|“No one should have to risk their life for standing up and speaking
out on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.”
CLOSE OFF SHORE PROCESSING NOW!
one should have to risk their life for standing up and speaking out on
violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.”
Diplomats fear Australia will wreck UN probe into Sri Lankan war crimes - It
is estimated between 40,000 and 70,000 civilians lost their lives in
the final phase of the war, particularly as government forces advanced
on the Tamil Tigers in the country's north. This as PM Abbott said
recently "''I don't propose to lecture the Sri Lankans on human
Constructing the Right “Not to Be Made a Refugee” at the European and Inter- American Courts of Human Rights | Be
it Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, nations in the Middle
East, Africa or South America the fact that Refugee have a right not to
be made refugees is a pivotal. Instead of victimising Asylum Seekers it
is time Nation States hold other States accountable "not protecting"
their own citizens. The question is "how". I suggest among other
strategies, Human Rights must be made central to each Nation States
performance in the International Stage. IE; Australia's present role
with a number of nations including Sri Lanka, [see article above],
Israel, Cambodia, China, Vietnam to name a few as well as Australia's
own performance regarding understanding and treatment of Asylum Seekers.
Social Justice Day
- The gap between the poorest and the wealthiest around the world is
wide and growing. This situation is not only between countries but
within them, including many of the most prosperous. The World Day
of Social Justice is observed to highlight the power of global
solidarity to advance opportunity for all.
United Nations faces “an overflowing inbox of conflicts and disasters of growing severity, frequency and complexity.”
UN's 'biggest appeal' for Syria crisis:
Target funds required amount to at least $US6.5 billion in aid for
Syrians, as UN plans for up to 4.1 million refugees by the end of next
OECD education report highlights refugee disadvantage says expert. [Comment: And reflects blind Australia's growing social aggression and discriminatory attitudes...]
UNHCR slams Australia asylum seeker treatment. The United Nations Refugee Agency has found 'deeply troubling deterioration'
in Australian detention facilities over the course of the year. The
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says asylum seekers on
Nauru and Manus face indefinite detention in unsafe and inhumane conditions. UNHCR regional representative Richard Towle says in a statement. "In particular, they constitute mandatory detention that is not compatible with international law," he says in a statement. "They do not provide a fair and efficient system for assessing refugee claims, do not
provide safe and humane conditions of treatment in detention, and do
not provide for adequate and timely solutions for recognised refugees."
It also specified that "No child, whether an unaccompanied child or
within a family group, should be transferred from Australia to Nauru".
Australia's treatment of asylum seekers in the country's offshore detention centres. Interview with Christine Milne after death and 77 odd injuries on Manus Island during late Febuary.
|Two Discussions that need connection?
|It is no doubt that
the changes at Qantas in it's Australian sense brings up questions of
different magnitudes for workers, share holders management, the clients
and government. In the background is politics.
I have not enough income to keep up with the many pay-walls springing
up everywhere for COMMERCIAL NEWS, I fear I will loose the diversity of
ideas discussed that makes news so progressive. When it comes to
copy-write, NBN and other arguments running like rats up the pole in
Australia at present I say all links that I reflect in my online work
is "Free Advertising" for those many whom I have liberally supported.
Online I most always have left trace of my footprint, quoting and
linking to broad topics in news.
What is required is a different construct in online news. Package Deals
for example. By the time on-line users such as myself have paid all
that is required to have Internet access, the cost of commercial news
shuts me out from supporting, [by following] various reporters as well
as the outlets they work for.
No worries. It means we will not know what the "in-house" conversations
actually are when they are referred to by Public Broadcast commentators
and, we will remain as alienated as we sometimes do when affordability
is directly the NO:1. issue, disconnecting us from the national
conversation. Australian news needs to become part of a Knowledge
Nation in more ways then one. Commercial outlets I ask, Rethink your
Budget paradigms, pay your journalists and see the new technological
world for what it offers YOU as people like me.... would like to
remain included and inclusive. Thank You
|G20 Communiqué Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Sydney, 22-23 February 2014
|Joe Hockey comes away from G20 with tough but unknown reform in mind - The treasurer says Australia has no choice but to pursue ‘hard’ structural reform, but details will have to wait
Extended interview with Mark Carney and Extended interview with Jennifer Westacott:
The Business Council of Australia released its budget submission,
estimating that the Government will have run deficits of almost 17 per
cent of GDP last year and this year. It calls for tough measures on
galloping public spending, tax reform which has gone nowhere since the
Henry Review, and economic reform, if we're to be within coooee of Joe
Hockey's growth target.
Big Ideas - 'no victory but rather a capital revolution of change'. Hear Michael Cox founding CoDirector of LSE IDEAS & Prof of International Relations at London School of Economics queries just how far the world economy's axis has shifted towards Asia & away from the US in this Melb Uni address. He also politely critised the blinking obvious with a section on Australia's Asia White Paper. *****
Christine Lagarde on Tax Mininimisation
Christine Lagarde Head of the IMF was Special Guest on Q&A's QandA forum.
Among the many [wonderful] audience questions Christine Lagarde
answered this one on growth & prosperity.... ''Clearly investing in
health, investing in education, making sure there are equal
opportunities for all is something where public money is needed,'' Ms
Lagarde said on Thursday in response to a question on the ABC's Q&A
program on federal Treasurer Joe Hockey's call for the end of ''the age
of entitlement''........''It's not a question of … entitlement.''
Lagarde offers Aust praise and advice.
Something Important to Discuss Critically!
In a world of privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining
companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and
struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar. What are
the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom by Antony Loewenstein challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it.
|"ANZAC's Long Shadow" by James Brown 'which criticises the amount of 'time', 'money' and 'emotion' spent on commemorating the ANZAC legend'?|
Coming Home - Pt.1: Combat Doctor as reported by Sally Sarah on Foreign Correspondent
Important Story: Have Anzac celebrations become 'a military Halloween'?
Is 'Anzac Day becoming a festival for the dead and could the money be
better spent on returning soldiers struggling to deal with the physical
and psychological legacy of war'? [I think so... given it took so long
to get the population to come back after the Anti-Vietnam war
demonstrations... we have now come to a new cross-way]. While reference
in this story was made to what we could instead be aiming for within
the National narrative IE:"the image of the young corporal lieutenant,
bombardier, you know, patrolling the poppy fields in Uruzgan Province
would be a better image for people to have, definitely a more relevant
image for people to have." [I agree! In fact looking closer at the
PEACEKEEPER efforts if not the DEVELOPMENT aspects of Australia's
troops would go beyond the current image of how we celebrate our forces
as well as help us reform areas where there is many cultural
difficulties within the Forces. Have read around the edges of
Australia's involvement in the world of Peace Efforts, alongside the
WARS. I believe we are at an impasse. I fear under the present
geo-climate, Australia is going the wrong way less we are mindful of
the pitfalls of looking exactly like those we say we are not when it
comes to who we are as Australians both outside and inside the Forces.
I fear that as a public we may be open to manipulation as various
voices compete for funds rather then work through the issues, so we can
be sure the IE: Job Manufacturing crises, the additional secrecy in
government and what appears to be the innate "Silo" culture of the
Military, ASIO and umbrella of issues surrounding National Security do
not leave "US" as a public out of the future equation. I fear the
that we might be tempted to become a Military Industry Machine at
the same time as knowing the new Defence White Paper has to be sharp to
the rising issues around the world and specifically within the ASIA
PACIFIC. In my own opinion, the political struggle of Human Rights
together with other Declarations is pivotal to the geo-political
struggle we are having with China, Israel, Russia as well in ASEAN [for
example]. I mean that if it not about containment but cooperation....
we leave ourselves at risk if we watch China's Military grow and
attempt to mirror this kind of growth ourselves. Worse... we may never
know peace. The tensions in the Asia Pacific is real and we need the US
as well as other nations to understand why HUMAN RIGHTS is important.
Look at Syria for Gods Sake.... with all our weapon throughout the
world.... Our hands are tied regardless of R2P or other well known
strategies.... which disempower us literally, while entire populations
bare the burden of the scourge! We have some GREAT MINDS in Australia,
it is about time we used them... this is not just a time to integrate
science, but consider the future of Australia with a practical set of
geo-political philosophies. I am embarrassed by much in our history.
Much of it proved to be unsound and I am sorry to say that the ways we
have treated our troops returning is a key example of work required
when we prattle on about "mateship". What Mateship? Mateship has proved
to be a selective term with a selective meaning based on our national
identity which appears to thrive on notions of convenience. Not to mix
terms necessarily, it is a bit like a credibility gap. For the record I
am unimpressed with notions set in some of our previous Defence Papers
especially when it came to the nationalistic views that insist that the
International environment is not as important as that locally. This is
not teamplayer tactics it is Nationalism. The risk presently existing
everywhere as Dictatorships read our tactic by the actions we have
taken regardless of Declarations signed... and I am not just talking
about Operation Sovereign Borders. We as a nation full of diverse
citizens need to be careful.
Sample in Case: Japan and China sovereignty debates over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands? This is but one current reality!
|Disturbances, Death and serious injuries on Manus Island.
Interview with Aust HRC Christine Triggs, Aust Opposition Foreign Minister Tanya Plibersek & [19th.2.16] & Rod St George: Manus Island whistle-blower
Australia's refugee policy causes 'mental rot' Australia's reputation on human rights has been marred by reports that asylum seekers are subjected to inhumane treatment and mental health damage.
Australia, on Closing the "Credibility Gap" Stories on Crickey - Aboriginal health groups shed light on detailed challenge "Closing the Gap" target [audio] - Suggestions from Greens - Lateline coverage "The gap is not closing".
Interestingly as the well known issues were raised it is the
"Recommendations" held in previous Royal Commissions on "JUSTICE" that
appear to be missing in most speeches except in passing. You just
wonder don't you... is it that Australians have a short memory, is it
that it is such a touchy issue that leaders prefer to side-step or is
it that as a nation we really and truly don't understand?
It is worth a quick look at Senator Scott Ludlam and Chiara Lawry's work submitted on 11 February 2010
as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered his second annual 'Closing the
Gap Statement'. It is not as though we don't have the data... all the
reports, the problems, advocates and infrastructure.... even the media
knows that; "Comment: The unfinished business of reducing Indigenous incarceration". Question:
What is the point of University, TAFE or other degrees if the
Government ignores "our" work as citizens. The will we have to
face the issues "head-on" without the bum-fighting... the gag-spin
rhetoric which claims the song of the day in any one cluster of spins.
In this case we are loosing generations of children who are asked to
attend school [even boarding school] for the sake of statistic's...
which we skirt round squirming jumping over the problem. The very base
problem that is at the bottom of Indigenous history... the problem we
skate over so we can play cards pattering out our idea of "normality"
according to our own standards.
Justice is a "whole community, business and government approach".
Stuart Ross, University of Melbourne “we
cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer
nation”, and citing Justice Reinvestment as the vehicle for reform.
Abbott Must Close The Gap On Black Justice says
Max Chalmers. "School attendance is a far less controversial topic than
Indigenous incarceration rates. No wonder Tony Abbott made it the
centrepiece of his 'Close the Gap' speech, writes Max Chalmers"
RAAF monitored an unprecedented and unannounced exercise involving three Chinese warships in international waters to the north of Australia, it has emerged. ABC reporter Michael Brissenden interviews
Rory Medcalf, Lowy Institute, Amitabh Mattoo, Melbourne University and
Australia’s Foreign Minister Ms Julie Bishop, which sheds more detail
on the meaning of these Chinese ships being so close to Australian
Indo-Pacific Security links
: China's navy, Kolkata class, South China Sea and more from the Lowy Institutes Lowy Interpreter.
||So Does this Matter ----------------- WHY or WHY NOT?|
U.S. drops in press freedom ranking, to #46 out of 180 countries measured Reporters Without Borders'.
The World Press Freedom Index measures the state of the free press in
countries around the world. The U.S. fell 13 places to No. 46 thanks to
the conviction of a WikiLeaks' informant, the effort to track down and
punish NSA leaker Edward Snowden and the Justice Department's
monitoring of reporters.
||News from Ukraine - KyivPost|
Febuary - "Yanukovych unleashed a torrent of violence,
killing more than 90 people and injuring hundreds of protesters."
CRISIS in UKRAINE - Is Ukraine heading down the same path as Syria.
What began as a peaceful demonstration over the constition and
expanding links with Europe has resulted in a bloodbath.
Ukraine: high tension in Kyiv as government deadline expires [Live updates]
We need a Marshall Plan to fix Ukraine... [Protesters have shown us all they deserve real support].
EU bloc’s 28 Foreign Ministers in a joint statement said,
they are “alarmed by the human rights situation, including violence,
cases of missing persons, torture, and intimidation’’ as part of the
authorities’ crackdown against the ongoing protests, reflecting an
“atmosphere of impunity.”
Moscow has suspended Ukraine’s loan payments. EU stands ready to assist
Ukraine financially, provided a new government will be formed to
“pursue economic and political reforms.”. Jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko [former PM's] fate has been at the heart of a tussle between Kiev and the European Union.
"Stone Cold Justice"
Joint media investigation by ABC Four Corners and The Australian
reveals evidence showing how Israel army is targeting Palestinian boys
for arrest and detention. Reporter John Lyons travelled to the West
Bank to interview children who claim they have been taken into custody,
ruthlessly questioned and then allegedly forced to sign confessions
before being taken to court for sentencing.
Palestinian children allege they received electric shocks
and more! They are abused by Israeli Authorities and Jewish Settlers. A
Shocking situation which Australia's Foreign Minister Ms Julie Bishop
must acknowledge and address.... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AUSTRALIA.
Former German Ambassador Avi Primor. "Germany is totally indispensable to Israel - Germany has many pro-Israel policies, but I think this is gradually fading and if nothing in the Middle East changes it will get worse."
Israeli media ignores a week of non-violent protests...
"The Israeli media gave almost no airtime or print space to two
non-violent protests this week, in the Jordan Valley and south Tel
Aviv’s Levinsky Park. For Haggai Matar, it’s been a heartbreaking sight." Also see Video "After eviction expelled residents of Ein Hijleh sing their national songs they used to sing in their village"
According to proposals being prepared by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Jordan Valley is supposed to be under the sovereignty of the Palestinian state
but under Israeli security control.The Israeli government demands to
retain military control over this strategic part of the West Bank even
after any agreement that would establish a Palestinian state.
Eritrean president says countrymen living in 'concentration camps' in Israel.
"Israel has tens of thousands of Eritrean asylum seekers, most of whom
have fled years of forced military service in their home country. In an
attempt to pressure the Eritrean to leave Israel, the government has
begun detaining them in a new, so-called "open" detention camp in the
Israel Army Kidnaps Three Fishermen In Gaza Waters....
"Israeli Navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats in Palestinian
territorial waters, near Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, and kidnapped
The boycott isn't economic warfare, it's psychological. "It does not have to bring the Israeli economy to its knees, or even close, to force an end to the occupation."
No easy way out for African migrants in Israeli desert detention.
has rejected a claim that it told Treasurer Joe Hockey the Australian
Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) was behind its decision to cease
manufacturing in Australia."
Graphic: Edi Sizgoric Source: TheAustralian
|Friday: Complex interview with Former Industry minister, Mr Greg Combet,
discussing the end of car manufacturing in Australia.... transportable
skills and training, future opportunities and the recent announcements
of the SPC fruit canning factory.|
Thursday 13.11.2014 : PROBLEM as I watched Hockey and others try to
split hairs yesterday on various details regarding their performance,
their trail of mis-information
and, attacks on "WORKERS" is that it appears this Government doesn't
actually understand the role of Unions in Australia. For example; A)
Royal Commission into corruption as declared [see below] is a real call
to tag underhanded linkages... on a number of fronts, especially now in
this digital new world. B) Workers Rights is another issue entirely and
for this reason the Unions themselves inside a "clean" political debate
CAN NOT be tarred with the same brush.... as the Royal Commission
targets. Workers do have RIGHTS in this country. As Kim Car said with his '101' common sense logic news byte yesterday;
company I met would want to improve their cost structures, every
company. Every employer I met would always want to improve productivity
just as every union I met would always try to improve conditions for
their members. It is the nature of the dialogue but you never, every
reveal private conversations between companies and government."
The present does this
country a huge dis-service by mixing the facts with fiction. Worse, it
distorts the message about why this nation may need a Royal Commission
that has a broad complex agenda. It makes Dyson Heydon's job
potentially more difficult by fudging what the hell all this mess
claimed, is about. Namely it mixes politics with the law in a way that
As Satyajit Das explains
we are part of a bigger picture where our responsibilities to "all
Australian's" [as promised] as well as our responsibilities globally
[open for business plus aid & trade] is about to face "real"
difficult times. We need to get our house in order... to reform areas
which could 'buffer' the "highs and lows"
be it about HOUSING, TRANSPORT, COST of LIVING, COMMUNICATIONS... etc
etc! We need more than Q & A, INSIGHT and other well appreciated
public forums to sort this out. We are a democracy, it is essential
that we work to-gether IF there is authentic intention to understand
what is or could happen if we don't. A point celebrated for example
with "closing the gap" and other policies is that they don't work
because there is a lack of continuity, Indigenous people have suffered
because of the chopping and changing experiments we have pushed forward
over previous decades. As with the Farmers, the Unemployed, Mental
Health and Aged Care Sectors or those HOMELESS. The point being these
issues are a micro-look at the impact of macro-factors plus mis-guided
political games and spin ... that continue to jeopardize our nations
wellbeing, as well as our reputation overseas. Clean-Up Australia...
the idiotic bull-dung has to stop!We are not England, We are not
America or Europe.... We are Australians. What does that mean?
||Sound advice for Bill Shorten Michelle Grattan.
ALP has to be ALP. ALP needs to look at it's talent, it's smart as well
as moral thinkers. As you said, Toyota/Unions [etc].. "a simplistic
attack, which doesn’t do justice to Shorten’s own economic knowledge.
Shorten’s attention should be on the creation of a forward looking
industry policy, because the end of the auto sector will be a fait
accompli (production is due to finish in 2017) by the time of the next
Labor government." Additionally, Abbott has been caught out with no
vision or pre-planned policies... we all saw the Car Industry was in
jepody.... Unlike Liberal Coalition, ALP needs to really do some
homework time.... lets face it, the party has some wonderful
Royal Commission Union Governance and Corruption: Broad Terms of Reference [see Abbotts Press Release]
within the Terms of Reference to target culture of cover-up and
inappropriate linkages that lead to underhandedness and or corruption
surrounding individuals linked within or outside of Unions in
Australia. Tony Abbott stands before the Australian public to assure
the public that this is about "honesty" so honest business, workers and
shareholders "get a fair-go". He says once you start a Royal Commission
it is out of the government hands. The Royal Commission is to be headed
by Dyson Heydon.
The inquiry will use a "systemic" approach to review the "culture" of
corruption. It will allow the Police to do their own investigations,
side-by-side simultaneously. It is said that "Justice Heydon will be
able to summon witnesses to attend hearings, compel witnesses to give
self-incriminating testimony, enlist the assistance of the nation's
police forces, apply for search warrants, and jail those who fail to
co-operate or produce evidence when demanded". Justice Heydon is proclaimed to be a man of independent views. [This beyond politics is of course my main concern.]
Casting a light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues of our time.
Susan Greenfield on The Neuroscience of Consciousness. Considering how it’s impossible to define consciousness and adamantly states that ‘there is no centre for consciousness located in your brain’. A great lecture... so cool. Big Ideas [Fantastic!]
Social inclusion in learning: An important national conversation....
[My ears pricked up on comments about ONLINE LEARNING which I agree
needs drastic strategic improvements else it is to continue to become a
mere by-product of the Universities funding gaps agenda.]
Interesting: UK Voting and values: does religion count? How do these findings compare to Australia's voters...
Poaching and wildlife crime:
Illegal wildlife trade, transnational criminals and terrorist
organisations such as the Lord’s Resistance Army and Al Shabaab make
hundreds of thousands of dollars every month partaking directly or
indirectly in the killing and sale of animal parts. And while this is
only one component of their financing, their involvement has seen a
dramatic increase in the illicit wildlife trade.
Video Prince Charles and Prince William multi-lingo message urging "people around the world to support efforts to stop illegal wildlife trade".
The British government is due to host an international conference on
the trade, estimated to be worth more than 6 billion pounds ($9.8
billion) a year, on Feb. 13 in London.
Also find here the UK Independent's own Elephant Campaign.
Found this Map [left] on google and there are many more ... also stories on Dateline and a number of ABC programs
Dare we loose it... "Nature drawn from life in our wide brown land
by Australian Geographic artists" It's a photorealism today a trademark
of Australian Geographic since launched in 1986, with some of the best
drawings have made it into a new book. The Art of Australian Geographic
Illustration is now on sale. "Whatever the medium, the key to producing these timeless images has always been painstaking research combined with virtuosity," editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick said.
Oh this Really Hurts: Women
looses eye after being shot by Taser. Police Ethical Standards Command
and the Department of Child Safety are investigating the incident.
[This fact helps if it is transparent but not this].... "Investigation
underway, commissioner says officer acted in self-defence". I do not
care how experienced police are at using the gun... there were four of
them against one woman and it appears there was a lack of basic
"communication skills" which may have prevented such injury to this
victim. We need
clarification not justification!
||A spate of recent policy announcements, by federal and state governments alike, have left many Australians puzzled at best and angry at worst. *****|
Interesting: Ten economic reforms that transformed Australia
When it comes to the Unions, it is not loyalty we ought to defend but
the level of transparencies .... as with the Abbott Governments angle
on the Navy... unconditional loyalty is not a PM's call. We make the
mistake thinking that covering up any of our own area's of dysfunction
is for the common good.
One has to admire Liberal MP Sharman Stone for her
courage to stand up for her residents and the company SPC Ardmona when
it comes to exposing the facts. Her actions today took true courage as
no-body wants to be in the off-side of the party machine.... especially
when the heat is on.
Something needs to occur US Secretary of State John Kerry. Be it economic sanctions or the use of the word " boycott",
Israel does need to be made accountable for it's lack of progress on
talks with Palestine. Above anything else it is global leadership at
stake here. Somehow we need to cut through the hegemony that stifles
our capacity to deliver peace. What hope is there for other nations
struggling if we continue to stand by and watch this Israel-Palestine
crisis. Israel needs to make authentic moves toward reconciliation.
Defending it's present approach to expand Jewish settlements is a an
illegal act as well as immoral. I visualise how the world could and
would come together IF Israel instead found a more constructive way to
lead on the Palestine issue.
On sanctions, Israel hasn't seen anything yet. Clumsy Israeli propaganda campaigns won’t obscure the realization in Europe and among Palestinians that the occupation must cease to be cost-free for Israel. By Daniel Levy
William Hague: Dark time if Israeli-Palestinian talks fail...
Hardtalk interview. Discussing Israels increasing isolation and other
realities for the world if Israel doesn't work harder for a solution
Israeli fear boycott if peace talks fail. Some Israelis warn pro-Palestinian boycott of its economy could gain momentum if peace talks fail.
Transparency increasingly a technical as well as a moral issue for Governments, Citizens and, Media
|Merkel criticises Britain and the US, saying countries who spy on their allies ... "German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned today that countries who spy on their allies risk destroying trust, resulting in less rather than more security." Chancellor Angela Merkel saod, 'It sows distrust. In the end there will be less, not more, security.'|
What is False News Today? What
is the meaning of public Media when nations including Australia wish to
control what stories are told and how they are told. Since when is the
Media subject to reporting 'what a government wants you to tell and
what it doesn't want it's citizens to know"? It seems everywhere there
is a convergence calling for information to be suppressed. Citizens are
becoming more confused then ever about what is ... not plain spin and properganda!
Egypt's media war As journalists face arrest, we ask why the media is seen as being either with the army or with the Muslim Brotherhood. ||| Egyptian prosecutors said they would charge 20 employees of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network with a range of offenses including joining a terrorist organization and broadcasting false news. Among these reporters, Australian journalist Peter Greste to face charges in Egypt.
Another journalist murdered in Sri Lanka:
Thousands protest against government in Sri Lanka including; protesters
from opposition parties, human rights groups, trade unions and media
groups in a rare show of dissent against corruption and mismanagement in the
State government. The statement also says, "The ABC has not attempted
to play judge and jury on this matter. We have reported the asylum
seeker claims, broadcast the video showing burns and consistently
sought more detail from witnesses and officials." (Not the line "consistently sought more detail from witnesses and officials").
Ukrainian journalists fight to counter influence of state-aligned media...
UN deplored the killing of Cambodian journalist Suon Chan and called for those responsible for the killing to be brought to justice.
Disappointing:Defence Minister David Johnston slams 'malicious' ABC over asylum-seeker claims.
Problem here is that the Navy is not looking at the value of explaining
what occurred on the day the Asylum Seekers burnt their hands. It is
the fact that Asylum Seekers have burnt hands that is alarming. The
photo's suggest the need for a proper explanation, regardless of what
we have heard thus far from the Asylum Seekers. The blame game
surrounding this story is distructive.... Australia can do better then
"We strive to produce news and current affairs
programs which provide more than the headlines - with quality world
class journalism we are able to offer a different view
from the London and US-centric networks... said Bruce Dover. Problem
here is that it appears former Acting Directors and CEO's [with their
long CV's] at ABC can be like former PM's and the like... they forget
when 'correspondents sign off from far flung places - there's never
time to also acknowledge all the assistance they get from local office
staff and minders'. Compare Dovers comment above with this one today
where Dover attempts to brand Australia's "international broadcasting a
"relic of the past"
and increasingly irrelevant, saying the cost of providing the nation's
soft-diplomacy service could be slashed by screening programs online."
Now we really know where Turnbull [see below] got his creative lines
The key word here might be "redundancies". I mean.... Australia is
truly good at getting rid of what it needs most. Relying on others to
"manufacture" products to keep us at a second-hand standing. As soon as
something starts to work... be it in factories, on the farm and in this
case with the Australian network.... we run... cut the innovation,
strip the investment and blow the social capital which is the real
credit of design and hard work spent for what... more failure?
As far as I am concerned Bruce Dover has
a used by date. He is a former "ACTING" Director, with motives today
that are suspicious. Talk about backyard deals... Yes, there is history
here but today it has a new script... the terms of reference is “overtaken by technology”.... way too prematurely.
Now for a Liberal Government "open for business" this looks seriously dodgy. Commenting on TPG’s plans to connect around 500,000 apartments with its own fibre-based network Mr Turnbull was cited as saying:
‘TPG would have to do that within the limitations of the law … There
are some grandfathering provisions and we haven’t got any plans to
change those … It’s yet to be seen how much scope they’ve got for that.’
The story is the boats, not the ABC says Alan Sunderland ABC's head of editorial policy.
[I would add the story is actually about safety. When I heard the story
I doubted the Navy exactly demanded the Asylum Seekers to press their
hands on a hot engine. However, I wanted to know what was the action
that caused the outcome of such injury... the visual photo's of their
burnt hands. As the evidence finally disclosed, the Navy apparently
used some sort of spray.... this is still an action I want to know more
about. It is not good enough to just say 'oh it's Navy procedure, there
was a scuffle' or the asylum seekers resisted [?]. It is the treatment
of vulnerable people [people in distress] that concerns me, be it by
the Police with Tasser Guns, Mental Health or Health officials, Courts,
Work place Bosses, Churchs, Schools, Parents, Media, Leaders and or the
Australian Navy. Until this matter of "Safety" is properly discussed
the evidence of how the asylum seekers got these burns is dodgy, as is
the defensive tact taken by both the Liberal Coalition and in this case
the Navy... who fail to explain the inccident. If safety itself was
center to this discussion, the so called "Best Practice" protocols
could be reviewed openly. What ever occurred on the boat that day lead
to serious injuries... that is a concern and, that is the point. Blame
is not helpful as much as the evidence and learning from the
Mark Scott Stands firm on ABC Report:
He said, "I think there are some suggestions here that those
allegations should not have been reported, there's some suggestion here
that that video tape should not have been aired." In an interview he
said, "It's our role as journalists to ask those questions and that's
what our news team has been doing, and I back them in doing it."
Malcolm Turnbull is Jumping the Gun. He says the ABC’s $223m Australia Network contract is being reconsidered only because its role has been “overtaken by technology”
and not because of the concerns about program content repeatedly raised
by his cabinet colleagues. This kind of thinking will fragment
Australia's society even more ... it also is premature given the uneven
coverage of Broadband and mobile services across Australia. Another
aspect is the audience.... where not everyone is tweeting, reading
internet.... we have an aging population.... trust in news will likely
breakdown even further as sources will become increasingly confusing.
Communications it seems in Australia is on the verge of going
backward... risks of the future and Australia's role competitively are
in jeopardy IF Turnbull takes the narrow Abbott/Bishop line. [Suspicion
flies as one wonders if Turnbulls true motive is not to just stay
current in the headlines with these half baked comments] Critically
what doesn't appear to be in Turnbull
's equation is the cost shifting Peter Costello style to consumers who
struggle with internet [subscriptions and related user fees] along with
mobile credit prices today. There is no certainty of what the future of
communications in Australia is to really look-like, no clear vision.
Seems Turnballs plan is the perfect way to switch people off...
literally, as fragmentation on what is real becomes norm across the
Australian divide. All work done until now will be undone. Not
mentioned here is the state of Australia's erratic Broadband and Mobile
services nationally as they sit today. Wire-Fi alone is unreliable.
The Australia public broadcast under fire for over recent news reports about spying and claims of Australia's treatment of asylum seekers(see below) published an ABC Statement written by Mark Scott, Managing Director, and Kate Torney, Director News. It
is informative and states, "This is an important story and the ABC
makes no apologies for covering it. In the course of carrying out its
work, the ABC’s own reporting has come under criticism. It is important
to be clear about how we have gone about covering this story."
[As far as I am concerned, this matter of Australia's overall treatment
of Asylum Seekers on that boat (?) is not transparent and remains
unresolved until we know what exactly happened.]
I stand by all claims that the recent stories involving spying and any alleged mistreatment of asylum seekers is within the "public interest".
I found aspects of the MediaWatch report despicable as with some of the
claims made by Barnaby Joyce on Q&A about when to use transparency
and when not. Put another way when to lie or withhold information. The
comparision to family was interesting. Consider the abuse
investigations going on and present.... how they were covered up and
ask yourself who gained from the cover-ups. Transparency as much as
possible is essential else we fail to understand today's expectations
of living within a democracy. Even more importantly, secrets create
fear, a breakdown in trust and forge uncertainity. Given the new world
of communications.... this is entirely more critical then ever. I
personally have a deep interrest in "intelligence" and "security". I
believe it is necessay for the national interest however, since the
false use of Australian passports [etc] by Israel and Australia's own
role in a number of issues since then... I believe there is an
over-kill that shades reality, especially when neither the government
or ASIO is accountable to us as citizens. I am the first to want the
information required when there are incidences such as bombings at
sports or public events. To have the information as required is a thin
line in intelligence gathering... most of "us" as citizens understand
this but it is not the begining and end of everything "intelligent".
Crime Prevention requires the whole community... else we do create
senario's as seriously scarey as Animal farm. Equally, when we consider
the mounting State Violence throughout the world, it is imperative that
Australia as a young nation lives up to the practices that
encourage transparency. Do by example, learn how and help create a
world "we" want. The code of conduct is something that requires
education of a nation... not just those who are internally connected.
As I have watched the ways people have been treated, especially those
deported, regardless of how we see them within the community.... I see
there is something very wrong with our attitude as Australians if we
are blocked from the information we need to make a calualated educated
decision. Trust Me I am the Government does not wash with most
Australian citizens, it erodes our confidence in "the" government. ||| ABC Managing Director Mr Scott defended the ABC reporting,
and said ABC journalists "have pursued that story in an attempt to
ascertain, to answer the questions of whether people in the care of the
Australian military somehow came under some harm. I think the pursuit of that story and the raising of those allegations was in the public interest."
I don't think there should be any attempt to somehow suggest that
because the ABC raises those allegations, the ABC are advocates for
those allegations -- that the ABC has acted as judge and jury on those
allegations. We have raised them because they are serious, they are
important and they raise questions that need to be answered, and we
have put those questions."
Mr Abbott argued journalists should give the navy the ''benefit of the doubt'' when it comes to claims of mistreatment in the burnt hands incident.
Problem is that this is how hero's are created at the cost of possible
victims. It is also what many organisations do to create a "SILO"
culture. Problem two, like all crimes of humanity, including rape and
structural violence, it is always the victims that are degraded for the
sake of the privileged class status. It appears Australia's attitude
toward Asylum Seekers is no different. It is always their fault...
their entire experience is nullified by the Australian government
simply because anything else might lead to a better humane solution
long-term.... in the National and International Interest. The third
problem is how Australian society is impacted by the approach of the
Australian government toward needs of asylum seekers. It is hurting
many of us.
Vengeance.... appears to be a key motive on many levels political these days. 'What goes around comes around'
says Kevin Andrews who states that the ABC should be open to criticism.
Problem however is that there is a difference between real "criticism"
of what a network reports and an investigation under an "efficiency"
agenda. That the ABC watches the role of government as well as issues
within society seems to disturb the far right conservatives world-wide.
It is disturbing at the very time we need the media to counter-balance
the many stories on a vast changing world, it is at risk of being
almost completely shut down as an independent sector in reality. Should
tokenism become a media norm as we see it in North Korea, China, Russia
among other nations... we will increasingly look like them when it
comes to how we conduct our own standards of "so called" democracy. It
appears that the Liberal Coalition government is acting in vengeance at
the media over claims - 'from unnamed Indonesian police and a Somali
asylum seeker - that navy personnel burned the hands of seven asylum seekers on board a boat headed for Christmas Island'. Problem here however is until there is a proper and transparent investigation into the burned
the hands of seven asylum seekers on board a boat incident, the
government itself sits in the same place as it did over the Tampa and
SIV X cover-ups... [..]. If the terms of reference includes PM
Abbott's comment on radio 2GB that Australians wanted ''some basic
affection for the home team'' or that the Navy, Australia's politicians
or anyone else is above the law in a democracy... it warns us directly
to be aware of the probable risk to independent public media. This is
because this PM appears to undermine Australia's high standards which
includes a healthly sense of patriotism when it comes to understanding
that cross-examining all angles within the media is the central role of
the media. His emotive political bias feels like he is out to attack
who sits outside his own point of view.... rather then calling for
reasons to investigate any story that needs questioning... As Hanna Silver comments
in the SMH, on reading PM Abbotts views, "It would seem that Tony
Abbott wants an Orwellian world, where our national broadcaster tells
us what to think and who to like, rather than dig deep, be real
journalists and discover the truth."
| Here we go again!
||What is "mutual obligation" mean today in Australia?|
It appears all the work, knowledge and debates of the past repeat themselves endlessly when it comes to certain topics regardless of the need to address the true cause and outcomes.
Seems the Abbott government will do anything for a headline. Critical
is the unpealing of policies made of the previous government and the
cost this has to the taxpayer. Worst is the instablity it causes, when
they say the budget is at an emergency deficit.
Civic Society led or leading the bigger picture?
What will make a difference?
|Some say "clean-up time". Across
the world, citizens are being asked to do more ... to "get involved"
with their community, to "make a difference", to "participate" for the
common good. The problem is however the world is changing at such a
fast rate... the lines of what is "good" are becoming increasingly
Consider the back-stories like; Cambodia's clothes makers being killed after protesting for a pay rise to make clothes for Nike, or the struggles of South Africa miners demand 100% wage increase,
or how big business with the support of their governments reject the
demand for pay increases in their majority as untenable. Somewhere we
need to question the notion of what equates to the push of high living
standards, subsistence and where is this so called development out of
balance. For all the wrong reasons it is as Australia's Gina Rinehart
said, "companies are "running a ruler" over their investments because of cost overruns and low productivity."
The problem however is balance... where does it end or begin? Violence
has many forms. Structural violence being the very worst is not
improving with technology it is becoming a problem to health wherever
people are left out as victims to it's impact.
Double Standards: When it comes to democracy there appears to be a
confusion between crimes of citizens and crimes of state. Citizens who
rise to flag inequalities are in many countries jailed while the
practice of governments regarding their actions are more often defended
under a gist of "sovereignty" because they are a government.
I use this thought to compare the cases of Edward Snowden to that of Xu Zhiyong.
Both citizens are working for change, for "transparency". Both are
concerned about what impact individuals holding power have over their
communities. Both are made controversial figures within their own
communities with governments labeling them as criminals. The problem
here is the line between government working for the common good and
citizens is blurred. Both these individuals are "whistle blowers" who
have sacrificed their normal day lives to do what so many leaders,
academics and media savvy citizens suspect or are aware of yet are
unable to openly expose or change... especially in the streets where
protests appear to have limited effects.
Does this Matter?
As I listened to the US concerns over the 'show trial' in China for the jailing of Xu Zhiyong,
I thought of Edward Snowden. I am aware we would not be making the
discussions we are about surveillance, corruption, trust and the the
power of government and market capital if aspects of information held
in such "classified" secrecy had not been exposed by Snowden or Xu
Zhiyong. Given recent history... it is unclear without these kind of
individuals how on this earth we can we make individuals working within
governments and those related environments of market capital more
In a world that does need to "clean-up" there is something critically
wrong. Everywhere we look there is turmoil. The black market is
expanding to unsustainable levels as more and more people at the bottom
end of societies everywhere at transnational levels come under
increased pressure for their own survival. I.E; the Crime net and it's
causal links to poverty. Rather then focusing on the 'trickle-up'
economic opportunities governments as do big companies prefer to
suppress the information that could make the difference, help restore
social trust and authentic forms of their own leadership and trust in
Words alone unfortunately do not appear to work alone anymore less they
are sensationalized". Extreme acts on all sides keeps the media
printing but the core knowledge is lost as the will to change how we do
things is stripped of its key content for the sake power, capital and
the saving face antics so easily manipulated now within the realm of
combative motives for gathering human "intelligence" .
|Technology companies around
the world are asking for changes in state government surveillance ...
Google, Facebook and Twitter among top tech firms calling for sweeping reforms to US surveillance
West Papuans tortured, killed and dumped at sea, citizens' tribunal hears
Witnesses to the 'Biak massacre' in 1998 tell of alleged atrocities by Indonesian security forces.
Key Findings of the Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
||"Good policy is good politics."|
Four Part Series: "Keating" (Classical, Inspiring, Liberating!)
Candid Paul Keating interviews with Kerry O'Brien. Interviews reveal
the forces that shaped Paul Keating's ambitions, marking inside stories
from Australian political history. The Hawke-Keating combine is
arguably the most successful reforming partnership in Australian
politics. The Keating Prime Ministership covers a road to the Republic
debate, repointing the continent to Asia, the Redfern Speech and
embracing Mabo; compulsory superannuation and using the budget
surpluses to climb Australia out of recession. ******
|Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce said she hopes our nation will evolve into a country where people are free to love and marry whom they choose.
And where perhaps, "my friends, one day, one young girl or boy may even
grow up to be our nation's first head of state," she said |
Doing justice to the real stories. After ten years research, Clare Wright tells a story never before told."The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka" illustrates human life, the importance of social inclusiveness during the Eureka gold rush period. It includes untold stories of the Ballarat goldfields of the 1850s which were a diverse and fairly orderly community of men, women and children.
"A quarter of the population of Ballarat in 1854 were female, mostly
young and married with new families; breast pumps were sold in stores,
and childcare was provided at dances and balls. There was a baby boom
in 1854-55. This book positively domesticates the goldrush."
What Security does is more important then what security is. Jakarta warns Australia spying could damage trust,
Indonesia may review people-smuggling cooperation with Australia,
Australian ambassador summoned by Indonesia over embassy spy scandel.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has said that reports the
Australian embassy was used to spy on Indonesia were "not cricket," after Australia's ambassador to Indonesia was summonsed by the Indonesian foreign affairs department.
Homeless people have long been a sad but familiar sight in London, and the USA. It is becoming a growing phenomenon across the developed world. WHY?
Where is the democratic world heading?
Additionally - From an epistemological perspective contemporary psychiatry reflects
how we, as a society, construct reality.... and how we deal with social
issues that impact people under the strain of systemic abuse in todays contemporary capitalistic world.
The Plight of Syria's Children: Nothing portrays the trauma and upheaval of Syria’s conflict
more clearly than the faces of children, attacked while simply trying
to attend school or displaced from their homes into appalling
conditions in refugee camps.
Good Interview - Tim Winton and the new novel Eyrie - Has Australia's culture changed, HOW?
|Serious Stuff! Critics warn the Trans Pacific Partnership
could open the way for the government to be sued by foreign
corporations over Australian laws and regulations which disadvantage
them. As we consider the consequences it is interesting to consider
DOHA and how Big Business Corporations and better-off governments also
use these so called trade partnership deals to manipulate the
developing world. |
Accountability and Fair Trade Call Long Over Due:
Nothing is more repugnant then the knowledge of how Big Business
overlooks the plight of those children orphaned, families injured, many
now left homeless, at the hands of earnings, and comparative surplus
made for Western profits. Oxfam and international labour rights groups
are now calling on Big W and Target - owned by parent companies
Woolworths and Wesfarmers - to take financial responsibility for the
fire victims and their families.''All companies that were sourcing from
the Aswad Composite Mills company should pay compensation to the
families of the deceased, and those injured in the fire,'' said Daisy
Gardener, corporate accountability and fair trade adviser for Oxfam
So much for the National Budget Emergency! Australia's new Federal government about to waste taxpayers funds to challenge ACT same sex marriage laws in High Court. Chief Minister of the ACT Ms Katy Gallagher discusses on Lateline the federal government's decision to launch a legal challenge to the ACT's same sex marriage laws.
All Fingers Crossed for WA recount and Greens senator Scott Ludlam. Australian Electoral Commission has ordered a recount in the critically tight Senate race in Western Australia.
ALP leader Chris Bowen is right, George Brandis Australia's
Attorney-General [no less] is a 'hypocrite', over expense claim. Worse
is the Abbott spin on these kinds of issues considering the vehemence
he used on issues like this while in opposition. It makes the mockery
of anything the privileged elite have to say on entitlements by
comparison to the 99%, especially those homeless, on welfare in this
country we call 'fair-go' Australia.
|"The importance of being civil: the struggle for political civility". John Hall's new book
how inclusive politics on the nature of identity works. Additionally
Hall works to understand how the meaning of civility relates to larger
social forces both from what we know of the past and now, and perhaps
the future. He looks historically at revolution, imperialism,
capitalism, nationalism, and war and questions the ways that such
elements limit the potential for civility. Find James McGill Professor
of Comparative Historical Sociology at McGill University, Montreal
discussion with Geraldine Doogue about the content of Halls views on "Civility".
Civility - a
timely topic for our own political discussion as opposed to what we
know as political violence, in all its forms [large and small] which is
completely the very opposite of civility. A
lack of civility in its extreme leads often to huge regional
instability, where ever it occurs. Be it local or regional
political violence [life is political], through many forms of
oppression. As we can see in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, it often
starts slow, quitely but can rise to the point of people displacement,
where we see large physical movements of people fleeing, migrating,
hence the world plight of asylum seekers, including those we classify
as economic. |
As Australian's, we need to do much more to understand this set of
paradigms here in Australia if we are to understand ourselves better,
our history as well as those of our neighbors in Asia, Middle East and
elsewhere. Importantly a focus on "civility" opens a conversation as well as a debate by asking us to consider a
concept of civility and what is lost without it, both at home and abroad.
Fashion Victims: ABC 4 Corners: Sarah
Ferguson reports on conditions of low-paid textile workers after
accident attracted world's attention when the eight-storey Rana Plaza
in Bangladesh collapsed in April killing more than a thousand people,
many of them young females.
Interview: Sarah Ferguson with Fran Kelly
Enough to make your blood boil! The
International Labour Organisation says as many as 10.5 million children
worldwide, mostly girls, are working as domestic servants
||Australia can't look to a broadband future if it continues to rely on the aging copper technology of the past. That's
why an incoming Coalition government must reconsider the NBN, writes
Samuel Levy. Additionally so many will miss out being unable to afford
the Coalitions connection fee's. [Having lived in a rural area for
example, it was only recently homes (such as) in Cooktown were able to
afford power-line connections, and there are still homes in outer
regions like this that have no power connection because of price. I see
this problem with the Coalitions fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) framework,
before we consider their wireless fabrications in the reliability.]|
Carbon tax debate ‘a sideshow’: Australians need urgently to "Stop having the wool pulled over their eyes by Big Coal
and by timid politicians into believing that we are making some
progress—when in fact our contribution to the problem’s getting a lot
worse," says Guy Pearse academic and author. Why ask the asking inconvenient questions?
| With or without Labor, the future is on our table and for those of us
who have worked for over thirty years will not allow this debate to be
muffled just because of an accidental hazardous election.
Australia's coal exports impact climate change [Soundcloud website]
Late Night Live
|Strategies for addressing climate change. An interview with Mark Diesendorf on his book "Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change".
|There is far too little, if
any, commemoration of Australia’s war between the settlers and the
original inhabitants, historian Henry Reynolds argues. He says that until
those conflicts are fully acknowledged, in the same way that our
overseas battles have been, reconciliation will never be
complete. | Has Australia the maturity? |
||‘Pink Sari Revolution’.
Women living in Uttar Pradesh, or the
'badlands' of India, are often illiterate, poor and become pregnant
when they are in their early teens. Now a grassroots movement of about
20,000 women have come to their rescue. The women, dressed in pink
saris, and carrying pink batons, aim to intervene wherever other women
are victims of abuse or injustice. Their struggle is called the ‘Pink
|Is this a Scoop? Facebook
to host pages of 15 ministers could be viewed in Tehran through a proxy
server with local newspapers hinting the move might herald the lifting
of some internet barriers.|
Indonesia affront on its illegal logging record by Harrison Ford: Ford, who has supported numerous environmental causes in recent years,
has travelled to several places in Indonesia to make part of a series
on climate change called Years of Living Dangerously for US television
Seems anything out there is not on the local agenda.
"The not so fantastic plastic"...
including products wrapped in plastic creating toxic waste which is
polluting the ocean threating the life of birds, turles, and other
important to marine life ecologies. Discussion on LifeMatters with Erik
van Sebille Physical Oceanographer University of New South Wales, Karen
Raubenheimer Operations Manager Surfrider Foundation. Ocean pollution
MAGIC THAT WORKS
Neil Turok Director of
Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, previously
professor of physics at Princeton and Chair of Mathematical Physics at
Noel Hayman, GP and the Clinical Director, Inala Indigenous Health Service in Brisbane speaks to Bush Telegraph - Why don't we hear more interviews like this one in mainstream media.*******
interviews - Ramona Koval with author Ian Mcewan - "SOLAR".
Failure at Copenhagen climate talks prompted Ian Mcewan to write
Right Two Books a must read.
by Michael Welland. Imagine, Sand used to make computers,
windows, toothpaste, cosmetics... Sand has played a
dramatic role in human history, commerce, and begs our imagination. Audio interview with Michael
Welland.||Dirt pdf - Ch 1 Dirt:
The Erosion of Civilizations,
by David R. Montgomery. The root of our existence, dirt supports our
feet, our farms, our cities. Today, slow but a recent rise of organic
and no-till farming gives hope for a new agricultural revolution
that might help avoid the fate of previous civilizations.||Water
Dreamers: The Remarkable History of Our Dry. By Michael
Cathcart ||| Book
Review by Chris Saliba|
Soil Degradation Security?
I adore this story "PIG POO PELLETS REPLACE PHOSPHATE"
Informative is Ihsan Dileri's interview on LifeMatters with Wendy Harmer. Mr Dileri is Youth
settlement and project team leader at Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre
in Melbourneand who did a 9 month study on the situation of Opium in
Afghanstan, trying to look for alternative crops for farmers.
|Archive Four Corners: Opium Brides.Reporter Najibullah Quraishi journeys deep into the Afghan countryside to reveal the personal and social devastation the Government's counter-narcotics program is causing. This is a complex issue, and one Australia needs to be "equally" concerned about|
Debunking Medical legalising argument: Need 'amnesty plan or transition program for farmers moving into alternative crops'
Not unlike the 'rear earth' story in the Congo.... this story about Opium and the international role of players is too a MESS! | More
IMPROVING ACCESS TO CLIMATE FINANCING FOR THE PACIFIC ISLANDS
in our need to tackle changing climate are
issues surrounding food security, shrinking resources and environmental
degradation. All are issues linked by one inescapable fact. "Geography on the Edge."||
The increasing amount of dissolved carbon dioxide oceans
is driving fish crazy. CO2 threatens fish's very
oceans. Some 2.3 billion tonnes of human CO2 emissions dissolve
into the oceans every year, home to fish and other species, altering
their chemical environment. Researchers say, "We've now established it
isn't simply the acidification of the oceans that is causing disruption
- as is the case with shellfish and plankton with chalky skeletons -
but the actual dissolved CO2 itself is damaging the fish's nervous
Beautiful Photos. Sometimes the only way to reflect a deep felt
'Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of
awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and