital the same day my wife was giving birth. Unfortunately, the plan was flushed down the drain and what followed was the downfall of the man responsible for the crappy internet situation we are in, a certain Abdel Menhem Youssef.

With Youssef out and Imad Kreidieh in, we were promised once again better internet within months and PM Hariri even went as far as promising a twenty-fold increase in internet speed, which obviously did not happen yet.

However, Ogeros head is making changes and the #UnleashTheSpeed campaign was a success followed by the open speeds plans announced for those living close by to the Ogero stations. New plans were announced with higher speeds and cheaper prices and Fiber Optics plans were listed for the first time ever.

Ogero head went live to answer peoples questions back in April

Is that enough? Of course not. Because unless ALL people get better internet and theres a serious plan to deploy fiber optics, this is what we call Ter2ee3 and will eventually lead to more fail...

05:15

The Benefit Of The Doubt: Try It Some Time, My Fellow Facebookers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Passion is a good thing. Flogging someone to death (virtually) online probably isnt. Nelly Thomas wishes for a gentler conversation.

For those of you who are politically inclined (Im looking at you New Matilda readers) passions run deep. Most of us actually do sincerely care about the issues we fight and agitate about, and for many of us, the issues are personal.

This is both an asset and strength.

If you dont care about an issue, whats the point thats just ego or grandstanding (and yes, we all know people for whom this is true).

If you do care, youre likely easily triggered by the issues and passionate discussion can quickly lead to no discussion at all.

I had one of those experiences recently on Facebook where I was accused of a prejudice I dont believe I hold. Nothing unusual there Ive only been on Facebook for about a month but Ive been in public life for 15 years and know its par for the course to be misunderstood and/or misrepresented.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

And I can tell this is even more likely on Facebook where tone and nuance are lost and where theres no conch to pass to piggy. No benefit of the doubt is given and theres little room for good intentions or mistakes. But nonetheless, it made me think.

The world feels like it has gone mad.

I know every generation has said that, and Ive always thought there were mostly wack-a-doodles running the joint, but at the moment I feel genuinely scared. We are facing deep and serious problems and the debate seems to be getting ever more polarised.

Lots of people are talking, not many seem to be listening.

And when I say listening, I mean being fully present with two ears open and one mouth closed. When I think of this particular moment in history, I think of children shouting into the wind.

A few things for us, as activists, to consider. One is that being an activist is bloody tiring. Theres the necessary thinking, reading, volunteer work and the like, but theres also the energy it takes to live your principles day-to-day and, to remain civil in the face of what can feel like incomprehensible stupidity.

It also absolutely necessary.

Yes, theres a time and place for fighting extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, but this must be the last resort. Wherever possible, I do believe opposing points of view should be debated respectfully if we want a better world. In short, pick your battles....

02:00

Trump Plays a Familiar Card "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

That was quick

In early July, I wrote that the US would make a strategic play to send American natural gas to Eastern Europe.

Well, guess whatLithuania just became the first ex-Soviet state to import some this week.

The US is stealing market share from Russia here. This wont be good news for the men in Moscow.

Oil and gas dominate the Russian economy even more than iron ore and coal dominate ours. Every lost sale hurts.

Russian gas used to have a monopoly market here, and it gave Russia enormous geopolitcal sway. The implied threat was always shutting down the pipelines.

Except thats now weakening. And make no mistake: Lithuania is definitely giving the bird to Russia right now.

The Financial Times quotes Lithuanias energy minister as saying,

We are happy to reach a point where importing gas from U.S. is not only politically desirable but also commercially viable.

Notice the politics comes first and the price second.

The US will treat the Baltic states and Poland favourably to keep Russia contained on its Western border. Even sweeter, these energy exports are going to send a lot of money back to the US.

This is only just gearing up. The company actually shipping the gas isnt just exporting to Europe. Its also shipping to Latin America and Asia.

More gas will follow, and export cheap energy all over the world.

This is wildly bullish for European countries like Spain, without much in the way of energy reserves. It will bring costs down.

But thats not all

Trump: no real maverick here

We know now that Trump is not the true maverick he appeared to be before the election. Therell be no genuine attempt to dismantle the US military industrial complex.

That means the giant US defence firms will continue to see a river of government money flow to them.

Look no further than Afghanistan for proof of this. Trump has now reversed his position to withdraw the US military from Afghanistan. The US is now going to add more troops and treasure to the 16-year war.

I also find it interesting that Trump has singled out Pakistan for further American pressure. Pakistan has become a strategic place for another big player in town China.

 

Beijing has built a strategic port on the Pakistani coast, which gives China access to the Indian Ocean, and the potential to send energy imports to its eastern pro...

00:53

ADF says determined to stamp out abuse "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart delivering the opening remarks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing into the Australian Defence Force in Sydney. AAP Image/Jeremy Piper

Counsel Assisting Angus Stewart delivering the opening remarks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing into the Australian Defence Force in Sydney. AAP Image/Jeremy Piper

The Australian Defence Force will not forget its past failures in its determination to stamp out abuse, its vice chief says.

The child abuse royal commission has found the Navy and Army failed in their duty of care to junior recruits and apprentices, who were sexually and physically abused decades ago.

The commission also said Defence has not been entirely successful in preventing child sexual abuse within the ADF Cadets despite a number of reviews since at least 2000.

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, who apologised to victims during the commissions public hearing, said the courage of the abuse survivors and their families has been an important catalyst for change in the ADF.

What happened to them was wrong, Vice Admiral Griggs said after the commission released its findings on Tuesday.

However, their stories of personal suffering have helped change the ADF and strengthened the resolve of the senior leadership to stamp out abuse in Defence.

Vice Admiral Griggs said the victims who had come forward to the royal commission, the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce and Defence more generally were owed a debt of gratitude.

The failures of the past will not be forgotten; but it is reassuring that the royal commission has acknowledged the significant work that has been undertaken by Defence to create uniformed child safety procedures and protocols.

He said that did not mean Defence could relax its commitment.

The safety and wellbeing of children involved with, or working within, Defence is paramount, which is why significant resources have been committed to embedding an enduring youth safety culture within the organisation.

The commission found the management systems at HMAS Leeuwin in Western...

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