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I'm tired just following it from afar, I can't imagine how tired you guys are whose lives and those of your loved ones are on the line. *hugs*

For confused non-Americans like myself, best explanation of their shitshow system that I've found - A Zero B.S. Guide To American Healthcare

A couple of links re the failure of the Amendment to pass )
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Those twitter links about how to call Congress have been condensed into a handy pdf HERE
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Guys, here's a way to screw the ACHA, call them - Reconciliation

This guy points out it can be shut down, but the Dems should damn well try everything.
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<a href="">This site has the Senators numbers, links to tweet to them and FB links as well. </a>
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In Australia Labor is the left wing party, and the Liberal National Party (the Liberals) is the right wing conservative party.

THANK EVERYTHING. Labor has won decisively

Eight years of Liberals nightmare over. I would have given up all hope for my state if they'd reelected that fuckwit as Premier again.

Even better, One Nation (which should really just call itself the Racist McRacist Party) looks like it's got nothing! Way to go, WA! One Nation and the Liberals screwed up doing a preferences deal - I don't think EITHER of their voting base were impressed with that *G*

So basically the Premier fucked over WA economy (which took talent cos we had a mining boom) and then planned to sell off state assets like Fremantle Port (FFS) and Western Power to reduce the debt. So there were massive protests about that, yay.

And then there was the the controversial Roe 8 project, which environmentalists have been fighting for years and finally the govt said fuck this shit and started tearing up the Beeliar Wetlands anyway, riding roughshod over regulations and not complying with their management plans. People have been chaining themselves to trees and getting arrested.
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The news has been full of the ‘four Russian warships’ sailing down our coast. My housemate was making fun.

Me – You won’t be laughing this time next week when we’re all speaking Russian.

Been watching Grantchester )
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For those who don't follow Australian politics *g*, our PM just put the smackdown on the Leader of the Opposition, bigtime. This man is VILE. He's a right wing religious nut who believes women don't have the right to 'withhold' sex. Also, fairly importantly for our entire future, is actively working against effective climate change mitigation measures.

Gillard labels Abbott a misogynist 15 minutes of GOLD.

On a more depressing, but entirely unsurprising note, here's a (NSFW) article on “the political persecution of Australia’s first female prime minister” (NSFW images) It stops with me.
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Check out the video the mining industry never expected you to see

This week mining billionaire Gina Rinehart became the largest shareholder in Fairfax, having already bought a stake in Channel Ten. But this new video reveals this move is bigger than one woman’s ambition – it’s part of a coordinated and very deliberate strategy, with climate skeptic ‘Lord’ Monkton seen here advising a room full of mining executives on how the industry must gain control of Australia’s media.
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Most Australians believe gay marriage will happen - Galaxy poll

If she just said “I believe it is wrong” I could respect that, but Julia Gillard’s stance "I think that there are some important things from our past that need to continue to be part of our present and part of our future," makes me think so much less of her. To justify discrimination as “an important thing from our past that needs to be continued” is mindboggling.


Sep. 6th, 2010 06:12 pm
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So, we're likely to have an actual Prime Minister tomorrow. I quite like the way we've been ticking over without one, personally.

And in other news that makes one despair for the future...

Aboriginal land in one of our most fragile ecosystems has just been earmarked for compulsory acquisition by the Western Australian Government. )
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"...we recognise the two fundamental realities we have to deal with: what's happened internationally, and most importantly, Mr Abbott's change in position, his backflip. We'll assess what has occurred over the period up to 2012 where we know that the world will have to deal with what it will do after the first Kyoto protocol period is finished."


Transcript of The 7.30 Report with the Minister for Climate Change - How many times can you say 'Tony Abbott backflip' in one interview?

Because I am both a 'broken idealist' and a conspiracy theorist, I have to believe that KRudd honestly believed he could do all that stuff he said he would, and then he got the job and found out who really has the power.

**Quote from Kevin Rudd on the previous government's failure to act on climate change
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Labor promised prior to the 2007 election that it would repeal the Radioactive Waste Management Act, which allows the Commonwealth to force a dump on the Territory.

On Friday, the Government voted down a Greens motion to repeal the act.

Bhutan \o/

Nov. 26th, 2008 11:44 pm
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Gah, I can't find another link to it. In the middle of this page somewhere near the cheery article about a mob murder in India, is a link to a pretty slideshow of the coronation of the Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the new Bhutanese king.

I do like Bhutan.
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I know this is an old joke, and any resemblance to Kevin Rudd is purely coincidental, but I just love the other delegates reactions.

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I don't talk about this much, because, frankly, I don't know enough and also the thought of being preachy makes me cringe, especially since I am not exactly living sustainably myself.

When it finally sank in just how screwed the world is, I decided to go back to uni to learn Stuff. This semester both my units have been about sustainability, and the more I learn the more I can't believe that most of us are going about our lives ignorant of such frightening facts like the world currently using 20% more resources than it actually has.

I went to a lecture by Carmen Lawrence a few weeks ago, who said that politicians only make short term, unscary decisions, because they reckon they have to cling to power in order to be able to enact any policies at all.

I am trying to keep faith with Rudd, but he's not making it easy. If Obama's for real, my god, what can't the world do?

President-elect Obama - "a new chapter of American leadership on climate change."
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[ profile] thisisbone is quite compelling on the subject of supporting Obama by calling up women and asking them to vote early here

*I* wanted to do it.

Quite a few of my flist have been volunteering and/or generally being quite passionate and participatory. It's all very inspiring.

I just thought I'd mention it.
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Finally, after more than a year of intense lobbying, the Senate will debate laws tomorrow that remove discrimination against same sex couples. The latest word from Canberra is that some politicians who want to keep this discrimination will stall the bill once again with amendments. That's why we'll be walking the halls of Parliament with your petition in hand to convince our pollies to get the job done. We need to make sure this petition is as large as possible. We'll be carrying it with us to convince those wavering on the issue to vote to end discrimination now. Sign the petition


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