Australian news, and some related international items

Australia’s media quality and independence down the gurgler if Murdoch/Abbott win 2013 election

Firstly, there will be no legislation to inhibit the absolute freedomNews-Limited1
of the press in Australia. They will be able to print any damn thing
they want. Truth will be shredded and thrown out the window, personal
privacy of targeted individuals will be rampantly invaded and their
characters destroyed.

Murdoch will insist on selling the ABC

Australia will never again abstain in a U.S. promoted vote in the
United Nations. Australia will return to lockstep the US in
international affairs.

If Rupert Murdoch wins in 2013 , (includes video)  Independent
Australia, 29 Dec 12
Rodney E. Lever provides a chilling preview of what will happen if
Rupert Murdoch gets his wish and Tony Abbott & Co win the Federal
election next year. LET’S JUST PUT our thinking caps on for a minute
and imagine what Australia would be like if Rupert Murdoch gets his
wish and in 2013 installs a coalition government led by Tony Abbott,
Joe Hockey, Julie Bishop and Mal Brough. Continue reading

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Corporatocracy runs America – Australia next?

military-industrial-complexthe takeover of political power in America by the
First is the well-known military-industrial complex. ”As [President]
Eisenhower famously warned in his farewell address in January 1961,
the linkage of the military and private industry created a political
power so pervasive that America has been condemned to militarisation,
useless wars and fiscal waste on a scale of many tens of trillions of
dollars since then,” he says.

Fortunately, things aren’t nearly so bad in Australia. But it will
require vigilance to stop them sliding further in that direction.

The four business gangs that run the US, The Age, December 31, 2012 Ross Gittins

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor IF YOU’VE ever suspected
politics is increasingly being run in the interests of big business, I
have news: Jeffrey Sachs, a highly respected economist from Columbia
University, agrees with you – at least in respect of the United
In his book, The Price of Civilisation, he says the US economy is
caught in a feedback loop. ”Corporate wealth translates into
political power through campaign financing, corporate lobbying and the
revolving door of jobs between government and industry; and political
power translates into further wealth through tax cuts, deregulation
and sweetheart contracts between government and industry. Wealth
begets power, and power begets wealth,” he says.
Sachs says four key sectors of US business exemplify this feedback
loop Continue reading

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Murdoch’s AUSTRALIAN news compares wind energy proponents to paedophiles!

News-Limited1The day The Australian died, Independent Australia
28 December, 2012
Professor Stephan Lewandowsky reports on the exchange that finally,
completely, destroyed Australia’s national newspaper credibility.
“………In May 2012, The Australian ran an opinion piece by Mr James
Delingpole in which he riled against wind energy under the title:
“Wind farm scam a huge cover-up.”

Wind turbines actually constitute an increasingly important tool in
our arsenal of alternative energy to wean the planet off fossil fuels;
however, Mr. Delingpole begs to differ. Among other arguments, Mr.
Delingpole cited an unnamed Australian sheep farmer’s opinion that:

“The wind-farm business is bloody well near a paedophile ring. They’re
f . . king our families and knowingly doing so.”

Yes, that did appear exactly as quoted in The Australian. Continue reading

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Film “If You Love This Planet” censored in USA !

censorshipNuclear dangers real and widespread
BY HELEN CALDICOTT, THE STARPHOENIX NOVEMBER 9, 2012 “….  it is true that the Canadian film If You Love This Planet
along with two other films on acid rain are classified as “foreign
Flag-USApropaganda,” and one must register with the U.S. Justice Department to
show these films. This extraordinary issue was taken to the U.S.
Supreme Court, but the ruling prevailed. As a result, Terri Nash who
made the original, made another called, If You Love Free Speech.

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Quite a litany of mothballing of fossil fuel power generators in Australia

Gas fired power stations for NSW and Victoria placed on hold as demand slumps
28 Dec 2012
By takver
EnergyAustralia has announced shelving plans for construction of a 1000MW gas fired power station in the Latrobe Valley at it’s Yallourn site saying that low wholesale energy prices and reduced electricity demand did not make the project viable. Continue reading

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TEPCO wanting more money, estimates Fukushima compensation costs at 3.2 trillion yen!

exclamation-Tepco requested additional financial support of 697 billion yen for the Nuclear Damage Liability Author-Fukushima-diaryFacilitation Fund
 by Mochizuki  December 27th, 2012 ·
Tepco has estimated the total nuclear damage compensation to be 2.5 trillion yen and has been requesting the financial support from the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund based on the revised Special Business Plan approved on May 9, 2012.

However, after deciding the compensation standard of lands or houses, adding real estate and postponing the compensation term for spontaneous evacuees and harmful rumor of agricultural products, the estimated compensation amount increased to be 3.2 trillion yen.

On 12/27/2012, Tepco requested the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund for 697 billion yen of the additional financial support.
Related article..[Bloomberg] Tepco Sued by U.S. Sailors Exposed to Radiation [Link]


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Rats: an old-fashioned but very real added threat at Fukushima nuclear complex

rat-chewing-cableFukushima Worker: Rats now being found in many places around plant — Concern about biting cables, tripping electrical systems, spreading high level contamination
 December 21st, 2012 
Title: Atomic Rats, Fishing For Beams & Cleaning Up The Common Pool At Daiichi
Source: SimplyInfo
Date:  Dec 20, 2012
Atomic Rats […]

Workers at the plant are reporting seeing rats at Daiichi. Worker Happy11311 mentioned seeing them and was worried they would damage cables at the plant. They could cause obvious safety problems if they chewed on electrical or water lines. Small animals also pose the risk of getting into equipment and causing issues by tripping electrical systems. Then there is the problem of rats being in contact with high levels of radiation then making them highly contaminated. This can cause problems as they then spread the contamination up the food chain or take it with them if they leave the immediate area.

Translation by Fukushima Diary: I like animals but haven’t seen rats before. Recently I see rats in many places of Fukushima plant. ・・・ They much bigger than Jerry. I’m concerned they may cause a trouble by biting cables.

See also: Fukushima Daiichi Worker: I got worried about corrosion of pipes after seeing new video of Reactor 1 — One day pipes will break from slight quake after seeing how much they corroded in only a year — Same risk at all four reactors (PHOTO)

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Unique film festival – URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL gets ready for 2013

logo-uranium-film-festivalART AND AWARENESS – URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL IN BERLIN December 28th, 2012 |  After taking place twice in Brazil, the International Uranium Film Festival came to Berlin in October 2012. The highlight of the festival was the screening of four movies about the nuclear disaster of Goiânia, 1987, one of them Cesium 137: The Nightmare of Goiânia (1990), a movie by already deceased Roberto Pires which had already won several awards at the 1990 Brasilia Film Festival. The present Brazilian directors Jorge Luiz Eduardo and Angelo Lima as well as producer Laura Pires took this opportunity to speak up against the Brazilian government and lacking response to the disaster.

The International Uranium Film Festival is the only film festival in the world dedicated to films about the whole nuclear fuel chain and radioactivity, from atomic bombs to Fukushima. The show in Berlin, 04-12 October, showcased more than 60 films. Besides the Brazilian, many other directors from other countries were also present and took part in an active discussion with the public. TheYellow Oscar, an award for the best and most important productions, went to Swedish film director Marko Kattilakoski and his crew for the short film Fikapaus (Coffeebreak). The next stop of the festival will be India in January and February 2013 visiting seven different cities.

Call for Entry – Third Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, May 2013

The International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro accepts short and feature length films and videos in the following categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation for the competitions.
Deadline for the Film Entry: January 31, 2013.

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Dr Helen Caldicott on effects of uranium mining on indigenous peoples

nuke-indigenous.1Nuclear dangers real and widespread
Caldicott is founding president of Physicians for Social
Responsibility and was featured in the Oscar winning film, If You Love
This Planet.

I write to reply to the allegations made about me in John Gormley’s
column, More private liquor stores, less Caldicott (SP, Nov. 2).

First, it is important for me to stress that the aboriginal people in
Northern Saskatchewan are being exploited by the uranium and nuclear
power industry, as they have routinely been in the United States and

People who have lived benignly with nature for tens of thousands of
years have been forced to allow mining companies to extract uranium
from beneath their feet and to work in the mines.

Ample evidence abounds in the scientific literature that one-fifth to
one-half of uranium miners in North America have suffered from lung
cancer. Furthermore, uranium miners are also exposed to carcinogenic
whole body gamma radiation as well as the ingestion of radium – the
element that induced leukemia in Madame Marie Curie. Continue reading

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