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Gulf oil & gas disaster, fracking, media censorship & dirty gas threat to World
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Tuesday August 16, 2011
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The 2010 Gulf oil and gas disaster made people pause to consider the safety of deep-water drilling. However a major pollutant from the disaster was natural gas (mostly methane) but this did not give rise to public concern about natural gas as a major threat to Humanity and the Planet. Indeed the World is now undergoing a gas rush and a gas boom, with gas derived from conventional on-shore and off-shore sources and also from shale deposits that are being subject to hydraulic fracturing or (...)
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Australian Labor Government Carbon Price Plan fails to tackle climate change
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Friday August 12, 2011
One must measure success in “tackling climate change” in terms of reduction of GHG pollution rate (Mt CO2-e per year) and reduction in atmospheric CO2-e concentration (currently about 394 ppm CO2, but top scientists and biologists say it must be reduced to about 300 ppm; see “300.org”: ). Below are some carefully documented calculations based on authoritative Treasury, ABARE and US EIA data that demonstrate that the Australian Labor Government’s proposed (...)
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Pro-oil, pro-gas, pro-coal Australian Labor Government’s Carbon Price deception
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Tuesday August 9, 2011
At huge expense to Australian taxpayers the pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-oil, pro-war, anti-environment Australian Labor Government is posting out to all Australian householders a 20 page booklet called “What a carbon price means for you. The pathway to a clean energy future” (for free download see: ) and which dishonestly claims that the Gillard Labor Government is “tackling climate change”. Australian taxpayers should be enraged that they are having to pay for being (...)
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World has 600 Gt CO2 left to pollute before 2050: Australia & Belize have ALREADY used their "fair share"
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Sunday July 24, 2011
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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) and Belize (through disproportionately huge annual deforestation) have already used up their “share” of this terminal greenhouse gas (GHG) budget. The (...)
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Boycott Murdoch Media and other MSM over Egregious Censorship, Warmongering and Climate Change Denial
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Thursday July 21, 2011
The Australian Mainstream media, and especially the warmongering, genocide-complicit , genocide-ignoring and climate denialist Murdoch media, deserve critical exposure over outrageous, genocide-ignoring non-reportage and mis-reportage on matters linked to mass human mortality notably war, war deaths (12 million US war-related deaths so far in Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan alone) and climate change (10 billion predicted to die this century due top unaddressed, man-made climate change; (...)
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Rational risk management over genocidal US wars & Climate Emergency means Boycott Murdoch Media
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Sunday July 17, 2011
Rational risk management vital for the safety of society successively involves (a) accurate information, (b) scientific analysis (this involving the critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses) and (c) informed systemic change to minimize risk. However this is typically perverted by (a) lies, non-reportage and censorship, (b) anti-science spin involving the selective use of asserted facts to support a partisan position and (c) blame and shame, with the ultimate obscenity being (...)
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Analysis: Australian Labor Goverment Carbon Price-ETS scheme fails & entrenches climate change inaction
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Saturday July 16, 2011
The Australian Gillard Labor Government has proposed a Carbon Tax-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)-Ignore Agriculture (CTETSIA) that has produced considerable public debate. Careful analysis of this Carbon Price plan reveals that, contrary to Labor Government propaganda, it will only reduce Australia’s disproportionately huge annual Domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution rate by 8.5% by 2020 and by 53.2% by 2050. Labor’s plan must be exposed as deceitfully entrenching climate (...)
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Look-the-other-way, climate criminal Australia ignores 25 Elephant in the Room climate change realities
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Wednesday July 6, 2011
Australia is currently having a major debate over how to “tackle climate change”, whether by a Carbon Tax and Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS ) mechanism (Labor Government) or through taxation-free Direct Action in areas of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution reduction such as cleaner energy, biochar and re-afforestation (the Liberal Party-National Party Coalition Opposition). Both the Government and Opposition are agreed on “5% off 2000 GHG pollution by 2020” coupled with (...)
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Climate criminal, climate racist Australia ignores 10 major climate facts, commits to BAU GHG pollution
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Saturday July 2, 2011
Climate criminal Australia leads the First World in annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, is the world’s leading coal exporter and is among the world’s top liquid natural gas (LNG) exporters. However Australia, like its fellow major GHG polluters Canada and the US, wants business as usual (BAU) GHG pollution despite public rhetoric to the contrary that, as described below, requires extraordinary censorship of major Elephant in the Room realities by Mainstream (...)
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Country analysis: World must get zero emissions at present rates in 20 years, Australia 5, Bangladesh 139
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Saturday June 11, 2011
An analysis of every country in the world reveals that in order to avoid a catastrophic 2 degree C temperature rise (EU policy), at current rates of greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution the World must achieve zero emissions in less than 20 years, Australia must cease GHG pollution within 5 years, and Bangladesh must get to zero emissions within 139 years. The authoritative Australian Climate Commission, advised by an expert Scientific Advisory panel composed of 9 leading Australian climate (...)
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June 5 World Environment Day: climate criminal Australia & US have 2 to 5 years to cease GHG pollution
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Sunday June 5, 2011
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June 5 is World Environment Day and around the World millions of decent folk have been participating in events demanding action on the worsening climate emergency. Put bluntly, unaddressed, man-made climate change is predicted to kill about 10 billion mostly non-European people or about 100 million people per year this century in what is described as a Climate Genocide. Already about 18 million people die avoidably each year from deprivation in the Developing World (minus China) and this (...)
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Dire Message for Earth Day, 22 April: stop deforestation, fossil fuels, livestock & population increase
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Friday April 22, 2011
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April 22 is Earth Day but the news is bad and getting worse. 1. The World’s population is currently 6.9 billion and is estimated to reach 9.1 billion by 2050 (UN Population Division: ). 2. In 2010/11 food utilization exceeded food production and in the last year the prices of sugar, cereals and oils and fats have increased about 1.4-fold (see (see FAO, “World Food Situation”: ). 3. Water-borne diseases kill about 1.8 million people each year, 1.1 billion people lack (...)
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Gulf Coast Officials Enjoy Spending Spree at BP’s Expense
By : Insurance Journal - Sunday April 17, 2011
In the year since the Gulf oil spill, officials along the coast have gone on a spending spree with BP money, dropping tens of millions of dollars on gadgets, vehicles and gear — much of which had little to do with the cleanup, an Associated Press investigation shows. The oil giant opened its checkbook while the crisis was still unfolding last spring and poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Gulf Coast communities with few strings attached. By Michael Kunzelman, Mike Schneider, (...)
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Pro-gas Australian Labor Govt wants Coal to Gas transition by Carbon Tax - but Gas burning worse GHG-wise
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Saturday April 16, 2011
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Australia has a shocking record of climate change inaction coupled with an unenviable position as a world leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. However the anti-science, pro-fossil fuel Australian Labor Government headed by pro-war, pro-Zionist, pro-neocon America, pro-coal, pro-gas PM Julia Gillard survives as a Minority Government due to alliance with 1 Green MP and 2 rural independent MPs. After much prevarication the neocon Australian Labor Government has (...)
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3.3% Methane (CH4) leakage & CH4 105 times worse than CO2 as a GHG => gas dirtier than coal GHG-wise
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Sunday March 20, 2011
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Methane (CH4) is a major greenhouse gas (GHG) that on a 100 year time scale has a relative global warming potential (GWP) that is 25 times that of carbon dioxide (CO2). However a re-assessment by US scientists that takes atmospheric aerosol responses to CH4 into account has found that on a 20 year time scale CH4 is 105 times worse than CO2 as a GHG (as compared to 79 without considering aerosol effects). Recent data from the US EPA indicates that the industrial leakage of CH4 in the US is (...)
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Carbon Price & Climate Change Action Fact Sheet for leading per capita greenhouse gas polluter Australia
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Monday March 14, 2011
Australia is a world leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution but is also a world leader in climate change inaction. The Australian Labor Government has set up an advisory Climate Commission that is funded with $5.6 million over 4 years. I am a 5 -decade career scientist (biological chemistry) with a big teaching role at a very good Australian university. I have carefully researched and documented the following Fact Sheet pro bono publico to assist public education in (...)
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Activists & pro-gas Oz Government’s Carbon Tax-ETS-Ignore Agriculture (CTETSIA) climate inaction plan
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Friday March 4, 2011
Pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-human rights Australians are appalled by the betrayal of pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-human rights Australians and Labor voters by the successive pro-war, pro-coal, pro-gas, human rights-abusing Rudd and Gillard Labor Governments. Now pro-environment Australians are witnessing Australian climate activism organizations going "soft" by lending support to the pro-gas Gillard Labor Australian Government’s Carbon Tax-ETS-Ignore Agriculture (CTETSIA) (...)
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Labor Government of world-leading per capita GHG polluter Australia commits to climate change inaction
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Sunday February 27, 2011
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Australia is a world leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. Notwithstanding the political rhetoric and spin that they are “tackling climate change”, the pro-coal, pro-gas, pro-oil, anti-science, Australian Gillard Labor Government is overwhelmingly committed to climate change inaction as revealed by the latest Gillard Labor spin on a Carbon Tax and an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Labor policy is for a 5% reduction on 2000 greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution (...)
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Capitalism kills => Science-based eco-socialism, green socialism & climate socialism for India & World
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Thursday February 17, 2011
Science-based eco-socialism, green socialism and climate socialism are urgently needed for India and the World. Capitalism kills over 5 million annually from imposed deprivation in India and 18 million annually from deprivation in the Developing World (excluding China). India is an egregiously corrupt, Western-style, capitalist democracy which means that the Indian Government (for the rich by the rich) ignores the horrible reality that most Indians live and die in extreme poverty. Like (...)
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Climate Energency: Science and Equality demand Eco-socialism, Green Socialism and Climate Socialism
By : Dr Gideon Polya - Thursday February 17, 2011
The climate emergency means that science is now demanding Eco-socialism, Green Socialism, and Climate Socialism - morally informed by the equality of man, science is supplanting the arguments about Capitalism versus Socialism previously dominated by economic and politics theorists. The purpose of a "society" is surely the common good, but capitalists justify the increasing proportion of the cake taken by the wealthy since the 1960s by the claim that capitalism is superior to socialism in (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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