Liu Xiaobo Has Died

Photo credit: Committee to Protect Journalists

Some of you may ask, who was Liu Xiaobo?

A Chinese scholar, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

A proponent of human rights, someone who called for political reform in China. Someone who was brave enough to campaign for political rights – indeed, for the end of single-party rule in China. Someone who was made a political prisoner, convicted in 2009.

He died of liver cancer today.

Requiesce in pace

Why is this important?

Because we all know what happens to a country when critics are silenced.

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1,011 thoughts on “Liu Xiaobo Has Died

    • The look on Abbott’s face! And Fizza seems totally oblivious, as he is to just about everything.

    • It’s an old salesman’s ploy to ignore the alternate product or service, it’s supposed to be a position of primacy.
      Let’s face it, Turnbull is Prime Minister and Tony will not be Prime Minister again, he will probably lose his seat at the next election, rumour has it that Turnbull donations bailed Tony out in 2016. Was that money well spent?

    • I don’t mind, I’m still going to click on a link or a tweet if it’s something that interests me.

    • Excellent timing and most reassuring. Recently the Chechen leader mention the Russians “Perimeter” ‘Doomsday Device” had been activated. An article from 2009 on it. The crazy thing was that this uber deterrent was kept secret rather than let word out and so be an uber deterrent.

      Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine

      https://www.wired.com/2009/09/mf-deadhand/

  1. Geez –

    President Donald Trump plans to nominate his longtime campaign aide Sam Clovis to head science at the US Department of Agriculture, despite the fact that Clovis lacks a background in science and a congressional rule maintains that the role must be filled “from among distinguished scientists.”

    Clovis, who has been serving as senior White House adviser to the USDA since Trump took office, has a background as an economics professor and a former talk radio host, but he has no formal background in the hard sciences

    https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/07/21/politics/clovis-nominated-to-usda/index.html

  2. Well, there you go –

    I have been banned from IA. No dissent will be tolerated, apparently.

    • And now I’m not banned. A very rude email from Mr Donovan claiming he can’t find me on his banned list and it’s all a Disqus glitch. Hmmm.

      He says my posts were deleted because they contained ‘an untruth’. and he won’t have comments that ‘mislead’ on “an excellent and well-researched article”. I think he objected to the words “conspiracy theory” because he says he found them “‘personally offensive”.

  3. A very nice ad from a well known Kiwi bread maker. Even better as it was filmed in a hall up my part of the world. gg uncle owned the pub, the legendary Puhoi pub 🙂 Anyway they invited a number of guests to a breakfast in the hall. Each guest was given a plate with writing on it describing some amazing feat. Guests would try and guess who it was at the table.Things like “Stood between a whale and a harpoon” . As you may imagine the people “owning up” are not who you would thik they would be judging by looks.

    The link is to the newspaper article but it has the 3 minute video. Turning out to be a hit.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11893193
    .

  4. Gravel (@lynsan)

    UnZud adverts have really produced some good stuff since this ad won a world award for adverts. It set the bar

    .
    Next mega hit. The Gigilene version 🙂

    And of course the Air UnZud series

  5. Kaffee

    That Bugger one, I always thought it was Aussie, so there you go, as they say, you learn something new every day.

    Had three weeks in NZ in the mid 80’s, loved all the local news and shows, don’t remember watching any ads, but that was probably because they were as good as the actual shows were.

  6. Diddums.

    LNP politician claims ‘Major gender imbalance’ in board with more women

    An LNP politician has questioned how Queensland’s new Parole Board can be considered “diverse” when it has more women than men.

    Opposition Corrective Services spokesman Tim Mander asked Minister Mark Ryan how the new Parole Board was “diverse” when there was a “major gender imbalance”, with 68 per cent of appointees female and “only 32 per cent male”

    http://amp.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/lnp-politician-claims-major-gender-imbalance-in-board-with-more-women-20170720-gxffgi.html

  7. Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria

    Over the last seven years, several billion dollars’ worth of armament has been illegally introduced into Syria – a fact which in itself is enough to disprove the myth according to which this war is a democratic revolution. Numerous documents attest to the fact that the traffic was organised by General David Petraeus, first of all in public, via the CIA, of which he was the director, then privately, via the financial company KKR with the aid of certain senior civil servants. Thus the conflict, which was initially an imperialist operation by the United States and the United Kingdom, became a private capitalist operation, while in Washington, the authority of the White House was challenged by the deep state. New elements now show the secret rôle of Azerbaïdjan in the evolution of the war.

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article197144.html

  8. An Arms Pipeline to the Syrian Rebels

    More than 160 military cargo flights for Syria’s rebels, mostly from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have landed in Turkey and Jordan since January 2012.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Trump has gone even more troppo!
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/trump-says-he-has-complete-power-to-pardon-as-russian-investigation-intensifies-20170722-gxgqtb.html
    In a long discussion Paul McGeough tells us how Justine Damond’s killing could change police culture in the US.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/will-justine-damonds-killing-change-police-culture-in-the-us-20170720-gxflsa.html
    Lenore Taylor says that the inadequacy of unemployment benefits has been accepted pretty much across the board, but Tudge is now trying to define the problem away.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/22/alan-tudge-waves-his-wand-and-turns-welfare-debate-upside-down
    Michael Short laments the mess our politics have gotten into.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-can-no-longer-tell-our-left-from-our-right-20170720-gxf00g.html
    The UK Brexit negotiations are powered by little more than hope.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/22/uk-brexit-negotiators-powered-by-hope-little-else
    Ross Gittins with a positive outlook on jobs with differing cognitive structure.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/human-factor-keeping-jobs-growth-alive-and-well-20170721-gxfthl.html
    Labor is preparing to put a compromise technology known as fibre-to-the-kerb at the centre of its plans for the National Broadband Network should it win the next election. Labor communications spokeswoman Michelle Rowland said the opposition still favours its original fibre-to-the-premise technology, but accepted its options are limited given the network will be almost finished by the next election.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/realities-on-the-ground-labor-to-embrace-compromise-fibre-option-for-nbn-rollout-20170721-gxg3zm.html
    Paul Malone writes that the decision to create a super security department and the suggestion that Australia should have its own space agency must be generating whoops of joy in the bureaucracy-generation business.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/space-agency-super-security-department-mean-more-time-wasted-in-meetings-20170720-gxeyq8.html
    Prominent conservatives within the Coalition are split over whether to hold a postal vote plebiscite on same-sex marriage to stymie a push by Liberal moderates for a conscience vote on the issue. What a useless waste of money THAT would be!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/samesex-marriage-conservatives-split-over-postalvote-plebiscite-20170720-gxfmzu.html

  10. Section 2 . . .

    In a piece of bureaucratic prose that would do the writers of ABC’s television’s public service mockumentary Utopia proud, Australia’s foreign affairs department has told a recently departed officer she is unable to learn of the outcome of a harassment complaint she lodged due to “privacy reasons”.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/a-utopia-moment-in-foreign-affairs-when-life-imitates-art-20170722-gxgj0w.html
    Praise through gritted teeth from Abbott?
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-praises-malcolm-turnbull-for-backing-party-reform-20170722-gxgiry.html
    Imre Salusinszky has a humorous look at various Premier’s Challenges.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-praises-malcolm-turnbull-for-backing-party-reform-20170722-gxgiry.html
    Could cricket collapse if the Ashes, and the summer, is scuttled?
    http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/could-cricket-collapse-if-the-ashes-and-the-summer-is-scuttled-20170722-gxgj95.html
    Russia’s ambassador to Washington was overheard by US spy agencies telling his bosses that he had discussed campaign-related matters, including issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race. Tick tick . . . .
    http://www.theage.com.au/world/russian-ambassador-sergei-kislyak-discussed-us-campaign-with-jeff-sessions-20170722-gxgjwj.html
    There is a growing gap between the infrastructure investment that our inner and middle ring in Melbourne is receiving, and that which is being directed to the growth areas. Peak-hour commuters coming in and out of the overcrowded CBD train lines feel this every day. But the infrastructure backlog gets worse in the areas that need this investment most.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-the-victorian-governments-spare-500-million-should-be-spent-20170721-gxfv1n.html
    Jess Irvine has a quirky look at the citizenship rules for MPs.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/i-would-like-to-announce-my-candidacy-for-us-president-in-2032-20170721-gxga3f.html
    Karen Hardy on the phenomenon of workplace relationships.
    http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/why-you-shouldnt-sleep-with-a-work-colleague-20170718-gxder8.html

  11. Section 3 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Reg Lynch and citizenship qualifications.

    Matt Golding with His Spudship.

    Mark David at the NSW Liberal Party convention.

    Paul Zanetti and the politics of birder protection.

    Sean Spicer finally lets go.

    Matt Golding also marks Spicer’s departure.

    As does Alan Moir.

    Andrew Dyson with the new rage of fidget spinners.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/andrew-dyson-20090819-epqv.html
    Ron Tandberg sees through the elevation of His Spudship.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html
    Mark Knight cruels the Greens again.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/17be7c1c4517335be6ed7fe32d80de26?width=1024

  12. BK

    Russia’s ambassador to Washington was overheard by US spy agencies telling his bosses that he had discussed campaign-related matters, including issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race

    The problem is BK that sort of contact is and has been SOP for many a long year. Both campaigns will be contacted by or contact countries when an issue on the respective campaign platform may or will affect them. Australia also had such “secret meetings” during the campaign re refugees.

  13. Bill did good, except for the rubbish about stopping people drowning at sea. I really, really wish Labor would stop peddling that line. Australian policy has seen the death by murder or medical neglect of at least four refugees on Manus Island, has ruined the health of hundreds more on both Nauru and Manus and will leave those who survive to be resettled suffering PTSD for the rest of their lives. That’s a heavy price to pay for pandering to the racisim of Australian voters.

    I’d really like to give Cassidy a good boot up the arse though. He is an abysmal interviewer when it comes to Labor, always trying for the gotcha. Bill handled it all beautifully.

    • “those who survive”

      I can’t see any of them surviving if they’re supposed to be let out “free” in lands, PNG and Nauru, whose people despise them. It sounds like a lost cause to me.

      And yes Cassidy is a despicable interviewer.

      The drowning at sea … such an hypocrisy!

    • Bill is still clinging to the idea of resettlement in the US or somewhere else. It will have to be ‘somewhere else’ because the US is never going to take more than a token few. The other day there was this, the latest in a string of excuses from the US –

      US may deny resettlement of hundreds of Tamils on Nauru, Manus amid anti-terror laws

      Australia will need to find an alternative home for a large number of Tamil asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus expected to be denied entry to the United States under sweeping anti-terror laws.
      There are roughly 240 Tamils on Nauru and Manus Island, from where America has agreed to take up to 1,250 refugees

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-20/us-may-deny-resettlement-of-hundreds-of-tamils-on-nauru,-manus/8726034

      That ‘up to’ is the giveaway. No-one has ever confirmed that number, it’s just something thrown around by the media.

    • A shocking number of people are terrified of asylum seekers being settled in Australia, I know an elderly hungarian Jew who is offended at people calling Manus and Nauru concentration camps or seeing any similarities between muslims and jews. And the red neckery of more northerly rural areas is worse

      I am disappointed, but I can see why Bill Shorten won’t change his stance on asylum seekers. I hope that when Labor win the election that the policy on asylum seekers is rewritten.

      Didn’t Shorten say that if Abbott hadn’t blocked the Malaysian then we could have settled 800 refugees in NZ in the past 4 years (or is that just my wishful memories)

    • I don’t think the US will settle more than a handful of refugees. They won’t be muslim and they wont be from the middle east or any war zone with american involvement

    • I think that’s just your wishful memories.

      This morning Shorten said this –
      “The Liberals could helped with the Malaysia Solution. That would have I suspect, prevented some of the deaths.”
      http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/content/2016/s4706408.htm

      Shorten still; hopes NZ will take some refugees, but this government believes NZ id too nice a place for refugees and sending anyone there would encourage people smugglers. NZ still has its offer to take around 150 refugees open, but our government won’t have a bar of it.

      The haters have forgotten something – the refugees on board the Tampa were all eventually brought to Australia and New Zealand, quietly, without any hate-filled media scaremongering at all, and many are now citizens.
      http://www.news.com.au/national/these-are-the-people-australia-didnt-want–the-controversial-tampa-refugees-reveal-life-now/news-story/fa596f8167daf7e2641694c4b975f6bc

      Heaven knows how they must feel today when they hear Dutton and Co spewing hate about refugees.

  14. Kaffeeklatscher,

    In honour of your magnificent Adolph Kipfler, you are hereby awarded The Pub’s newly-created top honour:

    • Selling off the MMBW resulted in Melbourne losing its long term planning.

      Lack of long term planning means no long term planning for schools, hospitals, health centres, road systems, railways and bus lines as well as running out of water and probably food as our last reliable farmland is turned over to housing estates.

      I grew up in the outer suburbs where there weren’t enough classrooms, the bus service was non existent between 7pm and 7am, the roads were unmade – but that was fun and educational watching the road works. Planning was so poor we didn’t have the third grade reader because not enough were printed so Ann & I used an earlier edition printed in 1942. To be fair to the Education Department they knew our school used SRA Reading Laboratories

    • Fiona

      The word “commodification” is far far too polite and understated. It is more a systematic organised theft of public property, public good and of people’s living standards/environment inflicted on we ‘peasants’ by venal pollies on behalf of amoral rent seeking greedy scum. …………………………..or something like that anyway .

  15. What the (expletive deleted)!

    Brisbane’s Mater hospital defends backing coalmine advertising campaign
    Doctors outraged over hospital putting its name to advertising for New Acland mine, saying it sends the wrong message amid coal health concerns

    The chairman of the Mater Group board is Brian Flannery, a prominent mining entrepreneur and BRW rich lister who is also the managing director of White Energy, which aims to become “a major player in the production of cleaner and more efficient coal”.

    The hospital board’s deputy chair is Flannery’s fellow White Energy director Terence Crawford.

    A third White Energy director, Vince O’Rourke, who is also a director of the thermal coal producer Yancoal Australia, is also on the Mater board. The trio’s industry links are detailed on the hospital’s website. It is unclear whether those individuals were involved in the decision to support New Hope.

    The Mater, believed to be the only major Queensland hospital that still burns coal on site to carry out sterilisation and other activities, is a longtime customer of New Hope.

    The advertisements are part of a campaign by New Hope that one advertising industry figure estimated has cost more than $200,000, and which had previously prompted a complaint to the consumer watchdog.

    “I’m sure [New Hope] thought it was a coup to get a hospital logo on their ad,” King said. “It looks like they were desperate to get some health/green-washing to give them some approval to get the social licence for such a thing.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/22/brisbanes-mater-hospital-defends-backing-coalmine-advertising-campaign

    I suppose it’s a way to guarantee a constant stream of patients – keep on polluting the air and the water supply.

  16. So, he does not wish to “hypothesise” about the “very real possibility”.

    Tasmania’s Premier says he is “very concerned” about the “very real possibility” of voters delivering a hung parliament at the next state election.

    Polling commissioned by NewsCorp shows Tasmania could again be heading towards a hung parliament, with the Liberals struggling to reach the 13 seats needed for majority.

    Will Hodgman said he was “very concerned” by the prospect.

    The Liberals have made a commitment not to strike a deal with an independent or minor party.

    Mr Hodgman was asked what his party would do if it was reduced to minority, having ruled out any power-sharing deal.

    “I don’t even want to hypothesise about what may or may not happen at the next election,” he said.

    The poll of 2,800 people also found Opposition Leader Rebecca White had a narrow lead over Mr Hodgman as preferred premier.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-23/tasmanian-premier-worried-about-prospect-of-hung-parliament/8735742

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