Iron ore, climate change & censorship in Murdochracy & Lobbyocracy Australia
by: Dr Gideon Polya
Friday May 25, 2012 - 00:21
An interesting insight into Western Mainstream media ownership, media bias and media censorship comes from Murdochracy and Lobbycracy Australia where Big Money buys political influence and votes. Indeed in 2010 the huge Mining Industry only had to spend $22 million to bring down a very popularly elected Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who was removed by a pro-Zionist-led Coup in 23-24 June 2010 (for details suppressed by Neocon American and Zionist (NAZI)-beholden mainstream media see Antony Loewenstein, "Does the Zionist lobby have blood on its hands in Australia ?": http://antonyloewenstein.com/2010/0... and Gideon Polya, “Pro-Zionist-led Coup ousts Australian PM Rudd”, MWC News, 29 June 2010: http://mwcnews.net/focus/politics/3... ).
The world’s richest woman, iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart (worth $29 billion), has not been given a seat on the Fairfax (Australian media empire) board despite being the biggest shareholder with a 12.6% stake. She has fired a salvo at Fairfax over the exclusion (see "Snubbed Reinhart fires salvo at Fairfax board", The Age, 24 May 2012: http://www.theage.com.au/national/s... ).
Iron ore processing into steel generates the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2), and currently Australia’s huge iron ore exports correspond to 293 million tonnes CO2 out of Australia’s current (2010) domestic and exported GHG pollution of 1,708 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent (Google "climate change course" or see: https://sites.google.com/site/300or... ).
The Fairfax newspaper The Age (Melbourne) has an appalling record of censoring non-anonymous, credentialled, expert reader comments for evidently containing things it thinks that its readers should not read, know about or think about. It is not alone in this e.g. see “Censorship by The Age”: https://sites.google.com/site/mains... and http://agecensors.blogspot.com/ , “ABC Censorship”: https://sites.google.com/site/abcce... , “Censorship by ABC Late Night Live”: https://sites.google.com/site/censo... ), "Censorship by The Conversation": https://sites.google.com/site/mains... , "Censorship by the BBC": https://sites.google.com/site/censo... , “Mainstream Media Lying”: https://sites.google.com/site/mains... and “Mainstream Media Censorship”: https://sites.google.com/site/mains... .
An outrageous feature of censorship by the taxpayer-funded, universities-backed and academic –based web magazine The Conversation is that this medium is backed by Australia’s premier scientific research organization CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) and by the University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Western Australia (see Gideon Polya, “Australian universities linked to pro-Zionist censorship and Israeli genocide”, Bellaciao, 25 May 2012: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?ar... ).
Notwithstanding iron ore multi-billlionaire Gina Rinehart being excluded from the Fairfax board, The Age might well have had sympathy for her interests in censoring out the following comment made in response to an article about the Australian Labor (Laboral) Government’s Mining Tax that was responsible for intense and successful Mining Lobby activity against the Rudd Labor Government (see Professor Jeff Lewis "Lost in frontier fantasy", The Age Online, 24 May 2012: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/po... ) :
Censored comment: "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 and iron ore exports threaten Planet". End censored comment.
The trouble with this sort of cowardly, silent, anonymous censorship is that most people don’t know it is happening and if they do they don’t know why - could it be anti-science? anti-intellectual? anti-academic? racism? anti-semitism? xenophobia? self-interest? Who knows?
Censorship is a dangerous perversion that sabotages rational risk management, crucial for societal safety and which successively involves (a) accurate information, (b) scientific analysis, and (c) informed systemic change to minimize the risk of adverse events.
Mainstream media presstitution through censorship, lying by commission and lying by omission is not merely unethical, it is downright dangerous. Climate Genocide through unaddressed man-made climate change is predicted to kill 10 billion people this century (see “Climate Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/clima... ).
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