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“Can America remain model of democracy around the world?”

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It’s not my question. It’s the title of Renee Earle’s opinion piece in ‘The Hill’ (15th Jan, 2021). The grammar’s bad… you can’t get good sub-editors these days. She could be asking whether America can remain a model of democracy around the world after the Capitol Hill riots or whether America can remain the model of democracy around the world after the riots.

Only an American would ask that question. The better question is whether America is a model of democracy at all. …


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Feminism’s failure is a tragedy. A movement that might have brought about fundamental social change and a reconfiguration of the relationship between men and women has achieved little, and nothing by way of meaningful change.

Women have asserted their right to fill many positions from which they were excluded and have sometimes gained those positions — though they have generally failed when it comes to occupying the highest positions in business and politics.

But, even here, they have had some success. It’s just that women’s individual success is sometimes a story of Feminism’s failure.

One “success” story, for example, is…


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison — Office of U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Australia’s relationship with the US is the most important aspect of our foreign policy. The relationship between our our Prime Minister and the US President is a crucial part of that relationship.

We’re not alone.

All US Presidents are important to all Australians for the same reasons as everyone else:

The US President is the most influential person in the most influential country in the world.

It doesn’t have the most soldiers, but the US is the most advanced technologically and remains at the top of every list of military powers.

It does have the biggest economy .

Most…


#headingtoMississippi — African-Americans Need to Move to Mississippi to Create a Black State.

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Louis Farrakhan’s right, African-Americans need another strategy. They need their own state.

They’ve talked. They’ve marched. They’ve rallied. They’ve sung. They’ve danced. They’ve protested. They’ve gained educations. They’ve entered politics. They’ve become successful athletes and entertainers. Some have become rich.

But nothing’s changed for most African-Americans.

They’ve even tried a little violence. Tried a little violence against their government, that is. They’ve done plenty of violence to each other, as anyone who studies the effects of oppression expects them to do. You can only punch someone within…


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Dear Nancy,

I’ve been a fool and not recognized your brilliance and majesty.

What you’ve achieved, it’s incredible… you’re more of a leftie than I ever was… you’re the woman of my dreams!

Sorry Red Nancy, I didn’t get it. I criticized you for being just another professional politician milking the system for everything you could get.

I assumed that you had your nose in the trough of donors’ monies and doled out enough to buy off people who we thought were really progressives to stop change. I thought you just bribed people like AOC and Tulsi Gabard so they’d…


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I called myself a ‘Friend of the Virus’ from the beginning. I joked about being the founding member of the VPL, the Virus Protection League. But only to friends I trusted.

I didn’t want people to stay home because of COVID-19. I wanted them to go out and to spread the coronavirus. I wanted it to get into old people’s homes and care facilities where the people who would die from corona virus lived.

It was for the good of future generations.

I accept the warnings of scientists concerning the effects of increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. I also…


This is a crucial moment in human history.

We shut down for the old and unwell.

Can we stay shut down for the young and healthy?

A told us that we had, in , “Only 12 years left to readjust for the 1.5-degree climate change option…”.

To achieve this necessitated “economic transformations at an unprecedented rapidity and scale, centred around the elimination of some 42 Gt of CO2, globally, by 2050.”

The changes required include “a threefold increase in the implementation of low-carbon electricity, from the current 25% share…, along with a dramatic elimination of…


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I know that you’re not reading this. I’m a long way away and I don’t matter. But I just have to put my question out there. I need to know the answer: Why didn’t you make it clearer to your supporters that you would do *anything* not to be remembered in the way Ralph Nader is remembered?

They’re *really* hurting and disillusioned right now. It’s obvious. I can see it from here.

You’re worried about being ‘Ralph Nadered’ when you should be worried about going down in history as the person who crushed the hopes of American progressives and failed…


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[A] 4°C world is not the plausible worst-case, it is the expected outcome of the emissions pathway we are currently on. The worst-case version would be if the 4°C world occurred far sooner than expected. … one of the Royal Society articles, ‘When Could Global Warming Reach 4°C?’… contains this remarkable finding: If we stay near the high emissions pathway, and “If carbon-cycle feedbacks are stronger [than currently modeled], which appears less likely but still credible, then 4°C warming could be reached by the early 2060s in projections that are consistent with the IPCC’s ‘likely range.’”
Joseph Romm, ‘Climate Change…


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[A] 4°C world is not the plausible worst-case, it is the expected outcome of the emissions pathway we are currently on. The worst-case version would be if the 4°C world occurred far sooner than expected. … one of the Royal Society articles, ‘When Could Global Warming Reach 4°C?’… contains this remarkable finding: If we stay near the high emissions pathway, and “If carbon-cycle feedbacks are stronger [than currently modeled], which appears less likely but still credible, then 4°C warming could be reached by the early 2060s in projections that are consistent with the IPCC’s ‘likely range.’”
Joseph Romm, ‘Climate Change…

Ian Cook

PhD. Political scientist at Murdoch Uni for 27 years. Authored books on Australian politics & ‘The Politics of the Final Hundred Years of Humanity (2030–2130)’

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