Old Dog Thought- Australia has become unique in eyes of the world. It’s our Trumpism and lack of shame for an inglorious past

Fighting Fake News with Real 25/1/21; Invasion Day needs a change of heart as well as a date; While an economic historic and cultural opportunity our governments have failed us in the eyes of the world

‘Crazed mob’ on Capitol Hill didn’t come out of nowhere: Noam Chomsky dissects America’s airbrushed ‘ills’ on RT — RT USA News

‘Crazed mob’ on Capitol Hill didn’t come out of nowhere: Noam Chomsky dissects America’s airbrushed ‘ills’ on RT

Crazed mob’ on Capitol Hill didn’t come out of nowhere: Noam Chomsky dissects America’s airbrushed ‘ills’ on RT

‘Crazed mob’ on Capitol Hill didn’t come out of nowhere: Noam Chomsky dissects America’s airbrushed ‘ills’ on RT — RT USA News

Biden Address: Deception

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Democracy is and always will be at a tipping point. It’s a process that needs to be respected by at least a majority

While Putin is arrresting 1000’s of it’s citizens Pravda is crying corocodile tears, no real tears, for its asset lost Donald. Will the Russians finance his incompetence amplifying theirs?

They’re beholden to dark forces controlling them. Will martial law be declared ahead on the phony pretext of foreign threats and domestic terrorism to counter? Will what remains of a free and open society be replaced by full-blown totalitarian rule, enforced by police state harshness? Make no mistake. Biden/Harris and members of their regime are enemies of ordinary people, hostile to their interests, wanting them exploited, not served. Along with likely escalated foreign aggression against one or more invented enemies, homeland despotism will likely harden on their watch for our own good we’ll likely be told.

Biden Address: Deception

What’s Next for the Militias?

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It was all over quickly, and for Anthony, it was enough. He and Baird were out of D.C. by nightfall. On the way back, he said, he got messages from militiamen back home who were vowing to follow them back into the Capitol with weapons. He brushed it off, telling them it was a ludicrous idea. He doesn’t think they’d have come anyway. He sensed the momentum sapping from the militia crowd and predicted a period of indecision and infighting. That was the mood, at least, on the eve of Biden’s inauguration.

What’s Next for the Militias?

Banished to a cold garage, investigated for sedition, exposed to Covid… Biden sure respects his National Guard troops — RT Op-ed

Reading RT convinces me that Trump was definitely a Russian asset in the USA. Russian troops numbers, not disclosed, have arrested 1000s of it’s citizens. Mostly the youth of Russia for simply protesting the jailing of a political opponent of Putin’s. But more so like Oliver Twist asking for more. Believe me Russia has a far greater domestic police force than America.

If you thought a president who needs 25,000 troops to safeguard his inauguration from threats that appear to have been manufactured would at least treat his praetorians with some gratitude and respect – well, you’d be wrong.

Banished to a cold garage, investigated for sedition, exposed to Covid… Biden sure respects his National Guard troops — RT Op-ed

Maybe now the U.S. should stop talking down to the World about “Democracy Promotion”

These precautions are eminently sensible, given the threat of right-wing violence. And the last thing the new administration wants on its first day of office is to hold a very visible super-spreader event in the nation’s capital. But it’s not a good look for American democracy when the peaceful handover of power has the appearance of a banana republic installing a tinpot dictator—or resembles the America of 1861, for that matter, when a huge security presence at Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration presaged the outbreak of civil war.

Maybe now the U.S. should stop talking down to the World about “Democracy Promotion”

Trump’s second most potent weapon – loyalty

The folly of loyalty in Trump's America

The late, great anti-apartheid activist Stephen Biko once said: “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Thanks to the inane, ego-driven, and now deadly antics of Trump, the second most potent weapon is loyalty.

Trump’s second most potent weapon – loyalty

Donald Trump’s Pardons Were So ‘Poorly Worded’ That His Allies May Still Be Prosecuted, Legal Experts Say

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Guess you get what you don’t want to pay for

Former President Donald Trump issued more than 100 pardons before leaving the White House, most of them to personal friends and political allies, including controversial figures such as Paul Manafort and Gen. Michael Flynn. According to a Saturday report from Business Insider, some legal experts believe that Trump’s pardons were so “poorly worded” that the individuals he pardoned may still be open to prosecution.

Donald Trump’s Pardons Were So ‘Poorly Worded’ That His Allies May Still Be Prosecuted, Legal Experts Say

Was COVID-19 born in the United States? (part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A new bombshell emerged: the Trump Administration unfounded accusation of China for spreading the ‘Wuhan virus’ worldwide. It did not matter that such infamy had been questioned by both Japanese and Chinese reports. A report from a Japanese TV station which suspected some of the 14,000 Americans died of influenza may have unknowingly contracted the COVID-19 went viral on Chinese social media, stoking fears and speculations in China that the new virus may have originated in the United States. The report, by TV Asahi Corporation of Japan, suggested that the United States government may have failed to grasp how rampant the virus had gone on the United States soil. (Japanese TV report sparks speculations in China that COVID-19 may have originated in US, Global Times, February 23, 2020). Nor did the presence of suspected similar cases had occurred in Italy in late 2019 and elsewhere, as will be seen. On 12 March 2020, in a statement to the House Oversight Committee of the United States Congress the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert R. Redfield candidly admitted that: yes, some cases diagnosed as seasonal flu could have been COVID-19. As to exactly when that occurred, in October?, in November?, he could not be precise. China’s Foreign Ministry reacted to Dr. Redfield’s statements intimating that the virus could have originated in the United States.

Was COVID-19 born in the United States? (part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tin pot dictators, timid sycophants, and corporate schills – is that the best we can do? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When the world needs inspiration, courage, integrity and resolve, we are dished up leaders like Trump, Boris and ScoMo – a bunch of buffoons completely unworthy of the title ‘leader’.

Tin pot dictators, timid sycophants, and corporate schills – is that the best we can do? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Donald Trump is $1bn in debt, an impeachment trial is due next week, criminal charges are possible | Daily Mail Online

Donald Trump is $1bn in debt, an impeachment trial is due next week, criminal charges are possible | Daily Mail Online
There were still a few minutes left of Donald Trump¿s troubled tenure as U.S. president, but his First Lady had had enough

Pariah-in-Chief: Donald Trump is $1bn in debt, an impeachment trial is due next week, criminal charges are possible – and he’s being abandoned by banks, cronies and even his Mar A Lago neighbours

Donald Trump is $1bn in debt, an impeachment trial is due next week, criminal charges are possible | Daily Mail Online

Bernie Sanders Is Right, and Joe Biden Is Wrong. We Still Need Medicare for All.

Joe Biden and the Democratic establishment refuse to push Medicare for All even as COVID-19 continues to ravage the country. That’s all the more reason for us to demand, alongside Bernie Sanders, that everyone get the health care they need free of charge until the pandemic is over.

Bernie Sanders Is Right, and Joe Biden Is Wrong. We Still Need Medicare for All.

The Insurrection Was Put Down. The GOP Plan for Minority Rule Marches On. – Mother Jones

However Trump has declared he was ready to destroy the GOP

In 2018, Democrats swept every statewide race in Wisconsin, ending nearly a decade of Republican rule. “The voters spoke,” Democrat Tony Evers said after defeating incumbent Gov. Scott Walker. “A change is coming, Wisconsin!” Not so fast. A month later, the GOP-controlled legislature convened an unprecedented lame-duck session to strip the incoming governor of key administrative and appointment powers and shorten the early voting period to dampen future Democratic turnout. Though their opponents had won more votes, Republicans believed only they were entitled to exercise power.

The Insurrection Was Put Down. The GOP Plan for Minority Rule Marches On. – Mother Jones

Meet Your Local Republican Insurrectionist | HuffPost Australia

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At least 21 state and local Republican officials attended the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., that turned into a violent riot, according to a new HuffPost tally, many of whom are now under pressure to resign.

Meet Your Local Republican Insurrectionist | HuffPost Australia

Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading

With new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected around the world, and at New Zealand’s border, the risk of further level 3 or 4 lockdowns is increased if those viruses get into the community.

Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading

Unemployment down, but recovery still way off: ACTU – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When recovery hasn’t been equally distributed it’s not a recovery and when the gov refocuses on cutbacks it’s even worse

“The Morrison government’s plans to cut income support and introduce industrial relations legislation which cuts workers’ pay and conditions will worsen unemployment, increase insecure work and further drive down wage growth,” O’Neil warned.

Unemployment down, but recovery still way off: ACTU – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Coalition’s dependence on mining sector causing a decline in economic growth

The Liberal Party has benefited from its relationship to the mining sector, but at great cost to the Australian people, writes Richard Gillies.

Coalition’s dependence on mining sector causing a decline in economic growth

Israeli NGO: Israel Is an Apartheid Regime

B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, has taken an extraordinary step — following many Palestinian and human rights groups around the world — in calling the state of Israel what it is: an apartheid regime and thus anything but a democracy.

Israeli NGO: Israel Is an Apartheid Regime

‘A Big Deal’: Lawmakers Reintroduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United | Common Dreams News

Attendees hold signs as they listen to speakers during a rally calling for an end to corporate money in politics and to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, at Lafayette Square near the White House, January 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

We cannot allow the wealthiest individuals and corporations to flood our elections with cash through complex webs of super PACs and dark money groups that put special interests above the will of the American people.”

‘A Big Deal’: Lawmakers Reintroduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United | Common Dreams News

Biden Should Repudiate Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

U.S. Capitol Police officers walk by the Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. A bulletin this week from the FBI and other agencies warned that extremists may exploit the aftermath of the Capitol breach by conducting attacks to destabilize and force a larger conflict in the U.S. Photographer: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Before Donald Trump began his run for president, there was a war against journalism in the United States. President George W. Bush used the Espionage Act and sought to jail reporters who refused to give up their sources, not to mention killing journalists in war zones. When President Barack Obama, a constitutional law scholar, came to power, he did so claiming that he and Joe Biden would represent the most transparent administration in history. But then reality set in. During his eight years in power, Obama’s Justice Department used the Espionage Act against whistleblowers more than all of Obama’s predecessors combined. They continued the Bush Justice Department’s war on journalists, including threatening to jail then-New York Times reporter James Risen if he did not testify against his alleged source.

Biden Should Repudiate Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

Fox News wasted no time rolling out its climate strategy for the Biden administration: denial and bad-faith arguments | Media Matters for America

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Heavy Fossil Fuel investor Rupert Murdoch Director of Genie Oil continues his anti- climate change campaign on his Corporate Media

Morano is not a climate scientist and his climate lies have been repeatedly debunked, but he has been a longtime guest of Fox News shows. Later, on Fox & Friends, discredited contrarian Bjorn Lomborg downplayed the severity of the climate crisis

Fox News wasted no time rolling out its climate strategy for the Biden administration: denial and bad-faith arguments | Media Matters for America

Trump Returns To A Business Empire Ravaged By Pandemic | HuffPost

Revenue from government sources will end. Nevertheless the ex- President may not leave a financial legacy but he will have a comfortable life of golf

The disclosure showed sizable debt facing the company of more than $300 million, much of it coming due in the next four years, and a major bright spot: Revenue at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, his new post-presidency home, rose by a few million dollars.

Trump Returns To A Business Empire Ravaged By Pandemic | HuffPost

More Bad News for Trump: Last Year, His Company’s Revenues Plunged $150 Million – Mother Jones

As Donald Trump left the White House yesterday, he returned to a business empire in dire financial condition—far worse than previously reported, according to newly disclosed information. Trump’s final personal financial statement, filed Wednesday night, shows that revenues at his company, the Trump Organization, plunged by more than $150 million last year—a whopping decline of nearly 40 percent. The disclosure also reveals that many of his flagship properties saw much of their business evaporate over the last year.

More Bad News for Trump: Last Year, His Company’s Revenues Plunged $150 Million – Mother Jones

‘Trump will go down as a total failure’: The Proud Boys are in disarray as Biden’s presidency begins – Alternet.org

'Trump will go down as a total failure': The Proud Boys are in disarray as Biden’s presidency begins

When former President Donald Trump expressed solidarity with the Proud Boys during his first debate with Joe Biden in late September, the far-right group felt energized. But now, at the dawn of President Joe Biden’s administration, the group is in a state of disarray and disillusionment. Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs has been arrested in connection with the January 6 insurrection, and some members are now railing against the former president they once idolized.

‘Trump will go down as a total failure’: The Proud Boys are in disarray as Biden’s presidency begins – Alternet.org

Internet’s founder, US officials slap down News and Nine’s crusade on Google – Michael West

Google and Facebook link Murdoch and Costello and advertise them for free

Is Government intervention viable, or just a favour for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Peter Costello’s Nine Entertainment? Opposition is growing both locally and globally to media laws introduced by the Coalition Government requiring tech giants Google and Facebook to pay for displaying news content. Kim Wingerei delves into the numbers.

Internet’s founder, US officials slap down News and Nine’s crusade on Google – Michael West

Sunk before Service: Australia’s Disastrous Submarine Project – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Another Abbott brainstorm turned disaster

One only gets into the submarine procurement business to spite government treasurers and economic managers. Efficiency and effectuality are bonus additions, but hardly necessary. Witness the evolving disaster that is Australia’s SEA 1000 Future Submarine program, won by France’s DCNS, now Naval Group, in 2016.

Sunk before Service: Australia’s Disastrous Submarine Project – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Governments continue to ignore climate change as a cause of koala extinction

Australia stands alone in the world on Climate Change America has joined the Paris accord and abandoned Trumpist Morrison

Bushfires caused by climate change had a significant impact on the survival of koalas while the Government continues to ignore warnings, writes Sue Arnold.

Governments continue to ignore climate change as a cause of koala extinction

No one should be afraid of Donald Trump: He is the biggest loser in U.S. political history | Salon.com

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The Reality Show axed after one season

Trump’s record distinguishes him as the worst president ever. He has lost the popular vote in two national elections. He has been impeached twice, with conviction still possible in the second case. He has been an accomplice to the mass murder of over 400,000 Americans and counting due to the coronavirus. He has caused a massive economic crash. He has incited an insurrection against the government of the United States. He played a corrupt game of footsie with the president of Ukraine, and has been oddly but consistently subservient to the president of Russia. He has grifted the American people out of millions of dollars. He has pardoned associates and acquaintances who could implicate him in crimes. He has been incompetent, indifferent, lazy and vindictive. To top it all off, he has rushed to execute 13 people before his term is up — the most by any president in 120 years.

No one should be afraid of Donald Trump: He is the biggest loser in U.S. political history | Salon.com

Trump Never Cared About His Fans. His Pardons Prove It. – Mother Jones

Mafia Don has left the house but his capos are in tact

With his final acts before leaving office, President Donald Trump revealed a deep contempt for his supporters—and for the platform he ran on.

Trump Never Cared About His Fans. His Pardons Prove It. – Mother Jones

In the lead-up to Biden’s inauguration, right-wing media fearmongered about his immigration agenda | Media Matters for America

Breitbart, Fox News, Newsmax over American flag

In the lead-up to President Joe Biden’s inauguration, conservative media spent weeks fearmongering about his immigration policies, arguing that he would allow in an immense number of new immigrants who would overwhelm the United States — a familiar line of attack used by the right to demonize both elected Democrats and immigrants.

In the lead-up to Biden’s inauguration, right-wing media fearmongered about his immigration agenda | Media Matters for America

To publish or not to publish? The media’s free-speech dilemmas in a world of division, violence and extremism

To publish or not to publish? The media’s free-speech dilemmas in a world of division, violence and extremism

How do they cover the activities and rhetoric of political extremists without giving oxygen to race hate and civil insurrection? How do they integrate news-making social media material into their own content, when it is also hateful or a threat to the civil peace?

To publish or not to publish? The media’s free-speech dilemmas in a world of division, violence and extremism

Was COVID-19 born in the United States? (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

President Trump has been constantly referring to COVID-19 as ‘made in China’; in recent times Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has been referring to it as ‘Wuhan coronavirus.’ That there be no proof of it does not matter. As far as President Trump is concerned, his credibility has been punctiliously examined by the fact checkers of The Washington Post. They estimated that during the four years of his term of office President Trump uttered some 25,000 false or misleading statements. As far as COVID-19 President Trump must be held responsible for a very ‘Big lie’.

Was COVID-19 born in the United States? (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The big barriers to global vaccination: patent rights, national self-interest and the wealth gap

Disappointingly, rich countries today behave as though they will reach 100% vaccination rates before they give away a single dose, with many having bought well in excess of what is needed for 100% coverage.

The big barriers to global vaccination: patent rights, national self-interest and the wealth gap

Two Fox News executives out after Arizona election night call

The Fox News channel has dominated US conservative politics

Bill Sammon, senior vice president and managing editor at Fox’s Washington bureau, announced his retirement to staff members on Monday. On Tuesday, as part of a restructuring of Fox’s digital operations, politics editor Chris Stirewalt was let go.

Two Fox News executives out after Arizona election night call

A ‘last outpost’ for Trump tactics: did Donald change Australian politics?

Mr Morrison was welcomed to Washington DC by Mr Trump in 2019.

The Labor leader thundered that Scott Morrison had gone “too far” in his support for the defeated President, claiming “Trumpists” were the “bedrock” of the Prime Minister’s supporters. While it’s no secret Mr Morrison enjoyed a far better relationship with Mr Trump than most world leaders – feted with a state dinner, lauded as the “man of titanium”, and awarded the Legion of Merit – what is less clear is how the Trump era changed Australian politics.

A ‘last outpost’ for Trump tactics: did Donald change Australian politics?

Australia Day OR Fun With Flags… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Whatever one thinks about the date, I can’t help but wonder why there are so many yobbos running around with Australian flags on their back. The flag wasn’t in existence on when Captain Phillip landed so they should really be running around with a British flag if they wanted to be traditionalists.

Australia Day OR Fun With Flags… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Morrison government’s two alarming assaults on freedom of speech after spruiking liberty

The Australian government continues to curtail what you can say online.
Why is it we allow our PM to get away with BULLSHIT. Bring back the ABC

When Prime Minister Scott Morrison was invited at a recent press conference to condemn far-right conspiracy theories promoted by government members such as George Christensen, he refused. He also defended another Liberal backbencher, Craig Kelly, who has undermined the government’s health message by spreading false information about COVID-19. At the time, Morrison said: “There’s such a thing as freedom of speech in this country and that will continue.”

The Morrison government’s two alarming assaults on freedom of speech after spruiking liberty

Old Dog Thought- What’s the difference betweem a do-nothing Morrison and a do-nothing Trump? Trump took a year off playing golf

The Australian government continues to curtail what you can say online.

Fighting Fake News with REAL; 21/1/21; Freedom to Bullshit; Morrison continues to short change a nation for donoors; Billionaires kept their jobs and bonuses and we paid;

“The Horror, the Horror.” An epitaph for Trump’s Nazi Presidency

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While White Right-Wing Domestic terror has increased under Trump

Crime, too, has dramatically fallen in the United States in the past 20 years, but Trump wants people to believe the opposite. Again, only if there is a crisis of brown and black crime will das Volk be willing to surrender their rights to the Great White Trump.

“The Horror, the Horror.” An epitaph for Trump’s Nazi Presidency

‘Good Riddance You Fascist White Supremacist’: Trump Farewell Gets Cold Shoulder | Common Dreams News

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on November 5, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images)

“Today is the last full day of the worst and most dangerous president in American history,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.

‘Good Riddance You Fascist White Supremacist’: Trump Farewell Gets Cold Shoulder | Common Dreams News

Trump fanatic who is charged with participation in January 6 insurrection made several Fox News appearances in 2019 | Media Matters for America

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Couy Griffin is an anti-immigrant bigot who has pushed xenophobic claims on Fox

Trump fanatic who is charged with participation in January 6 insurrection made several Fox News appearances in 2019 | Media Matters for America

WATCH: Fox’s ‘Hannity’ Is Now Just One Long Ramble Of Right Wing Trigger Words | Crooks and Liars

WATCH:  Fox's 'Hannity' Is Now Just One Long Ramble Of Right Wing Trigger Words

You watch Fox News long enough and you figure out how that sausage must get made. In 2011, Rolling Stone (paywall) watched enough to prove that the guests on Fox are not there to provide their insight or opinions: they are there to repeat the talking point of the day to the hosts so that it appears to the audience that “everybody is saying” that, for instance, Barack Obama is a secret socialist.

WATCH: Fox’s ‘Hannity’ Is Now Just One Long Ramble Of Right Wing Trigger Words | Crooks and Liars