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posted on 02 July 2016

Early Headlines: Wales Stuns Belgium, Shifting Jet Stream Crisis?, Jupiter Aurora, Trump's VP Options, Bernie Shapes Dem Platform, Europe To Raid UK Banks, Putin Warns Finns, Election Day In Oz And More

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Early Bird Headlines 02 July 2016

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.



  • Scientists warn of 'global climate emergency' over shifting jet stream (Independent) Two environmentalists have declared a "global climate emergency" after the Northern hemisphere jet stream was found to have crossed the equator, bringing "unprecedented" changes to the world's weather patterns. Robert Scribbler and University of Ottawa researcher Paul Beckwith warned of the "weather-destabilising and extreme weather-generating" consequences of the jet stream shift. However other scientists dismissed their claims, with one describing their concern over wind crossing the equator as "total nonsense".

  • Stunning Aurora Seen on Jupiter (YouTube) Auroas are produced by the interaction of particle radiation from the sun with a planet's magnetic field. Auroras have been observed on Jupiter which are many times brighter and involve 100 times as much energy as auroras on earth. The NASA Jupiter probe Juno is scheduled to orbit Jupiter on 04 July.


  • Is This Why Hillary Clinton Is Trusted By So Few Americans? (The Daily Beast) Maybe the Clintons really feel that their purity is beyond reproach, their motives beyond question. Maybe that's why they end up in so many circumstances that seem questionable to the rest of us. Econintersect: It could be called arrogance.

  • Gingrich, Christie lead Trump list of vice presidential options (Reuters) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie top Donald Trump's short list to be his vice presidential running mate, sources said, but the candidate is casting a wide net that also includes several U.S. senators and other governors.

  • Bernie Sanders' Message Is All Over Dem Platform Draft (The Daily Beast) A draft Democratic Party's new platform was unveiled online on Friday afternoon - and much of it looks like it was torn right out of a Bernie Sanders stump speech. After it became clear Bernie Sanders wasn't going to be the Democratic nominee, he set his sights on reforming the platform. A new draft shows that he won that battle in many respects.



  • Wales Stuns Belgium (BBC News) Wales upset Belgium 3-1 to advance to the European Championship semifinal against Portugal. This was the first ever semi in a major tournament for Wales. Germany vs. Italy and France vs. Iceland will determine the other two semifinalists today and tomorrow.


  • Islamic State group: Two senior leaders 'killed in US-led air strike' (BBC News) Two senior military leaders of so-called Islamic State (IS) were killed by a US-led coalition air strike near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Pentagon says. They were the group's deputy minister of war, who oversaw Mosul's capture in 2014, and a senior military commander, spokesman Peter Cook said. US-led air strikes have helped Iraqi forces and its allies to push IS back. An offensive to retake Mosul is seen as the next battle for Iraqi forces.


  • Putin hints Russia will react if Finland joins NATO (Reuters) President Vladimir Putin suggested on Friday Russia could move its troops closer to the Finnish-Russian border if Finland joins NATO and called for measures to improve conflict prevention over the Baltic. Finnish armed forces "would become part of NATO's military infrastructure, which overnight would be at the borders of the Russian Federation", Putin said after meeting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. Putin added:

"Do you think we will keep it as it is: our troops at 1,500 (kilometers, 900 miles) away?"


  • Malcolm Turnbull: a prime minister on probation in search of a mandate (The Conversation) Today is election day in Oz. Malcolm Turnbull is a prime minister on probation. He assumed the post by Liberal Party appointment to replace the previous PM Tony Abbott. Saturday's vote will test whether Australians, who for years declared through the polls they wanted him as leader, retain their faith (albeit diminished) in him. And, if he wins, the people's view will send a message to those Liberals who still accept him only reluctantly. But Turnbull needs not just a win - he needs a good victory to establish his authority with public and party.

  • Cheat Sheet for the Australian Double Dissolution Election This Weekend (Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism) YS has contributed to GEI. Here is a summary of political parties in Saturday's national election (if you are not from Oz, you are forbidden to laugh):

Health Australia Party

Rebranding of the Natural Medicine Party, which was probably a better description. Anti-vaxxers, fluoridophobes and homeopaths trying to expand their business via changes to medical legislation.

Seniors United Party of Australia

Finally, a voice in parliament for the wealthiest generation that ever lived.

Family First

But only if your family consists of a white Christian man, a white Christian woman and at least two white Christian children and you believe everyone else is headed straight for hell.

Liberal Democrats

Headed by David Leyonhjelm, who made it into the Senate in 2013 because of a herd of Lib voters being too stupid to correctly identify their preferred party. The Lib Dems are committed Libertarians whose ability to ignore all of the evidence on every possible issue would make any cult proud.

VOTEFLUX.ORG | Upgrade Democracy

Flux (n) - an abnormal or morbid discharge of blood or other matter from the body. Whenever there's a bill before the Senate, you use an app to discharge your opinion into a tame crossbencher and tell him (yes, it's always going to be a him) which way to vote on each bill. Founded by two Bitcoin consultants, and works on the same blockchain principle, whatever the hell that means.


You wake up in an ice bath and realise that your left leg is missing, and Rupert Murdoch tells you that brown people and greenies and reds all conspired to steal your leg and are coming back for the rest of your limbs, but then why is Rupert wearing a blood-stained hospital gown, and why does his left leg look familiar, and there, on the knee, isn't that the scar that you got when you were ten years old and fell off your bicycle?

The Nationals

You wake up in a shed and realise that your left leg is missing, and Rupert Murdoch tells you that brown people and greenies and reds all conspired to steal your leg and are coming back for the rest of your limbs, but then why is Rupert wearing a blood-stained hospital gown, and why does his left leg look familiar, and there, on the knee, isn't that the scar you got when you were ten years old and got kicked by a horse?

Democratic Labour Party (DLP)

If you're an economic progressive yet somehow still a dyed in the wool Christian homophobe, this is the party for you.

Science Party

Formerly the Future Party. They're still naïve, but now they've got a full quiver of policies, mostly geared toward fixing the shitblizzard of the last three years.

Australian Cyclists Party

Does exactly what it says on the box.

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers

This party is like the time I hurt my back a few years ago and thought the problem would go away like it always had before, except it didn't and now I live with chronic back pain.

Voluntary Euthanasia Party

As advertised.

Socialist Alliance

The kind of socialists you can actually have a conversation with.

Rise Up Australia Party

The actual worst. Founded by someone who got thrown out of Family First for too much hate speech, which is like getting kicked out of Labor for not doing anything.


The post-war European centre right party for Australia today.

Online Direct Democracy - (Empowering the People!)

Like VOTEFLUX, but with PollyWeb instead of the Bitcoin blockchain. (If you say that sentence backwards at the stroke of midnight when the moon is full, Lucifer will appear and grant you three votes on bills that will never get up.)

Derryn Hinch's Justice Party

It turns out that this is about Derryn Hinch's notion of justice, not about bringing Derryn Hinch to justice. Which is disappointing. A Federal party campaigning on State issues, implying either ignorance or extreme cynicism. My money is on cynicism.

Jacqui Lambie Network

Anatomically incorrect: the logo is a map of Tasmania, but the policy platform is an arsehole.

Pirate Party Australia

Basically progressive, and I agree with them on most things, but their ideas on intellectual property are anti-artist and their views on tax are just idiotic.

Pauline Hanson's One Nation

Have you ever licked a gallbladder?

Veterans Party

Supporting veterans with no nonsense, no political game playing and absolutely no policies.

Secular Party of Australia

Basically pretty great, but there are a couple of issues where the commitment to secularism starts to look a little like Islamophobia.


I don't agree with everything they say, but I'm not really their target audience. This is essentially the party that the National Party should be.

Socialist Equality Party

Trotskyists. Well-intentioned but fanatical. These are the people who never forgot that Che's real first name was Ernest.

Katter's Australian Party

Uncle Ho and Margaret Thatcher cohabiting in a single mind.

Palmer United Party

The earth will shake violently, trees will be uprooted, mountains will fall, and all binds will snap - Palmer will be free. Palmer will go forth with his mouth opened wide, his upper jaw touching the sky and his lower jaw the earth, and he will swallow Odin in a single gulp. Flames will burn from his eyes and nostrils, and his sons will come after to swallow the sun and the moon.

Citizens Electoral Council

Possibly just straight-up insane. Climate deniers, but economically kinda socialist. Anti-Semitic and possibly white supremacist, but pro-immigration. They also claim that the Port Arthur massacre was commissioned by the British royal family and implemented by a mental health NGO.

Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party

The Eddie the Eagle of befuddled right-wing governance.

Animal Justice Party

Better people than me.

The Arts Party

Sound policies, surprisingly shitty logo. Come on Arts Party, you had one job to do.

Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting)

Fielded candidates for the last six Federal elections. Seventh time lucky, guys.

Mature Australia

Your racist Western Australian aunt.

Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

The party's charter is just a bunch of bible quotes. It's like we're in Pennsylvania in the fucking 17th Century.

Australian Sex Party

Are you turned on by sound economic and social policies with a strong evidence basis? Then number the box and put your ballot in the slot.

Australian Progressives

A broad suite of evidence-based best practice policies that only seems progressive because Australia is such a regressive ideological clusterfuck.

Nick Xenophon Team

A bit far to the right for me personally, but Xenophon has done exactly what an independent senator is supposed to do, and pretty close to exactly what he said he would do. Which is refreshing.

Drug Law Reform

Single issue party focused on treating drug use as a health issue rather than a criminal one. The stance seems well reasoned. It's just a bit hard to take them seriously when their logo is a hemp leaf.

Sustainable Australia

Formerly the Stable Population Party. They want a 'sustainable' population through lower immigration. If they actually cared about sustainability they'd be calling for a lower global population, but instead they're calling for reduced population growth in a country with only 24 million people. Which means that what they are is simply racist.

The Greens

Yes, they wear suits now, but at least those suits are made from sustainable bamboo in a small Liberian social enterprise that sponsors education initiatives for orphaned girls.

Australian Liberty Alliance

Angry Anderson (remember him? didn't think so) vowing to stop the Islamisation of Australia. Last time I checked, Islam was holding steady at 2.2% of the population, so maybe one bald dickhead is all it takes to hold the hordes at bay.

Renewable Energy Party

Single issue, seems good prima facie, but founded by Peter Breen, who was Ricky Muir's only staffer for a time. I can't figure out whether this is a good sign (Breen taught Muir how to be a halfway decent senator) or a terrible sign (how can someone go from the petrolhead party to a renewables party and expect to be believed?).

Marijuana (HEMP) Party

Entirely about legalising weed, and there's no suggestion that they've thought about a policy position on any other issues. My concern is that they'd side with anyone who takes snacks into the chamber.

Anti-paedophile Party

Fair enough, but they're also anti-sex education. So they're imbeciles.

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