The tipping point for climate change is nigh upon us #auspol 

The tipping point for climate change is nigh upon us All this while climate change seemed like the mountain was far enough. But time is running out and we don’t seem to be concerned about the impen…

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The tipping point for climate change is nigh upon us #auspol 

The urgency has increased with back to back to back record high temperatures recorded year after year after year!

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The tipping point for climate change is nigh upon us
All this while climate change seemed like the mountain was far enough. But time is running out and we don’t seem to be concerned about the impending crash


Up until now, the conversation on the issue of climate change has almost always been hopeful. In various rounds of international negotiations, we have looked into the future and said that if we cap global carbon emissions, we will be able to stall temperature increases. While the “if” part of that conversation has been the proverbial can that has been conveniently kicked down the road time and again, the tone has generally been optimistic.
President-elect Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House is going to change things, however. While businessman-Trump, in 2009, had undersigned a full-page advertisement in The New York Times supporting President Barack Obama’s efforts to drum up a climate…

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The Sentient Adult

When I hear those snorts of: “They’re both (parties) as bad as each other.” I have to wince in despair.

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The Sentient Adult

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not-the-sameFrom F. Scott-Fitzgerald: ‘The Crack-up’

“This is what I think now: that the natural state of the sentient adult is a qualified unhappiness. I think also that in an adult the desire to be finer in grain that you are, “a constant striving” (as those people say who gain their bread by saying it) only adds to this unhappiness in the end — that end that comes to our youth and hope.”

It doesn’t do to become too cynical at a young age, THAT is best left those who reach the “winter” of one’s life and can “cheerfully” find justification for cynicism alongside their other trophies of other disappointments in life. It is one of the privileges of living a long life where one can, with experience (no matter how twisted that experience is!) talk-up justification without a youngsters interruption for one’s opinion….it’s called “booorinnng!”

Sneering Cynicism: Are you guilty?

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Don’t worry America – Trump won’t last

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Here is Abbott campaigning at the 2016 election, on his own, as unpopular as a wet fart in a lift. Here is Abbott campaigning at the 2016 election, on his own, as unpopular as a wet fart in a lift.

How do I know with certainty that Trump will fall of the rails, crash and burn and then disappear like an ugly pimple on a Clearasil ad? Because I’ve seen this movie before – Australia endured Tony Abbott as Prime Minister. The day he was elected, I thought the world had ended. But we survived. Abbott’s tenure as PM, though painful, was only two years long and was a relatively unproductive two years at that. For those unfamiliar with this story’s plot, here are the key reasons Trump will share the same fate as Abbott:

1) Negative campaigning instead of leading gets old fast

Abbott’s always-on campaign of negativity worked like a charm when campaigning. But once in power, the pessimism, sniping and constant put-downs wore thin very quickly. Just…

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It seems as though

It seems as though disabled pensioners are being thrown off the disability pension by stealth. Apparently when one applies for the NDIS, their medical history is viewed by something known as NDIA to ascertain whether or not they remain eligible to receive their pension. People are being struck off using this method, leaving these poor souls without means to survive, is this fair or unfair, Australia was always known as the nation of “the fair go” it seems that reputation is quickly being eroded by the Turnbull government.

I’m not sure

I’m not sure that this letter will be popular however as an Australian of long standing and following Joe Blake’s recent text the Editor, I’d like to add my support to the resistance to the slang ‘bud’ and ‘guy’ these are words used in the United States of America, a country in North America. Personally if I am addressed in those ways I explain that I am an Australian, not a yank. We have addressed each other as ‘mate’ for in excess of 200 years, why should we adopt any other countries language?

Australia has a proud history except for the slaughter of Aboriginals, we have built a modern country from scratch, we have notable Australians in our history like Ned Kelly yet through the media and movies Australians now know much more about the USA than our own country,  traditions foreign to us like Halloween, Thanks Giving etc have been foreign  to my way of thinking,  we had our own identity with ringers (not cowboys) blokes (not guys) mates (not buds) it is almost as though we Australians have a mass inferiority complex, instead of being as proud as punch about our own nation.

It had to happen…..

It had to happen; the Queensland LNP is currently in absolute turmoil from ‘their’ Senator Brandis to the invisible Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls ‘without policies’ for Queensland. The Queensland LNP Senator labelling the Queensland LNP Opposition as “very mediocre” and failing to apologize to their Queensland leader. As far as the Queensland public are aware the only policy the LNP has is to privatize all State government services, the issue on which the Newman government lost the last election on after only one term.

At the federal level the Senator has been embroiled in a situation that appears on the strength of available evidence to be in an attempt to transfer a billion dollars of federal taxes to the State of West Australia, at the expense of every other State and Territory in Australia? With the One Nation party gaining 16% of the Queensland vote according to surveys, the LNP are on a slippery slope and are terrified of the prospect of losing even more seats in the Queensland parliament than they lost to lose government in the last Queensland election.

The resultant effect on the national parliament could also be catastrophic for the L&NP federal government in so many ways. The lacklustre performance of the Turnbull government would not be assisting the conservatives either. The federal party has severely cut “people” benefits, and should be planning a 19% tax upon the foreign corporations who operate within this country tax free, instead of trying to punish tourists for having the audacity to want to visit Australia as backpackers.

 

It had to happen

It had to happen; the Queensland LNP is currently in absolute turmoil from ‘their’ Senator Brandis to the invisible Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls ‘without policies’ for Queensland. The Queensland LNP Senator labelling the Queensland LNP Opposition as “very mediocre” and failing to apologize to their Queensland leader. As far as the Queensland public are aware the only policy the LNP has is to privatize all State government services, the issue on which the Newman government lost the last election on after only one term.

At the federal level the Senator has been embroiled in a situation that appears on the strength of available evidence to be in an attempt to transfer a billion dollars of federal taxes to the State of West Australia, at the expense of every other State and Territory in Australia? With the One Nation party gaining 16% of the Queensland vote according to surveys, the LNP are on a slippery slope and are terrified of the prospect of losing even more seats in the Queensland parliament than they lost to lose government in the last Queensland election.

The resultant effect on the national parliament could also be catastrophic for the L&NP federal government in so many ways. The lacklustre performance of the Turnbull government would not be assisting the conservatives either. The federal party has severely cut “people” benefits, and should be planning a 19% tax upon the foreign corporations who operate within this country tax free, instead of trying to punish tourists for having the audacity to want to visit Australia as backpackers.

 

Surely now, the Australian Cricket selectors

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Surely now the Australian Cricket selectors need to look again for a number 6 batsman following Nic Maddinson’s woeful performances at Test level. With scores of 0,1 and 4 surely it’s time that the dominance of New South Wales players was broken, and selectors look around the country at other batsmen from other States, who would only be too pleased to do the job. The Cricket NSWs influence on Test selection must cease, and a fair go be given to good cricketers from other States.