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Archive for May 2007

Pulped Uncut – mapping the political fiasco of Gunns’ election timebomb.

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Recent rumblings from Tasmania have revealed a chasm of accountability and due process so vast you could push a $2 billion pulp mill through it. This chasm will soon hit the federal election radar, forcing at least one major party to abandon their current strategy of issue neutralization.

The main powers have taken three relatively complicit positions. Tasmania’s Labor government has chosen NAP – ‘not any problem’. Even as the Liberal opposition unsuccessfully support calls for an ICAC, they endorse the project – as does former Liberal Premier and Gunns’ director Robin Gray. Federal Minister for Environment and Water, Malcolm Turnbull, is invoking NMP – ‘not my problem’, and the federal ALP have decided NOPE – ‘not our problem either’.

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May 28, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Pulp politics 101 – Gunns fiasco will hit federal election

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Will hopefully post full version (about 40% longer) here in the next day or so. But for now please visit New Matilda, grab yourself a free 4 week subscription (or a very affordable year-long one) and check out the story that’s been eating me for the last 6 weeks. Am absolutely stoked that Matthew Newton has allowed the use of his beautiful Weld Angel for the article.

From the page:

The situation is still extremely volatile. On 2 May, Les Baker, General Manager of the Gunns Pulp Mill Project, let slip on a Christian website that ANZ will be securing finance for the mill. There is speculation that this would conflict with ANZ’s obligations as a signatory to the Equator Principles. And on 17 May, the Wilderness Society (TWS) launched a Federal Court action against Turnbull and Gunns. Led by a highly experienced legal team, TWS’s challenge alleges Governmental bias, abrogation of due process, and seeks delay of the current process until its legality can be determined.

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May 23, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Alternative Australian Government to intercept Japanese whalers – Rudd & Garrett throw down!

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Hell yes!! Kevin Rudd has today announced that if the ALP is elected later this year, Australian naval vessels will be used to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet in Australian waters. This will be a massive step forward. Not only did he state that the Howard government has been ineffective, but also announced that it may be time for Australia to get active outside the International Whaling Commission process in order to end the fiasco of ‘scientific whaling’. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 21, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Stencil art from Sydney (artists unknown)

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these are cropped from photos i’ve taken of some of the stencils around Sydney’s walls and pavements. Something about dogshit, tanks, and Donald Rumsfeld seems right…not sure quite what though… Read the rest of this entry »

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May 14, 2007 at 12:59 pm

The Latest Climate Change Analysis = “we’re f#$%ed!”

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Will be posting own material again soon, but British author-journalist-activist George Monbiot has just posted this piece and it’s too important to ignore. Please visit the article for yourself, but in part it clearly explains why the aim of preventing more than 2°C of warming is overtly political and efforts to achieve this “goal” are based on wrong targets and outdated science. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 10, 2007 at 3:16 pm

How Shell sank New Orleans?

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That question mark isn’t skeptical – it’s a WTF. Lo at Braless Living has put together a pretty amazing article.

I think the first part was written fast and angry, but the detail – supported by some strong links from the years preceding Hurricane Katrina – is that the danger of that day, which ironically woke a lot of people to the future prognosese (?!) of climate change, was well-detailed in advance. The intriguing argument made is that what oil companies, especially Shell, had been doing off the coast and below sea level had far more to do with thousands of deaths and the destruction of a city than what their product had been doing to the climate. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 9, 2007 at 2:26 am

Alternative News Online – 10 suggestions & a question

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WOW!!!! Sexy title, huh?

Here’s a list of recommended online news sources I recently put together for a zine. IMHO, it’s worthwhile, but certainly not comprehensive. Check some of these out for yourself and see what you think. The question is – what are your preferred corners of the web for alternative/progressive/radical/actual news, commentary and analysis? Please bomb the comments with your own suggestions. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 8, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Scorcher: Clive Hamilton’s damning new book and Australia’s decade of climate sabotage

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Scorcher: the dirty politics of climate change by Clive Hamilton
Published by Black Inc. Books
Released May, 2007

Scorcher could have easily been titled A Staggeringly Large Amount of Very Inconvenient Truths. But that would misrepresent its focus. It would also suggest a rehashing of what is known. The book’s core message is not that climate change is happening, or even how Australia still lags the world in accepting and responding to it.

The message, and the detail, is that Australians have been methodically and deliberately misled, that our government has purposefully sabotaged global action in the name of private interests, and that even now we are being blatantly lied to. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 6, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Cancer – An Extreme Alternative?

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As an ‘alternative health’ practitioner – trained, qualified, and practising in shiatsu – cancer in all its manifestations is one of the most confronting dis-eases I have ever had to work with. Although I can only imagine how it feels for family members or, moreso, the patient, I have lost friends to leukemia at very young ages, and sufferers have shared their stories with me in ways that are generous, brave, and heartbreaking.

It angers me to see people promising cures, whether from natural sources or laboratory wizardry. Many seem to be fantastic sounding, but on deeper inspection also happen to be money spinners. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 5, 2007 at 3:22 pm

John Howard’s Integrity ruled non-existent by eBay

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Yes, it’s official – Aussie PM John Howard’s Integrity is “no item”. While somebody almost managed to sell New Zealand on eBay and other people have sold everything from their virginity and kidneys to their lives, eBay had to remove the JHI from its listings. Because you can’t buy what isn’t there.

CapitalIdea’s eBay model displays the JHI

Seller’s Item Description:

You are bidding on an original 1950’s mind set. Genuine period flaws make this a truly unique item. While the internal mechanism (not in photo) is damaged it still spins at full speed. The veneer is in splendid condition. You will be disappointed or your money back. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 3, 2007 at 4:48 pm

May 2 – International Day of Action against Barrick Gold

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An international campaign against Canadian cyanide giant, Barrick Gold, has kicked up a notch today. Corpwatch has just launched a new global report, Barrick’s Dirty Secrets: Communities Respond to Gold Mining’s Impacts Worldwide, in honour of the occasion.

Barrick is a mega-corp which still plans to extract dirty gold from near the headwaters of an agriculture-dependent valley in Chile. But don’t worry, it’s safe. They’re just going to ‘move’ three glaciers to do it. Yes, they are rabid sociopaths.

The report details activites which span the globe and in many cases displace and damage traditional communities and sacred sites.

Of interest to Australian readers wanting to think global and act local, it details –

how Barrick threatens the water sources in water scarce areas in Chile, Argentina, Australia, and Nevada. In New South Wales, Australia, Barrick’s mine is licensed to use 17 million liters on water per day. Meanwhile, that region is experiencing their worst drought in the last hundred years.

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May 2, 2007 at 2:17 pm

May Day 2007…..??

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Sydney’s May Day is on May 6 (WTF?) from 11 a.m. in Hyde Park. Does this mean that Christmas will be December 30 and NYE January 5th? Again…WTF? We’re so hardcore we protest a week after everybody else?Go here for the Wombles’ take on May Day 2007, here for Melbourne Indymedia, and here for a great rundown from Portland IMC of May Days 2001 – 2007 with ongoing updates after the police violence just experienced in LA and elsewhere globally. Blog Green also has good May Day linkage going on. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 1, 2007 at 12:28 am

German Environment Minister – aim to cut greenhouse emissions 40% by 2020

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OMG – isn’t it amazing what the rest of the world thinks, when compared to what the government tells us they think?!?! Firstly, for Australians, how refreshing is it to read about an environment minister that actually cares about the environment (fingers crossed we’ll have one soon) and secondly how good is it to read an article about dealing with climate change that hasn’t been written as though there’s an option?

The Germans are choosing 3 billion Euros of action now in preference to 130 billion Euros worth of consequence by 2050, and they’re also edging well away from nuclear expansion. Does this sound like, gee, I don’t know, the complete opposite of John Howard’s plan? As in – doing something intelligent and productive as opposed to something stupid and destructive?

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May 1, 2007 at 12:00 am