Friday 31st of October 2014

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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-10-30 23:13

Just a few years ago, the idea of the West working together with the Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan would have been preposterous. Over the past three decades, PKK has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of Turkish civilians, providing the US and the European Union ample reason to keep the group on its lists of terrorist organizations. For many in the West, however, these former outlaws have become solitary heroes in the fight to save the Middle East from IS. With an estimated size of 15,000 fighters, PKK is the strongest fighting force in the region and the only one that seems willing and able to put up a fight against Islamic State. They are disciplined and efficient in addition to being pro-Western and secular.

The West would have preferred to rely on the PKK's Kurdish rivals, the 100,000-strong Peshmerga force of the northern Iraq autonomous region. But Peshmerga was overpowered by Islamic State. Furthermore, they have little combat experience, a dearth of modern weaponry, insufficient training and no central command. It isn't really even a true army, merely a hodgepodge of extracurricular clubs, partisan troops and special units. In August, they ceded the Sinjar Mountains to IS virtually without a fight, forcing thousands of Kurdish Yazidis to flee. The Peshmerga retreated elsewhere too in the face of IS advances.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Massoud Barzani, the president of northern Iraq, is essentially a family-run business with an associated small state, as corrupt as it is conservative. The PKK, and its Syrian counterpart YPG, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. The tightly run cadre isn't democratic, but neither is it corrupt -- and in Kobani, they are giving their all in the fight against Islamic State. Indeed, it was the PKK that succeeded in establishing a protective corridor in Sinjar that enabled tens of thousands of Yazidis to flee. It was also PKK that defended the cities of Makhmour and Kirkuk in Iraq against Islamic State militias.

The US Air Force is now air-dropping weapons for YPG fighters in Kobani, while the German military is delivering bazookas to the Peshmerga -- and not to Kobani where they are far more urgently needed. Everyone is assuring that these weapons won't fall into the hands of the PKK. Meanwhile, Turkey has acquiesced to allowing Peshmerga fighters to join the fray in Kobani and politicians in Europe and the United States are timidly considering removing PKK from their lists of terrorist organizations. To many, it seems like a necessary step when establishing a partnership with the PKK, even if it would mean conflict with Turkey.

 

read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/kurdish-fight-against-islamic-state-could-fundamentally-change-region-a-999538.html

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-10-30 16:25

The terrorism scare isn’t going very well for the Abbott Government lately, with people more worried about the cost of living than ISIL, writes Bob Ellis.

THE HOME-GROWN ISIL BOGEYMAN isn’t playing very well for the Liberals lately.

The boy they shot dead was seventeen. The boy in the recruiting video was a teenager too — red-haired and blue-eyed and clearly naive. It seemed wrong he should go to gaol for twenty-five years, or be targeted for assassination by drone in Iraq or Syria. And the Australian master terrorist Mohammad Ali Baryalei, now reportedly dead – killed perhaps by a fighter bomber ASIO gave information to – didn’t kill any of us, though he probably wanted to.

So the score, thus far, is two of them dead, none of us.

And yet no Australian on Australian soil has died of ‘terrorism’ since January 1915 — three months before Gallipoli, 100 years ago.

And so little is the issue resonating that a rise in the price of petrol of 40 cents a week has overwhelmed it.

People feel safe enough with the Muslims they know and they’d rather gripe about petrol prices.

read more: http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/yesterdays-bogeyman-and-the-petrol-tax,7049

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-10-30 15:12

Today in unnerving statistics, a poll has found more Britons believe in aliens and ghosts than God.

The survey of 1,500 adults and 500 children, carried out online for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! by OnePoll, found more than half of adults believe that there is alien life, while only a quarter believe in God.

Of the children polled, 26 per cent believe aliens are disguised as humans while one in 20 thought they knew an alien - and of those, one in 20 suggested their mother as the likely culprit.

In the 2011 census 59.3 per cent of the population described themselves as Christian - but that doesn’t necessarily mean they were believers. A YouGov poll of 1,500 Anglican clergy this week found one in 50 priests believe God to be a human construct, while 16 per cent of priests say they are unclear on what they think about God.

http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/more-people-believe-in-aliens-and-ghosts-than-god--xJ3xFtsaIe

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-10-30 15:07

 

Greg Hunt vows emissions trading is dead and won’t be revived for 20 years or more. But he has quietly given himself the power to bring back a form of carbon trading, and he has advice that if he doesn’t use it, Australia cannot meet the climate promises it has made to the world.

The seeds of an emissions trading scheme are buried in the deal Hunt did with crossbench senators. And the power for them to bloom into a new form of carbon trading also rests with him.

The catch is, if he doesn’t allow this to happen, Australia is very unlikely to meet its 2020 emissions reduction targets, and has almost no chance of meeting the deeper targets it will have to commit to after that.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/30/emissions-trading-back-in-the-game-direct-action-proves-ineffective

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Crap... Usually Lenore Taylor is more astute than this. The whole purpose of the Palmer/Abbott (Hunt) exercise is to get that ghastly direct action up and running no matter what — while giving THE ILLUSION OF KEEPING OPTIONS  opened till the next elections... More lies, more lies, more lies, more lies, — this time disguised as an option which the Abbott regime has NO INTENT to even look at, just bait the gullible public with it.... 

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-10-30 12:38

Apparently Bill Shorten is asking Turdy Abbott to review the draconian laws about journalists revealing stuff the government wants to hide under false pretences... because Bill forgot to read the small print... Idiot...  Meanwhile Brandis assures us he'll be a perfect neo-fascist gentleman where Journalists are concerned:

 

 

Attorney-General George Brandis has sought to quell free speech concerns about the government's national security reforms by giving himself the power to veto prosecutions of journalists who publish details of undercover ASIO operations.

The decision follows a growing backlash against a law passed more than a month ago that includes jail terms of up to 10 years for anyone who discloses details about ASIO "special operations", during which the security agency's officers would have partial legal immunity in the event they have to break the law in the course of their work.

Amid concerns that the law could prevent journalists reporting on, say, botched special operations, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wrote to Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday asking that an independent watchdog on national security laws review the clause by the middle of next year.



These are all neo-fascist fucuping idiots, with lying as much as possible on their minds in order to protect their idiotic arse ...

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-10-30 10:53

 

With Greg Hunt boasting on ABC 7.30 about yesterday’s deal with Clive Palmer, as well as the repeal of the “carbon tax”, Lachlan Barker looks at his dubious claims about lower electricity prices.

FEDERAL ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Greg Hunt was in high spirits on the ABC last night aftersealing a deal with coal mining magnate and Federal MP Clive Palmer to establish a Soviet-style fund to pay Big Carbon taxpayers’ money to voluntarily stop polluting.

He was in such good spirits some unkind people have even suggested that he may imbibed one too many celebratory champagnes after the press conference announcing the deal and before his interview with Leigh Sales on7.30. This seems unkind, though there certainly did not seem to be much sensible information emerging from his mouth.

One of the things Hunt did want to gush out ‒ and did so, over and over again, speaking over Sales, much to her annoyance ‒ was that he had also recently managed to repeal the carbon tax, “lowering electricity prices” for consumers.

Indeed, Hunt and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann have both recently released press releases crowing about a drop in electricity prices and how this is due to the repeal of the carbon tax. None of their media spin, however, mentioned why power prices are so high — network chargesthe gold plating of the poles and wires. What’s worse, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) even says, literally in black and white, that it is impossible to quantify to effect of removing the carbon tax on electricity prices.

read more: http://www.independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/greg-hunt-and-the-paid-polluters-electricity-prices,7048

 

Of course, Palmer was lying when he said that the "direct action was dead in the water"... The deal he has made with Hunt on behalf of turdy Abbott is not worth the ink from the MMMM, which also stains the BBC... Reporters, journalists have no clue as to the way the goose was cooked... Cheaper electricity by a measly fist of dollars while the planet will burn. Idiots... Greedy stupid idiots.

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-10-30 07:32

 

A year after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the University of California, Berkeley, conducted a postmortem of the media coverage of the so-called “Iraq war”. The conferenceincluded academics, journalists, UN weapons inspectors and diplomats.

UC Berkeley also invited Lieutenant Colonel Rick Long, whose job it had been to prepare journalists to be embedded with American forces as they rolled into Iraq. The invasion would soon be described as “the greatest strategic disaster in US history”, by no less than retired Lieutenant General William Odom, a former senior military and intelligence official in the Carter and Reagan administrations.

But, as Long told the gathering, the strategy for managing the media had been beautifully executed:

Frankly, our job is to win the war. Part of that is information warfare. So we are going to attempt to dominate the information environment. Overall, we were very happy with the outcome.

When we needed them most, the Fourth Estate rolled overand let the military establishments of the belligerent countries tickle their tummies.

http://theconversation.com/when-governments-go-to-war-the-fourth-estate-goes-awol-32167

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Of course, the English hegemony media has been working together with governments ever since the disastrous revelations during the Vietnam War. The US vowed never to repeat the exposure of the real information — about the true reason for war and about the true cost of the war. Embedded means "sleeping" in the same bed. 

On this site we have not shied away from exposing this awful state of affair and ALL the MMMM (too often including the Sydney Morning Herald) sleep with the neo-fascists that try to make us swallow they are "Liberals" while in Australia they are ultra-CONservatives who lie and lie and lie to get in power and stay in power. Independent media? My foot.

I have been looking for an old Gus' post that did explain earlier (about 2005) on how the war deceptions were promoted by media and government but there has been some drop-offs when the site moved platform. Will carry on searching. See story and image at top.

 

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2014-10-30 06:48

Anyone reading the news today would believe that Abbott has caved-in on his climate change views. Total bollocks... It's yet another trick from Clive Palmer to make us swallow the stupid "direct action" from our turd in chief Abbott. Remember Clive told us categorically that the "direct action was dead in the water". He was bullshitting of course.

Now if you carefully study this "compromise" — the "deal" with Clive two-faced Palmer means NOTHING more than a pseudo-study of "emission trading schemes around the world" that will drag us through unclear lalaland till the next election, when more shit sandwich promises will be made by our turd in chief Abbott... 

Trust Old Gus: Clive Palmer and Tony Abbott work together like a cat and a dog that destroy your lounge-room furniture and make you believe that the goldfish did it. 

This stupid deal was obvious from the start in the scheme of a "double-cross"... The sad thing is that the MMMM (mediocre mass media de mierda) is in on the con trick as well, or can't see beyond the backflip of the turd, which is no more than a hypocritical snub and a bit of cash (that will cost nothing to the turd) to pay for a pie in the sky study to keep us amused till the next election... 


It's rubbish double-cross alla Palmer-Abbott... Read carefully: the possibility blah blah blah...

 

 

Tony Abbott has left open the possibility of a return to emissions trading in a trade-off for the Palmer United Party's support for his controversial Direct Action climate policy.

A deal was struck late on Wednesday afternoon after protracted negotiations and represents a major symbolic concession by the Prime Minister, who once swore a blood oath to repeal the carbon tax and never again have a price on carbon.

Under the agreement, the government has backflipped on a promise to abolish the Climate Change Authority and will instead fund the body to undertake an 18 month inquiry into the effectiveness of emissions trading programs around the world.



It's all BULLSHIT... See story and toon at top

 

by InsideTasmania on Sat, 2014-10-25 21:21

We have been looking at the human rights record of the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates have naming rights to the Melbourne Cup.

The UAE stone people to death and have floggings for consuming alcohol and homosexuality.

http://www.insidetasmania.com/2014/10/abbotts-air-strikes-against-islamic.html

We recommend a BOYCOTT of the Emirates Melbourne Cup. Why not join us and save yourself some money?

 

 

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2014-10-24 08:52

David Stockman was Ronald Reagan's budget director in the 1980s. He was the architect of the president's "trickle down theory," but now believes that US fiscal policy has gone off the rails. “The Republican concept of starving the beast is the worst thing in terms of fiscal rectitude that you can imagine,” Stockman says today. “It’s even worse than the Keynesian models of the Democrats.”

READ MORE: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/photo-gallery-the-deline-of-capitalism-fotostrecke-120316-5.html