Australian news, and some related international items

Today. Aw gee! What if USA and UK are selling us a pup with the nuclear submarines – obsolete all too soon?

It’s not just that the AUKUS deal is phenomenally expensive for Australia – $171 billion. It’s not just that they won’t be ready for 20 years at best – when they would then be superseded by more advanced submarines.

It;s that submarines themselves are losing their gloss, anyway. Everybody who’s anybody in the nuclear-weaponry-tax-payer-ripoff world is realising that underwater drones are a heap cheaper, a real threat to nuclear submarines, and much better suited to the relatively shallow waters of theb South China Sea.

But I guess that the USA and UK have to try to make a few bucks by selling their existing soon-out-of-date Vanguard and Astute nuclear submarines.

May 12, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The week in nuclear news

Some  bits of good news. New plan to accelerate clean energy access for millions globallyBrush-tailed bettongs doing well after reintroduction to SA mainland.

A busy week –    here are the headlines

BUT- let’s not forget the appalling toll that climate change heat is bringing to Pakistan and India


The Greens oppose nuclear waste dump on Kimba, South Australia.

Dissecting Vice Admiral Jonathon Mead’s Nuclear submarine zealotry.

This black smoke rolling through the mulga’: almost 70 years on, it’s time to remember the atomic tests at Emu Field .    Sydney University fined for carelessness with a radioactive device.

An Australian fusion company awarded money under a Defence program (Why?).

The ‘climate election’ we need to have. Major parties have Australia on track to blow past Paris targets.

Australia’s biggest climate polluter AGL,and Accel set to breach Paris-aligned climate targets.  “Coal fired power stations will close, regardless of who’s in office:” Bowen     How much are you willing to pay to help reduce carbon emissions? Vote Compass has the answer.    Great Barrier Reef not coping with ‘escalating’ climate change after first La Niña bleaching event, unpublished report warns

Secret Australia Revealed by the WikiLeaks Exposés.

Far from having a leftwing bias, the ABC has been tamed by cuts and incessant attacks.

Junior energy minister Tim Wilson may lose his Liberal blue ribbon seat — RenewEconomy

Canberra’s urban trees receive global recognition


Reducing Tensions, Building Trust
, De-escala
ting.                Is Russia increasingly likely to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine?      Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand may attend NATO summitExpansion into Asia-Pacific: NATO military bloc is poison, not antidote.       Ukraine reveals split in ASEAN .       Nuclear War Threat Drives Greater Divide Between U.S., China.

Propaganda During Times of War.

Russian Uranium NOT Sanctioned – Why?

Climate change could introduce humans to thousands of new viruses

Pope Francis reiterates complete opposition to the possession and use of nuclear weapons. Pope says NATO may have led to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A new propaganda film to jolly up the pro nuclear enthusiasts. Nuclear power is a HUGE water guzzler – so why are we guzzling the lie that nuclear is good for climate?

Diseconomics and other factors mean that small nuclear reactors are duds ( part of larger article)

They suck your electricity while you sleep. What you need to know about vampire appliances

Climate sceptic thinktank received funding from fossil fuel interests

FRANCE. The poisoned environmental legacy of France’s ”Nuclear Park”.

UKWhat is REALLY driving Britain’s seemingly illogical push for small nuclear reactors and nuclear megaprojects? 


May 10, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Australia should note the UK experience. There, government promotes costly nuclear power, solely to secretly fund and supply nuclear submarines.

After years’ long research, Phil Johnstone and Andy Stirling have produced a report   – –   it’s a seminal study of how tax-payers’ money goes secretly from ”beneficial” megaprojects to the nuclear weapons industry. In the UK, this means specifically- to nuclear submarines.

The money to the nuclear submarines cannot be measured, cannot be counted – it is so hidden in the world of energy projects, civil nuclear energy. But this explains why the governments persist doggedly with nuclear power projects that are clearly uneconomic, (and no use in combatting climate change – too late, even if they did work)

The sad and shocking thing about this – is the sort of groupthink that has pretty well everyone on the bandwagon – politicians, media, academia, business, education – and not just those who have been bribed by the nuclear industry. It’s a sort of groupthink treadmill, and they can’t seem to get off it, lest they look unpatriotic, or worse, – silly.

May 7, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

The week in nuclear news

A bit of good news – We can restore the climate  – getting past climate despair. Tasmania has become one of the first parts of the world to become not just carbon neutral but carbon negative .

CoronavirusGlobal, new cases and deaths are declining, but still increasing in some countries.


Change of government would present ‘great opportunity’ in fight to free Julian Assange.

After 43-nation war council, Australia to send howitzers, ammunition to UkraineAnzac Day and the conflict-loving neocons. Hysteria over the Solomon Islands-China security pact.      

Nuclear submarines in an Adelaide shipyard – sitting ducks for a disastrous terrorist attack: conventional submarines – cheaper, safer. Unions NSW opposes nuclear powered submarines and the AUKUS treaty. Various groups oppose plan for nuclear submarine base – ”a military target” at Port Kembla, New South Wales.

Teals and Greens are the only political groups focused on the main issue .    Ratings agency says Morrison climate policies “obscure, unclear and confusing”.

Greens propose levy on coal exports to drive coal phase-out within a decade .

New Murray-Darling Basin Authority boss fails to mention environment in all-staff memo

Low emissions, lower prices: South Australia’s remarkable shift to wind and solar .

Renewables to be “the new baseload” by 2030, says McKinsey 2022 Global Energy Perspective/


Russia and the West are closer to nuclear war than they were during the Cuban Missile Crisis, warns Nikita Khrushchev’s daughter – 60 years after her father backed down from Armageddon.

NATO allies marching in lockstep: U.S., Canadian defense chiefs meet twice in a week.

NATO’s national armaments directors discuss Ukraine bonanza

The 1983 Military Drill That Nearly Sparked Nuclear War With the Soviets. U.S. sees no threat of Russia using nuclear weapons despite rhetoric- official. Huge solar storm once almost triggered nuclear war between USA and Russia.

Climate change ‘already’ raising risk of virus spread between mammals.

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of another pandemic, researchers warn.

Plastic pollution accelerating the consequences of climate change in Canada’s Arctic, according to new research

Solar beats nuclear at many potential settlement sites on Mars. Photovoltaics vs. nuclear power on Mars.

Renewables to be “the new baseload” by 2030, says McKinsey 2022 Global Energy Perspective.

Net zero by 2050 will hit a major timing problem technology can’t solve. We need to talk about cutting consumption

UKRAINE. International Atomic Energy Agency very concerned at dangers at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex. Despite deteriorating situation, Ukrainian parliament still insisting on NATO accession. IAEA probing Ukraine report that a missile flew over a nuclear power plant. The USA has not been able to confirm the allegations that Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine.

May 2, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

TODAY. Media angst about Ukraine, Australia’s election campaigning – but are we forgetting global heating?

Australia sure is an island, and not just geographically speaking. Australia is now playing its role, joining USA in the weapons-to-Ukraine frenzy. But that’s about the extent of our interest in matters overseas.

We hardly noticed the plight of Pacific islands as sea levels rise, though we’re quick to worry about China’s military influence in the region.

It seems to take a young student of Indian ethnic background to mention climate change. Are Australians noticing what is happening in India and Pakistan? Global heating has become all too important there – as extreme heat continues, with drastic effects on health, food production, fires, electricity supplies. For many Indians, life is near to becoming unliveable.

Australia enjoys a sort of false immunity to climate change. Our leaders of both big political parties haven’t really woken up to this, despite bushfires and floods. Are they even aware of what is happening in India?

April 29, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Today: The ANZACs and the Ukrainians: the dangerous mythology of heroically fighting to the death.

Australia has just celebrated the memory of a World War One battle which, in essence, was for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps to make what was a suicidal push at Gallipoli against the Turkish troops of the Ottaman Empire. It was part of British strategy against Germany, and to relieve the pressure on the European and Eastern fronts of the war, Britains ally, the Russian government had also formally requested a ‘show of strength’ against Turkey, one of Germany’s allies’.

The result?

The campaign was a costly failure for the Allies, with heavy losses (44, 000 dead) and no gains made. Of the 60,000 Australians that fought at Gallipoli, there were 26,000 casualties and 7,594 were killed. Conditions were filthy, and dysentery was rife.

The longer term result?

By some magic – this whole thing has been turned into a glorious military myth about Australia’s identity.

Australia enthusiastically celebrates the national identity – the national spirit -the courage of these young men, many just teenagers, who lost their lives, or their health, in this failed military adventure. Of course they were brave, and should be remembered with great sadness, – but not turned into a hymn to militarism

And Ukraine?

Today’s Age – print version has this headline – ”National identity forged in the fire of Russian aggression’‘  We are regularly being told that Ukraine can win this war. I believe that the reality is otherwise. The USA and NATO are happy for this war to go on as long as possible, with their goal of weakening Russia – let it be fought to the last heroic Ukrainian.

April 28, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Chernobyl anniversary week – nuclear news

What a week!   All about the war crimes –  though it is not certain that all these crimes are committed by just one side in this truly awful Ukraine war.   Meanwhile Julian Assange is blamed, persecuted., and kept in apparently endless imprisonment for exposing war crimes. 

Coronavirus .  Latest on worldwide coronavirus spread, and medical developments. 

Climate.  The climate has become unstable. Scientists warned us for decades. Now even they are rebelling.  Why climate change matters for human health.


Will Australia’s nuclear submarines end up being built overseas?

Unexplained Ordnance: A Missile on Aboriginal Land and a Breakthrough Legal Complaint.

Scott Morrison, Angus Taylor stack clean energy agencies with fossil fuel mates.   Coalition spending on fossil fuel subsidies tops $1.3 billion in first week of campaign.  Major parties suffer from a climate credibility gap: new health election scorecard     ‘Climate change isolationism’ puts Australia on par with Saudi Arabia       Australia’s election debate on energy ignores the miracle of rooftop solar

Australian politics -GRIFT, LIES & INFLUENCE –

The US Cries About War Crimes While Imprisoning A Journalist For Exposing Its War Crimes.

‘Worst it’s ever been’: a threatened species alarm sounds during the election campaign – and is ignored


 Who Profits From Narrative Management & Eliminating Dissent?         Big Tech monopolies — Facebook, Google, and Amazon control media in the interests of American militarism. Ukraine: The End Game – A Proxy War and Armageddon – Who are the Flag Waivers supporting? America’s aim is not for Ukraine to win, It is to prolong the war and weaken Russia.   Western think tanks push permanent NATO presence on Russian border, Asia-Pacific analog — Anti-bellum     U.S., allies pour arms into Ukraine for war of prolonged attrition .  Nuclear weapons manufacturers see stock prices rise.

How do we assess the dangers of nuclear power plants in wartimeInternational Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.

The big mistake of sudden renewed optimism about nuclear power.    First-ever talks: Pentagon completing integration of EU into transatlantic military network ,

An increased 2 degree Celsius world will not be liveable for vast swathes of humanity – but that’s the latest semi-optimistic research result.

Why are nature-based solutions on climate being overlooked?

UKRAINE. Ukraine can fight Russia ‘for 10 years’ claims Zelensky.     Ukraine threatens ‘terrorist’ attack on Crimean Bridge – the longest bridge in Europe.       Mariupol – city under siege – the OTHER SIDE OF THIS STORY        Playing with fire at Chornobyl.

April 26, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Today. About Julian Assange: Australian government, snivelling cringing sycophantic to USA. And the Labor Opposition is just as bad

Will Australia ever get any integrity in it’s leaders?

In the clearest denialof justice in British history, the UK kow-tows to American militarism in its court now agreeing to send Juian Assange to be ”disappeared” in the USA’s penal system. And, worse than the UK, Australia’s leaders stand by, and pretty much applaud this evil event.

Liberal Morrison mouthpiece Simon Birmingham – ” we have confidence in the process”

And Labor’s Penny Wong carefully keeping her nose clean as she sucks up to the UK-USA ”legal” fakery – ”We also expect the government to keep seeking assurances from both the UK and US that he’s treated fairly and humanely.” What does she mean? – ” ïf they don’t treat Assange fairly, well, that’s not our problem

I actually think that the Liberals are better – they don’t even pretend to care!

Paradoxically – we all love to hate Barnaby Joyce, but he stuck up for Julian Assange – and good on him!

And the Greens – a voice of intelligence and reason, in Australian political mental desert – the Greens spelled out the reasons for their opposition to this terrible injustice to Assange and to journalism.

April 22, 2022 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Christina reviews, politics | Leave a comment

Are we in West being manipulated on a grand scale with deceptive propaganda about the war in Ukraine?

Today I’m posting two videos from Regis Tremblay. I’m sure that Western viewers will hate these, and call the ”Russian propaganda”. And I wish that I could believe that, too,

But I do have an awful fear. Swamped as I am by the tsunami of TV, radio, news, barrage of hyper-emotional depiction of the Ukrainian war, – I cannot help my fearful thought that Regis Tremblay’s speakers are telling the truth.

It’s a painful thought – but I think that the anglophone world, and NATO – the European countries are pulling a giant confidence trick on us all, as we all are led into this frenzy of endless weapons-buying to further the destruction of Ukraine. We are standing by, cheering, as Zelensky and the Ukrainian people are used as pawns, sacrificed, in the cause of the USA discrediting and disrupting Russia

April 22, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Today: Does Australia care about Julian Assange?

Apart from th fact that this cruel saga pretty well represents the death of investigative journalism, and its job of holding authority to account – apart from that, – Julian Assange is an Australian citizen

I am mortified, ashamed to be an Australian. Our government has not lifted a finger to save Assange. The corrupt Australian government, and the rather pathetic Opposition have remained in hushed collusion with the USA’s absolute persecution of this man – for his crime of journalism.

”A court has formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the US on espionage charges, in what will ultimately be a decision for the UK home secretary, Priti Patel”.

UK court approves extradition of Julian Assange to US.

April 21, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Today: Liberal and Labor gobbledgook over nuclear submarines.

If you’re thinking of voting Labor, because of nuclear issues, you should realise that Labor is just as confused, and just as subservient to the USA as Liberal is.

Does anybody bother to dissect what politicians say – when questioned about anything, but especially when questioned on nuclear issues ? They would much prefer that nuclear issues were simply not discussed at all.

On nuclear submarines: Peter Dutton (Liberal) Defence Minister when asked if they will be built in Australia:

I hope that it’ll be higher than 60 per cent… we haven’t yet chosen what boat (UK or US nuclear design) we’re going with… I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised,……  I just think there is more blue sky here than what people realise.”

Shadow Defence Minister Brendan O’Connor (Labor) when asked the samr question:

“We will do everything we possibly can to make sure that those assets are built in Australia,

They don’t know, and they don’t care. They don’t care whether Australia even needs these $170 billion undersea white elephants. They’ll be gone from office long before the damn submarines are going to happen . Typical of the quailty of Australia’s current political leadership

April 19, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Nuclear news this week – worrying times!

Some bits of good news – What went right this week: hope for the climate, plus more positive news.     Nature has priority’: Rewilding map showcases nature-led restoration .  Once Rocked by Nuclear Disaster, Fukushima Is Now a Renewables Hub.   Solar Panels That Make Electricity at Night are Finally Here – And They’re Cheap and Don’t Need Batteries. 

CORONAVIRUS.  Global COVID-19 cases pass grave milestone as highly contagious BA.2 subvariant surges around the world.

CLIMATE.  Pole to Pole with Paul Beckwith – I highly recommend this Radio Ecoshock  interview with this top climate communicator 

NUCLEAR. What can I say ?   Are we on the brink of nuclear war? Can we have any confidence in our leaders to make sensible decisions?    It is exhausting to rummage through the media spin in the search for accurate information.


  Pine Gap’s role in China–US arms race makes Australia a target.     Nuclear risks, the war in Ukraine, and Australia’s significant contribution to these dangers.         Defence expert spills the beans – small nuclear reactors for Australia are all about militarism, not ”peaceful energy”,

   Cameco Corp still set on WA uranium mine, despite government knockback, Indigenous opposition.

This should be a climate change election

Why the ABC cannot rely on the coalition


Caitlin Johnstone sheds a critical gaze on media reporting on Ukraine, and asks why Julian Assange is criminalised for revealing military atrocities.        Glenn Greenwald: The Censorship Campaign Against Western Criticism of NATO’s Ukraine Policy Is Extreme.      How Much Are We Prepared To Sacrifice To Help The US Win A Propaganda War Against Putin?

NATO gloats over second, bloodier phase of Ukraine war

NATO’s military buildup on eastern flank to lengthen, broaden war — Anti-bellum

The US-Australia-UK pact seems determined to pursue great power competition at the risk of real conflict.

UKRAINE. Russian soldiers received ‘shocking amount’ of nuclear exposure at Chernobyl site – some may have less than a year to live. Carelessness of Russian soldiers around Chernobyl – shows danger of nuclear sites in wartime. Kyiv Independent news is anything but independent. It’s a mouthpiece for NATO-USA-Azov-nazi propaganda and unverified atrocity stories. Ukrainian blogger gets 15 years gaol for saying that Zelensky govt takes orders from other governments. Zelensky gives his vision of peace deal with Russia.

Zelensky adviser: Ukraine war can last till 2035, best option is for Russia to be broken

 NATO’s shift to Asia-Pacific: Biden trip to Japan designed to rally Asia against Russia, China

April 18, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Today: Investigative journalism still lives! In UK’s Daily Mirror – persistent forensic coverage of the plight of veterans of nuclear tests in Australia.

We have told countless heartbreaking stories of grieving mums, children with deformities, men aged before their time and widows struggling to hold their families together, all while campaigning for recognition.

The test veterans and their families will never stop fighting. The Mirror will never cease to demand they are heard.

Just when I was ready to give up on all mainstream media, I found the article by the Daily Mirror. Susie Boniface sets out not only the saga of the sufferings of the veterans, but also, importantly, the irrefutable documentary evidence.

In this time of over-emotional, but not authenticated war coverage, it is refreshing to find this real journalism. And to find a news otlet that has continued to care about soldiers exploited by militarism for all these decades.

April 18, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Today: On Ukraine – Australia well and truly brainwashed by the military-industrial-corporate-media complex

It would be funny, if it were not so serious. The Australian media, in serious decline, has gone further down the drain lately – esprecially NewsCorpse. We might get bored with indordinate attention lavished on sporting heroes. We might laugh at the politicians’electioneering stunts – much baby-kissing, koala-hugging, tractor-driving, wearing of cowboy hats…………

But the steady destruction of any intelligent discourse on Australia’s new militarism, on why we must hate China, and above all, how we must adore the USA, NATO and their behind-the-scenes delight in the protracted process of Ukraine being destroyed – all this is sinister stuff.

Diogenes went around Athens in broad daylight, shining a lantern – he was looking for an honest person. He’d need a blow-torch in Australia today, to find any honest reporting on Ukraine.

April 16, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Today: Australia’s Defence Establishment joy – small nuclear reactors, (dud for energy, climate action) but great for war!

It’s not often that for Australia, the essential connection between ”peaceful” nuclear energy and nuclear weapons is  set out so blatantly, as Defence Connect just did..  For many decades, we have been beguiled by the nuclear industry’s propaganda with the myth of the ”peaceful atom”. 

And more lately. Australians have been sold, by ANSTO’s marketing men, the story of how ANSTO’s goal is the medical benefit to all Australians,  from its nuclear reactor. What a load of poppycock that was!  

We must be grateful to Defence Connect, for setting it out so clearly.  Now that nuclear energy  has turned out to be unaffordable and irrelevant to climate change, and now that cyclotrons have proved better that nuclear reactors, for producing medical radioisotopes.  The truth is clearly out –    the only use for the nuclear industry is warfare!

April 14, 2022 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment