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Neil Clark reflects on the mindboggling hypocrisy and double standards of the US and its NATO puppet states. Why are these superbullies so intent on nation wrecking and chaos creation all over the world? Can it be because they seek world domination under a small, secretive elite of Puppet Masters? (LD)
A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were “pro-democracy protestors”.
The US government warned the Ukrainian authorities against using force against these‘pro-democracy protestors’ even if, according to the pictures we saw, some of them were neo-Nazis who were throwing Molotov cocktails and other things at the police and smashing up statues and setting fire to buildings.
Now, just a few weeks later, we’re told that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine are not ‘pro-democracy protestors’ but ‘terrorists’ or ‘militants’.
Why was the occupation of government buildings in Ukraine a very good thing in January, but a very bad thing in April? Why was the use of force by the authorities against protestors completely unacceptable in January, but acceptable now?
I repeat: I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
The anti-government protestors in Ukraine during the winter received visits from several prominent Western politicians, including US Senator John McCain, and Victoria Nuland from the US State Department who handed out cookies (pictured).
But there have been very large anti-government protests in many Western European countries in recent weeks, which have received no such support, either from such figures or from elite Western media commentators. Nor have protestors received free cookies from officials at the US State Department.
Surely if they were so keen on anti-government street protests in Europe, and regarded them as the truest form of ‘democracy’, McCain and Nuland would also be showing solidarity with street protestors in Madrid, Rome, Athens and Paris? I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
A few weeks ago I saw an interview with the US Secretary of State John Kerry who said: ( Click Here ), “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests.” But I seem to recall the US doing just that on more than one occasion in the past 20 years or so.
Have I misremembered the ‘Iraq has WMDs claim’? Was I dreaming back in 2002 and early 2003 when politicians and neocon pundits came on TV every day to tell us plebs that we had to go to war with Iraq because of the threat posed by Saddam’s deadly arsenal? Why is having a democratic vote in Crimea on whether to rejoin Russia deemed worse than the brutal, murderous invasion of Iraq – an invasion which has led to the deaths of up to 1 million people? I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
We were also told by very serious-looking Western politicians and media ‘experts’ that the Crimea referendum wasn’t valid because it was held under “military occupation.” But I’ve just been watching coverage of elections in Afghanistan, held under military occupation, which have been hailed ( Click Here ) by leading western figures, such as NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen as a “historic moment for Afghanistan” and a great success for “democracy.” Why is the Crimean vote dismissed, but the Afghanistan vote celebrated? I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
Syria too is rather baffling. We were and are told that radical Islamic terror groups pose the greatest threat to our peace, security and our ‘way of life’ in the West. That Al-Qaeda and other such groups need to be destroyed: that we needed to have a relentless‘War on Terror’ against them. Yet in Syria, our leaders have been siding with such radical groups in their war against a secular government which respects the rights of religious minorities, including Christians.
When the bombs of Al-Qaeda or their affiliates go off in Syria and innocent people are killed there is no condemnation from our leaders: their only condemnation has been of the secular Syrian government which is fighting radical Islamists and which our leaders and elite media commentators are desperate to have toppled. I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
Then there’s gay rights. We are told that Russia is a very bad and backward country because it has passed a law against promoting homosexuality to minors. Yet our leaders who boycotted the Winter Olympics in Sochi because of this law visit Gulf states where homosexuals can be imprisoned or even executed, and warmly embrace the rulers there, making no mention of the issue of gay rights.
Surely the imprisonment or execution of gay people is far worse than a law which forbids promotion of homosexuality to minors? Why, if they are genuinely concerned about gay rights, do our leaders attack Russia and not countries that imprison or execute gay people? I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
We are told in lots of newspaper articles that the Hungarian ultra-nationalist party Jobbik is very bad and that its rise is a cause of great concern, even though it is not even in the government, or likely to be. But neo-Nazis and ultra-nationalists do hold positions in the new government of Ukraine, which our leaders in the West enthusiastically support and neo-Nazis and the far-right played a key role in the overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected government in February, a ‘revolution’ cheered on by the West.
Why are ultra-nationalists and far-right groups unacceptable in Hungary but very acceptable in Ukraine?
I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
We are told that Russia is an aggressive, imperialist power and that NATO’s concerns are about opposing the Russian ‘threat’.
But I looked at the map the other day and while I could see lots of countries close to (and bordering) Russia that were members of NATO, the US-led military alliance whose members have bombed and attacked many countries in the last 15 years, I could not see any countries close to America that were part of a Russian-military alliance, or any Russian military bases or missiles situated in foreign countries bordering or close to the US. Yet Russia, we are told, is the ‘aggressive one’.
I’m confused. Can anyone help me?
threatened by an ever-increasing number
of American and Nato bases,
is accused of being “aggressive”.
But how would the US feel if it were surrounded
by Russian and Chinese bases?
Neil Clark is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. His award winning blog can be found at www.neilclark66.blogspot.com.
Ratbags Agenda Runs On Fictional Carbon Science
Once again, the high priests of the UN/IPCC have forecast world starvation unless we mend our wicked ways.
According to them, unless we curb our use of oil, gas, coal and meat, the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will soar, the globe will heat up, and food production will plummet.
This is just a rerun of their previous failed forecasts based on academic theories and computer models.
They should have asked practical nurserymen, farmers and meteorologists.
Nurserymen would tell them that if you pump carbon dioxide into a greenhouse the plants grow faster, bigger, more drought-tolerant and more heat-tolerant. Therefore more carbon dioxide will produce more food.
Farmers would tell them that plants grow faster in the warmth of spring and summer and slower in winter. Any warming by carbon dioxide would tend to warm the higher latitudes so the snow line will shift, thus creating more arable land. It would also tend to produce warmer nights, thus reducing frost damage to crops and opening more land to frost-sensitive crops.
Meteorologists would tell them that if global temperatures increase, evaporation from the vast oceans must also increase. What goes up with more evaporation, must come down as more rain or snow. While some areas may become drier, a warmer world is on average a wetter world, producing more food.
There is also no evidence that extra carbon dioxide and warmth will make weather more erratic – in fact the reverse should occur as the global temperature gradient which drives winds and storms will be reduced with more warming at the poles.
Finally, there is no evidence that their climate scares will occur “much earlier than expected”. With global temperatures flat for 17 years, how can warming occur faster than in their previous failed forecasts?
There is no rational basis for claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will add to world starvation – history and science tell us that it would produce a productive green and bountiful world. It is global cooling we have to fear.
On the other hand, there is no doubt that foolish climate POLICIES will produce less food. Policies on ethanol, biomass, carbon-credit forestry and the Kyoto bans on regrowth control, either directly consume food, or reduce the land available for food production. Encouraging and protecting trees at the expense of grasslands is threatening the production of low-cost food from marginal grazing lands and water restrictions are driving irrigators out of business. And to top it off, their taxes and regulatory wars on carbon energy will push marginal farmers and fishermen out of production. The world may indeed see hungry years, but carbon dioxide will not be the cause.
Already they advocate “Meat-free Mondays”. Their anti-food anti-carbon policies will soon result in “Food-free Fridays”.
POOR WONNANGATTA VALLEY
Stockmen are allowed return to depreciated Wonnangatta after a long period of negotiating and pleading, with just 60 experimental cattle to a valley over 10000 hectares of grassed valley floor, open bush and alpine snow gum ecologies of Mt Howitt that was offered eco-services of 1200 cattle to maintain the beauty and serenity of the region. Feed the wildlife and wildflowers, make fire safe the clean beautiful streams alpine herb infused sweet water. Just a token 60 not the 2000+ required to try and retrieve the situation of vegetation chaos as a matter of urgency. Every summer is a bonus for work to retrieve Wonnangatta from certain destruction. Burn the soil the remaining seed, the rocks, the forest the chronic dysfunction of dirty bush from the strangle of fanaticism. The Claytons salvation! Political greed and academic ignorance.
“Feral exotics” lurking in the bowels of parliament parasitising the hallways of democracy have told stockmen not to let their “chomping bovines” stray from the formed road! Cattle are to camp confined “on the road” and the “park staffers are to pick up the cattle dung.” For their gardens? How quaint. While they are at it follow the bushwalking boffins and bureaucrats with a shovel and “poopa-scoopa” plastic bag. By order the gang green Gestapo townie twits with abused public privileged paid positions.
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QLD COURT CLOSES AUSSIE MINING AS FOREIGN OWNED FLOURISH
The Queensland Magistrates Court decision, on Tuesday 8th April, to put a halt to mining by GVK Hancock in the Galilee Basin is a disaster to our economy.
Almost all of our mining reserves (to the shame of successive Federal Governments) are now foreign owned; therefor they must depend upon foreign capital for their development.
Legal decisions mostly reflect the will of the people.
The ALP and now LNP State Governments have treated the land holders and farmers like dirt.
They have removed all of their rights, drilling holes and draining the Great Artesian aquifer. They’ve taken prime agricultural land and given a relative pittance in compensation.
When certain mining companies talk about Australians being lazy and that they should be prepared to work for $320 a week and when they say they are going to fly all of the workforce in from overseas under section 457 visas, Australians will react with anger. This decision is Australians serving notice that they will no longer be treated with contempt.
Mr Katter said that this, along with the ALP LNP Governments refusal to build a multi user Government owned Railway line – provides a clear line in the sand, a line delineating the towering incompetence of Government in Queensland over the last 10 years.
If the ALP and LNP forget their obsessive free market zealotry and had built the Galilee Basin railway line – stopped foreign FIFO – given the land holders a fair go – taken 2% of the coal to provide cheap domestic electricity production – stopped the foreign takeover of our great mining wealth, then we would now be mining the Galilee Basin creating 50,000 jobs earning Qld $4000m a year in payroll tax, mining royalties and rail profits.
The ALP and LNP State Governments have sent the mining industry off to Magnetic Island in a barbwire canoe.
Hon Bob Katter MP, Federal Member for Kennedy
The following release was first issued on 22 July 2008. The CEC is reissuing it today, because Australia’s energy security is under assault from multinational oil companies and predatory speculators. The oil oligopoly is systemically shutting down Australia’s fuel refineries, to leave the nation at the mercy of imports. Predatory speculators in London and Amsterdam are keeping the price of oil artificially inflated. This reissued release explains that the only way Australia will preserve its energy security is by nationalising the oil and gas industries.
The speculation-driven skyrocketing price of petroleum is savaging all Australian citizens, and destroying our agricultural and trucking industries, among many others. This crisis is orchestrated, not only through the Amsterdam spot market, where hundreds of “paper barrels” of oil are bought and sold for every actual barrel produced, but also here at home, through the collusion of both Coalition and ALP governments with the British Imperial energy/raw materials cartel over the past two decades or more. Our continent and surrounding waters contain some of the world’s greatest deposits of oil and gas, literally oceans of it, while hundreds if not thousands of on-and offshore oil wells have been drilled and just capped, in order to create an artificial shortage.
Therefore, to protect the Common Good of this country, both in the present international hyper inflationary crisis, and to secure Australia’s future, the Citizens Electoral Council calls for the nationalisation of all our oil & gas deposits, together with our raw materials in general. We must establish an Australian National Resources Company (ANRC), to control, protect and develop our almost-unimaginable wealth in energy and raw materials, which is presently being looted by Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Shell, BP, etc.. The September 2008 issue of the Citizens Electoral Council’s New Citizen newspaper will contain our full proposal for the ANRC. Here, we merely highlight crucial aspects respecting the so-called “oil crisis”.
Oil can be, and is now being produced in this country for $5 per barrel. Here it is from the horse’s mouth, in a briefing given by Mike Yeager, Chief Executive of BHP Billiton’s Petroleum Sector on 7 May 2008: “We’re right now sitting at $5 [production price per barrel] … That’s how we’re able to, to contribute these extraordinary returns and extraordinary margins to our corporation—something we’re very, very pleased with.”
Allowing for refining and distribution costs etc., and retail margin, a $5 per barrel production cost would translate into an approximate petrol/diesel cost of 25 cents per litre, before tax. As for excise taxes, their purpose is nominally to fund road maintenance; in reality, they are not only poured into General Revenue (and not mainly used for road maintenance), but are highly regressive, and therefore should be scrapped. Road maintenance, like other major infrastructure, should be funded out of a Capital Budget, as distinct from the Government’s annual Operating Budget.
While the Coalition/ALP governments provide hundreds of millions or billions in taxpayers funds to British or British-controlled companies to develop oil and gas fields, those governments demand almost nothing in return. Yeager: “In the deep-water Gulf of Mexico and in Western Australia, we pay very, very small royalties. We keep the majority of the barrels ourselves… So, we keep all the upside. If these barrels were in Algeria or some other place of the world, then you’d be sharing that upside with the Government.”
Numerous experts, such as Marita Bradshaw, Senior Petroleum Adviser to Geoscience Australia, and Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), have repeatedly stated that Australia’s natural gas deposits are so huge that Australia could soon be the second or third largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, “another Qatar”.
Putting aside that oil is often found along with natural gas, the AusGeo News observed in March 2005, regarding petroleum, “The continent and its marine jurisdiction are vastly underexplored; only 8000 wells have been drilled and many offshore basins have never been tested.” Surveying the state of Australia’s oil industry, The Australian reported on 14 April 2007, “In terms of offshore frontier basins [i.e. prospective oil fields] Australia has the largest spread and largest variety of any country in the world. There is little doubt that Australia has barely scratched the surface in terms of petroleum exploration.”
This crisis has been orchestrated, both by lack of government policy to develop oil and gas, and because hundreds or even thousands of oil wells which have been drilled, have been “cased and suspended”, as reported by dozens of individuals active in the industry and even partially by the government itself, as in Geoscience Australia’s 2006 report, “Oil and Gas Resources of Australia 2004”, among other sources.
Consider: In 1985, Australia produced 96% of all its crude oil needs through domestic production. Then, consider the following two reports, which document the devastating effects of this Australian government collusion with the British cartels in the ensuing years:
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that Australia’s “net oil imports in 2000 averaged only 65,000 bbl/d, or 7 percent of total consumption”, then hit 39% of total consumption by 2006 (362,200 bbl/d of 925,000 bbl/d), but “The Australian government expects petroleum import dependency to increase to around 80% in 2010.” (emphasis added)
APPEA Chief Executive Belinda Robinson on 24 June 2008 reported that Australia actually had had a small net surplus of petroleum in 2000, but that went to “a deficit of about $13.7 billion in 2007”. Furthermore, she said, “Assuming no increase in refining capacity in Australia [which is entirely controlled by the oil cartel—ed.], that could blow out to $28 billion by 2017…” (emphasis added)
As Australians, we must decide: Will we continue as a typical, ever more immiserated British colony looted for its raw materials resources, or shall we become, at long last, a sovereign nation state securing the Common Good for all of its citizens?
Citizens Electoral Council of Australia