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Lessons for us all from the United States

The disintegration of US democracy, that is being reflected in the governments in the United Kingdom and Australia, could be reversed by a landslide against Trump and the Republicans, but I’m not holding my breath. The Republicans have for a long time been breaking the US electoral system with gross gerrymandering, voter suppression, and risible hypocrisy. And their cult politics have their imitators in the the UK and Australia.

Trump, whom Republicans have enabled with intellectual dishonesty and moral incompetence, is the grotesque embodiment of their ideology, their perversion of democracy, their corrupt relationships with an avaricious oligarchy, their subversion of democratic principles, processes and institutions, and their betrayal of one of those core principles – serving the welfare of the people. That’s what modern Fascism looks like and the UK and Australia are on the cusp of that axis of evil.

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Australian bushfires and climate crisis triggers

One thing people need to understand about climate change is that it is not a steady or gradual change. There are both peaks and troughs in temperature and other measurements of environmental change, such as the growing proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its impact on warming. Other gasses are even more volatile in that they are more efficient in contributing to the heating of Earth.

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Morrison finally commits serious relief for exhausted volunteers – isn’t it a bit late?

I watched Morrison announcing the involvement of military infrastructure this morning on the ABC.

My first response was: isn’t this a little late? The fires have been raging since September. The fire authorities have been warning about catastrophe for a long time. And the scientists even longer ago warned of the danger of extreme fire events as elements in the pattern of climate crisis, which is no longer expected 20 or 50 or a 100 years into the future, but faces Australia here and now. Serious fires are burning in every State in the country.

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While the nation burns: where is the planning for climate crises and catastrophe?

A national state of danger has existed for months and it is only now that the Prime Minister, who cleared out to Hawaii as the disaster built up, announced yesterday a goddam meeting by the Federal Government: “The National Security Committee of Cabinet would meet on Monday to address ‘contingencies’ required for the current fire season “as well as the longer-term response and some issues we have identified to consider amongst premiers after the fires”.

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Sadness at Australian fires and anger at Government denialism

As an Australian living overseas, I weep quietly in sorrow at the destruction to forests, communities, the animals, the loss of life. I read of places burned that I know well from Southeast Queensland, around Sydney, to Mallacoota and Gippsland in Victoria where I was born. For me this picture, which has been repeated in California, the Iberian Peninsula, and wantonly in the Amazon by crooks and corrupt government, is a devastating effect of Governments that are too deliberatively incompetent for us to allow them to continue to destroy our world.

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Sydney chokes under the gloom of bushfire smoke from massive fires on its outskirts

An angry response to Regime failure

A comment on ” ‘Mega blaze’: Several fires join to cover an area bigger than greater Sydney”, The New Daily 6 December 2019

I’m not suggesting that anything could have been done to prevent these fires unprecedented since European settlement. But Australian people have voted the Governments that deny climate change and act against the national interest and the welfare of the nation.

The likes of a hostile government that is ruining the nation with vicious intent have been supported by Australians who endorse the facile, moral incompetence, and idiotic reasoning of MPs unsuitable for government, and who oppose every democratic principle.

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