Monday 17th of May 2021

a fragile planet...

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"Five years ago, I would’ve said that the possibility of a “kinetic war” in the Indo-Pacific was very unlikely, now it is more likely than it was then. This is something that you and I may well have to confront in the next 5 to 10 years"

 

Christopher Pyne.

 

 

or we twist your nipples...

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In late January, POTUS inked the so-called "Buy American" order, an executive action that Joe Biden said would help "rebuild the backbone of America: manufacturing, unions, and the middle class".

In the coming weeks, Brussels may take a countermeasure to press EU member states to "Buy European", in retaliation for Washington's "Buy American" drive, Politico reports.

 

the polarity reversal...

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Regardless of the politicisation by our idiotic leaders or utter denialism by some people, GLOBAL WARMING is happening — FAST. Not only we are burning fossil fuels that create gases that absorb extra heat in the atmosphere, we are experiencing a NATURAL weakening of the earth magnetic system and/or possible polarity change SOON … This would create some extra confusion and uncertainty in our future.

 

special appropriations...

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What in America they call the State of the Union, in Australia we call the federal budget.

As surprising as it may seem, Australian budgets aren't really about money — they're about values.

As a case in point, a key part of next week's Budget will be an announcement about childcare, but the childcare measures won't start until 2022-23.

based-ruled-bullshit...

biden blinken...biden blinken...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden will convey to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their upcoming meeting that the United States is not seeking to escalate the situation and seeks more stable and predictable relations with Russia, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday.

 

a beautiful day

Sydney flags...Sydney flags...

wiping history...

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the war brothers...

god's plop...god's plop...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian politics returned to white noise this week. It started happening after Parliament rose before Easter, but we are now in a zone where the public are mostly tuning out – unless there’s an attention snapping event.

The intensity of the first two months of political action – dominated by exposés of appalling behaviour, allegations of more and brain-dead responses from the Prime Minister and many of his colleagues – turned voters off.

After a year of rallying around the flag, willing governments to get things done and battle a health and economic emergency in intelligent unity, disappointment and frustration were back in vogue.

what deficit?....

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In the early days of the Hawke Government, when Labor and a dynamic young treasurer, Paul Keating, kept confounding a hostile and suspicious business community with market-friendly policies, the cartoonist Patrick Cook would draw the then former treasurer John Howard as a battle scarred veteran.

 

 

brave...

 

brave...brave...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A senior defence official under former United States president Barack Obama says the Five Eyes spy network should be used as a diplomatic grouping to pressure China, in a direct contrast to New Zealand’s attempt to narrow its remit.

a pink moon...

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self-appointed god assistant...

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freedom of information...

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Australia’s government has major issues with transparency and is actively trying to keep citizens uninformed and unaware, a senator leading the charge against the culture of secrecy has said.

On Saturday, independent senator Rex Patrick slammed Australia’s Freedom of Information (FOI) process, and threatened to take the freedom of information commissioner to court over “unreasonable” delays in the review process.

Senator Patrick, a strong advocate for open government, has written to Australian information commissioner Angelene Falk, demanding she makes decisions on his FOI requests – some of which have been with her office for two years.

big pharma fights the generic vaccines...

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THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY is pouring resources into the growing political fight over generic coronavirus vaccines.

Newly filed disclosure forms from the first quarter of 2021 show that over 100 lobbyists have been mobilized to contact lawmakers and members of the Biden administration, urging them to oppose a proposed temporary waiver on intellectual property rights by the World Trade Organization that would allow generic vaccines to be produced globally.

 

burning company fat...

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Australia’s billions in fossil fuel subsidies are under the spotlight in a new report as the US puts pressure on other countries to stop handing money to the sector.

Left-leaning think tank the Australia Institute has combed through recent federal and state budgets, finding there has been $10.3 billion in fossil fuel subsidies this financial year.

Most of it – $7.84 billion – is from a federal government fuel tax credit scheme, which provides a refund to industry for diesel.

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