CENSORSHIP BY THE AGE, Melbourne - what a "quality" Mainstream newspaper does not want you to know

The Age newspaper, Melbourne, Australia, of the Fairfax media empire is arguably the most progressive of Australia's Mainstream media but that is not saying much because the appalling, extreme right wing  Rupert Murdoch media empire owns 70% of major Australian city newspapers.

The Age has an on-line version with a section called "National Times" incorporating letters to the Editor, editorials and op-ed pieces by in-house Age writers or other writers (academics, eminent Australians, writers from overseas newspapers). The Age invites comments from readers and publishes up to several hundred comments on these National Times articles. Such comments are overwhelmingly anonymous and accordingly uncredentialled.

I am a 5 decade career scientist and teach at a major Australian university. I regularly make informed, researched, referenced, credentialled comments to The Age National Times section under my name "Dr Gideon Polya" but am frequently completely or partially censored. This egregious censorship can reasonably be taken as indicative of what The Age does not want its readers to read and to know.

As a decent, anti-racist, scientist and agnostic Humanist I spend a lot of time as a responsible scholar trying to penetrate the Mainstream media Wall of Silence. I have been inspired by the example of war-time olish hero Jan Karski who tried to inform an unbelieving world about the Polish Holocaust and the Jewish Holocaust as these atrocities were actually occurring in Nazi-occupied Europe (see “Jan Karski”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Karski and “Jan Karski: how one man tried to stop the holocaust”: http://www.holocaustforgotten.com/karski.html  ).

Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity – we are obliged to inform our fellow citizens about gross abuses of humanity – we cannot walk by on the other side. Further, ignoring huge crimes against humanity is dangerous (history ignored yields history repeated) and morally obnoxious.  Further, holocaust ignoring (de rigeur for Mainstream media in Western Murdochracies like Australia) is much worse than reprehensible holocaust denial because the latter at least admits the possibility of public debate. 

From my scholarly background I am in a position to inform my fellow Australians about a range of matters, notably including man-made climate change and the human cost of wars and occupation as set out in the following brief CV: "Dr Gideon Polya currently teaches science students at a major Australian university. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003). He has recently published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ ); see also his contributions “Australian complicity in Iraq mass mortality” in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007): http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/ockham/stories/s1445960.htm ) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html ). He has just published a revised and updated 2008 version of his 1998 book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (see: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/ ) as biofuel-, globalization- and climate-driven global food price increases threaten a greater famine catastrophe than the man-made famine in British-ruled India that killed 6-7 million Indians in the “forgotten” World War 2 Bengal Famine (see recent BBC broadcast involving Dr Polya, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and others: http://www.open2.net/thingsweforgot/ bengalfamine_programme.html ). When words fail one can say it in pictures - for images of Gideon Polya's huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see: http://sites.google.com/site/artforpeaceplanetmotherchild/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideonpolya/ ."

However massive media censorship in look-the-other-way Australia  means that a scholar such as myself who wishes to inform the public is reduced to the uncertain processes of writing letters  to the editor or submitting  carefully researched, credentialed  comments where this is possible to media such as the Herald Sun (Murdoch), The Australian (Murdoch), 3AW (radio), the taxpayer-funded ABC (Australia’s equivalent of the BBC) or to the National Times section of The Age on-line.

Making careful, edited, referenced comments on articles is time-consuming so I have taken to recording my often-censored submitted comments via the US-based Newsvine (see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/ ) and also other places (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, UK-based Media Lens, Australia-based New Matilda) but this too is time-consuming.

Accordingly I have created this web page to quickly record instances of censorship by The Age, this providing a record  (most recent items on top) of what a  major Australian newspaper does not want its readers to read or to know.

NOTE: For whatever reason I am periodically unable to edit this site by cutting and pasting new entries.  However, for the latest updates also see Censorship by The Age: : http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ .


For details of media-derived  censorship  by the global Murdoch media empire, Australian Fairfax media, the Australian ABC, the UK BBC,  and the Australian universities-backed web magazine The Conversation in Neocon American- and Zionist Imperialist-perverted and subverted Murdochracy, Lobbyocracy and Corporatocracy Australia and elsewhere in the West see “Boycott Murdoch media”: https://sites.google.com/site/boycottmurdochmedia/  ; “Censorship by the BBC”: https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbythebbc/  ; “Censorship by The Conversation”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by  ; “Mainstream media censorship”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/home  ; “Mainstream media lying”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammedialying/  ; “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age ; “Censorship by ABC Late Night Live”: https://sites.google.com/site/censorshipbyabclatenightlive/  .


FURTHER NOTE: Because of regular censorship by The Age,  since 23 April 2012 I have started recording ALL comments sent  to The Age and then subsequently  CONVERTING TO BOLD the comments  not published  by The Age, presumably for containing things it does not want its readers to read, know about or think about.



2013



On 15 April Fairfax-owned 3AW re "Gonski education reform a "political stunt"": : http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/gonski-education-reform-a-political-stunt/20130415-2huuk.html . My comments were PUBLISHED

 

Labor has already had nearly 6 years to address massive inequity in education (Educational Apartheid) but has failed i.e. this is an election stunt. Further, there  are plenty of things that can be done that cost very little or with modest extra pay for some teachers e.g. English as a Second Language on-job training (especially in the Northern Territory), major second language teaching and learning with family involvement, zero truancy, zero tolerance for student disruption, special extra tuition for lagging students, mentoring and family involvement, secure reportage and help for abused children. Robbing universities for an arguable splurge is a disgrace.




On 12 April 2013 The Age  re “Howard ignored official advice on Iraqi weapons and chose war’”: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/howard-ignored-official-advice-on-iraqs-weapons-and-chose-war-20130411-2hogn.html . My comments were CENSORED:

 

For his part in the illegal invasion of Iraq John Howard should be arraigned before the International Criminal Court together with all others involved. The Iraq War was associated with 1.5 million violent deaths, 1.2 million avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 5-6 million refugees  and 0.8 million under-5 infant deaths, 90% avoidable and due to gross violation of the Geneva Convention by the US Alliance (Google "Iraqi Holocaust Iraqi Genocide"). 

 

Nobel Prize-winning Jewish British writer Harold Pinter in his Nobel Prize Acceptance speech entitled "Art, Truth and Politics" stated: "We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice."

 

About three  million? More than enough, I would have thought.

 

A further post sent to The Age was also CENSORED, noting that The Age removed the article from the front page of its website and replaced it with the same article but with no commenting function and with a new title and sub-heading “Howard ignired advice and went to war on Iraq.  The government's justification for war was not supported by any of its own agencies' intelligence”: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/howard-ignored-advice-and-went-to-war-in-iraq-20130411-2ho5d.html



"The Age has committed a dishonesty similar to that of  Howard by censoring my detailed post on the horrendous human cost of the illegal; Iraq War (2.7 million deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation; Google "Iraqi Holocaust Iraqi Genocide" ) and deleting the article from the front page of its website. For a glimpse of what The Age doesn't want its readers to read, know about or think about simply Google "Censorship by The Age".




On 11 April 2013 The Age re “Without the tunnel Naphthine is in a hole ”:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/without-the-tunnel-napthine-is-in-a-hole-20130410-2hlmh.html   . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

This is an absurd decision by the Federal Coalition that is matched by PM Julia Gillard's equally absurd position of backing road over rail in her recent trip to the Western suburbs of Sydney.. Hopefully wise counsel from science-respecting Dr Naphthine and Malcolm Turnbull will achieve a sensible pro-rail position by the Coalition. The world can emit no more than 600 billion tonnes of CO2 between now and zero emissions in 2050 if it is to avoid a catastrophic 2C temperature rise (WBGU, Germany). Unfortunately  Australia's Lib-Lab-backed greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is so high that Australia exceeded its "share" of this terminal GHG pollution budget in 2011. A Coalition policy of building more roads instead of more rail is absurd, dangerous and mirrors the anti-environment policies  of the incompetent, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-fossil fuel, anti-environment  Gillard Labor  Government (for more information Google "2011 climate change course", "Doha climate change inaction" , "300 ppm CO2" and "Are we doomed?").




On 18 March 2013 The Age re “Gillard faces a challenging week as voters desert her” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/gillard-faces-challenging-week-as-voters-desert-her-20130317-2g8yu.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

From the perspective of traditional anti-war, pro-environment, pro-education, pro-human rights Labor voters the 31% primary vote for pro-war, pro-gas, anti-environment, anti-science, anti-education, human rights-abusing and neo-liberal Labor is good news indeed. Sensible traditional Labor voters will vote 1 Green and put Labor  last until it returns to decent Labor values. Of course the Coalition  is just as bad but, unlike the ALP (aka the Alternative Liberal Party, Another :Liberal Party, the Australian Laboral Party) has not actually betrayed Labor voters.


On 14 January 2013 The Age re “Grounds for patriotism”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/grounds-for-patriotism-20130113-2cnei.html . My comments were CENSORED, presumably for containing facts and opinions The Age does not want its readers to read, know about or think about .

 

Rational risk management crucial for societal safety successively involves (a) correct information, (b) scientific analysis and (c) informed systemic change to minimize risk. The moral and physical health of a society demands that we all face up to reality but the all-too-prevalent jingoists assure otherwise.  According to James Boswell, Dr Samuel Johnson made  the famous statement, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" on the evening of 7 April 1775, half a decade after 10 million Bengalis had starved to death under rapacious British rule (an atrocity that has been largely whitewashed from history). Similarly, today due to misplaced "patriotism"-driven academic, media and politician censorship,  very few Australians are aware that Australia has participated in over 20 genocidal atrocities (Google "Australia's secret genocide history"), and in particular that by withholding grain from its huge wheat stocks it was complicit  in the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust in which the British deliberately  starved 6-7 million Indians to death for strategic reasons (see "Bengal Famine. How Australia & UK killed 6-7 million Indians in WW2" and "Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History", now available for free perusal on the web).  Australia now leads the world in imposing a worsening climate genocide set to kill 10 billion humans (Google "Climate genocide").

 

 

A further attempt at posting a comment was also CENSORED:

 

Edited, re-submitted comment (first version edited out?). The moral and physical health of a society critically demands that we all face up to reality but the all-too-prevalent one-eyed jingoists traitorously assure otherwise.  According to James Boswell, Dr Samuel Johnson made  the famous statement, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" on the evening of 7 April 1775, half a decade after 10 million Bengalis had starved to death under rapacious British rule (an atrocity that has been largely whitewashed from history). Similarly, today due to misplaced "patriotism"-driven academic, media and politician censorship,  very few Australians are aware that Australia has participated in over 20 genocidal atrocities (Google "Australia's secret genocide history"), and in particular that by withholding grain from its huge wheat stocks it was complicit  in the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust in which the British deliberately  starved 6-7 million Indians to death for strategic reasons (see "Bengal Famine. How Australia & UK killed 6-7 million Indians in WW2" and "Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History", now available for free perusal on the web).  Australia now leads the world in imposing a worsening climate genocide set to kill 10 billion humans (Google "Climate genocide").




On 5 March 2013 The Age re “America wants to know whose side Australia is on”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/america-wants-to-know-whose-side-australia-is-on-20130304-2fgr9.html   . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Australia must clearly dissociate itself from endless, deadly US war making in Asia  that has been associated with 38 million Asian deaths from violence  or war-imposed deprivation since 1950 (see my book ":Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950", now available for free perusal on the web).

 

In contrast, in an article in the UK New Statesman entitled "Kevin Rudd: The West isn't ready for the rise of China", former PM Kevin Rudd correctly  pointed out that "The China that I have studied over decades is one that has not been in the business of invading other countries for more than 2,000 years. Nor has China sought to establish colonies around the world, even though its navigational skills and naval capabilities during the Ming Dynasty were considerably more advanced than those of countries in the West."

 

Former Australian PM Malcolm Fraser has pointed out the folly of Australia being a US lackey in relation to China (hence "The Lackey Country"; Google his article in Fairfax media entitled "Slavish devotion to the US a foreign policy folly for Australia"). Malcolm Fraser pointed out that in the 1950s Australian PM Sir Robert Gordon Menzies told the Americans that if there were a US war with China over Taiwan, Australia would NOT be involved.

 

My further comment was also PUBLISHED:

 

The wars in which China has been involved for thousands of years have all been "border wars". Tibet was incorporated around the  time that the English were incorporating Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Unlike the Western European countries  and their colonial offshoots, China has not been involved in invading, colonizing and devastating remote, non-contiguous countries. 

 

The Chinese policy of "Make money not war" is something that will finally dawn on the Americans as the money runs out  and 6,000 US veterans suicide each year (Google "1 million Americans die"). Indeed in relation to the worsening climate crisis, according to environmental expert Professor  Jorge Randers ("2052 -  A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years"),  China is our last hope and climate criminal countries like America our worst threats: "I predict, it will be the Chinese who solve the global climate challenge - singlehandedly. Through a sequence of 5-year plans established with a clear long term vision, and executed without asking regular support from the Chinese. They are already well on the way, for the benefit of our grandchildren" (Google "Are we doomed?")




4 March 2013, The  Age,  Comment by Malcolm Fraser re refugees, “Open our hearts, and our doors,  to refugees”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/open-our-hearts-and-our-doors-to-refugees-20130303-2fe89.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

Excellent, humane article by former PM Malcolm Fraser. Former PM Kevin Rudd described those trying to find safe haven for desperate refugees as "scum of the earth who should rot in hell". This raises the question of how one describes those of the US Alliance who created over 20 million Muslim refugees in the first place, the breakdown being 7 million Palestinians,  5-6 million Iraqis, 3-4 million Afghans 2 million Somalis, 2 million Pakistanis, 1 million Libyans, 1 million Syrians, and 1 million Rohingyas of Myanmar. Decent people will vote 1 Green and put Labor last (the Coalition are not quite as bad as Labor on refugees and, unlike Labor, have not actually betrayed decent Labor voters and values).

 

 

4 March 2013 The Age,  Comment by former Minster Amanda Vanstone about polite discussion, “No need t go to war on political debate”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/we-dont-need-to-go-to-war-in-political-debate-20130303-2fe8a.html . My comments were CENSORED:

 

The excellent intention of Amanda Vanstone's article is polite and constructive discussion. The famous physicist Lord Kelvin (Father of Thermodynamics) had the answer when he declared that we should ideally discuss things in terms of numbers e.g. "To measure is to know." and "If you can not measure it, you can not improve it.". Thus I have never voted Coalition but here is an  example of how the Coalition can constructively discuss the extraordinarily deficient Carbon Tax - the pro-gas Labor Government understates the Carbon Tax obligations of the corporate gas producers by a factor of 137-329, collecting a mere $21 million annually rather than the science-indicated  Carbon Tax obligation of about $3-7 billion each year from leakage of natural gas i.e.  pro-gas Labor's rhetoric hides the Awful Truth that Labor has effectively made fugitive emissions of methane tax-free.(Google "Australia's Carbon Tax Scandal"). I have sent the quantitative details of this to both Labor and Coalition MPs but unfortunately, for different reasons, they so far choose to ignore the science and the numbers.




On 28 February 2013 The Age re “Education not about money: Baillieu”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/education-not-about-money-baillieu-20130227-2f5t2.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.  

 

As a 4-decade educator I would suggest that (1) the Lib-Lab-supported Educational Apartheid system has failed the majority of Australian children who attend State schools and are disproportionately excluded from university, top universities and from top courses; (2) Ted Baillieu and Christopher Pyne (for whose party I have  never voted) have a point that it is not simply about money but how it is spent, effective discipline, good teaching and learning regimes etc; and (3) very cheap incentives and expert advice  should be provided to ensure that FAMILIES are far more involved in the education of their children, and especially with reading ,writing and arithmetic (former Labor leader Mark Latham made a good initial suggestion that "every child should have a book" but his spin-driven, neoliberal Labor successors have opted for dubious metrics and  throwing money at the problem for political reasons).




On 28 February 2013 The Age re “Education not about money: Baillieu”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/education-not-about-money-baillieu-20130227-2f5t2.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.  

 

As a 4-decade educator I would suggest that (1) the Lib-Lab-supported Educational Apartheid system has failed the majority of Australian children who attend State schools and are disproportionately excluded from university, top universities and from top courses; (2) Ted Baillieu and Christopher Pyne (for whose party I have  never voted) have a point that it is not simply about money but how it is spent, effective discipline, good teaching and learning regimes etc; and (3) very cheap incentives and expert advice  should be provided to ensure that FAMILIES are far more involved in the education of their children, and especially with reading ,writing and arithmetic (former Labor leader Mark Latham made a good initial suggestion that "every child should have a book" but his spin-driven, neoliberal Labor successors have opted for dubious metrics and  throwing money at the problem for political reasons).




On 22 February 2013, The Age  re “Green threat to Gonski package”:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/greens-threat-to-gonski-package-20130221-2euom.html   . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Once again the pro-education, pro-equity Greens insist on a fair go for the majority of Australian children who attend State schools and who are presently disproportionately excluded from university, top universities and from top university courses in a system of Educational Apartheid backed for base political reasons by both the Liberal National Party Coalition and Labor (aka the Lib-labs, the Liberal-Laborals) variously out of innate prejudice, support for the Big End of Town  and fear of the Religious Right Lobby (Google "Educational Apartheid"). Decent Labor voters, utterly betrayed by Labor over just about any major issue you can name (e.g. war, human rights, Aborigines, the environment,  foreign miners, health, etc), will vote 1 Green and put Labor last (the Coalition are just as bad but, unlike Labor, haven't actually betrayed Labor voters).




On 21 February 2013 The Age re “PM backtracks on hospital cash cut”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/pm-backtracks-on-hospital-cash-cut-20130220-2erih.html  . My comments were CENSORED.

 

 

Inept Labor Federal Government Health cuts impacting Victorians need to be also seen in a wider national context. Thus it is estimated that 66,000 Australians die preventably each year (this huge figure including the deaths of 9,000 Indigenous Australians, noting that the avoidable death rate of this group, 1.8%, is higher than for non-Arab Africa, 1.0%, or India, 0.4%) (Google "why PM Julia Gillard must go 66,000 preventable Australian deaths annually"). This deadly parsimony of the Labor must also be seen in the context of the fiscal priorities of this pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-pollution Labor Government.

 

1. The accrual cost (long-term committed cost e.g. to traumatized veterans) of the War on Terror is estimated at $125 billion since 2001 (Google "Endless war on terror. Huge cost for Australia & America")..

 

2. After the 2010 Coup against PM Kevin Rudd, the Gillard Labor Government permitted  foreign mining companies to re-write the Mining Tax with the unsurprising consequence of  receipts of $125 million rather than the billions adumbrated under PM Rudd.

 

3. Even more scandalously, the outrageously deficient Carbon Tax of the pro-pollution Labor Government underestimates the tax on mining fugitive emissions of methane by a factor of 137-329 (Google "Australia's Carbon Tax scandal").

 

Caring  Australians will vote 1 Green and put Labor last.




On 19 February 2013 The Age published a report on the fires in Epping, Melbourne entitled “Residents flee as fire bites Melbourne’s northern edge”:  http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/residents-flee-as-fire-bites-melbournes-northern-edge-20130218-2envw.html  .

 

The Age kindly published my comments on the article:

 

“In the comparative safety of Red Gum-graced Macleod some 10 kilometres south of  largely deforested but grassy Epping, I smelled the burning, saw the smoke and the orange tinge to the light and discovered that some 0.5 centimetre ash fragments settled on an abstract acrylic painting  I was drying in the sun - when I brushed them away they smudged black.

 

The area burned annually by forest fires in the Western US has increased about 5-fold since the 1960s and this was attributed to global warming in a key study by Westerling et al entitled "Warming and Earlier Spring Increase Western U.S. Forest Wildfire Activity" and published in 2006 in the prestigious scientific journal Science (for a summary of global warming effects by 2008  Google "The science of climatic disruption" by President Obama's chief  scientific adviser Professor John Holdren).

 

For a sustainably safe planet we must urgently reduce atmospheric CO2 (carbon dioxide) from the present nearly 400 ppm  (parts per million) to about 300 ppm, the pre-industrial level for  the last 800,000 years (Google "300.org" and "300 ppm CO2"). Anaerobic pyrolysis at circa 400-700C of existing straw and woody waste to biochar (charcoal) is a major means of achieving this (Google "Forest biomass-derived biochar can profitably reduce global warming and bushfire risk").


The Age also published my rejoinders to comments:



 Some rejoinders.

 

1. The Age reported the reason the Epping fire was not a disaster: "More than 600 firefighters in 120 trucks came from across Victoria to battle the flames on a hot and gusty day. They were supported by 11 waterbombing aircraft".

 

2. Professor Johannes Lehmann of Cornell University has calculated that it is realistically possible to fix 9.5bn tonnes of carbon per year using biochar.from agricultural  waste (straw) and forestry waste (wood), this being commensurate with annual industrial carbon pollution, noting that such conversion would also reduce grassland  and forest fire fuel load  (Google "Forest biomass-derived Biochar can profitably reduce global warming and bushfire risk"). .

 

3. A recent revision by the World Bank coupled with US Energy Information Administration estimates of continuing global greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution  growth means that global GHG pollution will in five (5) years' time exceed the 2010-2050 global terminal GHG pollution budget of 600 bn tonnes CO2-e that must not be exceeded for a 70% chance of avoiding a disastrous 2C temperature rise (Google "Doha climate change inaction")

 

4. A 2010 Open Letter about climate change action by 255 members of the prestigious US National Academy of Sciences (including 11 Nobel Laureates) stated "Delay is not an option" (Google "Are we doomed?").




On 5 February 2013 re “The four industries that rule Australia”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/the-four-industries-that-rule-australia-20130205-2dwew.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

 

 

Excellent article by Ross Gittins. However his assertion that "The four most disproportionately influential industries in Australia, they say, are superannuation, banking, mining and gambling" has a glaring omission, specifically oligopoly media. and more specifically still the foreign-owned Murdoch media that have captured 70%^ of newspaper readership in Australia.

 

Professor Brian Ellis in his important book "Social Humanism. A new metaphysics" (Google "Review social humanism") has described Western democracy as "Corporatocracy"; others have described it as "Lobbyocracy". John Pilger has introduced the term "Murdochracy". Australia is evidently a Corporatocracy, Lobbyocracy and Murdochracy in which Big Money buys politicians, parties, policies, public perception of reality, votes and political power.

 

Thus the AEC revealed that the Mining Corporations had to spend only $23 million out of their annual profits of circa $200 billion to get rid of Australia's most popular PM in the 2010 Coup. One can understand why the Gambling Lobby resolved to commit only about $20 million to defeat gambling reform   However oligopoly media, notably Murdoch and like media, are necessary elements of the Corporatocracy and Lobbyocracy. And then we have the neocon American Lobby  variously involved in perverting Australian democracy in 1975, 2004 and 2010, and of course, that other foreign Lobby, so powerful here that it cannot even be named.




On 5 February 2013 re “The four industries that rule Australia”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/the-four-industries-that-rule-australia-20130205-2dwew.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

 

 

Excellent article by Ross Gittins. However his assertion that "The four most disproportionately influential industries in Australia, they say, are superannuation, banking, mining and gambling" has a glaring omission, specifically oligopoly media. and more specifically still the foreign-owned Murdoch media that have captured 70%^ of newspaper readership in Australia.

 

Professor Brian Ellis in his important book "Social Humanism. A new metaphysics" (Google "Review social humanism") has described Western democracy as "Corporatocracy"; others have described it as "Lobbyocracy". John Pilger has introduced the term "Murdochracy". Australia is evidently a Corporatocracy, Lobbyocracy and Murdochracy in which Big Money buys politicians, parties, policies, public perception of reality, votes and political power.

 

Thus the AEC revealed that the Mining Corporations had to spend only $23 million out of their annual profits of circa $200 billion to get rid of Australia's most popular PM in the 2010 Coup. One can understand why the Gambling Lobby resolved to commit only about $20 million to defeat gambling reform   However oligopoly media, notably Murdoch and like media, are necessary elements of the Corporatocracy and Lobbyocracy. And then we have the neocon American Lobby  variously involved in perverting Australian democracy in 1975, 2004 and 2010, and of course, that other foreign Lobby, so powerful here that it cannot even be named.




On  30 January 2013 The Age re PM Julia Gillard’s partner Tim Mathieson’s prostate gaffe:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/poor-tim-prostrated-by-a-prostate-gag-that-gets-him-the-finger-20130129-2dirw.html . My  comments were PUBLISHED:

 

In just a few words (small, female, Asian, doctor) PM Julia Gillard's partner Tim  has quite likely offended a substantial body of Australians - the 50% who are smaller than average, the 50.1%  who are female, the 12% who are of Asian origin,  and the roughly 100% of us who at some point vitally depend on doctors.

 

 

On 29 January 2013, Fairfax-owned 3AW  re Tim Mathieson’s gaffe: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/pms-partner-makes-bizarre-asian-doctor-gaffe/20130129-2dhjb.html . My comments were :

 

In just a few careless words (small, female, Asian, doctor) PM Julia Gillard's partner Tim  has quite likely offended a substantial body of Australians - the 50% who are smaller than average, the 50.1%  who are female, the 12% who are of Asian origin,  and the 100% vitally dependent on doctors for a long life.




On 29 January 2013 re “Teacher row delays new curriculum”: http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/teacher-row-delays-new-curriculum-20130128-2dgyw.html . My comments were CENSORED

 

Australian teachers are very badly treated these days. While Vietnam has a Teacher's Day to honor teachers (I know because a  brilliant former Vietnamese student sent  me a wonderful letter on that occasion), the short-term contract employment of young Australian teachers means that they are excluded home loans.

 

The National Curriculum was a bad idea in the sense that any falsehood or other malinstruction would violate ALL children nation-wide. The National History Curriculum is highly flawed, involving bottom-of-the-barrel  holocaust-denial and genocide-denial that you would get from reading the Murdoch media and numerous Mainstream historians. 

 

Thus, for example,  the Modern History section mentions the WW2 Jewish Holocaust ("the Holocaust" to the National Curriculum; 5-6 million killed) but apparently ignores the WW2 European Holocaust of which it was a part (30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed), the WW2 Chinese Holocaust (35 million killed, the carnage helped by iron from Australia c/- "Pig Iron" Bob Menzies) and the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million Indians deliberately starved to death by the British  with Australia complicit by withholding wheat from its huge grain stocks from starving India) (read my avoidable mortality-related,  neolithic-to-2007 history of EVERY country in the world and entitled "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950", now available for free perusal on the web).

 

 

 I sent an edited re-submission that was also CENSORED:

 

 

Edited re-submission: Australian teachers are very badly treated these days. While Vietnam has a Teacher's Day to honor teachers (I know because a  brilliant former Vietnamese student sent  me a wonderful letter on that occasion), the short-term contract employment of young Australian teachers means that they are excluded from home loans.

 

The National Curriculum was always a  bad idea in the sense that any falsehood or other malinstruction would violate ALL children nation-wide. The National History Curriculum is highly flawed, involving bottom-of-the-barrel  holocaust- and genocide-ignoring  that is unfortunately de rigeur  for Mainstream media and historians. 

 

Thus, for example,  the Modern History section mentions the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (incorrectly "the Holocaust" to the National Curriculum; 5-6 million killed) but apparently ignores the WW2 European Holocaust of which it was a part (30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies killed), the WW2 Chinese Holocaust (35 million killed, the carnage helped by pre-war pig iron exports  from Australia) and the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million Indians deliberately starved to death by the British  with Australia complicit by withholding wheat from its huge grain stocks from starving India) (read my avoidable mortality-related,  neolithic-to-2007 history of EVERY country in the world and entitled "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950", now available for free perusal on the web).





On 24 January 2013 The Age On-line National Times section published an article by anti-coal activist Jonathan Moylan about the Whitehaven hoax in which he had risked jail to expose ANZ's investment in Whitehaven's Maules Creek coal project: “Potential jailing not as scary as threat of Maules Creek mine” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/potential-jailing-not-as-scary-as-threat-of-maules-creek-mine-20130123-2d78s.html ).

Key quotes from the article:Over the past month, there has been a great deal of talk about why I - a young translator from Newcastle - would risk jail to expose ANZ's investment in Whitehaven's Maules Creek coal project. But a more important verdict is expected to be passed down next Thursday, when the federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, is tipped to make a decision on the expansion of Idemitsu's Boggabri coalmine and Whitehaven's Maules Creek mine. For the past few years, Maules Creek farmers have shown a great deal of courage in their attempts to prevent the biggest expansion of the coal industry in NSW. The increase in deadly coal dust, the draw down and potential contamination of the aquifer and loss of thousands of hectares of critically endangered forest threatens farmlands and animals such as koalas, not to mention people. Rather than requiring the mine to rehabilitate the forest after 21 years, the state government has approved a plan that would leave a final void, or pit lake, that would drain the water table for 1000 years. Those are Whitehaven's calculations, not mine.”

The Age kindly published my following comments on the article:

 

“It is a sad reflection on the very likely terminal deficiencies of our society that an evidently profoundly altruistic  person  had to resort to a deception with serious  legal implications in an attempt to save his environment and community from the dire consequences of remorseless commercial greed. Below are the key, factual,  science-based reasons why most coal, gas and iron ore exploitation must stop ASAP.

 

1. In 2009 the WBGU, which advises the German Government on the worsening climate crisis, estimated that for a 75% chance of avoiding  a catastrophic 2C temperature rise (EU policy and indeed the policy of most governments in the world) the world can emit no more than a terminal budget of 600 billion tonnes of the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) between 2010 and final zero emissions in 2050.Taking the latest re-assessment of the World's GHG pollution, one can estimate that a terminal budget of 600 billion tonnes CO2-equivalent will be exceeded in 5 years' time.

 

2. Australia's Domestic plus Exported  GHG pollution is so great that it used up its "fair share"  in 2011 and  will exceed the whole world's terminal budget by a factor of 3 (Google "Doha climate change inaction) - ergo, stop coal, gas and iron ore exploitation ASAP.”

 

Dr Gideon Polya, Melbourne

 

PS. For further details see “Doha climate change inaction. Only 5 years left to act”, MWC News, 9 December 2012: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/23373-gideonpolya-climate-change.html   and “2011 Climate Change Course”: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/2011-climate-change-course .

 

 

 

 

On 22 January 2013, Fairfax-owned  3AW re “Olympian Nova Peris to stand for NT Senate”: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/olympian-nova-peris-to-stand-for-northern-territory-senate/20130122-2d4bk.html . My comments were:

 

The very best of luck to Nova Peris. However the way PM Julia Gillard did this was poor. Further, the Gillard Labor Government has an appalling record on Aborigines e.g. discrimination and non-provision re crucial services, race-based exclusion of NT Aborigines from the protection of the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act, appalling NT Aboriginal avoidable death rate (the highest in the world), and Educational Apartheid whereby 80% of NT Aboriginal  children fail to achieve minimum literacy and numeracy standards - on account of which in the recent NT elections NT Aboriginal voters dumped  Labor (and so should all decent Australians).




On 23 January  2013 The Age re “Peris “coup” a good move but it dopes raise eyebrows”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/peris-coup-a-good-move-but-it-does-raise-eyebrows-20130122-2d5cj.html   . My comments were CENSORED presumably for containing information the Age does not want its readers to see, know about or think about – in contrast,  510 overwhelmingly  anonymous comments were published.

 

Good luck to Nova Peris. However the way it was done adds to a list of other Federal Labor betrayals in recent years, betrayals that all Labor MPs new and old are forced to ignore but voters won't.

 

1. Betrayal of Indigenous Australians by excluding NT Aboriginals from the protection of the  1975 Racial Discrimination Act.

 

2. Betrayal of our most popular PM Kevin Rudd, the first Australian PM to say "Sorry" to Indigenous Australians (albeit over the Stolen Generations and not over continuing racism and the continuing Aboriginal Genocide). 

 

3. Betrayal of the 66,000 Australians who die preventably each year (this including 9,000 Indigenous Australian) due to perverted US lackey Labor fiscal priorities (e.g. the $125 billion  accrual cost of the War on Terror)..

 

4. Betrayal of Australian children by a system of Educational Apartheid that means that the majority of Australian children who attend State schools are disproportionately excluded from university, top universities and top courses, and that 80% of NT Indigenous children have failed to meet basic numeracy and literacy standards.

 

5. Betrayal of traditional pro-peace, pro-equity, pro-environment, pro-education, anti-racism  Labor values by neoliberal Labor means that betrayed  Labor voters will follow  the recent example of NT Indigenous voters and put Labor last until it reverts to decent values.



On 21 January 2013 the Age On-line re “Reshaping America”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/reshaping-america-20130120-2d14h.html   . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Some major Elephants in the Room matters were missing or obfuscated in this article on the US under Obama.

 

1. War. Obama concluded US Occupation of Iraq (4.6 million deaths from violence or violently-imposed deprivation since 1990) but expanded the Afghan War (5.6 million such deaths since 2001), invaded Libya (0.1 million such deaths since 2011), expanded war in NW Pakistan, the Yemen, and Somalia (2.2 million such deaths since 1992) and backs French and other involvement in war criminal invasion and state terrorism in Mali and Syria.

 

2. Health. Obamacare put a further 30 million Americans on health care, thereby saving about 10,000 American lives annually (Google "Romney abolition of Obamacare would kill 80,000 Americans over 8 years"). However an estimated 1.1 million Americans die preventably each year under Obama, noting that the Bush and Obama Administrations committed to a %5.5 trillion accrual cost of the War on Terror to kill 9 million Muslims abroad rather than keeping Americans alive at home (Google "1 million Americans die").

 

3. Race. Per capita Black wealth is 8 times less than that of Whites, over 25% of Blacks live in poverty and there is massive disenfranchisement of adult male Black Americans (Google "The New Jim Crow").

 

4. Terracidal climate change INACTION under Obama.



On 18 January 2013 The Age re “Teacher entry ranking tumbles”: http://www.theage.com.au/data-point/teacher-entry-ranking-tumbles-20130117-2cwb5.html . My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

 

Missing from this article and discussion are some of the awful realities of contemporary  anti-teacher, anti-intellectual and anti-child Australia:

 

1.  Whereas most workers have a circa 6 month probation period of employment, newly-graduated teachers  are, I understand, employed on annual contracts for years and can accordingly be excluded from bank loans for housing.

 

2. In South Australia (and elsewhere?) teachers were attracted to country schools on the promise of a subsequent city job. However country schools with limited resources would tend to employ "generalist" science teachers with the consequent effect of "dumbing down" of science teaching generally and the tendency to exclude, for example,  specialist maths and physics teachers.

 

3. For all that, teachers do a good job in bad conditions, but children are being failed by insufficient input from family and commitment of the neoliberal Lib-Lab (Coalition and Labor)  politicians to what is called Educational Apartheid that means that the majority  of  Australian children attending State schools are disproportionately excluded from university, top universities and top courses (Google "Educational Apartheid").

 

4. And Lib-Lab Philistinism at the tertiary level means that most undergraduate teaching is now done by sessional, casual academic staff on pocket-money salaries. Meanwhile our scientifically-illiterate society remorselessly heads towards plus 4 degrees C this century. (Google "Are we doomed?")




On 14 January 2013 The Age re “Grounds for patriotism”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/grounds-for-patriotism-20130113-2cnei.html . My comments were CENSORED.

 

Rational risk management crucial for societal safety successively involves (a) correct information, (b) scientific analysis and (c) informed systemic change to minimize risk. The moral and physical health of a society demands that we all face up to reality but the all-too-prevalent jingoists assure otherwise.  According to James Boswell, Dr Samuel Johnson made  the famous statement, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" on the evening of 7 April 1775, half a decade after 10 million Bengalis had starved to death under rapacious British rule (an atrocity that has been largely whitewashed from history). Similarly, today due to misplaced "patriotism"-driven academic, media and politician censorship,  very few Australians are aware that Australia has participated in over 20 genocidal atrocities (Google "Australia's secret genocide history"), and in particular that by withholding grain from its huge wheat stocks it was complicit  in the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust in which the British deliberately  starved 6-7 million Indians to death for strategic reasons (see "Bengal Famine. How Australia & UK killed 6-7 million Indians in WW2" and "Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History", now available for free perusal on the web).  Australia now leads the world in imposing a worsening climate genocide set to kill 10 billion humans (Google "Climate genocide").

 

 

A further attempt at posting a comment was also CENSORED:

 

Edited, re-submitted comment (first version edited out?). The moral and physical health of a society critically demands that we all face up to reality but the all-too-prevalent one-eyed jingoists traitorously assure otherwise.  According to James Boswell, Dr Samuel Johnson made  the famous statement, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" on the evening of 7 April 1775, half a decade after 10 million Bengalis had starved to death under rapacious British rule (an atrocity that has been largely whitewashed from history). Similarly, today due to misplaced "patriotism"-driven academic, media and politician censorship,  very few Australians are aware that Australia has participated in over 20 genocidal atrocities (Google "Australia's secret genocide history"), and in particular that by withholding grain from its huge wheat stocks it was complicit  in the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust in which the British deliberately  starved 6-7 million Indians to death for strategic reasons (see "Bengal Famine. How Australia & UK killed 6-7 million Indians in WW2" and "Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History", now available for free perusal on the web).  Australia now leads the world in imposing a worsening climate genocide set to kill 10 billion humans (Google "Climate genocide").





2012


 

On 19 December on Fairfax-owned  3AW re “President Obama moves to ban assault weapons”: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/president-obama-moves-to-ban-assault-weapons/20121219-2blso.html . My comments:

 

It is a good thing that Obama no longer has to stand for election and is accordingly now apparently prepared to support character checks for gun ownership and to ban assault weapons that enable 1 deranged gunman to kill 20 children in 10 minutes. However also note that 7 million under-5 year old infants die avoidably each year  from deprivation on Spaceship Earth with the US in charge of the flight deck (Google "Latest gun massacre in the US").

 



On 6 December 2012 The Age re “In spite of the scandals religious groups still lead the way on public good”:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/in-spite-of-the-scandals-religious-groups-still-lead-the-way-on-public-good-20121206-2ay69.html  . My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

Nobody disputes that religious groups do a lot of charity work for the poor, the lame and the sick. While I am an agnostic Humanist I give money to the Salvos and to the wonderfully Jesus Christ-inspired  Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH) (read "Muddy Spirituality" by Jon Owen; Google "Review Muddy Spirituality"). However organized religion does noble  charity at the price of utterly immoral political silence, expediency, and pragmatism and is complicit in immense societal ignoring. Arundhati Roy:“The ultimate privilege of the élite is not just their deluxe lifestyles, but deluxe lifestyles with a clear conscience” Mikhail Gorbashev: "Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind”

 

In his Preface to "Major Barbara", George Bernard Shaw cogently asserts that :"the greatest of our evils, and the worst of our crimes is poverty, and that our first duty, to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor."

 

Organized religion in Australia ignores the worsening climate genocide that is set to kill 10 billion people this century,  the US War on Muslims that has killed 12 million Muslims since 1990 through violence or violently-imposed deprivation, and the 4.4 million adult Australians who have been sexually abused as children (Google "Australian child sexual abuse").

 

 

On 6 December 2012 The Age re “Sex with a child is not the stuff of the school curriculum”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/sex-with-a-child-is-not-the-stuff-of-the-school-curriculum-20121205-2avl6.html  . My comments were CENSORED:

I respect Christopher Bantick's sincere concerns, but the CRIMINALITY of sex with a child should CERTAINLY be part of the school curriculum and "Love in the Time of Cholera" is an important novel that, like Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" (both books translated into movies)  makes a useful contribution to that discussion. .

In Nobel Prize-winning Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel, América Vicuña, a fourteen-year-old school girl, is seduced by her elderly guardian Florentino Ariza and commits suicide after failing her exams and being rejected by Ariza.

Trinity Grammar is an excellent school and I am quite sure that its Year 12 students, assisted by excellent teachers,  will be able to make sensible, morally-sound  judgments on the matter. The commonality of Humbert Humbert in "Lolita" and Florentino Ariza in "Love in the Time of Cholera" is rape and emotional violation of a child by an otherwise charming adult male.

An appalling 34% of Australian women and 16% of Australian men (4.4 MILLION in total) have been  sexually abused as children (see the "Little Children are Sacred"  Report) - this demands wide-ranging public scrutiny from schools to parliaments. Yet the spin-driven Federal Labor Government is confining  the Royal   Commission to institutional abuse (an estimated 3,000-40,000 cases due to Catholic religious personnel).(Google "Australian child sexual abuse'").

 

 

I submitted a further comment and this was PUBLISHED:

 

I made a detailed comment about the need to discuss child sexual abuse properly in Australia - whether by Royal Commission or high school  students analyzing Gabriel Garcia Marquez's  "Death in The Time of Cholera" or Vladimir Nabokov's  "Lolita" - because the "Little Children are Sacred" Report quoted estimates that 34% of Australian women and 16% of Australian men (4.4 million in total) have been sexually abused as children (Google  "Australian child sexual abuse").

Unfortunately  my comments were censored.out and the Federal Labor Government has confined its Royal Commission to institutional child sexual abuse (cases involving Catholic religious personnel are estimated to number 3,000-40,000 ). Repugnant child  sexual abuse thrives on irresponsible censorship, ignoring and looking the other way..




On 6 December 2012 The Age re “In spite of the scandals religious groups still lead the way on public good”:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/in-spite-of-the-scandals-religious-groups-still-lead-the-way-on-public-good-20121206-2ay69.html  . My comment:

 

Nobody disputes that religious groups do a lot of charity work for the poor, the lame and the sick. While I am an agnostic Humanist I give money to the Salvos and to the wonderfully Jesus Christ-inspired  Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH) (read "Muddy Spirituality" by Jon Owen; Google "Review Muddy Spirituality"). However organized religion does noble  charity at the price of utterly immoral political silence, expediency, and pragmatism and is complicit in immense societal ignoring. Arundhati Roy:“The ultimate privilege of the élite is not just their deluxe lifestyles, but deluxe lifestyles with a clear conscience” Mikhail Gorbashev: "Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind”

 

In his Preface to "Major Barbara", George Bernard Shaw cogently asserts that :"the greatest of our evils, and the worst of our crimes is poverty, and that our first duty, to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor."

 

Organized religion in Australia ignores the worsening climate genocide that is set to kill 10 billion people this century,  the US War on Muslims that has killed 12 million Muslims since 1990 through violence or violently-imposed deprivation, and the 4.4 million adult Australians who have been sexually abused as children (Google "Australian child sexual abuse").




On 30 November  2012 The Age re “Health reforms lost in a sea of booze”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/health-reforms-lost-in-a-sea-of-booze-20121129-2aimh.html   . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Excellent article by Russell Skelton. The estimate of half of children in the Kimberley suffering from Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is truly shocking.

 

About 66,000 Australians die preventably each year and of these 3,000 die alcohol-related deaths (Google "66,000 Australians die"). In the wider context of Australian drug-related deaths one notes 15,500 deaths annually from smoking and 360 deaths annually linked to US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry. In a global context, in 2003 it was estimated that 7 million people die annually from drug-related causes, the breakdown being 5 million (smoking), 1.8 million (alcohol) and 0.2 million (illicit  drugs).

 

This carnage must stop and especially for Indigenous Australians, 9,000 of whom die avoidably each year out of an Indigenous population of about 500,000 in one of the richest countries in the world. Some suggestions:

 

1. Clearly some find it very hard to give up alcohol but for many people giving up alcohol totally  is very easy and the commitment is reinforced by the immense harm alcohol does to others. Everyone should try embracing total abstention.

 

2.  The immense harm being done (especially to children) argues for strictly non-racist, geography-based prohibition of alcohol and tobacco (e.g. above the Tropic of Capricorn, northern WA, the NT).




On 26 November 2012, Fairfax-owned 3AW re Julia Gillard “Slush fund scandal: “This week it will come to a head””: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/neil-mitchell-blog/slush-fund-scandal-this-week-it-will-come-to-a-head/20121126-2a24m.html . My comments:

 

PM Julia Gillard must give answers about the AWU scandal. She should also provide answers about other important matters e.g. (1) Australian Government ignoring of horrendous non-institutional Australian child sexual abuse (4.4 million adult Australians have been sexually abused as children) and (2) the Australian Carbon Tax Scandal in which the Australian Government permits gas producers to pay less than 1% of their gas leakage liabilities of $3-7 billion each year.

 

On 29 November 2012 3AW re “AWU scandal: “The first real crack emerges””: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/neil-mitchell-blog/awu-scandal-first-real-crack-emerges/20121129-2ah03.html  . My comments were

 

As a person who has been a union member over 4 decades and at times a  union branch executive member and office bearer, I want a rigorous judicial inquiry with immunity from prosecution offered if necessary to get to the truth of the AWU slush fund scandal. If the Gillard Labor Federal Government won't do it (what have they got to hide? why won't they protect the good name and integrity of unions and unionists?) then the WA and Victorian  Governments should do it ASAP.




On 20 November 2012 The Age re Gaza and “Twitter’s take on war reporting is one of gleeful voyeurism”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/twitters-take-on-war-reporting-is-one-of-gleeful-voyeurism-20121119-29m53.html . My comments were CENSORED.

 

Alternative media and social media are the only avenues for written and video reportage from embattled Gaza when the Mainstream media resolutely refuse to report - or more importantly, effectively report - the horrendous Elephant in the Room realities through a process of what outstanding expatriate Australian journalist John Pilger has called censorship by omission and censorship by commission. Thus concerning what many scholars and writers call the ongoing Palestinian Genocide (2 million dead from violence or violently -imposed deprivation since 1936):

 

1. In 1880 in Ottoman Palestine there were 500,000 Arab Palestinians and 25,000 Jews  (50% immigrants).

 

2. In 1945 after the British had decided to Partition Palestine, 1/3 of the population was Jewish (overwhelmingly colonizers) and 2/3 Arab and only 10% of the land had been alienated.

 

3.  In 1948 the Israelis seized 78% of Palestine and Israeli terrorism expelled 0.8 million Indigenous Palestinians. In 1967 a now nuclear-armed Apartheid Israel seized 100% of Palestine plus a slab  of Egypt and  a slab of Syria which it proceeded to ethnically cleanse.

 

4. In 2012, 90% of Palestine has been ethnically cleansed and of 12 million Palestinians, 6 million are excluded from Palestine and only 6.7% are permitted by democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel to vote for the government ruling all of Palestine.

 

 

 

On 20 November 2012 The Age re “Time to have a whack by sinking Baillieu”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/time-to-have-a-whack-for-sinking-baillieu-20121119-29m51.html . My comments were CENSORED.

 

Given the close ideological positions of the Liberals and Labor all voters can do is to punish incompetent incumbents. As now perceived by the World Bank (who predict a catastrophic 4 degree Centigrade  temperature rise this century under Business As Usual, making Black Saturday a routine occurrence ), man-made global warming is THE issue. Brumby Labor deserved to be kicked out in 2010 over its inaction on climate change and now Mr Baillieu (Failyou) deserves the same for even worse environmental vandalism as summarized below:

 

1. Cattle allowed into the Alpine national Park (species extinction in 100-1,000 times greater than normal).

 

2. Action damaging the wind and solar industries ( Australia used up its "fair share" of the whole world's terminal Greenhouse gas (GHG) budget in 2011).

 

3. Promotion of expansion of gas burning (methane is 105 times worse than CO2 as a GHG on a 20 year time frame and including  aerosol impacts).

 

4. Continued destruction of old growth fprests (Victorian  Eucalyptus regnans forests are the best forest carbon sinks in the world).

 

5. Continued coal burning and exports (Australia' will exceed the world's terminal GHG budget by a factor of 3).

 

6. Carbon burning kills 10,000 Australians annually (e.g. vehicle exhaust kills 2,000) (Google "2011 climate change course"). 








On 15 November 2012, Waleed Aly re “Choir of dissent off-key on the sanctity of confession”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/choir-of-dissent-offkey-on-the-sanctity-of-confession-20121115-29enl.html    . My comments were CENSORED (433 overwhelmingly anonymous and hence uncredentialled comments by others were not censored):

 

There is another kind of confessional in our society and that is represented by expert scholarly research and expert commissions of inquiry. Yet in the area of horrendous child abuse  in Australia such truth-finding is resolutely ignored by a society that prefers to concentrate on admittedly repugnant paedophile Catholic clergy and other  Catholic religious personnel to the exclusion of  99% of the child sexual abuse in Australia.

 

Thus the "Little Children are Sacred" Report was unable to quantify the extent of child sexual abuse in NT Indigenous communities (p57) but quoted scholarly research indicating that 34% of Australian women and 16% of Australian men have been sexually abused as children (pp234-236). Using UN Population Division data this translates to 3.0 million Australian women and 1.4 million Australian men having been sexually abused as children as compared to estimates of those abused by Catholic clerics ranging from 3,000 (as estimated by the Catholic Church)  to  40,000 (by anti-abuse activists) i.e. from 0.06% to 0.9% of total child sexual abuse (for details see "Horrendous Australian child sexual abuse. Mainstream media ignore 4.4 million victims", MWC News, 15 November 2012).

 

Yet the Australian Labor Government (which has an appalling record of violating child rights) excludes 99% of the problem from Royal Commission consideration.




14 November 2012 re sexual abuse of children. My comments were CENSORED: 


I am not a Catholic but attended a Catholic school where I excelled at studies. Fortunately it was only as an adult that I become aware from friends about  brother or priest child sexual abuse in the diocese. One supposes from this example that a substantial proportion of Catholics in Australia are aware of child sexual abuse in their diocese impacting or involving people they know.

That said, one hopes that the terms of reference of the Royal Commission will be very wide because child sexual abuse is evidently very widespread in Australia. Thus the "Little Children are Sacred" Report into child abuse in the Northern Territory was unable to quantify the incidence of child abuse in NT Indigenous communities but cited scholarly  research indicating that 34% of Australian women and 16% of Australian men have been variously sexually abused as children (M.P. Dunne et al,"Is child sexual abuse declining? Evidence for a population-based survey of men and women in Australia", Child Abuse & Neglect, vol. 27 (2), pp141-152, 2003)). The Report also quoted US research showing that 25% of US women and 10% of US men had suffered child sexual abuse (D. Finkelhor, "Current information on the scope and nature if child sexual abuse"(1994), Future of Children, 4 (2) 31-53).






 

On 2 November 2012  re Waleed Aly article “Shattering the facade of kindness”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/shattering-the-facade-of-kindness-20121101-28mpv.html  . My comments were CENSORED.

 

The excision of the continent of Australia from Australia's "migration zone" is an Orwellian absurdity as well as a violation of our international obligations. The neoliberal Labor Party has applied the same Orwellian exceptionalism to other serious matters e.g.

 

1. Excision of Northern Territory Indigenous Australians (as well as Afghan refugees and Tamil refugees) from the protection of the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act.

 

2. Excision of Australia from the Rights of the Child Convention through indefinite, abusive imprisonment of refugee children without charge or trial in remote concentration camps.

 

3. Excision of Australia from the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) through supply of nuclear materials to nuclear terrorist states, intimate involvement as a base for nuclear weapons (our ports) and nuclear terrorism infrastructure (Pine Gap) (unlike NPT-compliant Iran which Australia helps sanction at a cost of 100,000 Iranians lives annually).

 

4.  Excision of Australia from the Geneva Convention that demands that an Occupier must supply its conquered subjects with life-sustaining food and medical requisites "to the fullest extent of the means available to it" (post-2001 under-5 infant deaths in Australia-occupied Afghanistan total 2.9 million).

 

Due to entrenched anti-Jewish anti-Semitism, in 1933-1945 Australia took in only 9,000 Jewish refugees and New Zealand zero (0). Entrenched anti-Arab anti-Semitism and Islamophobia today ensures history repeating itself. 

 

A further post was CENSORED:

 

 

Edited, re-submitted comments (for original Google “Censorship by The Age”): The excision of the continent of Australia from Australia's "migration zone" is an Orwellian absurdity as well as a violation of our international obligations. The pro-war, US lackey, anti-Arab anti-Semitic, Islamophobic,  neoliberal Labor Party (Laboral Party) has applied the same Orwellian exceptionalism to other serious matters e.g.

 

1. Excision of Northern Territory Indigenous Australians (as well as Afghan refugees and Tamil refugees) from the protection of the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act.

 

2. Excision of Australia from the Rights of the Child Convention through indefinite, abusive imprisonment of refugee children without charge or trial in remote concentration camps.

 

3. Excision of Australia from the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) through supply of nuclear materials to nuclear terrorist states, intimate involvement as a base for nuclear weapons (our ports) and nuclear terrorism infrastructure (Pine Gap) (unlike NPT-compliant Iran which Australia helps sanction at a cost of 100,000 Iranians lives annually).

 

4.  Excision of Australia from the Geneva Convention that demands that an Occupier must supply its conquered subjects with life-sustaining food and medical requisites "to the fullest extent of the means available to it" (post-2001 under-5 infant deaths in Australia-occupied Afghanistan total 2.9 million).

 

Ergo, decent folk will vote 1 Green and put Labor last.





On 12 October 2012  re “Misogyny war has no winner”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/misogyny-war-has-no-winner-20121011-27fm3.html . My comments made non-anonymously were CENSORED but hundreds of anonymous comments from others were published. The Age is happy to obsess about alleged “sexism” and “misogyny” exhibited by "words" but not those by "deeds"  - it does not want its readers to read, know about or think about Gillard Labor-complicit passive mass murder of millions of women and children (surely the ultimate in maltreatment of women). The following is what the Age would not publish even if buried in a comment thread of several hundred items (see “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age ) :

 

CENSORED COMMENT: The past week has again seen Mainstream media and politicians obsessing over  "words" rather than "deeds", with "who said what about who" rather than dealing with immense, Elephant in the Room  human realities impacting women in particular that are remorselessly swept under the carpet.

 

Thus, for example, the worst thing that can happen to a woman, violence and death aside, is death of a child. Yet UNICEF informs us that currently 191,000 under-5 infants die in US Alliance- and Australia-occupied Occupied Afghanistan (population 31 million) each year as compared to  1,000 in Occupier Australia (population 23 million).(Google "UNICEF information by country").

 

From this one can estimate about 270,000 Afghan deaths annually from deprivation (see my book "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950" now available for free perusal on the Web). Indeed  using UN Population Division data one can estimate that since 2001 avoidable Occupied Afghanistan deaths from war-imposed deprivation total 4.2 million (50% female, 75% women and children) and that under-5 infant deaths total 2.9 million (50% female, 90% avoidable and due to gross violation of the Geneva Convention by the US Alliance including  Australia) (Google "Afghan Holocaust Afghan Genocide").

 

Nor merely "sexism" and "misogyny" but utterly ignored, Australia-complicit, Gillard Labor-complicit  passive mass murder of females, women and children.” END CENSORED COMMENT.


On 9 October 2012, Fairfax-owned 3AW re violence to women, “Neil Mitchell: we must stand up and change attitudes to women”:  http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/neil-mitchell-blog/neil-mitchell-we-must-stand-up-and-change-attitudes-to-women/20121009-27a1t.html   My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

Well said Neil Mitchell. While PM Julia Gillard has adopted a dishonest and disreputable policy of falsely accusing the Coalition of "sexism" and "misogyny" (and hence implicitly accusing every Coalition female MP and female supporter of being a self-hating woman) she ignores the horrendous physical violence to Australian women. 40% of all Australian women have experienced violence since age 15 (Google the VicHealth Report "Violence against women in Australia") and the "Little Children are Sacred" report (p235) quotes research showing that 34% of Australian women and 16% of men have been sexually abused as children.

 

On 10 October 2012 re “Why is a sensible debate on drugs beyond our politicians? ”:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/why-is-a-sensible-debate-on-drugs-beyond-our-politicians-20121010-27ddb.html  . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Excellent article. Victorians and Australians in general should not tolerate this lack of sensible public debate on drugs. The Lib-Lab (Liberal-Laboral) assertion that safe injecting "sends the wrong message" in itself sends the message that the Lib-Lab MPs are putting their personal political and financial interests above the avoidable death of Australians.

To put Australian drug deaths in context, 66,000 Australians die preventably each year,  the breakdown being 18,000 (annual Australian deaths from adverse hospital events), 15,500 (smoking), 10,000 carbon burning pollution-derived ), 9.000 (avoidable Indigenous Australian deaths), 6,000 obesity-related), 3,000 ( alcohol-related), 2,100 (suicides), 1,400 (road deaths), 360 (opiate drug-related deaths annually due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry) and 300 (homicides) (Google "66,000 Australians die").

Yet Australian Lib-Lab politicians have variously surrendered to ignorant, religious and populist prejudice against safe injection as well as  evidently failing to take effective action against other vastly more deadly drug abuses  such as smoking and alcohol.

The Lib-Labs support the US Afghan War that has restored  the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 6% of world market share (2001) to 92% ( 2007) (UN ODC), this carnage including 4,000 Australians,  10,000 Canadians, 18,000 British  and 200,000 Americans (Google "Afghan Holocaust Afghan Genocide).  Science-respecting, pro-humanity Australians will vote 1 Green.

My further comments were also PUBLISHED:

To amplify, an estimated 1.1 million people have died opiate drug -related deaths globally since 2001 linked to US Alliance (including Australia) restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry to 92% of world market share (2007) (UN Office on Drugs and Crime), this death toll including 4,000 Australians.

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On 10 October 2012 re PM Gillard's speech, “Julia “bad-ass” Gillard: Slipper resignation just a side-bar”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/julia-badass-gillard-slipper-resignation-just-a-sidebar-20121010-27c0g.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

I personally found the PM's speech highly offensive, in manner and in falsely alleging misogyny on the part of Tony Abbott, the person who advocates the most generous maternity leave arrangements for women anywhere in the world (I hasten to add that I have never voted Liberal and door-knocked for Mr Whitlam back in 1975)

 

In contrast,  PM Gillard has been extraordinarily resolute in cutting the assistance to our most vulnerable women - single mothers - despite the fact that Labor holds 15 of the 25 most vulnerable seats where single parents (mostly women) will be forced off the parenting payment and on to the dole in January next year (Google "Single-mother cuts to hit hardest in PM's seat ").

 

If the PM's comments were offensive to a lefty like me, just imagine the offence to Mr Abbott's wife, his 3 daughters, his female colleagues and indeed the over 50% of Australian women who evidently think otherwise  and support the Coalition  - is the PM falsely implying  that Mrs Abbott, her daughters and over 50% of Australian women are "self-hating women"?

 

On 9 October 2012 on Fairfax-owned 3AW re Gillard’s misogyny claim: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/neil-mitchell-blog/in-the-end-it-was-slipper-who-was-decent-and-gillard-who-was-not/20121010-27c3k.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:I agree with Neil Mitchell. If PM Gillard's false and highly  offensive "misogyny" attack on Tony Abbott was offensive to me as a lefty who has never voted Coalition, just imagine how offensive it is to Mrs Abbott, her 3 daughters and the over 50% of Australian women who all evidently think otherwise and vote Coalition - is PM Gillard falsely  implying that they are all "self-hating women"? Further, Tony Abbot supports just about the best maternity leave funding for women in the world while PM Gillard has stripped benefits off our most vulnerable women, single mothers. 



On 9 October 2012 re “It’s the tax base , stupid”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/its-the-tax-base-stupid-20121008-2798v.html . My comments were PUBLISHED :

 

Sensible article by Professor Boris Frankel, the key statement being : "Australia can only begin to solve its domestic problems and create a limited buffer against the cold global trade winds if it establishes a solid revenue base. For decades Australia has collected approximately 7 to 8 per cent less taxation as a percentage of GDP (27.1 per cent) than the average OECD country (34.8 per cent)."

 

The key domestic problems are Educational Apartheid that severely disadvantages 2/3 of Australian children; the ongoing Aboriginal genocide (9,000 Indigenous Australians die avoidably each year out of an Aboriginal  population of 0.5 million); gross underfunding of universities and TAFE; an unsustainable  carbon-based economy (major polluter Australia used up its "fair share" of the whole world's  terminal global CO2 pollution budget in 2011 and is committed to exceeding the whole world's terminal budget 3-fold); unsustainable ecocide in the Murray-Darling system, the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere; perversion of democracy into a Murdochracy,  Lobbyocracy and Corporatocracy (see Professor Brian Ellis' book "Social Humanism"; Google "Review Social Humanism"). 

 

Of course it isn't just revenue for "social" purposes that is lacking - an increasingly greedy, selfish, ignorant and neoliberal Australia (excepting the science- and humanity-informed Greens) lacks the information, empathy and will to make things better.




On 5 October 2012 re “As standards decline into talking points”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/as-standards-decline-into-talking-points-20121004-2725l.html . My comments were CENSORED:

 

This article exposes the absurd obsession of Australian media and politicians with ""words" rather than "deeds" , with "who said what about who" rather than with substantive issues. Thus, for example:

 

1. Alan Jones' "died of shame" comment was tasteless, he has apologized and Tony Abbott condemned him - but the substantive issue is that pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-iron ore,  anti-environment, anti-equity, neoliberal Labor has utterly shamed and betrayed pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-equity Labor voters who will now vote 1 Green and put Labor last until it reverts to decent Whitlam era values.

 

2. Australian public life has been trashed by the ongoing saga of alleged sexual harassment apparently involving several instances of alleged  semantic ambiguity but no  propositioning, no touching and no sex - however  the substantive issues of egregious sexual harassment and violence is ignored e.g. 34% of all Australian women and 16% of Australian men have been sexually assaulted as children (see the "Little Children are Sacred Report", p57); "Each year over 130 Australians, mostly women, are murdered by the people closest to them"(ABC Four Corners, "A matter of life and death"); globally "an estimated 150 million girls under the age of 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone" (see UN  "End violence against women and girls").

 

Re-submitted, edited comments, also CENSORED:

 

Re-submitted, edited comments re absurd obsession of Australian media with ""words" rather than "deeds" , with "who said what about who" rather than with substantive issues. Thus, for example:

 

1. Alan Jones' "died of shame" comment was tasteless, he has apologized and Tony Abbott promptly condemned him - but the substantive issue is that pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-iron ore,  anti-environment, anti-equity, neoliberal Labor has utterly shamed and betrayed pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-equity Labor voters who will now vote 1 Green and put Labor last until it reverts to decent Whitlam era values.

 

2. Public life has been obsessed by alleged sexual harassment apparently involving alleged ambiguous words  but no  propositioning, no touching and no sex - however  the substantive issues of egregious sexual harassment and violence are ignored e.g. 34% of all Australian women and 16% of Australian men have been sexually assaulted as children (see the "Little Children are Sacred Report", p57); "Each year over 130 Australians, mostly women, are murdered by the people closest to them"(ABC Four Corners, "A matter of life and death"); globally "an estimated 150 million girls under the age of 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone" (see UN  "End violence against women and girls").





On 3 October 2012 re “How intuitive morality has challenged the rationalists”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/how-intuitive-morality-has-challenged-the-rationalists-20121002-26xak.html . My comments were PUBLISHED :

 

The arguable thesis of the article is that of the following  matters 1-6 the small-l liberals only care for 1-3 whereas the conservatives care for all 6: (1) care/harm; (2) liberty/oppression; (3)  fairness/cheating; (4)  loyalty/betrayal; (5) authority/subversion; (6) sanctity/degradation.

 

The generalization that conservatives care for all 6 must be qualified - they only care for all 6 in relation to the interests of fellow conservatives i.e. the advantaged "winners" as opposed to the disadvantaged ."losers".  Thus conservatives have supported all  post-1950 US Asian Wars, atrocities that have so far been associated with 38 million Indigenous Asian deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation  - the Indigenous Asians being "disadvantaged", "losers", and "victims" in this analysis and therefore "don't count" to the "exceptionalist"  conservatives. War and genocide are the ultimate expressions of racism, and the intrinsically racist conservatives decorate  their war-making with exhortations over  (4)  loyalty/betrayal, (5) authority/subversion and  (6) sanctity/degradation e.g. involving the flag, "the boys", God, patriotism, terror hysteria, human rights-violating anti-terrorism laws etc.

 

The conservative neo-liberals today want maximum "freedom" for the advantaged "winners" to exploit the disadvantaged "losers", this resulting in Democracy in the West becoming Lobbyocracy or "Corporatocracy" as analyzed by Melbourne philosopher Professor Brian Ellis in his important book "Social Humanism. A New Metaphysics" (Google "Review Social Humanism").




On 2 October 2012 re “Great reef catastrophe”: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/great-reef-catastrophe-20121002-26vzq.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

J.E.N. Veron, O. Hoegh-Guldberg et al (top coral scientists, associated with the British Royal Society Coral Working Group), “The coral reef crisis: the critical importance of <350 ppm CO2”, Marine Pollution Bulletin, October 2009: “Temperature-induced mass coral bleaching causing mortality on a wide geographic scale started when atmospheric CO2 levels exceeded 320 ppm. When CO2 levels reached 340 ppm, sporadic but highly destructive mass bleaching occurred in most reefs world-wide, often associated with El Niño events. Recovery was dependent on the vulnerability of individual reef areas and on the reef’s previous history and resilience. At today’s level of 387 ppm, allowing a lag-time of 10 years for sea temperatures to respond, most reefs world-wide are committed to an irreversible decline. Mass bleaching will in future become annual, departing from the 4 to 7 years return-time of El Niño events. Bleaching will be exacerbated by the effects of degraded water-quality and increased severe weather events. In addition, the progressive onset of ocean acidification will cause reduction of coral growth and retardation of the growth of high magnesium calcite-secreting coralline algae.”

 

"300 ppm CO2": top scientists say that we must return atmospheric CO2 to about 300 ppm ASAP (from current 397 ppm maximum) to ensure sustainability of coral and Arctic sea ice (Google 300.org).

 

 

 

On 2 October 2012 re “Jones rails against “jealous” media””: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/jones-rails-against-jealous-media-20121002-26w0y.html . My comments were CENSORED:

 

As a humanitarian scientist  deeply concerned  about the horrendous consequences of Liberal - and Labor- (Lib-Lab-) backed war (5.6 million deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation in Afghanistan since 2001) and the Lib-Lab policy of unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports (committing Australia to exceeding the whole world's terminal CO2 pollution budget by a factor of THREE (3)),  I deplore non-scientist Alan Jones' xenophobic pro-war rhetoric  and his dangerous, ignorant, uncredentialled climate change denialism,.

 

That said, Alan Jones' reported comment at a private function about the late father of the PM was tasteless  and offending and he has repeatedly apologized. However the vitriol coming from Labor and others about Alan Jones is arguably even worse and is a massive attack on free speech.

 

Of course the reality missed in all of this is that decent, anti-racist, anti-war, pro-peace, pro-human rights, pro-education, pro-equity, pro-environment traditional Labor voters are deeply ASHAMED about the pro--racism, pro-war, anti-peace, human rights-violating, anti-education, anti-child, anti-equity, anti-environment, pro-deforestation, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-iron ire, pro-pollution, and climate change inaction policies of the present neo-liberal Australian Labor government.

 

Decent, ASHAMED Labor voters will vote 1 Green and put Labor last until Labor reverts to decent values  (the Coalition is even worse but at least has not actually betrayed or SHAMED Labor voters).

 

 

 

On 2 October 2012  re “Shock for the shock jock”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/shock-for-the-shock-jock-20121001-26vgp.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Alan Jones' reported comments at a private function about the PM's late father were tasteless and he has repeatedly apologized. However the following key points must be made:

 

1. Labor's false assertion of Coalition misogyny and false linkage of the affair to Mr Abbott  are offensive and  despicable.

 

2. Calls for listener and advertiser boycott of 2GB are legitimate and reasonable, especially in view of  Alan Jones'  dangerous and ignorant  pro-war rhetoric and climate change denialism  - but the vitriolic personal attacks on Alan Jones and calls for his sacking appear to be crude attacks on free speech.

 

3.  Missed in all of this is that decent, pro-peace, pro-equity, pro-environment Labor voters have been utterly shamed by the pro-war, anti-equity human rights abusing, anti-environment, pro-pollution policies of the Labor Government and of the ALP (aka the Alternative Liberal Party, Another Liberal Party,  the American Lackey Party, the Apartheid Labor Party, the Australian Laboral Party).

 

4. Decent pro-peace, pro-equity, pro-environment traditional Labor voters that have been utterly shamed by this neoliberal Labor Government will accordingly vote 1 Green and put Labor last until Labor reverts to decent Whitlam era values (the Coalition are arguably a bit worse than Labor but at least have not actually betrayed or shamed decent Labor voters).

 

 

 

 

On 2 October 2012  re ”Australian passport no security blanket”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/australian-passport-no-security-blanket-20121001-26vf2.html . my comments were CENSORED:

 

Some key points of rebuttal:

 

1. The Australian passport should certainly be a security blanket that ensures that all Australians overseas are treated properly and fairly according to International law and the laws of the country they are visiting.

 

2. In the extreme case of transgressions resulting in a death penalty imposed by properly operating judicial process the passport holder should expect Australian Government intervention for clemency.

 

3. If an Australian Government won't meet its bottom-line obligation to protect Australians then it is not fit to govern.

 

4. If meeting Australian Government duty of care obligations is regarded as too costly for the taxpayer, then some kind of compulsory  travel insurance scheme or appropriately increased departure tax could meet the cost.(this would also decrease atmospheric pollution and encourage holidays in Australia)

 

5. Recent cowardly Australian Governments have betrayed Australia by putting the interests of US state terrorism and Israeli state terrorism above those of Australia re the torture and detention of Mamdouh Habib and David Hicks;  the repeated violent Israeli kidnapping of Australian citizens in international waters; the longstanding Israeli forging of Australian passports for terrorist purposes and bombing of 25,000 Australian citizens in Lebanon in 2006; the long term incarceration without charge or trial of Australian and World hero Julian Assange.




On 1 October  2012 re “PM picks a winner but is more cautious about contest at UN”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/pm-picks-a-winner-but-is-more-cautious-about-contest-at-the-un-20120930-26tju.html . My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

There are at least 20 substantial reasons why Australia should not have a seat on the UN Security Council, not the least being its craven policy of blind support for the endlessly war-making US and its violent surrogate, the race-based state of Israel (Google "Open Letter: Africa must oppose Australia's bid for a UN Security Council seat"). .

Decent anti-racist Australians, and in particular decent, anti-racist Jewish Australians, cringe every time the neoliberal, pro-war, pro-Zionist Australian Labor Government defends and supports the horrendous crimes of US state terrorism and Israeli state terrorism (deaths from violence and violently-imposed deprivation totalling 2 million since 1936 in the Palestinian Genocide and 12 million in the Zionist-backed US War on Muslims).

Decent anti-racist Australians will simply vote 1 Green and put Labor last until it reverses its policy of betraying the anti-racist values of traditional Labor voters.





On 28 September 2012 re “Asian century’s opportunities could be lost in translation”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/asian-centurys-opportunities-could-be-lost-in-translation-20120927-26o0d.html . My comments were CENSORED:    

 

A sensible, timely article by Michelle Grattan. Some key amplifications are needed.

 

1. That the Indonesian  lecturer was "nearing retirement" was a phony excuse to scrap Indonesian at UNSW. Because of appalling Lib-Lab Philistinism, anti-intellectualism and parsimony, 50% of undergraduate teaching in our universities is now done by part-time, casual, sessional lecturers. Indeed a well-published, dedicated scientist and former Associate Professor, I still very happily teach the  equivalent of a full -time academic's undergraduate teaching at a good university in 10% of the time and for 10% of the money, although well past formal "retirement" age.

 

2. The posturing of PM Julia Gillard and FM Bob Carr at the UNGA is at variance with Australia's appalling, secret genocide history (Google "Australia's secret genocide history") , its participation  in all post-1950 US Asian wars (violent deaths and deaths from  war-imposed deprivation totalling 38 million) and its continuing  futile and bloody involvement in the Afghan War - post-invasion violent deaths 1.4 million, avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation 4.2 million, under-5 year old infant deaths 2.9 million (a huge US Alliance war crime), 3-4 million refugees, 1.1 million global deaths due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry (Google "Open Letter: Africa must oppose Australia’s bid for a UN Security Council seat".




On 20 September 2012 The Age (Melbourne) On-line National Times section published an article by state political reporter Josh Gordon on  Baillieu Government environment policy and entitled “Emperor’s new policy” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/emperors-new-policy-20120919-266x5.html .

Key quotes:According to EV, the Coalition took 57 environmental policies to the state election. Of these, only five were assessed as having been fully delivered, 17 were seen as partly delivered and 17 not yet delivered. EV claims a further 15 were delivered but were retrograde, while three promises were broken… There have been some more recent efforts to address perceptions that the Coalition is failing to protect Victoria's environment. The government, for example, recently announced it would place a moratorium on ''fracking'', a controversial process that involves forcing water, sand and chemicals into a coal seam at high pressure to increase the amount of gas that can be extracted. Beyond this, the government appears to continue to agonise over whether to provide the public with a statement containing key messages highlighting the government's approach of taking ''practical'' action and supporting local government, industry and the community to protect the environment. The danger is that such a statement would merely be viewed as a rehash of existing policy, with no new funding and no new ideas, resulting in further criticism.”

The Age kindly published my following comments on the article:

 

“The anti-environment Baillieu  (Fail you) Government has a shocking anti-environment record. The Baillieu Government:

 

1.  allowed cattle into the Alpine National Park,

 

2. sabotaged Victoria 's wind and solar energy industries,

 

3. backs logging of Victoria 's  native forests (the best forest carbon sinks in the world),

 

4. is promoting massive expansion of exploitation of Victoria's 430 billion tonnes of brown coal (complete combustion would yield 520 billion tonnes of CO2 or 87% of the global terminal budget of 600 billion tonnes of CO2 that can be emitted before zero emissions in 2050),

 

5. backs and subsidizes expansion of dirty gas and dirty coal burning for power,

 

6. has scrapped  a "20% off greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by 2020" target, and

 

7. ignores the shocking reality that Victoria is among the worst Domestic annual per capita GHG polluters in the world and that Australia via GHG Exports will  exceed the whole world's terminal CO2 pollution budget by a factor of THREE (3) (Google "2011 climate change course").

 

The pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-environment Brumby Labor Government thoroughly deserved to be kicked out but its successor the pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-environment Baillieu Coalition Government is even worse and deserves the same fate even more so under the basic voter strategy of  "punish the incompetent incumbent".”

 

Dr Gideon Polya, Melbourne

 

PS For a detailed analysis see “High Polluting Victoria , Australia , Scraps Carbon Pollution Target And Increases Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Pollution” , Countercurrents, 27 March 2012: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya270312.htm .





On 20 September 2012 re Baillieu Government environment policy “Emperor’s new policy” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/emperors-new-policy-20120919-266x5.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

 

The anti-environment Baillieu  (Fail you) Government has a shocking anti-environment record. The Baillieu Government:

 

1.  allowed cattle into the Alpine National Park,

 

2. sabotaged Victoria 's wind and solar energy industries,

 

3. backs logging of Victoria 's  native forests (the best forest carbon sinks in the world),

 

4. is promoting massive expansion of exploitation of Victoria's 430 billion tonnes of brown coal (complete combustion would yield 520 billion tonnes of CO2 or 87% of the global terminal budget of 600 billion tonnes of CO2 that can be emitted before zero emissions in 2050),

 

5. backs and subsidizes expansion of dirty gas and dirty coal burning for power,

 

6. has scrapped  a "20% off greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by 2020" target, and

 

7. ignores the shocking reality that Victoria is among the worst Domestic annual per capita GHG polluters in the world and that Australia via GHG Exports will  exceed the whole world's terminal CO2 pollution budget by a factor of THREE (3) (Google "2011 climate change course").

 

The pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-environment Brumby Labor Government thoroughly deserved to be kicked out but its successor the pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-environment Baillieu Coalition Government is even worse and deserves the same fate even more so under the basic voter strategy of  "punish the incompetent incumbent".




On 20 September 2012 re Baillieu Government environment policy “Emperor’s new policy” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/emperors-new-policy-20120919-266x5.html . My comments

 

 

The anti-environment Baillieu  (Fail you) Government has a shocking anti-environment record. The Baillieu Government:

 

1.  allowed cattle into the Alpine National Park,

 

2. sabotaged Victoria 's wind and solar energy industries,

 

3. backs logging of Victoria 's  native forests (the best forest carbon sinks in the world),

 

4. is promoting massive expansion of exploitation of Victoria's 430 billion tonnes of brown coal (complete combustion would yield 520 billion tonnes of CO2 or 87% of the global terminal budget of 600 billion tonnes of CO2 that can be emitted before zero emissions in 2050),

 

5. backs and subsidizes expansion of dirty gas and dirty coal burning for power,

 

6. has scrapped  a "20% off greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by 2020" target, and

 

7. ignores the shocking reality that Victoria is among the worst Domestic annual per capita GHG polluters in the world and that Australia via GHG Exports will  exceed the whole world's terminal CO2 pollution budget by a factor of THREE (3) (Google "2011 climate change course").

 

The pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-environment Brumby Labor Government thoroughly deserved to be kicked out but its successor the pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-environment Baillieu Coalition Government is even worse and deserves the same fate even more so under the basic voter strategy of  "punish the incompetent incumbent".




On 17 September 2012 re Nielsen polls and Labor , “Gillard continues her rise”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/gillard-continues-her-rise-20120916-260ms.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Back in 1972 and 1974 a majority of Australians were opposed to genocidal US Asian wars,  wars that have been associated so far with 38 million Asian deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation. The latest Nielsen poll shows that thanks to the new neoconservative Australian Labor Party (aka the Alternative Liberal Party, Another Liberal Party, the Australian Laboral Party) 79% of Australians are now complicit in continuing US violence in Asia as well as anti-Indigenous, anti-environment, anti-equity and human rights-abusing policies. Something is better than nothing and it  is pleasing to see that 10% of Australians still support the Greens  and hence are pro-peace, anti-war, pro-equity, anti-Educational Apartheid, pro-Indigenous rights, anti-racism, pro-environment and  pro-human rights.



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It is not so much the Greens but all decent Australians who should be deeply concerned that the pro-peace, anti-war, pro-human rights, anti-racism, pro-environment, pro-education, pro-equity Greens only got about 10% of the vote in the recent NSW elections i.e. are 90% of NSW voters anti-peace, pro-war, anti-human rights, pro-racism, anti-environment, anti-education, anti-equity neo-liberals?




On 10 September 2012 re “If Australia is egalitarian, its schools funding plan is wrong”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/if-australia-is-egalitarian-its-schools-funding-plan-is-wrong-20120909-25m59.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Excellent article by Dr Tim Soutphommasane. Neo-liberal Coalition commitment to inequity and similarly neo-liberal Labor Party cowardice in not  standing up for equity (for fear of offending the private school Lobby) mean that Gonski will not be implemented and Educational Apartheid will continue to be entrenched in Australia whereby the majority of Australian children who attend government schools are disproportionately excluded from a decent education, university, good universities and top courses (for the awful realities here and abroad  Google "Educational Apartheid"). However decent Australians must act via financial and in-kind support for local state schools, mentoring schemes, and home-based educational participation in the face of continuing greed, discrimination and contempt for the "fair go" by the Coalition and Labor..

 

Decent people and especially Labor voters who believe in a needs-based "fair go" for ALL children should simply vote 1 Green and put Labor last (Labor is ostensibly more pro-equity than the Coalition but unlike the Coalition has utterly betrayed Labor voters). NT Aboriginals have shown the way by dumping Labor in the recent elections  - Labor may be ostensibly more pro-equity but has utterly betrayed Indigenous Australians in the NT where only 20% of Aboriginal children have satisfactory literacy and numeracy (Google "Aboriginal voters punish Labor in the NT").




On 6 September 2012 re “”Burn on: PM’s dirty power buyback plan up in smoke” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/burn-on-pms-dirty-power-buyback-plan-up-in-smoke-20120905-25ewq.html    . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

This disgraceful, pro-coal  backflip by this pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-pollution  Federal Labor Government does not come as a surprise to informed observers well aware that it has absolutely NO intention of acting on its rhetoric of "tackling climate change for a clean energy future". Some key realities.

 

1. This latest betrayal involves a further $1 billion subsidy for coal burning. .There is already an annual $12 billion subsidy for fossil fuel burning (ACF).

 

2. The 2011 Treasury Report ("Strong Growth, Low Pollution" ) estimated that under the Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's Domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will RISE from 578 Mt CO2-e in 2010 to 621  Mt CO2-e in 2020.

 

3. Labor and the Coalition have the same policy of a derisory "5% off 2000 Domestic GHG pollution by 2020" coupled with unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports. This means that Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution under Labor policies will INCREASE from 1,182 Mt CO2-e in 2000 and 1,708 Mt CO2-e in 2010 to 2,571 Mt CO2-e in 2020 (Google :2011 climate change course"). Further, this policy and Australia's huge resources mean that Labor is committed to exceed by a factor of THREE (3) the whole world's terminal CO2  pollution budget that must not be exceeded to avoid a catastrophic 2C temperature rise.

 

 

 

On 6 September 2012 re Educational Apartheid,  “Race up the rankings is really a class issue”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/race-up-the-rankings-is-really-a-class-issue-20120905-25emt.html  . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

Excellent article. Parental and family culture is a key to good educational outcomes. Thus, for example, I come from a family with a scholarly tradition and all my parents' 5 children were university graduates and all their 5 grandchildren are university graduates, all the latter with additional postgraduate qualifications.

 

Yet Australia suffers from a disastrous Educational Apartheid system in which children attending disadvantaged state schools can be 3 years behind their peers at private schools  and good state schools and it is reported that only 20% of Indigenous children in the NT have a satisfactory level of literacy and numeracy (Google "Educational Apartheid").

 

Money helps but many things can be done or expanded at little to no cost that would address this disaster (for all its motherhood statements and rhetoric  Labor has had 6 years to do something, hasn't, and, like the Coalition and rhetoric aside,  is clearly committed to this gross inequity:

 

1. Family involvement  with literacy, numeracy and thinking.

 

2. School/family-approved professionals as individual mentors for all children.

 

3. Educational cultural flexibility involving things of great interest to particular groups of children (sport, music,  background culture).

 

4. Esteem- , education- and brain-enhancing Second Language exploiting Indigenous and other non-Anglo home cultures.

 

5. Discipline and aides to maximize expert teacher teaching.



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Australians wedded to unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports need to be aware of basic "cause and effect" e.g. one hands a loaded gun to an angry and anti-social child and one is responsible for the deadly consequences. The world has one common atmosphere and Australia's huge Domestic GHG pollution and huge Exported GHG pollution  through  extracting  and exporting coal, gas and iron ore fairly rapidly result at the present time to an annual increase in atmospheric GHG pollution (in millions of tonnes of CO2-e) of  578 (Domestic) + 803 (coal exports) + 34 (LNG exports) + 293 (iron ore exports) = 1,708 million tonnes CO2-e. Indeed Australia's Domestic plus Exp[orted GHG pollution is so great that self-proclaimed  "fair go" Australia  (population 23 million out of a global population of 7,000 million) finally exceeded its "fair share" of the world's "terminal CO2 pollution budget" in 2011, is now stealing the entitlement of all other countries and is hell-bent on exceeding the whole world's terminal "terminal GHG pollution budget" by a factor of THREE (3) (Google "2011 climate change course).




 

 

On 29 August 2012 the Age on-line National Times published an article by UK writer George Monbiot entitled “Climate concerns melt away in the race to make a buck”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/climate-concerns-melt-away-in-the-race-to-make-a-buck-20120828-24yn5.html .

 

Key quotes:The north polar jet stream is an air current several hundred kilometres wide, travelling eastwards around the hemisphere. The current functions as a barrier, separating the cold, wet weather to the north from the warmer, drier weather to the south. Many of the variations in weather in the temperate zone are caused by great travelling meanders - Rossby waves - in the jet stream. Arctic heating, the paper shows, both slows the Rossby waves and makes them steeper and wider. Instead of moving on rapidly, the weather gets stuck. Regions to the south of the stalled meander wait for weeks or months for rain; regions to the north (or underneath it) wait for weeks or months for a break from the rain. Instead of a benign succession of sunshine and showers, we get droughts or floods. During the winter a slow, steep meander can connect this area directly to the polar weather, dragging severe ice and snow far to the south of its usual range. This mechanism goes a long way towards explaining the shift to sustained - and therefore extreme - weather patterns around the northern hemisphere… British Prime Minister David Cameron, who still claims to lead the greenest government ever, struck an agreement in June with the Norwegian Prime Minister ''to enable sustainable development of Arctic energy''. Sustainable development, of course, means drilling for oil. Is this how our children will see it: that we destroyed the benign conditions that made our world of wonders possible, and then used the opportunity to amplify the damage? All of us, of course, can claim to have acted with other aims in mind, or not to have acted at all, as the other immediacies of life seemed more important. But - unless we respond at last - the results follow as surely as if we had sought to engineer them. Stupidity, greed, passivity? Just as comparisons evaporate, so do these words. The ice, that solid platform on which, we now discover, so much rested, melts into air. Our pretensions to peace, prosperity and progress are likely to follow.”

 

Dr B.S. Goh pointed out the danger of sea ice loss to krill and thence whales. The Age kindly published my consequent comment [I have inserted links for your convenience] :  “Dr B.S. Goh quite correctly points to the ultimate impact of loss of  sea ice  on whales and other krill-eating animals. In an extraordinary policy contradiction, Australia is a world leader in the fight against whale killing but as the Developed World's worst annual per capita Domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) polluter is a major contributor to loss of polar sea ice with consequent successive losses of photosynthetic organisms, krill and krill eaters such as whales.

 

Unfortunately there is a bipartisan Australian policy of a derisory "5% off 2000 Domestic GHG pollution by 2020" coupled with unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports that will see Australia exceed by a factor of THREE (3) the whole world's terminal GHG pollution "budget" of 600 billion tonnes CO2 that must not be exceeded if the World is to have a 75% chance of avoiding a catastrophic 2 degree Centigrade temperature rise (for the Awful Truth Google "Australia 's Huge Coal, Gas & Iron Ore Exports Threaten Planet" [http://www.countercurrents.org/polya150512.htm   ] and  "2011 climate change course", see section G on Australia [https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/2011-climate-change-course ] ).

 

For a cogent analysis of this looming catastrophe by Australian David Spratt (co-author with Phillip Sutton of "Climate Code Red") Google ”What sea-ice melt means for our climate policy” [http://newmatilda.com/2012/08/28/what-seaice-melt-means-our-climate-policy ] . We are badly running out of time to act.”

 

Dr Gideon Polya. Melbourne.

 

 

 

On 29 August 2012 the Age on-line National Times published an article by David Wroe on the scrapping of the Australian carbon price minimum and entitled “”PM’s concession on carbon”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/pms-concession-on-carbon-20120828-24yxe.html .

 

Key quotes: “The Gillard government has made a concession to big business and tweaked its carbon price, potentially creating a budget black hole and endangering incentives for the switch to cleaner energy. After months of backroom talks with the Greens, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet announced yesterday he was scrapping the $15 per tonne minimum ''floor price'' the government had previously insisted was needed to give businesses certainty about the scheme… European carbon permits are trading at just below $10, down from more than $20 about 18 months ago. If the price stays at this level there is a danger that it will not be high enough to drive investment in clean energy in Australia, observers say… The Australian Conservation Foundation's Tony Mohr said it was ''disappointing'' the floor price had been scrapped. But the limit on permits from developing countries would mean less emissions, he said.”

 

The Age kindly published my following comments [I have inserted links for your convenience]: The scrapping of the $15 per tonne  CO2-e minimum floor price is further clear evidence (if any more were needed) that the Labor Government, for all its rhetoric,  has absolutely no intention of "tackling climate change for a clean energy future".

 

The damning reality is that Australia is one of the world's worst countries for "annual per capita Domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution" (27.3 tonnes CO2-e per person per year as compared to 0.9 for Bangladesh) and has a bipartisan policy of "5% off 2000 Domestic GHG pollution by 2020" that coupled with unlimited coal, gas and iron exports means that Australia will exceed by a factor of THREE (3) the whole world's terminal GHG pollution "budget" of 600 billion tonnes CO2 that must not be exceeded if the World is to have a 75% chance of avoiding a catastrophic 2 degree Centigrade temperature rise (for details Google "Australia 's Huge Coal, Gas & Iron Ore Exports Threaten Planet" [http://www.countercurrents.org/polya150512.htm ] ).

 

Under Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS  Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution in millions of  tonnes of CO2-e is predicted from Treasury and US EIA data to INCREASE  from 1, 077  in 2000 and 1,415 in 2010 to 2,571 in 2020 (for details Google  "2011 climate change course" and see section G on Australian GHG pollution [https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/2011-climate-change-course ] ).”












On  28 August 2012 re “The Climate Commissions’ world tour”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/blogs/the-crunch/the-climate-commissions-world-tour-20120827-24v19.html . My comments were PUBLISHED (but then the article was withdrawn  from the main page,  and comments were closed):

 


The latest Australian Climate Commission Report  was disappointingly very soft and evidently designed to not offend a Labor Government  clearly committed to climate change INACTION (Google "2011 climate change course" and see section G).

 

1. It admits that Australia is the Developed World's worst annual per capita Domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) polluter (p15) but ignores Australia's huge Exported GHG  pollution through unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports.

 

2. It argues the WBGU (Germany) case for a "terminal CO2 pollution budget" (p17)  but astonishingly fails to quote WBGU's figure of 600 billion tonnes CO2 that must not be exceeded if we are to keep temperature rise below 2C (Australia used up its "budget fair share" in 2011)..

 

3. It quotes the US EIA projections of global CO2 pollution (p18) but fails to point out that these mean that World has only 15 years left to get to zero emissions (in 2027).

 

4. It ignores the bipartisan-backed Australian intention to exceed the whole World's "budget" by a factor of THREE (3).

 

5. The projected rate of global investment in renewable energy (p38) is 270 times too low. to achieve 100% renewables by 2027.

 

6.. Mauna Loa  observatory (396 ppm CO2 in 2011)  and US EIA (ever-increasing CO2 pollution) report utter climate change INACTION.

 

 

On 28 August 2012 re “Misogynists and nut jobs need to turn down the  volume”:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/misogynists-and-nut-jobs-need-to-turn-down-the-volume-20120827-24wiz.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Sensible article - threats of violence against anyone should not be tolerated. The inaction of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to the awful "chaff bag" comments is as bad as the comments themselves. A senior Government MP recently referred serious complaints of mine about ABC malreportage and censorship to ACMA which in dismissing them again evidenced a pathetic "see no evil" culture.  However,  that said, the PM's use of the  descriptives "misogynist" and "nutjob" was offensive, and, like her performances in Question Time, demeaning of sensible public discussion.

 

Polite but cogent criticism should be made of the Gillard Labor Government over many extremely serious matters but unfortunately is NOT because of bipartisan complicity e.g. (1) resolute, bipartisan  climate change INACTION (for details Google "2011 climate change course", see section G) and (2) bipartisan war policies that have made Australia complicit in post-1990 carnage in Iraq (1.7 million violent deaths, 2.9 million deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 5-6 million refugees, 2.0 million under-5 infant deaths, 90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in gross violation of the Geneva Convention)  and the post-2001 carnage in Afghanistan ((1.4 million violent deaths, 4.2 million deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 3-4 million refugees, 2.9 million under-5 infant deaths; Google "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide"). 




On 27 August 2012, Kenneth Davidson  on “Recipe for Education Apartheid”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/recipe-for-education-apartheid-20120826-24ufo.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Excellent article by Kenneth Davidson. He is correct to describe Australia's education  system as Education Apartheid, a term that is applied to similar highly discriminating, wealth-favoring systems in the UK, US, Canada and elsewhere (for an alphabetically organized compendium of expert opinions on this matter from Australia and around the world simply Google "Educational Apartheid").

 

In Australia .the majority of children who attend government schools are disproportionately  excluded from good education, university, top universities,  and top courses (such as law and medicine). 80% of disadvantaged children attend government schools (for the Awful Truth  simply Google "My School"). Professor Helen Hughes AO on gross Educational Apartheid in the Northern Territory (2008): ”Aboriginal schools in the Northern Territory have failed to provide Indigenous students with these essentials for entry into the labour force. Some 5,000 Indigenous teenagers, and another 5,000 young men and women in their 20s, are unable to speak English, and are illiterate and non-numerate."

 

The core problems are greed, selfishness and an increasingly neo-liberal socio-political system  that demands maximum freedom for the smart and advantaged to get ahead at the expense of the disadvantaged - but society should ideally be about maximizing health, happiness and opportunity for ALL (see "Social Humanism. A New Metaphysics" by Brian Ellis; Google "Review Social Humanism").


On 24 August 2012 Nick Dyrenfurth on Julian Assange, “Left becomes a rebel minus a just cause”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/left-becomes-a-rebel-minus-a-just-cause-20120823-24oz1.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

This is an abusive  and obnoxious article making incorrect pejorative assertions about decent, humanitarian, progressive Australians and singling out outstanding Australian journalist John Pilger.

 

 I read The Age on-line each day but subscribe to the Green Left Weekly that carries humane articles from informed writers including John Pilger who says of Green Left Weekly: "Green Left Weekly is a beacon, doing a job of honourable journalism, as an agent of people, not power." Green Left Weekly reflects the views of humane, anti-war, anti-racist, pro-environment  Australians.

 

The assertion in the article that progressive people care for Julian Assange to the exclusion of the massacred South African miners is untrue and offensive. Thus my latest Green Left Weekly (number 934, August 22, 2012) has 2 front page headlines, specifically  "Partners in crime. Labor, Liberal abandon refugees" and "Ecuador defies Britain, shames Australia" that refer to articles within, specifically "Labor, Liberal are partners in crime against asylum seekers" (p5), "Gillard resurrects cruel "Pacific solution"" (p7) , "Ecuador defies British threats, strikes a blow for dignity" (p13) and "Ecuador says it believes Assange is in danger' (p13). However on p17 there are 2 expert articles on the South African Massacre, namely "Blame flies amid police massacre of miners" and "A tragedy that should never have happened".   



On 21 August 2012 re US Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan, “Handsome, yes, but Ryan won’t win women’s votes”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/handsome-yes-but-ryan-wont-win-womens-votes-20120820-24ijf.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

The assertion by Paul Ryan that he is "as pro-Life as a person gets" is contradicted by shocking US avoidable mortality statistics. About 1 million Americans die preventably each year, the breakdown being  443,000 (smoking), 300,000 (obesity), 75,000 (alcohol), 79,000 (air pollution from carbon burning), 45,000 (lack of health cover), 33,000 (vehicle accidents), 31,000 (guns), 30,000 (suicides, 20% being of veterans), 21,000 (under-5 infant deaths), 21,000 (opiate drug-related deaths from US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry), 15,000 (homicides)(Google "One million Americans die preventably").

 

These 1 million annual American preventable deaths occur in a context in which the US Establishment has committed $5 trillion this century to killing (so far) 9 million Muslims abroad rather than keeping Americans alive at home. The Republicans like Paul Ryan have certainly exceeded the Democrats in their pro-war rhetoric but ignore the horrible reality that about 50,000 US veterans have committed suicide in the last decade.

 

Paul Ryan is committed to the Right to Life of the Unborn but he and his colleagues are complicit in 1 million preventable American deaths annually of whom 21,000 are under-5 year old BORN infants. Ryan is passionately opposed to Obama's health care  for  30 million more Americans while  45,000 Americans die from lack of health care each year. 

 

 

On 21 August 2012 re “For Victoria it’s a case of life in the slow lane””http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/for-victoria-its-a-case-of-life-in-the-slow-lane-20120820-24ije.html . My comments were CENSORED.

 

Tim Colebatch's analysis fall short in several key areas.

 

1. Ultimately a decent society is about maximizing human well-being and happiness and hence measurement of societal success simply in terms of dollar income will be profoundly misleading. A leading Melbourne  philosopher  Professor Brian Ellis has set out the basis for a new  national and indeed global morality and social contract in a very important new book "Social Humanism. A New Metaphysics" (Google "Review Social Humanism"). Victoria could do better with less - it all depends upon how we do it e.g. a reductio ad absurdum being that we should spend less of our Holy Dollars on smoking, drinking, other drugs, carbon pollution etc. Thus 66,000 Australians die preventably each year, the breakdown being being 18,000 (annual Australian deaths from adverse hospital events), 15,500 (smoking), 10,000 carbon burning pollution-derived ), 9.000 (avoidable Indigenous Australian deaths), 6,000 obesity-related), 3,000 ( alcohol-related), 2,100 (suicides), 1,400 (road deaths), 360 (opiate drug-related deaths annually due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry) and 300 (homicides) (Google "66,000 Australians die preventably").

 

2. Victoria is a major greenhouse gas (GHG) polluter and State and Federal Labor approved continuing deforestation and massive brown coal exports from Victoria. However science says that such terracidal GHG pollution should cease ASAP.



On 20 August 2012 an article by former Coalition Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone re refugees and entitled “A solution in name only”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/a-solution-in-name-only-20120819-24gcv.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:  

 

Australia became a member of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990 and is obliged morally and legally to adhere to all of its 54 Articles regardless of financial or ideological considerations (Google "Convention on the Rights of the Child"). Unfortunately for thousands of refugee children and for Australia's international reputation there is now a Coalition-Labor (Lib-Lab, Liberal-Laboral) consensus on off-shore processing involving the indefinite  and abusive imprisonment of refugee children in remote  concentration camps, treatment that grossly violates numerous Articles of the Convention of the Rights of the Child relating to matters such as humane care, best health services possible, education, family reunion.

 

Article 22 states in part "States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure that a child who is seeking refugee status or who is considered a refugee in accordance with applicable international or domestic law and procedures shall, whether unaccompanied or accompanied by his or her parents or by any other person, receive appropriate protection and humanitarian assistance in the enjoyment of applicable rights set forth in the present Convention ... " and is being grossly violated by Australia.

 

Pro-child Australians will vote 1 Green and put Labor last (unlike most of the Liberals the Laborals actually know it is wrong).

 

 

On 20 August 2012 re Julian Assange’s speech and entitled “Assange condemns WikiLeaks witch-hunt”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/assange-condemns-wikileaks-witchhunt-20120819-24gys.html  . My comments were NOT PUBLISHED.

 

A prime responsibility of all citizens is to tell the truth in the national interest and in the interests of Humanity - this Julian Assange has done to an extraordinary degree and for which he can be objectively seen as an Australian and World hero.

 

A prime responsibility of any Australian Government and Opposition is to do everything they can to protect Australian citizens, and in particular from violent, serial human rights abusers. - yet they have manifestly failed to protect tens of thousands of Australians being bombed by Israel in Lebanon in 2006, scores of Australians whose passports were forged by Israelis for terrorist purposes, 5 Australians violently kidnapped by Israelis in International Waters,  Mamdouh Habib and David Hicks who were renditioned  and tortured by the US and its allies, and now Julian Assange who is threatened with rendition, torture, imprisonment and possible death.

 

The Lib-Labs sit back and allow these atrocities to be perpetrated without demur because they shamefully put the interests of Australians well behind those of several serial war criminal, nuclear terrorist rogue states. If it can happen to Julian Assange it can happen to any Australian. Full marks to Mrs Christine Assange  for her articulate defence of the human  rights of her son and of ALL Australians.

 

On 20 August 2012, 3AW (Fairfax owned like The Age) re Julian Assange: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/johnmichael-howson-taunts-julian-assanges-mum-with-nazi-slogan/20120819-24g3j.html . My comments were

 

Disgraceful behaviour by Howson. A prime responsibility of all citizens, and especially  journalists,  is to tell the truth in the national interest - this Julian Assange has done to an extraordinary degree that makes him an Australian hero. If adumbrated US rendition, torture and imprisonment  can happen to Julian Assange it can happen to any Australian. Full marks to Mrs Christine Assange  for her resolute, articulate defence of the human  rights of her son and of ALL Australians.







On 9 August 2012 re “True competition lesson for business”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/true-competition-lesson-for-business-20120809-23x57.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.  

 

 

Sensible article. Fair competition is absent for (1) renewable energy, (2) mining exports, and (3) education.

 

1. We are repeatedly told (incorrectly) that renewable energy is not competitive with fossil fuel burning. However such assertions ignore  (a) the $12 billion annually in subsidies for fossil fuel burning (ACF) and (b) the estimated 10,000 Australian who die each year from the effects of pollutants from fossil fuel burning, the breakdown being 5,000 (coal burning for electricity), 2,000 (vehicle exhaust) and 3,000 (other carbonaceous burning, ignoring bushfires). At a Value of a Statistical Life (VOSL) of $7.6 million, this amounts to a hidden subsidy for carbon burning of $76 billion per year (Google "Australian carbon burning-related deaths)" )

 

2. Science (WBGU, Germany) says the World has a "terminal CO2 pollution budget" of 600 billion tonnes CO2 that must not be exceeded between now and zero emissions in about 2050. However Australia already exceeded its "fair share" of this terminal budget in 2011 and its policy of unlimited coal, gas and iron exports means that it is committed to exceeding the whole World's terminal budget by a factor of THREE (3).

 

3. Education should be not-for-profit and indeed free. Educational Apartheid ensures that most Australian children are disproportionately excluded from good  education and tertiary education opportunities.



On 9 August 2012 , Barry Jones and “Stupidity is on the rise in our age of enlightenment”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/stupidity-is-on-the-rise-in-our-age-of-enlightenment-20120808-23uiq.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

 

Barry Jones is correct in his view that public debate in Australia is woeful but only begins to get close to the core explanation when he states "Media - old and new - are partly to blame". Mainstream  media in Australia - dominated by the US-owned Murdoch media that have 70% of the newspaper readership - have deliberately and knowingly failed to report credentialled  quantitative views on important matters ranging from civilian war deaths to climate change realities.

 

Lord Kelvin, a father of Thermodynamics, famously stated that  arguments are usefully presented in numerical terms but time and again in Australia the expertly-derived numbers are trumped by media and politician bias, censorship, self-censorship and obfuscation. Scientists and other  technical experts are sidelined in our society through (a) institutional codes of conduct and  fear of repercussions and (b) censorship and obfuscation applied by non-scientist media, lobbyists and  politicians.

 

Thus, science states (but media ignore) that the world can emit no more than 600 billion tonnes CO2 between 2010 and  zero emissions  in 2050 if it is to have a 75% chance of avoiding a catastrophic 2C temperature rise (EU and Copenhagen Accord policy). However at projected pollution rates this will be exceeded by 2027 and Australia used up its "fair share" in 2011.

 

 

On 9 August 2012, MP Andrew Leigh “Boom times need not be a bust”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/boom-times-need-not-be-a-bust-20120808-23tph.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.  

 

 

Missing from this analysis by Labor MP Andrew Leigh is the  science-based, Elephant in the Room reality that the mining boom should not be happening and that any responsible Australian government should be moving toward cancellation of all coal, gas and iron ore export licences.

 

In a 2009 report the WBGU, that advises the German Government  on climate change, estimated that for a 75%  chance of avoiding a disastrous 2C temperature rise the World could emit no more  than 600 billion tonnes CO2 between 2010 and zero emissions in 2050. Unfortunately the US EIA informs that at current and projected CO2 pollution rates this "terminal CO2 pollution budget" will be exceeded by 2027 i.e. the World has only 15 years left to get to zero emissions (pigs might fly).

 

Australia's Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is so great that it used up its "fair share" of this "terminal CO2 pollution budget" in 2011 (i.e. it should have attained zero Domestic pollution and zero coal, gas and iron ore exports last year).

 

Australia's resources and policy of unlimited exports mean that it is committed to exceeding the whole World's "terminal CO2 pollution budget" by a factor of THREE (3) (Google "Australia's Huge Coal, Gas & Iron Ore Exports Threaten Planet").



On 7 August 2012 re Robert Hughes:    . My comments were CENSORED.

Vale Robert Hughes. Hughes recognized but accommodated to the real politik of the world, including the art world. Thus in writing about Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" (1937) (for my huge modern translation Google together the words Guernica Qana) in "The Shock of the New"  Hughes comments: "Since 1937, there have been a few admirable works of art that contained political references" and in relation to the proposition that "art could morally influence the world" he further stated "Today, the idea has been largely dismissed  as it must be in a mass media society, where art's principal social role is to be investment capital, or, in the simplest way, bullion. We still have political art, but we have no effective political art. An artist must be famous to be heard, but as he acquires fame, so his work accumulates "value" and becomes, ipso facto, harmless... It is hard to think of any work of art of which one can say, This saved the life of one  Jew,  one Vietnamese, on Cambodia" (note however the photo of the Vietnamese girl running from the napalm attack). That said, Hughes' "The Fatal Shore" documents a myriad of horrible convict system atrocities but ignores the Establishment-imposed causal  social realities of the Enclosures, the Highland Clearances and the Irish Famine.



On 1 August 2012 re “Swan pits the Boss against the bosses”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/swan-pits-the-boss-against-the-bosses-20120731-23d8o.html . My comment was PUBLISHED.

 

From a science-based environmental perspective coal, gas and iron exports should cease ASAP to help save the Planet and Wayne Swan, Labor, and the Coalition  are in exactly the same terracidal camp as the mining billionaires - they all want unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports.

 

The WBGU, that advises the German Government on climate change, recently estimated that for a 75% chance of avoiding a catastrophic 2C temperature rise (EU and indeed Copenhagen Accord global policy) the world can emit no more than 600 billion tonnes of CO2 before zero emissions in 2050. However the world's present and projected annual CO2 pollution is so high that this "terminal budget" will be exceeded in 2027 i.e. the World has only 15 years left (US EIA data).

 

Unfortunately, Australia's annual Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution is so high that it used up its "fair share" of this "terminal budget" in 2011. Further, because of the bipartisan policy of unlimited export of Australia’s huge coal, gas and iron ore resources (see Geoscience Australia), Australia and world fossil fuel  companies are hell-bent on exceeding the whole world's "terminal budget" by a factor of THREE (3) and FIVE (5), respectively (Google "2011 climate change course" and ""Global warming's terrifying new math").

 

 

 

On 1 August 2012 re John Howard’s article “Brothers in arms, yes, but the US needs to get rid of its guns”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/brothers-in-arms-yes-but-the-us-needs-to-get-rid-of-its-guns-20120731-23ct7.html . My comment was CENSORED.  

 

John Howard's gun control was certainly an excellent measure and may have saved circa 1,000 lives, but must also be seen in the context of some 66,000 Australian preventable deaths annually (and most ultimately due to social and political shortcomings), the breakdown being 18,000 (annual Australian deaths from adverse hospital events), 15,500 (smoking), 10,000 carbon burning pollution-derived ), 9.000 (avoidable Indigenous Australian deaths), 6,000 obesity-related), 3,000 (alcohol-related), 2,100 (suicides), 1,400 (road deaths), 360 (opiate drug-related deaths annually due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry) and 300 (homicides) (Google "66,000 preventable Australian deaths").

 

The gun-related deaths saved by Howard's measure are exceeded by the circa 4,000 Australian opiate drug-related deaths since 2001 linked to US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry (Google "Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide") and vastly exceeded by the 9 million Muslims who died from violence or war-imposed deprivation in the Howard-supported post-9/11 US wars (Google "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide").

 

By way of comparison, "One million Americans die preventably annually" (Google the phrase), the breakdown being 443,000 (smoking), 300,000 (obesity), 75,000 (alcohol), 70,000 (air pollution), 45,000 (lack of health cover), 33,000 (motor vehicles), 31,000 (GUNS), 30,000 (suicides, 20% being US veterans), 21,000 (under-5 year old infants), 21,000 (US-restored Afghan opiate industry), and 15,000 (homicides).



On 26 July 2012 re : My comments:

I have never voted Liberal but must strongly disagree with the article's proposition that ""No" is never a policy". Indeed, contrary to neocon Labor propaganda, in saying "No" to some morally unacceptable Laboral propositions the  Liberals have secured some good policy points and some sorely needed decency points e.g.

 

1. The Liberals say "No" to Labor's immoral policy of refugees (including children) being traded to Malaysia, stripped of all human rights, caged and caned.

 

2. The Liberals say "No" to Labor's ineffective and fraudulent Carbon Tax-ETS on the sensible basis that it won't work (Treasury analysis in "Strong Growth, Low Pollution" revealed that under the Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's Domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will INCREASE from 578 Mt CO2-e in 2010 to 621 Mt CO2-e in 2020; indeed Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution will increase HUGELY from 1,182 Mt CO2-e in 2000 and 1,708 Mt CO2-e in 2010 to 2,571 Mt CO2-e in 2020)

 

Conversely, unprincipled, Labor voter-betraying  Labor should have said "No" to racism (the race-specific NT Intervention), war (deaths from violence and war-imposed deprivation, half of children, totalling 4.6 million in Iraq, 1990-2012, and 5.6 million in Afghanistan, 2001-2012), offshore processing of refugees, imprisoning refugee children and to Educational Apartheid (that disproportionately excludes most Australian children from decent education ). 






On 30 July 2012 re “Baillieu backpedals on environment protection”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/baillieu--backpedals-on-environmental-protection-20120729-235r1.html . My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

Excellent article. The Baillieu Government is not just blocking steps required to reverse global warming (wind and solar) it is actively facilitating steps that increase greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution (gas  and coal burning, deforestation, pollution,  highways). Missing from the long and appalling list of counterproductive, pro GHG pollution actions by the Baillieu Government was admission of cattle into the Alpine National Park.

 

Authoritative US EIA and German WBGU data indicate that the World has only 15 years left at current and projected CO2 pollution rates before it exceeds the "terminal CO2 pollution budget" of 600 billion tonnes CO2 that must not be exceeded if we are to have a 75% chance of avoiding a catastrophic 2 degree C temperature rise.

 

Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution is so huge that it already exceeded its "fair share" of this "terminal GHG pollution budget" in 2011. Australia's  commitment to unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports and its huge resources of these materials means that it is committed to exceeding the whole world's "terminal GHG pollution budget" by a factor of THREE (3) (Google "2011 climate change course").

 

At the next election pro-child, pro-Humanity and pro-Biosphere  Victorian voters should punish an utterly incompetent incumbent and vote 1 Green and put  the Baillieu Government last.




On 25 July 2012 re “About-face on Hicks a victory for the bullied”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/aboutface-on-hicks-a-victory-for-the-bullied-20120724-22n3x.html . My comments were published:

 

“Excellent article by Mary Kostakidis - would that there were more decent, courageous, truthful journalists like her. While Mary faultlessly maintained her composure in presenting the news on SBS, to this humane viewer there always seemed to be a  severity about her lips that betrayed disgust over the lying, warmongering, human rights abusing  politicians on whom she had to report.

 

The cowardly US lackey Labor Government has finally ceased its persecution of Australian hero David Hicks but that should not be the end of this and related  matters. Decent  Australians opposed to the torture and illegal abusive imprisonment of fellow Australians - and indeed of anybody - need to know:

 

1. Why the proceedings against David Hicks were dropped.

2. What Australian politicians and officials were passively or actively complicit in the torture and abusive imprisonment  of David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib.

3. What and how Australian politicians and public servants were passively and actively complicit in the invasion of Iraq that was illegal  according to the Deputy PM of the UK, Nick Clegg, and many others.

4. Who gave the Australian Government incorrect and deadly advice that Iraq possessed WMD.

5. Why there is no freeze of Howard's profits from his memoirs, the illegal Iraq War having killed 2.7 million Iraqis.”

 

 

On 25 July 2012 re “Living in gun-crazy America it’s right to bear arms”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/living-in-guncrazy-america-its-right-to-bear-arms-20120724-22nb2.html . All solicited comments including mine were apparently blocked or censored except for 2 and then comments were closed:

 

“A direct experience with gun-crazy America: hearing a woman screaming I went to the window and threatened to call the cops on goons threatening a couple (the goons left and we discovered that the goons had merely been tooted for going through a red light and that  the woman started screaming when one told the other to fetch the gun from the glove box).

 

An extremely eminent US scientist with whom I collaborated recalled running for a bus in LA with a water container (there being a water crisis at the time). He didn't immediately hear a policeman call "stop" but when he finally did the policeman  had his gun out and a shoot to kill stance (i.e. noise from a passing lorry could have had him killed).

 

There are 31,000 gun-related deaths in the US each year  of which about half are suicides. However this is just part of a carnage in which about 1 million Americans die preventably each year, the breakdown being 443,000 (smoking), 300,000 (obesity), 75,000 (alcohol), 70,000 (air pollution), 45,000 (lack of health cover), 33,000 (motor vehicles), 31,000 (guns), 30,000 (suicides, 20% being US veterans), 21,000 (infants), 21,000 (opiates from US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry), and 15,000 (homicides) (Google “1 million Americans die preventably”).”

 

 

 

On 25 July 2012 re “Schools await results as Labor sits Gonski test”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/schools-await-results-as-labor-sits-gonski-funding-test-20120724-22n42.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Key quote: "If NAPLAN tests are to be used, developing a model based on 80 per cent of students achieving benchmarks seems remarkable, shouldn't we be aiming for higher? Don't we want every child in Australia to have the required literacy and numeracy skills?"

 

The Awful Truth is that Australia - the ostensible Land of the Fair Go - has a system of Educational Apartheid in which the majority of children who attend Government schools are disproportionately  excluded from good education, university, top universities and top professional courses such as medicine and law (for the appalling discrepancies simply consult the "My School " website).

 

It is even worse. Thus hundreds of thousands of children end up several years behind their peers. According to Professor Helen Hughes there are 10,000 young Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory alone deprived of employment because of lack of numeracy and literacy and she estimates that for remediation of this group alone "the cost would be between $500 million and $1 billion".(for details Google "Educational Apartheid").

 

There needs to be focussed public expenditure to  immediately rectify this situation and ensure basic literacy, numeracy, reasoning and learning skills for ALL Australian children - and no more luxury handouts  for private schools until the job is done.  




On 24 July 2012 re Greens and Labor, “Most of us agree on most things, so why such partisanship?”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/most-of-us-agree-on-most-things-so-why-such-partisanship-20120723-22khc.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

One must disagree with the propositions  that "Compromise is not a dirty word" and that the Greens should not be "Islands of purity" and "must build bridges":(a) it is not clear why the onus should be on the Greens to discard principle for pragmatism and (b) it crucially  depends on the issue.-  on some things decent people do not compromise as set out below:

 

1. War is evil and war against remote, non-threatening,  impoverished countries utterly insupportable  yet pro-war and slavishly pro-US Labor and the Coalition backed the Iraq War (our last soldiers left under Gillard) and the Afghan War and deaths from violence and war-imposed-deprivation have totaled 4.6 million (Iraq, 1990-2011) and 5.6 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2012) with about half the victims being children  (the Greens are opposed to wars of aggression  and mass murder of children).

 

2. It is  estimated that  the World has only 15 years left at  projected rates of CO2 pollution before it exceeds the expertly-determined global terminal CO2 pollution budget of 600 billion tonnes CO2 and permits a catastrophic and deadly 2C temperature rise. Yet Labor and the Coalition back unlimited and terracidal Australian coal, gas and iron ore exports (the Greens want zero emissions ASAP; for details Google "climate genocide" and "2011 climate change course"). 

 

 

 

On 24 July 2012 re US gun laws, “In the land of the free and home of the gun”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/in-the-land-of-the-free-and-home-of-the-gun-20120723-22kgg.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.  

 

While sensibly arguing for gun control the article has some key errors and omissions.

 

1. The overall homicide rate in "homicides per  per million of population per year" is 48 in the US as a whole but 473  in Detroit, Michigan (can't go further north in sub-Canada US).

 

2. While about 15,000 Americans are murdered each year (314 million x 48 per million  = 15,072), the annual gun-related deaths total about 31,000 (the difference accounted for by suicides).

 

3. Three (3) times as many Americans die each year from state-complicit lack of hospital cover (45,000; latest Harvard estimate)  as die from murder (15,000).

 

4. Indeed , further to point #3, about 1 million Americans die preventably each year, the breakdown being 443,000 (smoking), 300,000 (obesity), 75,000 (alcohol), 70,000 (air pollution), 45,000 (lack of health cover), 33,000 (motor vehicles), 31,000 (guns), 30,000 (suicides, 20% being US veterans), 21,000 (infants), 21,000 (opiates from US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry), and 15,000 (homicides) (Google “1 million Americans die preventably”).

 

5. The asserted absence of a US "fascist political movement" is utterly incorrect. The unhappy American 99% (see #4) is ruled by an endlessly warmongering, anti-democratic, racist, neo-fascist, corporatist 1% that like the fascists operates through an Establishment of political, military and corporate interests.





On 20 July 2012 re “Tough times ahead over IR and media”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/tough-times-ahead-over-ir-and-media-20120719-22d15.html . My comments were CENSORED.

 

I don't read the Murdoch media because of their  irresponsible support for war and climate change denialism  but I must agree with News Ltd's opposition to further Federal Government controls over media.  There are enough constraints already in Australia on free speech (being able to express opinions) and effective free speech (having one's opinions heard). Thus, for example, a 5-decade career scientist still teaching second year science students at a good university,  I have been repeatedly censored and thence blocked from posting science-informed comments on the taxpayer-funded, universities-backed, academic-based Web magazine The Conversation ( backed to their reputational detriment, censorship being obscene, by the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT, University of WA, the Universituy of Technology Sydney and CSIRO).

 

I have encountered similar disgraceful censorship and blocking from the taxpayer-funded ABC. That said, there should be non-punitive mechanisms for exposing censorship and lying by omission and commission by media. Freedom of speech and freedom of scholarly inquiry demand that such media transgressions (all too common in Australia, and most notoriously by the taxpayer-funded ABC) should not be punished by financial or custodial penalties (as apply to repugnant denial of the Jewish Holocaust or the Armenian Genocide in some European countries) but simply by the ignominy of expert, public, and ideally judicially-mediated  exposure.





On 20 July 2012 re “The root of Labor’s problem”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/the-root-of-labors-problems-20120719-22d1a.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

“Frank Hardy's "Power Without Glory" (that evidently inspired the title of Paul Strangio's book "Neither Power Nor Glory: 100 Years of Political Labor in Victoria" was about Labor corruption and scrapping principles for power, perversions that reached new depths in recent years in Lobbyocracy Australia and are set to destroy the Australian Labor Party which has become Another Liberal Party, an Alternative Liberal Party, the Australian Laboral Party..

 

 One trusts  that the Greens will not go down the same unprincipled  route.. To date they are commendably sticking to inviolable (1) anti-war, (2) pro-equity, (3) anti-racism, (4) pro-humanity and (5) pro-environment  principles in (1) opposing the Lib-Lab-supported Iraq .and afghan Wars, (2) demanding action on Gonski and against Lib-Lab-funded Educational Apartheid, (3) opposing Lib-Lab departures from the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act e.g. the Intervention against Indigenous Australians, (4) supporting International Law, Refugee Convention and humanity re desperate refugees, and (5) opposing the fraudulent  ETS while supporting a "first step" Carbon Tax and being committed to urgent action on man-made climate change (under pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-iron ore Lib-Lab policies of climate change inaction  Australia's Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas pollution is estimated to HUGELY INCREASE increase to 2,571 Mt CO2-e in 2020 as compared to 1,708 Mt CO2-e in 2010; Google "climate change course").”



On 19 July 2012 re “Pollsters baffled in byelection battle for Melbourne”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/pollsters-baffled-in-byelection-battle-for-melbourne-20120718-22ajo.html . My comments were CENSORED:

 

The asserted "extremism" in the Federal Parliament is exhibited by extreme right wing Coalition and Labor and certainly not by the pro-Humanity, pro-Biosphere, pro-environment, pro-equity Greens.

 

1. Coalition and Labor  supported direct Australian participation in  the Iraq War (4.6 million dead from violence or war-imposed deprivation since 1990, 5-6 million refugees), the Afghan War (5.6 million dead since 2001, 3-4 million refugees), support the Palestinian Genocide (2 million dead since 1936, 7 million refugees), bayed for blood in Somalia (2.2 million dead since 1992, 2 million refugees) and Libya (0.1 million dead since 2011, 1.3 million refugees),   want US intervention in Syria, Iran ... (Greens are anti-war).

 

2. Coalition and Labor have racist and inhumane policies on refugees including indefinite abusive imprisonment behind razor wire of  women and  children in remote concentration camps (Greens respect International Law and the Refugee Convention and are pro-child, pro-refugee and pro-humanity).

 

3. Coalition and Labor are both committed to world leading  environmental pollution  through unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports and inaction over the Great Barrier Reef and the Murray-Darling (Greens are passionately pro-science and pro-environment). 

 

4. Coalition and Labor  support the racist Intervention, massive employment  casualization  and Educational Apartheid (Greens are anti-racist,  pro-human rights, pro-Indigenous, pro-equity, pro-employee rights and want action on Gonski).




On 17 July 2012 re “Challenge to print media regulation would almost certainly fail”. http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/challenge-to-print-media-regulation-would-almost-certainly-fail-20120716-226e5.html . My comments were CENSORED.

 

 

I don't read the Murdoch media because of their  irresponsible support for war and climate change denialism  but I must agree with News Ltd's opposition to further Federal Government controls over media.  There are enough constraints already in Australia.on free speech (being able to express opinions) and effective free speech (having one's opinions heard).

 

That said, there should be non-punitive mechanisms for exposing censorship and lying by omission and commission by media. Freedom of speech and freedom of scholarly inquiry demand that such media transgressions (all too common in Australia, and most notoriously by the taxpayer-funded ABC) should not be punished by financial or custodial penalties (as apply to repugnant denial of the Jewish Holocaust or the Armenian Genocide in some European countries) but simply by the ignominy of expert, public, and ideally judicially-mediated  exposure.

 

Thus yesterday the ABC Late Night Live (LNL) radio program had a segment entitled  "The Scottish Highland Clearances". I made detailed comments on the  genocidal expulsion of my forebears from the Scottish Western Highlands and from Prussian-occupied Poland (18th and 19th centuries) and from Austria and Hungary (1940s by the Nazis). I decried the current Muslim Holocaust (12 million deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation since 1990, 20 million Muslim refugees). The ABC  deleted my comments.*


* The ABC appears to have responded to my compoaltsnt to the ABC, MPs and media. My comments are still CENSORED and BLOCKED if offered under my  name Dr Gideon Polya  but my comments on the "Scottish Highland Clearances" on ABC RN LNL ffered under a variant of my name (no spaces between words)  did get posted, were CENSORED and then UN-CENSORED



On 16 July 2012 re “Labor adrift without intellectual firepower”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/labor-adrift-without-intellectual-firepower-20120715-2242z.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

Science says Government should be about maximizing human physiological and psychological well-being but the currently dominant conservative and indeed corporatist side of the Lib-Lab (Liberal-Laboral)-dominated Australian Lobbyocracy has reduced this to  identifying societal welfare with corporate welfare and foreign policy with "all the way with the USA".

 

A neocon-dominated Labor has utterly lost its way and is losing traditional, progressive  Labor voters  to the Greens. Indeed the recent attacks on the Greens by the dominant Labor Right is an attack on the major  traditional Labor constituency who hold to the ideals still taught to all our children in state primary schools of peace, equity, justice, non-racism, the fair go and protection of the environment (one supposes the next corporatist step will be to vet and sack all teachers with such humanitarian values). 

 

Some Australian philosophers have tackled the problem of social justice versus economic efficiency. Thus leading ethicist Professor Peter Singer has pointed to entrenched human greed as the fatal flaw in the socialist ideal. In the recently published "Social Humanism" by Professor Brian Ellis (La Trobe University) the eminent author "argues that moral and political objectives are not independent of one other, and so must be pursued in tandem. Social humanism is a moral and political philosophy that does just this".

 

 

 




On 13 July 2012 The Age published an article about Labor attacks on the Greens, written  by its political editor Michelle Grattan and entitled  “Labor playing with fire in its rush to burn the Green witch”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/labor-playing-with-fire-in-its-rush-to-burn-the-green-witch-20120712-21yt0.html . My comment was PUBLISHED.

 

Key quote:While it is undoubtedly necessary for Labor to separate its ''brand'' from that of the Greens, this should have been the approach right from the start of the minority government, even at the cost of sometimes making Labor-Green relations testier. Given that it is being done now, however, a more subtle approach was necessary. If you throw insults of ''extremism'' and ''loopy'' at people after giving voters the impression that they are your friends, you can't blame the electors if they are cynical.”

 

The Age kindly published my following comments on the article:

 

Labor is very unwise to publicly attack the Greens because this will simply draw attention to the reality that the (1) antiwar, (2) pro-environment, (3) pro-equity, (4) anti-racism, (5) pro-human rights , (6) pro-Australian Greens now represent the only major political party standing for these core traditional Labor values.

 

1.  Labor Governments supported/supports  the Iraq War, Afghan War and NATO intervention  in Libya and Syria (Green anti-war, pro-peace).

 

2. Under pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-iron ore Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution INCREASE to 2,572 Mt CO2-e by 2020 from 1,708 Mt CO2-e in 2010 and 1,182 Mt CO2-e in 2000 (Google "2011 climate change course"; the Greens supported the idea of a Carbon Tax but want real action i.e. for GHG pollution to DECREASE).

 

3. Educational Apartheid under Labor has disproportionately excluded most Australian children from decent education, university, top universities,  top courses (Greens want proper support for State schools).

 

4. Labor excluded NT Aborigines, Afghan refugees, Tamil refugees from the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act (Greens are firmly anti-racist)..

 

5. Labor is grossly violating human rights in relation to refugees, Occupied Afghanistan  (0.2 million infant deaths annually) and Indigenous Australian (9,000 avoidable deaths annually) (Greens demand action).

 

6. Under Labor 66,000 Australians die preventably yearly (Greens demand action).

 

 

 

On 13 July 2012 The Age published an article by Richard Ackland on military and clerical abuses of children in Australia entitled “Nothing to hide – just ask them”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/nothing-to-hide--just-ask-them-20120712-21ywf.html . My comment was CENSORED.

 

Excellent article by Richard Ackland.demanding  legal accountability for all abusers (he could have actually quoted Churchill's  famous aphorism about the  British Navy: "Don't tell me about British naval tradition; it's all rum, sodomy and the lash"). The appalling abuses listed by Richard Ackland are dwarfed by the following.

 

1. UN data show that 2.9 million under-5 year old Afghan infants have died under US Alliance  Occupation since 2001, 90% avoidable ans due to US Alliance war crimes in gross violation of Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War which demand that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical  requisites to the conquered population "to the fullest extent of the means available to it" (WHO informs that annual per capita total health expenditure permitted by the Occupiers in Afghanistan is $69 as compared to $3,382 for Occupier Australia).

 

2. 66,000 Australians die preventably each year (the US figure is 1 million; Google "66,000 Australians die", "1 million Americans die"), the breakdown including .18,000 (annual Australian deaths from adverse hospital events), 15,500 (smoking), 10,000 carbon burning pollution-derived ), 9.000 (avoidable Indigenous Australian deaths), 360 (opiate drug-related deaths annually due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry) and 300 (homicides).


On 11 July 2012 The Age published an article on university lectures "University lectures are a legacy of our pre-digital past": http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/university-lectures-are-a-legacy-of-our-predigital-past-20120710-21t8w.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

I have variously been giving lectures at universities for 46 years and lecturing to university science undergraduates for 40 years ( I am busily preparing my latest  lecture course for 120 science students right now). For many years  I have provided students with a detailed copy of the lecture notes so they don't have to waste their time scribbling notes and have plenty of time to ask questions. If they don't attend lectures because they have to earn money to live they can pick up the notes or other teaching aids from me or in the 21st century download the notes from the web. All education, including tertiary education, should be free (Google "Accredited Remote Learning (ARL)).





On 11 July 2012 The Age On-line re history: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/toss-out-the-black-armband-20120710-21tuf.html . My comments were CENSORED..

 

I must agree with Christopher Bantick that Australian history should be taught in the context of World history and more specifically as part of Anglo-American history - however  this will not enable  us to '"toss out the black armband" because Australia has been involved in over 20 genocidal atrocities linked to Anglo-American imperialism.

 

These atrocities are kept out of the taxpayer-funded  National Curriculum (that ignored my expert submissions). They are also  ignored by the taxpayer-funded ABC and the taxpayer-funded, universities-backed, academic based web magazine The Conversation ((backing institutions including  the University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Western Australia, RMIT, and CSIRO). In my resolute attempts as a 5-decade career academic scholar  to tell the Awful Truth I have been repeatedly censored and then finally completely blocked  from posting by the ABC Late Night Live website and The Conversation. 

 

E.g. just one censored example: Australia produced 24 million tonnes of wheat in 1939-1945 but by withholding grain shipments to starving India Australia was complicit in the 1942-1945 WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which the British deliberately starved to death 6-7 million Indians for strategic reasons. Grain imports (in millions of tons) for India in 1942-1945 were as follows: 0.03 (1942), 0.3 (1943), 0.6 (1944) and 0.9 (1945)."


I accordingly submitted a further comment that was also CENSORED.


"I submitted a post supporting Bantick's plea to teach Australian history in a wider Anglo historical context but observing that we cannot "toss out the black arm band" because of Australian complicity in numerous genocidal imperial atrocities, noting the extraordinary academic and media censorship of atrocities in which Australia has been complicit, citing the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million Indians perished) as an example (see Gideon Polya, "Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History", Tom Keneally, "Three Famines").

 

My post was rejected.

 

Many other examples can be given. Thus Australia has participated in all post-1950 US Asian Wars, atrocities associated, so far, with over 20 million refugees and 38 million Indigenous Asian deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation, most recently 4.6 million (Iraq, 1990-) and 5.6 million (Afghanistan, 2001-).

 

Further Australia-complicit atrocities (refugees and deaths from violence or imposed deprivation in parenthesis) include the Palestinian Genocide (7 million refugees, 2 million invasion-related deaths since 1936, including 0.1 million violent deaths) and the Aboriginal Genocide (2 million untimely deaths since 1788, 9,000 avoidable deaths annually out of an Indigenous population of 0.5 million, the highest avoidable death rate in the world).

 

History, holocaust and genocide ignored or censored yields history, holocaust and genocide  repeated."


On 10 July 2012 re “”:  http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/alp-threat-carries-high-risks-20120709-21rt7.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

The political reality ignored by the right wing extremist-dominated New Australian Labor Party (aka the Alternative Liberal Party, Another Liberal Party the Australian Laboral Party) is that the Greens now represent the values of traditional Labor voters.

Thus before the 2010 elections the middle-of-the-road National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) conducted a survey of the policies of the major political parties on 40 issues in 7 major areas. Overall in relation to these 40 policies held by typical NTEU members and other pro-Humanity Australians the Greens scored 100%, the ALP 53% and the LNP 23% in the NTEU survey.

All anti-war, pro-environment, anti-racism, pro-equity, pro-Planet and pro-Humanity folk, including many traditional Labor voters, will vote 1 Green. Indeed because traditional Labor voters have been so comprehensively betrayed by Labor (but not by the Coalition) such voters are likely to vote 1 Green and put Labor last.

The Laborals are more slavish than the Liberals in supporting several pro-war, nuclear terrorist nations who are surely delighted by the destruction of an anti-war, anti-racism, pro-Humanity and pro-environment Labor Party by right wing extremists who have betrayed not just traditional Labor voters but also Australia, Humanity and indeed the neocon-ruled American 99% (1 million of whom die preventably each year; Google "1 million Americans die").

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On 10 July 2012 re “ALP Greens war escalates”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/alpgreens-war-escalates-20120709-21ru6.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

The horrible reality is that an unprincipled, pragmatic Labor has utterly betrayed traditional pro-equity, pro-Humanity, pro-environment Labor voters who will accordingly vote 1 Green. Indeed since traditional Labor voters have been betrayed by Labor and not by the Coalition they may very well vote 1 Green and put Labor last. The new Australian Labor Party has become an Alternative Liberal Party, Another Liberal Party, the Australian Laboral Party as seen by the following key Liberal-Laboral positions (traditional Labor (Trad Lab) and Greens position in oarenthesis).

1. Liberal-Laboral pro-war re Iraq and Afghanistan (Trad Labor & Greens anti-war).
2. Liberal-Laboral pro-Educational Apartheid that disproportionately deprives the majority of Australian children attending State schools of good education and post-secondary opportunity (Trad Labor and Greens want proper support for Government schools).
3. Liberal-Laboral pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-iron ore, pro-deforestation, anti-renewables policies threatening the Murray-Darling, the Great Barrier Reef, environment (Trad Lab and Greens pro-environment, pro-renewables).
4. Liberal-Laboral common,ecocidal and terracidal climate change inaction policy of 5% off 2000 GHG pollution by 2020 with unlimited GHG exports through coal, gas and iron ore (Trad Lab and Greens want real climate change action ASAP)..
5. Liberal-Laboral inhumane, racist policies of punishing, imprisoning refugees (Trad Lab and Greens insist on humane treatment of refugees according to International Law).


On 10 July 2012 The Age On-line published an article by its economics editor Tim Colebatch on the ALP threats to the Greens and entitled “ALP threat carries high risks”: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/alp-threat-carries-high-risks-20120709-21rt7.html .

 

Key quotes: “The threat by ALP leaders to direct Labor preferences to the Liberals ahead of the Greens would have no impact in the House of Representatives. But it might cost the Greens a Senate seat or two - and give the Coalition control of the Senate… For Labor, the risk is that it could give the Coalition control of the Senate. Ultimately it has to decide which party is its real enemy - and which its ally.”

 

The Age kindly published my comments on the article: “The political reality ignored by the right wing extremist-dominated New Australian Labor Party (aka the Alternative Liberal Party, Another Liberal Party the Australian Laboral Party) is that the Greens now represent the values of traditional Labor voters.

Thus before the 2010 elections the middle-of-the-road National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) conducted a survey of the policies of the major political parties on 40 issues in 7 major areas. Overall in relation to these 40 policies held by typical NTEU members and other pro-Humanity Australians the Greens scored 100%, the ALP 53% and the LNP 23% in the NTEU survey.

All anti-war, pro-environment, anti-racism, pro-equity, pro-Planet and pro-Humanity folk, including many traditional Labor voters, will vote 1 Green. Indeed because traditional Labor voters have been so comprehensively betrayed by Labor (but not by the Coalition) such voters are likely to vote 1 Green and put Labor last.

The Laborals are more slavish than the Liberals in supporting several pro-war, nuclear terrorist nations who are surely delighted by the destruction of an anti-war, anti-racism, pro-Humanity and pro-environment Labor Party by right wing extremists who have betrayed not just traditional Labor voters but also Australia, Humanity and indeed the neocon-ruled American 99% (1 million of whom die preventably each year; Google "1 million Americans die").”

Commenter

Dr Gideon Polya

Location

Macleod

Date and time

Jul 10, 2012, 09:23AM




On 9 July 2012 The Age On-line published an article about Australian Government refugee and carbon policies by its national affairs correspondent Katherine Murphy and entitled “”It’s growing hotter  in the kitchen”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/its-growing-hotter-in-the-kitchen-20120708-21p7d.html .

Key quotes: “Out of the carbon tax, into the boats. That's the next month or so for Gillard Labor. Alternating between frying pans and fires. Those inclined to positive thinking see the current stalemate on asylum policy delivering some political benefits for Labor from the progressive left. The Greens have copped criticism in some quarters for appearing holier than thou on offshore processing and the refugee convention when voters want practical solutions. Labor has moved in a big way to try to highlight the Greens being out of step with the Zeitgeist. This positioning is a direct appeal to the progressive voters it has lost over the last decade in inner-city marginal seats. The party believes some of those swingers can be lured back, particularly as the Greens manage the leadership transition from Bob Brown to Christine Milne… And what of the great carbon tax sell? As the new political week opens, both sides are claiming victory. The Coalition says every day that the tax is front and centre is a bad day for Labor. They argue Labor's much-vaunted ''campaign offensive'' has slowed to an embarrassed mumble. Labor says it's shifted the conversation successfully to Abbott and his excessive over-statement. Alternating between frying pans and fires.”

The Age kindly published my following comments on the article:

 

“The article misses 3 key Elephant in the Room realities.

 

1. The Greens have the morally and legally sound position of Australian adherence  to its obligations towards asylum seekers under international law (rapid and humane on-shore processing) in addition to humane policies of off-shore help to refugees (practised under PM  Fraser they  minimized resort to risky boat trips).

 

2. Top economists and climate scientists (notably Professor James Hansen of 79-Nobel-Laureate Columbia University and NASA's GISS) argue for a Carbon Tax on fossil fuel PRODUCERS at the mine gate with return of ALL proceeds to the public (Google "It's possible to avert the climate crisis")  as well as renewables ASAP and a return of atmospheric CO2 to about 300 parts per million (ppm) ASAP (Google "300.org"). Green-Labor compromise in Australia has yielded a Carbon Tax on fossil fuel USERS (with nearly all of the receipts going back to the users as compensation), little  (circa $0.5 billion pa) spent on renewables and an empirically unsuccessful,  horribly counterproductive and indeed fraudulent ETS.

 

3. Under Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will hugely INCREASE to 2,571 Mt CO2-e in 2020 from 1,708 Mt CO2-e in 2010 and 1,182 Mt CO2-e in 2000 (for data and documentation Google "2011 climate change course").”

 

For your convenience the key links referred to above are as follows:

 

James Hansen, "It's possible to avert the climate crisis", Countercurrents, 29 November 2009: http://www.countercurrents.org/hansen291109.htm .

300.org: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/300-org .

2011 Climate Change Course: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/2011-climate-change-course .

 

Australia has inhumane and racist policies towards refugees and as a world leader in greenhouse gas pollution is disproportionately contributing to a worsening climate refugee problem (see “Climate Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/ ) .

 

Dr Gideon Polya, Melbourne.



On 5 July 2012 re Labor “Labor fighting for very life on two fronts”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/labor-fighting-for-very-life-on-two-fronts-20120704-21hdv.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

The article's claim that Greens are "purists" or have "feel-good absolutism" is incorrect  - there are many matters over which sensible, pragmatic people including the Greens are "purists" and "absolutists" including gross inequity, racism, human rights abuse, war, war crimes, mass murder, mass infanticide, genocide, ecocide, and terracide, but  unfortunately Labor has an appalling record on these matters.

 

Thus Labor has race-specifically excluded Northern Territory Aborigines, Afghan refugees, Tamil refugees and now selected high non-European population suburbs from the protection of the 1975 Racial Discrimination  Act.

 

Pro-war Labor supports the Afghan War that is an Afghan Genocide (5.6 million deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation,  3-4 million refugees and 2.9 million under-5 infant deaths, 90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes).

 

Labor supports unlimited coal, gas and iron exports that mean that Australia exceeded its "fair share" of the expertly-determined global terminal greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution budget in 2011 and is set to exceed the whole world's terminal GHG pollution  budget by a factor of THREE (3) - complicity in ecocide and terracide.

 

Under Labor an Educational Apartheid disproportionally  excludes most children from decent education and opportunities.

 

Pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-equity Labor has utterly betrayed many Labor voters who will accordingly vote 1Green and put Labor.last until it reverts to decency.






On 22 June 2012 re Australian Census, “Land of many cultures, ancestries and faiths”http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/land-of-many-cultures-ancestries-and-faiths-20120621-20r3g.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

The bald population statistics hide horrifying realities that look-the-other-way Australia chooses to ignore. Some examples below.

 

1. The Census revealed that 548,368 Australians identified themselves as Indigenous  but behind this statistics lies the Awful Truth that some 2 million Indigenous Australians died from violence for deprivation since 1788, 9,000 die avoidably each year and that the "avoidable death rate" is 1.8% for Indigenous Australians as compared to 1.0% for non-Arab Africa, and 0.4% for India (see "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950" now available for free perusal on the Web). .

 

2. The Census reports over 20 million Australians at the last census count but ignores the disastrous reality that 66,000 Australians die preventably each year due to deficiencies in Government policy e.g. 18,000 (adverse hospital events), 15,500 (smoking), 10,000 (deaths from carbon burning pollutants),  9,000 (avoidable Indigenous deaths), 6,000 (obesity), 360 (opiates due to pro-opium US Afghan War policies) (Google "66,000 Australians die preventably each year").

 

3. The Census reports that there are 2.4 million Asian Australians but hides the Awful Truth that Australia has been involved in all post-1950 US Asian wars, conflicts associated with 38 million Asian deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation (for details of the Awful Truth Google "Armenian Genocide & Australian Anzac Day"). 



On 20 June 2012 re downsizing and economic efficiency, “This is no Sunday School: prosperity comes with pain”:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/this-is-no-sunday-school-prosperity-comes-with-pain-20120619-20m0d.html . My comment was PUBLISHED:  

 

“Ross Gitttins' superficially reasonable analysis of how the pain of downsizing contributes to a better economy has some serious flaws from a science-informed  perspective.

 

1. From a biological perspective, economics and politics is fundamentally about maximizing individual and collective physiological  and psychological happiness.  The notion that "we are all in this together" has an important place in addition to simple profitability in societal responses to restructuring. Thus, for example,  a World Bank re-assessment has found that our greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is 50% bigger than otherwise thought and that livestock contributes over 51% of the bigger figure. I explained to my second year agricultural  science students (many from animal husbandry farms) that we are all in this together, they milk cows while I drive a car and there must be a humane, collective societal solution rather than brutal selective  cessation. Indeed Australia currently subsidizes fossil fuel burning to the tune of $12 billion per year (ACF).

 

2. Societal considerations of national ethos, security, skills resources and  sophisticated engineering must crucially complement simple accountant's perception of  "profitability" e.g. re sending Qantas maintenance offshore,  car manufacture, sacking thousands of Fairfax workers and turning The Age into a Miner's Gazette.

 

3. And then there's the ostensibly "not-for-profit" public sector, doctors, nurses, teachers, police ....”



On 19 June 2012 The Age On-line published an article by its senior correspondent  Daniel Flitton on the refugee problem and entitled “The people smugglers are to blame, but that is no excuse for us”:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/the-people-smugglers-are-to-blame-but-that-is-no-excuse-for-us-20120618-20k86.html . Unfortunately this article turns reality on its head for blaming the “people smugglers” for this immense human tragedy of refugees trying to get to safe haven.

 

Evidently insufficiently pro-Zionist and accordingly pro-Zionist-deposed former Australia PM Kevin Rudd (see “”Pro-Zionist-led coup ousts Australian PM Rudd”, MWC News: http://mwcnews.net/focus/politics/3488-pro-zionist-led-coup.html ) unintentionally did a useful service to Australian public life  when he falsely and abusively described those trying to find safe haven for refugees as “scum” who should “rot in hell” – this raising the question of what one should call those who created over 20 million Muslim refugees in the first place.  

 

The Age very kindly PUBLISHED my comments on the article that draw attention to the neocon American and Zionist (NAZI) “scum” responsible for generating over 20 million Muslim refugees:  

 

“The headline "the people smugglers are to blame" is utterly incorrect. The "people smugglers" are trying to find safety haven for thousands of desperate refugees but unlike the Scarlet Pimpernel in Baroness Orczy's novel and play of the same name they are not independently wealthy and charge for their people-saving services. Indeed even WW2 hero Oskar Schindler presumably earned income from the concentration camp inmates he was trying to save.

 

The people who are actually "to blame" for over 20 million Muslim refugees are the racist Western warmongers who have brought death and devastation upon the Muslim world, the breakdown of refugees from the various killing fields being 7 million (Palestine), 5-6 million (Iraq), 3-4 million (Afghanistan), 2 million (Somalia), 1.3 million (Libya) plus 2 million Pashtun refugees generated by US-backed war in NW Pakistan.

 

The reason these people are fleeing is exposed by war-related deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation totalling 2 million (Palestine, 1936-2012), 4.6 million (Iraq, 1990-2012), 5.6 million (Afghanistan), 2001-2012), 2.2 million (Somalia, 1992-2012), and 0.1 million (Libya); 0.9 million people die avoidably each year in wretchedly poor and repeatedly flood-devastated Pakistan (evade censorship by neocon American-subverted Mainstream media and Google the book "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950", now available for free perusal on the Web).” 

 

 

On 19 June 2012 the Age On-line published an article by Dr Caroline Norma about prostitution and entitled “Standing up for sex workers is standing up for pimps”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/standing-up-for-sex-workers-is-standing-up-for-pimps-20120618-20k84.html  . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

Dr Caroline Norma states that "even the most conservative demographic studies of this population find that half would leave the sex industry if they could" i.e. that about 50% are willing "workers" and 50% are forced to work thus by economic and other circumstances. Criminalization will not help the 50% forced into sex "work" by dire circumstances.

 

I have written to WorkSafe and indeed spoken to several WorkSafe personnel about the plight of perhaps 1,000 Asian sex slaves currently being abusively imprisoned, raped and exploited in Australia at this very moment as you read your Age On-line over a cup of tea (for the ABC Four Corners exposure of this shocking situation Google "sex slavery - four corners").

 

My unheeded message to an evidently  cowardly, irresponsible and very likely politically correct racist (PC racist)  WorkSafe was that vastly more important than criminalization and criminal prosecution would be robust WorkSafe insistence on safe, healthy working conditions NOW for all workers, legal or otherwise, and in particular for 1,000 Asian and other sex slaves  currently being variously  imprisoned, blackmailed, beaten, raped, deceived and robbed  in look-the-other-way Australia.

 

As long as an empowered WorkSafe fails to act on sex worker abuse and sex slavery it is an accessory to these appalling crimes against women.



On 18 June 2012 re Malcolm Fraser on refugees, “Abbot’s evil policy work”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/abbotts-evil-policy-work-20120617-20hzs.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

“Excellent, humane article by Malcolm Fraser who together with the Greens and several independents represents just about the only effective humane political opposition in this country.

 

Refugees should be treated with especial courtesy, decency and humanity and any departure from this - as , for example, exhibited by both the Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition - is, as Mr Fraser says,  "bottom of the barrel".

 

I am somewhat biased in this because my forebears over the last 2.5  centuries were variously refugees  fleeing deadly persecution in post-Culloden Scotland (circa 1800), Prussian-occupied Poland  (circa 1800) and fascist and thence Nazi Hungary (1930s and 1940s).

 

Indeed in 1939 my father was a refugee to Australia from Nazism. Opposition to refugees fleeing Nazism meant that only an estimated 9,000 such refugees were taken in out of an Australian  quota of 15,000 (a large proportion of the  rejected were killed).

 

Former Labor PM Kevin Rudd described the "people smugglers"  seeking safe haven for refugees (remember the Scarlet Pimpernel?) as the "absolute scum of the earth" who should "rot in hell". How then do you describe those who turn away or abusively imprison desperate refugees or indeed those Western anti-Arab anti-Semites, Islamophobes and warmongers who generated 20 million Muslim refugees in the first place?”

 

 

On 18 June 2012 re Carbon Price, “Inner suburbs face power bill shock”: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/inner-suburbs-face-power-bill-shock-20120617-20idc.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:  

 

 

 

“The Awful Truth from a science-based, pro-environment perspective is that for all the suffering to industrial and domestic consumers,  pro-coal, pro-gas Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS will mean an INCREASE in Australia's Domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from 578 Mt CO2-e (million tonnes of CO2-equivalent) in 2010 to 621 Mt CO2-e in 2020 (see the 2011 Treasury analysis of the Carbon Tax impact entitled "Strong Growth, Low Pollution").

 

Indeed under pro-coal, pro-gas Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution is estimated from Treasury, ABARE and US EIA data to be 2,571 Mt CO2-e in 2020 as compared  to 1,708 Mt CO2-e in 2010 and 1,182 Mt CO2-e in 2000 (Google "2011 climate change course")..

 

Unfortunately the Awful Truth about pro-coal, pro-gas Labor's dishonesty and climate change inaction is kept from the Australian public because (a) the Coalition has essentially the same policy of 5% off 2000 Domestic GHG pollution by 2020 and unlimited expansion of Australia's coal, gas and iron ore exports, and (b) there are huge de facto restrictions on effective freedom of speech in Australia (e.g. a 5-decade career scientist, I have been regularly censored and then finally blocked from posting informed, credentialled comments by the taxpayer-funded ABC Late Night Live and by the taxpayer-funded, universities-backed and academic-based The Conversation).”

 

 

 

On 18 June 2012 re economic statistics, “Why the Coalition is on a winner – it’s all about individual pain”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/why-the-coalition-is-on-a-winner--its-all-about-individual-pain-20120617-20i3v.html .  My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

“A sensible article that simply reiterates the obvious that there are huge discontinuities of prosperity and well-being in our society  Even when such differences  are identified (as, for example in the present Australian "2-speed economy") the bean-counting in terms of dollars can hide even worse realities that are best addressed by body counting or assessment of preventable deaths arising from deficiencies in Government policy.

 

Currently under Gillard Labor there are 66,000 preventable deaths in Australia each year, the breakdown being 18,000 (annual Australian deaths from adverse hospital events), 15,500 (smoking), 10,000 carbon burning pollution-derived ), 9.000 (avoidable Indigenous Australian deaths), 6,000 obesity-related), 3,000 ( alcohol-related), 2,100 (suicides), 1,400 (road deaths), 360 (opiate drug-related deaths annually due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry) and 300 (homicides). No doubt things were just as bad under the Coalition but the key voter strategy should be "punish the incumbent"  (Google “Why PM Julia Gillard must go: 66,000 preventable Australian deaths annually”).

 

Simplistic analysis of the kind exposed in this article indicates that  there needs to be much better informed public discussion but this is crippled by censorship e.g. censorship and indeed blocking of humane, credentialled, science-based, non-anonymous audience comments by the taxpayer-funded ABC Late Night Live and the  taxpayer-funded, universities-backed, academic-based The Conversation.” 




On 15 June 2012 re Azaria, dingo, Lindy, “Sorry Lindy, we should have known better”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/sorry-lindy-we-should-have-known-better-20120614-20czj.html . My comments were CENSORED:

 

“A sensible article by Professor Tim Flannery about the death of a 9 week old  infant by dingo attack that was wrongly attributed to the mother in a media frenzy and legal process lasting 32 years.

 

Spare a thought for the estimated 5.8 million under-5 year old Muslims infants who have died since 1990 in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya and Palestine in the US War on Muslims, 90% (5.2 million) dying avoidably due to gross US Alliance violation of Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War which demands that an Occupier must provide the conquered subjects with life-sustaining food and medical requisites "to the fullest extent of the means available to it". WHO informs that annual per capita total health expenditure is $69 in Occupied Afghanistan  and $7,410 in Occupier America.

 

Contrary to the  frenzy of falsehood over baby Azaria for 32 years, Australia has ignored the mass murder of Muslim infants in which it is complicit that is of a similar magnitude to the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation, 1.5 million children). Yet Australia now plays hosts to 2,500 US Marines in Darwin and  adumbrates Cocos  Islands use for US drones.”



On 14 June 2012 re journalism & media, “Democracy running low on ink” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/democracy-running-low-on-ink-20120613-20af8.html . My comments were CENSORED.

 

 

Mainstream media (MSM) have played a critical role in the conversion of Western democracies into Murdochracies and Lobbyocracies in which Big Money determines public perception of reality and hence policy and votes. In Australia the Fairfax media (notably  the Age and The Sydney Morning Herald) are vastly better than the Murdoch media and the taxpayer-funded ABC.

 

A much-published, 5-decade career scientist with a conscience, I have almost no voice in my own country and have been variously sidelined, censored, blocked and slagged by the taxpayer-funded ABC (the Australian equivalent of the UK BBC) and by the taxpayer-funded, academic-based web magazine The Conversation that continues to be backed by CSIRO, University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Australia (which accordingly warrant national and international sanctions).

 

Many examples can be given of Elephant in the Room realities that MSM won't report e.g.

 

1. 12 million dead from violence or deprivation since 1990 in the  US War on Muslims, the breakdown being 4.6 million (Iraq), 5.6 million (Afghanistan), 2.2 million (Somalia), 0.1 million (Palestine) and 0.1 million (Libya) (Google "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide") .

 

2. Australia's Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will actually hugely INCREASE under Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS scheme (Google "2011 climate change course").




On 12 June 2012 re Australian economy, “Green lights but prepare to brake”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/green-lights-but-prepare-to-brake-20120611-205v1.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.  

 

This sensible article warns of a possible brake of Australia's presently burgeoning carbon-based economy. However missing from the analysis is the message from top climate scientists that there is an urgent need need to drastically cut carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution and hence carbon-based economic activity.

 

Thus the WBGU that advises the German Government on climate change recently (2009) issued a report "Solving the climate dilemma: a budget approach" in which it states that for a 75% chance of avoiding a 2C temperature rise  (EU policy) the world can emit no more than 600 billion tonnes CO2 between 2010 and zero emissions in 2050. CO2 pollution projections of the US Energy Information Administration (US EIA) (Google "International energy outlook 2011" and see data table A10) indicate that the world will exceed the 600 billion tonne CO2 emissions budget in 2027 i.e. the world has only 15 years left at pollution rates ranging from 31.3 billion tonnes CO2 (2010) to a projected 38.2 billion tonnes CO2 (2027).

 

Australia's high Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution means it had already exceeded its fair share of this terminal GHG pollution budget by early 2011. Australia must invest rapidly in renewable energy to avoid economic disaster (Google "2011 climate change course", see section H).

 

 

On 12 June 2012 re HM Queen Elizabeth II, “Well may we not sing God Save the Queen but let it play on ”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/well-may-we-not-sing-god-save-the-queen-but-let-it-play-on-20120611-2060w.html  . My comments were CENSORED.

 

PM Julia Gillard's failure to sing "God Save the Queen" was churlish but the incident further illustrates look-the-other-way Australia's resolute failure to face up to the hard issues, in this instance our intimate formal association with a country, England, that has been associated with 1,000 years of  war, killing, devastation and genocide. 

 

Thus to consider just the 60-year 1952-2012 period under Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1950-2005 avoidable deaths from deprivation in countries occupied by the UK in the post-war era have totalled 727 million (the estimates for countries occupied by France, the US and Israel total 142 million, 82 million and 24 million, respectively) (see my book ":Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since1950" now available for free perusal on the web; Google "UK QEII Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Mask 700 Million Commonwealth Avoidable Deaths").

 

As in any divorce there should be a public airing of the truth and that should be a prerequisite for any sensible public discussion of a "republic" status for Australia. Australia must face up to its complicity in over 2 centuries of genocidal British crimes and can't simply walk away and pretend otherwise (Google "Australia's secret genocide history"). Indeed post-1990 Muslim violence- and deprivation-related deaths in the Anglo-American War on Muslims now total 12 million.

 

 

On 12 June 2012 re economic conference, “Snubbed Palmer pans Gillard talks”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/snubbed-palmer-pans-gillard-talks-20120611-2062r.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

If this latest taxpayer-funded economic gab-fest is to have any credibility then mining industry multi-billionaires Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart should have been given invitations. What is worse - $770 of union entertainment expenses allegedly spent on "exotic entertainment" or perhaps $1 million  of taxpayer money spent on an economic forum excluding  major players?

 

The latest estimate from top climate scientists and US energy analysts is that the world carbon-based economy has only 15 years left at current and projected rates of CO2 pollution before it exceeds a maximum permissible CO2 pollution budget of 600 billion tonnes and has to achieve ZERO (0) CO2  emissions. Australia has already used up its "fair share" of this budget  and the bipartisan policy of unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports means that Australia alone is committed to exceeding the whole world's CO2 pollution budget by a factor of THREE (3) (Google "Australia 's Huge Coal, Gas & Iron Ore Exports Threaten Planet").

 

Clive Palmer, and Gina Rinehart need to attend the conference and they and indeed all Australian need to know that science says that coal, gas and iron ore exports have to stop.  But who will tell them - certainly not pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-iron ore, anti-environment, Business-As-Usual Gillard Labor - and will they accept the advice?



On 8 June 2012 re coal exports and the Great Barrier Reef, “Will we have to limit coal experts to guarantee protection of  the Great  Barrier Reef”? ”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/blogs/the-party-line/will-we-have-to-limit-coal-exports-to-guarantee-the-protection-of-the-great-barrier-reef-20120607-1zxvl.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

“Below are some major ways that coal exports threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

 

1. Greenpeace's "Boom Goes the Reef" report estimates that Australian coal exports would rise from 156 million tonnes (2011) to 944 million tonnes (2020) and that shipping through the Reef  would increase from 1,722 coal ships in 2011 to 10,150 in 2020. The reef-threatening shipping accidents would accordingly be expected to rise from about 1 per year to about 6 per year.

 

2. Dredging of new ports threatens coastal environment and the reef.

 

3. CO2 pollution from fossil fuel burning threatens coral through rising sea temperature (this causing bleaching through expulsion of symbiont algal zooxanthellae) and ocean acidification (damaging to calcareous exoskeleton formation). Experts say that coral is doomed above 450 ppm CO2 (currently 393 ppm and increasing at 2 ppm per year).

 

4. The WBGU which advises the German Government on climate change has estimated a terminal budget for permissible CO2 pollution of no more than 600 billion tonnes CO2 between 2010 and zero emissions in 2050.  Australia used up its "fair share" of this global budget by early 2011 and its estimated coal reserves of 1 trillion tonnes of coal mean that it is on course to exceed the world's total budget 3-fold (Google "2011 climate change course").”

 

 

 

On 8 June 2012 re the death of Ray Bradbury, “Living in a dark, Bradbury future”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/living-in-a-dark-bradbury-future-20120607-1zysi.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

“I am a scientist with a keen interest in the science-society interface and accordingly am a sci-fi fan and an especial fan of Ray Bradbury.

 

Major elements of "Fahrenheit 451" have already arrived. The US ECHELON has been illegally analyzing all telecommunications, e-mails etc for a decade and the  US, UK and Australian  governments are putting in place widespread "legal" government spying on electronic communications.

 

Book burning is not necessary in an increasingly functionally illiterate US  where TV has replaced the printed word. The  only recent book burning of note in Australia was the burning of the Murray-Darling Report by irate irrigators -  very effective because the subsequently reconstituted Murray -Darling Commission consequently  advocated returning 2,750 GL of water to the environment as opposed to the scientists' estimate of at least 4,000 GL.

 

Book burning is not needed in an Australia in which information is tightly regulated. Thus while I am a much-published , 5-decade career scientist, my effective free speech is highly constrained. Thus, for example,  both the taxpayer-funded ABC and the taxpayer-funded, universities -backed web magazine The Conversation have both blocked me from posting informed, credentialled, comments.

 

The terrifying state power in Fahrenheit 451 has now been realized by US predator drones that can deal devastating death anywhere.”


On 7 June 2012 re ex-prostitute & Craig Thomson MP, “Channel 9 aired ex-prostitute’s claim on Thomson, even when she said it wasn’t true” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/channel-nine-aired-exprostitutes-claim-on-thomson-even-when-she-said-it-wasnt-true-20120606-1zwre.html . My comment was PUBLISHED.

 

Eyewitness Misidentification Testimony was a factor in nearly 75 percent of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases in the U.S., making it the leading cause of these wrongful convictions (Google the Innocence Project's "Facts on Post-Conviction DNA Exonerations". How line-ups are conducted and how photographs are presented to the witness are crucial.  Thus a significant problem is that if an eye-witness has previously seen a photograph of the accused in some other context (e.g. politics) and is later asked to identify the alleged perpetrator (e.g. as a sex worker client), the brain of the eye witness could make a connection resulting in a "100% sure" but actually false identification. Thus many mistaken identifications are the result of unconscious transference, or the inability to distinguish between the perpetrator and another person who was encountered in a different context (Google "Eyewitness memory").

 

The current extraordinary witch-hunting of MPs has set precedents that will now contaminate and obfuscate Australian public life for a long time. Of course all alleged misconduct should be dealt with - by sober inquiries, the police and the courts. Further, there are matters  that are vastly more important than MP expense accounts e.g. 2.6 million under-5 infants who have died avoidably since 2001 in Occupied Afghanistan due to gross Occupier violation of the Geneva Convention.


On 6 June 2012 re caffeine. and alcohol pop drinks, “Call time on dangerous energy drinks”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/call-time-on-dangerous-energy-drinks-20120605-1ztns.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

This dangerous mix of caffeine and alcohol with a sugary pop drink should be banned. A manufacturer advises on its product that no more than 1 can should be drunk daily, the kind of caveat one would expect to find on potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals  only available on prescription from pharmacies.

 

The methyl xanthine toxin caffeine from coffee and guarana interferes with key elements of neuronal control e.g. adenosine A1 and A2 receptors, cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases, ryanodine repeptors, and voltage-, ATP- and calcium ion-regulated potassium ion channels (for details see my huge pharmacological reference text  "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds").

 

Synergistic effects between caffeine and alcohol and the masking of unpleasant  taste by a sugary pop drink base make this an insidious danger for young people in particular. 66,000 Australians die preventably every year in Australia this including  15,500 from smoking, 3,000 from alcohol, 1,000 from illicit drugs and 350 from opiates linked to US Alliance restoration of the Taliban -destroyed Afghan opium industry (Google ""66,000 Australians die preventably each year"). 

 

Governments are primarily obliged to protect their citizens and especially the young and vulnerable and if they fail to do so in a timely fashion at a state or federal level then they should be kicked out at the first opportunity as a danger to public health.


On 6 June 2012 re Carbon Tax, “Labor’s carbon tax is enough to leave you speechless”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/labors-carbon-tax-is-enough-to-leave-you-speechless-20120605-1zu60.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

Peter Costello is correct in demanding that the Gillard Government is obliged to explain how the carbon tax will actually address man-made climate change. The Awful Truth is that the pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-iron ore Gillard  Labor Government won't because it can't -  the Carbon Tax-ETS coupled with the bipartisan policy of unlimited coal, gas and iron ore exports will be associated with a huge INCREASE in greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution rather than the DECREASE expected if one is "tackling climate change" for a "clean energy future". Some key statistics below.

 

1. In its key 2011 report "Strong Growth, Low Pollution" the Treasury modelled the Carbon Tax and concluded that under the Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's Domestic GHG pollution would RISE from 578 million tonnes CO2-e (CO2 equivalent) in 2010 to 621 million tonnes CO2-e in 2020.

 

2. ABARE projections of coal, gas and iron ore export increases means that Australia's annual Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution will INCREASE   from 1,415 million tonnes CO2-e in 2010 to 2,571 million tonnes CO2-e in 2020, 2.4 times the 1,077 million tonnes CO2-e in 2000 (Google "2011 climate change course"). .

 

 3.High polluting Australia used up its "fair share" of the world's  terminal permissible GHG pollution "budget" of 600 billion tonnes CO2 (WBGU) in early 2011.


On 5 June 2012 re alcohol- and caffeine-related  death of a child and entitled “Parents still searching for answers a year on”: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/parents-still-searching-for-answers-a-year-on-20120604-1zs9b.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

A very tragic story that should deservedly alarm all parents and reinforce humane demands for better protection of children and adults  from licit drugs such as alcohol and tobacco as well as from presently illicit drugs. Each year alcohol kills about 3,000 Australians (in addition to blighting vastly more lives) , smoking kills 15,500 and illicit drugs kill about 1,000 (of whom about 350 die opiate drug-related deaths linked to the US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry to about 90% of world market share). Indeed about 66,000 Australians die preventably each year in a rich but greedy society that places corporate profit above the health and welfare of Australians and most wickedly above the health and welfare of Australian children (Google "66,000 preventable Australian deaths annually").

 

This specific case raises many issues of access, toxicity, product warning, product banning, child protection, and public protection. Products for which consumption is limited by the manufacturer to no more than 1 per day (as in this case) should only be available  on prescription from pharmacies. A serious issue is multidrug synergism that in this tragic case may have involved  alcohol and caffeine that is a major defensive toxin of Paullinia cupana (guarana) (see my encyclopaedic pharmacological reference text "Biochemical targets of plant bioactive compounds", pp20, 160, 258).


On 31 May 2012. My comments on an article relating to  tobacco were CENSORED:


"Australians  who care for the welfare of their fellow Australians must all urge and support  government action against tobacco and other things causing premature death in Australia.

 

Tobacco causes 15,500 preventable Australian deaths annually, alcohol kills 3,000 and abuse of illicit  and prescription drugs about 1,000. It is estimated that there are 360 Australian opiate drug-related deaths annually due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry.

 

To put this in context, an estimated  66,000 Australians die preventably each year, the breakdown  in descending order of seriousness being 18,000 (adverse hospital events), 15,500 (smoking), 10,000 (coal-fired power station, vehicle exhaust and other carbon burning pollutants), 9,000 (Indigenous Australians), 6,000 (obesity), 3,000 (alcohol), 2,100 (suicides), 1,400 (road deaths), 360 (US Afghan War-linked opiate drug deaths), and 300 (homicides) (Google: "66,000 Preventable Australian Deaths Annually" ) .

 

If the Australian  Labor Government were serious about protecting Australian lives and Australian security it would apply even greater controls over tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use as well as taking resolute action over the other major causes of preventable death listed above. But it won't because of its higher commitment to the interests of foreign powers e.g. $30 billion spent on "terror hysteria" responses this century whereas only 4 Australians have died from terrorism within Australia in 40 years."




On 24 May 2012 re mining tax “Lost in a frontier fantasy”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/lost-in-a-frontier-fantasy-20120523-1z5ep.html  . My comments were CENSORED.

"In his otherwise excellent article, Professor Lewis misses the key, science-based reality that Australia is obliged to cease exploiting coal gas and iron ore in the first place.

In 2009 the German Advisory Council on Climate Change (WBGU) determined that for a 75% chance of avoiding a 2 degree Centigrade temperature rise, the World must pollute less than 600 Gt CO2 (600 billion tonnes CO2) between 2010 and essentially zero emissions in 2050.

Unfortunately Australia's annual domestic plus exported  greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is so high that Australia exceeded its "fair share"of this global terminal GHG pollution budget in mid-2011 (Google "2011 climate change course"). 

Worse still, Australia' s coal , gas and iron ore deposits are so huge that the bipartisan Liberal-Laboral (Lib-Lab) policy of unlimited exports of these commodities (and hence of the GHG pollution inherent in their use) means that Australia with 0.3% of the World's population intends to pollute the atmosphere with THREE (3) TIMES the whole world’s terminal GHG pollution budget.

For a detailed and documented  analysis of why Australia must rapidly cease coal, gas and iron ore exports Google  “Australia’s huge coal, gas & iron ore exports threaten Planet”".


On 21 May 2012 re drug de-criminalizing “Policy on drugs endangers youth”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/policy-on-drugs-endangers-youth-20120520-1yys3.html . My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

"Excellent article. However decriminalising particular presently illicit drugs (e.g. marijuana) should not mean absence of quality and consumer age controls that apply to other commercial products, including far more dangerous drugs such as tobacco and alcohol. Annual Australian deaths from smoking, alcohol and other drugs (mainly illicit opiates and abused prescription drugs) total about 16,000, 3,000 and 1000, respectively. Some additional points below.

1. Prevention of all untimely death is important, not just policing and insurance costs. 66,000 Australians and 1 million Americans  die from preventable causes each year  (Google "66,000 preventable Australian deaths" and "1 million Americans die").

2. Control over saleable drugs, amount, drug quality  and consumer age  requires licensed sale for all decriminalised drugs (e.g. pharmacies). Decriminalization would clearly have to be very restricted because there are thousands of variously toxic and psychoactive plant natural products (see my huge pharmacological  text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds")..

3. Forgotten in public discussion of criminality, drugs and cost is the reality that globally since 2001 about 1 million people have died opiate drug-related deaths linked to the US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry  to about 90% of world market share (the dead including 3,700 Australians, 18,000 British and 200,000 Americans) (for details and documentation Google "Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide”).



On 16 May 2012 re Victorian Baillieu Liberal Government & “Ghost of election future visits Spring Street”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/ghost-of-election-future-visits-spring-street-20120516-1yr3e.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

The fundamental voter strategy to deal with the Liberal-Laboral, Lib-Lab duality is to punish the incompetent incumbent. The number one problem facing the world is the worsening climate crisis. Egregious climate change inaction. by both the Liberals and Laborals means voting Green and putting the Baillieu Liberals last in the next Victorian  state election and voting Green and putting the Gillard Laborals last in the next Federal election.

 

The WBGU, that advises the German Government on climate change, estimated in 2009 that the world must emit no more than 600 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) before 2050 if it is to have a 75% chance of avoiding a catastrophic 2 degrees Centigrade temperature rise. Australia’s annual per capita domestic plus exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is so high (over 70 times that of Bangladesh) that it exceeded its “fair share” of this terminal GHG pollution budget by mid-2011. Worse still, Australia’s commitment to unlimited gas, coal and iron ore exports means that, given Australia’s huge resources of these materials, it is committed to polluting the atmosphere with over 3 times the world’s total terminal GHG pollution budget.

 

Yet Baillieu Liberal and Gillard Laboral policies mean an INCREASE in GHG pollution - ergo, kick them both out if you love your children and grandchildren.

 

 

On 15 May 2012 re “C” word scrubbed right out of latest carbon tax ads”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/c-word-scrubbed-right-out-of-latest-carbon-tax-ads-20120514-1yn2n.html . My comments were PUBLISHED.

 

The Gillard Labor Government evidently left out mention of the Carbon Tax from its self-promoting advertisements so voters would not realize (if they hadn't realized already) that they are being robbed with one hand and bribed with the other (the latter successfully because, subject to statistical error,  Labor's primary vote appears to have increased from 27% to 30%).

 

However there is another reason why Labor was wise to go for "Don't mention the Carbon Tax". Thus critical analysis of Labor's Carbon  Tax-ETS based on Treasury, ABARE and US EIA data reveals that under this scheme Australia's domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will increase from 578 Mt CO2-e in 2010 to 621 Mt CO2-e in 2020 (see the 2011 Treasury report "Strong Growth, Low Pollution") and that Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution (including CO2 from use of our huge coal, gas and iron ore exports) will more than DOUBLE by 2020 relative to that in 2000 (Google "2011 climate change course").

 

"Tackling climate change" means that you must DECREASE GHG pollution. The correct "Punish the incompetent incumbent" voter strategy  means that governments failing to decrease GHG pollution and indeed doing the opposite (e.g. the Baillieu Liberal Government of Victoria and the Gillard Laboral Government of Australia) should be kicked out at the next election.

 

 

On 14 May 2012 re “Government agony: hung , drawn and tortured”:  http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/government-agony-hung-drawn-and-tortured-20120513-1yl2d.html . My comments were CENSORED:

 

“What should be THE issue in Australia rather than the allegations against MPs Thomson and Slipper  (what about other MPs and their associates?) is not even reported by Mainstream media and that it is the horrendous human cost of Australia-supported and variously Australia-complicit US Alliance wars and occupations in a swathe of countries including  Libya, Somalia, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan that since 1990 have been associated with 12 million violent deaths or avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation (for details Google "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide"). A subsidiary scandal is that my attempts as a responsible citizen, 5-decade career scientist and a humanitarian to report this horrendous human catastrophe on the taxpayer-funded ABC's Late Night Live  and the taxpayer-funded, Australian universities-backed and academic -based web magazine The Conversation have been associated with repeated egregious  censorship  and finally with exclusion from posting comments on both sites after I publicized the censorship in a systematic fashion (Google "Censorship by Late Night Live", "Censorship by The Conversation", "ABC Censorship" and "Australian Internet Censorship"). The deaths of 12 million people is a bit more important than alleged sexual interest and Australia's 21st century investment of about $30 billion so far on the deadly War on Muslims a bit more important than inappropriate union or government personal expense accounts.”

 

On 14 May 2102, 3AW (Fairfax) re The politics of smear”: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/neil-mitchell-blog/the-politics-of-smear/20120511-1ygf4.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

What should be THE issue in Australia rather than the sleaze and expense account allegations against MPs is not even reported by Mainstream media and that it is the horrendous human cost of Australia-supported and variously Australia-complicit US Alliance wars and occupations in a swathe of countries including  Libya, Somalia, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan that since 1990 have been associated with 12 million violent deaths or avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation (for details Google "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide"). A subsidiary scandal is that my attempts as a responsible, 5-decade career scientist to report this horrendous human catastrophe on the taxpayer-funded ABC's Late Night Live  and the taxpayer-funded web magazine The Conversation have been associated with repeated egregious  censorship  and finally with exclusion from posting comments on both sites after I publicized the censorship in a systematic fashion (Google "Censorship by Late Night Live", "Censorship by The Conversation", "ABC Censorship" and "Australian Internet Censorship".

 

 

On 11 May 2012 re violence and racism directed at Indian and Chinese students in Australia, “We came here to learn , but live in fear”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/we-came-here-to-learn-but-we-live-in-fear-20120510-1yfhq.html . My comment was PUBLISHED.

 

“What a shocking story and a shocking situation of widespread racism in Australia that needs to be urgently addressed on many fronts. .Thus major contributors   to this situation are (1) bipartisan Lib-Lab (Liberal-Laboral) support for Educational Apartheid that provides sub-standard education for most Australian children; (2) high real unemployment (perhaps 10% rather than the official 5%); (3) high youth unemployment (17% of those aged 15-19 are not fully engaged  in work or study); (4) low participation rate (65%); (5) high underemployment (currently 25% of employment is part-time according to the ABS);  (6) the 2-speed economy, a huge and widening gap between rich and poor and the rapid evaporation of the  dream of home ownership for many (most?) young Australians; and (7) politically correct racism (PC racism) in look-the-other-way Australia in which most will vehemently assert "I am not a racist but ..." and vote for pro-war Lib-Labs (war is the ultimate expression of racism; Australia has participated in all post-1950 US Asian wars, wars associated, so far,  with 38 million violent deaths or avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation). Horrible experiences recounted to me by my  numerous Asian and Muslim friends make it clear that it is not just Indian and Chinese students who are subject to verbal and/or physical racist attacks in Australia.”

 

 

On 9 May 2012 re the Federal Budget and “Swan’s cash splash”: http://www.theage.com.au/business/federal-budget/swans-cash-splash-20120508-1ybdt.html . My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

In selectively dispensing largesse within Australia Labor ignores its moral and indeed legal obligations for foreign  aid.  Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War state that an Occupier must provide its Conquered Subjects with life-sustaining food and medical requisites “to the fullest extent of the means available to it”.  The World Health Organization (WHO) informs us that the “annual per capita total health expenditure” permitted by the Occupiers in Afghanistan is US$69 as compared to the value of US$3,382 for Occupier Australia, the latter being the amount demanded by the Geneva Convention as per “to the fullest extent of the means available to it”, a difference of US$3,313. Accordingly, under the terms of the Geneva Convention Australia “owes” Urozgan province 0.314 million people x US$3,313 per person per year = US$1,040 [m]illion annually or about 25%of Australia’s total annual Aid budget. In harsh reality, according to DFAT Australia  has committed only  $740 million in development assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 i.e. $740 million /10.7 years = $69 million per year or 6.6% of what the Geneva Convention demands annually for food and medicine alone for Australia-occupied Afghanistan. Labor's budget  shames Australia internationally.


On 9 May 2012 3AW (Fairfax owned) re racism: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/3aw-generic-blog/wake-up-australia-we-are-racist/20100104-lpmr.html .My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

Setting aside an inevitable minority of unpleasant racist yahoos (2 of my Australian-born family members have been told to "go back to where you come from"), most Australians would genuinely and vehemently deny that they are racist while voting for neocon Liberals or neocon Laborals (the Libs or Labs) committed to invading , devastating and mass murdering in distant Asian countries. This is correctly termed politically correct racism (PC racism) and clearly applies to all Australians except those voting for the anti-racism , anti-war, pro-Planet and pro-Humanity Greens.




On 3 May 2012 re re-publication of Adolph Hitler’s  “Mein Kampf”, “Annotating Evil”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/blogs/wokkapedia/annotating-evil-20120502-1xyka.html .  I sent the following comment to The Age in the hope that it would be published uncensored - The Age indeed DID publish my comments but then effectively censored the whole story by shifting the story off the front page of its website so it was effectively HIDDEN unless you knew the title and the author (The Age has an appalling record of censoring comments containing things it evidently does not want its readers to read , know about or  think about; for numerous examples Google "Censorship by The Age"):  

 “Hitler's "Mein Kampf" should not he censored for the fundamental reason that it is key evidence for what contributed to  the rise of Nazism, German militarism, and some 40 million deaths in the Western theatre of WW2 including the WW2 Holocaust in which 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies died. History ignored yields history repeated and censorship subverts the process of rational risk management aimed at minimizing risk to humanity. One must note that there is already massive censorship of key aspects of WW2, notably of the Australia-complicit 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust in which 6-7 million Indians were deliberately starved to death by the British for strategic reasons - for the Awful Truth near-completely censored out of Anglo media and books see Dr Gideon Polya's "Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History" (read it for free on the Web), Dr Madhusree Mukerjee's "Churchill's Secret War", Tom Keneally's "Three Famines", Paul Greenough's  "Prosperity and Misery in Modern Bengal" and N.G. Jog's 1944 book "Churchill's Blind Spot: India" (the first work to describe a WW2 atrocity as a holocaust, specifically the Bengali Holocaust or Bengal Famine). Colin Mason's "A Short History of Asia" decries Anglo censorship of the Bengal Famine but this atrocity is not even mentioned in Geoffrey Blainey's "A Short History of the World".”


On 2 May 2012 re “Government fixated on costly east-west link”: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/government-fixated-on-the-costly-eastwest-link-20120501-1xx9q.html . My comments were PUBLISHED:

 

Victoria should be investing in rail public transport and not on further highways. The stark reason for this is given by the expert Australian Climate Commission's May 2011 report "The Critical Decade" which concluded that for a 70% chance of avoiding a disastrous 2C temperature rise (EU and Australian policy) the World has a terminal "carbon budget" in which it can emit no more than 1 trillion tonnes of CO2 before final zero emissions in 2050. Australia 's huge Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is such (1,708 Mt CO2-e pa in 2010 including GHG accrual inherent in iron ore exports ) that it would exceed its "share" (1,000 ,000 Mt CO2-e x 22.3 million Australians /7,000 million humans = 3,186 Mt CO2-e) in 3,186 Mt CO2-e/ 1,708 Mt CO2-e per year = 1.9 years. Within a year Australia will have exceeded its "fair share" and be stealing the entitlement of other countries, including impoverished, low pollution but  global warming-threatened countries like Somalia and Bangladesh. The Baillieu Government (Fail You Government) has an appalling record of failure on climate change action that goes beyond mere  climate change inaction to actively increasing GHG pollution in 7 major areas (for documented details Google "Australia's climate genocide"). Pro-environrnent  voters will  reject incompetent Liberal and Laboral incumbents and vote 1 Green.

 

 

On 2 May 2012 re PPPs “Jump off the policy pendulum”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/jump-off-the-policy-pendulum-20120501-1xwzq.html . My comments were CENSORED, one supposes for containing things that The Age does not want its readers to read, know about or  think about):

 

The bottom line in such private-public arguments relates to prevention of avoidable deaths. Thus after 9-11 (3,000 deaths) the US committed over $5 trillion to the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan even though no Iraqis or Afghans were directly involved according to the "official version" of the egregiously dishonest Bush Administration (for alternative science-based views Google "US did 9-11"). However in addition  to 9 million violent or deprivation-linked Muslim deaths, since 2001 6,443 US soldiers have died, a further 50,000 US veterans have committed suicide and 200,000 Americans have died opiate drug-related deaths linked to US restoration  of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry to 90% of world market share. Indeed it is estimated that 1 million Americans die preventably  each year, with 45,000 dying from lack of health cover (for details Google "1 million Americans die"). Similarly, Australia has committed about $30 billion to the War on Terror but while only 4 Australians have been killed by "terrorism" within Australia in about 40 years, some 66,000 Australian die preventably each year, this including 9,000 Aboriginal avoidable deaths annually  (for documented details Google "66,000 Australians die"). In Australia our love of "free enterprise" means that we will spend $10 million saving a lone yachtsman and $3 billion annually  on terror hysteria while 66,000 Australians die preventably each year.



On 30 April 2012 “Gillard tries to stop the rot”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/gillard-tries-to-stop-the-rot-20120429-1xt4d.html . My comment was PUBLISHED.

 

An horrendous crime linked to the Gillard Labor Government that is immeasurably vaster than those alleged of MPs Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper,  is complicity in the Afghan Genocide that has been associated so far with the deaths of 2.9 million Afghan under-5 year old infants since 2001 (UN Population Division data), 90% avoidable and due to gross, war criminal US Alliance violation of Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War which unequivocally state that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical requisites to the conquered subjects “to “the fullest extent of the means available to it”. Of course the Coalition Opposition is equally complicit in this ongoing and utterly unforgivable atrocity.

 

 

On 30 April 2012 “Credibility gone, Gillard should fall on her sword”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/credibility-gone-pm-should-fall-on-her-sword-20120429-1xt3a.html . My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

“The Coalition and the Mainstream Media baying for the political demise [of] Julia Gillard should examine their own consciences and consider "Let he who Is without sin cast the first stone". An horrendous crime linked to both the Gillard Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition and which is immeasurably vaster than those offences alleged of MPs Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper,  is complicity in the Afghan Genocide that has been associated so far with the deaths of 2.9 million Afghan under-5 year old infants since 2001 (UN Population Division data), 90% avoidable and due to gross, war criminal US Alliance violation of Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War which unequivocally state that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical requisites to the conquered subjects “to the fullest extent of the means available to it”.”

 

 3AW (radio; like The  Age, Fairfax Empire-owned) re Gillard: http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/mitchell-if-julia-gillard-has-any-decency-she-must-step-aside/20120430-1xtpm.html . My comment was PUBLISHED:

 

An horrendous crime linked to both the Gillard Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition and that is immeasurably vaster than those offences alleged of MPs Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper,  is complicity in the Afghan Genocide that has been associated so far with the deaths of 2.9 million Afghan under-5 year old infants since 2001 (UN Population Division data), 90% avoidable and due to gross, war criminal US Alliance violation of Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War which unequivocally state that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical requisites to the conquered subjects “to “the fullest extent of the means available to it”. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.



On 27 April 2012 The Age on-line published an article by climate change denialist non-scientist Senator Nick Minchin about the Australian ABC TV “debate” between him and science-informed Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition activist Anna Rose and entitled “All can agree on green energy, but the rest is alarmist” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/all-can-agree-on-green-energy-but-the-rest-is-alarmist-20120426-1xnv3.html .

 

Key quote: “’ Conversely, neither Anna, nor those whom Anna took me to meet, could convince me that human emissions of CO2 are driving dangerous global warming” [noting that 97% of inherently sceptical scientistrs ARE convinced].

 

The Age kindly published my following comments on the article:


Senator Minchin is not a scientist and - while "entitled to his opinion" - in rejecting the overwhelming international scientific consensus on the seriousness of man-made climate change is attacking the millions of credentialled ethical scientists behind the medicine, agriculture and industry that are responsible for our safe, well-fed, prosperous lives today.

 

Anna Rose touched all bases in demolishing Senator Minchin from the perspective of scientists such as myself but not from that of a largely scientifically illiterate  and greed-obsessed society.  Anna Rose's arguments about renewable energy could indeed have been stronger. Thus based on Canadian  and New Zealand data, carbon burning pollutants may kill as many as 10,000 Australians each year, this making renewable energy far cheaper than Australian-killing fossil fuel-based energy (for details and documentation Google "Australian carbon burning -related deaths).

 

Further, in 2009 the German Advisory Council on Climate Change (WBGU) determined that for a 75% chance of avoiding a 2 degree C temperature rise, the World must pollute less than 600 Gt CO2 between 2010 and essentially zero emissions in 2050. Unfortunately Australia through disproportionately huge annual fossil fuel burning and exports has already used up its “fair share” of this terminal greenhouse gas (GHG) budget and is now stealing the entitlement of impoverished , climate change-threatened countries like Somalia and Bangladesh.”  




On 26 April 2012 re Anzac Day & “Young searching life’s meaning embrace the rituals of the old”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/young-searching-for-lifes-meaning-embrace-the-rituals-of-old-20120425-1xlin.html . My comments were censored completely  by The Age presumably as containing  material it does not want its readers to read, know about or think about:

 

When it comes to matters of life and death, such as the over 100,000 Australians who have died in war,   people should be dispassionately rational but the war-glorifying Mainstream politician and media exploitation of Anzac Day does an immense disservice  to the heroic fallen and their descendants. Below are some realities about huge collateral civilian deaths associated with Australian military involvements overseas and which depart from the pro-war Mainstream myth.

 

1. 24 April is Armenian Genocide Day that commemorates the beginning of the World War 1 Armenian Genocide (1.5 million Armenians killed) on the eve of the Anzac invasion and after several months of Allied shelling of the Dardanelles.

 

2. In 1918 the Anzac Mounted Division massacred 137 Palestinians and burned down the village of Surafend as reprisals for the killing of a New Zealand sergeant by a fleeing Bedouin thief.

 

3. In 1919 Australian soldiers massacred Egyptian pro-democracy demonstrators in Cairo.

 

4. By withholding grain from starving  India at Churchill's behest, Australia was complicit in the 1942-1945 Bengali Holocaust in which 6-7 million Indians were deliberately starved to death for strategic reasons.

 

5. Post-invasion avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation in Iraq and Afghanistan have totalled 1.2 million and 4.2 million, respectively (Google "Recall huge civilian war deaths on Armenian Genocide Day & Australian Anzac Day").


On 26 April 2012 re climate scientists vs climate sceptics: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/sceptics-must-start-warming-to-the-reality-of-climate-science-20120425-1xlhh.html . My comments were published uncensored:

 

“An excellent article that exposes the dangerous, humanity-endangering gulf between credentialled scientists and uncredentialled climate change denialists.

 

The international scientific consensus on man-made climate change is implicit in the latest report offering a dire view of Australia's future  by CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and entitled "State of the Climate 2012" .

 

At the end of  the weather report each night or indeed on the next Black Saturday should the "balanced" ABC offer an uncredentialled, equal time  disclaimer from an uncredentialled, non-scientist, non-meteorologist that "all the foregoing is rubbish"?

 

A 5-decade-career scientist in an area (biological chemistry) intimately  related to the causes of and solutions to man-made climate change,  I am appalled by the media-, corporate- and politician-expanded gulf between the perception of reality by scientists  and that of the public. Accordingly, in addition to giving climate change lectures to university students (Google "2011 climate change course") I have been giving free climate change lectures to community groups in Greater Melbourne, from Seymour to Trafalgar. If you belong to such a group please give me a ring - I would be very happy to talk to your group for free, pro bono publico, about "the science of man-made climatic disruption" (Google this phrase) and solutions to the worsening climate emergency.”



On 23 April 2012, re alleged offences of MP Peter Slipper: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/sleaze-the-day-the-tactic-that-now-dogs-alp-20120422-1xf6q.html . Comments by Dr Gideon Polya, a 5-decade career scientist, under his own name  that The Age evidently did not want its readers to read, know about or think  about (in contrast, it published 262 mostly anonymous and hence uncredentialled  comments about the article) :

 

Lost in all this self-righteousness about MPs  Peter Slipper and Craig Thomson  is that their alleged offences are negligible compared to the following crimes under Natural Law and/or International Law in which the Liberals and Laborals (Lib-Labs) are unequivocally complicit:

 

1.  The Ruler is responsible for the ruled but the annual avoidable death rate is 1.8% for Indigenous Australians in one of the world's richest countries as compared to 0.4% for impoverished India and 1.0% for even more impoverished sub-Saharan Africa. (see Gideon Polya, "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950",  now accessible  free on the Web).

 

2. Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War states unequivocally that an Occupier must supply life-sustaining food and medical requisites to the conquered subjects "to the fullest extent of the means available to it" - yet 191,000 under-5 year old Afghan infants die each year (UNICEF) and  2.9 million have died since 2001, 90% avoidably due to gross US Alliance violation of the Geneva Convention.

 

3. In the post-1990 US Alliance War on Muslims, deaths of Iraqis, Somalis, Palestinians, Libyans, Afghans  and Pakistanis from US Alliance-imposed violence or war-linked deprivation have totalled 12 million, twice the carnage  of the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (Google  "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide:).  



On 2 April 2012 The Age On-line National Times published an article about the banning of the Chinese company Huawei from tendering over the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN). The article was by regular Age  writer Kathleen Murphy and entitled “No Huawei – we must not let roadblocks bar our path”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/no-huawei--we-must-not-let-roadblocks-bar-our-path-20120401-1w6dm.html . I sent the following comment on the article under my own name (Dr Gideon Polya) but it was completely  censored by The Age, presumably for containing material The Age does not want its readers to read, know about or think about:

PM Julia Gillard's comment "''Let's be very clear about the decision we have made here. I have stood up for Australia's national interests. I note that the opposition is standing up for the interests of a Chinese company" comes across as  unacceptable, race-based xenophobia - if she had said "a company linked to the Chinese Government" it might have been acceptable.

 

PM Julia Gillard's knee-jerk reliance on secret advice from Australian Intelligence is seriously misplaced. This century alone slavishly US-beholden Australian intelligence has made some glaring mistakes that have:

 

1.  cost Australia billions of dollars (false advice on the existence of actually non-existent Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction and then the Iraq War associated with 2.7 million war-related deaths);

 

2.  trashed Australia's international reputation (imprisonment of thousands of refugees including children due to tardy and no doubt dodgy security reports);

 

3. seriously undermined our national security (despite large-scale Israeli forging of Australian passports, violation of Australian sovereignty,  kidnapping of Australians and subversion of Australian MPs and media, the Australian Government was advised to spend $349 million putting Israelis at the heart of our defence command and control);

 

4. made the Australian Government complicit in the US Alliance-protected Afghan opiate drugs-related deaths of 3,700 Australians (as well as 200,000 Americans, 18,000 British and 1 million people world-wide).”



On 26 March 2012 The Age On-line National Times published an article about Australia and Asia by Monash University academic Tim Soutphommasane and entitled “Financial fetishing of Asia falls short of multiculturalism”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/financial-fetishising-of-asia-falls-short-of-multiculturalism-20120325-1vsb7.html

 

The Age completely censored the following comments about the article I sent to The Age in the hope it might be published uncensored:

"This article makes no mention of the R word (Racism) or the G word (Genocide) and follows Basil's injunction "Don't mention the War" in the German tourist episode of Fawlty Towers. If we are to engage nicely with Asia for starters we should stop the Racism, War and Genocide.

1. Racism. Most Asians wanting to visit Australia have to apply via a special form and a cumbersome process designed for most non-Europeans and for "Poor Whites" whereas most Whites and some Honorary Whites (e,g, the Japanese) can quickly obtain a visa electronically under this New White Australia Policy.

2. War. Australia has participated in all post-1950 US Asian wars, racist conflicts that have been associated with Indigenous Asian violent deaths and avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation totalling about 36 million.

3. Genocide. Australia has a secret genocide history involving participation in 24 UK and/or US genocidal atrocities (Google "secret genocide history") e.g. (violent deaths and avoidable deaths from imposed deprivation in parentheses) the Indian Holocaust (1.8 billion , 1757-1947), WW2 Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million, 1942-1945), Iraqi Genocide (4.6 million, 1990-2012), Afghan Genocide (5.6 million, 2001-2012) and the Palestinian Genocide (1936-2012) (for detailed mortality-related histories of all countries see my book "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950)."

PS. I forgot to state that violent Palestinian deaths since 1936 due to racist Zionist invasion total 0.1 million but 1.9 million Palestinians have died avoidably since then from war-, expulsion- and occupation-imposed deprivation (Google "Palestinian Genocide". My comment was of course censored completely by The Age, presumably as containing material it does not want its readers to read, know or think about. For many more examples of this kind of censorship by Australia's most progressive Mainstream newspaper simply Google :"Censorship by The Age" (just imagine what the rest are like).




On 23 March 2012 The Age On-line national Times published an article by its Economics Editor Tim Colebatch about the latest $0.3 billion Government subsidy for GM Holden and entitled “It’s be  a brave PM who pilled the plug on Holden” ( see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/itd-be-a-brave-pm-who-pulled-the-plug-on-holden-20120322-1vmxw.html ).

 

Key quotes:You can have a car industry with taxpayer subsidies. Or you can save taxpayers' money and scrap your car industry. There are good arguments for either policy, but you can't have a car industry without subsidies.

 

The Age regularly  censors out informed, credentialled, non-anonymous comments on climate change and the human cost of war and in this instance   repeatedly censored out my 2 proffered comments on the article, the second (below) being a slightly edited version of the first.

 

Censored comment #1.

 

“Australia clearly needs a sophisticated car industry as the basis of a sophisticated manufacturing industry. However this $300 million investment into carbon -burning cars is an immense wasted opportunity - the money should have been spent on electric cars and renewable energy.

 

Pro-coal, pro-gas Gillard Labor already spends $12 billion each year on subsidies for fossil fuel burning (according  to the  ACF)  and this simply adds another $0.3 billion to the carbon burning bonfire. 

 

Australia is a world leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and pro-coal, pro-gas Australian PM Julia Gillard has an appalling record of climate change inaction falsely dressed up as the opposite. The biggest and most outrageous untruth of Gillard Labor is that it is “tackling climate change” . For a detailed analysis of 16 areas in which Gillard Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS will INCREASE greenhouse gas pollution simply Google "Australian PM Julia Gillard’s appalling record of climate change inaction."

 

Utterly betrayed pro-environment and pro-science Labor voters will vote 1 Green and put Labor last until it gives up its terracidal fossil fuel burning  policies.” 

 

 

Censored comment #2.

 

“Edited & re-submitted: Australia clearly needs a car industry as the fundamental basis of a sophisticated manufacturing industry. However this $300 million investment into carbon -burning cars is an immense wasted opportunity - the money should have been spent on electric cars and renewable energy.

 

Pro-coal, pro-gas Gillard Labor already spends $12 billion each year on subsidies for fossil fuel burning (according  to the  ACF)  and this simply adds another $0.3 billion to the carbon burning bonfire. 

 

Australia is a world leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and pro-coal, pro-gas Australian PM Julia Gillard has an appalling record of climate change inaction falsely dressed up as the opposite. The biggest and most outrageous untruth of Gillard Labor is that it is “tackling climate change” . For a detailed analysis of 16 areas in which Gillard Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS will INCREASE greenhouse gas pollution simply Google "Australian PM Julia Gillard’s appalling record of climate change inaction."

 

Utterly betrayed pro-environment and pro-science Labor voters will vote 1 Green and put Labor last until it gives up its fossil fuel burning  policies. ”

The Greens have already protested that these subsidies should have been used to advance electric cars.  Thus Greens MP Adam Bandt: “"If we are to put further public money into this industry it must come on the condition that the industry begins switching to electric. We can do it. The technology is available now. People need to have confidence that they can drive their electric cars over a certain range and know there's going to be a charging point either at the supermarket or some other place." (see “The Greens want taxpayer funding for Holden to drive the production to electric vehicles”, The Australian, 22 March 2012: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/the-opposition-is-seeking-a-cost-benefit-analysis-on-a-planned-200-million-subsidy-for-holden/story-fn59niix-1226306958017 ).

The Age again reveals itself as a neocon rag that remorselessly censors informed, credentialed, non-anonymous comments that it evidently regards as containing things that it does not want its readers to read, know or think about (see “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age and http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ . Censorship sabotages rational risk management that is crucial for societal safety. Sensible people advocate that we “Boycott Murdoch Media” for its appalling reportage over man-made climate change (see “Boycott Murdoch Media”: https://sites.google.com/site/boycottmurdochmedia/ ) and the ostensibly more liberal Fairfax media may well deserve the same treatment for their anti-science censorship.




On 19 March 2012 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Katherine Murphy re PM Julia Gillard  and Labor’s disastrous 31% vote. The article was entitled “Only together can Labor excavate its way out of this hole” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/only-together-can-labor-excavate-its-way-out-of-this-hole-20120318-1vdjq.html ).

 

I sent the a detailed comment on the article to The Age in the hope that it might be published uncensored. However The Age completely  censored it as presumably containing material it does not want its readers to read, know about or think about (see Censored Comment #1 below). I accordingly re-submitted  an edited version in which I deleted any direct reference to Palestine or Palestinians – and this the pro-Zionist Age  did publish (see Uncensored Comment #2 below).  

 

Censored Comment #1.

 

“There are some core issues on which pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-environment Gillard Labor has utterly betrayed  traditional anti-war, pro-environment, pro-equity and indeed pro-democracy Labor voters, many of whom will surely vote 1 Green and put Labor last  Thus:

 

(1) War: under PM Julia Gillard ("the new warlord of Oz" according to outstanding expatriate  Australian journalist John Pilger)  Labor urges more war in Afghanistan when even Karzai and the Americans  want it to stop.

 

(2) Climate change:  under Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's domestic plus exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will increase 1.7 fold by 2020 and 4.2-fold by 2050 relative to 2000 and Labor approves logging of old growth forests, coal seam gas  and out-of-control coal and LNG exports threatening the Planet and the Great Barrier Reef.

 

(3). Equity: the majority of Australian kids attending Government schools are disproportionately excluded from university,  top universities and top courses; there is a continuing disaster re Indigenous rights, health and literacy.

 

(4) Democracy:  very popularly elected PM Rudd was removed and replaced as FM by an unelected Senator; Gillard Labor voted no at the UN over Palestinian statehood, noting that only adults of 12.5% of 12 million Palestinians can vote for the government ruling all of Palestine and 6 million Palestinian cannot even live in Palestine.”

 

Re-submitted, edited uncensored Comment #2 (altered parts in bold).

 

Re-submitted, edited post: “There are some core issues on which pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, anti-environment Gillard Labor has utterly betrayed  traditional anti-war, pro-environment, pro-equity and indeed pro-democracy Labor voters, many of whom will surely vote 1 Green and put Labor last  Thus:

 

(1) War: under PM Julia Gillard ("the new warlord of Oz" according to outstanding expatriate  Australian journalist John Pilger)  Labor urges more war in Afghanistan when even Karzai and the Americans  want it to stop.

 

(2) Climate change:  under Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's domestic plus exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will increase 1.7 fold by 2020 and 4.2-fold by 2050 relative to 2000 and Labor approves logging of old growth forests, coal seam gas  and out-of-control coal and LNG exports threatening the Planet and the Great Barrier Reef.

 

(3). Equity: the majority of Australian kids attending Government schools are disproportionately excluded from university,  top universities and top courses; there is a continuing disaster re Indigenous rights, health and literacy.

 

(4) Democracy: very popularly elected PM Rudd was removed and replaced as FM by an unelected Senator; Gillard Labor voted no at the UN for democracy and self-determination for a particular Arab people.”



On 6 March 2012 The Age On-line National Times section published an article by Gillian Guthrie about the alleged description of PM Julia Gillard as a “childless, atheist, ex-communist” and entitled “Put a stop now to mother of all insults” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/put-a-stop-now-to-mother-of-all-insults-20120305-1ue69.html ). The Age did not publish the following comment from me, presumably because it contains facts and opinions The Age does not want its readers to know, think about or see, even if buried in a comment thread of several hundred comments:

 

“Being childless is PM Julia Gillard's own business and indeed is a good example in an overcrowded world. However what should concern all decent folk is that pro-war and slavishly pro-US Julia Gillard ("the new warlord of Oz" in the words of outstanding expatriate Australian journalist John Pilger) has helped make Labor and Australia complicit in avoidable under-5 infant deaths totalling 1.8 million in Iraq (1990-2012) and 2.6 million in Afghanistan (2001-2012). These 4.4 million avoidable infant deaths  have been due to sanctions- and war-imposed deprivation and are due to gross US Alliance violation of Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War that demands that an Occupier must supply life-sustaining food and medical requisites to a subject population "to the fullest extent of the means available to it". The World Health Organization informs  that annual per capita total health expenditure permitted by the Occupiers in Occupied Afghanistan is US$69 as  compared to US$7,410 for the US. Childless PM Julia Gillard is still involving Australia in an immense crime against the children, mothers and indeed fathers, men and women of US Alliance-occupied Afghanistan. PM Gillard has utterly betrayed decent anti-war, pro-child, pro-mother, pro-woman Labor voters who will vote Green and put Labor last until Labor reverts to decent values.”




On 1 March 2012 The Age On-line National Times section published an article by former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans on the Australian bid for a seat on the UN Security Council and entitled “” National interest and pride demand we fight to join the UN Security Council” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/national-interest-and-pride-demand-we-fight-to-join-the-un-security-council-20120229-1u38x.html  ). 2 comments sent on the article were completely censored.

 

Comment #1.

I sent a detailed comment on the article to The Age in the hope it might be published uncensored. It was not published (The Age has an appalling record of censoring comments containing material it evidently does not want its readers to read, know about or think about, as evidenced by  "Censorship by The Age") that went thus (from memory; I messed up saving my comment):

"Gareth Evans has nullified his argument for an Australian seat on the UN Security Council by this comment buried in his article: "We started very late, other deals have been done, and it's not going to be easy to win this UN campaign. It will certainly be almost impossible if we paint ourselves into a tiny minority corner on the Palestinian statehood issue, should that come to a vote in the General Assembly before October. But Australia has a formidable story to tell. "

Ex-PM and now ex-FM Kevin Rudd wanted to abstain from the Palestinian statehood vote but PM Julia Gillard insisted on a no vote together with e US and Apartheid Israel, shaming Australia as a politically correct racist (PC racist) country and contrary to the yes position of 129 anti-racism, anti-colonialism, anti-genocide countries who are opposed to Apartheid Israel's Palestinian Genocide (out of 12 million Palestinians, 6 million are forbidden to even live in Palestine).”

Comment #2.

Because my comment above was censored I sent another comment to The Age but this too was completely censored.

"I sent a detailed comment on the article but it was evidently censored. Why is it that the opinions of anti-racist Jews and non-Jews in Australia are routinely censored?

From memory (I messed up saving my comment) : "Gareth Evans has nullified his argument for an Australian seat on the UN Security Council by this comment buried in his article: "We started very late, other deals have been done, and it's not going to be easy to win this UN campaign. It will certainly be almost impossible if we paint ourselves into a tiny minority corner on the Palestinian statehood issue, should that come to a vote in the General Assembly before October. But Australia has a formidable story to tell."

Ex-PM and now ex-FM Kevin Rudd wanted to abstain from the Palestinian statehood vote but PM Julia Gillard insisted on a no vote together with the US and Apartheid Israel, shaming Australia as a politically correct racist (PC racist) country and contrary to the yes position of 129 anti-racism, anti-colonialism, anti-genocide countries who are opposed to Apartheid Israel's Palestinian Genocide (out of 12 million Palestinians, 6 million are forbidden to even live in Palestine).

Not content with participating in all post-1950 US Asian wars (36 million Asian deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation) Australia under Gillard Labor now wants to apply Evans' obscene R2P (Responsibility to Protect) doctrine to devastate Syria and Iran.""

 

On 1 March 2012 The Age On-line National Times section published an article by Professor John Warhurst (emeritus professor of political science, ANU) on the ex-PM Kevin Rudd  challenge against PM Julia Gillard and entitled “Rudd’s challenge to the system” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/rudds-challenge-to-the-system-20120229-1u3ak.html ) . The Age completely censored the following comment I sent on the article:

A key issue in the leadership battle that is not being publicly discussed in look-the-other-way, US-beholden Australia is who actually runs Australia. Thus while Rudd is right wing and pro-US, Gillard and her supporters are extreme right wing and slavishly pro-US.

Thus while Rudd wanted to abstain on the UN vote for Palestinian statehood for the sorely oppressed Indigenous Palestinians, Gillard shamed Australia with a no vote. Rudd raised the ire of the Israel Lobby when he gave a slap on the wrist to the Israelis for large-scale, long-term forging of Australian passports for terrorist purposes and the kidnapping of Australians in International waters (the Israelis have resumed the latter and probably the former). The 2010 Coup, while mining lobby- and US-backed was actually led by the extreme pro-Zionist Labor faction (see outstanding anti-racist Jewish Australian writer Antony Loewenstein, "Does the Zionist Lobby have blood on its hands in Australia?")

While Gillard is pro-war, according to outstanding Australian journalist John Pilger Rudd evoked US hostility by suggesting an end to the Afghan War and the Coup plotters included "US assets" (see "John Pilger: Threat to Assange is a threat to us all" ).

Unambiguously pro-Australian Rudd also unsuccessfully sought US Alliance destruction of the US-restored Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry that has killed 3,700 Australians and 200,000 Americans since 2001 (Google "Afghan Holocaust").

A key issue in the leadership battle that is not being publicly discussed in look-the-other-way, US-beholden Australia is who actually runs Australia. Thus while Rudd is right wing and pro-US, Gillard and her supporters are extreme right wing and slavishly pro-US.

Thus while Rudd wanted to abstain on the UN vote for Palestinian statehood for the sorely oppressed Indigenous Palestinians, Gillard shamed Australia with a no vote. Rudd raised the ire of the Israel Lobby when he gave a slap on the wrist to the Israelis for large-scale, long-term forging of Australian passports for terrorist purposes and the kidnapping of Australians in International waters (the Israelis have resumed the latter and probably the former). The 2010 Coup, while mining lobby- and US-backed was actually led by the extreme pro-Zionist Labor faction (see outstanding anti-racist Jewish Australian writer Antony Loewenstein, "Does the Zionist Lobby have blood on its hands in Australia?")

While Gillard is pro-war, according to outstanding Australian journalist John Pilger Rudd evoked US hostility by suggesting an end to the Afghan War and the Coup plotters included "US assets" (see "John Pilger: Threat to Assange is a threat to us all" ).

Unambiguously pro-Australian Rudd also unsuccessfully sought US Alliance destruction of the US-restored Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry that has killed 3,700 Australians and 200,000 Americans since 2001 (Google "Afghan Holocaust").



On 27 February 2012 The Age On-line national Times section published an article on the ex-PM Rudd versus PM Julia Gillard leadership battle by its political editor Michelle Grattan entitled “Gillard set to stay number one” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/gillard-set-to-stay-number-one-20120226-1twn1.html . The Age initially published my comment but then the corporate-, Zionist- or US-lobby evidently got into the act, my comment was completely censored out and comments on the article were closed. My censored comment is as follows:

"The disgraceful 2010 Coup violated the wishes of Australian voters and was variously backed by foreign-owned mining companies, the US and the Zionist Lobby. This further predicted  defeat of Australia-first Rudd - roughly two thirds of Australians want Rudd but two thirds of the Labor Caucus want Gillard - shows Gillard Labor contempt for Australian sensibilities. 66,000 preventable Australian deaths annually under Gillard Labor means that Gillard must go - the fact that she won't means that Labor must go. Foreigner-subverted Labor  has become anti-Labor as well as anti-Australian. A Gillard victory means that Labor is finished - as The Age reported the other day, 75% of 20 Labor members in marginal seats effectively preferred electoral disaster and Tony Abbott to Australia-first Kevin Rudd."



On 16 February 2012  The Age On-line National Times section published an article by its political  editor Michelle Grattan  on the ex-PM Kevin Rudd versus PM Julia Gillard stoush and entitled “Rudd plays it cool as pressure mounts on Gillard”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/rudd-plays-it-cool-as-pressure-mounts-on-pm-20120215-1t6xz.html .  I sent the following comment on the article to The Age but this disgraceful pro-neocon US, pro-Zionist newspaper  censored it completely, presumably for containing materials it deems unfit for its readers to read, know or think about:

 

Julia Gillard is unfit to govern Australia because she has been wittingly or unwittingly an agent of foreign interests  wanting the political demise of a very popularly elected Australian PM Kevin Rudd. 

 

As reported by the ABC Four Corners program "The Comeback Kid?"  the largely foreign -owned Mining companies were the major players in Rudd's downfall  and the Australian Electoral Commission has revealed that they spent $23 million in 2010 on their anti-Mining Tax campaign.

 

Four Corners also revealed that the US knew about the Coup at least several weeks before it happened - as evidently did  our very pro-US Ambassador to Washington.  According to John Pilger, Wikileaks revealed US "assets" among the Coup Plotters and US unhappiness with Rudd (see "Threat to Assange a threat to us all").

 

Outstanding, anti-racist and patriotic Jewish Australians, notably  writer Antony  Loewenstein in an article "Does the Zionist Lobby have blood on its hands in Australia?", have detailed  the extreme pro-Zionist stance of the Coup plotters and upset of the Zionist Lobby over Rudd's rebuke (albeit very limp-wristed) re Israeli forgery of Australian passports and kidnapping of Australians in international waters, the latter continuing under Gillard who has allowed 2,500 US marines to be stationed on Australian soil and is offering Australian citizenship to US Alliance veterans, this likely including Israeli as well as US and UK war criminals.

 

Australia first means restore Rudd.


On 15 February 2012  The Age On-line National Times section published an article by associate editor Shaun Carney on the ex-PM Kevin Rudd versus PM Julia Gillard stoush and entitled “Where winners are losrers”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/where-winners-are-losers-20120214-1t426.html ” . I sent the following comment on the article to The Age but this disgraceful pro-neocon US, pro-Zionist newspaper  censored it completely, presumably for containing materials it deems unfit for its readers to read, know or think about:

 

 

Restoration of Kevin Rudd as PM would certainly be "worth the trouble" - it would be the first big step since 1975 of countermanding foreign corporations and countries subverting Australian democracy. Thus:

 

1. The Australian Electoral Commission reported that the campaign by the mostly foreign-owned Mining Industry that ousted PM Kevin Rudd and almost removed Labor from office had cost a mere $23 million.

 

2. John Pilger reports in the latest Green Left Weekly ("Threat to Assange a threat to us all") that "WikiLeaks has given Australians a rare glimpse of how their country is run. In 2010 leaked US cables disclosed that key government figures in the Labor Party coup that brought Julia Gillard to power  were "protected" sources of the US embassy: what the CIA calls "assets". Kevin Rudd, the prime minister she ousted, had "displeased Washington by being disobedient..."

 

3. Outstanding, anti-racist Jewish Australian writer Antony  Loewenstein in an article "Does the Zionist Lobby have blood on its hands in Australia?" details  the extreme pro-Zionist stance of the coup plotters.”

 

Yesterday ABC Four Corners in the "The Comeback Kid?" revealed that (1) the Mining Lobby spent up big to oust Rudd and (2) the US  knew weeks in advance through its Labor "assets". However the ABC totally ignored what was apparent to  anti-racist and patriotic Jewish Australians that it was a pro-Zionist-led Coup.





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 On 10 February 2012 The Age newspaper, Melbourne published an article by its political editor Michele Grattan about the continuing ex-PM Rudd versus PM Julia Gillard affair and entitled “The waiting game goes on” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/the-waiting-game-goes-on-20120209-1rwhc.html  ) . However The Age completely censored my following  non-anonymous submitted comment on the article,  presumably on the basis that it contains material The Age  does not want its readers to read, know or think about:

 

“There is much more to the Rudd resurrection than just the fortunes of the neocon Australian Labor Party (Another Liberal Party, an Alternative Liberal Party) - it gives  decent patriotic Australians an opportunity to decide whether Australia is for Australians  or is simply a plaything of (1) the Mining lobby , (2) the Americans and/or (3) the Zionist Lobby.

 

1. It was reported by the Australian Electoral Commission and thence The Age that the campaign by the mostly foreign-owned Mining Industry  that ousted PM Kevin Rudd and almost removed Labor from office had cost a mere $23 million.

 

2. Outstanding expatriate Australian writer  John Pilger reports in the latest Green Left Weekly ("Threat to Assange a threat to us all") that "WikiLeaks has given Australians a rare glimpse of how their country is run. In 2010 leaked US cables disclosed that key government figures in the Labor Party coup that brought Julia Gillard to power  were "protected" sources of the US embassy: what the CIA calls "assets". Kevin Rudd, the prime minister she ousted, had displeased Washington by being disobedient..."

 

3. Outstanding, anti-racist Jewish Australian writer Antony  Loewenstein in an article "Does the Zionist Lobby have blood on its hands in Australia?" details  the extreme pro-Zionist stance of the coup plotters.”

 

Dr Gideon Polya, Macleod, Melbourne.



On 30 December 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Melbourne historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey about 2011 and entitled “Turbulent times, but journeys to remember in 2011”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/turbulent-times-but-journeys-to-remember-in-2011-20111229-1pe6u.html .

 

Key quotes: “This was the year of the televised disaster. A host of present-day Australian children, when they grow old, will recall how in the year 2011 they saw on their screens the Japanese tsunami and nuclear nightmare, the earthquake in Christchurch, drought in north-east Africa and flood in Thailand. In eastern Australia the severe floods in successive years were a special surprise for those who, a few years previously, had been told by the more outspoken climate-scientists that Australians might never see floods again in their lifetime.”

 

CSIRO Australia’s premier scientific research organization in its 2011 report “Climate change: science and solutions for Australia” (see: http://www.publish.csiro.au/Books/download.cfm?ID=6558 ) shows decreased precipitation drought in southern and south eastern Australia [p7] and increasing precipitation  in northern and central Australia [p7] and states “Climate models indicate that there is likely to be less rainfall in southern areas of Australia, especially in winter, and in southern and eastern areas in spring, caused by the contraction in the rainfall belt towards the higher (more southern) latitudes (Figure. 3.2). Future changes in summer tropical rainfall in northern Australia remain highly uncertain. It is also likely that the most intense rainfall events in most locations will become more extreme, driven by a warmer, wetter atmosphere [p38] … For Australia, heatwaves, fires, floods, and Southern Australian droughts are all expected to become more frequent and more intense in the coming decades [p46] … Water security, or reliability if water supply, in southern and eastern Australia is expected to decline in future as a result of reduced rainfall and higher rates of evaporation [p48]”.

 

But not a mention of the Afghan War that has been associated with 5.0 million Afghan deaths (Australia still has about 1,500 troops there) or the Iraq War that has been associated wiyth 4.6 milion deaths since 18990 (Australia with drew its last troops from Iraq in August 2011, the 33 Australian soldiers who were guarding the Australian embassy in Iraq, replaced by a Dubai-based private security firm).

I sent the following comment on the article to The Age but -in keeping with its regular practice of censoring informed, credentialled and non-anonymous professional comments - completely censored my comments , presumably as containing material unfit for its readers to read, know or think about:

"Professor Blainey can praise the European countries for not attacking each other anymore (the NATO attacks on Serbia aside) but ignores 2 decades of US Alliance attacks on the Muslim World that have been associated with 12 million war-related deaths (violent deaths plus avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation), the breakdown being 4.6 million (Iraq, 1990-2011), 2.2 million (Somalia, 1992-2011), 5.0 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2011), these estimates being consonant with avoidable under-5 infant deaths totalling 1.8 million, 1.2 million and 2.6 million, respectively, and reflected in refugee numbers totalling 5-6 million, 2.0 million and 3-4 million, respectively.

Professor Blainey similarly failed to notice in his "A Short History of the World" and his "A Very Short History of the World" the 6-7 million Indians starved to death by the British (with Australian complicity) in the 1942-1945 WW2 Bengali Holocaust (although he does note "the loss of at least two million lives" there in his "The Great Seesaw. A new view of the Western world 1750-2000").

Professor Blainey dismisses ongoing Australian racism (towards Asians and Aborigines) because he claims Jews have been treated properly - they have not been, they still are not and why shouldn't they be?"



On 21 December 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Professor Hugh White (professor of strategic studies at ANU and a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute) on the Iraq and Afghanistan debacles and the growing threat of conflict with China. His article was entitled “Blind faith leads to great folly” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/blind-faith-leads-to-great-folly-20111220-1p3vr.html ).

 

Key quote: “"Barack Obama explained when he visited last month how America is today turning its back on its mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan and pivoting instead to Asia. Here America is launching a new military initiative to confront and contain China. Our leaders are eagerly agreeing to join in, just as their predecessors did nine years ago over Iraq. Like them, our leaders and their advisers today are only too happy to assume that Washington knows best. Like them, they can hardly imagine saying no. But there is a difference. When our mistakes go bad in Iraq or Afghanistan we can simply give up and come home, as we have done. If we make the same mistakes this time, here in Asia, we will live with the consequences for a very long time."

 

I submitted 2 successive comments below on the article to The Age which completely censored both as evidently containing material that its readers should not read, know or think about (for details of the article and the censorship see:  http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/12/20/9590477-australian-expert-us-troops-leave-iraq-now-looks-to-china-conflict ) :

 

Censored comment #1.

 

“There are 12 million reasons for Australia to ditch association  with the endlessly racist, genocidal,  war-making US: the 12 million war-related deaths in the US War on Muslims since 1990, the breakdown being 4.6 million (Iraq, 1990-2011), 5.0 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2011), 2.2 million (Somalia, 1992-2011) and 50,000 (Libya, 2011) (for details and documentation  Google "Muslim Holocaust", "Muslim Genocide").

 

The above estimates are consonant with UN Population Division data-derived estimates of under-5 infant deaths totaling  2.0 million (Iraq, 1990-2011), 2.9 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2011), and 1.3 million (Somalia, 1992-2011), 90% avoidable and due to gross violation of  the Geneva Convention by the US Alliance Occupiers.

 

Unfortunately pro-war Labor has increased its pro-war stance with every dead Muslim child, culminating this year in an obscene Antipodean Anschluss decision by which 2,500 cowardly, Asian-killing, Muslim-killing, child-killing  and hence mother-violating US Marines will be stationed in Darwin. Anti-war,   anti-racism, pro-child  traditional Labor voters will respond to their  utter betrayal by neocon Labor and vote 1 Green and put Labor last.”

 

 

Censored Comment #2.

 

“Edited & re-submitted:  There are 12 million reasons for Australia to ditch association  with the endlessly war-making US: the 12 million war-related deaths in the US War on Muslims since 1990, the breakdown being 4.6 million (Iraq, 1990-2011), 5.0 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2011), 2.2 million (Somalia, 1992-2011) and 50,000 (Libya, 2011) (for details and documentation  Google "Muslim Holocaust", "Muslim Genocide").

 

The above estimates are consonant with UN Population Division data-derived estimates of under-5 infant deaths totaling  2.0 million (Iraq, 1990-2011), 2.9 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2011), and 1.3 million (Somalia, 1992-2011), 90% avoidable and due to gross violation of  the Geneva Convention by the US Alliance Occupiers

 

Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War unequivocally demand that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical services for the conquered subjects  "to the fullest extent of the means available to it".” 



On 8 December 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Labor MP Mark Dreyfus (pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-war, pro-Zionist Labor Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency) about the anti-Carbon Tax Coalition Opposition’s  alleged $11 billion budget “black hole” and entitled “Coalition should have red faces over costings” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/blogs/the-dreyfus-files/coalition-should-have-red-faces-over-costings-20111207-1oigi.html ).

 

Key quote: "More than a year ago The Australian Financial Review's political editor, Laura Tingle, wrote that there were ''two possible explanations'' for the opposition ending up with an $11 billion hole in the cost of their election commitments: ''One is that they are liars, the other is that they are clunkheads.'' She went on: ''Actually, there is a third explanation: they are liars and clunkheads. But whatever the combination, they are not fit to govern"".

 

I sent the following 2 successive comments on the article to The Age in the hope that it would be published uncensored:

 

Comment #1 (not published).

 

 “It may well be that the Coalition was over-exuberant about $11 billion in savings but Mark Dreyfus,  pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-war, pro-Zionist Labor Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has also been over-exuberant as quantified below.

 

1. According to Treasury modelling in "Strong Growth, Low Pollution", ABARE and US EIA data, Australia's domestic  plus exported  greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution under Labor's Carbon Price and unlimited fossil fuel exports will more than  quadruple relative to the 2000 level to 4,490 million tonnes CO2-e in 2050 which at $23 per tonne CO2-e equals $103 billion (Google "2011 climate change course").

 

2. Already Labor-backed carbon burning is estimated to kill about 10,000 Australians annually which at a Value of a Statistical Life (VOSL) of $7.6 million per person  equals $76 billion pa in addition to fossil fuel burning subsides of $12 billion pa (Google "carbon burning-related deaths").

 

3. 3,600 Australians have suffered opiate drug-related deaths since 2001 due to US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry (cost: 3,600 persons x $7.6 million per person = .$27 billion (UN ODC).

 

4. Sir Isaac Isaacs resolutely opposed Zionism.”   

 

Comment #2 (not published either).

 

 

“Edited, re-submitted comments: It may well be that the Coalition was over-exuberant about $11 billion in savings but Mark Dreyfus,  pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-war Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has also been over-exuberant as quantified below.

 

1. According to Treasury modelling in "Strong Growth, Low Pollution", ABARE and US EIA data, Australia's domestic  plus exported  greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution under Labor's Carbon Price and unlimited fossil fuel exports will more than  quadruple relative to the 2000 level to 4,490 million tonnes CO2-e in 2050 which at $23 per tonne CO2-e equals $103 billion (Google "2011 climate change course").

 

2. Already Labor-backed carbon burning is estimated to kill about 10,000 Australians annually which at a Value of a Statistical Life (VOSL) of $7.6 million per person  equals $76 billion pa in addition to fossil fuel burning subsides of $12 billion pa (Google "carbon burning-related deaths").

 

3. 3,600 Australians have suffered opiate drug-related deaths since 2001 due to US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry to 90% of world market share (cost: 3,600 persons x $7.6 million per person = $27 billion (UN ODC).”



On 6 December 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about the Labor National Conference and entitled Labor lurches right and loses touch” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/blogs/gengreens/labor-lurches-to-the-right-and-loses-touch-20111205-1oepp.html ).

 

However The Age completely censored out my following comment on the article (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/12/05/9230214-greens-senator-sarah-hanson-young-oz-labor-lurches-to-the-right ).

 

“Excellent article. The pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-nuclear, anti-refugee, anti-environment, anti-equity, anti-science, human rights abusing  Australian Labor Party (ALP) is Another Liberal Party and an Alternative Liberal Party and has utterly betrayed traditional anti-war, pro-environment, pro-science and pro-human rights Labor voters who will vote 1 Green and put Labor last until it reverts to sensible, humane Labor policies of 40 years ago.

 

Neocon Labor rejects science (critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses) for spin (selective use of asserted facts for a partisan agenda).

 

Thus the ALP Conference supported gay marriage but in such a way that it cannot pass in Parliament.

 

The ALP Conference supported uranium sales to India  but without realistic safeguards (the uranium oxide will be stored in identical containers in an Indian  warehouse with those on the left for "peaceful purposes" and those on the right for "nuclear weapons").

 

The ALP Conference supported the Carbon Tax-ETS that in actuality means that Australia's domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will be HIGHER in 2020 than at present and that Australia's domestic plus exported GHG pollution will quadruple by 2050 relative to 2000..

 

The ALP Conference ignored the Aboriginal Genocide (9,000 avoidable deaths yearly) and Afghan Genocide (340,000 avoidable deaths yearly).”


On 5 December 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by academic and writer Leslie Cannold about democracy and entitled “Good reason to worry about our democracy” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/good-reason-to-worry-about-our-democracy-20111204-1oddk.html  ).

 

Key comment by Leslie Cannold (Australian writer and academic): The media must play a role, too, abandoning its mischaracterisation of corporate and other sectional interests as capable of offering insight in the public interest dimensions of policy. Of course, this turnaround won't stop big corporations from seeking influence to shape the world according to their interests. It will just stop them being so successful. We're on the road to hell together on this one. The only way back to a healthy democracy is for all the key players - business, political decision-makers and the media - to take a collective step back. Let's hope they do before the essence of what we value about our democracy is gone."

 

The Age kindly published comment #1 below but declined to publish my additional comment #2  in response a personal attack by a blogger from Sydney. For details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/12/04/9209058-australian-writer-academic-good-reason-to-worry-about-our-democracy .

 

Comment #1 (published).

"Excellent article by Leslie Cannold. While she has not used these terms, Australia's Democracy has been described in reality as a Murdochracy (Big Money buys votes by buying public perception of the truth) and a Lobbyocracy (Big Money buys politicians and policy). Endless examples can be given of this perversion of democracy.

1. Lobbycracy. It was revealed by The Age that it cost the Mining Industry only $23 million to sack Kevin Rudd and almost defeat Labor in the 2010 elections (Australia's GDP is about $1000 billion and Mining earns about $100 billion).

2. Murdochracy, Mediocracy. The UN Population Division reports that post-invasion under-5 infant deaths in US Alliance- and Australia-occupied Afghanistan total 2.9 million (90% avoidable and due to gross US Alliance violation of the Geneva Convention that states that an Occupier must supply life-sustaining food and medical services to its conquered subjects "to the fullest extent of the means available to it"). Yet this shocking reality is ignored by the Mainstream media and an ABC Search of "the entire ABC site" for "under-5 infant deaths" yields ZERO (0) results. In 1945 many Germans said "We didn't know" but in 2011 Mainstream media ensure that Australians likewise don't know (although the Awful Truth is only a few mouse-clicks away)."

 

 

Comment #2 (unpublished).

 

 

“The blame for perversion of democracy cannot be solely laid at the feet of lying lobbyists, mendacious media. and pandering and prevaricating politicians. The public are quite happy to look the other way.

 

Thus my example of 2.9 million under-5 infant deaths in post-invasion US Alliance-occupied Afghanistan as determined from UN Population Division data is baldly denied and obfuscated above by "Colin" from Sydney in a paroxysm of denial and false, pejorative, ad hominem abuse made more obnoxious for being made with the courage of anonymity.

 

Of course go to UNICEF- information by country"  and you find under "Afghanistan" that "Annual no. of under-5 deaths (thousands), 2009:   237" i.e crudely calculated about 2.4 million over 10 years.

 

Go to the World Health Organization (WHO) and you will discover that "Probability of dying under five (per 1 000 live births):   199" as compared to  FIVE (5) for Occupier Australia.

 

Who would  dismiss such authoritative statistics as "nonsense", "plagiarised", "beat-up on the West with loopy Left-of Left-wing nonsense and conflated and inflated "Facts""? Yet Australia ignores this atrocity, noting that holocaust ignoring is far, far worse than repugnant holocaust denial (the latter at least admits the possibility of debate).” 



 

On 30 November 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Stefano de Pieri (restaurateur, cook and author from Mildura on the threatened Murray River) about the draft plan for the Murray-Darling River System that has just been released by the politicized Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) (see “Steady drip of bickering not helping”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/steady-drip-of-bickering-not-helping-20111129-1o4zh.html ).

Key quote: “Green groups are demanding the return of 4000 billion litres to the system through buybacks, cuts and savings from infrastructure projects. Predictably, irrigators are fighting to see that amount reduced and, preferably, the plan scuttled altogether... The figure of 4000 billion litres is the result of years of argy-bargy, opinions put forward by scientists, some research, factual observations and so on, but it remains fundamentally arbitrary… A smarter environmental lobby would instead grab 2750 billion litres or even less now without further discussion, with the only proviso being that measures to save water be implemented immediately and not in a mythical future. This requires a hard look at the facts and some maturity…”

I submitted and then re-submittted  the following comment on the article to The Age which has censored it repeatedly and completely, evidently as containing material that its readers should not read, know or think about:

 

“"Maturity" about the Murray-Darling would involve respecting the expert views of a large body of ecologists and water-management scientists and economists who say release a minimum of 4,000 GL of water to save the system.

 

Instead it is absurdly argued  that environmentalists should ignore expert scientific  and economic advice and take that of non-scientist vested interests, environmental vandals, spin-driven politicians and book-burning red-necks.

 

Rational risk management that is crucial for societal safety and well-being  successively  involves (a) accurate information, (b) scientific analysis (critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses) and (c) informed systemic change to minimize risk. Ignoring  expert scientific advice and, replacing science with anti-science spin (the selective use of asserted facts to support a partisan position) and dancing to the tune of domestic and foreign Lobbyists  are disastrously entrenched in Murdochracy and Lobbyocracy Australia with the following consequences (ignored scientific advice in parentheses) : continued destruction of SE Australian  forests (the best forest carbon sinks in the world), destruction of the Murray -Darling (science says return 4000 GL water),  climate change inaction, (Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS will quadruple Australia's domestic plus exported GHG pollution by 2050), Great Barrier Reef dying (started at 320 ppm CO2, death at 450 ppm, 394 ppm now).”

 

I then re-submitted the same comment a third time  (with a small grammatical correction) - this time The Age censor let it through and it was published in full:

 

“Re-submitted again: "Maturity" about the Murray-Darling would involve respecting the expert views of a large body of ecologists and water-management scientists and economists who say release a minimum of 4,000 GL of water to save the system.

 

Instead it is absurdly argued  that environmentalists should ignore expert scientific  and economic advice and take that of non-scientist vested interests, environmental vandals, spin-driven politicians and book-burning red-necks.

 

Rational risk management that is crucial for societal safety and well-being  successively  involves (a) accurate information, (b) scientific analysis (critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses) and (c) informed systemic change to minimize risk. Ignoring  expert scientific advice, replacing science with anti-science spin (the selective use of asserted facts to support a partisan position) and dancing to the tune of domestic and foreign Lobbyists  are disastrously entrenched in Murdochracy and Lobbyocracy Australia with the following consequences (ignored scientific advice in parentheses): continued destruction of SE Australian  forests (the best forest carbon sinks in the world), destruction of the Murray -Darling (science says return 4000 GL water),  climate change inaction, (Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS will quadruple Australia's domestic plus exported GHG pollution by 2050), Great Barrier Reef dying (started at 320 ppm CO2, death at 450 ppm, 394 ppm now).”

The reason that The Age relented may have been a fourth comment I posted protesting the censorship and commenting on a very clever comment by a blogger called "Depressed":

"@ Depressed: I was getting quite depressed because I am a 5-decade career scientist but my repeated attempts to make a science-informed comment on this absurd article have been completely censored - but then I read your brilliant exposition of the "di Pieri protocol" (only apply 69% of science-recommended wing span, avgas, blood transfusion  anaesthetic etc), cheered up immensely and re-girded my loins in my endless fight as a scientist against anti-science media censorship and incorrect reportage in Australia and elsewhere. This latest anti-science censorship and absurdity (country cook versus our top water experts) is being reported around Australia and indeed around the world in the interests of Australia, Humanity and the Biosphere (e.g. Google "Censorship by The Age").  (En passant,  my first boss as a scientist on my return to Australia  40 years ago was Australia's top hydrology expert who later became Chief Scientist of Australia).




On 22 November 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Professor Gerry Simpson (international law, Melbourne Law School, London School of Economics) entitled “Row over Gaddafi son trial comes with the territory” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/row-over-gaddafi-sons-trial-comes-with-the-territory-20111121-1nqda.html ). The Age published one comment by me on the article but c4nsired the follow-up comment (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/11/21/8937207-law-professor-row-over-gaddafi-sons-libya-trial-comes-with-the-territory ) .

 

Uncensored comment #1.

 

Well said blizzard of Sydney. To which I would add that, according to the WHO, under dictator Gaddafi the under-5 year old infant mortality (in units of deaths per 1,000 live births) was 19 in Libya (Africa's lowest) as compared to 8 (USA),  possibly 100 (US-occupied Iraq), 180 (US Alliance-occupied Somalia), 87 (US Alliance-occupied Haiti) and 199 (US Alliance- and Australia-occupied Afghanistan).

 

All those who commit war crimes should be arraigned before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and that includes US Alliance leaders complicit in huge civilian deaths. Before the NATO invasion and devastation of Libya, deaths in the civil war were estimated at about 1,000-2,000. Libyan deaths now total 50,000, Black Libyans are targeted for murder, the largely Black Libyan town of Taworgha (pre-war population about 10,000)  has been completely ethnically cleansed, 1 million Black Libyans have fled  and hundreds of thousands of other refugees have been created in Libya.

 

Muslim violent deaths and avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation in the US Alliance War on Muslims (1990-2011) now total 12 million, the breakdown being 4.6 million (Iraq), 5.6 million (Afghanistan ) and 2.2 million (Somalia) (Google Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide).

 

Censored comment #2.

 

Further to adumbrated war crimes trials for Libyan, NATO and  US leaders, Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War state that an Occupier (such as Australia in Afghanistan) must supply life-sustaining food and medical requisites to the Conquered Population "to the fullest extent of the means available to it".

 

In Occupied Afghanistan post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 2.9 million (infant deaths total 2.0 million for Iraq, 1990-2011 and 1.3 million for Somalia, 1992-2011), 90% avoidable and due to gross violation of the Geneva  Convention by the US Alliance Occupiers (see UN Population Division). .

 

In his 2005 Literature Nobel Prize Acceptance speech, British writer Harold Pinter demanded that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Iraq, stating "How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought."

 

50,000 by NATO in Libya? 12 million Muslims including  about 6 million Muslim infants in the 2-decade US War on Muslims? About 3 million infants in the 1-decade (so far) US Alliance- and Australia-complicit Afghan Genocide? More than enough, I would have thought.

 

 

On 16 November 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Professor Hugh White (professor of strategic studies at ANU and a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute) on the visit of Obama to Australia and entitled “Dear Mr President, we beg to differ over the future of Asia” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/dear-mr-president-we-beg-to-differ-over-the-future-of-asia-20111115-1nh36.html ). I sent the following 2 comments on the article to The Age but both were completely censored by The Age as evidently containing things that it (or its agent today) does not want its readers to read, know or think about: (for details of the article  and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/11/15/8827799-oz-strategy-prof-re-obama-mr-president-we-beg-to-differ-over-asia-future ):

Censored comment #1.

"China is peaceful and part of the region, the US is neither. In post-1950 US Asian wars (in all of which Australia has participated) violent deaths plus deaths from war-imposed deprivation now total about 30 million, the breakdown being 4 million (Korea), 16 million (Indo-China i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos), 4.6 million (Iraq), and 5.6 million (Afghanistan).

Australia has suffered too. Thus about 1.1 million people have died opiate drug-related deaths world-wide since 2001 due to rapid US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry to about 90% of world market share, this including about 200,000 Americans, 3,800 Australians and 18,000 British.

The US has invaded over 30 countries since 1945 and 1950-2005 avoidable deaths from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease in countries occupied in the post-1945 era by the US total 82 million (Google "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950").

Google "Hey, hey, USA, how many kids did you kill today?" and you will discover the horrifying answer: about 1,000. US Marines and other elements of US state terrorism should not be welcome in Australia and nor should be Barack Obama who together with George Bush is directly responsible for the deaths of 3,800 Australians since 2001."

Censored comment #2.

"According to NSW Health, “In 2006, there were 132 opiate-related deaths in NSW”, this translating to 132 x 22 million /7.3 million = 398 annual opiate-related deaths for Australia and 398 x 0.9 x 10 = 3,580 or about 3,600 opiate-related Australian deaths due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry to 90% of world market share.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UN ODC), "the United States saw 38,400 deaths from illicit drug use in 2006, corresponding to a drug-related mortality rate of 182 deaths per one million inhabitants aged 15-64". 60% of these are due to opiates and of opiate-related deaths 90% are due to US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry to about 90% of world market share i.e. 0.6 x 0.9 x 38,400 = 20,740 yearly and 207,000 US opiate drug deaths since October 2001 due to US war policy.

Obama has been complicit in the opiate-related deaths of 207,000 Americans and 3,600 Australians and in the war-related deaths of 9 million Muslims so far in the War on Terror (Google Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide). Obama and the US military should not be welcome in Australia which should urgently dissociate itself from US state terrorism."

 

On 15 November 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Sydney Morning Herald  editor Peter Hartcher about Obama’s visit to Australia and entitled “No reason to get even closer to Uncle Sam” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/no-reason-to-get-even-closer-to-uncle-sam-20111114-1nfgn.html ). I sent the following comment on the article to The Age but it was completely censored by The Age as evidently containing things that it (or its agent today) does not want its readers to read, know or think about: (for details of the article  and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/11/14/8803701-oz-editor-re-obama-oz-visit-but-no-reason-to-get-closer-to-uncle-sam).

"There are 30 million reasons why Australia should not allow US Marines on Australian soil. In post-1950 US Asian wars (in all of which Australia has participated) violent Indigenous Asian deaths plus deaths from war-imposed deprivation now total about 30 million, the breakdown being 4 million (Korea), 16 million (Indo-China i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos), 4.6 million (Iraq), and 5.6 million (Afghanistan).

Australia has suffered too. Thus about 1.1 million people have died opiate drug-related deaths world-wide since 2001 due to rapid US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry to about 90% of world market share, this including about 200,000 Americans, 3,800 Australians and 18,000 British.

The US has invaded over 30 countries since 1945 and 1950-2005 avoidable deaths from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease in countries occupied in the post-1945 era by the US total 82 million with children representing a substantial proportion of the total. Thou shalt not kill children.

Google "Hey, hey, USA, how many kids did you kill today?" and you will discover the answer: about 1,000.The cowardly, genocidal, child-killing US Marines should not be welcome in Australia and nor should be Barack Obama who together with George Bush is directly responsible for the deaths of 3,800 Australians."



On 9 November 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by John Connor (chief executive officer of the Climate Institute) about the new Australian Carbon Tax-ETS and entitled “Not end of the world, just of free carbon pollution ” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/not-end-of-the-world-just-of-free-carbon-pollution-20111108-1n5dw.html ).

Key (incorrect) assertion: “This machinery and supporting policies can, between 2012 and 2020, help deliver pollution reductions of between 680 million and 1 billion tonnes. The only ''end of the world'' scenario likely in 2012 is an end to our major companies producing carbon pollution for free. All the hard evidence shows the real-world impact of a $23-per-tonne starting price will be a nudge to inflation of less than 1 per cent. It will not halt overall jobs and economic growth… These laws do not only put a price on carbon pollution. From 2015 they also put in place pollution reduction machinery with a minimum declining annual cap or limit. From 2015, this machinery will reduce pollution by at least 12 million tonnes a year”.

These assertions are utterly incorrect.

1. Treasury modeling, ABARE and US EIA data say that Australia’s domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will INCREASE (i.e. NOT REDUCE) from 578 million tones CO2-e in 2010 to 612 million tonnes in 2020 (see “Treasury’s “Strong Growth, Low Pollution: report) and Australia’s domestic plus exported GHG pollution will roughly double in 2010 and quadruple in 2050 relative to that in 2020.

2. Scientific  illiteracy of “$23-per-tonne” of what? CO2? CO2-e? Carbon? In fact it is $23 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) which corresponds to $23 per tonne CO2-e x (12 tonnes carbon/44 tonnes CO2-e) = $6.3 per tonne carbon.

3. The assertion “End… of free carbon pollution” obfuscates the reality that carbon pollution will remain substantially “free”. Thus the costing of current pollution should take into account the estimated $9 billion pa in fossil fuel subsidies (now $12 billion pa) plus 10,000 Australians who die from the effects of carbon burning pollutants each year, this translating to a  hidden subsidy for carbon burning of  $554 per tonne carbon, 88 times higher than the derisory initial $6.3 per tonne carbon ($23 per tonne CO2-e) of Labor’s Carbon tax-ETS scheme (see “Australian carbon burning-related deaths and carbon burning subsidies => minimum Carbon Price of A$554 per tonne carbon”: https://sites.google.com/site/yarravalleyclimateactiongroup/2011-carbon-burning  ).    Actually the carbon price as determined from Government subsidies for carbon burning of $12 billion per year (Australian Conservation Foundation, “Australia spends $11 billion more encouraging pollution than cleaning it up”, May 2011: http://acfonline.org.au/articles/news.asp?news_id=3308 ) is $12,000 million/578 million tones CO2-e = $20.8 per tonne CO2-e.

 I sent 2 carefully researched comments on the article to The Age  under  my professional name, Dr Gideon Polya, but The Age completely censored both as presumably containing material that it deemed its readers should not read, know or think about. Here are the censored comments (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/11/08/8708297-climate-institute-head-on-oz-carbon-tax-end-of-free-carbon-pollution ):

Censored comment #1.

"Pro-coal, pro-gas Labor's dishonest Carbon Tax-ETS plan will deliver climate change INACTION as summarized below.

Treasury modeling reported in its 2011 "Strong Growth, Low Pollution" report shows that under Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will increase from 578 Mt CO2-e in 2010 to 621 Mt CO2-e in 2020.

Treasury modeling, ABARE and US EIA data show that under Labor's plan Australia's domestic plus exported GHG pollution will roughly double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050 relative to that in 2000 (coal and LNG exports are increasing annually at 2.4% and 9%, respectively).

In 2009 WBGU, which advises the German Government on climate change, estimated that for a 75% chance of avoiding a disastrous 2 degree Centigrade temperature rise (would you board a plane with a 25% chance of crashing?) the world must emit no more than 600 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2). At present rates of GHG pollution Australia already exceeded its "fair share" of this terminal GHG pollution budget by mid-2011 and is now stealing the entitlement of impoverished countries like Somalia and Bangladesh (for details Google "shocking analysis").

Pro-coal, pro-gas Labor evidently has no intention of "tackling climate change"."

Censored comment #2.

"I am a much-published 5-decade career scientist in an area intimately related to climate change and indeed recently gave comprehensive climate change lectures at a major university (Google "climate change course" for mini-course summary and references).

However today I returned from giving a pro bono publico climate change lecture to a big community audience in one of Melbourne's richest and most global warming-threatened suburbs to find that my carefully researched, credentialled, submitted comment on this article had been completely censored.

In short, my comment simply spelled out that Treasury modelling in its 2011 "Strong Growth, Low Pollution" report shows that under Labor's plan Australia's domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will increase to 621 Mt CO2-e in 2020 from the 578 Mt CO2-e in 2010 (rather than decrease as asserted by John Connor) and that Australia's domestic plus exported GHG pollution is predicted to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050 relative to that in 2000.

Censorship and self-censorship has crippled sensible, science-informed public discussion in Australia on how to tackle man-made climate change. We are badly running out of time but Labor's plan is a recipe for disastrous climate change inaction."

Conclusions.

The Australian carbon tax is derisory and the Carbon Tax-ETS scheme is a recipe for entrenched, long-term climate change inaction. Man-made climate change acutely threatens humanity.  Censorship in general – and censorship or obfuscation of science-informed assessments relating to climate change in particular - threaten society and humanity.  For more details of shocking censorship  by The Age see “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age and http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ .



On 8 November 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about the Carbon Tax-ETS and entitled Red-letter day in fight against warming”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/blogs/gengreens/redletter-day-in-fight-against-warming-20111107-1n3hk.html  .

 

Key quote : “Today will be a great day for Australians who have waited years for their government to take our warming planet seriously. After years of talk and a few backward steps, the Senate will pass a suite of legislation that will put a price on pollution from July next year.”

 

Senator Hanson-Young is utterly wrong – a correct if greatly understated opinion is that of Greens Senator Christine Milne: “It doesn’t go far enough”.

 

I sent the following comment on the article to The Age but this newspaper (that regularly censors out informed, science-based, credentialed opinions to the detriment of informed public discussion) completely censored out my carefully researched comment (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/11/07/8686511-oz-senate-will-pass-carbon-tax-ets-legislation-today-for-price-on-carbon ):


Unfortunately science says that the Gillard Labor Government is NOT taking "'our warming planet seriously" as summarized below.

 

1. Treasury modelling reported in its 2011 "Strong Growth, Low Pollution" report shows that under Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS Australia's domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will increase from 578 Mt CO2-e in 2010 to 621 Mt CO2-e in 2020.

 

2. Treasury modelling and ABARE and US EIA data show that under Labor's plan Australia's domestic plus exported GHG pollution will roughly double by 2020 and  quadruple by 2050 relative to that in 2000 (coal and LNG exports are increasing annually at 2.4% and 9%, respectively).

 

3. In 2009 WBGU, which advises the German Government on climate change, estimated that for a 75% chance of avoiding  a disastrous 2 degree Centigrade temperature rise  (would you board a plane with a 25% chance of crashing?) the world must emit no more than 600 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).  At present rates of GHG pollution Australia already exceeded  its "fair share" of this terminal GHG pollution budget by mid-2011 and is now stealing the entitlement of impoverished countries like Somalia and Bangladesh (for details Google "shocking analysis").

 

Pro-coal, pro-gas Labor evidently has no intention of "tackling climate change".”

 

For more details of shocking censorship  by The Age see “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age and http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ .

 

Pro-coal, pro-gas, neocon Labor has been in government for about 4 years - if (as is almost certainly going to be the case) they can't achieve even an iota of REDUCTION  in domestic plus exported GHG by 2013 then climate criminal Labor should be kicked out. Indeed the above summary indicates that terracidal, racist, climate criminal Labor has no intention fo reducing domestic plus exported GHG pollution until sometime AFTER 2050.


 

On 7 November 2011 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Australian writer Sarah Burnside on History and entitled “Lessons of history are not always clear cut” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/lessons-of-history-are-not-always-clear-cut-20111104-1mzjs.html .

Key quote from  Sarah Burnside: "Politicians regularly invoke an authoritative sounding History-with-a-capital-H in order to legitimise or attack present day positions. Although patriotism retains its status as the first refuge of the scoundrel, history clocks in at perhaps a close second."

I successively sent the following comment son the article to The Age which completely censored all 4 comments as evidently containing matter it does not want its readers to reads, know or think (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/11/06/8669263-oz-writer-sarah-burnside-lessons-of-history-are-not-always-clear-cut ):

Censored comment #1.

"People can have differing opinions relating to the interpretation of the facts of history but the deliberate wiping out or ignoring of facts relating to horrendous mass mortality (holocaust) is utterly unacceptable.

Holocaust ignoring is entrenched in a look-the-other-way Australia which through its complicit in Anglo-American violence has been complicit in some 2 dozen genocide atrocities, 10 of them ongoing. Yet few Australians are aware of "Australia's secret genocide history" (Google the phrase to discover what your primary, secondary and tertiary teachers omitted to tell you). Of course holocaust ignoring is far, far worse than repugnant holocaust denial because at least the latter admits the possibility of debate.

Thus, for example, in Western-devastated Iraq since 1990 violent deaths total 1.7 million (top medical epidemiologists), non-violent deaths from war-imposed deprivation total 2.9 million (UN Population Division data), under-5 infant deaths total

2.0 million (UN), refugees total 5-6 million (UNHCR et al) and war-related deaths total 4.6 million - an Iraqi Holocaust (a huge number of deaths) and an Iraqi Genocide (as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention) commensurate with the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million people killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation). Yet this continuing horror is remorselessly ignored by genocide-complicit and genocide-ignoring Australia."

Censored comment #2.

My earlier post re History, holocaust ignoring and the Labor-complicit Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide was not published. I reiterate that  while people are entitled to their opinions about History, holocaust ignoring (vastly worse than repugnant holocaust denial) is utterly unacceptable (as of course is holocaust commission).

 

Thus by way of further example, Armenian American celebrity Kim Kardashian who was subject to offensive media scorn on her brief recent visit to Australia, has demanded recognition of the Armenian Genocide (1.5 million Armenians murdered, the Armenian Genocide beginning on 24 February 1915, the day before the Australian invasion of Turkey, Turkish xenophobia having been exacerbated to deadly level by the Allied invasion of the Dardanelles).

 

Now Kim Kardashian has not gone to college  but is sensible  enough to report the Armenian Genocide, to report the death toll (1.5 million) and make the fundamental point that genocide ignored or denied means genocide repeated. Australia helped precipitate the Armenian Genocide but this huge Australia-implicated atrocity has been deleted from Australian History.

 

Indeed eminent Australian historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC fails to mention the Armenian Genocide in his "A Short History of the World" (Viking, 2000), "A Very Short History of the World" (Viking, 2004) and other works

(Google "Kim Kardashian publicizes Armenian Genocide").  History ignored yields history repeated.

Censored comment #3.

“My 2 earlier posts re History, holocaust ignoring and Australian-complicit holocaust and genocide atrocities were not published. I reiterate that  while people are entitled to their opinions about History, holocaust ignoring (vastly worse than repugnant holocaust denial) is utterly unacceptable (as of course is holocaust commission).

 

A further example of Australian holocaust commission and holocaust denial is the ongoing Afghan Holocaust and Afghan Genocide (post-invasion war-related deaths 5.6 million). In post-2001 Occupied Afghanistan post-invasion avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation total 4.2 million (UN Population Division data); post-invasion violent deaths total 1.4 million (based on Iraq War comparisons); under-5 infant deaths total 2.9 million (90%  avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in gross violation of the Geneva Convention) and refugees total 3-4 million (with a further 2 million Pashtun refugees generated in NW Pakistan by the war criminal US Alliance) - an Afghan Holocaust and an Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention.

 

Yet this outrage - comparable  in magnitude with the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) - is utterly ignored by genocide complicit, genocide ignoring Mainstream Australian media, academics and politicians. History and genocide  ignored yields history and genocide repeated.”

Censored comment #4.

“My 3 earlier posts re History, holocaust ignoring and Australian-complicit holocaust and genocide atrocities were not published. The Age censors are getting a good history lesson but need to understand that this sequence of censored submissions will shortly be published around the world to better expose Australian media holocaust complicity and holocaust denial.

 

A huge further example of  Australian genocide complicity and genocide denial is provided by the Australia-, US-, UK- and EU-supported 63 year Palestinian Genocide that has involved about 0.1 million violent deaths (Google “Palestinian casualties of war”, 1948-2011), 0.3 million  post-1967 avoidable deaths from Israeli-imposed deprivation (UN Population Division data),  0.2 million under-5 post-1967 infant deaths (75% avoidable and due to Israeli war crimes) and 7 million refugees – a Palestinian Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention and as recognized by numerous eminent anti-racist  Jewish and non-Jewish writers and scholars in the recent book "The Plight of the Palestinians".

 

Australia's worst atrocity that exceeds the Aboriginal Genocide (2 million untimely deaths post-invasion) is its deadly, UK-instructed  withholding of wheat from its huge stores from India in WW2. 6-7 million Indians died in the 1942-1945 WW2 Bengali Holocaust according to medical historian Dr Sanjoy Bhattacharya (Wellcome Institute, University College London).”



On 2 November 2011 The Age On-line National Times, Gino Vumbaca ( executive director of the Australian National Council on Drugs) on the Australian teenager in Bali on drugs charges, “The punishment must fit the crime even for drug users”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/the-punishment-must-fit-the-crime-even-for-drug-users-20111101-1mtrr.html  .

 

I repeatedly (2 times) sent the following carefully researched comment on the article to The Age but both submissions were completely censored, evidently as containing material that the Age does not want its readers to read, know or think about (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/11/01/8586326-oz-drug-expert-the-punishment-must-fit-the-crime-even-for-drug-users ).

 

 

“A sensible and humane article. however the drug scourge has to be put into the context of 7 million drug-related deaths annually, the breakdown being 4.9 million (smoking), 1.8 million (alcohol) and 0.2 million (illicit drugs) (2000 data from the Australian National Centre for Drug Research, 2003; Google: "Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs responsible for seven million preventable deaths worldwide"").

 

Currently each year in Australia 16,000 die from tobacco, 3,000 die from alcohol and about 800 from illicit drugs. Of about 426 opiate drug-related deaths annually in Australia (2006), about 90% (383) are linked to the US Alliance (including Australia) restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 6% of world share in 2001 to 90% today. This means that 10 x 383 = 3,830 Australians have died opiate drug-related deaths linked to US Alliance and Lib-Lab war policies since 2001. Such post-2001, Afghan war-linked, opiate  drug-related deaths in the World, US and UK totaled 1,000,000,  200,000 and 18,000, respectively (Google "182 million deaths per one million" and "Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide"). Obama,  currently in charge of this mass murder, will shortly visit Australia. The wrong people are in jail.”



On 2 November 2011, The Age On-line National Times published an article by  lawyer and writer Emma McDonald about the Kardashian celebrities and entitled , “Why do so many of us keep up with the vacuous Kardashians”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/why-do-so-many-keep-up-with-the-vacuous-kardashians-20111101-1mt2m.html . Key quotes: “"the reality is that millions of people follow the lives of the Kardashians. I take my hat (and fascinator) off to them for successfully and ruthlessly feeding the insatiable appetite of an audience hungry for news and information about a bunch of fabulous nobodies.” Kim Kardashian is currently visiting Australia.

 

I sent the following 2 carefully researched comments on the article to The Age but both were completely censored, evidently as containing material that the Age does not want its readers to read, know or think about (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/11/01/8584472-australian-writer-slams-armenian-us-celebrities-as-vacuous-kardashians ).

 

Censored comments #1.

 

“Kim Kardashian is not just a "fabulous nobody" as asserted by the article but a person whose serious commitment to human rights should be urgently emulated by presently genocide-ignoring  academics, journalists, politicians and Mainstream "celebrities" around the world, not least in look-the-other-way Australia.

 

Thus this is Kim Karadashian on the Armenian Genocide: "My family and I are incredibly proud of our heritage. My dad taught me a lot about Armenian culture, and I have a strong connection with my roots.  Every year, I honor the memory of the martyrs who were killed during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Even though so many countries around the world recognize the Genocide, the government of Turkey still denies it. It happened before Rwanda, Darfur, and the Holocaust. Maybe none of those other genocides would have happened if more nations had condemned the Armenian Genocide, when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred."

 

Kim Kardashian is saying what the Mainstream steadfastly refuses to say.  Thus  the US refuses to acknowledge the genocidal reality of  the Armenian Genocide  and is  complicit in an ongoing Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide, Somali Genocide, Afghan Genocide and Climate Genocide (Google  these terms describing ongoing genocides recognized by non-racist scholars but essentially unknown to the taxpayer-funded ABC, "Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide" and "Climate Genocide").”

 

Censored comments #2.

 

“My previously-submitted, carefully researched comments having not been published, I feel morally compelled to re-state their essence in another way.

 

Kim Kardashian is not a "vacuous Kardashian" or "fabulous nobody" - she has spoken out about the Armenian Genocide (1.5 million murdered, 1915-1923) and the vital,  core message (remorselessly ignored by Mainstream media, academics and politicians in the Western Murdochracies and Lobbyocracies) that ignoring genocide helps lead to new genocides.

 

Thus the following US Alliance-imposed genocides ignored by the mainstream (war-and occupation-related deaths/ refugees  in parentheses): Palestinian Genocide (0.3 million/7 million), Iraqi Genocide (4.6 million/5-6 million), Afghan Genocide (5.6 million/3-4 million), Somali Genocide (2.2 million/2.0 million), Pakistani Pashtun Genocide (0.1 million?/2 million), Libyan Genocide (0.04 million/0.1 million) and the worsening Climate Genocide (about 10 billion people, overwhelmingly non-European,  are predicted by top climate scientists to perish this century due to unaddressed man-made global warming).

 

To discover what Australian and Western mainstream academics , politicians and media (notoriously the taxpayer-funded ABC)  resolutely ignore simply Google the above  phrases.

 

Holocaust ignoring is far, far worse than repugnant holocaust denial.?”

 

PS. While non-historian a Kim Kardashian has spoken out about the Armenia Genocide, given an estimate of how many people died (1.5 million) and enunciated the core message that genocide ignoring may lead to further genocides, leading Australian historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey (Companion of the Order of Australia and formerly of the  University of Melbourne) totally ignored the Armenian Genocide in his books “A Short History if the World” (Viking 2000), “A Very Short History of Australia” (Viking, 2004) and “The Great Seesaw. A new view of the Western World, 1750-2000” (Macmillan, 1988).



On 28 October 2011 The Age On –line national Times published an article by Julian Assange (editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks) and Jennifer Robinson (a London media and human rights lawyer) about the recent case in which the Australian Federal Court found Murdoch media Herald-Sun journalist Andrew Bolt in violation of the Racial Discrimination Act because of a  2009 article in which he accused ''fair-skinned'' Aborigines of choosing their racial identity to get certain benefits. The article was entitled “Play ball,  not Bolt, in free speech debate”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/play-ball-not-bolt-in-free-speech-debate-20111027-1mm4h.html .

 

Key quotes: “It might seem unusual to take a stand for a bloke who has called you a ''patronising, supercilious racist git'' when that very same man has just been prosecuted for ''race hate speech'' - but the conviction of Andrew Bolt ought to raise alarm bells for all who believe in freedom of expression. However much you disagree with Bolt, the ''hate speech'' law under which he was prosecuted is more offensive than he is… Free speech must protect all speech, however offensive. Debates that offend the ''ordinary'' or ''typical'' Australian are precisely the debates we need. It is precisely when the majority shares a view that it needs to be challenged, because if it is wrong, then we are all imperiled.”

Exercising my freedom of speech I sent the following comment on the article to The Age in the hope that it might be published uncensored (The Age regularly censors out such comments from me and I presume from other informed credentialled people writing under their own names). However the Age completely censored out my comment even after re-submission (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/10/27/8512204-julian-assange-defends-freedom-of-expression-in-australia-re-bolt-case ).

"There is an intermediate position to be considered. Thus unfettered freedom of speech (FOS) is crucial for democracy, for scholarly inquiry and for rational risk management crucial for societal safety.

However that should not exclude a process involving transparent, expertly-informed judicial judgment that particular assertions were incorrect or offensive. The sole punishment of the transgressor would be the ignominy of being shown to be guilty of false or offensive comments and accordingly FOS would remain essentially uninhibited.

Such a process would be a proper alternative to the current process in which denial of aspects of the WW2 Jewish Holocaust is criminalized in some European countries (punished by up to 10 years' in prison in Austria) and several European countries have extended this approach to include denial of the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide. Germany has suggested inclusion of all major genocide episodes.

In short, freedom of speech must be sacrosanct but a formal process of judicial rebuke of FOS abuses is surely fine as long as there is absolutely no financial or custodial punishment attached."

Censorship by The Age, arguably Australia’s best Mainstream medium, is being reported so that people can get a documented record of  such censorship occurring in a Western Murdochracy and Lobbyocracy and hard evidence for what They do not want people to read or to know (see “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age  and  http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ ).


On 26 October 2011 The Age On-line, National Times (Melbourne, but linked Australia-wide to the Fairfax media empire) published an article by its Associate Editor Shaun Carney about the Greens and the Occupy Melbourne and Occupy Sydney events and entitled “Occupying a green space”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/occupying-a-green-space-20111025-1mi0u.html .

Key quotes: “Sympathetic noises have come from Bandt and from Melbourne City Greens councillor Cathy Oke, who wants an inquiry into Friday's events. Other prominent Greens members have been involved in the local protest. But is the Australian manifestation of the Occupy movement - if the local chapter can be called a movement - all good news for the Greens? The local version is a series of protest groups in the literal sense: they are protesting about just about anything you can name, from a left perspectiveUnlike in the United States or Britain, Australians who are unhappy with the economic and political systems have their own representatives in both houses of Parliament in the form of the Greens. And those Green MPs have an alliance with the Gillard government in the lower house and hold the balance of power in the Senate. For an organisation that attracted 12 per cent of the vote in 2010, the Greens have a lot of power; because of them, the nation is about to get a carbon tax.…In Australia, the Occupy groups, denied the overwhelming political and economic failures that have energised their American comrades, have allowed themselves to get sidetracked by their rough dealings with the police. This is confounding given their objective, which is, from what they've said so far, to rewrite Australia's power structures.”

Carney’s confused bottom-line seems to be that while ordinary  British and Americans have real cause, why should the Australian left protest over a wide  range of issues when Australia is so prosperous and the Greens have real power in Canberra?

The Age regularly censors the informed comments I make as a responsible, 5-decade career scientist under my own name, evidently regarding my views as unfit to be read by its readers. The Age repeatedly declined to publish my following comments  on the article, ignoring the supreme irony that it is neocon media monopoly and censorship that fundamentally underlies much of the indignation of the Occupy folk (however for details of the article and the censorship see here:   http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/10/25/8484219-occupy-wall-street-comes-to-australia-occupying-a-green-space ) :

“This article and mainstream media (MSM) miss the point that Occupy is about a global systemic failure  in which the 1% dominate policy which is of, by and for the 1% to the exclusion of the 99% (and most obviously the most disadvantaged of the 99%). Key perverted equity issues (largely ignored by MSM) below with Australia's role in parenthesis.

 

1. Murdochracy (Big Money buys Truth and votes) and Lobbyocracy (Big Money buys politicians and policies) has replaced democracy (notoriously so in Australia).

 

2. Rational risk management that successively involves (a) truth, (b) science and (c) informed systemic change is routinely perverted by the 1% into (a) untruth, censorship, (b) anti-science spin and (c) counterproductive blame and shame, with war being the worst but recurrent outcome (e.g. Oz complicit in all post-1950 US Asian wars, wars  that have been associated with 28 million deaths since 1950).

 

3. Inequity kills. Thus 18 million people die avoidably from deprivation world-wide each year. 1 million Americans die preventably each year (Australia not far behind; 9.000 Aboriginals die avoidably each year).

 

4. Science says the World must stop GHG pollution by 2050 but top polluters the US and Australia want Business As Usual.

 

Dr Gideon Polya, Macleod.”.

 

[NB For a record of censorship by The Age see this site : https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age and also  http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ ].



13 October 2011. The Age On-line published an article by Michelle Grattan about the Carbon Tax Bills (that have just been approved by Federal parliament) and entitled “Now for the consequences of a big reform” : http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/now-for-the-consequences-of-big-reform-20111012-1ll81.html .

Key quote: “The Labor economic reforms of the 1980s and early 1990s had substantial bipartisan support and so they survived a new government. In contrast, WorkChoices became the basis of the 2007 election contest and bit the dust later. As things stand now, we look to be in for a replay [with the Carbon Tax].”

1. The Age did NOT publish my first post for whatever reason:

The consequences of the Gillard Labor Carbon Tax-ETS have been modelled by the Treasury in a documented entitled "Strong Growth, Low Pollution" published in July 2011 with a Forward by  the Treasurer Wayne Swan and the Minister for Climate Change, Greg Combet.

According to the Treasury "High Growth, Low Pollution" Report (p72), Australia's domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in millions of tonnes of CO2-equivalent (Mt CO2-e) is as  follows:  555 in 2000, 578 in 2010, 621 in 2020 under the Carbon Price (12% BIGGER than in 2000) , 679 in 2020 (Business As Usual, BAU), 545 in 2050 under the Carbon Price (a mere 2% LESS than in 2000) and 1008 in 2050 (BAU).

According to these Treasury figures, in terms of Mt CO2-e Australia can only meet the "5% off 2000 level by 2020" promise  (527) under the Carbon Price through purchasing 621-527 = 94 of international credits. It can only meet "80% off 2000 level by 2050" (111) through purchasing 545-111 = 434 of international credits.

Under the Carbon Price Australia's domestic plus exported GHG pollution will roughly DOUBLE  by 2020 and QUADRUPLE by 2050 - a dirty energy future from climate change INACTION by Labor.”

2. However The Age DID publish he following edited version of the above comment.

“Urgently required '"tackling climate change" means reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution but Labor's Carbon Price plan increases GHG pollution. 

According to the July 2011 Treasury "High Growth, Low Pollution" Report (p72), Australia's domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in millions of tonnes of CO2-equivalent (Mt CO2-e) is as  follows:  555 in 2000, 578 in 2010, 621 in 2020 under the Carbon Price (12% BIGGER than in 2000) , 679 in 2020 (Business As Usual, BAU), 545 in 2050 under the Carbon Price (a mere 2% less than in 2000) and 1008 in 2050 (BAU).

According to these Treasury figures, in terms of Mt CO2-e Australia can only meet Labor's "5% off 2000 level by 2020" promise  (527) under the Carbon Price through purchasing 621-527 = 94 of international credits. It can only meet "80% off 2000 level by 2050" (111) through purchasing 545-111 = 434 of international credits.

Under the Carbon Price Australia's domestic plus exported GHG pollution will roughly double  by 2020 and quadruple by 2050 in relation to 2000 levels (Google "carbon price plan for climate change inaction")  - a dirty energy future from climate change INACTION by Labor.” 


12 October 2011. The Age On-line, National Times published an article by Wokkapedia on Pter Cundall and war poetry and entitled "The search for humanity in war": http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/blogs/wokkapedia/the-search-for-humanity-in-war-20111011-1lips.html .


However The Age has so far failed to publish either of the following 2 comments I submitted.

 Comment #1.

Thank goodness for decent humanitarians like Peter Cundell.

 

Remember however that high technology US wars now consume vastly more enemy civilians than US soldiers. Thus UN Population Division data show that in Occupied Afghanistan avoidable Afghan deaths from war-imposed deprivation now total 4.2 million, violent deaths are estimated (from expert Iraq War comparisons) to be 1.2 million and under-5 infant deaths total 2.9 million (90% avoidable and due to gross US Alliance violation of the Geneva Convention that demands that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical services "to the fullest extent of the means available to it") (for the Awful Truth simply Google "5.6 million war-related deaths").

 

In contrast, US Alliance military deaths in Occupied Afghanistan total 1,805 (US), 382 (UK), 29 (Australia), 2,758 (US Alliance as a whole). The death ratio of Afghans/US Alliance military is 5, 600,000/2,758 = 2,030 as compared to  10 in WW2 for Occupied civilians/ Nazi German soldiers. Indeed in March 1944 Nazi leader Adolph Hitler ordered  a death ratio of 10 in reprisal executions for partisan killing of 33 German military. On 24 March 1944 the Nazi Germans executed 330 Italian men and boys in the Ardeatine Massacre.

 

Memo to warmongering Lib-Labs: thou shalt not kill children.

 

Comment #2.

 

Re-submitted: Thank goodness for decent humanitarians like Peter Cundall.

 

Remember however that high technology US wars now consume vastly more enemy civilians than US soldiers. Thus UN Population Division data show that in Occupied Afghanistan avoidable Afghan deaths from war-imposed deprivation now total 4.2 million, violent deaths are estimated (from expert Iraq War comparisons) to be 1.2 million and under-5 infant deaths total 2.9 million (90% avoidable and due to gross US Alliance violation of the Geneva Convention that demands that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical services "to the fullest extent of the means available to it") (for the Awful Truth simply Google "5.6 million war-related deaths").

 

In contrast, US Alliance military deaths in Occupied Afghanistan total 1,805 (US), 382 (UK), 29 (Australia), 2,758 (US Alliance as a whole). The death ratio of Afghans/US Alliance military is 5, 600,000/2,758 = 2,030 as compared to  10 in WW2 for Occupied civilians/ Nazi German soldiers. Indeed in March 1944 Nazi leader Adolph Hitler ordered  a death ratio of 10 in reprisal executions for partisan killing of 33 German military. On 24 March 1944 the Nazi Germans executed 330 Italian men and boys in the Ardeatine Massacre.

 

Memo to warmongering Lib-Labs: thou shalt not kill children. 


3 October 2011. Paul Sheehan wrote in The Age On-line National Times about the love life of the late Jewish billionaire Richard Pratt in an article entitled “”Even lust loses in this story of dirt”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/even-lust-loses-in-this-story-of-dirt-20111002-1l3rj.html .

The Age  censored the following comment I submitted about the article:

"Richard Pratt's crimes extended far beyond his offences against bourgeois values and Australian  Law. Thus he funded the Australian Labor Party (aka the Apartheid Israel-supporting Labor Party) with the proceeds of crime and hence ultimately the removal of a popularly-elected Australian PM Kevin Rudd by notoriously pro-Zionist conspirators (see Jewish Australian writer Antony Loewenstein's analysis:"Does the Zionist Lobby have blood on its hands in Australia?") and provided huge financial support for racist Zionist-run Apartheid Israel and hence for what is referred to by eminent Jewish and non-Jewish writers as the Palestinian Genocide (Google "The Plight of the Palestinians").

 

Australia's most famous and eminent Jewish citizen Sir Isaac Isaacs, the first Australian-born Governor General of Australia, had this to says about those supporting Zionism: "“The honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism" and "the Zionist movement as a whole...now places its own unwarranted interpretation on the Balfour Declaration, and makes demands that are arousing the antagonism of the Moslem world of nearly 400 millions, thereby menacing the safety of our Empire, endangering world peace and imperiling some of the most sacred associations of the Jewish, Christian, and Moslem faiths. Besides their inherent injustice to others these demands would, I believe, seriously and detrimentally affect the general position of Jews throughout the world."


28 September 2011. The Age On-line National Times section published an article by MP Tanya Plibersek about love of country an entitled “Love of Australia is about more than lifestyle”: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/love-of-australia-is-about-more-than-lifestyle-20110928-1kwfd.html .

 

The Age completely censored the following comment I submitted about the article as presumably containing facts and views it does not want its readers to read or to know about:

 

Love of Australia means (1) love of Australians, (2) love of Australian landscape, ecosystems, and species, and (3) love of values particularly valued by Australians. Unfortunately Tanya Plibersek's own party fails on all 3 criteria as outlined below.

 

1. 3,000 Australians (1,200 under Rudd or Gillard Labor) have died from opiate drug-related causes due to US Alliance (including Australia) restoring the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry; an estimated 10,000 Australians die avoidably each year from carbon burning under a pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-fossil fuel  Labor Government.

 

2. Despite endless rhetoric to the contrary, pro-coal, pro-gas Labor's plan to tackle climate change actually means that Australia's domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will actually INCREASE 25%  by 2020 compared to that in 2000 (Treasury  modeling). Under Labor Australia is a world leader in annual per capita GHG pollution (71 times greater than Bangladesh's) and Labor's plan of climate change inaction if adopted globally would mean destruction of most existing ecosystems and species in Australia and the World.

 

3. Australia has been involved in deliberately starving 6-7 million Indians to death in WW2, in all post-1950 US Asian wars (war-related deaths 29 million) and in the continuing  Aboriginal Genocide (9,000 avoidable deaths annually). 

23 September 2011. The Age On-line National Times, Rocco Blog-Go, “Obamania! Everybody loves Obama!” on forthcoming trip of Obama to Australia: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/blogs/rocco-bloggo/obamania-everybody-loves-obama-20110922-1kmiw.html .


1.  The Age censored my first submission:


"Not everybody loves Obama. Here is a short list of those I presume do NOT love Obama.

 

1. The parents and other relatives  of the 6 million under-5 year old infants  who have died in US Alliance-violated countries since 1990, the breakdown being 2.0 million (Iraq, 1990-2011), 1.3 million (Somalia, 1992-2011) and 2.7 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2011), 90% of these deaths being avoidable and due to gross violation of the Geneva Convention by the US Alliance (data: UN Population Division).

 

2. The parents and other relatives of the 9 million Muslims who have died from US violence or war-imposed deprivation since the 9-11 atrocity (itself almost certainly committed with US complicity; for expert opinions Google "US did 9-11"), the breakdown being 2.7 million (Iraq, 2003-2011), 1.1 million (Somalia, 2001-2011) and 5.0 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2011) (for details Google "Muslim Holocaust").

 

3. The parents and other relatives of the 18 million Third World people who die avoidably each year on Spaceship Earth with Obama in charge of the flight deck.

 

4. The parents and other relatives of the 3,000 Australians and 200,000 Americans who have died from US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry."

 

2. However The Age DID publish my re-submitted comment:

 

"Resubmitted: not everybody loves Obama.  Here is a short list of those I presume do NOT love Obama.

 

1. The parents and other relatives  of the 6 million under-5 year old infants  who have died in US Alliance-violated countries since 1990, the breakdown being 2.0 million (Iraq, 1990-2011), 1.3 million (Somalia, 1992-2011) and 2.7 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2011), 90% of these deaths being avoidable and due to gross violation of the Geneva Convention by the US Alliance (data: UN Population Division).

 

2. The parents and other relatives of the 9 million Muslims who have died from US violence or war-imposed deprivation since the 9-11 atrocity (itself almost certainly committed with US complicity; for expert opinions Google "US did 9-11"), the breakdown being 2.7 million (Iraq, 2003-2011), 1.1 million (Somalia, 2001-2011) and 5.0 million (Afghanistan, 2001-2011) (for details Google "Muslim Holocaust").

 

3. The parents and other relatives of the 18 million Third World people who die avoidably each year on Spaceship Earth with Obama in charge of the flight deck.

 

4. The parents and other relatives of the 3,000 Australians and 200,000 Americans who have died from US restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry."




21 September 2011. The Age On-line National Times section, Thomas Caldwell wrote an article  entitled "Making stupidity a virtue in Hollywood is dumb": http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/making-stupidity-a-virtue-in-hollywood-is-dumb-20110920-1kjgt.html .


The Age DID publish the following comment (after it had been sent twice):

 

"Unfortunately Australia has become an Orwellian Murdochracy (Big Money buys votes and public perception of the truth) and Lobbyocracy (Big Money buys politicians and policy) in which the dissenting experts are sidelined, disparaged or ignored.

 

Australian politicians and media follow the assertions of Big Brother in Orwell's "1984" that "war is peace" (war in Iraq and Afghanistan is asserted to bring peace and freedom), "slavery is freedom" (ditto), "2 plus 2 does not equal 4"  (war-related deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation now total 9 million the in Iraqi, Somalian, Palestinian, Syrian, Lebanese  and Afghan Occupied Territories) and "ignorance is strength" ( e.g. ignoring the experts over the worsening climate emergency).

 

Thus the recent ABC TV Four Corners program "The Carbon War" overwhelmingly devoted itself  to the spin and hysteria of climate change denialists and politicians to the near-total exclusion of experts. While Professor Chubb was able to say that the carbon debate was abysmal, Professor Will Steffen that pricing carbon could be useful and Dr Nikki Williams was able to expertly comment on the coal industry, NOT revealed was that the Coalition and Labor  have identical, disastrous, carbon pollution-increasing  goals of "5% off 2000 domestic greenhouse gas pollution by 2020" and unlimited coal and gas exports."

The Age also published the following further comment:

"Forrest Gump is gormless and part of the asserted "history" in the Hollywood movie is utterly false. Thus Forrest Gump and his girlfriend kiss in an otherwise empty  Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington at the time of the huge, 500,000-person demonstration against the war criminal bombing of Cambodia over 40 years ago. I and my friends had traveled far to join the 500,000 wonderful, decent Americans in this huge demonstration. It being a very hot day the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool was full of demonstrators, most of them naked it appeared."





 


On 14 September 2011 The Age published an excellent article by Australian  Deputy Leader of the Opposition Julie Bishop about the fracturing relations between the State of  Israel and the major majority-Muslim states of Egypt and Turkey. Her article was entitled “Fracturing relations in the Middle East”. Key quote: “"The simultaneous breakdown in relations between Israel and the two Muslim nations which had constituted a strategic security and diplomatic bulwark for the Jewish state, represents a significant upheaval in the region. Australia must stand firmly with Israel at this tumultuous point in its history” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/blogs/the-bishops-gambit/fracturing-relations-in-the-middle-east-20110914-1k87o.html ).

 

The Age completely censored out 2 successive comments I made about the article, presumably because its agent  regarded them as containing material that should not be read by its readers even if buried in a comment thread (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/09/13/7749047-leading-oz-opposition-mp-on-egypt-turkey-israel-fracturing-relations ).

 

Censored comment 1.

"Some hard facts are needed to counter this flagrant pro-Zionist propaganda piece by Julie Bishop.

1. Israeli forces attacked Turkish and other ships in international waters in an act of piracy, killing 9 Turks (including an American) and kidnapping 5 Australian (1 shot, 1 tasered, all robbed). Neither the Zionist-beholden Labor Government nor the Zionist-beholden Coalition has demanded extradition and trial of the Israeli terrorists.

2. The "Jewish State" is anathema to Orthodox Jews (who believe that there can be no return to Zion until the Messiah comes) and to an overwhelming majority of people in the World who object to race-based Apartheid states, the more so when they have been established by genocidal colonial conquest.

3. In 1880 Jews (50% immigrants) represented 5% of the Palestinian population but the Zionists have extended their race-based rule to all of Palestine plus part of Lebanon and a big slab of Syria. There are over 7 million Palestinian refugees and of 12 million Palestinians in the World (mostly refugees) only the adults of 1.5 million Palestinian Israelis are permitted to vote in Apartheid Israel's "democracy by genocide".

4. The strongest Western critics of Apartheid Israel are anti-racist, humanitarian Jews. Indeed Australia's most famous Jewish figure Governor-General Sir Isaac Isaacs strongly opposed Zionism. "

Censored comment 2 (I am merely a much-published, 5-decade career scientist who is prepared to research and make comments in the public interest under my own name but am regularly censored by The Age. However will The Age likewise censor the anti-Zionist opinions of really outstanding, anti-racist, humanitarian Jewish scholars? To test this I sent the following further comment to The Age).

"The pro-Israeli stance of the Coalition and Labor is at variance with the opinions of outstanding anti-racist humanitarian Jewish intellectuals.

Thus Sir Isaac Isaacs (1855–1948) (an Australian judge and politician, ninth Governor General of Australia, the first Australian-born in Australia to occupy that post, and strongly anti-Zionist) (1946): "“The honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism" and "the Zionist movement as a whole...now places its own unwarranted interpretation on the Balfour Declaration, and makes demands that are arousing the antagonism of the Moslem world of nearly 400 millions, thereby menacing the safety of our Empire, endangering world peace and imperiling some of the most sacred associations of the Jewish, Christian, and Moslem faiths. Besides their inherent injustice to others these demands would, I believe, seriously and detrimentally affect the general position of Jews throughout the world."

Jewish Israeli Professor Avi Shlaim (Professor of International Relations, Oxford University): "brief review of Israel's record over the past four decades makes it difficult to resist the conclusion that it has become a rogue state with "an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders. A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practises terrorism - the use of violence against civilians for political purposes. Israel fulfils all of these three criteria."

 

On 14 September 2011 The Age published an excellent article by Sydney Morning Herald economics editor Ross Gittins about the multi-trillion dollar cost of post-9-11 anti-terrorism. His article was  entitled  “A vast cost in feeling a little more secure” A key quote [my amplifying additions in square brackets] : “"total additional [US anti-terrorism] cost since 2001 to well over $US1 trillion. Those figures don't include the cost to US taxpayers of the terrorism-related wars in Iraq and Afghanistan  [$4-5-5.5 trillion accrual cost]. The equivalent figure for Australia (which does include the cost of the wars) is about $30 billion” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/a-vast-cost-in-feeling-just-a-little-more-secure-20110913-1k7l1.html ).

 

The Age completely censored out 2 successive comments I made about the article, presumably because its agent  regarded them as containing material that should not be read by its readers even if buried in a comment thread (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/09/13/7748332-cost-of-anti-terrorism-post-9-11-1-trillion-plus-cost-of-iraq-afghan-wars ).

 

Censored comment 1.

"The key data for Australia are (A) the post-9-11 annual probability of an Australian being killed by a terrorist of 1 in 7 million and (B) the cost of anti-terrorism (including wars) of $30 billion or $3 billion pa since 9-11. Some analysis below.

(A). In the 10 years since 9-11about 100 Australians have been killed by terrorists worldwide. Given an average population of 20.4 million we can calculate the annual probability of an Australian being killed by a terrorist (P) as 100/(20.4 million x 10 years) = 1 in 2 million per year (2001-2011). However only 4 Australians have been killed by terrorists within Australia since 1978 and accordingly P = 1 in 149 million (within Australia, 1978-2011) or 1 in 6 million (anywhere, 1978-2011). Compare this with the annual probability of an Australian dying of 1 in 10, 000 (from vehicle accident), 1 in 1,000 (from smoking) and 1 in 56 for Indigenous Australians (9,000 deaths pa, population 0.5 million).

(B) Indigenous health ($1.5 billion pa) is under-funded 3-fold (it should be $4.5 billion pa), the difference being $3 billion pa or Australia 's annual anti-terrorism cost."

 

Censored comment 2 (giving the opinion of  an outstanding, anti-racist,  humanitarian Jewish American scholar).

"Mainstream media and politicians have uncritically supported US terror hysteria and the "official version of 9-11" from the same Bush Administration that, according to the US Center for Public Integrity, told 935 lies about Iraq in the 2 years after 9-11 (most notably about later proved to be non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction).

However this is what outstanding, anti-racist, humanitarian Jewish American writer Stephen Lendman has written (my emphasis capitalized) : "Back then, the whole world watched the horrific spectacle, including planes hitting the towers, both bursting into flames, desperate people jumping out of windows to avoid incineration, and then collapse at near free-fall speed, later proved (but unreported) BY CONTROLLED DEMOLITIONS... America's post-9/11 decade is best called its visible fall from grace, waging permanent wars on humanity for wealth and power, never for falsified hyped reasons everyone needs to understand and condemn.

But don't expect America's media to explain. They're, in fact, complicit by regurgitating official lies, vilifying Islam, and resonating war fever discourse for intervention, featuring one-sided reports and commentaries.

Absent was critical debate. Vital questions weren't asked. Militarism instead was promoted as the solution to "global terrorism.""

 

 

 

 

On 13 September 2011 The Age published an article by Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about the proposed media inquiry for Australia after the phone hacking scandals of News Corp  in the UK (Murdoch has a News Limited in Australia) . Her article was entitled “Is our News Limited?” A key quote: “In Britain, the phone-hacking scandal has put Rupert Murdoch's media empire under unprecedented scrutiny.  Questions are being asked about News Corporation's influence over British democracy — its capacity to make and break prime ministers and to set the policy agenda of the day. In Australia, similar questions must also be asked. News Limited controls 70 per cent of our nation's print media, representing the greatest concentration of media ownership in the democratic world” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/blogs/gengreens/is-our-news-limited-20110912-1k5ow.html ).

I sent 2 separate comments to The Age (owned by Murdoch’s rival in Australia , the Fairfax Empire)  but they were both completely censored by The Age which evidently regarded them as containing material that should not be read by its readers even if buried in a comment thread of over 200 comments (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/09/12/7732762-post-uk-phone-hacking-oz-inquiry-call-re-news-corp-media-ownership ).

Censored comment 1.

"Good article by Senator Sarah Hanson-Young but Australia's media woes are not confined to the foreign-owned Murdoch Empire that owns most Australian city newspapers. Thus the Australian taxpayer-funded ABC matches the US-owned News Corp for grossly deficient reportage and incorrect reportage in major areas. Some examples below relating to Climate Change, Nuclear Terrorism and Poverty , these being regarded as 3 major risks for Humanity by President Barak Obama's eminent chief science adviser Professor John Holdren.

1. Climate Change. News Corp is notorious for pushing climate change denialism and climate change inaction. However the ABC flagrantly pushes Labor's Carbon Tax that Treasury modelling reveals as climate change inaction and repeatedly reports anti-science falsehoods such as "gas is clean" (for details sent to MPs and media Google "ABC lying by omission and commission").

2. Nuclear Terrorism. News Corp and the ABC both push pro-war propaganda in support of Western nuclear terrorist states but resolutely refuse to report or otherwise grossly underestimate by a factor of about 100 the 9 million Muslim war-related deaths so far in the US War on Terror.

3. Poverty. Currently 18 million people die avoidably each year from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease on Spaceship Earth with the First World running the flight deck, a worsening catastrophe resolutely ignored by both News Corp and the taxpayer-funded ABC.

Media inquiry now!"

Censored comment 2.

"From a scientific risk management perspective, the glaring, fundamental, Elephant in the Room problems with Australian media are self-censorship, censorship and lying by omission and commission. Indeed the more important the issue the greater the lying and censorship and numerous examples can be given of this in relation to the critical threats facing humanity, namely climate change, war and poverty. Sadly, my carefully researched comment in this regard about the senator's article that I submitted earlier has somehow gone astray, one supposes because it contains facts or opinions someone does not want readers of The Age to read even if buried in a lengthy comment thread.

In short, while pro-war, pro-inequity News Corp is also disgracefully and dangerously climate change denialist, the taxpayer-funded ABC similarly ignores 9 million war-related deaths in the War on Terror (Google Muslim Holocaust), 18 million annual global deaths from deprivation (Google UN Population Division) and the dishonest and appalling climate change inaction implicit in Labor's counterproductive Carbon Tax plan (for my detailed analysis sent to media and MPs, including Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Google "ABC lying by omission and commission").

I look forward to cataloging the lies of omission and commission by Australian media, including the taxpayer-funded ABC, to a Parliamentary Media Inquiry."

 

On 8 September 2011 The Age published an article on terrorism by Dr Carl Ungerer (director of the national security program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and a visiting fellow at Georgetown University). His article was entitled “No room for complacency on terrorism. Key  quotes: “Ten years after Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda launched the September 11 attacks on the US, the terrorism debate in Australia continues to revolve around persistent myths. Let's put a few of them to the test, beginning with the notion that the group is no longer a threat to Australia… Increasingly, the ''war on terror'' is a conflict not just against al-Qaeda central, but against al-Qaeda's associates, affiliates and support networks in Africa, Asia and the Middle East” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/no-room-for-complacency-on-terrorism-20110907-1jxp0.html ).

I sent the following 2 comments on the article to The Age in the hope that they might be published uncensored but they were both completely censored, presumably because The Age’s  agent  regarded them as containing material that should not be read by its readers even if buried in a comment thread (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/09/07/7655646-strategist-on-9-11-anniversary-no-room-for-complacency-on-terrorism ).

Censored comment 1.

"This analysis commences with the standard but most likely incorrect mantra: "Ten years after Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda launched the September 11 attacks on the United States".

Science, engineering, architecture, aviation, military and intelligence experts say that the US did 9-11 (Google "US did 9-11") and reject the "official conspiracy theory" of the pathologically dishonest and violent Bush Administration that according to 2 US think tanks as reported by News Corp told 935 lies about Iraq alone in the 2 years after 9-11.

Thus Professor Niels Harrit (Chemistry Department, 9-Nobel-Laureate University of Copenhagen) who identified unexploded nano-thermite in all World Trade Center dust samples analyzed: "“we haven’t seen the evidence for this person [Osama] actually being guilty in the crime, and he is not wanted by the FBI for this attack on 9/11... There is no doubt that this building [WTC7] was taken down in a controlled demolition ... We know explosives were used... Nano-thermite shouldn’t have been there”.

Ditto Major-General Albert Stubblebine who retired as head of US Army Intelligence and Security Command, INSCOM, and many others.

Post-9-11 war-related Somali, Iraqi and Afghan deaths from US state terrorism now total 9 million (Google Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide).?”

Censored comment 2.

"My earlier carefully researched and referenced submitted comment has somehow gone astray.

About 3,000 people were killed on 9-11but no perpetrators have been found guilty in a court of law.

Post-9-11 war-related deaths in the Australia-complicit US War on Terror now total 9 million, the breakdown being 2.7 million (Iraq), 1.1 million (Somalia) and 5.0 million (Afghanistan) (Google Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide ).

We do not know for sure how 9-11 was perpetrated but key scientific analysis, most notably by Danish chemist Professor Niels Harrit, makes it it almost certain that the US was involved (Google "US did 9-11"). However the genocidal criminality of US state terrorism (9 million post-9-11 war-related Muslim deaths so far) is clearly revealed by UN and medical epidemiological demographic statistics.

About 800 CHILDREN die avoidably EVERY DAY in the Overseas American Empire due to Occupier war crimes (Google "Hey hey USA how many kids did you kill today?") . In contrast, according to US State Department figures, the number of US citizens killed worldwide in 2010 "as a result of incidents of terrorism" was 15 (down from 25 in 2009).

US state terrorism remains a huge and increasing threat to humanity."

On 7 September 2011 The Age published an article on program cut-backs at Australia’s ABC (the Australian equivalent of the UK BBC) by Mark Scott (managing director of the ABC).  His article was entitled “As a mirror to our culture, the ABC is not sitting on its Arts”. Key  quote: “"It speaks volumes for the community support for the ABC that almost every content decision attracts debate. But our programmers and schedulers need the freedom to innovate and challenge; to search for better ways to engage the audience” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/as-a-mirror-to-our-culture-abc-is-not-sitting-on-its-arts-20110906-1jvs1.html ).

I sent the following comment on the article to The Age in the hope that it might be published uncensored but they were both completely censored, presumably because The Age’s  agent  regarded them as containing material that should not be read by its readers even if buried in a comment thread (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/09/06/7636286-australian-abc-head-on-abc-cutting-major-arts-programs ).

Censored comment.

"The Arts help understanding of self and society but so does accurate News reportage. The ABC is important for the Arts but its scandalous non-reportage of crucial News demands a Royal Commission. Numerous examples of such non-reportage can be determined by searching "the entire ABC site" using the ABC Search engine.

1. Labor's Carbon Price plan is ostensibly about DECREASING GHG pollution but the Treasury report “Strong growth, low pollution” shows that under the Carbon Price plan Australia’s domestic GHG pollution will INCREASE to 621 Mt CO2-e (million tones of CO2-equivalent) in 2020, 25% BIGGER than that in 2000. However searches using the taxpayer-funded ABC’s own search engine for “621 million” and “Strong growth, low pollution” yield 1 and 0 reports, respectively, whereas a search of the ABC for the Labor Government’s document “Clean energy future” yields 348 reports, noting that this document contains numerous falsehoods. Further, the ABC endlessly reports “gas is clean” and like falsehoods.

2. Professor Niels Harrit (University of Copenhagen chemist) proved US-complicit explosive demolition of the WTC on 9-11 (yet zero ABC reportage of "niels harrit").

3. The authoritatively estimated 9 million Muslim war-related deaths in the post-9-11 US War on Terror go unreported by the ABC."

On 5 September 2011 The Age published an article by eminent writer David Marr about Australia’s shocking treatment of refugees. His article was entitled “New Pacific fix all but impossible”. Key quote re the High Court banning the sending of refugees from Australia to Malaysia : "Every way out of this mess seems to lead to another quagmire. And in the opinion of Stephen Gageler, SC, the past is looking as messy as the future” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/new-pacific-fix-all-but-impossible-20110904-1jslh.html ).

I sent the following comment on this excellent article to The Age which published it except for the last sentence which it partly censored to remove any mention of "Israel" (like other Mainstream media in Australia, and indeed the West as a whole, The Age is infested with Zionists and pro-Zionists; the censored part is in bold): (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/09/04/7606335-oz-refugee-mess-abbott-offers-help-to-revive-nauru-detention-centre ).

"Excellent article by David Marr The obvious humane solution evidently evades most Australians and both the Coalition and Labor who are trying to outdo each other in inhumanity.

Since 90% of these refugees are eventually found to be genuine refugees, they should be allowed to live and work in the community until this is properly established, with a small minority of problem cases being electronically tagged. (thus the 2 members of my family members who found haven from Nazism in Australia in 1939 - New Zealand completely excluded such refugees - were required as enemy aliens to attend a local police station each week).

Forgotten in the appalling refugee debate is who generated over 20 million Muslim refugees in the first place, the breakdown being 7 million Palestinians, 5-6 million Iraqis, 3-4 million Afghans, 2.0 million Somalis and about 2 million Pashtun refugees generated by US violence in NW Pakistan (see UNHCR).

Former PM Kevin Rudd declared that those trying to find safe haven for these desperate refugees, the so-called people smugglers, are "scum of the earth who should rot in hell". How then should we describe those of the US Alliance who violently generated over 20 million Muslim refugees in the first place?

Humanity also for the Tamil refugees fleeing the US- and Israeli-complicit Tamil Genocide."

 

On 5 September 2011 The Age published an article re 9-11, Iraq, Afghanistan etc by former Australian PM John Howard. His article was entitled “A way of life attacked”. John Howard ordered the illegal Australian invasion of in March 2003 (see the article here: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/a-way-of-life-attacked-20110904-1js5p.html ).

I sent the following comment on this disgraceful article to The Age which published it but censored out the final sentence in bold below (fro details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/09/04/7606146-former-australian-pm-john-howard-writes-on-9-11-10th-anniversary ).

Partly censored Comment 1.

"A disgraceful re-writing of history by John Howard.

 

In post-invasion Iraq excess deaths from war-imposed deprivation total 1.2 million, violent deaths total 1.5 million (US Just Foreign Policy), under-5 infant deaths total 0.8 million (90% avoidable and due to gross US Alliance violation of the Geneva Convention) and refugees total 5-6 million (for details Google Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide).

 

RAWA , Afghanistan's oldest women's political organization, is opposed to the Taliban, the US-backed war lords and the US Alliance occupiers. On the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan  RAWA published my documented assessment of the horrendous human cost of 3.8 million post-invasion deaths from war-imposed deprivation , 1.2 million violent deaths (from Iraq war comparisons), 2.7 million under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance violation of the Geneva Convention)  and 3-4 million refugees (for details Google Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide).

 

Post-9-11war-related Muslim deaths total about 9 million, the breakdown being 2.7 million (Iraq), 5.0 million (Afghanistan) and 1 million (Somalia).

 

And as for compelling evidence for US complicity in 9-11 (3,000 dead) (Google "Experts: US did 9-11".

 

Uncensored Comment 2.

 

Because The Age had censored out my comment about US complicity in 9-11, I sent the following further comment, specifically the view of outstanding US general and intelligence expert Major-General Stubblebine, which The Age published in full.

 

“Major General Albert N. Stubblebine (former Commanding General of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, INSCOM) differs from John Howard over 9-11 (as did Lt-Col Andrew Wilkie over non-existent Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction): "You look at the buildings falling, they didn't fall down because of an airplane hit them, they fell down because explosives went off inside. Demolition. Look at Building 7 for God sakes ... I do not believe the free press is free anymore... The press is saying what they have been told to say about this. Now do I have proof about this? No. But I believe that all the stories that were told about 9/11 were false... What is it they do not want the public to know? ... One of my experiences in the Army was being in charge of the Army's Imagery Interpretation for Scientific and Technical Intelligence during the Cold War. I measured pieces of Soviet equipment from photographs. It was my job. I look at the hole in the Pentagon and I look at the size of an airplane that was supposed to have hit the Pentagon. And I said, "The plane does not fit in that hole". So what did hit the Pentagon? What hit it? Where is it? What's going on?"

 

 

On 31 August 2011 The Age published an article on the Labor Government’s Carbon Tax proposal  by former Australian Coalition Government Treasurer Peter Costello. Article was entitled “Without a carbon tax, the steel industry might stand a chance” (for the article see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/without-a-carbon-tax-steel-industry-jobs-might-stand-a-chance-20110830-1jk03.html ).

I sent the following carefully researched comment on the article to The Age but it appears that this medium via its agent has found these comments made under my own name to be unfit for its readers to read:

"Peter Costello sensibly queries "why it [Labor] wants to impose the tax in the first place."

"Tackling climate change" surely means that greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution will DECREASE. However official Treasury modeling of the Carbon Price impact released a few weeks ago shows that Australia's domestic GHG pollution will be 621 Mt CO2-e (million tonnes CO2-equivalent) in 2020, an INCREASE from the 600 in 2009 and 496 in 2000.

Treasury modelling, ABARE and US EIA data show that Australia's Exported GHG pollution (in Mt CO2-e) will also INCREASE under Labor's Carbon Price (Google "Plan means increased GHG"):

2000: 496 (Domestic) + 505 (coal exports) + 17 (LNG exports) = 1018.

2009: 600 (Domestic) + 784 (coal exports) + 31 (LNG exports) = 1,415.

2020: 621 (Domestic) + 1,039 (black coal exports) + 80 (LNG exports) + 59 (brown coal exports) = 1,799.

2050: 527 (Domestic) + 2902 (coal exports) + 1,061 (LNG exports) = 4,490.

Pro-coal, pro-gas Labor is absurdly asserting that "more means less"."



On 25 July 2011 the Age On-line National Times section published an article by Anthony Browne about the horrifying Norway Massacre and entitled “Massacre marks end of Norway's golden era” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/massacre-marks-end-of-norways-golden-era-20110724-1hv8g.html ). ”  I sent the following comment on the article to The Age in the hope that it might be published uncensored (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/07/24/7156332-uk-writer-browne-oslo-massacre-marks-end-of-norways-golden-era ). The evidently Zionist-beholden newspaper The Age, the regularly censors my informed, documented, credentialled comments made in the public interest under my own name, completely censored my comment below, thus providing further evidence of what it evidently does not want its readers to read or to know:

"The article totally misses the point that the mass murderer was a fanatical and genocidal Christian Zionist, anti-Arab anti-Semite and Islamophobe who wanted all Muslims expelled from Europe and from the West Bank and Gaza Strip of Palestine.

Thus the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reports: "The confessed perpetrator in the attack in Norway that killed as many as 98 people espoused a right-wing philosophy against Islam that also purports to be pro-Zionist... [called] for "the deportation of all Muslims from Europe" as well as from "the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.""

The right-wing Jewish Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post reports: "1,500 page manifesto credited to Breivik, accused of killing spree, lays out worldview including extreme screed of Islamophobia, far-right Zionism... held fiercely anti-Islamic and pro-Israel views, according to a 1,500 page manifesto he uploaded before his killing spree Friday. In the 1,500-page tome, which mentions Israel 359 times and “Jews” 324 times, Breivik lays out his worldview, which includes an extreme, bizarre and rambling screed of Islamophobia, far-right Zionism and venomous attacks on Marxism and multi-culturalism."

Genocidal racism, including Australian Lib-Lab-supported racist Zionism, should be sidelined in public life as have been the similarly racist Nazis, neo-Nazis, Apartheiders and KKK. "


On 21 July 2011 The Age carried a weak article by Paul Sheehan (Sydney Morning Herald columnist) entitled “Plot getting thicker but News not for burial” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/plot-getting-thicker-but-news-not-for-burial-20110720-1hov5.html ) in which he stated : "I'm aware of no evidence that the crude values of the News of The World, which are not replicated in News Corp's other newspapers in the US, Australia or Britain, have infected the rest of the group. Long before Murdoch bought the paper in 1969, the News of The World had a sorry record of ethical malpractice, defamation actions and official complaints."

The Age completely censored my following comment on the article (for more details of the article and censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/07/20/7126923-australian-columnist-plot-getting-thicker-but-murdochs-news-not-for-burial ). The Age evidently felt the contents of my following comment should not be read or known by its readers:

“This disgusting business in which Murdoch employees brought distress to some celebrities and to some bereaved parents and perverted law and order through the bribing of UK policemen, hides the remorselessly ignored, Elephant in the Room Awful Truth of the deadly jingoism, censorship, holocaust-ignoring and genocide-ignoring non-reportage, deadly climate change denialism and perversion of Democracy by the Murdoch media empire in the Western Murdochcracies and caused massive bereavement to at least 25 million people so far in the US killing fields of Africa and Asia.

Murdoch media support for Murdochracy US wars has been associated so far with about 12 million violent deaths and avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation, principally in Iraq (1990-2011, 4.6 million), Somalia (1992-2011, 2.2 million) and Afghanistan (2001-2011, 5.0 million), these shocking UN data- derived estimates being consonant with UN-derived estimates of under-5 infant deaths totaling 2.0 million, 1.3 million and 2.7 million, respectively, and refugees totaling 5-6 million, 2.0 million and 3-4 million, respectively - horrendous, war criminal carnage ignored by the Murdoch media.

The climate change denialism of Murdoch media threatens to kill about 10 billion people this century (Google "Climate Genocide") - ergo Boycott Murdoch media."

On 20 July 2001 The Age On-line National Times published an article by Peter Costello on hacking-, bribery- and Murdoch scandal-related calls from Australian Greens leader Senator Bob Brown Brown, Labor Senator Stephen Conroy and Australian PM Julia Gillard for an inquiry into Australian media and entitled “Media inquiry just a tool top stifle critical comment” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/media-inquiry-just-a-tool-to-stifle-critical-comment-20110719-1hn1e.html ). The sub-heading read: “Starting a debate about media bias is one way to get the focus off the carbon tax.”

I sent the following comment on the article to The Age which substantially censored me ("stifled comment") as shown by publishing my comments except as indicated below (thereby providing evidence for what The Age does not want its readers to read or to know; the only evidence of censorship was ... before the censored out part) (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/07/20/7116607-oz-ex-treasurer-on-fos-media-inquiry-just-a-tool-to-stifle-critical-comment ) :

"I agree with Peter Costello that the media should be free to say what they like (remember Voltaire's famous aphorism) - but they should also be accountable by an authoritative process of scholar- and scientist-informed non-punitive public exposure that corrects blatant falsehoods.

As a 5 decade career scientist involved in academic teaching for 40 years i am appalled by the huge gulf between scientific perception and public perception, notably in the area of climate science.

While one cannot prevent the more notorious climate change denialists from spouting their dangerous, anti-science rubbish, our Democracy demands some kind of authoritative mechanism to correct the falsehoods … CENSORED OUT: if only to correct the inherent intellectual abuse of children in particular.

An important example is the area of holocaust denial which has been criminalized in a number of Western European countries in relation to the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) that was a part of a much greater WW2 Holocaust in which 30 million Slavs, Jews and Gypsies died. Sensible scholars say that holocaust denial in general (e.g. Mainstream ignoring of the WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which Churchill killed 6-7 million Indians) should not be criminalized but for the sake of both free speech and scholarship merely exposed by some kind of formal judicial process i.e. the only punishment would be public exposure of the egregious falsehood END CENSORED OUT.”

As a 5 decade-career scientist and 4 decade career academic teacher I endlessly write to the media under my own name to expose horrendous civilian deaths in the US African and Asian wars and about the worsening Climate Genocide. The silence is deafening through ignoring and censorship.

For more details of censorship of informed, credentialed, non-anonymous, professional comment by The Age see “Mainstream media censorship”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/ , and “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age and http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ .




On Friday 15 July 2011 the Age published an article by Tim Dixon (former speechwriter and economic adviser to prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and now working in the US) and . Matt Browne (a senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress in Washington, and leads the Global Progress network of progressive parties and think tanks) on debate on issues such as climate change policy and entitled “Mature debate on our future needed, not Tea Party –style militancy” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/mature-debate-on-our-future-needed-not-tea-partystyle-militancy-20110714-1hfra.html ).

These evidently Labor- and Democrat-oriented analysts stated in part: “A wealth fund set up with oil revenues two decades ago by Norway - a much smaller economy than Australia - now exceeds $500 billion, a magnificent endowment that gives Norwegians a ''Plan B'' if the nation's fortunes suddenly change. Australia could also tackle growing social disadvantage at its roots, with large-scale investment in schools and infrastructure across its city fringes. Each of those steps requires deliberate choices and a sensible national debate… The Tea Party militancy of states such as Kansas is now infecting Australia's Coalition parties and many opinion makers - parochial, inward-looking and uninterested in the economics of the future. Will Australia follow the road to California or to Kansas? Sometimes we make the best choices by pressing the fast-forward button and imagining ourselves looking back, years from now. The course of events that takes us to 2030 is unknown. But there's little doubt that the countries best placed will be those who are open, tolerant, diverse, highly skilled and less dependent on carbon fuels. Australia can be all those things - and become the country everyone else wants to be.”

I made 2 unsuccessful attempts at expressing an informed,, science-based opinion on the article. However The Age (which regularly censors my carefully researched opinions offered under my professional name, Dr Gideon Polya, a 5-decade career scientists teaching at a major university) evidently again found my credentialled, science-informed opinions unfit to be read by its readers, even if buried in a comment thread of 240 mostly anonymous and accordingly uncredentialled comments.

My first censored out comment:

The $500 billion wealth fund of Norway (population 5 million) cited in the article is of great relevance to Australia (population 22 million) and Australia's urgent need to convert to 100% renewable energy ASAP as demanded by top climate scientists.

Thus the Australian Climate Commission in its report "The Critical Decade" (launched several weeks ago by PM Gillard) concluded that for a 70% chance of avoiding a disastrous 2C temperature rise (EU and Australian policy) the World has a terminal "carbon budget" in which it can emit no more than 1 trillion tonnes of CO2 before final zero emissions in 2050. Australia's huge Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is such (1,415 Mt CO2-e pa in 2009) that it will exceed its "share" in 1.9 years!!

In contrast, Labor and Coalition policy is for a Domestic GHG target of "5% off 2000 level by 2020" and massive expansion of coal and liquid natural gas (LNG) Exports (increasing annually at 2.4% and 9%, respectively, according to ABARE) so that Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution in 2020 will be DOUBLE that in 2000.

Expert engineering estimates are for $370 billion over 10 years for 100% Renewable Energy for Australia by 2020 ($37 billion pa) (BZE).


Below is my second unsuccessful attempt (a slightly edited version of the first) and further evidence of what The Age evidently does not want its readers to read or to know (for further details of this censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/07/14/7085459-oz-mature-debate-on-our-future-needed-not-tea-party-style-militancy ) :

For mature debate: the $500 billion wealth fund of Norway (cited in article) is of relevance to Australia and its urgent need to convert to 100% renewable energy ASAP as demanded by top climate scientists.

The Australian Climate Commission's "The Critical Decade" (launched by PM Gillard) concluded that for a 70% chance of avoiding a disastrous 2C temperature rise (EU and Australian policy) the World has a terminal "carbon budget" in which it can emit no more than 1 trillion tonnes of CO2 before final zero emissions in 2050. Australia's huge Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is such (1,415 Mt CO2-e pa in 2009) that it will exceed its "share" in 1.9 years!!

In contrast, Labor and Coalition policy is for a Domestic GHG target of "5% off 2000 level by 2020" and massive expansion of coal and liquid natural gas (LNG) Exports (increasing annually at 2.4% and 9%, respectively, according to ABARE) so that Australia's 2020 Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution will be DOUBLE that in 2000.

$370 billion/10 years for 100% Renewable Energy for Australia (BZE), $253 billion/20 years (Professor Peter Seligman). and $144 billion (260,000 GWh/year wind by 2020).”

For more details of censorship of informed, credentialed, non-anonymous, professional comment by The Age see “Mainstream media censorship”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/ , and “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mainstreammediacensorship/censorship-by-the-age and http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ .

Decent people around the World will be considering a boycott of pro-war, climate change denialist, US Alliance genocide- and war crimes-ignoring, phone hacking and police bribing News Corp media (if they don’t already boycott Murdoch media already). But this and numerous other instances of egregious censorship of science-informed opinion by The Age (arguably Australia’s most respectable Mainstream medium, although that is not saying much) illustrates why there is very little, science-informed “mature debate” on climate change action in Australia.

On Thursday 14 July 2011 The Age published an article by Geoffrey Robertson QC about the Murdoch Empire crimes and entitled “Unearthing the truth will take a judge” (see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/unearthing-truth-will-take-a-judge-20110713-1hdxn.html ).

However The Age completely censored out a carefully researched comment on the article by myself and sent under my own name. this is what The Age evidently did not want its readers to read or to know about pro-war, pro-Zionist Murdoch Empire perversion of Murdochracy Australia (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/07/13/7078671-top-uk-qc-on-murdoch-news-corp-unearthing-truth-will-take-a-judge ):

 

“A corporation CEO is held responsible for health and safety violations and for deaths and injuries relating to such departures. However since money buys justice in British Law they can potentially evade responsibility for financial corruption, including bribery.

 

The most obvious example in Australia is Australia's biggest  known white collar criminal, the great financial supporter of Apartheid Israel, the ongoing Palestinian Genocide  and the Australian Labor Party who evaded justice over  insurance company-related crime involving scores of millions of dollars by claiming ignorance of his employees' actions; whose company paid out about $40 million in fines over collusional price fixing;  and who finally evaded justice and imprisonment by withdrawal of serious perjury charges a day or so before his death that occasioned attendance of a who's who of Australia politics and power at his funeral.

 

Both Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard made special trips to New York to see pro-war, pro-Zionist US citizen and Anglo-America kingmaker Rupert Murdoch. Surprise, surprise,  Australia is shamed by the pro-war, pro-Zionist stance of successive Labor Governments even when over 3,000 Australians have died opiate -related deaths due to US restoration of the Taliban -destroyed Afghan opium industry (for details Google "26 June UN anti-drugs")  and Israeli terrorists routinely violate Australia and Australians.

 

Australians can help restore Democracy to Murdochracy Australia by boycotting Murdoch media.”

 

I responded to this further egregious censorship by The Age (arguably Australia's most progressive newspaper) by submitting the following further comment (no mention of Apartheid Israel, pro-Zionist or the Palestinian Genocide). The Age DID publish this comment except for the part in indicated below in bold as CENSORED OUT and  referring to the censorship, which it replaced with three dots: ... ):

"Far more important than the crimes of phone hacking and bribing of police is political subversion by the pro-war Murdoch Empire in Murdochracies such as the US, UK and Australia and its holocaust-ignoring in relation to the Iraqi Holocaust (1990-2011) and the Afghan Holocaust (2001-2011) that have been associated, so far, with violent deaths and avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation totaling 4.6 million and 5.0 million, respectively (UN Population Division and medical literature data), these estimates being consonant with under-5 year old infant deaths totaling 2.0 million and 2.7 million, respectively (Google the terms Iraqi Holocaust and Afghan Holocaust).

Of course holocaust-ignoring is far, far worse than repugnant holocaust denial because the latter at least admits the possibility of public discussion.

Further Murdoch media misinformation over man-made climate change and censorship of other important science-based information endangers Australia, the West and Humanity [CENSORED OUT: (indeed my earlier carefully researched post on this article somehow did not make it but will nevertheless be published throughout the World)].

Outstanding expatriate journalist John Pilger introduced the term "Murdochracy" to describe how Big Media can pervert truth (Big Money determines public perception of reality) and subvert democracy by political blackmail. Australians can help restore Democracy to Murdochracy Australia by boycotting Murdoch media (the British and Americans likewise)."



On Tuesday 12 July 2011 The Age published an article by Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about the current Australian Carbon Tax debate between the Coalition Opposition  versus the Labor + Greens + Independents and   entitled “Why this is better than Rudd’s scheme”. The Age did not publish my comments (below)  on the article, thereby providing further evidence of what it does not want its readers to read or to know (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/07/12/7065217-sarah-hanson-young-carbon-tax-ets-better-than-rudd-ets-scheme ):

The Greens will still have my #1 vote but they have compromised themselves badly by being party to pro-coal, pro-gas, neocon Gillard Labor's Carbon Tax-ETS-Ignore Agriculture (CTETSIA) plan which will simply entrench climate change inaction by (1) installing a pathetically low carbon tax that will have the effect of promoting a disastrous coal to gas transition that in turn will double power industry GHG pollution (due to methane leakage at 3.3%, methane being 105 times worse than CO2 as a GHG on a 20 year time frame with aerosol impacts considered) and scupper science-demanded 100% renewable energy by 2020; (2) installing an empirically ineffective, disastrously counterproductive, manipulation-permissive and fraudulent ETS and (3) ignoring most sources of GHG pollution, notably coal and gas exports, most transport and agriculture (agriculture is responsible for over 50% of GHG pollution).

Clear evidence of Gillard Labor's intention NOT to tackle climate change is the reality that based on Labor's promise of "5% off 2000 Domestic GHG pollution by 2020" and its blind support for unlimited coal and gas exports, it can be calculated that Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution in 2020 will be roughly TWICE that in 2000 - ergo, vote 1 Green and put Labor last.

On Friday 8 July 2011.  The Age published an article about the Rupert Murdoch media Empire hacking and bribery scandal by Tim Dick, media editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, and entitled "Wrong red-top goes". The Age partly censored my comment on the article (as shown  below in bold)  thereby evidently indicating what it does not want its readers to read (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/07/08/7039085-media-editor-wrong-red-top-goes-in-uk-murdoch-hacking-bribery-scandal ):

 Outstanding expatriate Australian journalist John Pilger has described the UK, US and Australia as Murdochracies in which Big Media falsely determine public perception and how people will vote.

Clearly the Murdoch management including Murdoch should be investigated, arraigned, tried and punished over the phone hacking and police bribery scandals but these sleazy scandals are the least of the crimes of the Murdoch media empire.

The most monstrous and unforgivable crime of the pro-war Murdoch media (including 70% of Australian city daily newspapers) has been to resolutely ignore the carnage of the ongoing Iraqi Genocide (1990-2011) and Afghan Genocide (2001-2011) involving violent deaths totaling 1.7 million and 1.2 million, respectively, avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation totaling 2.9 million and 3.8 million, respectively, under-5 infant deaths totaling 2.0 million and 2,7 million, respectively, and refugees totaling 5-6 million and 3-4 million, respectively (Google Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Genocide).

Australia should (1) enact restrictions on foreign ownership of media and force US citizen Murdoch to divest (as happened in Fiji) and (2) hold the News Corporation CEO Murdoch legally responsible for everything from criminal phone hacking and bribing of policemen to genocide ignoring.

In the interim decent Australians should help recover Australian democracy by boycotting all Murdoch media."

[NB the only clue the reader gets to the censorship is three dots: " to divest (as in Fiji) and ... In the interim"]. 

On Wednesday 29 June 2011 The Age On-line National Times section published an article by writer Jo Chandler about the attacks on scientists climate change denialists and entitled “When science is undone by fiction” with by sub-heading “The myth of Climate-gate has endured because of media failings” (for the article and reader comments permitted by The Age see: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/when-science-is-undone-by-fiction-20110628-1gp26.html ).

Unfortunately The Age, for whatever reasons, regularly censors science-informed comments made under his own name by Dr Gideon Polya, a 5-decade-career biological chemist , still teaching science students at a major Australian university. For details of the article plus science-informed reader comments that the The Age evidently did not want its readers to read see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/06/28/6968199-oz-analyst-on-media-failure-re-climate-when-science-is-undone-by-fiction ).

The Age actually published (possibly inadvertently) my comment providing 3 examples of Elephant in the Room climate change issues ignored by Mainstream media and politicians:

There is a huge and dangerous gulf between reality as reported by Mainstream media and politicians and that perceived by scientists, especially in relation to required responses to man-made climate change . Just 3 examples of this Mainstream media and politician failure to acknowledge reality are given below.

1. According to Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Potsdam Institute, Germany), for a 67% chance of avoiding a catastrophic 2C temperature rise the World must cease CO2 emissions by 2050 and top per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) polluter such as the US and Australia must get to zero CO2 emissions by 2020 (9.5 years left).

2. According to the Australian Climate Commission's "The Critical Decade" report, for a 75% chance of avoiding a 2C temperature rise the World can emit no more than 1 trillion tonnes of CO2 before reaching zero emissions in about 2050. Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG pollution means it must get to zero emissions before the end of 2012 (1.9 years left) or by the end of 2015 if one ignores Exported GHGs (4.6 years left).

3. Methane (CH4) leaks (3.3%) and is 105 times worse than CO2 as a GHG on a 20 year timeframe, this meaning that a Carbon Tax-driven coal to gas transition will double electric power industry GHG pollution."

However The Age declined to publish the further examples I offered (while encouraging anti-science fiction by publishing several hundred comments by uncredentialled, non-scientist, anonymous bloggers):

“In addition to the 3 Elephant in the Room climate-related realities given above that are resolutely ignored by Mainstream media and politicians, consider the following further examples of the Mainstream ignoring of climate-related science.

4. The species extinction rate is now 100-1,000 times greater than normal (Australia a word leader).

5. Leading scientists, economists and analysts slam the ETS approach as empirically ineffective, dangerously counterproductive and inherently fraudulent (Labor proposes to sell licences to pollute the one common atmosphere of all countries).

6. World Bank analysts have recently re-assessed annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution as 50% bigger than hitherto thought and that the livestock contribution is over 51% of the bigger figure (Labor proposes to ignore agriculture).

7. Many (e.g. EU, Australia) support a 450 ppm CO2-equivalent and 2C temperature rise "cap". However the Synthesis Report of the 2,500-delegate March 2009 scientific Copenhagen Climate Conference indicates that we have already exceeded 450 ppm CO2-e and over 90% of delegates polled thought 2C was inevitable.

8. For voters, success in "tackling climate change" is measured in terms of DECREASED GHG pollution but it has INCREASED under Labor whose policies mean that Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG will be about 150% of 2000 level by 2020.”

Cognizant of my responsibility as a scientist to try to inform the public, I sent the following further comment, this too under my name Dr Gideon Polya, but this too was evidently deemed by the Age as unfit for its readers to read:

In addition to examples 1-3 above, here are more examples of massive realities ignored by fiction-generating Mainstream media and politicians.

“4. The species extinction rate is now 100-1,000 times greater than normal (Australia a word leader).

5. Leading scientists, economists and analysts slam the ETS approach as empirically ineffective, dangerously counterproductive and inherently fraudulent (Labor proposes to sell licences to pollute the one common atmosphere of all countries).

6. World Bank analysts have recently re-assessed annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution as 50% bigger than hitherto thought and that the livestock contribution is over 51% of the bigger figure (Labor proposes to ignore agriculture).

7. Many (e.g. EU, Australia) support a 450 ppm CO2-equivalent and 2C temperature rise "cap". However the Synthesis Report of the 2,500-delegate March 2009 scientific Copenhagen Climate Conference indicates that we have already exceeded 450 ppm CO2-e and over 90% of delegates polled thought 2C was inevitable.

8. GHG pollution must decrease but it has incresed under Labor whose policies mean that Australia's Domestic plus Exported GHG will be about 150% of 2000 level by 2020.

9. Atmospheric CO2 must be urgently returned to 300 ppm (it is increasing).

10. Carbon burning pollutants kill circa 10,000 Australians pa.”

Jo Chandler’s article concludes “”Recent surveys of active climate scientists (those publishing in the area) calculate that 97 in every 100 have views which reflect those of the international academies of science: the planet is warming, this is human caused, and it is dangerous. Most are unlikely to ever have the gift of this page to explain their findings. Therefore, a more balanced, rigorous and honest rendering of their work is critical to elevating the political and public debate on climate. 'The media has a particular and important role to play,'' said [new Chief Scientist of Australia] Chubb, ''and the sooner they play it better, the better."

However the above example shows that The Age, arguably the most progressive Mainstream medium in Australia, continues to block informed, science-based views on the worsening climate crisis. For a chronological compendium recording the censorship of informed, credentialled, science-based views by The Age see the website “Censorship by The Age”: http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ .


On 8 June 2011 The Age completely censored my comments on an article it had published on the same day by Raoul Heinrichs (doctoral scholar at the Australian National University, former research associate with the Lowy Institute) on the Afghan War and entitled “Soldiers’ sacrifice best honoured by good policy: get out now” (for details of the censorship and the article see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/06/07/6807636-afghan-war-soldiers-sacrifice-best-honoured-by-good-policy-get-out-now ). This is a further example of the Age steadfastly refusing to report the shocking dimensions of either the Iraqi Holocaust and Iraqi Genocide (4.6 million war-related deaths, 1990-2011) or the Afghan Holocaust and Afghan Genocide (5.0 million war-related deaths, 2001-2011). This is what The Age did not want its readers to read or to know in this latest instance of holocaust ignoring and genocide by ignoring by The Age (noting that holocaust ignoring is far, far worse than repugnant holocaust denial because at least the latter admits the possibility of public discussion):

"Scientific cost analysis says that we should get out of Afghanistan immediately, pay reparations and prosecute US Alliance war criminals.

The ostensible reason for the Afghan War was 9-11 (3,000 killed) yet even according to the lying Bush-Obama "official version" of 9-11 no Afghans were involved in that atrocity. Indeed science, architecture, engineering, military, aviation and intelligence experts say that the US did 9-11 (for numerous expert opinions simply Google "US did 9-11”).

As reported by the highly conservative News Limited, a US think tank determined that the the [sic] Bush Administration told 935 lies about Iraq alone in the 2 years after 9-11 and of course we now know that the Iraq invasion was illegal and based on false assertions about actually non-existent Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The Iraq War, based on lies. has cost $3.5 trillion and 4,777 US Alliance lives and an Iraqi catastrophe involving 1.5 million violent deaths, 1.2 million avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 0.8 million under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes) and 5-6 million refugees (see Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide).

The Afghan War, also based on egregious lies and propaganda, has cost $1-2 trillion, 2,514 US Alliance lives and an Afghan catastrophe involving perhaps 1.2 million violent deaths, 3.8 million avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 2.7 million under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes) and 3-4 million refugees (Google Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide).

The US has devastated Iraq (4.6 million war-related deaths 1990-2011) and Afghanistan (5.0 million war-related deaths, 2001-2011) - an immense crime against Humanity."

On 7 June 2011 The Age completely censored my comments on an article it had published on the same day by Dan Oakes (The Age and Sydney Morning Herald defence correspondent) on the Afghan War and entitled “Latest death s demand answers about our Afghan involvement” (for details of the censorship and the article see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/06/06/6801157-latest-australian-deaths-demand-answers-about-oz-afghan-involvement- ) . My comment set out carefully researched data on the human cost of the Afghan War that The Age evidently does not want its readers to encounter because it steadfastly refuses to report the shocking dimensions of either the Iraqi Holocaust (4.6 million war-related deaths, 1990-2011) or the Afghan Holocaust (5.0 million war-related deaths, 2001-2011). This is what The Age did not want its readers to read or to know:

"The ostensible reason for the Afghan War was 9-11 (3,000 killed) yet even according to the lying Bush-Obama "official version" of 9-11 no Afghans were involved in that atrocity. Indeed science, architecture, engineering, military, aviation and intelligence experts say that the US did 9-11 (for numerous expert opinions simply Google "US did 9-11').

As reported by the highly conservative News Limited, a US think tank determined that the the Bush Administration told 935 lies about Iraq alone in the 2 years after 9-11 and of course we now know that the Iraq invasion was illegal and based on false assertions about actually non-existent Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The Iraq War, based on lies. has cost $3.5 trillion and 4,777 US Alliance lives and an Iraqi catastrophe involving 1.5 million violent deaths, 1.2 million avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 0.8 million under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes) and 5-6 million refugees (see Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide).

The Afghan War, also based on egregious lies and propaganda, has cost $1-2 trillion, 2,514 US Alliance lives and an Afghan catastrophe involving perhaps 1.2 million violent deaths, 3.8 million avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 2.7 million under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes) and 3-4 million refugees (Google Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide).

US Alliance violence supported by Western Murdochracy and Lobbyocracy politician and media lying by commission and omission has devastated Iraq (war-related deaths 4.6 million, 1990-2011) and Afghanistan (war-related deaths 5.0 million, 2001-2011) - an immense crime against Humanity."


26 May 2011. The Age repeatedly and completely censored 2 sets of comments I made in response to a sensible, humane article by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about proposed Australian “trading” of Muslim refugees with Malaysia that violates human rights conventions (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/25/6719290-greens-senator-on-australian-malaysia-solution-children-in-detention ). This is what The Age evidently did not want its readers to read or to know:

Censored comment #1.

"Excellent , humane article. What other countries in addition to Australia indefinitely imprison children behind razor wire without charge or trial? The most obvious example is Lib-Lab Australia's great friend Apartheid Israel in which 800,000 children are highly abusively imprisoned in what UK PM Cameron and outstanding Jewish American scholar Professor Noam Chomsky have described as the Gaza Prison and what US conservative politician Pat Buchanan and the Catholic Church have described as the Gaza Concentration Camp.

Not mentioned in public in look-the-other-way, politically correct racist (PC racist) Australia is Australia's involvement in all post-1950 US Asian wars, wars that have been associated so far with violent deaths plus non-violent deaths from war-imposed deprivation totalling 26 million and about 20 million Muslim refugees.

The UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, currently visiting Australia, has stated: "I come from South Africa and lived under this, and am every way attuned to seeing racial discrimination. There is a racial discriminatory element here [in Australia] which I see as rather inhumane treatment of people, judged by their differences, racial, colour or religions."

Lib-Lab Australia is not just grossly violating the human rights of asylum seekers, Occupied Iraqis (post-invasion war-linked excess deaths 2.7 million) , Occupied Afghans, (post-invasion war-linked deaths 5.0 million), Occupied Palestinians (up to life imprisonment for giving money to a Gaza orphanage, tax deductibility for Australian donations to racist Zionists) and Indigenous Australians (9,000 avoidable deaths annually), it is trashing the reputation of decent, anti-racist Australians and decent, anti-racist, anti-Zionist Jews around the world."

Censored Comment #2.

"Humane article. Below a second comment, the first having evidently been found unit for readers of The Age.

Acutely relevant is politically correct racist (PC racist) Australia's involvement in all post-1950 US Asian wars that have been associated so far with violent deaths plus non-violent deaths from war-imposed deprivation totalling 26 million. Muslim refugees alone in post-1950 US wars total about 20 million.

Lib-Lab Australia endlessly declares that it is not racist and so one supposes that it would also abusively and indefinitely imprison Jewish children fleeing genocidal persecutors - this illustrating the anti-Jewish anti-Semitism as well as anti-Arab anti-Semitism of Lib-Lab Australia.

Indeed between 1933 and 1939 Australia absorbed only 7000-8000 Jewish refugees (including 2 of my family), noting that the racist Zionists were evilly opposed to Jewish refugees going anywhere except Palestine and that 5-6 million Jews died in the WW2 Holocaust (including all but a dozen of my Continental relatives).

Understand therefore why Australia's most eminent Jew, Sir Isaac Isaacs, Australia's first Australia-born Governor -General, stated of the racist Zionists (RZs) in 1946: "The honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism."

With post-invasion, US Alliance-imposed, war-linked avoidable deaths of Indigenous people in Somalia, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan now totalling 12 million and Muslim refugees totalling 20 million, Sir Isaac Isaacs' dictum should be re-stated thus for 2011: "The honour of Australians demands the renunciation of genocidal, Lib-Lab-backed, racist Zionist and US Alliance violence and Lib-Lab maltreatment of refugees"."


20 May 2011. The Age completely censored my initial detailed comments on an article by its political editor Michelle Grattan over former Coalition Opposition leader speaking out on action on man-made climate change (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/19/6677763-oz-political-editor-coalition-heavy-turnbull-lets-climate-anger-bubble-over ) but then published my response to the censorship:

Initial comments that were completely censored: “From a scientific perspective the problem with Australia public life is anti-science spin coupled with censorship and self-censorship. Malcolm Turnbull was simply expressing a widely-held opinion with appropriate circumspection, views that should not be censored or self-censored simply because a significant body of anti-science troglodytes in the Coalition think otherwise. Ordinary citizens, including scientists, are effectively muzzled in Murdochracy and Lobbyocracy Australia - surely leading politicians should be able to articulate opinions without being attacked for so doing per se rather than for what they are actually saying?

From a scientific perspective, Malcolm Turnbull is correct that climate change is occurring through man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, is serious and should be addressed. Indeed the British Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition Government has just announced that it will cut carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution by some 50% by 2023-2027 compared to 1990 levels (cf Lib-Lab Australia's disgraceful "5% off by 2020").

The Conservative UK position is a big advance towards that prescribed by Professor Schellnhuber (Potsdam Institute) who says that for 67% chance of avoiding a 2C temperature rise (EU policy) the World must get to zero (0) CO2 pollution by 2050, middling per capita polluters the UK and Germany by about 2030 and top per capita GHG polluters the US and Australia by 2020.

However Malcolm Turnbull and Labor are wrong about the ETS approach - it is empirically ineffective, dangerously counterproductive and inherently fraudulent. Further, Lib-Lab ignoring of agriculture disastrously ignores over 50% of the GHG problem and Lib-Lab support for a coal-to-gas transition is disastrous because it will DOUBLE power system GHG pollution.”

Subsequent comments that were published: “The trouble with Australia is entrenched media, political and corporate censorship, self-censorship and ignoring of science. Malcolm Turnbull must be praised and not condemned for having the moral courage to express his views, even though he is wrong on some matters from a science perspective - thus he correctly says that current climate change is man-made and must be addressed but an ETS approach is disastrously counterproductive as is ignoring agriculture which is responsible for over 50% of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution (World Bank). Further, Lib-Lab support for a coal to gas transition is also disastrous because it will DOUBLE electricity generation GHG pollution (methane leaks at 3.3% and is 105 times worse than CO2 as a GHG on a 20 year timeframe including aerosol impacts).

Anti-science censorship is at the heart of this discussion and indeed my earlier carefully researched and edited comments on this article as a responsible scientist and made under my own name in the public interest were evidently censored out as unfit to be read - however be assured that this sort of anti-science censorship is being reported widely.”


20 May 2011. The Age partly censored my comments on an article by Labor historian Ross McMullin about ex-MP Lindsay Tanner’s book “Sideshow. Dumbing down democracy” about politician-media interactions (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/19/6678190-new-oz-book-well-aimed-broadside-at-the-shallowness-of-media-coverage ). What The Age evidently did not want its readers to read and to know is in bold below:

Lindsay Tanner should practice what he preaches. In the media-politics dance it takes 2 to tango and politicians, including Tanner, who have ample opportunities for making their views public are evidently not prepared to do so.

Some MPs, including some Labor MPs, have been prepared to express opinions on serious matters in recent years.

Thus Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou has courageously spoken out on behalf of the human rights of 7 million Palestinians excluded from their Homeland and Julia Irwin likewise whereas most of the remaining Labor MPs adopt craven silence in deference to the racist Zionist Lobby that traitorously dominates Lib-Lab politics in the interests of a nuclear terrorist, genocidal rogue state Apartheid Israel and against the interests of Australia and Humanity.

Dr Brown and another Green MP were thrown out of the Joint Sitting when they protested mass murderer and war criminal George Bush.

Labor MP Kelvin Thomson is the only House of Representatives MP and Democrats Senator Lyn Alison the only Senator to have asked Parliament how many people have died in Iraq (due to Sanctions and Occupation in Iraq in 1990-2011 avoidable deaths from deprivation total 2.9 million, violent deaths total 1.7 million, under-5 infant deaths, 90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes, total 2.0 million, and refugees total 5-6 million; Google Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide).

In the Senate Greens Senator Rachel Siewert estimated up to 21,000 Iraqi infant deaths due to AWB corruption and Greens Senator Christobal Chamarette protested 4 million dead in the man-made WW2 Bengali Holocaust.

The rest is cowardly silence.”


19 May 2011. The Age published an article by its national affairs editor Katharine Murphhy on political donations to political parties by the Tobacco Lobby. However The completely censored out one third of my carefully researched comments on the article (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/18/6670844-political-fundingtobacco-money-the-kind-of-habit-politics-can-do-without ). In bold below is what The Age evidently did not want its readers to read or to know (not in bold is what it deemed “safe” to publish):

“I certainly agree that the Coalition should end acceptance of tobacco company donations. Mark Latham was a thoughtful and forthright politician and paid the price meted out to such people in Murdochracy and Lobbyocracy Australia.

Notwithstanding Samuel Johnson's famous aphorism that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel", Australian politicians wrap themselves up in the Flag and endlessly proclaim their love for Australians (as well as utterly dishonestly declaring their love for the scores of millions of people on whom we are still making war).

The bottom-line for such asserted "love for Australians" is adopting policies that minimize the avoidable death of Australians. According to the Australian National Drug Research Centre (2003): "Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs are prematurely killing around seven million people worldwide each year, and robbing tens of millions more of a healthy life", the breakdown being 5 million (tobacco), 1.8 million (alcohol) and 0.2 million (illicit drugs).

Currently about 16,000 Australians die each year from smoking, over 3,000 from alcohol and about 400 from opiates (350 from US Alliance restoration of the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 6% of world market share in 2001 to 76% in 2002 and currently circa 94%; UNODC World Drug Report 2007).

The Lib-Lab anti-drugs policies are vastly inferior to those of the dreaded Taliban who banned alcohol, prohibited smoking by Government employees (1997) and wiped out 94% of the Afghan opium industry in 2000-2001. Taliban policies on opiate production in Afghanistan (countermanded by the US Alliance and Australian invaders) would have saved the lives of about 3,300 Australians since 2001.”







16 May 2011.
The Age has evidently decided not to publish my carefully research comments on an article in The Age by former senator and Coalition Minister for Immigration Amanda Vanstone about the treatment of refugees coming to Australia (for details of the article and the censorship by The Age see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/15/6649880-oz-ex-mp-populist-refugee-bashing-has-no-place-in-a-proud-australia ). This is what The Age evidently did not want its readers to read or to know:  

 

“The article completely misses the Elephant in the Room reality that the circa 20 million Muslim refugees in the world today came from  Western-imposed wars and foreign occupations in Africa and Asia, the West to East breakdown being 2 million (Occupied Somalia), 7 million (Occupied Palestine), 5-6 million (Occupied Iraq), 3-4 million (Occupied Afghanistan) and 2.5 million Pashtun refugees generated in US invaded NW Pakistan (UNHCR and other sources).

 

Former PM Kevin Rudd described those trying to find safe haven for several thousand Muslim refugees each year as "scum of the earth who should rot in hell". How then should we describe those of the US Alliance (to which Australia slavishly belongs) who created 20 million Muslim refugees in the first place?

 

Australia should certainly welcome refugees rather than abusively imprisoning them for long periods behind razor wire in remote concentration camps without charge or trial. Australia should also stop its immoral, cowardly, craven and war criminal  involvement in US wars that since 1950 in Asia alone have been associated with 26 million violent deaths or non-violent deaths (mostly women and children) from war-imposed deprivation, the breakdown being 3 million (Korea), 13 million (Indo-China: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) , 4.6 million (Iraq) and 5.0 million (Afghanistan).  Thou shalt not kill children.”


5 May 2011. The Age has evidently declined to publish the following comment by me about an excellent article in The Age by Australian law academics about the extra-judicial murder of Osama bin Laden by US terrorists (for details of the article and this further censorship by The Age see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/04/6586592-australian-law-academics-obama-order-for-osama-execution-was-illegal ):

"Excellent article that exposes the flouting of international law through extrajudicial killings by the US and Israel. However such illegal killings go much further than, for example, (a) the alleged killing of Osama bin Laden by a special US terrorist unit with Australian connections, (b) the Israeli terrorist murder of a Hamas official in Dubai involving use of numerous forged Australian passports, or (c) the Israeli terrorist killing of 9 peace activists in international waters, this involving dual citizen Australian-Israeli terrorists and 5 Australian victims (1 shot, 1 tasered, all 5 robbed and kidnapped).

It is a disgrace that both the Australian Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition have variously been apologists for such crimes. There has been no prosecution of Australians or non-Australians involved in Australia-impacting extrajudicial murders (b) and (c) and no assurance from either the AFP or the Australian Government that there will be.

Illegal war is also extrajudicial murder and yet contrary to advice evidently given to the Howard Government by Australian spooks (minus the honest and courageous Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Willkie) there were no Iraqi Weapons of Mass destruction and the UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg has recently told the House of Commons that the Iraq invasion was illegal (post-invasion Iraqi violent deaths and non--violent deaths from war-imposed deprivation now total 2.6 million).

In the Occupied Iraq and Afghan Territories post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.8 million and 2.7 million, respectively (UN), annual per capita total health expenditure is US$124 and US$29, respectively (WHO) - gross US Alliance violation of the Geneva Convention and extrajudicial mass murder."

I sent a further comment to The Age commenting on the censorship and making further key Elephant-in-the-room points but this too was censored by The Age:

My earlier, carefully-researched comment did not appear. Rational risk management (RRM) that is implicit in judicial processes (notably coronial inquiries and subsequent trials) successively involves (a) accurate data, (b) scientific assessment and (c) informed systemic change to minimize risk. Osama is alleged by successive, egregiously dishonest US Administrations to have master-minded the 9-11 atrocity (although the FBI did not put him on its Most Wanted List for that crime). Obama's extrajudicial disposal of Osama prevents judicial examination of the facts, perverts RRM re 9-11 and indeed makes Obama an accessory after the fact of the 9-11 atrocity by his deliberate killing and disposal of the very person he asserts to be responsible.

Obama's predecessor George Bush (whose Administration told 935 lies between 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq according to US think tanks quoted by News.com) similarly rapidly removed all the steel from the 9-11 WTC collapse to Asia as scrap, thereby removing crucial evidence about how the buildings were demolished.

Unfortunately for Obama, Osama's wives, children and associates and Pakistani ISI operatives survive to potentially tell us who did or didn't do 9-11. Unfortunately for Bush, Professor Niels Harrit (University of Copenhagen) has published a peer-reviewed paper in a chemical physics journal presenting compelling evidence for unexploded nanothermite high explosive in all WTC dust samples examined i.e. further damning evidence that the Bush/Obama "official story" is a lie and that the US did 9-11 as asserted by many science, engineering , military and intelligence experts (Google "US did 9-11").


4 May 2011. The Age evidently declined to publish the following comment by me about an article in The Age about Australian Government reaction to the assassination of Osma bin Laden by US terrorists (for details of the article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/03/6578931-oz-defence-minister-stephen-smith-says-optimism-on-afghanistan ), this providing a further outrageous example of what The Age evidently does not want its readers to read or to know:

The US Administration was egregiously dishonest over Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction that in reality didn't exist. Indeed the US-beholden Australian security services (minus honest and courageous Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wilkie), US-beholden politicians, academics and Mainstream media supported the LIE that led to Australian involvement in the Iraqi Holocaust and Iraq Genocide - post-invasion 1.5 million violent deaths (US Just Foreign Policy), 1.2 million avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation, 0.8 million under-5 infant deaths (90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes) and 5-6 million refugees with 1990-2011 Iraqi excess deaths totalling 4.6 million (UN).

One is unwise to accept this latest Hollywood-style US story - the alleged killing in cold blood of an unarmed OBL, the alleged master-mind of 9-11, and the alleged disposal of the alleged body at sea. What will happen to the alleged surviving woman who was allegedly "shot in the leg"?

OBL was an invaluable US asset in the 1979-1989 war in Afghanistan (that helped destroy the Soviet Union) and as a terrorist whose relatively limited activities were used to justify Nazi-style constraints on Western human rights and the various US Alliance bombing, invasion and/or occupation of a swathe of Muslim countries including Somalia, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Libya.

Indeed many science engineering, architecture, military and intelligence experts say that the US did 9-11 and not OBL and "men-in-caves". Thus Professor Niels Harrit (University of Copenhagen) identified unexploded nanothermite high explosive in all WTC dust samples studied, thus proving US explosive demolition of the 3 WTC buildings.

3 May 2011. The Age evidently declined to publish the following comment by me about an article in The Age about the reported US terrorist assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan (for details of the Age article and of The Age censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/02/6573478-cause-doomed-just-like-leader ), this providing a further outrageous example of what The Age evidently does not want its readers to read or to know:

All decent people deplore terrorism but the politician, media and lobbyists of the Western Murdochracies and Lobbyocracies have ignored the horrendous realities of UK, US and Israeli state terrorism while mounting an anti-Arab anti-Semitic and Islamophobic terror hysteria campaign over vastly less deadly Muslim-origin non-state terrorism.

Post-invasion violent deaths plus non-violent avoidable deaths in the Iraqi, Afghan and Palestinian Occupied Territories now total about 8 million, the breakdown being 2.7 million , 5.0 million and 0.3 million, respectively (epidemiological and UN Population Division data) as compared to about 4,000 Westerners killed by Muslim-origin terrorists in the last 4 decades (this including Israelis but ignoring the 3,000 deaths on 9/11 because many science, engineering, military and intelligence experts say that the US did 9-11) (Google "US did 9-11).

Sensibly ignoring US and Israeli terror hysteria, "annual homicides per million of population" are roughly 0.07 (non-Israeli Westerners killed by Muslim-origin terrorists), 0.5 (Israelis killed by Gaza rockets), 1.0 (violent Western husbands killed by battered wives), 15 (Israelis killed by Israelis), 54 (US homicides), 473 (Detroit, Michigan homicides), 1,270 (Occupied Palestinian deaths from Israeli-imposed deprivation), 1,870 (Occupied Iraq excess deaths), 11,800 (Occupied Afghanistan excess deaths), 18,000 (Indigenous Australian excess deaths from deprivation i.e. deaths that should not have happened ).

OBL was so extraordinarily ineffective in comparison with Western state terrorists as to suggest the hypothesis that he continued working for the US after the Russians left Afghanistan (allegedly killed and conveniently buried at sea by Obama means OBL's role remains a secret). However OBL has certainly been the equivalent of Emmanuel Goldstein in "1984".

29 April 2011. The Age declined to publish the following  comment by me about an article by Ted Lapkin entitled "Depraved UN has no right to preach" (for details of the article and the censorship see:

http://wendywyatt.newsvine.com/_news/2011/04/28/6550143-depraved-un-has-no-right-to-preach ), this providing a further outrageous example of what The Age evidently does not want its readers to read or to know:


"A superficial, biased and obfuscating article that misses the point that the United Nations for all its faults is the only thing we have - subject to US veto - to protect billions of people around the world from human rights abuse (principally poverty, war, occupation and genocide) and in particular from serial human rights abusers such as the warlike countries of the US Alliance, including Australia.

The fundamental human right is the right to life yet post-invasion under-5 infant deaths in US Alliance-occupied Occupied Palestine, Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan total 0.2 million, 2.0 million and 2.7 million, respectively (UN Population Division data), 90% avoidable and due to US Alliance war crimes in violation of the Geneva Convention and horrendous atrocities that Syria opposes but in which US Alliance countries such as Australia are deeply complicit.

The deadly violence of the Syrian crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators is to be deplored but it is clear that this level of violence (cf Palestine, Saudi invaded Bahrain), is directly related to Western bombing of Libya and support for armed rebellion in that country.

Syria is already partially occupied by US-backed Apartheid Israel, is home to millions of Palestinian and Iraqi refugees from genocidal, Western-backed violence and is subject to US-backed bombing by Apartheid Israel.

No doubt the Assad Administration wants to forestall the creation of a Western-backed rebel enclave and a prolonged Western-backed civil war as in Libya that would likewise devastate Syria (cf Korea, Vietnam Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Africa, Latin America; read William Blum's best-selling book "Rogue State")."

In response to this censorship by The Age I submitted a further comment to The Age which published it with the following severe censorship (what it did not want its readers to read is in bold) :


"
An absurd and offensive article. The UN performs vital humanitarian functions including (1) constraint on invasion and occupation of other countries (unfortunately with limited success in relation to the egregiously violent US, Apartheid Israel and NATO), (2) caring for millions of refugees (20 million Muslim refugees alone due to the war crimes of Apartheid Israel and the US Alliance) and (3) reporting demographic, food, health and other social statistics (that are remorselessly non-reported due to egregious censorship by the US- and Zionist-beholden  Mainstream media ). Re media censorship, my earlier carefully researched, authoritative, documented and non-anonymous comment on this article was evidently rejected as containing information from UN Agencies that The Age evidently does not want its readers to read or to know (however you can circumvent such censorship and read such censored comments by simply Googling "censorship by The Age" or "Mainstream media censorship"). "


18 April 2011. The Age published a comment  by me in relation to an article by Jewish Australian atheist Dick Gross about the forthcoming Passover but then failed to publish my response to ugly , false, defamatory abuse made with the courage of anonymity (for details of the article and the censorship see:

http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/04/17/6486944-australian-atheist-jew-dick-gross-on-passover-seder-the-passover-form-guide ). 

My original comment (published by The Age): "Let my people go" has had a new meaning with 1.5 million Palestinians (50% children and 75% women and children) highly abusively and indefinitely imprisoned in what the Catholic Church has described as the Gaza Concentration Camp for the "crime" of being Indigenous Palestinians living in the land continuously inhabited by their forebears since the dawn of civilization. Tel Aviv University historian Professor Shlomo Sand's best-selling book "The Invention of the Jewish People" reveals that there is no Egyptian record of the Exodus, that Solomon's Empire was a hugely exaggerated fiction, that there was no massive Expulsion or Exile in circa 70-135 CE (unlike the present-era exile of over 7 million Palestinian refugees) and that the cultural and ethnic descendants of the Jewish and non-Jewish Palestinians at the time of Christ are the dispossessed Arab Palestinians and not the Jewish citizens of what many anti-racist Jewish and non-Jewish writers and scholars refer to as Apartheid Israel (mostly descendants of Berber, Yemeni and Khazar converts to a gratifyingly universalist Judaism in the first millennium CE)."

False, pejorative, defamatory, ad hominem abuse at me by an anonymous pro-Zionist poster and published by The Age: "Gideon Polya will grab any opportunity to delegitimise the Jewish people. I will be thinking of him when we mention the 'wicked son' during our seder."

My response to this defamation (not published by The Age): "False, pejorative, defamatory, ad hominem abuse is de rigeur for pro-Zionists defending the utterly indefensible. Unlike the Zionist-beholden Australian Lib-Labs I take my cue not from Irgun terrorists and racist Zionist ethnic cleansers but from the outstanding, anti-racist  Jewish and non-Jewish scholars and writers who are dead opposed to Apartheid Israel, the ongoing Palestinian Genocide and racist Zionism that represent a  blot on Jewry, Judaism and Humanity (Google "Jews Against Racist Zionism" and "Non-Jews Against Racist Zionism"). Thus Sir Isaac Isaacs, the first Australian-born  Australian Governor General and our most famous Jewish public figure: "The honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism"  and outstanding  Jewish American scholar Professor Jared Diamond who in his best-selling book "Collapse” (Prologue, p10, Penguin edition) enunciated the "moral principle, namely that it is morally wrong for one people to dispossess, subjugate, or exterminate another people" – an injunction grossly violated by racist Zionist (RZ)-run Apartheid Israel and its racist, genocide-committing and genocide-ignoring US Alliance backers.The message of the Jewish Holocaust is "Never again - to anyone". The Zionists collaborated with the Nazis, opposed non-Palestine refuge for Jews fleeing Nazism  and secured Churchill's opposition to the Joel Brand scheme  to save 0.7 million Hungarian Jews and Brand's desperate plea "Let my people go"."


14 April 2011. The Age substantially censored my carefully researched comment on an article by Australian writer Ross Cameron about Churchill, the WW1 Gallipoli disaster, the Armenian Genocide and Russian Communism (for details of the article and the censorship see:

http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/04/13/6467106-australian-author-on-gallipoli-armenian-genocide-gallipoli-was-not-churchills-great-folly- ).The parts of the following comment censored out by The Age are in bold and are indicative of what The Age evidently does not want its readers tor read or to know.

"A cherry-picked history that ignores major realities and makes an absurd link between the Gallipoli disaster and Russian Communism under Stalin (noting that Stalin killed 20 million rather than 100 million according to Chalk and Jonassohn, "The history and sociology of genocide"). Some other key matters below.

1. According to eminent historian Martin Gilbert the evil Balfour Declaration for a Jewish Home in UK-conquered Palestine was designed to secure Russian continuation in the war through Zionist activism. It failed but had the ultimate disastrous consequence of the criminal Zionist dispossession of the Palestinians that was opposed by decent Jews from the great orthodox rabbis to secular figures such a Sir Isaac Isaacs, first Australian-born governor-general of Australia, and numerous other leading Jewish intellectuals (see "Jews against racist Zionism" and the recent multi-author book "The Plight of the Palestinians") .

2. The attack on Turkey launched the Armenian Genocide (1.5 million killed) on the eve of the first Anzac Day in 1915, 24 April being marked as Armenian Genocide Day. However the dishonorable Anglo-French Sykes-Picot Agreement that carved up the Ottoman Empire brought colonialism and endless suffering to the Muslim world from Africa to South Asia that continues today under US leadership with Anglo-French lackey support with the ongoing atrocities (excess deaths in parenthesis) of the Palestinian Genocide (0.3 million), Iraqi Genocide (4.5 million), Afghan Genocide (5.0 million) and the ongoing Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide (post-1950 excess deaths from Anglo hegemony-imposed deprivation total 600 million; see "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950").

3. NB Churchill's WW2 Bengali Holocaust (6-7 million Indians killed)."

I wrote back to The Age complaining about its censorship and, astonishingly, they published this further comment uncensored:

"An extremely busy professional I wasted considerable time making a sensible, documented, carefully edited comment under my own name that referred to well-documented post-Gallipoli genocides from the Armenian Genocide to the ongoing Afghan Genocide and to the expert opinions of numerous outstanding Jewish scholars, notably Sir Martin Gilbert and Sir Issac Isaacs. But the moderator, for whatever reasons, said "no".

What The Age evidently does not want its readers to read or to know - even when buried in a commentary thread - is being reported around the World for this and numerous other instances of censorship by The Age (e.g. Google "Mainstream media censorship"). Holocaust ignoring and genocide ignoring are far, far worse than repugnant holocaust denial and genocide denial because the latter, albeit repugnant, at least admit the possibility of rational discussion."


14 April 2011. The Age substantially censored my carefully researched comment on an article by law academic Professor Williams on Australia's draconian anti-terrorism laws (for details of the article and the censorship see:

http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/04/13/6467195-oz-law-professor-britain-is-taking-another-look-at-its-anti-terrorism-laws-so-why-cant-we?threadId=3104199&commentId=53315765#c53315765 ). The parts of the following comment censored out by The Age are in bold and are indicative of what The Age evidently does not want its readers tor read or to know.

"Australia has suffered 4 terrorism-related deaths on Australian soil in the last 4 decades, the 3 people killed in the 1978 Hilton Bombing (that a policeman survivor attributes to ASIO) and a security guard murdered at a Melbourne abortion clinic.

Yet Australia has draconian anti-terrorism laws that are the product of the psy-ops terror hysteria promulgated by US, UK and Israeli state terrorism with the slavish assistance of traitorous media and politicians.

Thus the "homicide rate" in "deaths per million of population per year" is 0.05 (Westerners killed by Muslim-origin non-state terrorists), 0.5 (Israelis killed by Gaza rockets), 0.5 (Western rapist husbands murdered by raped wives), 15 (Israelis killed by Israelis), 56 (Americans), 100 (Americans by guns), 164 (Palestinians killed violently by Israelis), 200 (African-Americans), 473 (citizens of Detroit, Michigan, USA), 902 (annual Palestinian non-violent deaths through war criminal, Geneva Convention-violating Israeli-imposed deprivation) and 18,000 (avoidable Indigenous Australian deaths from deprivation).

This Australian irrationality spawned by fealty to UK, US and Israeli state terrorism means that Australia takes no effective action when such terrorism is directed against Australians (e.g. Julian Assange, Mamdouh Habib, David Hicks, Australian passport holders violated by Israeli terrorists, the 5 Australians violently kidnapped by Israeli state terrorists in international waters etc etc).

An Australian Muslim giving zakkat (alms) for Gaza kids orphaned by the Israelis faces up to life imprisonment under effectively racist Australian terror laws while donations made to the Jewish National Fund to support the ongoing Palestinian Genocide are tax deductible.

Our traitorous spies who lied about Iraqi WMD have not been prosecuted."



12 April 2011. The Age substantially censored my carefully researched comment on an article by Australian Nobel laureate Professor Peter Doherty on the rumored slashing of $400 million from Australian NHMRC medical research funding (for details of the article and the censorship see:

http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/04/11/6453447-australian-nobel-laureate-doherty-medical-research-cuts-will-push-scientific-stars-into-exile ). The parts of the following comment censored out by The Age are in bold and are indicative of what The Age evidently does not want its readers tor read or to know.

"Excellent article by Professor Peter Doherty. If realized, the rumoured slashing of $400 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) budget by the Gillard Labor Government would not just be an attack on medical science and dedicated young medical scientists in particular, but also symptomatic of an anti-science, anti-education, anti-academic and anti-intellectual political culture in a greedy, ignorant and irresponsible Lobbyocracy Australia. Some of the warped priorities of neocon Gillard Labor are listed below that evidently take precedence over $400 million for medical research and the hugely beneficial attendant impact on public health in Australia from having a large body of experts at the cutting edge of medical research.

1. $1.5 billion per annum for the US-led Afghan War that has been associated so far with 2.7 million under-5 infant deaths and 3.8 million avoidable Afghan deaths from war-imposed deprivation (UN Population Division; Google Afghan Holocaust , Afghan Genocide).

2. $12 billion per annum in subsidies for climate science-contraindicated fossil fuel and other carbon burning that is associated with an estimated 10,000 Australian deaths annually from pollutants of such burning (for documented details Google "Australian carbon burning-related deaths").

3. $20 billion spent annually in Australia on mindless gambling with a consequent huge tax take yet a circa $3 billion annual shortfall in Indigenous Health funding associated with 9,000 avoidable Indigenous Australian deaths each year.

Labor has gone downhill big-time since the time of pro-science, pro-education, anti-war, anti-racism, pro-environment Labor PM Gough Whitlam. University fees have been re-instated, 50% of undergraduate teaching is now done by casual academics in Dawkinized universities ..."


8 April 2011. The Age censored my carefully researched comment on an article re the laudable proposal for plain packaging of cigarettes (for details of the article and the censorship by The Age see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/04/07/6427778-anti-cancer-professor-on-oz-cigarette-plain-packaging-tobacco-industry-has-much-to-fear- ).  The following comment was completely censored by The Age, indicative of what The Age newspaper evidently does not want its readers to read or know.

Plain packaging of deadly cigarettes is a great move that demands bipartisan support. It is estimated that smoking kills about 18,000 Australians per year whereas "terrorists" have only killed 4 Australians on Australian soil since 1978 ( 3 dead in the 1978 ASIO-linked Hilton bombing and the later murder of an abortion clinic security guard).

Instead of directing "terror hysteria" against innocent Muslim Australians why don't the Lib-Labs simply ban deadly tobacco and declare tobacco industry executives and their associates to be "terrorists".

WHO data indicate that, as of 2010 and a world population of about 7.0 billion, about 7.8 million people die from drugs each year, the breakdown being 5 million (tobacco), 2.5 million (alcohol) and 280,000 (0.3 million) (illicit drugs).

The best anti-drug policies in the world are those of the Taliban who banned alcohol, banned smoking for Government employees in 1997 and who outlawed Afghan opium production in 2000, reducing Afghan opium production from 76% of world market share in 2000 to about 6% in 2001.

In contrast, the Lib-Labs permit alcohol and smoking. The pro-war neocon Lib-Labs also support the US Alliance that has restored the Taliban-destroyed Afghan opium industry from 6% of world share in 2001 to about 94% by 2006 (UN ODC), this killing about 1 million people worldwide since 9-11 including over 3,000 Australians (more than the number of people killed on 9-11, most lilkely also due to US state terrorism).

If you measure "terrorism" in terms of dead Australians then the Australian Lib-Labs are among the world's worst.  


8 April 2011. The Age has continued to censor  my carefully researched comments on articles re the sex-related abuse of a female member of the Australia Defence Force (ADF) (for the original article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/04/07/6427628-editor-on-sex-related-abuse-of-women-in-australian-military-bringing-the-military-to-heel- ). The article ignores horrendous abuse of Subject Muslim women and children in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan - not by our soldiers but by neocon politicians. The following comment was completely censored by The Age, indicative of what The Age newspaper evidently does not want its readers to read or know.

"Of course the abuse suffered by Kate [secretly filmed having sex with a fellow ADF cadet] is unacceptable but grossly hypocritical Lib-Lab politicians slamming Defence over attitudes to women should examine their own complicity in horrendous abuse of Indigenous women, females and children in Iraq and Afghanistan. In short, Australian politicians - NOT our heroic soldiers - are complicit in US Alliance passive mass murder of Subject Women and Children.

UN Population Division data show that in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan post-invasion non-violent avoidable deaths from war-imposed deprivation total 1.2 million and 3.8 million, respectively (50% female) and post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.8 million and 2.7 million, respectively (90% avoidable and due to gross US Alliance violation of the Geneva Convention).

Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war state unequivocally that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical resources to its Conquered Subjects "to the fullest extent of the means available to it" but WHO informs that the "annual per capita total medical expenditure" permitted by the US Alliance (including Australian) Occupiers is a mere US$29 in Occupied Afghanistan and US$124 for Occupied Iraq as compared to US$3,122 for Occupier Australia.

This is an immense, ongoing war crime in which Australian Lib-Lab politicians - NOT the ADF - are complicit. Resources that should have gone to keeping Subject Women and Children alive under the Geneva Convention have been diverted to, for example, supporting the fossil fuel interests (complicit in 10,000 Australian deaths annually from carbon burning pollutants) by $12 billion annually to support Lib-Lab re-election in Lobbyocracy Australia. "


7 April 2011. The Age repeatedly censored my comments on an article re sex-related abuse of a female member of the Australia Defence Force (ADF) (for  the original article and the censorship see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/04/06/6421512-sex-discrimination-official-on-abuse-of-female-soldier-an-attitude-that-shows-disrespect ).  The following (apart from the bit they published in bold) is what The Age newspaper does not want its readers to read or know:

Completely censored post #1: "The article is certainly correct in its defence of women in Defence and in calling for a change of culture but it ignores the horrendous violation of women by politicians (not soldiers) who have involved Australia in all post-1950 US Asian wars, wars that have been associated with 23 million excess deaths, overwhelmingly of women and children and due to war-imposed deprivation.

Thus it is readily estimated from UN Population Division data that post-invasion under-5 infant deaths in Occupied Afghanistan total 2.7 million (i.e. a maximum of 2.7 million Afghan women suffering loss of an infant) and that post-invasion avoidable deaths from deprivation total 3.8 million (i.e. a maximum of 3.8 million Afghan women suffering loss of a child; the Afghan population is currently about 28 million; for details Google the terms Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide).

The Geneva Convention states unequivocally that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical resources to its Conquered Subjects "to the fullest extent of the means available to it" but WHO informs that the "annual per capita total medical expenditure" permitted by the US Alliance (including Australian) occupiers of Afghanistan is a mere US$29 as compared to US$3,122 for Occupier Australia.

The Labor Government and Coalition Opposition have been correct in condemning the outrageous treatment of the young woman soldier by Defence personnel, including her superiors.

However these same politicians are complicit in horrendous, war criminal abuse of women and children on a scale that bears comparison with the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million Jews killed, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and must face the International Criminal Court (ICC)."

and

Substantially censored post #2 (what The Age did not want its reader’s read is in  bold) : “"The article is certainly correct in its defence of women in Defence and in calling for a change of culture but it ignores the horrendous violation of women by politicians (not soldiers) who have involved Australia in all post-1950 US Asian wars, wars that have been associated with 23 million excess deaths, overwhelmingly of women and children and due to war-imposed deprivation.

Thus it is readily estimated from UN Population Division data that post-invasion under-5 infant deaths in Occupied Afghanistan total 2.7 million (i.e. a maximum of 2.7 million Afghan women suffering loss of an infant) and that post-invasion Afghan avoidable deaths from deprivation, half of them female, total 3.8 million (i.e. a maximum of 3.8 million Afghan women suffering loss of a child; the Afghan population is currently about 28 million; for details Google the terms Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide).

The Geneva Convention states unequivocally that an Occupier must provide life-sustaining food and medical resources to its Conquered Subjects "to the fullest extent of the means available to it" but WHO informs that the "annual per capita total medical expenditure" permitted by the US Alliance (including Australian) occupiers of Afghanistan is a mere US$29 as compared to US$3,122 for Occupier Australia.

The Labor Government and Coalition Opposition have been correct in condemning the outrageous treatment of the young woman soldier by Defence personnel, including her superiors. However Labor and Coalition politicians ignore the horrendous deaths of women and children in Occupied Afghanistan, and that, to say the least, is "an attitude that shows disrespect" for women, Humanity and International Law."

4 March 2011. The Age partly censored my comments on an article by academic Joel Windle on Educational Segregation (Educational Apartheid) in Australian high schools. . The Age published 49 comments on the article (mostly anonymous) but only partly published my following comments - what they did not want readers to read is in bold ((for details of the article and my censored comments see; http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/03/03/6181554-education-expert-re-educational-apartheid-were-creating-a-segregated-school-system ):

"Excellent article on the government-supported, wealth-based educational segregation that educators and commentators in the US, UK and Australia (e.g. UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg) refer to as Educational Apartheid.

A check of the My School website already informs that the two out of three Australian children who attend state schools are disproportionately excluded from university, from top universities and from top courses such as medicine and law. The Federal Government is reportedly about to also record the financial support for all schools from fees and government.

Expert suggestions for minimizing the harm done by Educational Apartheid in the UK include offering places at Cambridge or Oxford to selected students from all schools and help from each private school for a local government school.

Governments should be held accountable re (a) Educational Apartheid, (b) inequitable tertiary education outcomes; (c) taxpayer subsidy of false instruction in private schools (e.g. taxpayer-funded promotion of anti-science creationism, intelligent design, misogyny, homophobia, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and unsafe sex ); and (d) taxpayer ownership of taxpayer-built infrastructure.

The sort of "moral gradualism" that has led to Educational Apartheid in Lobbyocracy Australia, the ostensible Land of the Fair Go, also constrains sensible voter backlash over Educational Apartheid and indeed other key issues (e.g. climate change inaction, war, human rights abuse) because neocon Labor has better political rhetoric than the Libs while being actually just as bad. Voters (especially in educationally disadvantaged "safe" Labor seats) should vote 1 Green and put Labor last until it genuinely and convincingly returns to the "fair go" Labor values of the Whitlam era."


4 March 2011. The Age partly censored my comments on an article by Michelle Grattan re Greens, Labor Minority  Government and gay rights. The Age published 90 comments (mostly anonymous) but only partly published my following comments - what they did not want readers to read is in bold ((for details of the article and my censored comments see; http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/03/03/6181953-grattan-re-oz-greens-labor-govt-gay-marriage-odd-couple-bickers-over-gay-marriage ):

"It is a Minority Labor Government and accordingly must clearly at least try to accommodate to the strongly-held positions of its Green and Independent supporters.

After all the Greens have gone a huge way in supporting a Minority Government that grossly violates major Green values by imprisoning refugee children; being party to genocidal war crimes in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan; violating the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act in relation to Indigenous Australians and Afghan and Tamil refugees; opposing same sex marriage; as revealed by Wikileaks, secretly plotting discriminatory exclusion of Chinese investment and US war against China with Australian participation; and through its disgraceful, pro-gas Carbon Tax-ETS-Ignore Agriculture plan ensuring a disastrous coal-to-gas transition, scuppering of 100% renewable energy for Australia by 2020 (BZE), continued climate inaction, continuing environmental devastation and continued world leading Australian per capita greenhouse gas pollution.

What extraordinary concessions by the Greens who have soiled themselves by association with pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas Labor in the national interest.

Further, the Greens MPs are Australians that are part of the Australian Minority Government arrangement as compared to the variously evil and illegitimate massive foreign influence over Gillard Labor by the Americans and Israelis and their traitorous Australian agents that variously endangers Australians (involvement in illegal, genocidal wars; Australian passport forgery by Israelis; violent kidnapping of Australians in international waters by Israeli terrorists; key US and Israeli involvement in Australian defence) and trashes Australia's reputation (involvement in US war crimes, support for an Apartheid Israel that continues to commit horrendous crimes against its human rights-deprived Arab subjects).


18 February 2011. The Age censored my comments on an article by Muslim Australian academic Waleed Ali asserting that the Australian Labor Government was being led by the nose by the Coalition Opposition over racism, refugees, and multiculturalism. The Age published 194 comments (all but 8 anonymous) but by completely censoring the following credentialled comment reveals what it may not wish its readers to read or know (for details of the article and my censored comments see;

http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/02/17/6075729-australian-muslim-academic-ali-re-multiculturalism-labor-is-being-led-by-the-nose ):

"Yes, the Labor Party is being led by the nose but so is the Coalition and by the same people - the Americans, the Zionists and the corporate Lobbyists.

Waleed Ali is utterly naive in writing: "Maybe this admittedly tiny gesture [defence of multiculturalism] signals a more general intent from Labor to speak in a voice more like its own" - but I say "pigs might fly".

Pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-oil, pro-Zionist, politically correct racist (PC racist), anti-science, anti-intellectual, pro-spin, human rights-violating Labor has been led by the nose by the violent, warmongering, Zionist-beholden Americans ever since the US-backed 1975 Coup, this craven submission being reinforced by the US veto of Mark Latham in 2004 and the pro-Zionist-led Coup of 2010 (for the details revealed by Antony Loewenstein but resolutely ignored by most Australian media simply Google "pro-Zionist-led coup") .

The Libs have been more than willing to be led by the nose (with the decent Malcolm Fraser being a notable exception) because they have traditionally shared the violent, racist, warmongering and genocidal values of the US neocons and the racist Zionists.

In contrast, Labor has discarded the anti-war, anti-racism, pro- environment and pro-equity values of the Whitlam era and has progressively adopted the obscene, anti-humanity values of the neocon Americans who sought and obtained Whitlam's removal.

Decent Labor voters will simply vote Green and put Labor last until it recovers the humane values of Whitlam Labor and rejects complicity in the ongoing neocon terracide, ecocide and Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide and Afghan Genocide (post-invasion excess deaths 0.3 million, 2.5 million and 4.9 million, respectively)."


16 February 2011, The Age repeatedly censored my comments on an article re the Australian labor Party. I made repeated attempts to post a comment but all that The Age would publish (albeit hugely censored) was as follows: "Pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-human rights, anti-racism, pro-equity Labor voters (like myself for 44 years) have been utterly betrayed by a pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-oil, pro-US wars, pro-Zionist, refugee, Muslim and Aboriginal human rights-abusing do-nothing Australian Labor Party (ALP) aka Another Liberal Party, Apartheid Labor Party, Apartheid Israel-supporting Labor Party. My advice is to vote 1 Green and put Labor last until Labor genuinely and overwhelmingly returns to the anti-war, anti-racism, pro-environment, pro-equity values it had under Gough Whitlam 40 years ago" (for the original article and my censored comments see:

http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/02/15/6060930-associate-editor-carney-on-australian-labor-under-gillard-alps-mission-impalpable-  ).

The following (apart from the bit they published) is what The Age newspaper does not want its readers to read or know:

"Pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-human rights, anti-racism, pro-equity Labor voters (like myself for 44 years) have been utterly betrayed by a pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-oil, pro-US wars, pro-Zionist, refugee, Muslim and Aboriginal human rights-abusing do-nothing Australian Labor Party (ALP) aka Another Liberal Party, Apartheid Labor Party, Apartheid Israel-supporting Labor Party. My advice is to vote 1 Green and put Labor last until Labor genuinely and overwhelmingly returns to the anti-war, anti-racism, pro-environment, pro-equity values it had under Gough Whitlam 40 years ago. Some betrayals listed below.

1. Pro-war Labor supports US wars and occupations and still has Australian forces in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan (post-invasion violent deaths and non-violent avoidable deaths from US Alliance-imposed deprivation total 2.5 million and 4.9 million, respectively; Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide).

2. While top scientists have collectively stated re climate change action that "inaction is inexcusable" and "delay is not an option", Australia' Domestic plus Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution has increased under do-nothing Labor.

3. Gillard (quoted in article): "A fair nation does not unfairly deny a child access to opportunity" yet "My School" reveals that under Labor the two thirds of Australian kids who attend state schools are disproportionately excluded from university, top universities and top courses (continuing Educational Apartheid).

4. Pro-Zionist Labor shamefully supports racist Zionist-run Apartheid Israel and the Zionist-beholden US and the Zionist Lobby have a dominant and unchallenged influence in the Labor Party (Rudd was effectively sacked by the Mining Lobby but he also objected to Israeli terrorism against Australians and the actual Coup leaders were notorious pro-Zionists; Google "pro-Zionist-led coup")."

and

"The Australian Labor Party (Another Liberal Party) has departed from the anti-war, pro-environment, pro-human rights values of Labor under Whitlam and other Australian greats.

1. In 1944 war-time Labor leader John Curtin, acting on intelligence advice, rejected a quasi-Zionist plan for exclusive Jewish settlement of NW Australia (read "An Unpromised Land" by Jewish Australian and former Age journalist Leon Gettler) and in 1946 Australia's first Australian-born Governor General , Jewish Australian Sir Isaac Isaacs stated: "“The honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism" [yet under Zionist-beholden Labor today Australia is shamefully a key supporter of racist Zionist-run Apartheid Israel just as it shamefully supported Apartheid South Africa under the Liberals].

2. In 1975 the Whitlam Labor Government abolished the White Australia Policy and racial discrimination [yet under Labor today NT Aborigines and Afghan and Tamil refugees have been excluded from the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act and there is a highly offensive "New" White Australia Policy that applies to most non-Europeans merely wanting to visit Australia].

3. Whitlam Labor was anti-war and pulled Australian forces out of the Indo-China War (13 million excess Indigenous Asian deaths) [today Labor has Australian forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan (post-invasion excess deaths 2.5 million and 2.9 million, respectively; Google Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Genocide].

4. Whitlam increased educational access [under Labor the 2/3 of Australian kids attending state schools are disproportionately excluded from university].

5. After the US-backed Coup in 1975 Labor became a craven lackey of the US and thence of the Zionist Lobby (re 2010 Gillard Coup Google pro-Zionist-led coup)."


15 February 2011. The Age completely censored these 2 successive comments about an article by Jewish-origin, Australian gay rights academic Professor David Altman about the Australian Gillard Labor Government,  the Middle East, Israel and Palestine (for original article and censored comments see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/02/14/6054234-oz-prof-altman-on-gillard-labor-pro-israel-pro-us-policy-pms-foreign-policy-vacuum- ):  

"Dennis Altman is too polite about Gillard, Rudd and Labor. The reality is that Labor's international policy is crippled by its slavish devotion to a violent, genocidal, Zionist-beholden US and racist Zionist-run Apartheid Israel.

If the US decides to invade and devastate another Asian country (it is already bombing Pakistan and the Yemen) the craven policy of US lackey Labor means that Australia will be there. Indeed Wikileaks has revealed Rudd disgracefully suggesting war with China to Hillary Clinton and former Labor leader and current Australian ambassador to Washington, Kim Beazley, secretly offering Australian forces to the US in such a war.

In contrast, former conservative PM Malcolm Fraser writing in The Age stated that Liberal PM Sir Robert Menzies told the US in the 1950s that Australia would not be involved in a US war against China. Outstanding Australian journalists John Pilger writing in the UK New Statesman has described Gillard as "the new warlord of Oz".

In 1944 war-time Labor leader John Curtin on intelligence advice rejected plans for exclusive Jewish settlement of NW Australia. In 1946 Australia's first Australian-born Governor General, eminent Jewish Australian Sir Isaac Isaacs, opposed racist Zionism, stating "The honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism." Yet in 2010 a pro-Zionist-led coup removed an insufficiently pro-Zionist PM Rudd after he objected to Israeli terrorism against Australians (Google "pro-Zionist-led coup"). An anti-Arab anti-Semitic ALP has become an Apartheid-supporting Labor Party, dominated by big-funding Zionists with a prime loyalty to Apartheid Israel. However for what numerous, outstanding anti-racist Jews think simply Google "Jews Against Racist Zionism"."

and

" The reason that PM Gillard won't "articulate a vision of Australian commitment to a more just world" is likely to be the same as why my earlier carefully researched, referenced and credentialled comments on this article under my own name were evidently rejected (as are so many) as unfit for people to read - to whit, unacceptable domination of media and political life in Australia since the US-backed 1975 Coup (and reinforced by the 2010 pro-Zionist-led Coup) by the Zionist-dominated US and the Australian Zionist Lobby.

Anti-Semitism comes in 2 equally repugnant forms, anti-Arab anti-Semitism (e.g. the active and passive killing of 7 million Muslims so far in the Zionist-backed, Australian Labor-complicit US War on Terror; Google Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide) and anti-Jewish anti-Semitism (e.g. the Labor defamation and endangerment of decent anti-racist Jews through support for the genocidal racist Zionists running the nuclear terrorist state of Apartheid Israel, to the exclusion of outstanding, anti-racist Jewish scholars from Arendt to Zinn).

For the views of numerous, outstanding anti-racist Jews that the simultaneously anti-Arab anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish anti-Semitic Apartheid Labor Party resolutely ignores see "Jews Against Racist Zionism")."


14 February 2011, The Age completely censored comment re Egyptian Revolution (for original article see: http://gpolya.newsvine.com/_news/2011/02/13/6046878-friedman-nyt-re-egyptian-revolution-the-people-of-egypt-did-it-by-themselves- and http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/the-people-of-egypt-did-it-by-themselves-20110213-1arx4.html ):

"One sincerely hopes that the peaceful Egyptian Revolution will not be subverted by the US and Israel who had backed the Mubarak dictatorship for 30 years and who want a continuation of the same but with a quasi-democratic facade.

Thus the New York Times (3 February 2011): "The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately and turn over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military, administration officials and Arab diplomats said Thursday".

This same secret police and spy chief Omar Suleiman is the same US-backed, pro-Israel human rights abuser and torturer who participated in the torture of Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib who was "renditioned" to Egypt for torture with the complicity of Americans, Afghans, Pakistanis, Egyptians and Australians.

Any persons complicit in the torture of an Australian citizen or accessories after the fact should be arraigned, tried and punished - as with Nazi war criminals, there should be no place to hide.

For long-suffering Egypt the crucial problem to be tackled is its horrendous avoidable death rate from deprivation of 0.22% (this means that 180,000 Egyptians, mostly children, die avoidably from deprivation each year out of a population of 82 million).

Since 1950 about 22 million Egyptians have died avoidably from deprivation and 15 million under-5 year old Egyptian infants have died (90% avoidably) in the context of repeated Western-backed invasions by Israel and nuclear threat from this Apartheid state that Jewish Israeli Professor Avi Shlaim (Oxford University) has described as a terrorist rogue state."


11 January 2011. One of Australia's top newspapers, The Age, Melbourne,  published an article by Kern Group director Neer Korn  about vastly more US patents in 1980-2000 by Israelis (7652) than by Egyptians (77) or Saudi Arabians (171). The article was entitled “A lesson on employment courtesy of Israeli Army” (see The Age On-line National Times section, 11 January 2011: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/a-lesson-on-employment-courtesy-of-israeli-army-20110110-19l1f.html ) .The article attracted at least 2 comments by about 7.30 am but only 1 was published from an anonymous person “Reality Check” stating:The real FACT remains that Israel is supported by massive US taxpayer funds and does not have a real economy. It based on a militarized occupation of a foreign land. The real state of Israeli economy is hidden by US taxpayer largesse”. My carefully researched comment that was sent about that time was not published but provides a record of what one assumes The Age censors involved do not want readers to read or to know:


"Between 1980 and 2000 Egyptians registered 77 patents in the US, Saudis registered 171 and Israelis 7652" and this attributed in part to a questioning culture of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).

 

Unfortunately these Israeli "good ideas" don't seem to include basic notions of racial equality, one-man-one-vote, democracy, rights of the child, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not kill children, thou shalt not steal, non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament, self-determination, obedience to international human rights conventions and international law.

 

While Egypt and Saudi Arabia essentially haven't invaded, occupied and devastated  any other countries in centuries, in just 63 years the State of Israel has militarily attacked  11 other countries  (Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Tunisia, Uganda, Sudan, the USA), has violently occupied the territory of 5 other countries for long periods (Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Palestine) and continues to illegally and violently occupy all of the Holy Land, part of Lebanon and a huge chunk of Syria.

 

1950-2005 avoidable deaths  from deprivation total 37 million in countries attacked by the State of Israel and 24 million in countries illegally occupied by the State of Israel. There are now  7 million Palestinian refugees forbidden to return to their homes and 20 million Muslim refugees (see "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950").

 

In the Occupied Palestinian Territory post-invasion excess deaths total 0.3 million, post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.2 million, 85% of Christian Palestinians have fled and  800,000 children are abusively and indefinitely imprisoned in Gaza as are Hamas MPs who won 76/132 seats in the only Holy Land democratic elections.”

 

It is very likely that numerous comments from decent, anti-racist Australians critical of race-based, racist Zionist-run Apartheid Israel would have been submitted to The Age about this article and likewise censored.  Indeed controversial articles like this in The Age On-line often attract over 100 comments.










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