The Rockerfellers, who made their fortune on oil, are divesting $50bn from the fossil fuel industry cause climate change is real. That’s.. interesting. A win for the divesting from fossil fuel movement is always good!
Australia fighting ISIS in Iraq is a bad idea.
1. It makes Australia less safe. It makes us a target for domestic attacks.
2. It makes Australians less safe. Muslim ones. Abbott’s rhetoric, laws and raids are stoking Islamophobia here. In this climate Muslim Aussies are scared to go to school, walk the streets or trust cops.
3. Is Abbott stoking Islamophobia to win votes? Scott Morrison suggested they do just this in 2011 to win votes. It seems with bad poll numbers they might have belatedly taken his advice.
4. Dodgy reasons for military action is not just bad in theory. It makes a real difference to our decisions. eg. the US sped up the sensitive job of setting up a government in Iraq so that Bush had ‘good news’ to tell Americans in the lead-up to the 2004 US election. The impacts of this rush-job, as we all know, have been catastrophic.
5. It’s playing into ISIS’s hands. These public beheadings are meant to entice us to fight them. It’s Sep 11 déjà vu. Terrorists attacked the towers to entice the US into war in the Middle East and tear itself apart. And the US fell for it. We should learn from these mistakes.
6. ISIS also wants our help radicalizing unhappy/unstable Muslims here and overseas. Stoking Islamophobia here with rhetoric, laws and raids will help do that. Let’s not help them.
7. Fighting ISIS is expensive. Abbott says it will cost half a billion a year. Budget emergency?
8. Even with the best of intentions, it’s likely we’ll make things worse. The situation is tricky and we don’t have a clear game plan. What may happen: We bomb them, they hide amongst civilians, we bomb civilians. This happened in the 2003 Iraq War, not to mention Vietnam. Who are our allies there? Who are our enemies? What are we doing to minimize civilian casualties? Is it the same stuff we did in the 2003 Iraq War? Because the number of Iraqi civilian deaths then were enourmous.
In short: fighting ISIS in Iraq likely makes us less safe, Aussie Muslims less safe, our military less safe, and Iraqi civilians less safe. It’s a bad idea.
In the 1930s, Western Australia farmers had an Emu War. That is, the military was deployed to machine guns emus who were making farming difficult. Major Meredith commented that, “If we had a military division with the bullet-carrying capacity of these birds it would face any army in the world.”
New auspol comic! See more here.
I’m interested in all the different ways we dismiss science in our laws. That’s obvious in our (lack of) climate change laws, in our development laws. I never thought about it in our drug laws. Our intellectual property laws are ridiculous - that you can ‘own’ an idea - because ideas are meant to be spread and shared (kinda like germs but not gross) for our species to thrive. But maybe that’s not hard science I dunno.
First day at school, Gaza, Palestine.
this is the most important thing right now.
"عدنا الى مدرستنا رغم الدمار"
"We went back to school despite the destruction"
writes the teacher on the board
(Source: hadeiadel, via mysoulhasgrowndeep-liketherivers)
It’s about 20 degrees cooler in this shade
(Source: katara, via mysoulhasgrowndeep-liketherivers)