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The 'Trump Of The Tropics' Is Blaming Environmentalists For The World's Worst Wildfires

You can now see the smoke from space.

The Amazon rainforest fires are causing mass destruction, and according to the ‘Trump of the Tropics,’ it’s all the environmentalist’s fault.

Wildfires have been ravaging the Amazon since January 2019, and this week they became so intense, you could see the smoke billowing over Brazil from space.

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The Brazilian Government’s National Institute for Space Research has now detected over 72,800 forest fires in the Amazon, marking an 83% increase since last year. 

Devastating. Credit: Giphy

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is known as ‘Trump of the Tropics,’ has now made the baseless claim that not-for-profit organisations experiencing budget cuts are to blame for the Amazon rainforest fires, according to the ABC

“Maybe – I am not affirming it – these [NGO people] are carrying out some criminal actions to draw attention against me, against the Government of Brazil,” Bolsonaro told reporters. 

The President’s comments have copped major backlash, particularly from environmental and climate experts who have labelled them a “smokescreen” to his negligence. They say that when Bolsonaro was elected he encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land – a claim echoed by scientists who have found that “the rainforest has suffered losses at accelerated rate since he took office in January,” according to BBC

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro. Credit: Wagner Meier/Getty Images

“The vast majority of these fires are human-lit,” Christian Porier, the program director of NGO Amazon Watch told CNN. Apparently, 99% of the Amazon rainforest fires have been lit “either on purpose or by accident” and are a result of small-scale agricultural practices and deforestation. 

The Amazon – the ‘planet’s lungs’ – is the largest rainforest in the world. It’s also a vital carbon store that can help slow down the pace of global warming, not to mention it’s home to indigenous people and millions of species of plants and animals. 

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So, what can we do to help? You can donate to a foundation helping to protect the rainforests, be aware of your carbon footprint – reduce, reuse and recycle, volunteer to help, continue to vote and educate yourself (and others) about what is happening. 

As for Bolsonaro, passing the buck isn’t going to cut it this time around. 

Serious Question: Who Signed Off On This Huge Swastika-Shaped Theme Park Ride?

This is a rollercoaster of emotions.

Here’s a hot tip: if you’re designing a theme park ride, try not to let it resemble a Nazi emblem.

A theme park ride called the ‘Eagle Fly’ in Germany has been shut down after people complained about it looking like a pair of terrifying spinning swastikas.

A spokesperson for Tatzmania theme park, which is located near Loffingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, told The Independent the ride was no longer operating, despite opening just one month ago. 

Tatzmania Director Rudiger Braun said no one noticed any issues with the ride until earlier this month when fans pointed out the likeness in online videos.

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Braun told SWR he wanted to “apologise to anyone who feels disturbed or offended by our design.”

In Germany, it is illegal to “use of symbols of unconstitutional organisations,” like a swastika, outside the context of “art or science, research or teaching.” According to the law, displaying Nazi emblems could be punished with “imprisonment for not more than three years or a fine.”

Sadly, Tatzmania’s swastika theme park ride isn’t the only time an organisation has landed in hot water for unknowingly displaying a Nazi symbol. In 2006, fashion brand Esprit were forced to recall 200,000 catalogues after consumers complained they contained photos of buttons with a design that resembled a swastika. 

A year later, fast fashion giant Zara withdrew a $115 handbag that was embroidered with four green swastikas. When customers complained, the company said the bag had come from an Indian supplier and the approved design didn’t feature the symbols. 

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In 2014, Hallmark caused a social media uproar for selling patterned gift wrap that appeared to contain swastikas. The greeting card brand apologised and pulled the product from their stores, but to make matters even worse, the gift wrap had reportedly been grouped with Hanukkah products because of the colour theme of that particular Jewish holiday. 

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Eek. Hopefully this is a lesson learned for all involved. 

Barnaby Joyce Seems To Think He's The Moral Compass On Women's Bodies Now

Old mate has chimed in on the abortion debate, because of course he has.

Today, the debate around abortion laws in New South Wales entered the upper house, with many hoping for it to be soon decriminalised. However, in the eleventh hour, former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has chimed in by serving residents unsolicited anti-abortion robocalls.

Cue the eye roll.

Really, Barnaby? Credit: Giphy

In the pre-recorded call, Joyce says, “Barnaby Joyce here. I’m calling on behalf of the Foundation for Human Development about the abortion bill in the NSW parliament. This allows sex selective abortions. It legalises abortions for any reasons right up until the day of birth.”

Joyce has been ripped to shreds for his last-minute call to action, with many angry NSW residents taking to social media to express their concern. 

One Twitter user wrote, “What right does he have to tell women what they can and cannot do with their lives?” and another posted, “Did he not leave his wife and daughters to be with his pregnant girlfriend?”

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It’s true. Let’s not forget that Barnaby Joyce left his wife in 2017 after having an affair with his former employee Vikki Campion. The couple now have two children together, but it’s unclear as to why this gives Joyce the right to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies.

Barnaby Joyce and partner Vikki Campion. Credit: AAP Video/Supplied/Channel 7

Only adding to the double standards is the fact that Joyce denounced Yes campaigners, who were accused of privacy invasion for robocalls, during the same-sex marriage plebiscite of 2017.

He told ABC’s RN Breakfast, “I can’t stand these people who stand at the corner and start yelling at you about what your views are on a very personal issue, just get out of my face, leave me alone and I will make the decision myself.”

Major Barnaby facepalm. Credit: Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images

In an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald boldly titled, ‘NSW abortion bill imposes death penalty on the innocent,’ Joyce echoed the misguided sentiments in his robocalls. 

A tweet showing Joyce’s stance on the abortion laws. Credit: Twitter

Fellow MPs have slammed Joyce for his anti-abortion campaign, including Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt who told Sky News, “we’re on very dangerous ground here when it comes to politicians…telling women what they can and cannot do with their body.” 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also made a subtle dig at Joyce’s behaviour, telling The Australian, “NSW Parliament is for NSW Parliamentarians to get views from their communities…this is an issue for NSW MPs and I’ll leave my comments there.”

Considering Barnaby Joyce is a federal MP and therefore has no say on NSW abortion laws which are being discussed by NSW parliament, I think we can all agree this would be a good time for him to see himself out.

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