Australian PM says he won’t admit to climate change — while changing policies over climate change


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” Scott Morrison has signalled the Australian government will not increase its efforts to combat climate change despite an extended bushfire crisis and a record-breaking heatwave.

Returning to work on Sunday after a controversial family holiday in Hawaii, the Australian prime minister apologised for his absence on top of the mea culpa he offered on Friday while still overseas…

” Morrison then sought to turn the page on the episode by unilaterally declaring “the time for that discussion is over”.

Morrison said there was “no argument” about the links “between broader issues of global climate change and weather events around the world” but it was “not a credible suggestion” to make a direct connection to any single fire event…

” Minutes after calling for an end to division, arguing, partisanship and point scoring, Morrison said the Coalition is reducing emissions without the “reckless job-destroying and economy-crunching targets that others are seeking to force upon us”.

The government’s own projections show Australia [now] is on course for 50% renewables by 2030 – a target which Morrison labelled as reckless and economy-wrecking in the May election campaign.

Yup. Morrison tells the public the same lies he tells his base. The only difference with the Fake President we have in the GOUSA is that Morrison has learned to craft his lies to say he hasn’t changed policies at all – when obviously he’s been pushed into doing so.

Juul e-cigarettes deliberately addictive profile matches Marlboros – minus the bad smell


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” The nicotine formula used by controversial e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc is nearly identical to the flavour and addictive profile of Altria Group Inc’s highly successful Marlboro cigarette brand, new research suggests…

The formulation of Juul’s nicotine aerosol was designed to make it far easier for users to inhale larger quantities of nicotine without gagging, gasping or coughing – or even noticing.

” “It becomes obvious why novice users, people who’ve never smoked before, find it easy to try Juul,” said David Peyton, a professor of chemistry at Portland State University who worked on the study, published in the journal Tobacco Control. “And once you try it, you’re getting dosed with a high concentration of nicotine…”

” By adding organic acids to liquid nicotine, San Francisco-based Juul was able to reduce the amount of “freebase nicotine” in the aerosol that users inhale.

Freebase nicotine, common in e-cigarette liquid prior to Juul’s arrival in 2015, is harsh and difficult to inhale at high concentrations. Juul virtually eliminated the harsh side effects.

” Juul Labs did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new study’s findings.

Pretty standard non-response from criminal fraudsters. That’s what the lawyers on retainer are for.

How anti-vax nutballs measure success: 140,000 dead in 2018

” Measles infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, as devastating outbreaks of the viral disease hit every region of the world, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

In figures described by its director general as “an outrage”, the WHO said most of last year’s measles deaths were in children under five years old who had not been vaccinated.

“The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is frankly an outrage and a collective failure to protect the world’s most vulnerable children,” said the WHO’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus…

” Measles is one of the most contagious known diseases, more so than Ebola, tuberculosis or flu. It can linger in the air or on surfaces for several hours after an infected person has been and gone, putting anyone not vaccinated at risk…

” Among wealthier nations, vaccination rates have been hurt by some parents shunning them for what they say are religious or philosophical reasons. Mistrust of authority and debunked myths about links to autism also weaken vaccine confidence and lead some parents to delay protecting their children.

Research published in October showed that measles infection not only carries a risk of death or severe complications including pneumonia, brain damage, blindness and deafness, but can also damage the victim’s immune memory for months or years – leaving those who survive measles vulnerable to other dangerous diseases such as flu or severe diarrhea.

Passing the blame off on dieties and other myths predates health and science studies in the modern era. It was a useless copout centuries ago. Nowadays, in my mind, it is criminal.

Fact checking the Fake President usually finds lies

❝ The map the Trumps tweeted inaccurately displays multiple blue counties won by Hillary Clinton as red counties won by Trump…

❝ As numerous analysts have pointed out when Trump has previously touted county-level maps, such maps provide incomplete information. Specifically, they do not distinguish between a county with millions of residents and a county with a few thousand. Clinton earned about 3 million more votes than Trump even though he won far more counties…

❝ The map on Max Galka’s personal blog appears to have been updated. But the version posted on HuffPost was not — and, now, the currently incorrect version is being shared by the President of the United States as a defense against impeachment.

Not that the schmuck-in-chief can read maps, election returns, or any modern economics text. I wouldn’t trust his directions to the nearest bathroom in the White House.