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A world redrawn: US coronavirus response fatally ‘chaotic,’ says Noam Chomsky

first_imgQuestion: How do you read the current situation in the United States, where coronavirus has killed more residents than any other nation in the world?Answer: There’s no coherent leadership. It’s chaotic. The presidency, the White House, is in the hands of a sociopathic megalomaniac who’s interested in nothing but his own power, electoral prospects — doesn’t care what happens to the country, the world. The president himself has said that it’s none of his business. He’s said that the federal government can’t do anything.Nothing really matters except his personal power and gain. Of course he has to maintain the support of his primary constituency, which is great wealth and corporate power. The United States is on a chaotic path with no federal plan against the coronavirus pandemic as it reduces public health funding and ignores the advances of climate change, according to activist scholar Noam Chomsky, considered the founder of modern linguistics.What follows are extracts, edited for clarity, from an AFP interview with the 91-year-old leftist intellectual, who has authored more than 100 books and is currently a professor at the University of Arizona.For two months he’s been confined in Tucson with his Brazilian wife Valeria, his dog and a parrot who can say “sovereignty” in Portuguese. There’s 90,000 deaths and there will be a lot more…. There’s no coordinated plan.How do you view the political landscape emerging from this crisis in the US and elsewhere?As soon as Trump came in, his first move was to dismantle the entire pandemic prevention machinery. At the start, defunding the Center for Disease Control, which would deal with this. And canceling programs that were working with Chinese scientists to identify potential viruses. So the US was singularly unprepared.It’s a privatized society, very wealthy, with enormous advantages — far more than any other country — but it’s in the stranglehold of private control.It doesn’t have a universal health care system…. It’s the ultimate neoliberal system, actually.Europe in many ways is worse, because the austerity programs just amplify the danger, because of the severe attack on democracy in Europe, the shifting decisions to Brussels…. So Europe has its own problems, but at least it has the residue of some kind of social democratic structure, which provides some support, which is what I think is lacking in the US.As severe as this pandemic is, it’s not the worst problem. There will be recovery from the pandemic at severe cost … but there isn’t going to be any recovery from the melting of the polar ice caps and the rising of sea levels and the other deleterious effects of global warming.Several countries are using technology to track citizens, storing DNA to fight the virus. Are we entering a new era of digital surveillance, and what does this mean for privacy?There are now companies developing technology which make it possible for the employer … to look at what’s on your computer screen and to check your keystrokes and if you get up and walk away for a minute, they’ll send you a warning.That’s being installed right now…. It’s not the future.The so-called Internet of Things is coming along. It’s convenient. It means if you’re driving home you can turn on the stove — but it also means that that information is going to Google and Facebook, to the government, the American government, the French government, it’s an enormous amount of potential control ,surveillance and invasion. But this has happened. It’s not the future.If we allow the huge tech companies, the state, to control our life that’s what will happen. They’ll turn it into something like China, where you have social credit systems and in some cities you get a certain amount of credits, there’s face recognition technology all over the place and everything you do gets monitored.If you cross the street in the wrong place, you can … lose some credits, and so on.It’s not inevitable, just like global warming, that it’s going to happen — unless people stop it.Could it be justified to halt the virus’ spread?It might be — during the period of threat. There’s controls needed during wartime, you have rationing. But it doesn’t have to be permanent…. ‘Yes, we’ll let you have this authority now, but it can be revoked at any time.'”Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf, Legislators Introduce New Bipartisan Severance Tax Legislation

first_imgGovernor Wolf, Legislators Introduce New Bipartisan Severance Tax Legislation SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Severance Tax Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today was joined by a bipartisan coalition of legislative members to announce the introduction of legislation that will create a reasonable, commonsense severance tax in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 1000, and its companion House Bill 2253, will give Pennsylvania’s citizens their fair share of revenues from the natural gas industry.“Since day one of my term as governor, I have fought to enact a reasonable severance tax that would give Pennsylvanians their fair share of the energy boom that is powered by resources that belong to all of us,” said Governor Wolf. “I, along with this bipartisan coalition, am here to call on the House and Senate to pass these bills and get them to my desk so that they can become law and Pennsylvanians can begin to get the benefits that other states have had for years.”Pennsylvania is the only gas-producing state in the nation without a severance tax. Other major gas producing states like Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Alaska are collecting billions from the oil and gas industries to help fix roads, build schools, and keep taxes low.Pennsylvania is blowing most other states out of the water when it comes to production and by joining every other gas-producing state and passing a severance tax, the commonwealth could realize billions in new revenue.The proposed severance tax would generate an estimated $248.7 million in the next fiscal year alone to address critical budget needs and would also keep the current impact fee in place, ensuring that this important revenue source for local municipalities stays intact.“The measured severance tax and responsible permitting reforms, embodied in SB 1000, is fair to taxpayers and unleashes the full potential of the natural gas industry to create jobs all across Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak. “I applaud Governor Wolf who has brought together Republicans and Democrats around the central idea that a fair severance tax is essential to protecting the environment and leveraging broader job growth in the natural gas industry.”“This modest proposal strikes the right balance between asking drillers to pay their fair share and giving them room to grow and continue providing jobs and economic benefits to our state,” said Representative Bernie O’Neill. “The added revenue to the commonwealth will help us provide additional support to education, human services and environmental programs and more.”“As Democratic Chairman of the House Finance Committee I am always working toward fair tax policy,” said Representative Jake Wheatley. “Pennsylvania shouldn’t be the only gas producing state in the country without a severance tax benefiting our communities and the needs of our state.”center_img April 30, 2018last_img read more

Art Deco home pockets a pretty price tag

first_imgThe home at 66 Zillman Rd, Hendra“We had more than 130 people through the first open home,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“It was an exceptional turnout.”Mrs Russell said the home was popular among young families looking to buy. Inside 66 Zillman Rd, Hendra“They also loved the character and charm of the home and the generous block size.“It’s a historical home in the neighbourhood.” 66 Zillman Rd, HendraThis Hamptons styled Art Deco home has sold for $975,000. Inside 66 Zillman Rd, HendraMrs Russell said homes in Hendra weren’t lasting long on the market.“They’re selling fast and achieving good prices,” she said. Inside 66 Zillman Rd, Hendra“It appealed to a lot of people,” Mrs Russell said. “Buyers loved the single-level living layout that flows beautifully straight out onto the big backyard,” she said.center_img The home at 66 Zillman Rd, HendraMarketing agent Anne-Maree Russell of Cape Cod Residential said that the home at 66 Zillman Rd, Hendra, went under contract in under a week of being listed. The home at 66 Zillman Rd, HendraAccording to the latest data from CoreLogic, the median house price for a property in Hendra is $992,500. The home at 66 Zillman Rd, HendraThe home was staged and styled by Cape Cod Residential.last_img read more

Gold Coast home ideal for entertaining hits market

first_img5 Halifax Circuit, PimpamaENTERTAINING is made easy in this modern Pimpama home, which was designed to cater for guests.Owner Leanne Mandrakas and her husband built the home at 5 Halifax Circuit with entertaining in mind about two years ago.They chose the big block in a quiet street to make sure the home was comfortable for the family without compromising space for a large outdoor entertainment area. 5 Halifax Circuit, Pimpama“It was one of the bigger blocks in that area and it’s just a nice little quiet street there – we’ve got nice views of the golf course too,” Ms Mandrakas said.She said her husband drew from his experience as a builder to design the home. “He always liked the bigger entertaining areas and bigger garages, because they are never big enough,” Mrs Mandrakas said.The covered outdoor entertainment area features a Teppanyaki hotplate, built-in barbecue area well as a servery from the kitchen. “We did enjoy the outside area and the entertaining area when we had friends over,” Ms Mandrakas said.“It will be sad to leave there though because our neighbours are all lovely.”A built-in fire pit outside and a theatre room are standout features of the home. 5 Halifax Circuit, PimpamaMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 5 Halifax Circuit, Pimpama 5 Halifax Circuit, Pimpamalast_img read more

Japan eyeing Yamal LNG participation

first_imgJapan is considering the option of joining the Novatek-led Yamal LNG project the country’s prime minister told at an event in St. Petersburg. Russian news agency Sputnik quoted Shinzo Abe as saying that Japan is interested in widening its energy sector cooperation with Russia and is eyeing various projects especially the Yamal LNG project.In a recent interview with LNG World News, Mark Gyetvay, Novatek’s CFO noted that the project initially envisioned to have three liquefaction trains with 5.5. mtpa capacity each will develop an additional fourth train with a 900,000 tons per year capacity.The first liquefaction train, that started producing LNG in December last year is currently producing at 109 percent of its nameplate capacity or around 6 million tons per year.Gyetvay said the fourth production unit has received shareholder approval but banks will have to grant the approval of the expansion as agreed in the financing deal.Yamal LNG’s shareholders which besides Novatek include France’s Total, China’s CNPC and Silk Road Fund. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

When is a life a life? That’s what abortion comes down to

first_imgStuff 30 May 2018Family First Comment: Well presented argument..“It’s strange, but when a woman wants to have a baby, the moment she finds out she is pregnant she often sees that embryo inside her as a life, sometimes as part of the family, and may even have names lined up. And if she miscarries, she mourns as one having lost her baby. Yet if she doesn’t want it, she may see it as a clump of cells.” used to believe abortion was a woman’s right, and that it must be legally available to anyone who wants one. But after 25 years of nursing, some of that in gynaecology and obstetrics, and having worked with women who have miscarried or had an abortion, I’ve changed my mind.I’m not a hard core ‘anti-abortionist’, I don’t feel emotionally charged against it, and I would never accuse or judge a woman who has had an abortion, but I’m logically against it.It’s strange, but when a woman wants to have a baby, the moment she finds out she is pregnant she often sees that embryo inside her as a life, sometimes as part of the family, and may even have names lined up. And if she miscarries, she mourns as one having lost her baby.Yet if she doesn’t want it, she may see it as a clump of cells.Judging by the infamous ‘Shout your abortion‘ movement and various celebrities that say they would be ‘proud’ to have an abortion, I’m left wondering by what standard we judge human life to be life.Any biologist will tell you that an embryo is life, human life, and the combined DNA from each parent has set in motion everything that life can possibly become.Does a human life only have value in the eye of the beholder?READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Buy-bust yields P105-K ‘shabu’

first_imgBY MAE SINGUAY AND CYRUS GARDE BACOLOD City – Ten sachets of suspected shabu weighing about seven grams valued at around P105,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 1, Silay City, Negros Occidental. The 28-year-old John Arno Sufrir yieldedthe suspected illegal drugs, police said. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Silay City police station, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNs Sufrir – resident of Barangay Mambulac,Silay City – was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to anundercover officer for P500 around 1:40 p.m. on April 14, the police added.last_img

Elaine Bedel selected to lead Indiana Economic Development Corporation

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A Batesville High School graduate has been selected by Governor Eric Holcomb to lead the Indiana Economic Development Corporation as its president.Holcomb announced Elaine Bedel as his choice.Holcomb cites Elaine’s leadership and experience of her own financial consulting company as factors in his decision.Bedel will succeed Jim Schellinger in the role starting in February.Schellinger will become the Corporation’s chief executive officer and the Indiana Secretary of Commerce.Bedel is currently the president and CEO of Bedel Financial Consulting Inc.last_img

Police Blotter 9-27-19

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