Friday 22nd of November 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-11-22 06:01

Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013 and is the founder of the Bloomberg News outlet. His net worth is estimated at well over $50 billion.

Billionaire businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has joined the US presidential race as a Democratic candidate, the Federal Election Commission's (FEC) filing shows. In the filing, Bloomberg designated "Mike Bloomberg 2020" as his official campaign committee.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing Bloomberg's aide, that "the former mayor has not yet made a final decision on whether to run, despite today's filing".


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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2019-11-21 21:50

Scott Morrison has slammed claims his climate change policies have contributed to the bushfire season, arguing Australia’s share of global warming is so small that nothing he did would make a difference.

While the Prime Minister said Australia was happy to do ‘its share’ to tackle global warming, the notion his policies would have any impact on global warming alone, without big polluters taking action did not “bear up to credible scientific evidence”.

“I am up for taking action on it, not just jabbering on about it,” he told ABC radio.

“But I think to suggest, with just 1.3 per cent of global emissions, that Australia doing something differently, more or less, would have changed the fire outcome this season; I don’t think that stands up to any credible scientific evidence at all.

“The suggestion in any way, shape or form, that … the individual actions of Australia are impacting directly on specific fire events, whether it is here or anywhere else in the world; that doesn’t bear up to credible scientific evidence either.”

The Prime Minister’s remarks were in response to revelations that former NSW fire chief Greg Mullins said that Australia could have been better prepared for the current bushfire crisis across Queensland, NSW and SA if the Morrison government had listened to the advice from emergency leaders.

Speaking on the ABC’s Radio National network on Thursday morning, Mr Mullins said he wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in April and again “immediately after” the May election, warning him of the coming bushfire season and requesting an urgent meeting to discuss funding for firefighting and action to address climate change.

“In a nutshell, it has been difficult and the Prime Minister has seen fit not to meet with us,” Mr Mullins said.


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Howard, Turdy, Turnbull, now Scummo have had a disastrous effect on the "climate"... to say "Australia’s share of global warming is so small that nothing he did would make a difference" is gross, INCORRECT and irresponsible. This is the man who brought a lump of coal in parliament to show us how not dangerous coal was... Yep, a lump of coal is a lump of coal. Light it and try to hold it in your hand, you idiot... It will burn your fingers... Although coal "is coal", when burnt, it becomes CO2. Note: CO2 does not warm up at night. CO2 NEEDS THE SUN INFRARED SPECTRUM TO BECOME A WARMING GAS in the atmosphere.



by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2019-11-21 13:02

News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch has said “there are no climate change deniers around here I can assure you” after he was asked at the corporation’s AGM why his company gives them “so much airtime” in Australia.

Murdoch was speaking in New York on Wednesday when he received a question from a proxy for Australian activist shareholder Stephen Mayne.

Murdoch was asked about the company’s “stance on climate change”.

The questioner asked: “What do you believe is the global role of News Corp in the geopolitical climate? If you do believe in climate change, Mr Mayne is interested to hear why News Corp gives climate deniers like Andrew Bolt and Terry McCrann so much airtime in Australia?”


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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2019-11-21 08:01

Sweden’s decision to drop an investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange has both illuminated the situation of the WikiLeaks founder and made it more pressing. He must be defended against extradition to the United States in a case that digs at the foundations of freedom and democracy in both Britain and the US, and could see him sentenced to a total of 175 years.

Mr Assange is in Belmarsh prison, where he served a 50-week sentence for skipping bail. He had entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid arrest when Sweden asked Britain to extradite him for questioning. Though he denies any wrongdoing, that investigation was appropriate. Prosecuting authorities have said the complainant’s evidence was credible and reliable, but that the passage of time – Mr Assange entered the embassy in 2012 – meant that witnesses’ memories had faded.

The path has now been cleared for the US charges against him. They are entirely different. They relate to the secret military and diplomatic files provided by Chelsea Manning, which exposed appalling abuses by the US, and corrupt and brutal behaviour by other governments. These were covered by the Guardian, the New York Times and others, providing the public with important and necessary information. The Guardian, like others, strongly opposed Mr Assange’s subsequent decision to publish unredacted documents in bulk. But the material’s importance remains indisputable.

The Obama administration decided against pursuing Mr Assange under the Espionage Act, realising the threat to first amendment rights. Donald Trump enthused about his organisation on the 2016 campaign trail: “I love WikiLeaks,” he announced, after it published Democratic party emails stolen by Russian state hackers. But his administration has chosen to prosecute Mr Assange, and to do so explicitly on charges of publishing classified information through WikiLeaks.

Press freedom advocates in the US have rightly described this decision as “terrifying” and a “dire threat” to reporters, particularly given Mr Trump’s relentless assaults upon the media. But Sajid Javid, then home secretary, signed the extradition order and the matter is with the courts. The full proceedings will begin in February.

The case against extradition is strengthened by the nature of the US penal system – particularly given concerns about Mr Assange’s health – and the shameful treatment of Ms Manning. The army whistleblower was held in solitary confinement for years. Though her sentence was commuted by Barack Obama, she has been jailed again, for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury assumed to relate to Mr Assange’s case.

This is not a question of how wise Mr Assange is, still less how likable. It is not about his character, nor his judgment. It is a matter of press freedom, and the public’s right to know. It is unclear whether it would be safe to extradite Mr Assange to the US. It is certain that it would not be right.


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The investigations in Sweden against Assange were always phoney... But the Guardian stuck to the fake legality of such. Now that the "charges" (there were never charges, only investigation with Assange going to Sweden) have been dropped, the Guardian is (semi-)realising, with a hand on its heart (or arse), that the whole thing was a charade to extradite Julian Assange to the USA, destroying the "freedom of the press" so dear to the Guardian's hypocrisy on many a subject...

by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2019-11-21 06:18


Asked about his own religious beliefs, Mr Porter said that he was not a regular churchgoer, but a belief in a higher power was a good insurance policy.

“Do I believe in God? Sure. It’s very dangerous not to.”


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The Scummo government is slowly destroying the importance of secularity with various religious "exceptions". This is short-sighted and "dangerous". "Very dangerous not to believe in god?" What has this to do with the price of fish? God is an illusion that should have nothing to do with the running of a community or a country. A good "insurance policy" would be to start learning about scientific realities rather than stick with old mumbo jumbo... A good "insurance policy" would be to understand the seriousness of global warming... God has nothing to do with all this.

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systematic The goal of this article is to figure out why sciences are not appreciated as much as they should...

global warming is predictable, though global warming compounds the unpredictability of the weather...


what is philosophy?...


Sociology versus religionism in democracy…

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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2019-11-21 05:28

SYDNEY – An obsessive-compulsive dog who was abandoned as a puppy has a new mission: helping find and save koalas injured in Australia’s recent devastating bushfires.

Bear, a Cattle Dog cross-breed, is trained to find both koalas and quolls, another small Australian marsupial, in the wild.

“This is the first year that we have been involved in the fires,” Romane Cristescu, his minder and ecologist at The University of the Sunshine Coast, told Reuters. “It is a bit more dangerous than what we usually do.”

Bear, who usually looks for sick or injured wildlife for conservation and research purposes in calmer conditions, has been wearing protective socks on his paws to search through areas scorched by fire.

Bushfires have ravaged around 2.5 million acres of farmland and bush across Australia’s east coast in recent weeks, killing four people and destroying hundreds of homes.



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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2019-11-21 05:21

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A British aristocrat was dumped Wednesday from turning on the Christmas lights in Prince Charles’ home town because of comments she made about Jeffrey Epstein and pedophilia on live TV.

Royal biographer Lady Colin Campbell, 70, sparked outrage on Monday by suggesting it was OK for Prince Andrew to have remained friends with Epstein because people were overreacting about his sex crimes.

“You all seem to have forgotten that Jeffrey Epstein, the offense with which he was charged and for which he was imprisoned, was soliciting prostitution from minors,” she said on “Good Morning Britain,” according to The Sun.

“That is not the same thing as pedophilia,” the one-time reality TV star said, insisting on those claims despite interviewer Piers Morgan pointing out that Epstein was accused of sex with a 14-year-old girl.

“There’s a difference between a minor and a child,” Campbell said, sticking to her guns that Epstein was not a convicted pedophile.

She had been due to switch on the lights next month in Tetbury, the Gloucestershire town that is home to Charles’ Highgrove House estate.

But the Tetbury Town Council on Wednesday referred to the “recent controversy” of her remarks in announcing she had been axed — with the town mayor and kids from a local school replacing her.


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-11-20 16:16

Israel has attacked Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria in what it says is retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel the day before, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Avichay Adraee says.

Syria’s air defences were able to destroy most of the missiles fired by Israeli jets over the capital Damascus before they reached their targets, Syria’s state news agency SANA said, quoting a military source.

Israel’s military said its missile defence system shot down four rockets fired from Syria toward Israel on Tuesday (local time).

“Warplanes raided dozens of military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force and the Syrian Army inside Syrian territory, including surface-to-air missiles, headquarters, weapons depots and military bases, in response to yesterday’s rocket fire from Syria towards Israel,” Lt-Col Adraee said on Twitter.

The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

SANA said three were injured as a result of the Israeli counter-attack.

Israel says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against Iranian targets trying to establish a permanent military presence there and against advanced weapon shipments to Tehran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

“Yesterday’s Iranian attack on Israeli territory by firing missiles … is the best proof of Iran’s real cause in Syria. The Iranian position poses a threat to Israel’s security, stability in the region, and the Syrian regime,” Adraee said.



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Note: this item is not prominent in the Western media, though it should be. It is prominent in the Russian media though:


by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-11-20 15:46

He might be one of Australia's most well-known (and loved) scientists and now the winner of a United Nations award for science communication, but Dr Karl Kruszelnicki doesn't consider himself that brainy.

"One thing that gives me a great advantage is that I'm not particularly smart, my IQ is only about 110, which is in there with two thirds of the population between 115 and 85," Dr Karl says.

"That means for me to be able to understand something, I've really got to go into it, but then I understand it."

All that time spent delving into science has not only helped generations Australians better understand the world around (and inside) them, it's seen Dr Karl awarded the 2019 UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science in Budapest this week. 

Dr Karl is the first Australian to win the prize, which he received in recognition of his "longstanding commitment to fire up people's curiosity for science and share his passion for the subject". 

Previous winners include Arthur C Clarke, David Suzuki and Sir David Attenborough.


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-11-20 15:39

prince andrew

An "Aussie" cartoon of Prince Andrew circa 1982. It already tells the story well...


A woman who accuses Jeffrey Epstein of sexually abusing her as a child has said Prince Andrew should tell US authorities what he knows about the financier.

Key points:

  • The woman said she was invited to fly to Epstein's New Mexico ranch in 2004 when she was 15
  • She is one of more than a dozen women suing Epstein's estate, calling herself 'Jane Doe 15'
  • She called upon Prince Andrew to speak under oath about the financier


"Prince Andrew, and any others who were close to Epstein, should come forward and give a statement under oath on what information they have," the woman, calling herself Jane Doe 15, said at a news conference on Monday with her lawyer Gloria Allred.

The woman, who wore a bracelet with the words 'Epstein didn't kill himself', became the latest of more than a dozen women to sue Epstein's estate, saying in her lawsuit that he subjected her to a "vicious, prolonged sexual assault" at his New Mexico ranch when she was 15.


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John Spooner B.Juris, LLB (Monash) (born 1946) is an Australian journalist and illustrator who regularly contributed to The Age newspaper.

John Spooner was born in Melbourne in 1946. He practised as a lawyer for three years before he commenced drawing for The Age in 1974, finally leaving the law altogether in 1977 to draw full-time for the newspaper.[1]

Spooner has received various awards for excellence in journalism.[2] Between 1985 and 1986 Spooner was awarded five Stanley Awards, including the Black and White Artist of the Year gold Stanley Award. In 1994 Spooner was awarded two Walkley Awards for Best Illustration and Best Cartoon. Spooner's works are represented in the Collections of The National Gallery of Australia,[3] National Library of Australia,[4] The National Gallery of Victoria, The Victorian State Library,[5] The Melbourne Cricket Club Museum, public and private collections throughout Australia and internationally.

His publications include the book A Spooner in the Works, published in 1999 by Text Publishing, comprising cartoons, prints and paintings; and Taxing Air: Facts and Fallacies about Climate Change, which he co-authored with Prof. Robert Carter, William Kininmonth, Martin Feil, Prof. Stewart W. Franks and Bryan Leyland; published by Kelpie Press in 2013.

Spooner's credits include five Stanley Awards, three Walkley Awards, the joint winner of the 1986 Fremantle Print Award[6] as well as the 2002 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award[7].

He left The Age in May 2016 along with others made redundant by Fairfax Media.[8] In 2018 he published What the Hell Was He Thinking? John Spooner's Guide to the 21st Century, a collection of his 21st-century work annotated with his own commentary.[9]