Coronavirus update: Anthony Fauci warns US could soon have ‘100,000 cases a day’, Australians make European Union’s safe travel list – ABC News

A close up of Anthony Fauci wearing a mask.

via Coronavirus update: Anthony Fauci warns US could soon have ‘100,000 cases a day’, Australians make European Union’s safe travel list – ABC News

On key date he was reportedly briefed on Russia bounty story, Trump was live-tweeting Fox News and hosting network personalities at the White House | Media Matters for America

Trump Fox

Already, Fox News is spinning for Trump on this point, with Fox & Friends co-hosts claiming, “All presidents don’t read all of their briefings,” and adding, “It might have been printed in it, it doesn’t mean that he actually heard about it.”

via On key date he was reportedly briefed on Russia bounty story, Trump was live-tweeting Fox News and hosting network personalities at the White House | Media Matters for America

Senate Republicans Make Sure Trump Can Hide Offers Of Foreign Election Help | Crooks and Liars

Senate Republicans Make Sure Trump Can Hide Offers Of Foreign Election Help

Why would Republicans, supposedly “America first” adherents, want to prevent Americans from knowing about foreign interference in our presidential election – unless they have something to hide?

via Senate Republicans Make Sure Trump Can Hide Offers Of Foreign Election Help | Crooks and Liars

Wilful ignorance of facts on Chinese investment is cheap politics – Michael West

Photo of Chinese flag flying over Parliament House, Canberra

Fears of China buying up the country run deep, with opportunistic politicians and commentators long showing a willingness to not let “facts” get in the way of the truth. And the facts are that: China’s land interests are predominantly leasehold, it owns just 2% of foreign investment stock and is subject to a much lower threshold test. With the Australia-China relationship at a low ebb, it is time to call out this destructive tactic, writes James Laurenceson.

via Wilful ignorance of facts on Chinese investment is cheap politics – Michael West

Chaotic world order and rising tensions with Beijing push Scott Morrison to overcome fear of ‘negative globalism’ | Australian politics | The Guardian

Parliament House is seen behind an Australian and a Chinese flag in Canberra, Australia, 23 March 2017 (reissued 25 November 2019)

But Morrison went further. He presented his disdain for summitry not only as a personal foible but also as a reflection of his worldview – his belief that international bodies and gatherings should be mistrusted and that they threaten to undercut the nation’s independence and interests. Morrison rejected what he labelled “negative globalism” and warned that Australia must tread warily to avoid being dictated to by an “unaccountable internationalist bureaucracy”.
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But this was before the Covid-19 pandemic. Never mind Climate Change

via Chaotic world order and rising tensions with Beijing push Scott Morrison to overcome fear of ‘negative globalism’ | Australian politics | The Guardian

The Kafkaesque Imperium: Julian Assange and the Second Superseding Indictment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

America is the New China and China is rapidly becoming the New America (ODT)

Assange’s stance on information, and his encouragement to the young to rush into the ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency, is taken as an exhortation of bad faith, encouraging the theft of classified information and the ruination of secrecy. A better reading of this, urges Gosztola, is to see this as a call “to young people to help the public address a crisis of corruption in government by forcing transparency at a time when the government abuses the classified information system to conceal waste, fraud, abuse, and other illegal actions.”

The new indictment has made something of a mockery of the London extradition proceedings. Judge Vanessa Baraitser conceded to being informed of the superseding document by email, but still awaits its official receipt. Prosecution barrister Joel Smith merely remarked that both parties were still pouring over its contents and implications. “If we need to involve the court … then we will inform the court at the appropriate time.” Summers was less sanguine, suggesting that the expansive larding of the new indictment would affect future management hearings. “This shows,” stated Hrafnsson, “how they are abusing due process in the UK and flaunting the legal system’s rules.”

via The Kafkaesque Imperium: Julian Assange and the Second Superseding Indictment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Is this another JobKeeper bungle?

After an initial $60 billion bungle, the JobKeeper figures still don’t seem to be adding up. Tarric Brooker reports.

AS THE CLOCK ticks down toward the conclusion of the Morrison Government’s JobKeeper program – now less than three months away – figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have raised further questions about how many workers are actually being covered by the policy.

via Is this another JobKeeper bungle?

Donald Trump Is a Very Dumb Man

The male version of Sarah Palin has arrived (ODT)

John Bolton’s absurd, self-aggrandizing new book reveals a shocking secret: Donald Trump knows next to nothing about Africa. The continent is better off without his ignorant meddling.

via Donald Trump Is a Very Dumb Man

The Covid-BLM Diversion; “Shock Therapy” behind a smokescreen of hysteria and racial incitement, by Mike Whitney – The Unz Review

This is precisely right. The country has been deliberately plunged into another Great Depression with the clear intention of imposing harsh austerity measures that will eviscerate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and any other social safteynet programs that benefit ordinary working people, retirees, or anyone else for that matter. None of it is random, spontaneous or spur-of-the-moment policymaking. It’s all drawn from a centuries-old Imperial Playbook that’s being used by scheming elites to implement their final plan for America: Tear down the statues, destroy the icons and symbols, rewrite the history, crush the populist resistance, create a permanent underclass that will work for pennies on the dollar, pit one group against the other by inciting racial hatred, political polarization and fratricidal warfare, promote the vandals who burn and loot our cities, attack anyone who speaks the truth, and offer unlimited support to the party that has aligned itself with the corrupt Intel agencies, the traitorous media, the sinister deep state, and the tyrannical elites who are determined to control the all the levers of state power and crush anyone who gets in their way.

via The Covid-BLM Diversion; “Shock Therapy” behind a smokescreen of hysteria and racial incitement, by Mike Whitney – The Unz Review

Delisting Chinese Firms From US Exchanges – Stephen Lendman

Trumpism and the drag on a nation(ODT

According to commander of US Naval Forces in Europe, Africa, and NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Admiral James Foggo:

“NATO can no longer ignore China’s activities in Europe.” Citing no credible evidence, he falsely claimed Beijing aims to undermine the international rules-based order.

Claiming as well that it maintained peace throughout the post-WW II era ignored endless US preemptive wars against invented enemies.

Is US conflict with China inevitable — given the country’s growing prominence on the world stage while the US declines?

China pursues cooperative relations with other countries. So do Russia, Iran, and other nations the US is hostile toward.

Washington’s drive for unchallenged dominance risks unthinkable nuclear war if it pushes things too far against nations able to hit back hard in self-defense if attacked.

via Delisting Chinese Firms From US Exchanges – Stephen Lendman

Why is this ongoing American ‘revolution’ bound to fail?

The outrage over the brutal police killing propelled millions of people to the streets. The mood has been truly rebellious, revolutionary, geared for big changes.

But then, nothing!

Revolution is being postponed. Opportunities lost. Postpone by how many years?

The truth is – there are no shortcuts. Those who sincerely want to change the United States will have to follow the revolutionary formula from other countries. The formula is mainly based on education, knowledge, and determined, selfless work for the country and the world, called “internationalism.”

Unless the US comes up with an absolutely new strategy, formula, but right now, frankly, it seems to be extremely far from coming up with it!

via Why is this ongoing American ‘revolution’ bound to fail?

Defund the CEOs | The Smirking Chimp

In 2018, 50 major U.S. corporations paid their top execs over 1,000 times what they paid their most typical workers.

We could do bolder still. We could deny government contracts and subsidies to corporations with wide gaps between executive and worker pay. Our tax dollars should not subsidize — in any way — the exploitation of working people.

Or as an excellent New York Times analysis has just put it: “For the voices of workers to be heard, the influence of the wealthy must be curbed.”

via Defund the CEOs | The Smirking Chimp

Revisiting failed climate strategy of CCS renders investors speechless – Michael West

drawing of two dirty coal-fired power stations

Carbon capture and storage, the prohibitively expensive climate mitigation strategy, is back on the Coalition’s agenda. Yet the facts speak for themselves. Of Shell’s total emissions of 656 million tonnes a year, its two CCS plants remove just 5 million tonnes a year from the atmosphere; the few plants in the world only exist because of huge government subsidies; while European oil companies use CCS primarily as a “feel-good” marketing message. Tim Buckley and Clark Butler report.

via Revisiting failed climate strategy of CCS renders investors speechless – Michael West

Morrison morphs into ‘Strict Father’ mode – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In accepting Morrison’s ‘Strict Father’ behaviour, we are also accepting his judgement, which in turn is predicated on his political ideologies and his belief system. To expect the electorate to accept unthinkingly his decisions on this basis is a big call.

What are you prepared to accept from our national leader?

via Morrison morphs into ‘Strict Father’ mode – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- The acceleration and desperation of Private Media’s role is the 2020 Massage

Fighting Fake News with REAL 30/6/20. Australians in Trumpsville; Private schools; Humour;

Shaoquett Moselmane breaks silence over ASIO raids for China links

Shaoquett Moselmane speaks at NSW Parliament on Monday.

How is it the LNP are so better organized in terms of their Dirt Brigade. So much unwarranted support from the media and IPA really does show. (ODT)

via Shaoquett Moselmane breaks silence over ASIO raids for China links

Has Scott Morrison’s best mates David Gazard and Peter Costello again fraudulently profited from Australia’s $90 billion Liberal Party / submarine slush fund? – Kangaroo Court of Australia

via Has Scott Morrison’s best mates David Gazard and Peter Costello again fraudulently profited from Australia’s $90 billion Liberal Party / submarine slush fund? – Kangaroo Court of Australia

Australia could create hundreds of thousands of jobs by accelerating shift to zero emissions – report | Environment | The Guardian

A report by Beyond Zero Emissions has found hastening the shift to zero greenhouse gas emissions could help Australia recover from the recession.

It can’t do the same with fossil fuels or for the betterment of the nation (ODT)

via Australia could create hundreds of thousands of jobs by accelerating shift to zero emissions – report | Environment | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- Fox News apologises for another Trump Gaff

A graphic of people on a crowded street with the faces of some people scanned

Fighting Fake News with REAL 29/6/20 Simple rules of English the Dictators an Authoritarians all use; Humanities gets rid of the fine print; Rudd says face up to Israel they are invading Palestine;

Antifa, Boogaloo boys, white nationalists: Which extremists showed up to the US Black Lives Matter protests? – ABC News

A man carrying an assault rifle while wearing a bulletproof vest, sunglasses, facemask and a hat walks along a Seattle street.

via Antifa, Boogaloo boys, white nationalists: Which extremists showed up to the US Black Lives Matter protests? – ABC News

Tucker Carlson Warns Trump Will Lose Unless BLM Protesters “Rounded Up’ Like Terrorists | Crooks and Liars

Tucker Carlson Warns Trump Will Lose Unless BLM Protesters “Rounded Up’ Like Terrorists

Keeping a lid on millions of  Americans where would Trump put them? Only Tucker knows. Round up the advertisers deserting him is the first step. (ODT)

via Tucker Carlson Warns Trump Will Lose Unless BLM Protesters “Rounded Up’ Like Terrorists | Crooks and Liars

Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist’s Identity Confirmed | Southern Poverty Law Center

The ongoing anti-white rampage of the Unpopular Front — Millennial lumpen-bourgeoisie, black criminals, academics, journalists, and woke capital — has led to more questions than answers.

Some call them communists, but the terrorists do not have any economic demands. On the contrary, they have a close relationship with corporate America. Conservatives are desperate to link them to the Democratic Party, but they don’t support Biden and have long forgotten Bernie. Others wish to blame foreign intelligence services to build energy for discredited neo-conservatism, but the Chinese are mostly sitting back and laughing at America.

What the Bourgeois Bolsheviks Want

Few alt-right performers of the Trump era have produced as much propaganda in terms of raw megabytes as Jordan has under his Striker moniker. JosephJordan, while performing as Striker, typically focuses his rhetoric on his desire to drive Jewish people out of America and to warn his audience against the threat of an “underground homosexual culture,”

Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist’s Identity Confirmed | Southern Poverty Law Center

‘Warning Sign of Major Proportions’: Number of Siberian Forest Fires Increase Fivefold in Week Since Record High Temperature | Common Dreams News

via ‘Warning Sign of Major Proportions’: Number of Siberian Forest Fires Increase Fivefold in Week Since Record High Temperature | Common Dreams News

Coronavirus Victoria: experts warn against blaming migrant communities for spreading misinformation | Victoria | The Guardian

Coronavirus pop-up testing facility in Broadmeadows, Melbourne.

From the top-down “shut up News Corp you’re being a totally irresponsible community divider”. News Corp overly eager calls to get back to work the pandemic isn’t that bad is assisting the spread of conspiracy theories encouraging irresponsible behaviour and the spread of Covid-19. Media accountability is sorely lacking. The concept of “Free Speech” totally misconstrued bullshit. (ODT)

via Coronavirus Victoria: experts warn against blaming migrant communities for spreading misinformation | Victoria | The Guardian

Victory for Andrews Labor Government as anti-wage theft law is passed

Anyone feel there’s a concerted effort to “Get Andrews” maybe because he’s doing a real job. (ODT)

The Wage Theft Bill, was viewed as a cornerstone promise in Premier Daniel Andrews’s state re-election campaign in 2018. It now sees guilty parties – such as business owners, managers, shopkeepers and accountants, or anyone connected to a business enterprise – who deliberately withhold award wages and related entitlements established under the Fair Work Act (2009) from their workers risk prison sentences up to ten years and face fines upwards of $198,264 for individuals and $991,320 for companies.

via Victory for Andrews Labor Government as anti-wage theft law is passed

Covering black deaths in Australia led me to a breakdown, but that’s the position this country puts Aboriginal journalists in – ABC News

Journalist Allan Clarke

Back to the couch in Paris and Facebook, I scrolled through the comments on the George Floyd video, bracing myself for what would inevitably come next.

And just as predictable as the injustices we suffer every day, there was the inevitable comment.

“I’m white and I work hard and I’m better than dirty f*****g black people. And if I had the opportunity I’d step on a coon’s neck and kill them too.”

Some things just never change.

Australia, we can do better and we must do better.

I tried but for now, I’m taking a break.

via Covering black deaths in Australia led me to a breakdown, but that’s the position this country puts Aboriginal journalists in – ABC News

Old Dog Thoughts Liberal Party and IPA cross-fertilising and Defunding the ABC

Fighting Fake News with REAL 28/6/20; Secret Trials and hangings: The IPA is having an affair with the Libs behind the backs of the Nationals; Roxhamising the IPA Party

Progressive Candidates Surge Again as Trump Drags GOP Down | The Smirking Chimp

There are times in this business when all you can do is sit back and let the “wow” hop all over you like a jubilant pack of kangaroo mice turned loose upon the world. Why? Because I get to type this sentence: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated her main primary opponent, conservative Democrat Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, by the razor-thin margin of 72-19.

Ha. Wow. Hop hop hop.

AOC and “The Squad” she came in with in 2018 were supposed to be a fluke, a one-off caused by the daily nonsense from an unpopular president. Sure, she toppled Joe Crowley, long-serving establishment Democrat and ally of Speaker Pelosi, but we were told not to read too much into it. There’s no way progressives are actually getting organized at this level, right?

via Progressive Candidates Surge Again as Trump Drags GOP Down | The Smirking Chimp

Why are police across the US piling on the cartoonish violence & racist rhetoric when they know they’re being watched? — RT Op-ed

Why are police across the US piling on the cartoonish violence & racist rhetoric when they know they’re being watched?

via Why are police across the US piling on the cartoonish violence & racist rhetoric when they know they’re being watched? — RT Op-ed

Kooks, Never-Maskers and our Pandemic Death Toll: The High Cost of Republican Malevolence

Despite having months to right-foot the White House’s initial, lackadaisical response to the looming disaster, the country is in many ways in a more dire position than it was in March.

via Kooks, Never-Maskers and our Pandemic Death Toll: The High Cost of Republican Malevolence

New Trump Regime Indictment of Assange Expands Phony Charges – Stephen Lendman

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought European, Asian hackers ...

He faces five to 10 years imprisonment per charge if found guilty — the process rigged to assure he never again sees the light of day as a free man, despite having committed no criminal offenses.

via New Trump Regime Indictment of Assange Expands Phony Charges – Stephen Lendman