Gaping holes in Wiluna #uranium plan demand it be rejected – Greens #australia

Gaping holes in Wiluna uranium plan demand it be rejected – Greens
Media Release, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, Robin Chapple MLC. Monday October 31st

Toro Energy’s bid to mine uranium at Wiluna has raised a series of unanswered questions, WA Greens warned today.

In his submission to the Environmental Protection Authority, Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam identified a several alarming holes in company’s impact assessment of the proposed mine.

“Only the first iteration of this project is being assessed. This project should not proceed until there is a full public inquiry as provided for under the Act into the wider environmental and public health consequences of uranium mining in WA, and full disclosure by the company as to the real scope of the project. This company has multiple targets on dozens of tenements across the north-east goldfields.”

Senator Ludlam said Toro’s application was startlingly incomplete.

“The company does not yet know from where it will source 35 million tonnes of groundwater over the proposed 14 year life of the mine. It does not yet have a coherent proposal for transporting the radioactive concentrate thousands of kilometres to the port of Darwin. Toro has not yet undertaken a formal assessment of security risks, despite acknowledging potentially high risks in the transport phase, and there has been no high volume air sampling for much of the 2010 sampling period.

“A formal agreement with Aboriginal Traditional Owners has not been signed and the mandatory heritage mapping survey has not yet been completed.

“Toro has not revealed estimates of future mine closure liability and has not submitted a final rehabilitation plan. This is remarkable given the company intends for post-closure liability to pass to Australian taxpayers only 10 years after mining ceases, though the consequences of the mine will endure for many centuries.”

Greens WA member for the mining and pastoral region Robin Chapple MLC said the “original EIS in March 1981 of the failed Lake Way project identified the need to build a new bore field for the Town of Wiluna as the water draw done would have posed a risk to the community. There is no such commitment or acknowledgment in the current referral relating to water drawdown or contamination”.

Senator Ludlam said it is ridiculous that the EPA is still precluded from considering the wider consequences of uranium exports – and restricted to assessing only the domestic impacts of the project.

“Australia’s general approach involves approving exports of this material while refusing any liability for the risks inherent in fissioning the product in reactors, let alone contemplating the fact our uranium exports facilitate diversion of other sources into nuclear weapons production.

“If the events following the triple-meltdown in Japan have taught us anything, it is that the calculated ignorance of Australian policy makers as to the consequences of this trade is no longer supported by the majority of Australians, and should be brought within the remit of the EPA.”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

#OWS gets a noted ally: Dr. David Suzuki endorses the Occupy Movements

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OWS gets a noted ally: Dr. David Suzuki endorses the Occupy Movements

by TooDamnEZ

David Susuki

Dr. David Suzuki endorses the Occupy Movements of The World and slams the system of corruption where "Corporate Greed" is controlling the society of all peoples of the world. Destroying humanity and our entire planet in the process. People simply must wake up and end this fools game! All groups with issues about society, the environment, health care, seniors, what have you. You are only fighting one symptom and will never will the real battle. A government which is no longer really listening, it’s their way regardless of the harm it inflicts on innocent taxpayers. They are our servants, we pay their wages / their benefits / their vacations, and we also pay for their mistakes, dearly. End this fools game, All groups come together and support the Occupy Movement in your area. Their goal is the head of the beast causing all your problems & theirs. Get the bigger picture, it’s not about you. It’s about us, all of us who breathe air. United we stand, divided we fall. Plain and simple. Stand up together and we all will win !

David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC, OBC (born March 24, 1936) is a Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist. Suzuki earned a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961, and was a professor in the genetics department of the University of British Columbia from 1963 until his retirement in 2001. Since the mid-1970s, Suzuki has been known for his TV and radio series and books about nature and the environment. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science magazine, The Nature of Things, seen in over forty nations. He is also well known for criticizing governments for their lack of action to protect the environment.

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A long time activist to reverse global climate change, Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990, to work "to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us." The Foundation’s priorities are: oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and Suzuki’s Nature Challenge. He also served as a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association from 1982-1987.

Suzuki was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2009

TooDamnEZ | October 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Tags: Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Climate change, David Suzuki, Nature o f Things, Right Livelihood Award, Suzuki, University of British Columbia, University of Chicago | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p1UwKe-5k

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#Anonymous Speaks: A message to injured ex-Marine Scott Olsen of #OccupyOakland @occupymarines

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Anonymous Speaks: A message to Scott Olsen of Occupy Oakland

by TooDamnEZ

Scott Olsen

Scott Olsen, it has come to our attention that you have been critically injured by the Oakland Police Department for standing up for the American peoples’ First Amendment Rights. The honor and courage you have displayed on the battlefield is only overshadowed by the cowardice and dishonor displayed by those who have committed these inhumane crimes against you. As you stand in solidarity with the people of the world, Anonymous stands in solidarity with you Scott. A bullet to the head of our brother is a bullet to the head of us all. We may not share the physical pain and hardships you are enduring, but know that we feel the emotional turmoil that comes along with this injury that being inflicted on you has been inflicted on all free Americans.

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Disclaimer:As with all messages of this type, the validity of it’s authorship has yet to be ascertained

TooDamnEZ | October 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p1UwKe-5e

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#PBS NewsHour and the One Percent #journalism #media #news #occupywallstreet via #FAIR – Fairness In Accuracy & Reporting

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

Action Alert

NewsHour and the One Percent

PBS newscast presents the upside of inequality

10/27/11

With protesters around the country speaking out against income inequality, public television’s flagship newscast made time on October 26 for the pro-inequality side to be heard, featuring a guest who invoked a phony Abraham Lincoln quote to make his case.

PBS wonders: Does Inequality Have a Good Side?NewsHour anchor Jeffrey Brown explained that in the segment, correspondent Paul Solman "gets a contrarian view, suggesting inequality in a free market system may not be as bad as advertised."

The guest was New York University law school professor Richard Epstein, who presented a John Stossel-style view of the economy: "Inequality creates an incentive for people to produce and to create wealth," raising taxes on the wealthy would harm the economy, and the "fundamental truth is the tax system is more redistributive than it was before… and the regulatory burden on the economy is vastly greater." PBS should have disclosed that Epstein is also a director at Global Economics Group, a corporate consulting firm that advises on issues like financial regulation and employment law.

When asked if the top one percent have too much control over the political system, Epstein replied:

Of course they have a disproportionate impact, but that doesn’t mean that they control it. They also ought to have it.

The last thing you would want to do in any kind of sensible society is to have a set of rules in which one man/one vote dictates over every issue.

The piece closes with Epstein invoking Abraham Lincoln:

I’m going to quote Abraham Lincoln, because I like to do that–which is, he said, quite rightly, that you do not make the poor rich by making the rich poor.

The NewsHour should, at the very least, tell its viewers that this quote is a well-traveled hoax. It’s been falsely attributed to Lincoln for the better part of a century, and has been debunked almost as long. The New York Times (8/19/92) and CNN (8/19/92) pointed out that Lincoln hadn’t said those words when Ronald Reagan misquoted him in a 1992 speech. In 1996, Rush Limbaugh admitted that he too had falsely attributed the quote to Lincoln (Extra!, 4/10).

Even better, the NewsHour could explain to viewers why it’s so eager to present segments that portray economic inequality as no big deal. Brown’s introduction called this a "contrarian" view, but defending inequality is hardly contrarian in elite media–including on the NewsHour.

On September 21 Solman presented a segment featuring American University economics professor Robert Lerman, who was critical of a previous NewsHour broadcast for apparently being too one-sided: "It would be nice if there was more equality, but let’s not overdo it." Lerman’s point was that seniors enjoy vast riches in the form of Social Security and Medicare (FAIR Blog, 9/23/11). The segment included a visit to a nursing home, where Solman informed one resident that "Medicare is like a stash of wealth that you’re now drawing on."

Public broadcasting is supposed to be dedicated to showcasing viewpoints that "would otherwise go unheard" in commercial media. Voices championing inequality are heard loud and clear in the corporate media; public television should be doing something different.

ACTION:
Tell the PBS NewsHour to issue a correction explaining that guest Richard Epstein invoked a false Abraham Lincoln quote to support his pro-inequality argument. And ask the show why it is so eager to feature one-on-one interviews with guests who downplay–if not outright celebrate–economic inequality.

CONTACT:
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Phone: 703-998-2150

TAKE ACTION!

ACTION:

Tell the PBS NewsHour to issue a correction explaining that guest Richard Epstein invoked a false Abraham Lincoln quote to support his pro-inequality argument. And ask the show why it is so eager to feature one-on-one interviews with guests who downplay–if not outright celebrate–economic inequality.

CONTACT:
PBS NewsHour
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Phone: 703-998-2150

Please post copies of your letters in the comments section on the FAIR Blog

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Help protect #australia #indigenous Rock Art, older than the pyramids, under threat from resource dev. – FARA: Forthcoming events

FORTHCOMING EVENTS
For FARA supporters

Saturday 5 November: FUNDRAISING ART SALE

Small Aboriginal artworks by Yindjibarndi artists, Yuendumu artists and Loreen Samson. All great and at bargain prices! Good for Christmas presents.

Where: TAFE Showcase Gallery, Cnr Aberdeen & Beaufort Streets, Northbridge
When: 2 – 4:30pm, refreshments provided

For a preview of selected works see our interim website www.rockart.net.au. Apologies to those out of town but we will upload any remaining works on the website after the sale for you to purchase….


Saturday 19 November: STRATEGIC PLANNING DAY 2011

John Black returning for a review and follow-up planning session. All welcome!

Where: Robin Chapple’s office, 41 Havelock Street, West Perth
When: 1:30 – 5pm, refreshments provided

We have achieved so much in the last year and this is our chance to set priorities for 2012 that extend our efforts to secure the protection of the precious Burrup rock art. Please RSVP for catering purposes.


Tuesday 22 November: FARA AGM

Come and hear all about our exciting achievements! Consider joining the Committee and sharing in the real action.

Where: Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth
When: 7 – 8:30pm, a small plate would be much appreciated

REMEMBER: Join or renew your membership of FARA ASAP. You can pay on the night. Please RSVP.


6th ANNUAL BURRUP TOUR

Now extended to nine days!

When: 11-19th August, 2012
Price: $1950 ($250 deposit due by May 1st)
Contact: June Moorhouse at contact or 0418 920 435

If you had a great time on the tour – spread the word ASAP as we have a substantial waiting list already.

Best wishes to all and hope to see you at these events
Judith Hugo
Co-convenor, Friends of Australian Rock Art
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0439 090 321

Friends of Australian Rock Art Inc.