Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Bloggers with Integrity Awards

When I Created this Award on Little Aussie Cynic I never expected to grow as fast as it has.

It is my little way of saying thank you to bloggers all over the world for maintaining integrity in their chosen paths. The categories I gave the awards through show truly what these fantastic folks are about just Genuine caring people, with a lot to give to the world.

Ann from a Nice Place in The Sun has given the award to me through this little blog for my Social Conscience. And I will say this is a great honour as that is what this blog is all about.

So to you Ann I would like to say thankyou and pass it on to the following:

For Creativity:

Mom's Out There

For Social Conscience:

Armageddon Theory

For Keeping It Real:

Attitude the Ultimate Power

The Spirit Of Giving:

Comedy Plus

Staying true to their Beliefs:

Planet Earth Peace Party

All of these are worthy recipients of this award.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Where Next?

Where are we going

In the past few weeks we have had range of issues surrounding the Middle East....

Turkey threatening to invade Iraq, America issueing Sanctions against Iran, and god knows what is going in Afghanistan, we have had two Australian killed there in two weeks...

So what will be the next big task to bring about peace in the area and is possible....

Monday, October 22, 2007

Did You watch the Great Debate?

On Sunday night here in Oz land we had the standard political Debate between the Federal Government Liberal (inpower) and the Federal Opposition Labor (not in Power)...
Every election time we sit and watch and here the same old spin from either party and usually the opposition has won the debate and lost the election, this time was shaping up to be the same.....

But it wasn't!

This time round yes the opposition won the debate.... but I must say I was impressed with the whole process....

The Prime Minister normally looks very nervous for about 15 minutes and then settles in nicely the look at me I am the chosen one, and the leader of the Opposition looks Cocky and sure of himself. But this time round Mr John Howard never really appeared to settle into the debate and each time he tried to move round a question he was pulled up and either forced to answer or a point made of him not answering.....

To this end Kevin Rudd was a clear winner, not intimidated or scared off in anyway....

However during the broadcast of this event, it did run for 90 minutes, three Television stations had the rights to it.....

ABC the one I watched,
Channel 9, and

Mr John Howard had impossed stricted rules for the debate and one of his condition was no worm.... the worm is used to gauge public opinion on each of the topics and comments raised by either leader....
Channel 9 has the worm, it is their baby and is almost an Australian Icon and therefore refused not to use it.....
During the Broadcast Channel had their debate feed cut not once but twice and in the end had to resort to using sky's feed......

So much for free speech in Australia.....

This goes far beyond the rights of the media this is censorship in all its forms.....

What do you think

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Do you really care?

I was a little shocked the other day by a friend in response to announced of the upcoming Federal Election (November 24 In case you missed it).

What stuck me as odd?
wasn't the, 'oh well lets get on with it,' or the 'oh great election advertisements,' or even 'finally!'.... It was woopy doo!, who cares, big deal.

I take my voting right very seriously ( in case you couldn't guess) and to me it is my resposibility to make sure I vote for the person and party who I think will do best job for the country and us.

So I asked my friend, 'aren't you even interested in what they will say or what they are planning to do?' and he said "No! I have always voted for"****" and I will this time round...."

This prompted the question "why!" and I was told "I can't be bothered thinking about it, the environment will be taken care of and I like my job it pays me the big dollars and so long I have the money coming in that is all I am worried about..."

'What about the Pulp Mill, health, the hospitals, schools and everything else that needs fixing?'

To this the response was even more shallow than I thought possible: 'the pulp mill, will bring jobs, health well if you want it you can pay for it, education my kids are in private school and do well and I don't care about anyting else, because it will be fixed or I will pay for it privately...if people want those other things such as health care they can get a job and pay for it"
This coming from a fellow who is on $60,000 a year and still holds a health care from the government.
What a horrible attitude to have, but it is becoming more and more ingrain in society and in the young, those lucky enough to have a good job that pays well versus those who don't, the gap is almost the size of canyon.

Oh my God! is this what we have become a bunch of selfish, shallow, thoughtless people who have no time for those who need help,
or do we give a dam about what we will leave our kids in the future.....
I hope it is the latter... because the former is tragidy waiting to happen unless we are already there...

Tell Me Do you Really Care?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Inconvenient Facts

Yesterday a British court has determined that Al Gore's schlockumentary "An Inconvenient Truth" contains at least eleven material falsehoods.
It seems a safe bet David Letterman and Diane Sawyer won't be discussing this wouldn't you agree?
For those that haven't been following this case, a British truck driver filed a lawsuit to prevent the airing of Gore's alarmist detritus in England's public schools.
According to the website of the political party the plaintiff, Stewart Dimmock, belongs to (ecstatic emphasis added throughout, h/t Marc Morano):
In order for the film to be shown, the Government must first amend their Guidance Notes to Teachers to make clear that:

1.) The Film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument.

2.) If teachers present the Film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination.

3.) Eleven inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.

So what was the problem with An Inconverient Truth?

  • The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming.The Government's expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.

  • The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years. The Court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.

  • The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that this has been caused by global warming. The Government's expert had to accept that it was "not possible" to attribute one-off events to global warming.
  • The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming. The Government's expert had to accept that this was not the case.

  • The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice. It turned out that Mr Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.

  • The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant's evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.

  • The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.

  • The film suggests that the Greenland ice covering could melt causing sea levels to rise dangerously. The evidence is that Greenland will not melt for millennia.
  • The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting, the evidence was that it is in fact increasing.

  • The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7m causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40cm over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.

  • The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The Government are unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim.

For those in the US who will probably not here about this event will you...You will know that Al Gore was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and you will here all about Climate Change....

So I do think this kind behaviour on the part of those in power do more to harm the Planet than help it.... Al Gore has given the skeptics of Climate Change all the amunition they need and we may all well pay for that in the years to come...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Weld Valley Angel

How to get ahead in TASMANIA
  • Get a Job at Gunns Limited

How to get arrested in TASMANIA

  • Dress as an Angel and Climb a Pole

  • Protest Logging of Old Growth Forests
  • Stop Logging Machinery entering World Heritage Forest
  • Inhibit Gunns Limited entering The WELD Valley to Clean Fell and Burn Old Growth Forest
  • Stand up for your Rights as a citizen of the State.
  • Enter a Protest March against The Tamar Valley Pulp Mill with 30,000 other people.
  • Voice your Objections to Gunns Forestry Policy

What you Can Expect

If a Gunns Employee (there aren't that many) nothing,

  • Not Much at all will happen to you, you are among the very lucky few who have friends in High Places.

If a Protestor

  • You're probably unemployed, a hippy, homeless, and have nothing better to do with your time than make mischief spreading lies about our good friends Gunns Limited. And you should get a hair cut.

  • You will be sued by the State Government, Police Department, Gunns Limited, and any company who has loss one dollar because you climbed a pole and Protested the Raping of an old Growth World Heritage Area.

  • We will Sue you to recover the cost of removing from that very dangerous pole, the loss of production cutting down those horrible trees that are screeming to be woodchipped, loss of income and any other reason we can think off.

If you are marching in the Pulp Mill Protests
  • expect us not to listen to you,
  • to be ignore,
  • your concerns dismissed as scare mungering,
  • and generally not considered in any discission made on Gunns Behalf.
  • Unless it is a Federal Election Year and the Polls are bad,
  • Then the Federal Government will step in and see which decision will earn them more votes and thats the way it will go.

You will Recieve:

  • A Poisoness Pulp Mill.
  • An extra 6 death a year due to respiratory illness
  • Your Marine and Fishing industry Destroyed from Dioxine poisoning
  • The Tourism Industry ruined due to the eyesore
  • Your World Heritage and Prestine Forest cut down
  • These same forests burn out
  • The Death of most of your Endangered Species
  • Poisoning of Forests to be logged
  • Replanting of Forest with Plantations

An addition to this you as a protestor can expect to be:

  • Charged with Protesting as the Tasmania Government is attempting to make peaceful protests illegal.
  • To Be Sued by every company and there dogs
  • Treated like a moron
Protestors have been fighting for years in an attempt to stop logging of old growth forests.

The State Government of Tasmania has decided they will no longer cover the cost of removing Protestors from these areas, which will allow the Gunns the logging company free reign.
Premiere Paul Lennon is attempting to bann Forestry Protestors, to make Protesting illegal.
They have been trying to sueing a protestor, Known as the The Weld Valley Angel and the Forest Angel, they wish to her to pay $2000 part of the cost of Crane, which was used to remove her from a pole. This young girl dressed as a Forest Angel sat on the pole did not hurt anyone, did not speak, did not move. She just sat there frozen and would not come down.
For this she is being sued by the State Government, Gunns Limited and another company for costs and income lost because she was up a pole.
The Full Story on the Weld Valley Angel Click Here:

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

No African Refugees Allowed!

Is this what Australia has become?
Will we allow the Federal Government to shut our borders to people in their greatest time of need?
Why not help them to settle into our communities, Make their government pay for what they have done by way of the United Nations that is what it is there for isn't it!
This would have to be one of the most WORST THINGS the Australian Government has done to date and they have done some pretty bad things! This is right up there!

These fellows are Janjaweed Soldiers and what the refugees are running from.

Lady your on your own and Australia WILL NOT HELP YOU! because you aren't educate enough and wont fit in..... I know you just want somewhere safe to sleep! but well we wont help so too bad!

Kevin Andrews has stated we will increase our intake of Iraqi Refugees from Syria etc..... But America is doing such at good fixing Iraq they should be sent home after all the war ended more than 3 years ago didn't it! SHAME SHAME SHAME

Australia 'closed' to African refugees

The Howard government will not allow any more African refugees into Australia until at least July next year - and may not accept more in the next refugee intake.

News Limited newspapers report that Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews on Tuesday said Australia had already filled its quota for African refugees this year under the humanitarian refugee program.

"We won't be considering any new applications (for African refugees) until June or July next year," Mr Andrews said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Andrews said Sudanese refugees appeared to have "greater challenges" than other migrants who had come to Australia.

Despite the Darfur crisis in Sudan, the Australian government had allocated just 30 per cent of refugee places to Africans this year, down from 70 per cent in 2004-05.

"We were concerned about the rate of settlement of some communities in Australia," Mr Andrews told Southern Cross Broadcasting.

Many Sudanese had lived through a decade of conflict and had lived in refugee camps for long periods, he said.

"Their level of education, on average, is about grade three levels compared to three or four years' more education for most other refugees that have come to Australia," he said.

"We don't do them any service if we bring them to Australia and we're not able to help them properly settle in this country."

Africans would be replaced by Iraqi refugees from Syrian and Jordanian refugee camps and Burmese residents in camps in Thailand, the News Limited report said.

There was no guarantee Africans would be accepted in Australia's next refugee intake, it said.

"Whether we leave it (the quota) at 30 per cent or take it up or down will depend very much on whether we are having success in terms of their integration into the broader community, and what other humanitarian refugee needs there are around the world," Mr Andrews said.