Breitbart News: Find out about the website Steve Bannon calls his ‘killing machine’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Steve Bannon has returned to Breitbart News after being fired from the White House. Read about the website he calls his killing machine.

Source: Breitbart News: Find out about the website Steve Bannon calls his ‘killing machine’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump looked directly at the eclipse, ignoring his own government’s safety advice – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Most of the millions of Americans who watched the total solar eclipse did so wearing safety glasses. US President Donald Trump did the opposite.

Incidentally, a press release sent out to journalists shortly before the eclipse took place explained that the Commander-in-Chief would be “watching the total eclipse from the Truman Balcony [of the White House] with the First Lady.” BuzzFeed’s Zahra Hirji noted that from Washington DC, only a partial eclipse would be seen – and shortly afterward, the White House press statement was updated

The Trump administration and its figurehead already have the ignominious reputation of being the most anti-scientific federal government in living memory, but this may be a new record. Honestly: how can anyone get a solar eclipse wrong – on multiple occasions?

Well, there’s a first time for everything, we suppose.

Source: Donald Trump looked directly at the eclipse, ignoring his own government’s safety advice – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Payday lenders: The dark truth is that we need them, but it doesn’t have to be this way – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Millions of Australians have relied on payday loans with eye-watering interest rates to get out of an emergency, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Source: Payday lenders: The dark truth is that we need them, but it doesn’t have to be this way – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Right to Discriminate: your choice, or is it mandatory? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Terence Mills It’s started: the religious communities are letting us know that if we do approve same-sex marriage in the government’s postal survey, there will be repercussions and penalties to be paid and they will not hold back. Over the weekend Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne fired the first salvo and let it be known…

Source: The Right to Discriminate: your choice, or is it mandatory? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tony Abbott And The Dangers Of Allowing Two People To Marry… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I guess most of you heard about Tony Abbott’s performance on the Ray Hardly Show. You know, the one where he talked about the dangers of two people marrying… Yes, yes, I know, his parents got married and had him. Ha ha, very funny. That’s just typical of you lefties. Attack the man when you…

Source: Tony Abbott And The Dangers Of Allowing Two People To Marry… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Darebin council stripped of citizenship ceremony after controversial Australia Day vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)| Federal Arrogance

A second Melbourne council is stripped of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies after voting to dump Australia Day celebrations.

Source: Darebin council stripped of citizenship ceremony after controversial Australia Day vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Boston ‘free speech’ rally abandoned by right-wing demonstrators outnumbered by 15,000 counter-protesters | The Independent

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As the official start time of the contentious “Free Speech Rally” in Boston approached, the winner in the battle of words between organisers and counter-demonstrators had already been determined. If hateful speech aimed at Jewish people or minorities was chanted at Boston Common park, it was not audible at one of the largest rallies being held just one week after the deadly demonstrations in Charleston, Virginia, where neo-Nazis marched bearing torches, and where one woman was killed.

Source: Boston ‘free speech’ rally abandoned by right-wing demonstrators outnumbered by 15,000 counter-protesters | The Independent

NT Stolen Generations ‘feel like the last people in Australia’ to get Commonwealth compensation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Stolen Generations members still alive in the NT have sent letters to federal ministers calling for the Commonwealth to follow other states’ lead in creating a compensation scheme.

Source: NT Stolen Generations ‘feel like the last people in Australia’ to get Commonwealth compensation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ban The Bra… Mm, Wait, No, Burn The Bra… Um, Aw Shit! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Whenever I hear the phrase, “Ban The Burqa”, my mind wanders back to the feminists who insisted that we burn the bra… Of course, the bra was a symbol of the oppression of the patriarchy and it was only by letting one’s boobies run free that one could truly embrace feminism… Or something like that!…

Source: Ban The Bra… Mm, Wait, No, Burn The Bra… Um, Aw Shit! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thousands take to streets in Boston to protest against right-wing ‘Free Speech’ rally – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tens of thousands of people in the US city of Boston protest against a Free Speech rally featuring right-wing speakers.

Source: Thousands take to streets in Boston to protest against right-wing ‘Free Speech’ rally – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

James Murdoch Rebukes Trump’s Charlottesville Reaction, Pledges $1M To ADL And Gives Fox News A Pass | Crooks and Liars

James Murdoch, the chief executive of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox and the son of Trump-whisperer Rupert Murdoch, has, “in a personal capacity,” condemned Trump’s remarks about the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last week.

Source: James Murdoch Rebukes Trump’s Charlottesville Reaction, Pledges $1M To ADL And Gives Fox News A Pass | Crooks and Liars

German Politicians think Trump is dangerously close to Neo-Nazis, and they Should know | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The nation of Germany gazed with helpless horror at Trump’s disastrous …

Source: German Politicians think Trump is dangerously close to Neo-Nazis, and they Should know | Informed Comment

Donald Trump tweets Steve Bannon send-off from White House – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Composite image of President Donald Trump waving and former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

The US President praises his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, thanking him on Twitter for his service.

Source: Donald Trump tweets Steve Bannon send-off from White House – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Nick Davies: ‘Churnalism has taken the place of what we should be doing: Telling the truth’ – Press Gazette| News Corp and Andrew Bolt are the great news pretenders.Our ABC is the last of real national and global news at reasonable cost.

Press Gazette has been reporting on British journalism without fear or favour since 1965. Our mission is to provide a news and information service which helps the UK journalism.

Source: Nick Davies: ‘Churnalism has taken the place of what we should be doing: Telling the truth’ – Press Gazette

Charlatans and a Disingenuous News Corporation:: POOPs on BS Mountain – Uthers Say – Google Books

An interesting dynamic is the relationship between Bill O’Reilly, the superstar of the Fox News Channel and one of the network’s most consistent critics the comedian John Stewart, host of The Daily Show. They appear on each other’s shows and have respectful amusing banter. At one stage in 2011 after a series of encounters O’Reilly seems genuinely concerned that John Stewart may see the Fox News Channel as a “terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization” operated by Charlatans. In a paradoxical performance just after these encounters, O’Reilly conducts an hour where he is both disappointed at Stewart’s assessment but at the same time seems hell bent on providing a concentrated hour proving him right. The first part of this News Corp Narrative is a detailed look at this particular hour of The Factor. Others who see promise in the mutual respect between O’Reilly and Stewart also see in this hour the operation of a “truly terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization” featuring selected charlatans. That conclusion is based on a view that trusted and privileged people who make “elaborate, repetitive and voluble claims to skill and knowledge” are really “quacks or frauds.” These trusted, privileged superstars “fail to reveal the full story or whole truth and while appearing to be sincere are in reality false, deceptive and insincere.” Readers, of course, are asked to judge for themselves. The second part of this narrative challenges a Fox defence against accusations of being a propaganda arm of the Republican Party. It stems from another interview John Stewart conducted with Brett Baier who repeats the mantra that, “there are opinion shows and there are news shows” and he concludes that, “I’m a news guy. I do news.” This is despite having little defence when Stewart points to contrasting interviews conducted with the two most recent Presidents. Stewart characterizes the interview with President Bush as, “You were literally sitting with President Bush in a love seat.” Others remember the interview with President Obama being very tense with the young reporter interrupting the Commander in Chief repeatedly as he attempted to deliver the Fox agenda for his viewers. In the shadow of Baier’s claims to be a news guy, a close look is taken at a week of Special Report hosted by Baier and packaged as a “news” program since it is anchored by “news men”. For part of the week the senior “news man” on the network Chris Wallace replaces Baier in the anchor’s chair. When he Chairman of News Corp has been questioned about lack of diversity on the Fox News Channel he has offered Greta van Susteren as an example of a liberal anchor. Others would say that every daily hour with Greta van Susteren is another Republican hour. Part three give three examples of hours with Greta van Susteren. Others believe that any hour taken at random would reveal similar promotion of the prevailing narrative sold with all the talking points of the day with domination of Republican guest given kid glove treatment and whenever a Democrat should wander into the line of fire a grilling can be expected. The final section deals with a variety of broadcasts where readers can decide if they are witnessing civil discourse and rational debate or the efforts of charlatans abusing the privilege that has been offered them by the News Corporation and the trust of good folk. Others may conclude that when News Corporation’s most highly paid on air personality feigns not to understand the comedian’s perceptions of charlatans and a “terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization,” that perhaps he “protests too much.” Perhaps he is being as disingenuous as his news corporation. This News Corp Narrative is a story of the operations of the Fox News Channel. Another framing of the account may be of the operations of POOPs proselytizing from a place designated by the same comedian whose observation gave Uthers this book title, as “Bullshit Mountain”

Source: Charlatans and a Disingenuous News Corporation:: POOPs on BS Mountain – Uthers Say – Google Books

Three men to be charged with terrorism offences over alleged mosque attacks | Australia news | The Guardian

“It is clear that these arson attacks were designed to intimidate and influence those that attend this mosque and the wider Islamic community. These actions have no place in our society,” McCartney said.

Source: Three men to be charged with terrorism offences over alleged mosque attacks | Australia news | The Guardian

Married Sunday, fired Monday: Churches threaten to dismiss staff who wed same-sex partners

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Australia’s Catholic church is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised, in a dramatic move led by the country’s most senior Catholic.

Source: Married Sunday, fired Monday: Churches threaten to dismiss staff who wed same-sex partners

The truth of the matter about the extent of our unemployment problem

So, the Australian Bureau of Statistics told us this week, the rate of unemployment fell a click to 5.6 per cent in July. Trouble is, most people know the official unemployment rate understates the extent of the problem.

Source: The truth of the matter about the extent of our unemployment problem

Yassmin Abdel-Magied on becoming ‘Australia’s most publicly hated Muslim’

Andrew Bolt in jackboots took the News Corp Bently out for a spin and drove it over a great young Australian just like the mindless Charlottesville embarrassment James Alex Fields. Yes, Bolt is also an Australian, however, the worst face of us a Neanderthal who has and is doing nothing for Australia’s future. Lest we forget…( Olddog )

“The executives may have been unimpressed but Ash Palairet, Abdel-Magied’s drilling supervisor in 2015 on a Shell offshore rig three-and-a-half hours by chopper off the West Australian coast, is among her biggest fans. He says she excelled at her work and was also a natural leader who dealt well with the rig’s blokey atmosphere. “She’s still young but she’s destined for something big. She breaks down barriers and lifts our awareness as a society. She’s pushing the buttons of the establishment, and letting the rest of us be the judge of their responses.”Abdel-Magied, who arrived on the rigs with orange nail polish to match her hi-vis vest, says she loved her offshore workmates, despite their sometimes offensive talk and different political views. “Through all of the stuff that has happened to me, I’ve got messages from these blokes who you might think vote for One Nation, saying ‘Hey, we’ve got your back, we’ve been defending you,’ ” she says. “I was proud to call them family.”

Source: Yassmin Abdel-Magied on becoming ‘Australia’s most publicly hated Muslim’

Trump, Nazis and the 1%

Robert Mercer, the Co-CEO of the $50 billion Renaissance Technologies hedge fund, is also one of three owners of Breitbart News,

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel is another close Trump ally who doesn’t seem to mind hobnobbing with the Alt-Right.

Another Wall Street mega-billionaire, hedge fund tycoon Daniel Loeb, has been doing his part to normalize white supremacist rhetoric in 2017 America.

Source: Trump, Nazis and the 1%

America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

At the base of a Captain Cook statue in Sydney, the inscription reads, Discovered this territory, 1770. Surely we need no longer maintain the fiction that he discovered this country.

Source: America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bannon’s Ouster Welcomed, But Much Bigger Problem Remains in White House: Trump | Common Dreams| Will Murdoch step in? (Old Dog)

“The problem was never just Steve Bannon. It was and always will be Donald Trump.”That’s how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded to news that Friday would the last day on the job for Trump’s top political strategist.

Source: Bannon’s Ouster Welcomed, But Much Bigger Problem Remains in White House: Trump | Common Dreams

Donald Trump fires chief strategist Steve Bannon – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

President Donald Trump has fired chief strategist Steve Bannon, ending his turbulent tenure.

Source: Donald Trump fires chief strategist Steve Bannon – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

NBN has a message for Australia: ‘If you want high-speed internet, you are going to have to pay more’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) That wasn’t Abbott’s Promise (Olddog)

Disappointed your new much-hyped NBN is a step down? You’re not alone and the only way to fix it is to pay much more.

Source: NBN has a message for Australia: ‘If you want high-speed internet, you are going to have to pay more’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How do you know if you’re getting a good deal when you connect to the NBN? How do you know if you’ll be getting the high-speed connection you were promised?

‘There are no good Nazis’: James Murdoch takes $1.3 million stand against Trump

Rupert Murdoch’s second-eldest son is the first of the powerful media mogul’s family to publicly condemn the US president’s performance after the violence in Charlottesville, pledging to donate money to a civil rights organisation.

Source: ‘There are no good Nazis’: James Murdoch takes $1.3 million stand against Trump

Richard Spencer tells Israelis ‘White Nationalism’ is akin to Zionism | +972 Magazine

The prominent white supremacist is given a platform on Israel’s top-rated news show, and the host doesn’t once challenge his anti-Semitism or hateful views. By +972 Magazine Staff Israel’s most popular prime-time television news show gave white supremacist Richard Spencer a platform to try and convince Jewish Israelis that White Nationalism is analogous to Zionism, adding that Israelis should relate to him and his ilk. [If the video below doesn’t play, watch here or here] “As an Israeli citizen, as someone who understands your identity, who has a sense of nationhood and peoplehood, and history and the experience of the…

Source: Richard Spencer tells Israelis ‘White Nationalism’ is akin to Zionism | +972 Magazine

Donald Trump tweets discredited Islamic pigs’ blood tale after Barcelona attack

Hours after Barcelona attack, Donald Trump recycled a largely discredited tale about “radical Islamic terrorism”.

Source: Donald Trump tweets discredited Islamic pigs’ blood tale after Barcelona attack

Let’s talk about immigration – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In my opinion, the more diverse, tolerant, inclusive and accepting our society is, the safer we are. People come here knowing what the country is like – why would they try to change it into the country they have left? We are all different. We all have something to offer if accepted and encouraged to do so. We don’t have to look alike or have the same beliefs or eat the same foods.Problems arise when people feel alienated or isolated – all people, not just migrants. It’s no fun when people keep putting you down, not because you have done anything wrong, for just being who you are.

Source: Let’s talk about immigration – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Marvellous Melbourne’ the world’s most liveable city only for the few

 

The annual survey is a guide to help companies calculate where to deploy – and what to pay – expatriate executives. Its criteria measure liveability for the few who are highly paid and centrally located, not for the legion of frustrated commuters, many of them underemployed, jammed on freeways fretting about coping on a shrinking real wage and, in many cases, suffering disappointment at the daily struggles caused by moving to the under-resourced fringe to buy a home they can afford.

Source: ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ the world’s most liveable city only for the few

Why I’m voting yes: There are no rational arguments to oppose marriage equality

There are no reasonable or rational arguments to oppose marriage equality. The usual lines about the sanctity of the “nuclear family” and concerns over children will no doubt get a run but that is not what the survey is about.

Source: Why I’m voting yes: There are no rational arguments to oppose marriage equality

Behind Pauline Hanson’s burqa stunt is an ugly reality

Pauline Hanson removes her burqa after the Senate stunt.

The Australian media and political landscape is now awash with goons seeking to exploit the sort of far-right tone the Donald Trump presidency has helped legitimise across the West, all of them dedicated to the defence of free speech and the hurt feelings of white men.

Source: Behind Pauline Hanson’s burqa stunt is an ugly reality