MSNBC outlined the major problems in President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut plan, which drastically reduces the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent while lowering personal tax rates for high-income individuals at expense of almost all tax deductions that benefit the middle class.On the April 27 edition of MSNBC’s MSNBC Live,
Source: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Outlines The “Built-In Unfairness” Of Trump’s Tax Plan
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Tagged Tax Plan
One week after Fox News was forced to fire Bill O’Reilly after advertisers boycotted his show because of reports of serial sexual harassment, Media Matters for America released its first ad emphasizing that companies must be mindful about where they spend their advertising dollars. This ad is running on page 67 of issue 13 of The Hollywood Report
Source: “Oh, Boy”: Media Matters Bill O’Reilly Ad In The Hollywood Reporter
Memo to Sean Hannity: The Fox News employees pushed out of Fox News were sexually-assaulting conservatives, accused by conservatives and eventually ousted by conservative Rupert Murdoch.
Source: After Being Accused Of Sexual Harassment By A Conservative, Hannity Blames ‘Liberal Fascists’ | Crooks and Liars
Barrett Brown, the journalist and “hacktivist” who is on parole after serving a four-year prison term over reporting on corporate espionage against Americans, has been arrested again. He had been speaking to the media and was set to appear on PBS.
Source: ‘Terrible affront to 1st Amendment’: Journalist Barrett Brown re-arrested amid media tour — RT America
Dylan Voller, who’s been at the centre of the Northern Territory Royal Commission investigating mistreatment of youth at Darwin’s Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, today appeared in the NT Supreme Court via video link from Alice Springs. Voller’s supervision conditions were changed to allow him to occasionally spend the night at his brother’s house in Alice Springs while transitioning out of BushMob. “I’ve been really looking forward and am re-integrating back into the community like a normal person.”
Source: ‘I’m happy proving everyone wrong’: Dylan Voller bail relaxed for good behaviour | NITV
Travel guide company recommends settlement hotel built on ethnically cleansed village.
Source: Lonely Planet erases Israeli occupation of Syrian Golan | The Electronic Intifada
There are two issues in the latest episode of the culture wars, sparked by the Anzac Day Facebook comment by controversial young Muslim activist and part-time ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied. One is…
Source: Abdel-Magied Anzac row is a storm over not much
Australia’s first female Muslim federal MP Anne Aly has fallen victim to fake news after an unsubstantiated story about her “refusal” to lay a wreath on Anzac Day appeared on a Facebook post.
Source: Muslim MP Anne Aly falsely accused of refusing to lay wreath on Anzac Day
On Anzac Day, at the airport, everywhere: the levels of vitriol in our personal and public lives need to be called out. It’s just not a clever way to talk to each other
Source: Australians are among the luckiest people on earth. What are we so angry about? | Brigid Delaney’s diary | Opinion | The Guardian
A brief history of how North and South Korea got to where they are today.
Source: Two Koreas: History at a glance | South Korea | Al Jazeera
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Tagged Two Koreas
In Syria, U.S. and Russian forces are facing off in a proxy war that shows no sign of ending any time soon.
Source: Syria: The new front line in a potentially global conflict (WW3 – Part Two)
Posted in Syria
Tagged Martin Hirst
Arms depot near Damascus International airport goes up in flames after series of overnight strikes blamed on Israel.
Source: ‘Israeli strikes’ hit arms depot in Damascus | Syria News | Al Jazeera
Israel is the first country outside the US to get access to the F-35 warplane, the most expensive ever developed.
Source: Critics blast US shipment of fighter jets to Israel | | Al Jazeera
Posted in Israel
Tagged Fighter Jets, US
The fear of ‘the others’ permeates everything lately. Social media, politicians, commentators and the mainstream media are enabling a culture of stigma and ‘othering’. Fear of people we don’t understand shuffles beneath the surface of individual thought. These fears have a parasitic grip on beliefs, ideas and thought. It channels thought, word and deed through the…
Source: The Racist Agenda Was Made to Destroy The Working Class – » The Australian Independent Media Network
BHP Billiton won’t want to appear like its decision to sell a lick of its American onshore shale oil and gas assets is a response to bullying from US activist shareholder Elliott Associates.
Source: BHP takes the broom to shale assets
Independent inquiry, which was limited to a small number of ‘particularly distressing’ cases, prompts sweeping overhaul by government
Source: Queensland youth prison review unable to rule out ‘systemic’ mistreatment | Australia news | The Guardian
Former PM pre-empts Malcolm Turnbull’s first meeting with Donald Trump by suggesting more help for US in Middle East
Source: Tony Abbott says Australia should make greater commitment to fighting ‘evil caliphate’ | Australia news | The Guardian
America is the world’s undisputed military super power, but it faces a strategic conundrum over North Korea’s nuclear intentions.
Source: North Korea nuclear stand-off: There are no easy answers
Any blowback Netanyahu receives after snubbing the German foreign minister will be short-lived: his base is behind him, he has the patronage of the U.S., and the status quo will remain exactly as it is. This week Netanyahu gave the world another lesson in how authoritarianism disguised as democracy works. Upon learning that the visiting German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, refused to accede to his demand that he cancel his meetings with two NGOs that document human rights violations in territories controlled by Israel, the Israeli prime minister went ahead and canceled their own scheduled meeting as a punitive measure. Haaretz, Israel’s lone liberal…
Source: Netanyahu looks like a bully, but he doesn’t care | +972 Magazine
The credentialing committee for congressional reporters has denied Breitbart.com’s bid for permanent press credentials and declined to extend its temporary passes, a dramatic rebuke for the website, which has sought in recent months to burnish its reputation as an independent, legitimate news source.Since late last year, Breitbart has bee
Source: Congressional Credentialing Committee Deals Breitbart A Devastating Rebuke
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii has reported that in April, …
Source: The Last time there was this much CO2 in the air, Florida was under Water | Informed Comment
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Tagged CO2, Enviroment
Bill O’Reilly may be gone at Fox News, but Rupert Murdoch’s festering Fox News mess isn’t going away anytime soon.Murdoch cut ties with the host last week after multiple women’s reports of sexual harassment became public. Since then, seven black Fox News employees indicated that they plan to join a racial discrimination suit
Source: Rupert Murdoch’s Disturbing Corporate Legacy: Chronic Sexual Harassment In US, Rampant Lawbreaking In UK
Spud Duddy is demanding that the ABC and Fairfax apologise to him for doubting his version of events leading up to shots being fired on Manus Island. “These people can take the word of somebody that’s been discredited but that is an issue frankly for the credibility of the ABC, Fairfax and others, and I think…
Source: One could be forgiven for thinking this is just another shameful dog-whistling lie – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Changing the rules on debt loading and adopting an alternative royalty scheme would reap billions in tax revenue
Source: Counting the missing billions: how Australia is losing out to oil and gas giants | Business | The Guardian
Wednesday 26 April 2017 As an unashamed idealist I have always thought that at the centre of any political philosophy should be the ”common good”. In saying this my thoughts often drift toward a better way of doing politics and the term “commongoodism” is central to my internal debate. It sounds idealistic, this common good,…
Source: Day to Day Politics: Oh for some “commongoodism”. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Army Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas didn’t offer specifics but said he wants the government as “stable as possible”
Source: Head of U.S. Special Ops says that America’s government is in “unbelievable turmoil” – Salon.com
The president’s failure to accomplish little of his agenda during his first months in office is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this short time.
Source: The First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency – Truthdig
Reut Institute founder says millions of anti-BDS dollars have made little impact.
Source: BDS is winning, admits top Israeli “sabotage” strategist | The Electronic Intifada
Posted in Israel
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – While she is highly unlikely to win the run-off presidential election …
Source: For First Time, a US President backs a Fascist France | Informed Comment
Posted in France
Tagged Le Pen Gone
They walked hand-in-hand into the victory rally, embraced and kissed on stage: Emmanuel Macron, winner of the first round of the French presidential election, and his elegant blonde wife Brigitte.
Source: How Brigitte met Emmanuel Macron – when she was his (married) teacher – and what the French will make of it | The Independent
Seven more African-American Fox News employees are expected to join two black colleagues who are suing the network for racial harassment from former comptroller Judy Slater and accounting director Tammy Efinger, according to a new report from New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman.This escalation in Fox’s legal troubles comes amid lo
Source: Nine Black Employees Are Now Suing Fox News For Racial Harassment
Posted in Fox News
By Christian Marx In the past 40 years the Western political narrative has shifted sharply to the right. Since the late 1970s left-wing governments have become proponents of Neoliberalism, while right-wing governments are on the verge of Fascism, in some cases, such as America, they are now indeed Fascist. The Labour parties around the world…
Source: Why a Far-Left Government is Essential – » The Australian Independent Media Network
A five year old boy passed on the record of conversation between the Prime Minister and Peter Dutton. While some are claiming that this is inaccurate, my sources tell me that it’s completely accurate and anyone who is saying something different doesn’t have the facts. I have the facts, and they’re not alternate facts they’re…
Source: Shots Fired After Malcolm Asks Peter To Come Into His Office… – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The host of Last Week Tonight discussed the pair and how it is ‘dangerous to think of them as a moderating influence, as reassuring as that may feel’
Source: John Oliver on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner: president ‘can’t even get nepotism right’ | Television & radio | The Guardian
Apparently, it is Australian values to blatantly lie and incite hatred towards asylum seekers
Source: Australian values and the deceitful dogwhistling of Peter Dutton
Bloomberg recently announced the creation of a new website that will provide audiences with important reporting on the economic and business implications of climate change. The move comes at a time when big businesses around the world are urging governments to take action as they increasingly recognize the reality and the risk of climate change.
Source: Bloomberg Editors On New Climate Website: Climate Change “Is Fundamentally An Economic Story”
Countless thousands of scientists and their supporters have marched around the world to protest what they say is Donald Trump’s rejection of science.
Source: March for Science: Thousands march around the world to protest Donald Trump’s ‘rejection of science’ | The Independent
Posted in Protest
Tagged Science, Trump
Just when you thought the hypocrisy and mendacity of the British political establishment could not sink any lower, up pops the proposal to strip Asma Assad, wife to Syria’s President Bashar Assad, of her British citizenship.
Source: Assad’s wife faces calls to be stripped of UK citizenship, but what about Blair & Cameron? — RT Op-Edge
Posted in Syria
Tagged hypocrisy, UK
Sunday 23 April 2017 It’s a lazy Sunday. There’s not much on. Rain is falling on corrugated roof creating a rhythm of thought-provoking questions that are not easily put aside. The word democracy keeps insinuating itself upon me. I know I have written about it unendingly but the political person who lives within me tells…
Source: Day to Day Politics: Destroying what we stand for. – » The Australian Independent Media Network