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Indonesia: solidarity brings reduced sentence for union leader

The trial of Reni Desmiria (http://www.iuf.org/w/?q=node/6944) , secretary of the SPBMI union of workers at seafood processor Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI) in Lampung, Indonesia, has concluded with her conviction and a reduced sentence. The notoriously corrupt legal system declared her guilty as expected, but faced with campaigns at local, national and international level was forced to reduce the sentence to 4 months with time served.

Elizabeth Warren's Climate Policy

Elizabeth Warren has been releasing a trickle of climate change policy for what feels like 40 or 50 years now, on such hot issues as fossil fuel leasing on public lands and how much greenhouse gases our military bases emit. As much as I like Warren, I've found her approach to climate policy to be extremely irritating.

Now, at long last, she's finally released the meat and potatoes of her plan. Let's take a look at what she has to say.

Media Opinion Nonsense and Actual Climate Change

Somewhat notorious for his selective referencing, Alan Bolt comes first with a frankly weird act of excessive cherry-picking. Interviewing Daniel Fitzhenry, a hydrographic surveyor of NSW, it is noted that the data collected by the tidal gauge at Fort Denison by the Bureau of Meteorology, from 1914 onwards, shows rise and fall within the range of 15 centimetres, but no net overall change. The implication provided is that there is no increase in sea-level overall.

Climate Crisis Town Hall

CNN announces details for climate crisis town hall
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/27/politics/cnn-climate-crisis-town-hall...

Some questions I hope to see:

Indonesia - Life as an Expat Australian

Having lived in Medan, Indonesia for six years my life has changed in many ways. Living in a developing country is confronting for any person from a developed country, but so it should be. I would like to post in Bahasa Indonesia, but my skill with the language is still somewhat limited and I don't think that I would do justice to it at this time. My experiences here have changed my perspective of life, but my belief in social justice and equality is as strong if not stronger than ever.

RK Crosby is not OK

After the surprise election of the Coalition government in Australia in May, the Director of the Centre for Economic Policy research made this rather harmless, but insightful scatter diagram of select demographics and swings.

Tell Chicken of the Sea to take action on human rights violations in its supply chain!

US-headquartered packaged seafood provider Chicken of the Sea promises ‘A Sea of Good’ and likes to talk about sustainability. Its products are well-known throughout the Americas. Like many US seafood companies, Chicken of the Sea sources products from Bumi Menara Internusa (BMI) in Lampung, Indonesia. And BMI is trying to send a brave trade union leader to prison for 6 years. Human rights violations are swimming in the Sea of Good.

Silence about sexism

When Steve Ciobo talked of slitting Julia Gillard's throat, Julie Bishop had nothing to say.

When Peter Reith echoed those words on radio a week later, Julie Bishop had nothing to say.

When Grahame Morris said Gillard should be kicked to death, Julie Bishop had nothing to say.

When Alan Jones said Gillard should be "put into a chaff bag and thrown into the sea", Julie Bishop had nothing to say.

When Tony Abbott held a rally with signs saying “Ditch the Witch” and “Bob Brown’s Bitch”, Julie Bishop had nothing to say.

Period of Change in Yemen?

I'm starting to think I need to figure out what's going on in Yemen. I've mostly been ignoring the conflict, but it looks like it could be approaching a period of change.

Jay Inslee vs Joe Biden

This strikes me as slightly unfair. It is certainly true that the emissions reductions by 2030 matter more than the exact year in was which we reach net zero. (There's expected to be a long period before we reach net zero in which net emissions are extremely low, so a few more years of low emissions won't add substantially to our cumulative emissions. On the other hand, even one more year at our current level of emissions will eat pretty noticeably into our carbon budget.) It's also true that Biden's plan doesn't currently specify a 2030 reduction target.

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