This is What ECOCIDE Looks Like in 2017

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ecocide    /ˈiːkəˌsaɪd; ˈɛkə-/    noun

  1. total destruction of an area of the natural environment, esp by human agency
  2. the destruction of large areas of the natural environment by such activity as nuclear warfare, over exploitation of resources, or dumping of harmful chemicals.

This is the MASS DEATH list for the first 2 months of 2017.

Repeat TWO MONTHS of 2017

What will the future of your children and theirs be like if this keeps happening month after month after month. Accelerating year after year?

When are you going to fight for your children and grandchildren’s future?

ARE YOU SHOCKED YET – YOU WILL BE -READ ON !

MASS ANIMAL DEATH LIST                                  110 Known MASS Death Events in 43 Countries (or Territory)

28th February 2017 – 9 TONS of dead fish found floating in the sea by fishermen in Zhejiang, China. Link

28th February 2017 – TONS of dead fish found washed up along the beaches of Apetlon, Austria. Link

28th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found along beaches in Huatulco, Mexico. Link

28th February 2017 – 4,200 waterbirds dead due to ‘avian cholera’ in Idaho, America. Link

28th February 2017 – 200 cows found dead, ‘due to heatwave’ in La Pampa, Argentina. Link

28th February 2017 – Mass die off of birds due to avian flu right across Hungary. Link

28th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a river in New South Wales, Australia. Link

28th February 2017 – 4 dead whales have washed ashore during the past month in Virginia, America. Link

27th February 2017 – Thousands of fish have died in the Magdalena River in Colombia. Link

27th February 2017 – 42,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Plateau, Nigeria. Link

27th February 2017 – 27,000 ducks killed due to avian flu in Sant Gregori, Spain. Link

25th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up on beaches in Montevideo, Uruguay. Link

25th February 2017 – 1,000+ cattle dead due to drought in Tehuantepec, Mexico. Link

23rd February 2017 – Massive die off of fish in a river in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. Link

22nd February 2017 – 100 dead dolphins washed up during past 8 weeks, ‘IT’s A MASSACRE’, in Cornwall, England. Link

22nd February 2017 – 56 dead whales and dolphins wash up this year, ‘WORST ON RECORD’, in Ireland. Link

22nd February 2017 – 6 TONS of fish die in a lake in South Cotabato, Philippines. Link

22nd February 2017 – 90,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Chungcheong Province, South Korea. Link

22nd February 2017 – Massive die off of fish in lake Eber in Afyon Province, Turkey. Link

21st February 2017 – 600,000 ducks to be killed due to avian flu in Landes, France. Link

21st February 2017 – 6,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Southern Vietnam. Link

21st February 2017 – Dozens of dead sea birds, plus dead sea lions found along the coast in Puerto Natales, Chile. Link

20th February 2017 – 42,000 turkeys killed due to avian flu in Gazzo Veronese, Italy. Link

20th February 2017 – 10,000 freshwater fish found dead in a lake in central Namibia. Link

19th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up on a lake in Minnesota, America. Link

19th February 2017 – 1 TON of dead fish found floating in the waters of Saguling, Indonesia. Link

17th February 2017 – Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up along the Cooloola coast in Australia. Link

16th February 2017 – 30 TONS of dead fish washes ashore in Nicoya Gulf, Costa Rica. Link

16th February 2017 – 86 turtles found dead, ‘due to red tide’ in La Paz and Los Cabos, Mexico. Link

16th February 2017 – 100 cattle dead due to drought in Lamu, Kenya. Link

16th February 2017 – 46,000+ livestock dead from ‘extreme cold’ in Northern Mongolia. Link

16th February 2017 – Hundreds of cattle dying due to drought in Bacalar, Mexico. Link

15th February 2017 – 6 dead dolphins found washed ashore in San Felipe, Mexico. Link

15th February 2017 – Masses of dead birds appearing in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Link

15th February 2017 – 17 TONS of dead fish found in a dam in Piaui, Brazil. Link

15th February 2017 – Tens of thousands of fish suddenly die in fish farms in Purwakarta, Indonesia. Link

14th February 2017 – 23,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Suffolk, England. Link

13th February 2017 – Dozens of dead owls found along a road in Idaho, America. Link

13th February 2017 – Thousands of dead fish turn up in a river in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Link

13th February 2017 – 700+ bats dead ‘due to heat’ in New South Wales, Australia. Link

13th February 2017 – 130,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Taiwan. Link

13th February 2017 – Mass fish die off in a river in Ha Tinh, Vietnam. Link

13th February 2017 – Thousands of dead fish wash ashore in Cienaga, Colombia. Link

12th February 2017 – 350 whales dead after 650 stranded in Farewell Spit, New Zealand. Link

12th February 2017 – Masses of dead fish found washed up on a beach in Cabo Frio, Brazil. Link

10th February 2017 – Hundreds of migratory birds found dead ‘due to pollution’ in Guanajuato, Mexico. Link

8th February 2017 – 2,500 Saiga Antelopes have died due to disease in Mongolia. Link

8th February 2017 – 20,000 ducks killed due to avian flu in southern Czech Republic. Link

8th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found washed up on beach in Piura, Peru. Link

6th February 2017 – Hundreds of dead sea birds found washed up on the coast of Huanchaco, Peru. Link

6th February 2017 – 71,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Saga, Japan. Link

6th February 2017 – Thousands of ducks dying from disease in Washington, America. Link

3rd February 2017 – Hundreds of baby turtles dying due to heat on a beach in Queensland, Australia. Link

3rd February 2017 – Thousands of dead jellyfish, ‘never seen this many before’, wash ashore in Queensland, Australia. Link

3rd February 2017 – 1,300 TONS of fish have died suddenly in lake Sebu, Philippines. Link

3rd February 2017 – Thousands of dead fish wash up in Porthcawl Harbour, Wales. Link

30th January 2017 – 63,000 birds to be killed due to avian flu in Lancashire, England. Link

29th January 2017 – 400 dead monkeys found in the forests of Espirito Santo, Brazil. Link

28th January 2017 – Masses of dead fish washing up again on beaches in Florida, America. Link

28th January 2017 – 10,000+ pheasants to be killed due to avian flu in Lancashire, England. Link

27th January 2017 – 3,700 dead birds found in the waters of Sacramento, America. Link

27th January 2017 – 3 dead whales and a dolphin wash up in Baja California, Mexico. Link

25th January 2017 – MILLIONS of dead sardines wash up on the coast of Quemchi, Chile. Link

25th January 2017 – 400 dead turtles found in a dried up dam in Quixada, Brazil. Link

24th January 2017 – 12 dolphins have stranded and died this month in Asturias, Spain. Link

24th January 2017 – Large die off of fish in a lagoon in Michigan, America. Link

24th January 2017 – 106 dead turtles found along the coasts of Sergipe and Bahain, Brazil. Link

24th January 2017 – Hundreds of crabs and fish have died in Queensland, Australia. Link

23rd January 2017 – Thousands of dead herring found washed up in Bjorndal fjord, Norway. Link

23rd January 2017 – 3,000+ birds killed due to avian flu in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Link

23rd January 2017 – Mass die off of fish in the waters of Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone, France. Link

21st January 2017 – 50,000 fish died due to pollution in a river in Oswestry, England. Link

21st January 2017 – 9 turtles found dead on a beach in Sao Francisco de Itabapoana, Brazil. Link

20th January 2017 – 600,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Astrakhan, Russia. Link

20th January 2017 – 800,000 ducks killed due to avian flu in Southwest France. Link

19th January 2017 – Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up on a beach in Kvarnakershamn, Sweden. Link

19th January 2017 – Mass death of wild birds reported around Lake Victoria, Uganda. Link

19th January 2017 – 3 whales have been found dead during past month in Nayarit, Mexico. Link

18th January 2017 – 28,000 hens dead due to avian flu in Southern Greece. Link

18th January 2017 – 10 dead turtles are found every day on the coast of Costa Chica, Mexico. Link

17th January 2017 – 81 dolphins (false killer whales) dead after stranding in Florida’s Everglades, America. Link

17th January 2017 – 6,000 turkeys are to be killed due to avian flu in Lincolnshire, England. Link

17th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up on Hindmarsh Island in Australia. Link

17th January 2017 – Dozens of pelicans are dying in Riviera Bay, St. Petersburg, Florida, America. Link

17th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a lagoon in Petrolina, Brazil. Link

15th January 2017 – 10 dead dolphins found washed up, ‘experts baffled’, in Cornwall, England. Link

14th January 2017 – 430,000 birds to be killed due to avian flu in Southern Bulgaria. Link

14th January 2017 – Mass die off of fish in the waters of Wilhelmshausen, Germany. Link

13th January 2017 – Thousands of fish die in a lake in St. Petersburg, Florida, America. Link

13th January 2017 – Thousands of dead fish wash up along a lagoon in Patagonia. Link

13th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish wash up along a river in Manzhou Taiwan. Link

12th January 2017 – Hundreds of TONS of fish have died in Lake Toba, Indonesia. Link

12th January 2017 – 30+ dead turtles found washed ashore in Chennai, India. Link

12th January 2017 – 10,000 birds dead due to avian flu in Odessa, Ukraine. Link

11th January 2017 – Massive fish kill found washed up on a lake in New South Wales, Australia. Link

10th January 2017 – Thousands of animals/cattle dead due to wildfires in La Pampa, Argentina. Link

10th January 2017 – Thousands of fish die in farms, ‘due to flooding’ in Kelantan, Malaysia. Link

10th January 2017 – 700 fish die in a lake, ‘due to drought’ in Sinigo, Italy. Link

9th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead lobsters, starfish and crabs found washed ashore in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Link

9th January 2017 – 80 swans have died due to avian flu in Dorset, England. Link

9th January 2017 – Hundreds of fish dying in a lake in Pozzuoli, Italy. Link

9th January 2017 – Thousands of dead fish, plus dead birds found in a quarry lake in Basiglio, Italy. Link

8th January 2017 – Thousands of fish die suddenly in a dam in East Java,, Indonesia. Link

5th January 2017 – 350,000 birds to be killed due to avian flu in Quilpue Chile. Link

5th January 2017 – 20,000+ chickens killed due to avian flu in Yunlin, Taiwan. Link

4th January 2017 – Large number of dead sea birds found washed up in the Bay of Gibraltar, Spain. Link

4th January 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a lake in Bundaberg, Australia. Link

3rd January 2017 – Dozens of birds fall dead from sky in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, America. Link

3rd January 2017 – Dozens of dead turtles washing up on beaches in Jagatsinghpur district, India. Link

1st January 2017 – 5 Humpback whales have washed ashore in recent weeks in Hawaii, America. Link

I wish to acknowledge the source of this list even though I do not believe in any biblical interpretations of these mass deaths.

Source   http://www.end-times-prophecy.org/animal-deaths-birds-fish-end-times.html

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NSW Premier Mike Baird Abandons Sinking Liberal Ship for Lucrative Bank Job

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A couple of weeks ago NSW Premier Mike Baird’s self-righteous short jaunt of blatant authoritarian neoliberalism and corporate cronyism ended, when he finally fell on his sword after mass public protests and  his popularity crashing to a dismal low.  His reckless crusade to privatise everything, together with his vandalism of our culture, our civil structure, social institutions and the environment finally caught up with him.

After he was instrumental in the Nationals losing the Orange bye election by the biggest margin in state history, owing to the Greyhound Industry fiasco, he was seen to be endangering the fragile Liberal / National Party unity. They were scared witless about their future election chances so he had to go.  His willingness to leave has rewarded him with a plum job in the NAB with a million dollar per year salary.

When the party asked for volunteers, to take up the poisoned chalice that he had left behind, only one person was game, Gladys Berejiklian.  You have to give her credit for that, although it’s doubtful that she will be allowed to reverse any of her party’s anti-social, corporate sponsored, shadow government agenda.

We need to remember that the NSW Liberal party was considered the most corrupt government in Australia, after the NSW ICAC found a massive network of corruption within it.  Indeed Mike Baird gained leadership of the party after his predecessor Barry O’Farrel, resigned after being accused of a bribe.

So Gladys Berejiklian is most likely there to try to fool the gullible public that the Liberals and Nationals are not the psychopathic corrupt corporate shills that they plainly still are.

For the record, its worth examining the legacy that this smug banker left, after his wild orgy of sociopathic, neoliberal, ideological, slash and burn policies, during his short two and half years as the leader of the Liberals.

  1. Privatisation of Everything.

There are lots of reasons why privatisation doesn’t work. Regardless of the majority of NSW citizens against privatisation of the NSW power network, the dauntless Premier Baird decided to sell it off anyway . First went Transgrid to a foreign consortium for $10 billion. Next went half of Ausgrid to an Aussie consortium for $16 billion.  What were Mr Baird and the Liberals going to do with all this money? Well they’re not sure.  What we can be sure of is that the real estate, property barons and bankers will do well.

The state’s power grid wasn’t the only thing he decided to privatise. He started selling land and buildings all over the state netting another $3 billion. Some sales have attracted considerable controversy such as selling the Power House Museum to developers, causing substantial opposition from Sydneysiders.

Of course no privatisation plan would be complete, without privatisation of five state hospitals even though previous attempts have led to real messes. Of course, sale of Long Bay Prison and more prison privatisation is also on the cards even though private prisons have been found to have serious problems.

The latest plan has been to privatise the NSW Land Titles Department. However, this has run into serious opposition, as it’s been revealed that it is more profitable, even in the shorter term to keep in under government control. We shouldn’t forget Sydney’s  trains. There’s always plans to sell the trains off.

There is no plan yet to sell off the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House although I did suggest that it might happen in a satire before the last election.

  1. Forced Council Amalgamations

In September, 2014 the NSW Government released its Fit for the Future (FFTF) program, following a three-year Independent Review of Local Government. The Greens were highly critical of the terms of reference of the review.

In May 2016 the NSW Government announced the amalgamation of a number of councils across NSW. On the surface this seems to be an attempt to improve efficiencies of local government areas.

The announcement forced dozens of democratically elected mayors and council members out of a job, to be replaced by Baird appointed administrators until new council elections can be held next year.

The people in merged council areas have been very vocal, disrupting councils and claiming a loss of identity and grass roots representation.  They have also been highly critical of government claims of public involvement and some of the appointed administrators.

A Liberal donor who donated $150,000 to Liberal election fund, the “Queensland based software company Technology One Limited, has emerged as the biggest winner so far from Baird’s forced amalgamation agenda, with the company picking up an estimated $10 million worth of directly negotiated contracts from just three newly amalgamated councils.”

After the Nationals lost the Orange bye election, they panicked as there was massive resistance to the council amalgamations in their electorates. Consequently, as soon as Mike Baird resigned, the leader of the Nationals John Barilaro, bravely claimed that they would stop further rural council amalgamations.  The new Premier has stated she is prepared to ‘listen to the community’ and  is considering cancelling many of the mergers.

  1. Westconnex – Dispossessing Sydneysiders of their Homes

WestConnex is a motorway scheme currently in the early stages of construction in Sydney. The scheme proposes to build or upgrade some 33 kilometres, to the Sydney motorway network. The total cost of WestConnex is estimated at $15 billion and has been described as “the biggest transport project in Sydney since the Harbour Bridge”.

It has been criticised by the NSW Auditor General, over failures of proper governance.  The Lord Major of Sydney, Clover Moore, has called for an independent inquiry into it. The Greens strongly oppose it while Labor appears to be in favour of the project. It has been the subject of escalating public protest where residents in affected suburbs, have predicted wide spread non-violent public disobedience.

  1. Lock Out Laws by Wowsers

Perhaps the final nail in the coffin with wowser Premier Baird, for many of the young in Sydney was, the Sydney lock out laws.   These led to a thousands  strong protest in February 2016. The laws dramatically curtailed the revelry in the centre of Sydney, by restricting the hours for purchase of alcohol and closing the numerous pubs, bars, discos, clubs and restaurants at 3 am.

It was also widely criticised by not only the many businesses catering for the revelry but also may in Mike Baird’s own party.  A recent review was carried out where over 1800 submissions were made both for and against the lock out laws.

When Mike Baird departed, organisers of the Keep Sydney Open  group vowed to keep fighting the laws stating.

“Under Premier Baird’s lockout laws Sydneysiders have seen the city’s international reputation tarnished, and its vibrancy, energy and positivity diminished. Inner-city small businesses have been devastated, and crashing gate receipts for music and performance in the state of NSW threaten the future of the cultural life of the state.”

The Lock Out laws were finally relaxed a little in December, 2016

  1. NSW TAFE Wilful Destruction by Education Terrorists

There has been massive growing concern and opposition to the Baird government privatisation of the NSW TAFE and the subsequent loss of thousands of TAFE students.  In a Vote Compass survey in 2015, 70.7% of 36,000 in NSW voted that TAFE should receive more funding while only 3.1 %, that it should receive less funding.

Over the four years up until mid 2016 the number of students enrolled in the NSW TAFE decreased by 126,000 and 5,200 support staff were sacked. The minster then announced another review . This time the despicable idiots dumped carpentry, plumbing and painters trade courses despite a nation wide shortage.

Apprentice numbers in western Sydney, have dropped by 15,000. While the total lost across the country, is 28% of Australia’s workforce of apprentices, from 383,562 to 278,583.  One obvious reason for less students, was humungous course fee rises of up to 7000% increase over a 3 year period.

A report highly critical of the Baird government’s privatisation of TAFE concluded, that it was failing. NSW people are not happy with the destruction of the TAFE by the Baird government and are unhappy with the quality of the private courses, judging by the increasing ‘drop out’ rates.

The reason for the apparent wilful destruction of the NSW TAFE system, has become obvious with the leaking of a secret Turnbull government plan to take over the nation’s TAFE courses and privatise the whole system. Thousands of NSW kids have been robbed of a decent future.

  1. CSG Mining to Pollute the Air , Water and Land

Coal seam gas (GSG) mining has been very controversial in NSW for several years, with considerable opposition to it throughout the state of NSW, especially in the Sydney catchment area and outer Sydney suburbs.

At Bentley in northern NSW there was a real battle to stop it being introduced with hundreds blocking the gas company’s drilling rig. The government threatened to send hundreds of police to break up the protest camp ‘Liberty’, but at the last minute pulled back from the confrontation.

CSG became an election issue with the Baird government promising to buy back the most controversial gas mining leases which it did. However, it refused to ban CSG mining altogether and later decided to offer more leases for sale again. So much for election promises.

More than two thirds of Australians and 85% of  NSW residents polled around the state, are in favour of a total CSG ban, but the government refuses. Consequently, there are anti-CSG protests all over the state.

  1. New Coal Mines to Make Global Warming Worse

Australia has signed to the Paris Global Warming agreement to reduce carbon emissions.  Global warming scientists have called for more than 90% of fossil fuels to be kept in the ground to avoid catastrophic Global Warming. However, the Australian government has decided not to support keeping our coal in the ground but rather the opposite, to sell as much as possible as quickly as possible.

In NSW there has been much controversy and protest over the destruction of the Leard State forest, to build the Whitehaven coal mine and recently, the approval for the Shenhua company to build a large coal mine on fertile farming land in the Liverpool plains. Secret plans have also been leaked, to build as many as 16 more new mines in the Hunter valley.

This has caused large numbers of the usually conservative farming community, to stage noisy protests against both the Baird and federal LNP governments.  The farmers are also unhappy with the Nationals which support CSG and coal mining in NSW.

  1. New State Land Clearing Laws to Decimate the Wildlife

In May, the Government released a draft package of biodiversity and land management reforms. It included scrapping the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and the Native Vegetation Act 2003. The package also detailed amendments to the Local Land Services Act 2013 in relation to native vegetation land management in rural areas, as well as the animal and plant provisions of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

The Government received more than 7,000 submissions in total, with over 5,000 from the Stand Up for Nature alliance of conservation groups, which oppose the changes. The basis of the objections are twofold.

Clearing more land will release lots of carbon to the atmosphere making it harder for Australia to fulfill its carbon emissions target, set in the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The second is that it will destroy a wide range of habitat, leading to native species extinction.  The new laws have led to protests by conservationists and has left farmers divided.

  1. Repressive Anti-Social Police State Laws

In March 2016 the Baird government bought in a law banning protests. Needless to say, there were immediate protests about the law changes, from the public, opposition party politicians and concerned lawyers worried about the trends in Australia to curtail citizen’s rights.

It sounds crazy to any sane person, but it will be illegal for ordinary citizens to non- violently and peacefully protest about fossil fuel companies poisoning their air and water. A poll found that 61.4% of NSW citizens are opposed to the new laws.

Actions as simple as locking a gate or blocking a driveway can be illegal. They are liable to $5500 fines for obstructing any company going about its business poisoning the environment and 7 years in gaol for their civic moral duty to take care of their neighbours and families.

The anti-Protest laws are only some a several new laws by the Liberal government to turn NSW into an authoritarian police state environment, restricting personal freedom and destroying our hard won democracy. The Greens believe police powers have become excessive. So much for a ‘fair go’ from our sociopathic government.

  1. Attack on ICAC to Weaken Its Power to Stop Political Corruption

ICAC is the NSW independent statutory body which has investigated public officials and politicians from all sides of politics since 1989, including disgraced Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, a rat’s nest of corruption in the Liberal party where 11 members of parliament had to step down in 9 months and Liberal Premier Barry O’Farrell, was forced to resign over a “massive memory fail”.

More recently ICAC’s Operation Spicer investigated dodgy Liberal party fundraising ahead of the 2011 state election and found massive irregularities leading to the withholding of government election funding and charges against some Liberals.

Premier Mike Baird before he resigned led an attack on ICAC to have its powers reduced which has been seen as payback by the Liberal Party over ICAC finding so many of the Liberal party to be corrupt. This would undoubtedly make him a hero among all the corrupt politicians, business conmen and crooks that lurk in the shadows of political life in NSW. The people of NSW will remember this act of bastardry Mr Baird.

Conclusions

Mike Baird the banker, saw an opportunity to move up in the world by joining the most corrupt government in Australian history.  He has excelled in the latest political hit and run tactics of the liberal Party by bailing out before an election so as to not have to face the public in the next elections.

His excellent record of reckless destruction of the state’s culture, society, infrastructure and environment has been noticed and applauded by the more psychopathic members of our plutocratic hidden shadow government. Consequently he has been promoted by the banking sector to a high paying job where he can continue to inflict neoliberal ideological madness upon the unsuspecting public.

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Could a Tweet From an Unstable US President Send Australia to War With China?

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This week in the Australian parliament Senator Ludlum of the Greens raised the question of whether a tweet from president Trump could send us into war with our biggest trading partner China.  While the question seems at first absurd and possibly even a satire, it’s not. It’s a very serious question that deserves debate within Australia as it could have very severe consequences to not only our Australian economy but every Australian’s future.

The USA is in a very politically unstable position at the moment with many US citizens unhappy with some of the new president’s seemingly impulsive executive orders.  One such order is the banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the USA without asking advice from his government departments as to what sort of problems this might cause to US citizen’s traveling abroad or anyone travelling to the USA for  business or even a holiday.

This presidential order and tweets caused chaos at international airports and led to thousands of protesters at airports all over the USA. Even some of the international governments friendly to the USA criticised this action and some of the Muslim majority governments whose citizens were banned have reciprocated by banning US citizens. Fortunately for all the travelers affected, a US Federal Judge blocked the Presidents order until it could be examined in a court of law.

President Trump has also been condemned by environmentalists and scientists all around the world for his Global Warming denier stance stating that he will withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement. Most governments are cautiously waiting to see what happens before he is condemned. However, the Pope has criticised his decision and Irish ex-PM and UN delegate Mary Robinson stated that if he goes ahead with plans to withdraw, the USA will become a rogue state. China has also criticized his decision.

Since the USA is the second largest greenhouse gas emitter, this will make it extremely difficult if not impossible for the world to contain Global Warming below the 2C agreed by over 190 countries at the Paris Climate Agreement.

He has also taken action to eliminate the US Environmental Protection Agency, allowing USA corporations unrestricted ability to pollute US land, water and air. This would reverse 50 years of US environmental protection on an ideological whim.

These dangerously impulsive actions alone, broadcast to the people of the world by tweet, bypassing government, media and public scrutiny or debate, give the very strong impression that the USA has elected a very unstable President,  one that cares nothing about the fact that his actions will have a large impact on the people of rest of the world.

There are also reports that President Trump might suffer from mental health problems. (here and here)

But those actions alone, while worrying to Australia are not the key problem. President Trump in both his election campaign and since his inauguration, has shown great antagonism towards both our biggest trading partner China and Iran, even threatening war with Iran and war with China.

Australia is considered one of the USA’s strongest allies and we have a treaty with them called the ANZUS treaty, that is supposed  call on the USA to protect us from any threat emanating from Asia although there is much doubt about whether it would.

That treaty was drawn up 1951 over post WW2 fears of Japan becoming aggressive again, but our relationship with Asia has changed dramatically over the period since then. The Asian countries in our region are considered good friends and among our biggest trading partners. This is not surprising as we live in the Asia geographical part of the world.

Successive Australian governments have automatically followed the USA into every war since WW2 without question. In his book “Dangerous Allies”, Malcolm Fraser questioned whether we should become more independent and critically question whether it is in our best interest to follow US into every war.

He cited the war with Iraq that many people in the USA and UK now admit was an serious mistake or even a crime. Since then Australia has followed the USA into an undeclared war in Syria without asking questions that has threatened war with Russia.

The problem the Greens have highlighted is that Australia is unusual compared with most democratic countries, in that the Prime Minister can commit Australia to a war without ANY debate in the Australian parliament itself. This has been confirmed by fact checking.  It is essentially undemocratic.  Even the UK, the origin of the Australian parliamentary tradition, and the USA congress must debate whether to go to war before doing so.

So we are in the situation of having a very weak willed PM in Australia that can’t even control the right wing pro war members of his own Liberal Party having the ability to send Australia to war on a US command or even a tweet from an unstable impulsive USA President pushing for war with Iran and China.

Australians are in deep trouble. As things stand we could be at war with China, our biggest trading partner NEXT WEEK. I hope not as it will likely lead to WW3.

The Greens have suggested that we adopt a law that forces a parliamentary debate into whether following the USA into a war with China is in Australia’s best interest, BEFORE the Prime Minister can send us to war.

This same suggestion has been made in the parliament several times over the last two decades, but in the current situation with an unstable US President and a spineless Australian PM, it is now more critical than ever before.

I don’t think anyone in Australia would agree that a US  initiated war with China or Iran would be in Australia’s best interests. It would destroy our economy and our friendship with our neighbours and undoubtedly start WW3.

Australia will LOSE LOSE LOSE in any US sponsored war in our Asian backyard.

Consequently, I think we should lobby the Australian government to agree to a law, that makes it mandatory to discuss all future military engagements in parliament, before the Prime Minister can simply announce we’re going to war with anyone. It seems like common sense and dare I say it, real democracy.

What do you think?

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Mainstream Media Cynically Attacks Social Media Over Fake News

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Recently, since the election of Donald Trump as the next US president, stories of “fake news” in the social media has been widely reported in the main stream news media accusing it of altering the election results. Similar stories occurred in Australia during the last election.  However, targeting social media by the main stream news is a little like the pot calling the kettle black. Fake news is widely spread throughout the news media throughout the world whether it is the social media or the main stream TV, newspapers and magazines.

The difference is that people on social media can quickly spread stories that they like, feel important or believe to be true to their friends on the social media and this concerns politicians especially during the run up to elections as they fear it may alter peoples’ perception of political parties and their voting intentions.

The truth of course is that fake news been used for decades in the USA, UK and Australia by the Murdoch media empire to distribute political propaganda aimed at directing public discussion and thought in a direction desired by the government of the day and blocking thought in a direction that might be opposite or inconvenient to the government of the day. Some call this mind control and it’s common in every country.

Let’s be quite honest for a moment, fake news are lies spread by malevolent people to deceive and confuse you and your friends into having false beliefs and making poor or incorrect decisions that may cost you money or endanger your health or even your life.  The real problem is that many people choose to believe the fake news over the real news.

When a car salesman lies to you, then you can bet it will cost you money.  When a gas mining company lies to you about the dangers of a CSG mine they are endangering your family’s health. When a climate change denier spreads lies about climate change they are endangering not only you and your family but the whole world’s future.

In politics it is no different. When a politician lies to you they are treating you and your family with contempt. When a government lies to you about privatisation, health care, state of the budget, global warming, reasons for war and a myriad of other things it appears to be corrupt and you start to think about a change of government.

This is what governments fear.  They fear social media because it gives power to people. It gives instant communication of the truth as well as the lies. The truth is much more dangerous to authoritarian western governments such as those in Australia, Canada, UK and USA than the lies.

These governments like to give the illusion that they are benevolent democracies whereas their actions indicate they are psychopathic corporate controlled oligarchies. Actions speak louder than words.  Elections are little more than fake reality shows to convince gullible people that they have some type of say in their government.  Unless you have a LOT of money, you have no say.

People are not silly. They have recognised that a lot of the news on main stream media is false. Polls show that in the USA the trust in main stream media and the governments are both low and dropping. Trust is the government is not necessarily related to trust in the media as people lose trust in government for many reasons but it’s likely to be a factor.  It’s a similar story in Australia.

A significant proportion of people are ignoring the main stream media and getting their news from the social media.  Perhaps this is why governments around the world are afraid of social media and consequently already blocking  it, censoring it, or are moving in that direction. The people in power in any government can’t control the minds of the people if the people know about all the dirty secrets and corruption within the government.

In the recent US presidential election Wikileaks released a series of emails about Hillary Clinton and the DNC staffers revealing all sorts of lies and political corruption. It led to the head of the DNC  resigning. The Wikileaks information was widely disseminated by the social media but largely ignored by the Democrat aligned mainstream media. It wasn’t “fake news” it was “true news” but very inconvenient for the Democrats during election times and consequently falsely claimed to be fake.

Following the election the Democratic aligned main stream news has been running what seems to be a fake news campaign blaming the Russians for interfering with the US elections by hacking Hillary Clinton’s email server and passing the information onto Wikileaks. They are probably suspicious because the USA has been interfering with elections around the world for decades.

The fake news campaign blaming the Russians has had some surprising consequences.  In a twitter poll of 84,000 votes which asked who did people believe Wikileaks or US intelligence 83% believed Wikileaks.   President Putin is now more popular among Republicans than Democrats as he is perceived to have helped Donald Trump win.

The ad Hominem attack on Russia has had another more insidious consequence.  President Obama has introduced and had approved by Congress a new government department, a George Orwell style Ministry of Truth to decide what the government wants the people of the USA to be told is the truth. The old joke about the TV announcer saying

‘Good evening America. This is what we want you to believe’ may soon be true.

It will filter ALL foreign news (read Wikileaks and alternate news) and decide whether they should be censored but will do nothing about fake US main stream media news such as Fox news which has been found to make false statements 58% of the time. Here’s an example. This should help conspiracy stories in the USA thrive but blind the US sheeple to the fact that they are on the door step of totalitarianism. RIP democracy in the USA.

With so much fake news you might expect fact checkers to be important to any government.  However, not in Australia as the main Australian fact checker was closed by the conservative Australian Liberal government as it continually highlighted broken promises and false statements made by their senior Australian politicians such as Tony Abbot , Joe Hockey and others. This has allowed Australian politicians to claim any statements that disagree with their point of view is fake news.

On a positive note, there are plenty of fact checking and other sites that can give assistance as to whether news is real or fake and Australia still has an independent fact checking service supplied by the Conversation  (see list below).

This story isn’t over by any means.  Who knows what the future will bring. Hopefully a new found honesty within the main stream media, possibly a massive growth in social media blog sites spreading the truth about their oligarchies or perhaps a massive censorship to hide the oligarchy’s lies and corruption. Stay tuned.

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Fact checking

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Another Great Year of Indespensable Blog stories 2016

copyright Des Pensable 2016.

Hi to all my blog friends. Season’s Greetings !

This time last year there were 863 subscribers; this week there are 2056 subscribers. That’s a wonderful growth of over 238% over the year and I’d like to thank you all for reading and sharing the blog around. Keep it up and let’s keep growing.

There’s been 21 blogs this year including this one and of course my 486 page book 2 of my Fantasy trilogy story – Agents of Chaos. You’ve all helped to make this a special year. You can see my blogs shown in the various areas on my Des Pensable Graphiti web site.

A couple of hundred  of you accepted the offer to the free copy of the ebook. I hope you enjoyed it. Expect book 3 mid next year.  With luck you might also see the trilogy available by a major book retailer next year as a boxed set. I will also be doing a lot more book promotion next year.

I’ve also continued with the performance poetry in Sydney venues with several new poems and thank those of you who have come along to one of the poetry sessions and said a few kind words.

The blogs this year reflected the feeling of many people that the two most serious threats to Australia and many other countries was the TPP and of course Global Warming which we’ve all seen get worse while action to stop it has at best been mediocre.

We’ve been plagued with bad sociopathic politicians this year in Australia, our democracy has become more consolidated as a corporate oligarch, with more authoritarian laws and more privatization. Even worse, what has happened in the UK and USA is simply frightening.

Next year my partner Joanne and I will be doing more travelling, more activism and you can expect more stories about how people are reacting to Global warming, about their fears and hopes for their families.  There will be more stories about our global warming denier politicians and the mining lobby.

All of my stories are researched and come with links to current literature so that you can follow my arguments and read what others think about the same issues. NONE of my stories have been sponsored in any way by commercial, financial, political or government interests.

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Thanks to all of you out there in blog land. I hope you’ve enjoyed my stories and you can expect even more next year.

Season’s greetings- have a nice Christmas season and an exciting new year. Above all become more active in fighting for our future.

Best wishes,

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Does Social Media Increase Our Ignorance in the Current Post Truth World?

By Des Pensable copyright 2016

Social media is driven by maths algorithms designed to mainly send information and news that people find interesting.  Hence if you love a sport such as tennis or football it will predominantly send you information about sports. If you write comments about the sports and your friends like them they will get elevated in your contact group. After a while you will find that the people reading  and responding to your comments generally agree with what you think. You have just created your own media echo chamber. This could be bad for you.

The problem here is that each person only has a limited amount of time to take in new knowledge and if it is mainly spent on taking in knowledge in your favourite area with people that agree with you and think the same way as you do then you start becoming ignorant about other things around you that might be important such as political decisions that might affect you and your family or perhaps information about the severity of Global Warming. So how did it get like this?

Typically the main stream commercial newspapers used to distribute news in a specific way. The front page told you the big news of the day and as you worked your way into the paper it told you dribs and drabs of other things that were happening both locally and elsewhere.

It was here that you became aware of a wide range of issues that may not have seemed important or even interesting at the time. However, it informed you of other things happening around you. TV news was originally formatted to do the same. Social media doesn’t generally do this.

Newspaper editors knew how people read their papers decades ago. If they were aligned with the government or the opposition and they always have been, then they could present information favourable to that political party on the front page with back up stories to compliment that front page story on the next couple of pages.

They often gave alternate points of view either no coverage or buried them deep within the paper.  The TV news became the same. If you only read the first few pages or watched main stream TV then you were most likely being politically manipulated.

Worldwide there has been a massive decline in newspaper readers and  people have stopped buying the newspaper and more importantly stopped placing advertisements in the classifieds in newspapers causing a rapid decline in profit.

The growth of Internet news and social media also caused  massive changes in the news industry in Australia. As the Internet became more popular for adverts and ebay and similar sites stole much of the content from the newspaper classified sections.

The newspapers responded by laying off reporters and journalists, merging with other newspapers until there are only a couple left owned by wealthy conservative plutocrats with strong political party affiliations. They began producing more outrageous front page stories to attract readers back. They became much more blatantly partisan and full of more extreme viewpoints that were often factually false.

The TV channels followed suit presenting politically biased comment and often totally false stories such as on Fox news in the USA. Fox News can be considered a main stream mass media conservative propaganda site.

Mass media outlets in the USA are classified these days by political affiliation and what percentage of their stories are true or false.  As a consequence fact checking sites began to appear as people realised that many of the stories and statements from politicians are biased, erroneous or just plain lies.

Australia’s level of media ownership concentration is one of the highest in the world with a majority of distribution controlled by a pro-conservative government aligned  Rupert Murdoch .

Murdoch publications such as the Australian, the Telegraph and Courier Mail excel in publishing misinformation from the right wing shock jocks like Andrew Bolt and compulsive liars like Tony Abbot, without challenging the factual accuracy of them, allowing misinformation and confusion to reign.  They only rarely publish any alternative viewpoints.  This can’t be good for us.

It seems that we are living in a post truth world where we must be truly sceptical of anything we read as we are being swamped by everything from sneaky, spin-doctored viewpoints to blatantly false stories. A good example is the misinformation industry around climate change which has grown huge from support by large energy companies like Exxon,  wealthy fossil fuel barons and mining oligarchs.

Most people are not stupid but many may be ignorant and it isn’t bliss. It’s simply the lack of valid truthful knowledge on a particular subject or area.  If your mind is filled with reliable factual information then you can make more reliable decisions on how it might affect you and your family. On the other hand if you are influenced by false information then you are more likely to make less reliable decisions.

Polls show that trust in the main stream media whether it is newspapers or TV news has dropped substantially.   Many are seeking to get most of their news from the Internet but this leads to the media echo chamber problem.  So how do we tell the factually correct news from the false news?

The solution is to be sceptical and critical.  Cultivate a circle of friends and special interest groups with divergent points of view. Fact Check ALL political statements using a reliable independent fact checking site preferably NOT one funded by any political think tank, government or commercial organisation.

Check all scientific statements with a reputable scientific association.  Use the Wikipedia to expand your science knowledge.  Don’t trust information from political think tanks, it’s generally politically biased.  Use Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detector Kit.

You don’t have to agree with everyone but the diversity of points of view, a little research and a good dose of scepticism should give you a reasonably good chance to sort the truth from bullshit and make life a little easier in the post truth world.

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Why Didn’t Our Politicians Gruntle Us This Year?

Des Pensable copyright 2016

I’ve had a sad and unhappy time this year

When I should have been all gruntled with cheer

You see it all started quite well

Our politicians had decided to gruntle us, that’s fine

They had signed the climate agreement in Paris

Then returned and approved the Adani coal mine.

I wasn’t gruntled at all,  in fact I was angry

Disappointed, annoyed, cross and irate.

 

Next the government  kicked out their leader

As his approval polls had dropped too low

Abbot wasn’t gruntling many people so

They chose another idiot, a banker to the core

The one that ruined our Internet who

wants to tax the pensioners and the poor.

I wasn’t gruntled at all, in fact I was displeased

Exasperated, Irked, piqued and dissatisfied

 

Then we had new elections and promises galore

They promised jobs to gruntle the unemployed

and  gruntle  the corporations that paid no tax at all

They promised a gruntling budget and warned us

Not to vote for Independents, Labor or the  Greens

I tried to vote them out but failed.

I wasn’t gruntled at all, In fact I was displeased

Fed up, vexed, miffed, riled and pissed off.

 

Finally we had the gruntling spectacle

of the US empire elections in all their glory

We were not gruntled when misinformation,

Media lies and election fraud was the main story

A pathetic choice between Clinton the war hawk

Or Trump the heroic climate change denier.

I wasn’t gruntled at all when Trump won, in fact

I was thoroughly disgruntled with all politics this year.

 

Notes-

The verb disgruntle, which has been around since 1682, means “to make ill-humored or discontented.”  .” In the 1920s, a writer humorously used gruntle to mean “to make happy”—in other words, as an antonym of disgruntle. The use caught on although it isn’t used very often.

This poem refers to the elections in the year 2016. Australia’s most unpopular prime minister Abbot was kicked out and replaced by Turnbull who was marginally more popular.  The US elections were a dark carnival of farce where the choice was between two psychopaths both intent on world destruction.

see also A Global Warming Denier US President – How Did It Get To This?

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A Global Warming Denier US President – How Did It Get To This?

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By Des Pensable copyright 2016

What a bleak year it has been. We saw the Brexit referendum divide the people within the UK and its European neighbours. Now we’ve seen a yearlong US election campaign that has polarised the people of the USA and the rest of the world.

The whole USA election media circus steered well clear of the real US problems of massive wealth inequality, poverty, incarceration, unemployment, pollution, racism, bigotry, congress inaction and total loss of faith in both the government and the mass media. Instead we’ve all seen the really ugly truth about USA with the rigged elections, the corporate control, the media bias, much of it elegantly exposed by Wikileaks and Australia’s Julian Assange, arguably the world’s greatest people’s hero this year.

So what was the choice the US people were given?

Their option was to elect the Democrat Hilary Clinton, a corrupt champion of the US military / industrial complex that threatened war with Russia over Syria which would likely draw in China causing WW3. The only alternative according to the media was Donald Trump, a wealthy obnoxious racist, misogynous business man widely painted by the elite establishment media circus as impossible to elect.

What wasn’t discussed on main stream media but spread far and wide over the independent and social media was that Trump wants to stop the USA from combating Global Warming thereby threatening his own world catastrophe.

So the REAL CHOICE then was Clinton for WW3 or Trump for Global Warming catastrophe all else is meaningless. A quick death or a slow death and the people chose the slow death but most certainly not from careful deliberation of those two choices. This is probably fortunate.

Some good is likely flow from the election of Donald Trump as President although that is highly debatable what at this stage as US Presidents have very restricted powers. In 6 years Obama only managed to get one budget through a hostile congress while he was in power and although trumpeted as a champion of Global Warming action he was severely limited in his ability to get the USA to combat Climate Change owing to a hostile climate denier congress.

It’s likely that the TPP and TTIP which were designed to set up a western world corporate cabal controlled by transnational corporations will not go ahead at least for a few more years under Trump’s government but nothing is sure. This cabal would likely have started a new trade cold war between US aligned TTP/TTIP states and the Russia/China BRICS trading alliance.

Obama is still the President until the reins of power are handed over and it is conceivable that he might just be able to get congress to approve the TPP in the lame duck session of congress before he leaves. Although this has been recently ruled out.  The death of the TPP will be a great relief to many Australians.

The real problem is the damage Trump can do to the world effort to stop Global warming. He has threatened to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Treaty and to eliminate all Obama programs targeted at clean energy. He has chosen a Climate Change denier to run the energy department.  Considering that the USA is the world’s second largest carbon polluter after Russia this would severely damage world efforts to contain Global Warming under 2C.

The Climate Change conference currently in Marrakesh has stated the world will continue Climate Change action without the USA if necessary.

Trump has further stated that he will open up the whole country to coal, oil and gas exploitation and to help the coal industry re-establish its position as an employer in the coal rich areas of the USA. This of course is quite likely pie in the sky as the coal industry is wilting under pressure from the renewables industry all around the world and in the USA. Trump could however weaken the resolve of other countries such as India to move from coal to renewables. It will also make it much more difficult to persuade countries like Australia to keep it in the ground.

The Trump campaign has also done massive damage to all human rights programs around the world in championing xenophobia, racism, bigotry and misogyny. He has stated that he will try to reverse the Roe vs Wade ruling on abortion to placate the Christian fundamentalist community which will undoubtedly bring about massive confrontations again all over the country. This is a huge step backwards in time.

In Australia it will give the many xenophobes, racists and bigots that champion the radical Right Wing parties and the ultraconservative nut cakes. They will think they can run riot around the country. It will cause more polarisation among the people in a country that was one time comfortably multiracial until the ratbag conservatives in the Liberal Party took it hard right.

It’s also argued that Trump’s stated trade war on Chinese goods shipped to the USA and talk of tariff protection could harm Australia’s trade with China. I suspect it’s too early yet to  speculate on that.

So what good might come out of Trump’s victory.

The Corporate Globalisation of the world might slow the New World Order a little.

The killing of the TPP/TTIP might slow the formation of a world trade cold war a little.

The killing of the TPP might slow the pro-trade anti global warming agenda.

A large program of public works throughout the USA might reduce unemployment a bit.

The breaking of the bank power through a new Glass / Segal Law might work if he can get it through a hostile corporate owned Congress which is unlikely.

He might suddenly discover that Global Warming is real and caused largely by the USA that would be wonderful.

In all, still a bleak outcome for the world and we still have to live in it as there is no planet B and the prospect of WW3 hasn’t gone away yet.

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Submission to the (Australian) Senate Committee on the Transpacific Partnership

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This is a copy of my submission (see no 61) as shown on the Australian Senate TPP submissions site October 2016.

You can see this submission and all the others on the site shown below.

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/TPP/Submissions

Des Pensable copyright 2016

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Dr Des Maddalena, BAppSc (Hons) UTS, M.App Sc UTS, PhD Sydney Uni

(Address given)

Dr Maddalena is a retired biomedical scientist who has worked in a variety of areas of science, technology and industry in Australia for over 50 years.   He is currently a writer and activist in Global Warming and Human Rights. He is Climate Reality Leader, a member of Stop the TPP Australia, Greenpeace (Australia), 350.0rg (Australia) and several other environmental groups.

Executive summary

In this submission I am asking my fair minded political representatives in the Australian Senate to protect ordinary Australians from what appears to be a trade agreement with a hidden agenda that I and many other Australians believe have negative consequences for the future of all Australians and their children.

Based upon the conclusions herein, I support the alliance of 59 Non-government organisations representing millions of Australians and two petitions totalling 305,000 signatures that were presented to the opposition parties in the Australian government requesting an independent review of each of the parts of the TPP to be completed and disseminated to the people of Australia for their consideration before ratification.

I also reject and believe many others reject the concept of a trade agreement that has been

  1. Created in secret by transnational organisations without consultation of Australian consumer advocacy groups.
  2. That contains an ISDS clause that can override and subordinate Australian law.
  3. That provides little economic benefit and will cost tens of thousands of jobs.
  4. That dictates trade is more important than actions to mitigate Global warming.
  5. That will have major detrimental effects on Australian culture and way of life.
  6. That could well drag us into a cold war between USA and China our largest trading partner which will have devastating consequences on our economy.

 Introduction

If I were to imagine what might happen if a group of the most powerful multinational corporations on the planet came up with a wish list of changes to government laws and rules that would allow for “free trade” between countries with little or no regulations. I can imagine they might state that it would create jobs and everyone would benefit.

In a perfect world this might be true. However, there is no such thing as a perfect world run by people whose motto is, “greed is good” or/and  “too big to fail”. It is much more likely that they would come up with a list of changes in the laws of the countries that would maximise their profits and minimise their costs while treating any damage to the environment as an externality and damage to people as “unfortunate” collateral damage.

Such an agreement would have to be done in secret as the conspirators would know that it would never be accepted if done transparently with consumer advocacy groups watching over the process.

The large transnational companies would win big time and the people would lose out on almost every aspect of their lives. Job losses, more work for less money, harsher working conditions, poorer health, less leisure. The distribution of the country’s wealth would become more uneven.

This all sounds like the basis of a good dystopian novel except that it is NOT fiction and it is NOT fantasy it is REAL and happening right now. It’s called the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

It’s supposed to be a ‘free trade’ agreement designed for 12 countries around the Pacific Ocean including Australia and New Zealand but it’s not about ‘free trade’ at all, it’s about restrictive trade and control of the world’s Intellectual Property (IP).

It’s about entrenching an unlimited growth economic model in Australia when owing to the threat of Global Warming the world is in dire need of more a sustainable model. It will change the way Australians live. It will cost every one of us in Australia a lot of our wealth for very little benefit.

In a study on the “Economic Gains and Costs of the TPP” in New Zealand, the study was scathing about the modelling methods used by the US company employed by the NZ government to justify joining the TPP… “the TPP could sharply increase income and wealth inequality. A significant part of the rise in inequality over the last three decades has been widely attributed to globalisation and the TPP can be expected to exacerbate this.”

If New Zealand was concerned enough about the TPP to have a cost benefit study carried out I can only wonder why the Australian government is reluctant to have a study carried out by our own Productivity Commission whose job it is to examine agreements such as these.

There is also a similar trade agreement being discussed for most of Europe called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Prize winner, former World Bank chief economist) has stated

“[T]he negotiations to create a free-trade area between the US and Europe, and another between the US and much of the Pacific (except for China), are not about establishing a true free-trade system. Instead, the goal is a managed trade regime managed, that is, to serve the special interests [the multinational companies] that have long dominated trade policy in the West.”

“The likelihood that what emerges from the coming talks will serve ordinary Americans’ interests is low; the outlook for ordinary citizens in other countries is even bleaker.”

If both the TPP and the TTIP are signed and ratified then the multinational companies will have a template to rule the world. It’s been called a “corporate coup in disguise” in the USA and strongly criticised in the UK and other countries. The multinationals have much to gain, and ordinary Australians and citizens in all the other countries involved have much to lose.

These so called “Free Trade“ agreements will cause a dramatic reduction in democracy around the world as governments will be less able to make laws to protect the people in their countries from corporate tax evasion, political corruption, pollution, environmental destruction and the often antisocial and malevolent actions of some of the transnational corporations.

In the next section I will examine only selected problems created by the TPP as at over 6000 pages it is not possible for any single person to examine and understand it in any reasonable amount of time. That is the job of a team of experts such as exists in the Australian Productivity Commission.

Intellectual Property Chapter.

I am an inventor and have several patents. They are expensive to take out and maintain but they are designed to have a limited life so that I can gain just rewards for my inventions then allow others to freely use the concepts and ideas. I have joint patents with others on pharmaceutical drugs and I am aware of the costs associated with developing and marketing the products.

I am also aware of the limitations of my expertise and knowledge and defer to others that have the specialised knowledge to interpret the legalese within the TPP agreement. That’s why I believe we need the Productivity Commission to examine the TPP.

The Intellectual Property (IP) rights chapter was leaked by Wikileaks and found to have unsettling consequences to me and many consumer and human rights organisations around the world .

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks said. “If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons.” And “If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) in the USA has examined the Wikileaks document on Intellectual Property and said

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold:
(1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate.

(2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.”

“The TPP Will Rewrite Global Rules on Intellectual Property Enforcement”
“All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the Agreement.”

In a later statement the EFF said this:

“With its TPP proposals, the USTR is putting peoples’ freedoms and ability to innovate at risk, while imposing greater barriers    to development and human rights particularly for those from developing countries. The scope of the text proposed by the US and Australia will restrict rights that are        essential to access to information culture, science, education, and innovation. We cannot accept these limitations on fundamental Human rights.”

The EFF have recently updated their original statements after viewing the final legally scrubbed TPP agreement and found that little had changed between the leaked copy and the final copy. They also found many more problems.

So the TPP is about much more than trade- it’s about restricting our creative rights and our human rights as well.

Some of the Perceived Ramifications for Australia

  1. Unfair restrictive laws with regard to the Internet, books, software, games, videos and movies, that will NOT benefit any Australian.
  2. Regulations and penalties to FORCE Internet service providers to police their Internet users connections and take down / block any sites that appear might be in breach of the US based copyright laws.
  3. It means Internet CENSORSHIP. It means that the Australian government will lose the rights to make laws regarding IP on the Internet. A similar ruleto this was blocked by International protest a couple of years ago.
  4. Treat temporary reproductions of copyrighted works without copyright holders’ authorization as copyright infringement.  You won’t be able to save ANYTHING shown on commercial radio, TV or the Internet to show other people or even comment about without being in breach of the law. This will drastically affect social media and Youtube content.
  5. The TPP wants copyright terms to go well beyond the internationally agreed period in the 1994 Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). This is NOT about fair compensation for the authors. It’s about big multimedia companies controlling art and literature and making profit out of it forever.
  6. Restrictions on fair use of IP for example in reviews and research. This will affect libraries, schools, universities, social media and anyone wishing to do research or study.
  7. Digital Locks. The TPP calls for more extensive use of digital locks on media content. This will override Australia’s  2007 TPM regime exclusions for region-coding on movies on DVDs, videogames, and players, and for embedded software in devices that restrict access to goods and services for the device. In the US, business competitors have used digital locks to try to block printer cartridge refill services, competing garage door openers, and to lock mobile phones to particular network providers.
  8. Ban parallel importation of genuine goods acquired from other countries without the authorization of copyright owners. This will allow local branches of overseas companies to fix prices to limit competition and it will stop people from buying cheaper versions of the same software or media from overseas suppliers. Definitely NOT free trade.
  9. Adopt criminal sanctionsfor copyright infringement that is done without a commercial motivation. In short it means LARGE PENALTIES perhaps thousands of dollars and gaol sentences for any person caught copying a single song, video, movie or anything under copyright even for use within the same household.

The final legally scrubbed version also had changes allowing for criminal charges under a wide range of scenarios. Is it really in Australia’s best interest to make large numbers of Australians criminals?

Increased Cost of Medicine and Drugs

Oxfam says that the “US [TPP] proposals will have dire health consequences across Asia and Latin America. Australia is a wealthy country but can we not consider the cost to others especially the poor in other countries?

Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) says this about the TPP effect on public health in Australia.

“US proposals would require the further patenting of modifications of old medicines, even in the absence of therapeutic benefits. They would also require patenting of surgical, therapeutic and diagnostic methods which could increase medical liability and the cost of medical practice and thus reduce access to medical procedures.”

“It would prohibit pre-grant opposition to patents. This would make it much more difficult and costly for local organisations to challenge patents and drugs protected by patents even if the patents were invalid.”

“It would also extend patents past the current 20-year norm and prohibit national drug regulatory authorities from approving generic medicine until patents have expired.”

“Finally it would prevent drug safety regulators from using existing clinical data to give market approval to generic or biosimilar drugs. These are all great wins for big pharmaceutical companies. But they come at the cost of public health.”

The Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision

Australia is richly endowed with massive deposits of coal and coal seam gas but the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that to avoid dangerous Global Warming exceeding 2 degrees Celsius, Australia must keep 90% of it in the ground.

The Transpacific Partnership (TPP) agreement  contains a special section called the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision. This is a mechanism that allows a multinational company to sue a country like Australia in an external tribunal composed of commercial lawyers if the government makes any laws or changes to its laws in a way that might reduce the projected profit of the multinational company.

Now imagine a fossil fuel company like Santos which has licenses to mine coal seam gas in NSW and Queensland that is currently being blocked from producing gas by environmental activists who are concerned about the effects of the mining operations on the local agricultural land, water, air and people.

If the Turnbull government were to sign the TPP with the ISDS provision then Santos could sue any state government for loss of revenue that it could have made had it not been impeded by the activists.

The state governments will have their hands tied.  If they choose to use heavy handed tactics to stop the activists they are likely to cause increased civil unrest and face the possibility of being voted out of government as well as being sued for loss of company profit.

If they choose to change the laws to increase environmental protection demanded by the people they can be sued for loss of profit.

Even if they choose to cancel the company’s license to mine for coal seam gas they can be sued for loss of profit.  The same situation will apply for any foreign companies with coal mining licenses.

Effectively by allowing the ISDS clause ALL future state and commonwealth government in Australia will have their hands tied. Australia will lose its sovereign right to make its own laws about how companies operate in Australia. It will LOSE its sovereign right to make environmental laws that protect our country and the health of its citizens- you and me. It will weaken our democracy.

If you doubt that this will happen, then consider the case in Canada where the state of Quebec was worried about the health effects of coal seam gas on its citizens so it imposed a moratorium on CSG mining in 2011.  Using an ISDS clause in the NAFTA agreement between Canada and the USA, a US company is suing Quebec  for $250 million in lost profits because of the moratorium. If fact, the Canadian government are being sued by several companies for trying to introduce environmental regulations.

The USA is currently being sued for US $15 billion for blocking the XL pipeline by the Canadian developers.

Australia has already been sued under the provisions of an ISDS agreement signed between Australia and Hong Kong.  When Australia decided to introduce plain paper cigarette packaging to help reduce health damage caused by smoking the Phillip Morris Company challenged it in the High Court of Australia arguing that they would lose sales and profit. The High Court found in favour of the Commonwealth government stating that the government had the sovereign right to make laws protecting the health of its people.

So the company then sued the Australian government through an ISDS agreement in Hong Kong. We happened to win the case but on a technicality rather than the merit of the case.

Every time we are successfully sued by a foreign multinational company the people of Australia will have to pay the bill through increased taxes.

There are already hundreds of these types of ISDS cases where multinational companies are suing countries for loss of profit. A large proportion of them are held in secret with neither the details of the case or the decisions of the tribunals being announced and there is NO APPEAL mechanism. The rulings of the secret tribunals are final and cannot be challenged.

The possibility of being sued is already stopping countries from making laws to protect the health of their own citizens. The UK and several other countries  were going to introduce plain paper packages like in Australia but have suspended the laws pending the outcome of the Phillip Morris challenge to Australia.

Imagine now if the fossil fuel companies decide to use ISDS provisions in the TPP or its sister agreement the TTIP.  They could make all counties involved pay for their loss of profits resulting from them having to leave their fossil fuels in the ground. It’s been estimated that the fossil fuel companies will lose at least $20 trillion  if they have to leave 80% in the ground.

So how much will Australia have to pay?  Probably hundreds of billions!

The TPP and its ISDS provisions are an EXREMELY BAD IDEA for any country to agree to, especially Australia with all its fossil fuel leases.

The TPP, the Environment  and Global Warming

The environmental chapter of the TPP was leaked by Wikileaks who stated.

”the Environment Chapter does not include enforcement mechanisms serving the defence of the environment; it is vague and weak, and adheres to the lowest common denominator of environmental interests.” and

“The Environment Chapter clearly shows the intention to first and foremost protect trade, not the environment. The principle is spelled out in this draft that local environmental laws are not to obstruct trade or investment between the countries.”

Their assessment of the section was that it has no binding clauses that will allow any country to create any laws that will protect their environment and there is NO MENTION of Global Warming or Climate Change.

How can the world’s biggest trade treaty NOT mention Global Warming which is the world’s biggest threat?

The TPP is specifically designed to stimulate world trade.

Most world trade is carried by ships who just so happen to use the world’s dirtiest fuel for their engines. They use bunker oil which is the leftover gunk after everything else is extracted from crude oil.

Fifteen of the world’s biggest container ships contribute as much pollution as the ALL the world’s cars.

New research showing that in one year, a single large container ship can emit cancer and asthma-causing pollutants equivalent to that of 50 million cars. The low grade bunker fuel used by the worlds 90,000 cargo ships contains up to 2,000 times the amount of Sulphur compared to diesel fuel used in automobiles. The recent boom in the global trade of manufactured goods has also resulted in a new breed of super- sized container ship which consume fuel not by the gallons, but by tons per hour, and shipping now accounts for 90% of global trade by volume.

The environmental impact of shipping includes greenhouse gas emissions, acoustic, and oil pollution. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) estimates that Carbon dioxide emissions from shipping were equal to 2.7% of the global human-made emissions in 2007 and expects them to rise by as much as 2 to 3 times by 2050 if no action is taken.

The TPP will substantially increase Global Warming as the TPP proposes NO carbon emissions offsets to account for the increased global trade.

Where are the clauses that OFFSET the carbon, nitrogen and sulphur to be released by the extra trade?

Where are the clauses allowing Australian citizens the right to sue transnational mining corporations polluting the Australian environment and desecrating aboriginal cultural sites?

The simple facts are that the TPP should NOT be used as an excuse to do less about mitigating Global Warming. It must also NOT be used as a convenient punitive measure to force countries to pay the fossil fuel barons to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Geopolitics of the TPP

This section is primarily based on this article by the author.

Geopolitics is a game played by countries to give them and their people an economic or military advantage over other countries. The three “trade“ treaties, TTP/ TTIP and TISA appear to be part of a political game and the latest strategy of the USA to maintain its position as the world hegemon.

According Ashley J. Tellis (2014) in “The geopolitics of the TTIP and the TPP”, excluding war, the USA has four strategies that it could use.

The fourth strategy is to get in first and change all the trading rules around the world so that they will heavily favour the USA and disadvantage China. The strategy is to cement into place the capitalist neoliberal ideology that has made the USA the world hegemon by getting as many countries to realign their legal, commercial, labour, educational and cultural systems with the USA thus giving the USA the advantage over any changes that China might like to make.

This strategy seems to be the one chosen by the current US administration.

So how does Australia fare in this game? Unfortunately, very poorly. The problem is that Australia is naturally rich in minerals, fossil fuels and agricultural land but geographically remote from the USA/Europe.

There has been little discussion anywhere about how the massive European/USA TTIP trade agreement will affect Australia. That is perhaps because it will affect us adversely and the politicians and US aligned media are keeping quiet about it.

One German study was quite candid about the TTIP. There will be winners and losers. The biggest winners will be the USA and the UK and the biggest losers will be Australia and Canada. I’ll bet that’s a surprise!

Australia will lose the equivalent of 7.41% of its GNP growth which roughly equates to about $106 billion per year. Canada will lose about 9.48% of its GDP or about $153 billion /year in 2012 US dollars. I’ll bet the Canadians don’t know that.

All the members of the BRICS alliance lose out of course. In fact BRICS seems to be all about trying to offset the TTIP losses.

Perhaps Australia and Canada would be better off joining the BRICS alliance? The German study suggested countries outside the TTIP would lose 250,000 jobs. Presumably Australia and Canada will be hard hit losing tens of thousands of jobs.

The TPP has two roles to play in the Pacific Rim. Firstly it is a sop to Australia, Canada and Mexico, all losers from the TTIP to try and offset their trade losses caused by the TTIP and secondly it is to reduce Chinese influence (on Australia and New Zealand) in the region. However, it is likely to do the opposite.

If we lose significant trade from the TTIP block we will fight to increase trade within the Asian area thus further cementing our relationships within the Asian region

In a study of three possible scenarios comparing the outcomes for the 12 TPP counties with the current ASEAN trade plan and a future combined ASEAN + TPP trade plan from 2020, the TPP shows Australia will benefit by about $US 8.6 billion a year (0.2% GDP) and Canada $US 9.8 billion. This a far cry from what both countries will lose from the TTIP. In fact the BIGGEST winner with the TPP will be  the USA.  ALL the Asian economies will LOSE.

The best scenario is if we all (including the USA and Canada) join in an Asian Free Trade zone (without the USA rules). Everyone gains from this except it might mean the USA loses some of its coercive hegemonic power. However, this is unlikely while the neoconservatives have power.

Note that the people of the USA are also losers in the TPP deal. The TPP is about the US corporate POWER especially the transnationals gaining further power over governments. The US people will LOSE jobs like when they signed the NAFTA agreement which is a similar trade agreement to the TPP between US, Canada and Mexico. It’s believed they lost 700,000 jobs offshore.

With TPP and TISA Australia WILL lose control over our economy, commerce, banking, military, working conditions, education and environment. We become a true vassal state of the US transnational corporate empire for a potential gain of 0.2% GDP which may or may not eventuate as economic models use very rubbery figures.

recent World Bank study has confirmed that Australia will hardly benefit from the TPP gaining an increase in GDP of only 0.7% by 2030. In this study they confirm that Australia is likely to lose 35,000 jobs.

The Threat of a new Cold War

The section is based primarily on this article by the submission author.

ANY economist will tell you that there will be winners and losers with any international trade agreement. The TPP/ TTIP is DESIGNED to set up the international structure for which countries will be the winners and losers.

The TPP/ TTIP agreements specifically ignore China, Russia, Africa, many Asian and South American countries which have de facto been CHOSEN by the USA transnational corporate western alliance to be the LOSERS.

President Obama has stated openly that the TPP is designed to allow the USA to set the world trading rules not China. It sets up an unofficial declaration of a trade war between the USA and China which is a big problem for Australia as China is Australia’s largest trading partner. The possibility of a cold war between China and the USA is real.

For its part, China has set up the BRICS trading alliance and according to one report  “has been busy creating or deepening economic alliances with ASEAN, South Korea, and Australia, and spearheading a large multilateral FTA, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCPE), that would include India and other East and Southeast Asian nations.”

If the TPP and TTIP agreements are likely to speed up and increase global warming and increase world war tensions they should be scrapped as we all want a healthy happy future for our families.

Many sane and caring environmentally conscious people in the USA are currently fighting a mighty battle to kill off the TPP and massive numbers of similar people in Europe are fighting to have the TTIP scrapped. For the sake of our democracies and the world’s future let’s all hope they win.

In Australia surely our future is in protecting our environment not selling fossil fuel to help the world die or be a part of a new cold war between super powers.

Conclusions

In the Intellectual Property section I have shown that there are serious consequences for all Australian regarding intellectual property in all cases negatively affecting their consumer and human rights.

In the section on Effect of the TPP on Privatisation I have shown that the forced privatisation of all government services is likely to cause massive cultural changes most of which the Australian people do not wish and would not allow if given a choice.

In the ISDS section I have reiterated the cries of many that this section alone could economically cost the people of Australia much more than it will ever gain from the TPP. It is also a threat to the government’s sovereignty in making laws that protect the Australian people’s interests and wealth.

In the section on the TPP Environment and Global Warming I pointed out that the TPP will cause an increase in trade which will increase Global Warming. At the Paris Climate Change conference last year 190 countries agreed that Global Warming was the most urgent world problem to fix. Australia agreed. Signing the TPP contradicts both logic and our agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

Finally in the Geopolitics section I have shown that Australians gain little economic advantage from the TPP certainly not enough to offset all its negative aspects for the people of Australia.

Consequently, I support the alliance of 59 Non-government organisations representing millions of Australians and two petitions totalling 305,000 signatures that were presented to the opposition parties in the Australian government requesting an independent review of each of the parts of the TPP to be completed and disseminated to the people of Australia for their consideration before ratification.

I also reject and believe many others reject the concept of a trade agreement that has been

  1. Created in secret by transnational organisations without consultation of Australian consumer advocacy groups.
  2. That contains an ISDS clause that overrides and subordinates Australian law.
  3. That provides little economic benefit and will cost tens of thousands of jobs.
  4. That dictates trade is more important than actions to mitigate Global warming.
  5. That will have major detrimental effects on Australian culture and way of life.
  6. That could well drag us into a cold war between USA and China our largest trading partner which will have devastating consequences on our economy.

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