Critical Race Theory Panic Is Everywhere—Just in Time for Juneteenth – Mother Jones

The latest “woke” boogeyman riling up conservatives is critical race theory, a scholarly framework that seeks to understand the role race and racism have played in all aspects of society. Of course, ask a Fox News host, and he’ll tell you with a straight face that CRT is a Marxist ideology that teaches white children that they’re inherently inferior—and if that’s not enough, they should feel bad about their skin color. According to extensive research by Media Matters for America, Fox News has mentioned critical race theory more than 1,300 times in the last three-and-a-half months alone.

Source: Critical Race Theory Panic Is Everywhere—Just in Time for Juneteenth – Mother Jones

Fox News caught trying to pass off GOP operatives as parents “concerned” about critical race theory | Salon.com

Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earhardt discuss critical race theory on Fox and Friends. (Getty Images)

Only in America

Fox News failed to disclose to their audience that nearly a dozen guests billed as parents panicked by what they misleadingly label critical race theory being taught to their young children in school are also professional Republican operatives, according to a newly released report. The liberal media watchdog organization Media Matters for America details how Fox News has repeatedly failed to mention that their guests, who included right-wing media personalities, GOP strategists and conservative think tank staffers, were far from apolitical despite billing them as your average outraged parent.

Source: Fox News caught trying to pass off GOP operatives as parents “concerned” about critical race theory | Salon.com

Burrito Economics | The Smirking Chimp

Everyone ought to celebrate when those at the bottom get higher wages. The typical American worker hasn’t had a real raise in four decades. Income inequality is out of control. Wealth inequality is into the stratosphere (where Jeff Bezos is heading, apparently). If wages at the bottom rise because employers need to pay more to get the workers they need, that’s not a problem. It’s a victory. Instead of complaining about a so-called “labor shortage,” Republicans ought to be complaining about the shortage of jobs paying a living wage. But don’t hold your breath,

Source: Burrito Economics | The Smirking Chimp

How Israel tried to put Gaza out of business | The Electronic Intifada

A smashed sewing machine is one of the few things that Muhammad al-Madhoun has been able to retrieve from his workshop.He and his staff used to design and make clothes in the Shorouq tower. The clothes were sold – along with fashion accessories and cosmetics – in a store within the same building.Al-Madhoun had been hoping to do a brisk trade on 12 May.Eid al-Fitr – a holiday when many people don new clothes and give each other gifts – would begin that evening. In his own words, al-Madhoun wanted to “sell like crazy” as business had been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“But on 12 May, we got a phone call that made us jump out of our skin,” he said. “We were told that a bunch of missiles would be fired at the building in 10 minutes.”Israel bombed and destroyed the Shorouq tower soon after that call.

Source: How Israel tried to put Gaza out of business | The Electronic Intifada

Friendlyjordies arrest by  questioned by former top prosecutor | Australian police and policing | The Guardian

Fixing fixations by arresting Friendlyjordies' Kristo

The former New South Wales director of public prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery, has questioned the use of the fixated persons unit to arrest a 21-year-old producer for the Friendlyjordies YouTube comedy channel.

Source: Friendlyjordies arrest by NSW police fixated persons unit questioned by former top prosecutor | Australian police and policing | The Guardian

State Capture: top corporations identified as members of both Liberal and Labor parties – Michael West

Political donations, Liberal Party, Labor Party, AEC

Companies which benefit enormously from government policy are also members of both the major political parties. A surprising data investigation by Stephanie Tran shows Woodside, Wesfarmers, PwC and ASX are Platinum members of the Liberal and Labor parties, and membership fees are identical. In the first part of our State Capture series we reveal Platinum, Gold and Silver members of both parties and what access they get.

Source: State Capture: top corporations identified as members of both Liberal and Labor parties – Michael West

Kalbar’s exotic minerals mine a toxic risk to Victoria’s food bowl – Michael West

The Lindenow Valley produces the salad greens and vegetables - broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, celery beetroot, cabbage and carrots - that help feed the nation. The Valley’s horticultural industry produces nearly one third of the state’s fresh vegetables; employs up to 2000 people at peak times; is worth more than $150 million a year to the local economy.

A hearing into the Environment Effects Statement for Kalbar’s mineral sands project on rich Victorian farmland has been told about competition for billions of litres of water, high levels of uranium, untested technologies and a strange backflip by the project’s “independent experts”. Elizabeth Minter investigates.

Source: Kalbar’s exotic minerals mine a toxic risk to Victoria’s food bowl – Michael West

Liberal-led committee says Angus Taylor’s planned change to renewable energy agency could be illegal | Renewable energy | The Guardian

Angus Taylor

A Liberal-led committee has told the Morrison government its plan to change the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) so it can fund a broader range of technologies including some using fossil fuels could be illegal. The standing committee for the scrutiny of delegated legislation has written to the energy minister, Angus Taylor, expressing concern that his proposal to change Arena’s remit without legislation goes beyond what the parliament envisaged when it passed laws to create the agency.

Source: Liberal-led committee says Angus Taylor’s planned change to renewable energy agency could be illegal | Renewable energy | The Guardian

Australia’s competitiveness drops to lowest level in 25 years – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s competitiveness drops to lowest level in 25 years: WCY 2021 Australia has fallen four places to 22nd in a global ranking of the competitiveness of 64 nations released today. It is Australia’s worst result in 25 years. CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball said our performance in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2021 showed we could not afford to stand still, despite our early success in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and recent strong economic recovery. “Australia cannot waste any time getting match-fit for the post-pandemic era,” Mr Ball said. “The rankings show business will need to do a lot of the heavy lifting, with business efficiency leading Australia’s slide in the rankings, driven by a lacklustre 58th place for management practices. “We are among the lowest-ranked of 64 nations on company agility, entrepreneurship, customer satisfaction and credibility of managers.

Source: Australia’s competitiveness drops to lowest level in 25 years – » The Australian Independent Media Network

America’s Dynastic Superrich Are Rigging the Rules to Protect Their Power

A new report on the state of dynastic wealth in America explodes the myth of the hardworking, meritorious rich. If America ever was a meritocracy, it certainly isn’t now.

Source: America’s Dynastic Superrich Are Rigging the Rules to Protect Their Power

Vaccine Refusal in Trump Country Makes It a Sitting Duck for COVID Delta Variant | The Smirking Chimp

It took four weeks for Delta to become the dominant COVID strain in Great Britain, and at present it has spread to more than 60 countries worldwide.

Source: Vaccine Refusal in Trump Country Makes It a Sitting Duck for COVID Delta Variant | The Smirking Chimp

Israeli mob chants for genocide in Jerusalem | The Electronic Intifada

A large group of flag-carrying Israelis gathers outside Damascus gate

Thousands of Israeli Jewish nationalists marched through Jerusalem chanting racist and genocidal slogans against Palestinians on Tuesday. This was part of an annual “March of the Flags” by far-right Israeli Jews to celebrate Israel’s occupation and colonization of East Jerusalem. Like in previous years, the mob waving Israeli flags spewed racist and genocidal slogans against Palestinians and denigrated the Prophet Muhammad.

Source: Israeli mob chants for genocide in Jerusalem | The Electronic Intifada

Israel’s New Leaders Facilitate, Then Criticize Racist Rally

15 June 2021, Israel, Jerusalem: People gather at the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem with flags of Israel during the controversial Flag March, organized by Israeli right-wing nationalists. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Israel’s “change coalition” facilitated, then criticized a Jewish supremacist rally in East Jerusalem, where Palestinians were threatened by racists and assaulted by the police. Robert MackeyRobert Mackey June 17 2021, 7:25 a.m.

Source: Israel’s New Leaders Facilitate, Then Criticize Racist Rally

Israeli police ran a ‘torture room’ in Nazareth, says rights group

An Israeli police officer arrests a Palestinian during confrontations in the city of Lydd, central Israel. (Oren Ziv)

Testimonies collected by Adalah reveal that officers beat detainees and deprived them of medical treatment during police crackdown on Palestinian citizens.

Source: Israeli police ran a ‘torture room’ in Nazareth, says rights group

Explaining Media Inequality – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As many of my social media friends and Twitter followers know, I have written a book about the cause of media bias – explaining media inequality. The book is done so it’s time to find a publisher. To help with this journey, your sharing of this post would be appreciated. Thank you! The book is written for news audiences. It traces many recent and historical cases of media bias; it is cathartic in highlighting and explaining reasons for media inequality, making sense of mass audience exasperation. It is also for journalists who want to improve their work.

Source: Explaining Media Inequality – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Being woeful gets the thumbs up! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hey, LNP supporters, which category do you fit in? Rich and self-serving? Working- or middle-class, pretentious and totally misinformed or just incredibly dumb, politically disconnected and gullible? Either or, an appalling government and an equally appalling prime minister gets the thumbs up from you guys. Sad.

Source: Being woeful gets the thumbs up! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

TV networks join Netflix crusade against Australian arts and screen content – Michael West

Netflix, local content

The TV networks have joined Netflix to oppose local TV content quotas. It’s too expensive, they say. Yet the local arts and screen sector says the industry which employs 200,000 Australians would be devastated. Elizabeth Minter reports on a crucial decision for Communications Minister Paul Fletcher.

Source: TV networks join Netflix crusade against Australian arts and screen content – Michael West

Old Dog Thought- Governments and Corporations unite to shut down Free Speech. Sorry but, Barilaro is a Calabrian name.

The state v Friendly terror suspect: Google, Facebook, 2SM dragged in to Barilaro affair

Fighting Fake News with REAL 17/6/21 Heavy handed LNP fascism & Gov sponsored terror are plain to see in NSW and it’s spreading across the country;

America’s global image under Biden skyrockets compared to Trump, survey finds

Image: Joe Biden

MAGA

America’s reputation on the global stage appears to have significantly rebounded since former President Donald Trump left office and President Joe Biden became the commander in chief, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday. As Bi

Source: America’s global image under Biden skyrockets compared to Trump, survey finds

Why the panic over “critical race theory” is the perfect right-wing troll | Salon.com

Students line a busy intersection and overpass protesting against a Jefferson County School Board proposal to emphasize patriotism and downplay civil unrest in the teaching of U.S. history, in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colo., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Several hundred students walked out of class Thursday in the fourth straight day of protests in Jefferson County. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (AP)

Moving away from the debate about what is or isn’t “critical race theory” and instead focusing on what lawmakers are actually trying to do — replace factual information with fake history — helps recenter the debate on what’s really going on. After all, the only reason Republicans and right-wing pundits lie about what is and isn’t in the public school curriculum is because they know they can’t win the debate by being honest. The truth terrifies them, which is why they go to such lengths to conceal it both in public debate and in our public schools.

Source: Why the panic over “critical race theory” is the perfect right-wing troll | Salon.com

Israel Launches Airstrikes On Gaza As Cease-Fire Crumbles | HuffPost

The Israeli military confirmed it attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, marking the definitive end of a cease-fire that followed 11 days of violence last month in which over 250 people were killed, most of them Palestinians. In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said it had attacked Hamas’ armed compounds in Gaza City in response to the reported launching of incendiary balloons from the territory, which the Israeli fire brigade said caused 20 fires in open fields near the Gaza border but apparently no casualties. HuffPost has not been able to confirm whether Hamas militants were responsible for the balloons. Advertisement The IDF said it was “ready for all scenarios, including renewed fighting in the face of continued terrorist attacks emanating from Gaza.”

Source: Israel Launches Airstrikes On Gaza As Cease-Fire Crumbles | HuffPost

Ceasefire broken as Israel targets Gaza, incendiary balloons launched

The Israel-Palestine ceasefire has broken, with Israel launching air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military reportedly confirmed hitting several targets it claimed were housing “Hamas operatives”. It came after Israel said incendiary balloons had been launched from Gaza on Wednesday (Australian time). The Israeli fire brigade said the balloons sparked at least 20 blazes in open fields in communities near the divided frontier.

Source: Ceasefire broken as Israel targets Gaza, incendiary balloons launched

Israel’s New Secular Government: Lieberman Crows that he Sidelined Fundamentalist Ultra-Orthodox and, read his lips: “No new taxes”

A lot of attention is focused on Naftali Bennett, the new prime minister of Israel. But it should be remembered that he had been a bit player, and his 7 coalition allies are often headed by much more prominent and powerful figures who are in the coalition precisely in order to carry out their own agendas.

Source: Israel’s New Secular Government: Lieberman Crows that he Sidelined Fundamentalist Ultra-Orthodox and, read his lips: “No new taxes”

Peatlands worldwide are drying out, threatening to release 860 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year

Peatlands, such as fens, bogs, marshes and swamps, cover just 3% of the Earth’s total land surface, yet store over one-third of the planet’s soil carbon. That’s more than the carbon stored in all other vegetation combined, including the world’s forests.

Source: Peatlands worldwide are drying out, threatening to release 860 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year

COVID-19 origin: a search or a witch hunt? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

All these Labs aren’t in China. Just how many secrets does this government refuse to reveal? Timor Leste is just one that comes to mind. Morrison is hardly promoting an in-principle argument here that he abides by.

 

Scott Morrison’s support for President Biden’s assertion that there is an urgent need to bolster and accelerate efforts to identify the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and further that there is a need to ensure that the World Health Organization is independent and invested with stronger surveillance powers, seems on the face of it more than reasonable. Is it?

But nonetheless, the lab scenario should worry us. Governments around the world operate labs that create and study viruses. One could claim that this is a disinterested pursuit of scientific knowledge but somehow, I doubt that funding such research is motivated by lofty altruistic motives. The laboratories working on various biohazardous research are graded from 1-4 according to their potential risk. Fifty or so laboratories worldwide come into category 4. Category 4 laboratories are highly regulated and often top-secret establishments. One cannot help but infer from that level of secrecy that governments fund that research out of their defense budgets.

Source: COVID-19 origin: a search or a witch hunt? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison gained power through a lack of due diligence

Companies do due diligence on key appointments. Why not nations? Voters who pay attention in the Australian electorate are in the curious position in 2021 of realising that the present occupant of the office of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been subject to minimal due diligence. Morrison assumed the role of Prime Minister in a backroom party spill just before the 2019 Election. Because he wasn’t expected to win that election, little attention was paid to where he came from or what he had done before his surprise ascension into the top job.

Source: Scott Morrison gained power through a lack of due diligence

What’s it all about, Albo? Morrison or you? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day. “I feel people on the right of politics in Australia show an insensitivity to the common good that goes beyond any thoughtful examination. They have a hate on their lips, and their hate starts with the beginning of a smile.”

PS: In its wisdom (or cruelty), the government granted the Tamil family community detention, which in reality is no decision at all, just an extension of its problem (or misery). This should be of no surprise given their attitude to such matters.

I believe that l have not fully covered my argument in this piece, so l will continue on this theme in my next post. Your comments might be of some assistance.

 

Source: What’s it all about, Albo? Morrison or you? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Former Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Trump’s psychosis is still an “enormous danger” | Salon.com

Donald Trump (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

For at least the past five years, some of America’s and the world’s foremost mental health experts have attempted to warn the public that Donald Trump was (and is) a dire threat to public safety. Based on Trump’s public behavior and other available information, these experts warned that he appears to be a malignant narcissist, a pathological liar who is obsessed with violence, easily manipulated by praise and other ego-stroking behavior, indifferent to the suffering of other human beings, anti-social and anti-human in his values and behavior, irresponsible and impulsive and in total quite likely a sociopath or perhaps a psychopath. Collectively, these mental health experts predicted that Trump’s many apparent pathologies would lead to destruction and suffering for the American people and the world.

Source: Former Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Trump’s psychosis is still an “enormous danger” | Salon.com

It’s not dumb luck. Is it more sinister? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Prime Minister Morrison would probably claim that it was his Coalition Government’s inspired leadership that was responsible for our good fortune. It’s not. Morrison’s Government chose to directly manage two parts of the response to COVID-19, aged care as well as vaccine procurement and distribution. Both have been botched. The Federal Health Department records that out of the 910 deaths in Australia, 685 of them were in aged care homes funded and under the direction of the Federal Government. It is certainly the case that residents in aged care homes often have other medical issues that could have increased the mortality rate, however low wages, casualisation of employment and the need for multiple jobs across aged care providers (all apparently Coalition policy) certainly didn’t contain infections to one facility.

Source: It’s not dumb luck. Is it more sinister? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Biloela family to be released from Christmas Island, but no permanent visa

Scott Morrison and the Biloela family

The pettiness of the Dutton /Morrison autocracy is plain to see.

Biloela’s Muruguppan family will be released from Christmas Island and allowed into the community in Perth, but the federal government is still blocking them from permanent resettlement or returning to their Queensland home.

Source: Biloela family to be released from Christmas Island, but no permanent visa

Dan Andrews broke his back – why is there such a frenzy of conspiracy around it? | Ariel Bogle | The Guardian

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews

Mainstream validation of the conspiratorial thinking about the Victorian premier undermines public trust, even if it serves a political purpose

Source: Dan Andrews broke his back – why is there such a frenzy of conspiracy around it? | Ariel Bogle | The Guardian

World’s Most Powerful Imprison Julian Assange for His Virtues — Not His Vices | The Smirking Chimp

The criminal ruling class has all of us locked in its death grip. It cannot be reformed. It has abolished the rule of law. It obscures and falsifies the truth. It seeks the consolidation of its obscene wealth and power. And so, to quote the Queen of Hearts, metaphorically of course, I say, “Off with their heads.”

Source: World’s Most Powerful Imprison Julian Assange for His Virtues — Not His Vices | The Smirking Chimp

This G7 reflects our G-zero world, ruled by self-interest instead of global ambition | Tom Kibasi | The Guardian

An Extinction Rebellion banner reads ‘G7 Act Now’ on a beach at St Ives, on Sunday.

Over the past 18 months, the pandemic has reaffirmed the centrality of nation states in human affairs, with little international coordination and the sidelining of multilateral institutions. Nations with the capacity to act globally seem to lack the ambition beyond the pursuit of their narrowly defined national interest. Those with the ambition lack the means or commitment. And so the G7 meeting reflects the reality that we now live in a G-zero world.

Source: This G7 reflects our G-zero world, ruled by self-interest instead of global ambition | Tom Kibasi | The Guardian

The transformative legacy of Mr. Status Quo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a conference organized by the Jewish Agency at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem, October 25, 2009. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Early during Netanyahu’s term as prime minister, I argued that his rise signified a strategic choice by Israelis to maintain the so-called “status quo” of control over millions of Palestinians. Almost everything that has happened since has reaffirmed this observation — or more accurately, everything that didn’t happen. The blockade of Gaza was never lifted; the Palestinian Authority remained a subcontractor for Israel in the occupied West Bank rather than a state in the making; settlement activities continued without Israel formally annexing any occupied territory; and the Knesset adopted the Jewish Nation-State Law, designed to prevent challenges to the state’s character by its Palestinian citizens while entrenching the superior status of the Jewish majority.

Source: The transformative legacy of Mr. Status Quo

Critical Rage Theory | The Smirking Chimp

So here’s the great irony: we’ve gone from a theory that considers racism inseparable from laws and institutions in American life to the actual enactment of rules and laws that forbid the teaching or consideration of racism as inseparable from American life. Put another way: if there ever was proof beyond a reasonable doubt that critical race theory is reality–that American institutions such as our legislatures and courts are sick to the core with racism–Trumpist Republicans are providing us that proof in spades. They are elevating critical race theory from theory to fact, and from controversy to necessity.

Source: Critical Rage Theory | The Smirking Chimp

Teachers Across the Country Are Protesting Laws That Stop Them From Talking About Systemic Racism – Mother Jones

Four people with signs in front of monument.

This weekend, teachers in more than 30 cities protested against new laws that would limit what they can say in the classroom about racism in the United States. The laws—in Texas, Idaho, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina, and other states—have emerged since George Floyd’s murder in Minnesota, after more teachers expanded lessons about systemic racism. Many of the laws ban schools from exploring “critical race theory,” which holds that any study of American history must acknowledge that racism is deeply embedded in government policies and the legal system. Some of the laws are even more broad, seeking to restrict lessons that focus on marginalized groups or equity. There’s money behind them, too. A new political action committee, the 1776 Project PAC, is fundraising to support school board members and others who push similar bills. The conservatives cheering these new restrictions likely took a recent cue from former President Donald Trump—who during his term accused schools that teach kids about slavery of spreading “hateful lies” and insulting the country’s founders. Trump created the 1776 Commission to promot

Source: Teachers Across the Country Are Protesting Laws That Stop Them From Talking About Systemic Racism – Mother Jones

Would you punt the house to restore your name?

Defamation threats can stifle robust debate.

Over the years, empty legal threats would rain down like confetti. The largest number came from Peter Dutton, who took a special interest in everything I said about him. The ABC managers developed “Dutton fatigue”. No doubt the relentless pressure was designed to make me cool my jets, to be more cautious in my commentary about the combative ex-policeman from Queensland. At one exasperated stage I told my manager I wanted to start my own proceedings against the minister alleging he defamed me for claiming I was defaming him when plainly I was not. I argued that it was defamatory to accuse a professional broadcaster of defamation for no reason, as the inference was that I was reckless or incompetent, derelict in my obligations to my employer, in breach of the ABC charter and someone the audience could not trust.

Source: Would you punt the house to restore your name?

Anglican church must rethink doctrine that has left a trail of devastated lives

Illustration: Simon Letch

We have a long way to go before our churches have any hope of being safe places for victims and survivors of family violence. A willingness to listen to survivors and to take seriously our pleas to the church to reconsider the headship/submission doctrine is a necessary beginning, but by no means the end. Until we see meaningful progress on this basic level, there is little hope we will see the structural, cultural and systemic changes that are so desperately needed.

Source: Anglican church must rethink doctrine that has left a trail of devastated lives

Book review: Farmers or Hunter-gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate rigorously critiques Bruce Pascoe’s argument

Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu will continue to be granted recognition, if not immortality. But Sutton and Walshe’s Dark Emu Debate will undoubtedly be acclaimed. As a critique of Pascoe’s book, it’s just about perfect — a volume with the twin virtues of rigour and readability.

Source: Book review: Farmers or Hunter-gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate rigorously critiques Bruce Pascoe’s argument