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Conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's party suffers "catastrophic" election loss

Tony Abbott’s party suffers “catastrophic” loss in Australian state-level election

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports on the fallout from the just-concluded Queensland election, in which the Labor Party thoroughly defeated the right wing Liberal National Party, ending the career of Premier Campbell Newman and dealing Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott a defeat that some of his own members of Parlaiment are calling “catastrophic” and “unimaginable”.

# (Sunday, February 1, 2015)


I don’t know what story y’all trying to get out of me. I don’t know what image y’all trying to portray of me. But it don’t matter what y’all think, what y’all say about me.

— Running back Marshawn Lynch of Seattle Seahawks, who spoke to the media yesterday, but refused to answer any questions (ESPN).

# (Friday, January 30, 2015)

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FCC chairman mocks industry claims that customers don’t need faster Internet

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler had some fun with America’s major telecommunications firms this week, pointing out that companies like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T are constantly trying to convince their customers to upgrade to faster Internet speeds while at the same time telling the FCC not to change the definition of broadband from four megabytes per second down and one up to twenty-five down and three up.

# (Friday, January 30, 2015)


He’s a political operative, he’s not really an ambassador… What he did was totally unacceptable from a standpoint of diplomacy. To think about going behind the back of a friendly country’s administration and working out this kind of arrangement with the parliament or the Congress — it’s unheard-of.

— Daniel C. Kurtzer, a former United States ambassador to Israel, criticizing Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer for ignoring diplomatic protocol when he made arrangements with John Boehner to allow his boss, Benjamin Netanyahu, to address a joint session in Congress.

# (Thursday, January 29, 2015)


The Bush administration’s botched response to the costliest natural disaster in American history blew the president’s second term off course. He never recovered. Better to be remembered as the leader who occasionally cried wolf than pilloried for getting it hopelessly wrong.

Snowperbole: New Yorkers ask, “Is that it?” (BBC News)

# (Tuesday, January 27, 2015)


The statement that there is a NATO legion in Ukraine is nonsense… There is no NATO legion, the foreign forces in Ukraine are Russian.

— NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, responding to Vladimir Putin’s ridiculous statement that the Ukranian Army is operating like a “foreign legion” for the twenty-eight nation alliance.

# (Monday, January 26, 2015)

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Sarah Palin bemuses Republicans with rambling speech and talk of 2016 run

Fox Noise pundit and gubernatorial washout Sarah Palin provided of plenty entertainment for progressives over the weekend, with a rambling, incoherent speech that showcased that she isn’t qualified to be a dogcatcher, let alone President of the United States.

# (Monday, January 26, 2015)


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Great news from the White House: President Obama has announced that the Department of Interior has finished working on revised Comprehensive Conservation plan to better sustain and manage Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This far northern part of Alaska is known to Alaska Native communities as “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins”.

# (Sunday, January 25, 2015)


That the GOP is now tilting at the one percent is one of the more remarkable messaging flip-flops of all time. Not long ago, someone saying what Ted Cruz is now saying would have been accused by Ted Cruz of engaging in class warfare.

— Columnist Danny Westneat: Guess who’s discovered income inequality

# (Saturday, January 24, 2015)

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Progressive Thought

The latest analysis and policy briefs from progressive think tanks focused on both regional and national politics.

  • Growth, reform and public trust in Europe
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network's major annual event on the state of EU affairs
  • Regultion in crisis
    (Policy Network) — An event debating the limits of regulatory capability and extent to which regulators are in a position to improve outcomes
  • Obama’s Transition Tax on Offshore Profi....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — President Obama’s budget will propose a 14 percent tax on multinational corporations’ existing offshore profits and invest the $238 billion in revenues ....
  • 4th Quarter GDP: Happy Days Are Here Aga....
    (Beat the Press) — The Commerce Department reported that GDP grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, roughly a half point below most forecasts. This broug....
  • Obama Capital Gains Proposals Are More P....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — The President’s new tax proposals would raise revenues from high-income and wealthy filers and devote much of the savings to other tax proposals that wo....
  • New Obama Tax Proposals Are More Progres....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — The President’s new tax proposals would raise revenues from high-income and wealthy filers and devote much of the savings to other tax proposals that wo....
  • Obama Spending Proposal Makes Sense for ....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — The President’s proposal, in his upcoming fiscal year 2016 budget, to provide partial relief from the Budget Control Act’s (BCA) “sequestration” cuts fo....
  • One Hundred Percent of Income Gains Have....
    (schmudget) — A new report released yesterday shows that income inequality not only remains a problem in Washington state – it is getting worse. From 2009 to 2012, al....
  • “What more could my wife and I have done....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — Patrick Williams, soon-to-be dad, has a pointed question for Washington state legislators about family and medical leave insurance: Full text: “Go....
  • Family leave should never be a matter of....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — It should never be a matter of luck whether a parent can afford to spend the first precious weeks and months of life with their newborn child. It should....
Occupy Radar

Occupy Radar tracks the latest dispatches from the Occupy Movement in cities across the Pacific Northwest. We are the 99%!

  • Occupy eugene general assembly (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene continues to hold GA's at Growers Market. It is now being held 6:00 pm on the third Friday of each month. Please join us at our General A....
  • February 11th 2014 is the day we fight .... (Occupy Eugene) — Why is there a US news blackout on Edward Snowden's January 27 interview (in English) on German TV? Maybe because he accuses the US Director of Nationa....
  • Whoville granted reprieve through febru.... (Occupy Eugene) — On January 27, 2014, the Eugene City Council granted Whoville and its advocates 30 days to find a new location for the Whoville Unhoused Sanctuary. Cit....
  • System status as of jan. 9th at 11 pm pct (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma / Assembly Tacoma site has been rebuilt and the temporary site at is now abandoned,  We are still experiencing DOS att....
  • System status as of jan. 7, 2014 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma website was hacked (probably after Dec. 3, 2013 and most likely during the Christmas – New Year period).  Over the last 2 weeks....
  • System status as of dec. 29, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The site has been experiencing very poor performance on an intermittent basis.  We have been unable to determine the cause, but we continue to investig....
  • System status as of dec. 23 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The following improvements have been accomplished over the last few days: When a new idea (proposal, article, vision, whatever) is published, the ratin....
  • System status as of dec. 17th 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — On Sunday, Dec. 15th, 2013, in respect of the Jul. 22, 2013 vote to create the On Line General Assembly, the Occupy and Assembly websites now share a c....
  • Systems status as of nov. 5, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma web site is and will probably remain the “display site” for Occupy Tacoma. But the Assembly Tacoma site is the controllin....
  • Film showing & discussion: “growthbusters” (Occupy Portland) — Occupy Portland Elder Caucus presents a provocative documentary GrowthBusters, where one man takes on City Hall, Wall Street, and The Pope as he questi....
  • The start of something new: transitioni.... (Occupy Portland) — The OPDX Info Team and the Friends of Occupy Portland (FOOP) have been in discussion over the decline in General Assembly (GA) attendance and whether i....
  • Occupy eugene launches sustaining donor.... (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene is asking for your sustained financial support to help our organizers and activists to achieve the change the 99% wants to see.
  • In time for the giving season – our bit.... (Occupy Portland) — Do you use Bitcoin? Touted as a collective, public, peer-to-peer alternative currency subverting the authority of big banks, it is gaining widespread p....
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