Category Archives: Law & Government
A great story from Philip Dorling of The Age, that otherwise might be overlooked in a world saturate with celebrity drivel.
The firs steps towards a new middle eastern nation are being taken today, with Kurdistan beginning sales of oil to Turkey. The Turks have been paying quite high prices for oil lately, so there is at least one satisfied customer but the economic price is just one part of the cost to consider. Iraq is clearly not happy as they feel it is their oil. Kurds might argue Iraq only ever existed (and was created) so that the British could get control of oil and have it delivered to the port of Basra.
The geopolitics of oil now have new factor in the complex equations of diplomacy. If Turkey Joins the EU there will be an oil state on the doorstep of the EU. Could a pipeline from Iran to Europe now be more feasible. Will Kurdish people flood to the newly cemented state?
Just like a new service station opening up in your town or city there are always flow on effect. Everything in the Middle east just got a little more interesting.
Good Luck to the Kurdish people.
Where is Kurdistan?
Kurds already control a region in Northern Iraq, but may want significant parts of Turkey, part of the border region of Iran and even some of Syria and Armenia.
With access to the oil trade some of these wishes may be fulfilled, but like any transaction is there a willing seller, and what will be the price?
Wikileaks consultant and Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid “Anakata” Svartholm has been extradited to Sweden for charges he was aquitted of in his home country. If there was any doubt that Sweden would extradite Assange to the USA, once he was held in Sweden on false rape charges, this has now been dispelled. Sweden has proven with it’s actions, that it wants to crack down hard on activists.
Seemed like an appropriate addition.
Bitcoin sis certainly not dead. This latest price hike is apparently based on Chinese businessmen seeing the real estate market tank and tired of capital flight (and other) laws are moving into Bitcoin. Of course many use Bitcoin as a way of avoiding taxes and regulations, avoiding regulations (and making a deal) is somewhat of a Chinese tradition. You only have to see a Chinese Buddhist monk in the middle of a group ceremonial dance stop dead to answer his mobile phone to know that making an arrangement is a very serious matter. People ate already talking about $10,000USD Bitcoins. Of course there are about 12M bitcoins in circulation and there is a limit of 21M (by 2140), and fiat currencies (like the US Dollar) keeps spewing out more worthless paper and plastic. I doesn’t take a genius to work out scarcity is a fundamental driver of economics.
In trying to get a local take on the bitcoin market I stumbled into this local Bitcoin trader, who ran out of Bitcoins today. I’m sure s/he will try to get more.
Today all over Australia thousands of misinformed people marched for action on climate change. They received mainstream media coverage, had their speeches and what not, but all failed the most important point: CO2 does not, has not, and likely never will create climate change. If atmospheric CO2 ever creates climate change, we will have all died of asphyxiation by that point as the required levels of CO2 required would be toxic to us. We would probably need 100,000 times as much CO2 to get the touted ‘green house’ effect, and honestly where would we get the CO2 from, what would we burn? How could we maintain it in the atmosphere when every photosynthetic plant and animal would be having a bonanza absorbing it.
CO2 up & temperature down, feel that cognitive dissonance!
Any barely competent scientist would tell you the graph shows now relationship between CO2 and temperature.
Today’s marches were testament to the fact that many people can’t tell the difference between real science and propaganda.
As the warmers will be looking to pick this article apart, they may stumble onto the fact I have said some animals are photosynthetic. Technically this is true some bacteria are photosynthetic and are not plants so therefore are animals having animal biology. And there is this much larger example http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/green-aphid-photosynthesis/
Not Safe For Work (NSFW) contains many uses of offensive language.
But it’s an Aussie parody of welfare policy so you’d expect that.
If you learn your 20th century history you will know that Mussolini was Europe’s archetypal fascist leader, the man Adolph Hitler modeled himself on. Nazi Germany was just a better industrialized version of Fascist Italy.
Of course fascism starts with the erosion of basic personal liberties, and greater power for corporations to fuel the war machine. The end is usually large scale death and suffering. Queensland appears to be making the first steps down this perilous path.
There is no guarantee of access to healthcare.
You are forced to get health insurance or pay a penalty (which increases every year).
The cost of health insurance has risen 99% for men 62% for women.
Some people now can’t afford health insurance and pay a penalty and are not insured.